Revengenda: Student Clubs

Club Rejection

“Club season,” as some (by some, I mean me) have dubbed it, is almost over at Georgetown. Like my mother astutely commented, applying to clubs at Georgetown is “almost like reapplying to college.” First, let’s acknowledge that there are some great clubs that do not require you to send applications. Here’s to you GIVES, GUGS and many more.

Secondly, one of the reasons clubs can be very competitive at Georgetown is that we Hoyas are generally a great group of kids. It’s almost unfair, am I right? Still, no matter how formidable the competition was, rejection can be tough. We at 4E understand and are here to help. One of my personal idols, Mindy Kaling, once said, “You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face — who will love them now?” In that spirit, here is 4E’s guide on how to get back at clubs that have rejected you.

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  1. People say, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” So, next semester, why not apply to the one club that is in friendly – or not so friendly – competition with the club that rejected you?
  2. Keep reapplying. Not just next semester, but reapply every semester for your entire time at Georgetown. If nothing else, you’ll annoy them to death.
  3. Take a note from Mean Girls and create your own burn book. Just don’t let it fall into the wrong hands…
  4. Go all Taylor Swift and write a chart topping song about the club. “I knew you were trouble when I clicked send.”
  5. Listen to Destiny Child’s “Survivor.” Don’t question it. Just trust me, it works.
  6. Have a little party with your good friends Ben & Jerry. tumblr_n5fiymEeUs1tqs1heo1_500
  7. Start your own club. You are a Hoya, which means you are intelligent, creative and (insert adjective of choice). Use this as inspiration and create something amazing!
  8. Don’t worry! On a more serious note, I myself can list several clubs I did not get into or have already reapplied to more than once. Opportunities besides student clubs are always coming up for Hoyas here on the Hilltop. Don’t let one decision get you down, never forget to keep trucking and doing you!

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Photo: copyblogger.com; Gifs: Buzzfeed.com, Tumblr

10 Things to Know Before the World Cup Starts

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As I’m sure many of you are aware, the World Cup begins today! If you love soccer (or football, as the rest of the world calls it), then great! If you don’t, I suggest avoiding all sports bars and large TV screens in general for the next few weeks. However, if you want to watch the World Cup, but honestly don’t really know much about the event, the teams playing in it or where it’s even taking place, then have no fear, 4E is here to help! (As usual.)

Here are the 10 things 4E thinks you should know about the World Cup:

  1. When does it start? Where is it? The World Cup officially begins Thursday, June 12th at 4:00 pm EST, with the opening game being Brazil versus Croatia. Brazil is the host for this World Cup. Bonus fact: The World Cup’s mascot for this year is named Fuleco, and he is adorableDruck
  2. Who is playing? There are 32 countries competing including the hosts, Brazil. From South America: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Uruguay. From North/Central America and Caribbean: United States, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico. From Asia: Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea. From Africa: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria. From Europe: Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Croatia and France.
  3. Who won the last World Cup? Spain.
  4. What’s with Bosnia-Herzegovina? This is the first time the Bosnia-Herzegovina team will be competing in a World Cup Tournament. tumblr_n3v58nnsCX1t5tb3qo1_500
  5. How do the games work? There are 32 countries playing in a total of 64 matches: 48 group stage games and 15 further stage games. There are 8 groups, A – H, each with 4 teams competing within them.
  6. Okay, but how does soccer football the game actually work? In general, a match consist of two teams trying to score by placing a ball past the goal line. If the match ends in a tie, extra time is added. If the tie remains after that, the teams go against each other in a penalty shoot-out of five kicks each. Finally, yellow or red cards signal penalties against players. Yellow cards serve as a caution, and red cards kick the player out of the game.

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    This guy didn’t get a yellow or red card. But he did get embarrassed.
  7. What’s happening in Brazil? As informative and worldly Hoyas, we also need to keep up with current events. First, while constructing a section of the roof of a stadium, a crane fell and killed two workers in Sao Paolo. While part of that stadium was destroyed, many news outlets have reported that several other stadiums are also not finished. What doesn’t help is that this means more money will be spent on financing the World Cup. (Mo’ Money. Mo’ Problems.) Though most citizens are in favor of the World Cup, many people are upset about all the money being spent. Protests from civilians have begun and are expected to continue.
  8. Any big team rivalries? A classic rivalry is between Brazil and Argentina, who if they end up playing against each other would do so in the later final rounds. Think Red Sox versus Yankees-esque. Also, one player, Diego Costa, chose to play in his adopted nation’s team, Spain, over Brazil, where he was born. Awkward.
  9. So, who should I root for? At the end of the day, no one really knows who will win. But, big contenders include Brazil (who has both the home field advantage and one of the best players, Neymar), Germany, Spain, Argentina, and possibly others like England or Belgium.
  10. WHERE IS SHAKIRA? No fear, Shakira is back again for this World Cup with her new anthem for the games, La La La. tumblr_n6pt3uR2LV1qdafsho1_500Bonus: She’s also there cheering on her boyfriend, Gerard Pique, who plays for Spain.

So, if you didn’t know, now you know. Enjoy the World Cup, Hoyas!

Photos: http://autoinsidermalaysia.blogspot.com/2014/04/press-release-naza-kia-kick-off-with.html, Tumblr, telegraph.co.uk

Going Out to Dinner: The Leo’s Option

swankgraphicYes, you read the title correctly. As a place Hoyas love to hate and hate to love, Leo’s rarely makes your list of the top 10 places to eat in Georgetown. Nonetheless, we here at 4E are still determined to maintain our hope in Leo’s. Leo’s has just unveiled a new option for diners in which Leo’s employees will wait on your table and bring you a three course meal. While this sounds lovely for those of us looking for any chance to avoid walking (everyone), it’s probably not a practical option for every visit to O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront. So we’ve devised a way to create a lavish meal yourself. Not only do we believe a good meal is possible at Leo’s, but we’d venture to say a good swanky three-course meal is possible. After all, most students are on some sort of meal plan, so why spend more money on food when it is already available?

whenever_my_school_has_free_food-353521. Starting off with a throwback recipe, we propose preparing some cheesy garlic bread. After all, what fine dining experience is complete without the right bread option? From either the wok or pasta station upstairs, ask for a spoonful or two of garlic. Then, head to the bread station, typically located right next to the soup station, and grab some of your favorite bread. Spread some butter onto your bread, and then spread on the bits of garlic. Later, add on one or two pieces of your favorite cheese. Finally, head over to the panini press and toast the bread for 1-2 minutes, until the cheese melts. Be sure to toast the bread with the butter sides facing inward for a softer, tastier center.

2. Next, we move on to the salad course. Here, the dish really depends on each individual Hoya’s preferences. Are you a lettuce or a spinach fan? Croutons or no croutons? And don’t get me started on the dressing possibilities. To help ease the stress of so many options, here is one simple salad creation. Fill up a bowl with lettuce, sliced celery from the new hummus/veggie station, red peppers, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. Add in some Italian dressing, mix it up and voilà!

3. Now, for the main course. While not the fanciest of meal choices, a chicken quesadilla still remains one of my personal favorite dishes. In addition, Leo’s usually has most of the necessary ingredients. Grab a tortilla from the sandwich bread rack and put in some chopped up pieces of chicken, red or green peppers, black beans from the salad bar, corn, onions and, if you can convince a Leo’s employee to give you some, a little bit of chopped up bacon. Remember, good things come to those that are nice to Leo’s employees — or at least those who pick up their omelets. Fold the tortilla over (make sure you haven’t over-filled your quesadilla or else everything will fall out before you get a chance to enjoy it), pop the quesadilla in the panini press and there you go! If you want, add in some guacamole, salsa and/or sour cream from the burrito bowl station.

4. Finally, we reach dessert. Leo’s has stepped up its game in this area, so once again the options are numerous. The choice for today’s meal includes a frozen yogurt creation. Fill up your bowl with your yogurt flavor of choice, and then go to the cereal station and add in some cereal for a little extra crunch. Also, if the fruit options are looking good, add some in as well. A great combination option is vanilla frozen yogurt with Cheerios, bananas and a little honey.

And there you have it! A somewhat more sophisticated Leo’s dining experience.

P.S. If you also want to add a new drink to your meal, try combining a bit of ginger ale, cranberry juice and orange juice together.

Bon appetit, Hoyas!

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D.C. Ranks Highest in the Country in Binge-Watching

bingewatchingFor the sake of journalistic integrity, I have to admit: I am writing this article after having watched eight full episodes of House of Cards within the last 24 hours. Yes, I too am officially a Georgetown student cliche. It’s inevitable. Eventually Frank Underwood gets to all of us. Some may call my recent Netflix marathon an achievement, but my history homework that was due today might disagree. Luckily, I now know that I am not alone.

InTheCapital recently reported that the majority of people living in the United States binge-watch TV shows, and Washington, D.C., is officially the home of the top binge-watchers in the country, with 88 percent of D.C. adults binge-watching TV episodes. (We tied San Francisco and Dallas for first place.) In addition, the study found that 66 percent of D.C. adults prefer to watch current season episodes as opposed to past episodes, once again ranking as the highest in the country. The study defined “binge-watching” as “watching two or more episodes of the same show in one sitting.”

So, what exactly are D.C. adults watching? According to the article, the top eight most binge-watched TV shows are:

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Sleepy Hollow
  3. The Black List
  4. True Detective
  5. Scandal
  6. The Walking Dead
  7. Being Mary Jane
  8. Homeland

Sad to say, my most recent binge show, House of Cards, failed to make the cut.

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But, I wouldn’t be too worried…

To learn more information on the survey, click here!

Photo: tumblr 

 

Selfie Madness: D.C. Edition

SelfiezWhether a constant ritual every weekend when out with friends or a quick duck face Snapchat, everyone has taken a selfie at some point.

Like the frequently played new song “#SELFIE” suggests, the art of selfie taking requires many hard decisions, the least of which include proper lighting and the right angle. Here on the Hilltop, we pride ourselves on our social media savy, and now, according to InTheCapital, Washington, D.C, has been recognized as the 25th “Selfiest” city in the world.

Out of 459 cities, D.C. falls right between Helsinki, Finland, and Cardiff, Great Britain. From the database, the list calculated that for every 100,00 people in D.C., 66 are selfie-takers.

With its famous monuments, great dining locations and chance encounters with local politicians and celebrities, D.C.’s selfie mania comes at no surprise. Even Malia and Sasha understand the need for a selfie. I mean, how else is one supposed to remember her dad’s inauguration?

enhanced-buzz-3014-1386006746-4To see the rest of the top “selfiest” cities in the world, click here. But first, let’s take a selfie.

Photos: buzzfeed.com 

D.C. Boasts Strongest Brainpower in the Nation

WashingtonDC-IM2With midterms starting and the number of students spending late nights in Lau rising, many Hoyas are feeling stressed. But have no fear! At times like these, it’s important to take a step back and gain some perspective. Hopefully, a recently posted InTheCapital article can do just that.

In a new study produced by The Business JournalWashington, D.C., has come out as the biggest source of collective brain power in the country. Looking at 102 major markets and rating each market on its percentage of adults with high school diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees, the rankings placed D.C. at the top of the list. So, if Washington, D.C., earned the best brain power ranking (i.e, Washington, D.C. is smart) and Georgetown is located in Washington, D.C., then one can assume…

Of course, as humble men and women for others, Hoyas would never openly boast or brag. But, speaking as a completely objective third party with no personal interest in the matter, if The Business Journal, says so, why deny it?

To see more information on the study, which includes the District’s full percentages, click here. Study hard, Hoyas, and remember you can do it! Or at least do it long enough to get to spring break.

Photo: marvelmovies.wikia.com

BuzzFeed Quizzes: The Obsession Is Real

So Many QuizzesImagine you are sitting in your last class of the day. Staring at your laptop screen, you’ve already memorized the new season’s collection of whichever website you are currently browsing. Additionally, despite constantly refreshing Facebook every five minutes, you still haven’t seen anything new come up. Things are looking bleak. Suddenly, something pops up: a link posted on someone’s wall. It’s a BuzzFeed quiz! A quiz that could not be more pertinent to the exciting roller coaster that is your life. A quiz that will only further unlock the complex inner workings of your mind, body and soul: The “What Sandwich Are You?” Quiz. Answer: Soggy Veggie Wrap.

To be honest, I would have preferred getting a grilled cheese over a soggy veggie wrap. Why couldn’t it have been just a plain veggie wrap? Regardless, I know once I start with one of these BuzzFeed quizzes, I cannot stop. My first click on another quiz soon turns into wondering, “Where did the last few hours go?” Perhaps this is more of a personal addiction, but I like to believe I’m not alone in this.

Now, I don’t want to imply that most of the learning I’ve done recently has been through BuzzFeed, but I’m not going to deny it either. All I will say is I now know that the country I should live in is Spain, the arbitrary thing I would be is the New York Times leisure section and I most identify with Leslie Knope out of all of the “Parks and Recreation” characters. I mean, Hoyas, at the end of the day, if you don’t know which classic diva you are, I’d argue maybe you do not know enough. Madonna, by the way, for those still interested in my results.

Without a doubt, BuzzFeed quizzes should have some sort of “warning: highly addictive” sign attached to them. 4E is not advocating another distraction from the piles and piles of work you guys have during midterm season – you already have 4E for that. But who wouldn’t want to know that her future career could be vice president in the midst of studying for a “Comparative Political Systems” midterm?

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So, we at 4E have compiled our own selection of BuzzFeed quizzes, because if you can’t learn everything for your midterm, you might as well learn what your true hidden talent is:

Photos: tumblr.com, metro.us

InstagraMondays: Foods That Need to Be Your Valentines

insta-mondaysThey say a picture is worth a thousand words. Toss a filter and 30 likes on it, and it’s worth even more. Take a look at some of our favorite most recent Instagrams and stop back next Monday to see if yours were featured on 4E’s newest feature, InstagraMondays! Also, follow The Hoya on Instagram here.

With all of the love in the air, today’s InstagraMondays goes out to that special someone in everyone’s life. The one you would spend a little extra on. The one you always come back to: Food. So, here are some Instagram gems that prove true love does exist. Because let’s be honest, Hoyas, the real prize is having a meal with one of these goodies.

Can you feel the love tonight this morning?

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Pancakes or sausage? Whatever your preference, a brunch valentine will always make your day egg-cellent! 

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Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so is this cupcake… 

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This may be prettier than Ryan Gosling — or a really close second… 

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Sometimes your valentine is the one that was right in front of you all along. Leo’s, be mine?

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Oh, valentine, I’ll be with you till the very blend!

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Happy almost Valentine’s Day, Hoyas! Stay tuned for next week’s edition of InstagraMondays here on 4E.

 

4E’s Guide to Jesuit Heritage Week 2014

Healy_Hall_at_Georgetown_UniversityThis week Georgetown will celebrate the 14th annual Jesuit Heritage Week! Hopefully most Hoyas have already met and/or taken a class with some of the Jesuits on campus.  (Side note: You should definitely plan to, because the Jesuits on campus are both giftedly smart and incredibly fun. Plus, a lot of them will most likely provide you with great food; personal thank you to Fr. Steck for New South’s quesadilla and brownie nights!) But even if you haven’t, make sure to come out to the great events this week celebrating Jesuit Heritage Week!

This year, Georgetown is expanding this week all the way to the campus in Doha, Qatar. For the first time, Georgetown students can join Hoyas from across the world in enjoying Georgetown’s special identity and great traditions.

Filled with various events, the week begins Sunday night with an opening mass in Gaston Hall at 8:00 p.m. On Monday, events include the “D.C.-Doha Dialogue,” which features members of the Society of Jesus and students in Washington, D.C., and Qatar talking through telepresence technology – which, thanks to a quick Google search, seems to be just a large Skype session – about the meaning of a Jesuit education. Also on Monday, English professor John Glavin will lead a main campus tour of Jesuit iconography.

A particularly exciting event, though, takes place on Tuesday with guest speaker Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion and the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the United States. Boyle will share his experiences in helping young people in the Los Angeles barrios to avoid gang life through Homeboy Industries and how these individuals have positively influenced his own faith. With Fr. O’Brien’s seal of approval – he mentioned that “Father Boyle is a remarkable Jesuit and human being … deeply committed to the poor and marginalized in Los Angeles” – this event is sure to inspire many.

On Wednesday, be sure to also stop by the Spike-a-Jesuit event, a students versus Jesuits volleyball game. And practice up, Hoyas! Who knows what secret weapon these Jesuits might have?

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Also on Wednesday, if you are attending or watching the Georgetown vs. Villanova men’s basketball game, look out for more Jesuit versus student competition on the court during halftime!

Closing out the week, on Feb. 1, the Georgetown Jesuits will invite students and their families to an evening of storytelling.

Enjoy the week to come and be sure to check out the full schedule of events here: http://missionandministry.georgetown.edu/jesuitheritageweek/

Photo: http://www.gifbin.com/987097, wikipedia.org

Michelle Obama Birthday Preview

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Tonight there will be a not-so-secret birthday dance party just a few miles from our very own Hilltop. Who exactly is the birthday girl, you might ask? None other than the first lady herself, Michelle Obama.

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Nifty, nifty, look who’s fifty!

For her 50th birthday, which was actually on Friday, Michelle has invited her guests to enjoy “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert” tonight and has asked them to wear comfy shoes and eat before they arrive.

While those of us at 4E would suggest adding some more food to this soiree – a Wisey’s sandwich, perhaps – we certainly love to bust a move, and we feel this party is certain to be a hit. Over the past year, rumors have circulated that singers like Adele and Beyonce have agreed to perform at the bash.

Beyonce side note: Queen Bey especially has a great relationship with the Obamas. She was with them at almost every momentous occasion during President Obama’s two terms, including President Obama’s swearing-in at the Inauguration.

Beyonce. White House. The Obamas breaking it down on the dance floor. Need I say more?

For a little preview of what this night has in store, take a look at the birthday girl here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq-URl9F17Y

Photo: @WhiteHouse Twitter Account, www.theblaze.com/blog