Alpacas March in Protest

Looks like this is a big news day for adorable fuzzy things (no complaints here!) – earlier today two alpacas led a group of protestors marching on the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to DCist, about 150 people joined in the demonstration, calling for the removal of EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. The owner of the alpacas, Susan Morris, is a former deputy director of the EPA’s civil rights office and one of the organizers of the protest. She and others claim that the agency treats whisteblowers unfairly.

Though we haven’t heard from Occupy as much lately, this rally served as the kickoff for the National Occupation of Washington, a renewed efforts to bring separate branches together and direct their efforts at the federal government.

The alpacas though, were the stars of the show. The D.C. Department of Transportation and DCist’s Benjamin Freed  fielded a lot of Twitter response, some of our favorites are featured after the jump.

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Best Bets: A Wiz and A Boss

It’s the last weekend before many of us leave campus for Easter break so Best Bets is here to make sure that you find something exciting to do with yourself  before heading home.

Friday:
Go to the Spring Concert with Wiz Khalifa featuring DJ Earworm tonight from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. You don’t even have to leave campus – just walk right over to McDonough Gym. If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, there will be approximately 300 tickets available at the door ($25 for GU Students with a GoCard, $40 for Non-Students without GoCard). Even if you are one of the many who only know the lyrics to his well-known song, “Black and Yellow,” it is sure to be an awesome time.

Saturday:
If you are planning on seeing the beautiful Cherry Blossoms this weekend, make sure to check out the Blossom Kite Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kite enthusiasts compete to win awards in a variety of categories, and top prizes include the Theme Award, People’s Choice, Family Trophy and Highest Overall Score. The event takes places on the grounds of the Washington Monument so the most convenient Metro stations would be the Smithsonian or the Federal Triangle. If the weather’s nice, try Capital Bikeshare.

Sunday:
This Sunday Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be playing at the Verizon Center, one more stop on the band’s spring U.S. tour to promote the their new album, “Wrecking Ball,” which was released on March 6. The concert starts at 7:30pm, and, although tickets are officially sold out, check out sites like StubHub, TicketLiquidator and Craigslist. They might be pricey, but you do what you have to when the Boss is in town.

Photo: aquariumdrunkard.com

Fun fact about the photo featured here: it’s from when Springsteen played Gaston Hall back in March of 1974 – you can check out a recording here.

Meet Our Future Mascot

A new bulldog puppy is headed to the Hilltop to begin training to become our university’s most beloved mascot. The new Jack, known as Jack Jr., or J.J., will arrive on campus the afternoon of April 13 to begin his training to eat boxes on the floor of the Verizon Center, among other things.

J.J. is a gift to the university from from Georgetown parents Janice and Marcus Hochstetler, whose children Nathan (COL ’12) and Rachel (COL ’13) are Georgetown students, according to the University.

The university’s website has a bevy of information about little J.J. — including his journey, several adorable videos, a photo gallery and information about current Jack.

J.J. will be the sixth bulldog to serve as the university’s bulldog mascot, and will be replacing our current 9-year-old bulldog, who, if you’ll remember is suffering from a torn doggy-ACL. Current Jack will undergo surgery in April, but will return to his work during the fall sports seasons.

Keep following 4E for more updates on J.J.’s journey to the Hilltop from L.A. and for updates on his training!

Update: Now with adorable footage of 2-month-old Jack mugging for the camera.

Friday Fixat10ns: The Wiz

Young, Wild and Free (or $25 at the door) from thehoya on 8tracks.

Are you excited for tonight’s Spring Concert? This week’s Fixat10ns was designed to get you ready for the show, so brush up on your Wiz Khalifa (and hope that he doesn’t forget the words to his own songs like Lupe did).

Black & Yellow – Wiz Khalifa Wiz Khalifa’s love song to his hometown of Pittsburg, PA, which is now stuck in your head.

Mean Planes & Taylor Gangs – Wiz Khalifa & Taylor Swift This remains one of my favorite mashups.

The Thrill – Wiz Khalifa Great for cruising around with the windows down.

United States of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom) – DJ Earworm DJ Earworm is probably best known for his annual mashup of the Billboard top 25, this was his most recent release (it’s a little Katy Perry heavy, but that’s not his fault)

No More Gas – DJ Earworm But in case you wondered what some of his other stuff sounded like, here’s one of his mashups from a few years ago.

Roll Up – Wiz Khalifa I like this song, but mostly I’m just impressed that he has a song with this title that isn’t about weed.

Young, Wild and Free – Snoop Dog and Wiz Khalifa 

Can You Feel It – Sublime with Rome feat. Wiz Khalifa The new version of Sublime, with Rome Ramirez in place of Bradley Nowell (R.I.P.) collaborated with Wiz on this song last year.

Tearin’ Up My Heart – N Sync This one might seem like a bit of a non-sequitur, but as Georgetown Cabaret will be the opening act, it seemed fitting.

 

Lamborghini Batman Rising

So apparently there is a man who owns a Lamborghini, wears a Batman suit and travels around to hospitals to visit sick children. Admirable, albeit just a little bit unconventional.

This fellow, who’s being dubbed ‘Lamborghini Batman’, paid a visit to Georgetown University last week.

The media took notice when he was pulled over on Route 29. Just today, the heroic masked crusader took to a live chat for The Washington Post just this afternoon and it revealed a few secrets, such as his identity, where he got the suit and why he does what he does.

“The real Super Heroes are the children in the hospital,” Lamborghini Batman said. “They are fighting every day for the their lives.I try to make a difference but they are the super heroes.”

Check out the full conversation here. And more about his mission in a full article here.

Any Hoyas out there who ran into Batman, give us a holler. Or flash the bat symbol into the sky, whatever works for you.

Photo Credit: Jalopnik.com

Thursday Night D.C.

We’re past hump day and its not Friday yet, but you still want to go out. Thirds isn’t what it used to be. Your friends have 8 a.m. Friday labs. So what do you do?

This Thursday, I initially would have suggested seeing Nero, who I missed at Ultra earlier this year, at the 9:30 Club. Unfortunately, like most 9:30 performances recently, the show sold out relatively quickly. For those of you are heartbroken as I am, there are still other great things to do in the city tonight. While it may not be on a crowded dance floor, dancing to music that when the drop comes, you can’t help grinning from ear-to-ear at the options in the District this week.

District Underground doesn’t have a listed event, but you can bet that some of those people that join me in missing the Nero concert will be dancing to some pretty heavy electronic/dub on the crowded dance floor downstairs. The District is in Adams Morgan, so after you’ve worked up an appetite from fist pumps and crazy dance floor antics, there are a lot of great late night options, check out my other post on Adams Morgan.

If you’re in the mood to make music, or want to attempt to perform renditions of your favorite songs, there is always Karaoke. While my knowledge of D.C. Karaoke is limited, I have been to Peyote Café in Adams Morgan and Café Japone, which I’ve mention before in a post about the Dupont Circle area. If you can get past how dingy Peyote Café is, and how expensive their beer is, it really is a great place to hangout on a Thursday night. If you’re looking for cheap drinks though, you really can’t beat Café Japone. Also, what is up with every karaoke establishment calling themselves a cafe?

Black Cat, 1811 14th St Nw, a couple blocks Down from U St, is having what they call, “Drink and a Movie.” If you still want to go out, but don’t feel like dancing or shouting over a crowded bar, this may be a cool change of pace, and with drink specials, it’s totally acceptable to be drunk at a movie.

Hopefully it continues to stay warm outside so you have more incentive to get off campus. There are so many great things happening in D.C. tonight, so these suggestions are by no means the only great things going down. But go forth and experience the city because you’ll regret it if you don’t.

Photo: http://soundlogik.com/nero-welcome-reality-lp/

You Should Really Branch Out

Still trying to find a  job or internship? Maybe our last round of advice didn’t work out for you (or maybe you’re just putting it off), but we have another helpful tip. A Facebook app called BranchOut  is a useful networking tool directly that can help you discover the work you’re looking for.

After adding this free app, you create a professional profile (think LinkedIn). You can then search for jobs based on industry, experience, tenure and location. The site was easy to use and navigate — you can quickly find a number of job opportunities. The most interesting aspect of this site was the ability to view the jobs of your Facebook friends (but only those who have also installed BranchOut). If you’re interested in a job at a company that a friend had worked for,you can message them to learn more about his or her experience at that company and ways to potentially secure a job there. It’s an easy way to create professional connections with Facebook friends.

Asad Esmail (MSB ’15) has been a marketing associate at BranchOut since February, and believes that the success of the site is due to the ability separate your professional and social lives. “Whenever you connect to your profile, even though it is attached to Facebook, none of your personal stuff is brought into it. No one has to worry about whether or not employees will see any of your photos or wall posts.”

I would highly recommend this site to any college student who is still seeking a summer job. It can’t hurt!

Photo: BranchOut

Name This Pup

We’ll take any excuse we can get to write about baby animals (and wolves no less — fitting for the upcoming premiere of the second season of Game of Thrones), and this is a fun one. Back in January, four maned wolf pups were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia, and the National Zoo is putting their names up to a vote.

Two of the four pups (one male and one female) still need names, and the poll to decide what they would be opened yesterday on the Zoo’s Facebook page.

Potential names were selected by the pups’ caretakers “in an attempt to reflect the animals’ personalities, natural history and range.” The options for the male pup are Canastra, Cerrado, Rocko and Timido, while the female could be named Bela, Estrella, Pinga or Terra. The potential names are all Brazilian Portuguese, with the exception of “Rocky,” which was the nickname of one of the researchers’ fathers.

The pups are all healthy and feisty, according to veterinary technicians at the SCBI. Maned wolves are native to central South America, and are threatened in the wild.

Voting will only be open until noon on Friday, March 30, so if you want to play a part in naming these little guys act quickly.

Photo: National Zoo

Mor Chikin in D.C.

We’re always excited to hear about awesome new food trucks hitting the streets of D.C, but today’s announcement by fast-food chicken giant Chick-fil-A has us pumped for “mor chikin.”

Yep, that’s right. D.C. is getting a new Chick-fil-A food truck. For those of you who miss those addictive chicken strips, waffle fries and milkshakes, no longer will you have to trek all the way over to Arlington for a taste of those totally addictive chicken strips. All you have to do is follow the truck on Twitter as it feeds chicken fanatics around the District.

Starting April 9, Chick-fil-A’s food truck will begin to serve its world-famous chicken sandwiches at locations across the District. The food truck service will be Chick-fil-A’s most visible presence in D.C. (It’s only current location is at Catholic University—and at a number of locations in suburban Virginia and Maryland.

The food truck that will dart around the city beginning in April has already been spotted at the restaurant’s Largo location in Maryland. So, get ready for some long lines and fast-food chicken—Chick-fil-A is coming!

Another Heartbreaking Early Tournament Loss

Holly Morris – Annual Mascot Madness 2012 with Dave Ross: MyFoxDC.com

 Fox 5 hosted the 4th Annual Mascot Madness this morning, featuring our own Jack the Bulldog (no, not the injured one) and 14 other local mascots from the Capitals, the Nationals, American University, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and more. The tournament pitted us against Louie, the mascot of the Bowie Baysox, a Minor League baseball team in Maryland (and Mayor of LouieVille, Maryland, no less).

While Jack won the tipoff and put up the first shot, Louie made the first basket, and advanced to the second round of the tournament. Jack seemed to be a good sport, and stuck around to cheer on the other mascots in the tournament.

We could have done without the reporter’s comment about NC State though — too soon.

American University’s Clawed the Eagle (2011 Mascot Madness Champion) played the Nationals’ Screech in the championship game, with Screech taking home the trophy.