Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 12:07:40 -0400 From: Paul Fallon Subject: Re: Hoya On Mon, 4 Mar 1996, tom creswell wrote: > Can anyone tell me why the Georgetown U. athletic teams are called the Hoyas? > As far as I can tell, hoya is the name of a plant species--a strange name to > apply to an athletic team. According to campus lore, at one point there was an athletic team called the Stonewalls, presumably named after the wall along 37th Street. The cheer for the team became 'Hoya Saxa' (What Rocks!), a blend of Ancient Greek 'hoia' (nom. neut. pl. pronoun) and Latin 'saxa' (nom. neut. plural of saxum, 'rock'). Incidentally, when I was there the radio station was WROX, a pretty good pun. --Paul Fallon pfallon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]