Sunday Night Wrapup: Politics to Poses

You’re probably still recovering from the energy drain that this Homecoming weekend seemed to be. Whether you spent your time cheering Hoya Saxa at the football game or dancing in paint at Dayglow, chances are your lungs and limbs are spent. While you spirited away, the world did go on: here’s your Sunday Night Wrapup.

  • Our favorite ABC shows came back this Thursday. Here here for Scandal, a political drama about our very own Washington D.C.
  • After an afternoon of Ted X conferences, Friday saw the coronation of a new Mr. Georgetown, Stefane Victor from the Black Student Alliance. We’re proud to say that our very own Jon Rabar, Mr. The Hoya, was the first runner up!
  • This Saturday a fire swept through the Central Souk (marketplace) of Aleppo, Syria, as clashes between security forces and insurgents continued.
  • As the weekend closed Obama and Romney stood neck and neck in the polls at 49% and 48% respectively, according to the Washington Post
  • Get your pitchforks ready; the new season of Revenge premieres tonight! My advice: snuggle up and take a rest from the craziness that was this weekend.

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Best Bets: Homecoming Style

Well, it’s that time folks. The weekend is now upon us, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been grilled harder than a GUGS burger, and all is well with the world. Thus bears the question: what to do, what to do?

Well, if you haven’t heard already, it’s Homecoming, people! So get out your day-drinking flasks, because this weekend is about to get crazier than Honey Boo Boo after chugging her Go Go Juice. There’s a lot to do in the coming days, so here are some events that you probably don’t want to miss:

Friday:

Everyone who’s anyone is going to be attending the Mr. Georgetown Pageant in Gaston Hall watching The Hoya’s very own Jonathan Rabar take the competition’s coveted title. This year’s Pageant theme is the Hunger Games, so you best believe that it’s going get wilder than District 11 after Rue dies. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door; doors open at 7 p.m. and the Pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. Believe me, if you attend Mr. Georgetown, the odds are going to be ever in your favor.

Saturday:

Homecoming Tailgate. McDonough Gym Tent. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Be there or be square. Actually, be there or be worse than square. Be there or be a big fat ugly rhombus. $15 in advance for students or $25 at the door.

Then, Homecoming Game. 2 p.m.  Multi-Sport Field. Brown is going down. Enough said. Get tickets here.

Oh, and for all of you hipsters who think Homecoming is too mainstream, try Gaia. The sell-out production features video art, choreography, DJs, live musicians and cuisine, all created around earth-inspired themes.

If you’re still unsure about your Saturday night, just go to DayGlow (now, “Life In Color”) along with everyone else in the universe. On second thought, don’t go to DayGlow. It’s just not okay.

Sunday:

If you aren’t nursing a hangover, writing 6 papers and cramming for your midterms, check out Daylight @ New York Avenue Beach Bar. Admission is free, but you have to RSVP. It’s sure to be a blasty blast, featuring burritos, margaritas, and a ton of house music. Oh my.

Last, but definitely not least, Gotye’s here! Go and see him before he’s just “Somebody That You Used To Know.”

Happy Homecoming, Hoyas!

 

Traditions Day: All That is Georgetown

Is there a better way to begin Homecoming celebrations than rejoicing in our many traditions? Yes, that was a rhetorical question. This Friday (today!) marks Traditions Day! In celebrating school spirit, Traditions Day reinforces the specific traditions of Georgetown that essentially make us “bleed Hoya blue.”

As you prepare for the crowds and the cheering and the inevitable fun that follows Homecoming weekend, plan to include today in your festivities! If you’re a freshman, you’ll especially want to take part in the traditions that will soon become apart of your life and community here at the Hilltop!

So what exactly is going on?

GUGS will be flipping burgers alongside local restaurants throughout Copley lawn and Red Square around noon. Don’t forget about Wingo’s Wing Eating Contest! Sounds like happiness on a silver platter to me. While ensuring the satisfaction of your stomach, don’t forget to stop by Healy Circle and poke fun at community members agonizing in the dunk tank, featuring our own Blog Editor Michelle Cassidy, GUSA President Clara Gustafson and other seniors.

From a grueling Tug of War match and Powderpuff football to listening to your favorite a cappella groups and watching in anticipation as the Traditions Day Cup is awarded to one of our classes; Friday will be a day of fun, spirit, and exposure to all that is Georgetown!

So what do I take from this?

Besides the entertainment, food, and games, Traditions Day provokes thought about who you are and what you’ll become as you join (if you’re new) or progress throughout the Georgetown community. Think about all these little quirks, all these little building blocks that define Georgetown. Do they define you? Are they components your perception of Georgetown? Will you smile in reminiscence twenty years from now as a distinguished alumnus when thinking about these specific traditions? I guess the only way to find out is to simply revel in it and enjoy the ride! Hoya Saxa!

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Friday Fixat10ns: Game Plan

Everybody needs a game plan when going out. The only way to get the boy or girl you’ve been eyeing is to plan out your moves; obviously the best way is to be jamming out to your soundtrack as you do it. This playlist will serve as your map through the night, from beginning to end.

You probably won’t be listening to your iPod, and maybe you’re not going through the 4E on a night out, but don’t be caught off-guard. These tunes tell you how and when to pull our your A-Game.

Ignition (Remix) – R. Kelly – It all starts on the dance floor. This song lets you put on your best moves, but doesn’t sacrifice lyrical quality. This song says it all: “So baby gimme that toot toot/ Lemme give you that beep beep”  – well spoken Mr. Kelly.

In Those Jeans – Ginuwine – Let the object of your affection know that they’re looking good tonight. This is when you can move in a little closer as you dance. It’s a big step to take, but if you’re gonna do it, you gotta do it to the smooth voice of Ginuwine.

Between the Sheets – Isley Brothers – This song was a hard choice because it may be a bit too forward, but then I thought, you still want to have time to salvage the night if the person you’re aiming for isn’t on the same page as you. You can dance to this song, but if it doesn’t work it, it’s still okay. The night can be salvaged – just refer back to the first song.

Anxious – Sweater Beats – So you got this far and there are no words necessary now. You just have to head back home with company. So it makes sense that you’d be a little anxious.

Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye – Oh no, cold feet? Let Marvin bring his Motown feel to soothe any inhibitions that either of you might have.

Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) – R. Kelly –Does this one really need an explanation? If you’re listening to this song, you know why it’s on the playlist.

Love Making Music – Barry White – You didn’t think I was gonna forget the man blessed with a voice from the gods did you? This might be the definitive song of the playlist. It might not be. But it’s a hell of a jam.

Neighbors Know My Name – Trey Songz – This might be a more modern anthem of the night. Wake up your neighbors, get documented by the R.A., do whatever you want – just do you.

Be With You – Beyonce – This song is optional, I think. If you thinking you want to do this again, make it special. Tailor the night for the person you’re with!

Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye – At this point, you don’t need any more music other than the music you two are making by yourselves. Just to  cap off the night, we turn to Marvin Gaye once again. This could be a nice chill out song, or maybe the song that fades the scene out as you get NSFW.

Casual Thursdays: Tequila and Tailgate

The boas have been undusted. The drinks have been bought. The boys have been trained. The girls have been waxed. That time of year has come around once again: Homecoming Weekend 2012.

In honor of what will be a rowdy celebration this year, I’d like to suggest that you all pour out those Keystone lights (or better yet give them to me) and make your way to the nearest liquor store to brew a BEAR DOZER. (Yes, this cocktail will both sedate the real animal and help us massacre the team from the school I have particular contempt towards). The concoction will also be a nice precursor to the Halloween holiday. While you’re watching the game, I also recommend cozying up next to a delicious chicken-tequila tailgate sandwich (I can attest to its greatness).

Bear Dozer

  • 1/3 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
  • 1/3 oz Jose Cuervo Especial gold tequila
  • 1/3 oz cherry whiskey

Mix all ingredients in a shot glass, consume.

If you’re not in the mood for whiskey-tequila shots, Guy Fieri’s Chicken-Tequila Tailgate Sandwich is the perfect alternative, plus you still get all the fun of tequila! It’s a little complex to put together, but stick with me here, because it’s absolutely delicious. Bonus: this recipe makes sandwiches for you and three friends (or you and another really hungry friend).

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup julienned red onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned roasted red bell pepper
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for topping
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 1 1/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes, for topping
  • 4 sourdough rolls, warmed

Directions

Layer two 15-inch sheets of heavy-duty foil and fold them together around the edges to create one sheet. Repeat to make a second double-layered sheet of foil. Bend the edges of one of the sheets up 2 inches and crimp the corners so it can hold liquid.

In order, layer these ingredients on the bent sheet of foil: olive oil, onion, jalapeno, bell pepper, chicken, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, the garlic, cilantro, cheeses, lime juice and tequila. Place the second double-layered foil sheet on top of the ingredients and fold the top and bottom sheets together on all sides. Make sure the package is not leaking, then refrigerate until ready to cook.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F or a grill to medium and place the foil packet in the oven or on the grill. Cook 10 minutes; flip and cook 10 more minutes. Slice the bag open and top with the tomatoes, cilantro and parmesan cheese. Serve on the warmed rolls.

Now get ready to welcome home some alumni and stay casual, Hoyas.

Change Takes Change: Living on One

“What can I do?”

“If each individual can help a single other individual…we can change the world.”

Imagine living on nothing but one dollar a day. Just one dollar. The same dollar you may use for the Circulator, to tip at Uncommon Grounds, or collect in an old Tombs mug you have for spare change. The idea is pretty daunting, but for some it’s more than just a thought, it’s a lifestyle  of extreme poverty.

Poverty is a painful reality for people all over the world. There have always been organizations to help give back, but there are none I have ever come across like the one I have the privilege to introduce to you now.

Four college students spent their entire summer living in Guatemala, each on only one dollar a day. They came to better understand the constraints of this level of poverty, and with this understanding they felt a call to action. The campaign for Living On One is now spreading across America with the purpose of informing our society about the lack of opportunity and the hardships that these poverty-stricken people groups are forced to endure.  Innovative ideas like microfinance are just the beginning. There is no end to what can be achieved here, but the awareness of the masses is key.

At the heart of the Jesuit value system Georgetown subscribes to, there is the saying “Men and women for others.” There is no better way to help advocate for others than to fight against global poverty. Check out Living On One’s trailer, help if you can, but if nothing else remember those people groups around the world and hope for a better future for us all.

Interested in seeing the film? The D.C. premiere is taking place right here on campus. Next Wednesday, October 3rd, come to Gaston Hall for a screening and Q&A with the filmmakers, hosted in partnership with The Hoya.

Career Fair 101

The Fall Career Fair will open to students on September 28th from 10 A.M.- 3 P.M. I know I know, thinking about the Real World is stressful, but eventually you have to face it. Might as well do it the right way! Here are a few essential tips for surviving the career fair madness:

Come Prepared

Before stepping into the fair, ask yourself what you hope to accomplish while you’re there. What are your goals? Be idealistic! Don’t expect to be hired on the spot or get an internship right then and there. Make a list of the companies that you want to see. It wouldn’t hurt to do a little research beforehand. This will show them that you’re interested. You don’t want to go in there asking them what their company does. Let’s just be honest, there are stupid questions. Jot down a few questions prior to the event. Have a résumé set aside just in case a recruiter does ask.
Be Yourself!
Think of yourself as a new emerging product. Your job is to sell yourself to these people. Do not pretend to be someone you’re not. Believe me, these recruiters will know when you’re lying. If you’re typically nervous and shy, then you should practice introducing yourself in front of friends before stepping into the fair.
Keep it Short
Communicate concisely and vibrantly in a way that distinguishes you from your peers. Show these companies why they need you more than you need them. Ask them questions and be prepared to answer some. Think about the questions you’ll be asked and how you’d respond.

Have Fun

We already have enough stress in our lives. With school work and extracurricular activities, we can’t catch a break! No one wants to hang around someone so depressing. Smile! Trust me, this goes a long.

Follow-Up!

Thank your recruiters and collect their business card. Send a follow-up email stating how much you enjoyed meeting with them and would love to learn more about the company. If they don’t respond, keep emailing them back. It doesn’t hurt to try.

Preview: Mr. Georgetown

Homecoming weekend is quickly approaching and with that comes the highly anticipated Mr. Georgetown pageant! This year, fourteen strong competitors will be vying for the crown by sacrificing blood, sweat, and tears through three intense rounds. Since it is Hunger Games themed, it is only appropriate that Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutchinson will be making an appearance…

JUST KIDDING. But if you are in the mood to watch some equally famous Georgetown hunks compete (ehem, Mr. The Hoya, Jon Rabar) be sure to come out to Gatson Hall at 7:30 PM on Friday.  (Doors open at 7 so get there early!!)  10 dollars for advanced tickets and $13 at the door. Special performances include The Phantoms, GU Bindaas, and Tate Tucker.  It will be a night you won’t want to miss as these men risk it all for the coveted title. The following tributes are as follows:

Mr. Residence Life: Danish Zaidi

Mr. Caribbean Culture Circle: Malik Stevens

Mr. Club Filipino: Dale Andrew Batoon

Mr. GERMS: Greg Ouellette

Mr. The Hoya: Jonathan Rabar

Mr.NSO: Jack Devlin

Mr. Senior Class Committee: Adrian Mansylla

Mr. Alpha Phi Omega: Derek Holiday

Mr. Black Student Alliance: Stefane Victor

Mr. College Academic Council: Andrew Glass

Mr. Mask and Bauble: Sean Keady

Mr. Phantoms: John Roach

Mr. Philodemic: Sam Dulik

Mr. DC Reads: Evan Curdts

Happy Hunger Games… er… Mr. Georgetown Pageant, Hoyas! And gentlemen… may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Guide Grooves: Ben Folds Five and G.O.O.D Music

This week’s Guide Grooves focuses in on the two new albums and three singles reviewed in last Friday’s issue of The Guide. The Sound of the Life of the Mind marks the ‘return’ of Ben Folds Five… or an attempt at a ‘return’, while Kanye West’s label, G.O.O.D. Music released Cruel Summer, a masterful compilation of some of the hip-hop industry’s most popular artists. And just to keep things more random, you will find a nice eclectic scattering of the Killers, some angry punk music and ska to compliment the already stark contrast between the two new albums of the week.

Erase Me — Ben Folds Five A dramatic opening of a song for a dramatic opening of an album. The beginning sounds like the Ben Folds Five I used to know but it soon progresses to what I imagine it’d sound like if Ben Folds covered a Panic at the Disco song…

Thank You for Breaking my Heart — Ben Folds Five Classic Ben Folds with the moving piano line, half-spoken half-sung lyrics, complete with dramatic pauses. J’aime bien.

Draw a Crowd — Ben Folds Five Opens with a fun and driving piano line and proceeds to some forcibly quirky lyrics. Absolutely a catchy song, but a little peculiar at a closer listen.

To the World — Kanye West ft R. Kelly Well it’s certainly no “Trapped in the Closet Chapter 2” but R. Kelly and Kanye put together what is sure to become the new anthem of dance parties across college campuses sometime soon. Needless to say, there will soon be a lot of middle fingers in the air.

Creepers — Kid Cudi It’s great to hear Cudi rapping again. “I’m just doing my thang, if you know what I mean”. Yes Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, I do know what you mean. I do.

Runaways — The Killers Oh goodness how I love The Killers. Great thriving beat, cannot wait to get home to my car so I can pop this on a playlist between a couple Springsteen songs and play it while driving around with my friends.

Push and Shove — No Doubt Mm…sorry Gwen, there’s a little doubt. This sounds like 4-5 songs in one very eclectic mix, doesn’t quite do it for me.

Secret Society — Title Fight Keep in mind that the girl reviewing this recently cried after hearing Mumford and Son’s ‘Reminder’: This was not exactly… my particular cup of tea. It was a very angry cup of tea.

Sunday Night Wrapup: Endeavor Soars, Emmys Tonight!

Be Well Week is in full drive here on the hilltop! From meditation to yoga and snatching free turkey burgers on Copley lawn, it’s safe to say that the first week has been a success! Whether you spent your attention on be(ing) well this week or keeping up with the increasing pace of coursework, here is the Sunday Night Wrapup to keep you up to date:

  • Endeavor officially concluded NASA’s thirty-year shuttle program by its flight as is toured over the Golden Gate Bridge and across the country. #spottheshuttle made it’s away around social media and over 5,000 people eagerly awaited it’s final descent in Los Angeles.
  • The Emmys are tonight, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel! Turn on your televisions or your live stream on computers around 5 pm to tune in. If you still don’t know who’s in the running, check out the complete list of nominations. Here’s to hoping your favorite shows win!
  • Protests ensue after the release of an anti-Islam film. The spokesman of the Prime Minister of Pakistan condemned the $100,000 bounty placed on the filmmaker. Due to current instability, US citizens are advised not to travel to Pakistan.
  •  With much anticipation “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” finally hit theaters this week! Though on limited release, overall positive reviews respond to Emma Watson’s American accent and Logan Lerman’s “socially inept” Charlie.

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