Sixteen Sweet Study Songs

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Studying sucks. Luckily for you, music doesn’t. And for those of you whose friends are distracting you by whispering in Pierce (which is forbidden, but by friends are doing it anyway), you probably need a little chill study music to distract you. Look no farther. These sixteen songs are guaranteed to help you focus and get you through finals happily.

Dull to Pause — Junior Boys This song has been on my study playlist for at least the past two years. Great beats that ride the line between monotonous and beautiful. Which, if you ask me, is the ultimate study song.

Hurricane — MS MR If you didn’t discover this song when the Internet was making Hurrican Sandy playlists, now is your chance. Fall in love with her voice. (This is also thematically relevant for me and my studying for my climate science final).

Pull My Heart Away — Jack Peñate I love Jack’s voice. It’s soothing and oozes emotion, but not so much that you start crying from a mixture of desperation and the song’s emotional power.

Slowdance — Matthew Dear This is actually the ideal study song. I actually wouldn’t be opposed to just listening to this song on repeat until I finish my paper.

Brackett, WI — Bon Iver Justin Vernon’s musical melancholy might be a little too depressing for those of you holed up in cube. But this song’s emotion mirrors the winter outside, so it’s a great study song.

Civilian — Wye Oak This song simultaneously makes me focus and destress. It’s a win-win.

Holocene — Bon Iver It always helps to surround yourself with beauty during desperate times.

Heart Skipped a Beat — The xx and Unfold — The xx Every song by The xx is perfectly tailored for studying. Listen to their past two albums on repeat. This playlist contains a dong from each.

The Mall and Misery — Broken Bells I spent all of my time during winter finals 2011 listening to this song and managed to do well. Here’s hoping this song continues the trend!

Runaway — JMSN This is kind of a mix of study music and hipster baby-making music. It’s helped me focus so far.

Bad Religion — Frank Ocean Love Frank Ocean. After his album’s release this summer, no soothing playlist would be complete without his beautiful voice.

Mariana — Bia Krieger This song is Brazilian, so you won’t understand the words (which always helps with focusing). It also comes from Putumayo’s “Brazilian Lounge” album, and Brazilian lounges seem super chill. We’re all in need of a little carefree Brazilian music right now.

Relax, Take It Easy — Mika The title says it all. Also, love Mika. If you ever want to cry in a music video like you do in a romcom, watch this one. Wouldn’t you want someone to tell you that you were the Origin of Love? That’s actually the biggest compliment I can imagine and if that song doesn’t play on my wedding day I’m going to murder the DJ.

Cruel — St. Vincent Yes, finals are cruel. This song will make you feel better.

Pretty Girl From Michigan — The Avett Brothers I’m in Lau, staring at a pretty girl who may or may not be from Michigan.

Music to Get You Through Sandy

Happy Hurricane Party from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

Depending on whether you live in a leaky dorm or a cozy apartment, your hurricane is either awful or awesome. You’re either using trash cans to keep water out from your room or watching Jim Cantore get inundated by the storm surge in NYC. Regardless, you could definitely use these Hurricane Sandy-related songs to get you through the night

Hurricane — MS MR This beautiful song will lull you into a peaceful sleep and you’ll definitely be no longer worried about the wind and rain outside.

Hurricane Drunk — Florence + The Machine Maybe this will be some of you tonight. Stay safe!!!

Butterflies and Hurricanes — Muse One of the biggest reasons why I’m currently enjoying the hurricane is that it made me rediscover this song.

Rainy Monday — Shiny Toy Guns What a rainy Monday this has been. I don’t think it’s stopped raining all day.

Sand Castles Black x Blue — Theophilus London Get it? Sand for Sandy? OK, maybe not, but this song is really a great song.

Cyclone — Baby Bash Sandy’s moving her body like a cyclone. (I got this joke from Hurricane Sandy’s twitter account.)

Hurricane — The Hush Sound Another awesomely chill song about hurricanes. Which is weird, because hurricanes aren’t really that chill.

Sandy — John Travolta from Grease Haha. I’m funny.

Guide Grooves: Macklemore and Ellie Goulding

Guide Grooves from October 12 from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

This edition of Guide Grooves is probably the most exciting post to date, mostly because my colleagues at The Guide picked two awesome artists and they both made amazing albums. Ellie Goulding’s unique voice was crafted into an edgier and more interesting album than 2011’s “Lights,” while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have released an album with more than a few instant hits.

Halcyon — Ellie Goulding Her voice is just so captivating. And this song beautifully showcases her voice with strong drum beats, a melodious backdrop and a light smattering of guitar. Perfection.

My Blood — Ellie Goulding The Guide’s review called this the song to download on this album. It’s beautiful, and the chorus oozes with feeling.

Cowboy Boots — Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Forget Thrift Shop (even though it’s probably the catchiest song on the album). This is the most underrated song album (it’s an awesome late-night chill song) and the chorus has a folk quality that Macklemore effortlessly integrates into his own rap.

Can’t Hold Us — Macklemore and Ryan Lewis I can’t describe this song better than The Guide’s review: This song is an “uplifting piano-pounding, stomp-along flash of studio genius from Ryan Lewis. Macklemore holds nothing back; his flow is precise, and the low bass kick coupled with horns that appear halfway through propel it further.”

I also have to have a shout out to what is probably the most eloquent and wonderfully crafted social commentary I’ve had the pleasure to listen to: “Same Love” is simultaneously a straight-forward and unequivocal endorsement of LGBT equality and a blistering social commentary on stereotypes, prejudices and negative portrayals on homosexuality in society in general and rap in particular. Watch the music video. I cried almost as hard at the video as I did at the end of Toy Story 3. It’s also hard to ignore the spirited endorsement of LGBT equality from an rapper as mainstream as Macklemore in an album that is proving to be one of the most well-received and influential of the year.

Don’t Make ‘Em Like You — Ne-Yo (feat. Wiz Khalifa) Instant high school dance song. I could definitely picture myself dirty dancing to this song at some point within the next few weeks.

So Many Details — Toro y Moi I included this song for those of you with more eclectic tastes. This indie band released the single today in advance of their December album.

Better — K’naan Who is your favorite Canadian rapper? Mine is definitely NOT Drake. It’s K’naan. And if you’re still deciding, you must listen to this song.

Skyfall — Adele This is the song that will play during the opening credits of the upcoming James Bond movie. As if you needed another reason to get excited for James Bond.

College Students Love D.C.

D.C. is quite clearly an awesome place to be. And now, the media is taking notice. This month, D.C. was chosen the third best city in America. In September Forbes released a list of the most hipster neighborhoods in the country, placing the H Street corridor at 6th. Now, our very own D.C. is the best college city in the country, according to The Huffington Post and The Princeton Review.

As Georgetown students, we have front row seats to the best college city experience in the country. It’s not that hard to see — from a professional standpoint, we have access to the most infamous network of interns anywhere, with government offices, lobbying firms, contractors and banks constantly looking for some impressionable, free college labor.

More importantly, though, D.C. is an incredibly fun city for us college kids. There are tons of bars. Tons of restaurants. Food trucks. Free concerts. Free museums. Easy public transportation. And in Georgetown in particular, we have quality fun institutions within blocks of campus (Tombs, Booey’s, Rhino, Thirsty Thursday at Thirds). Plus, Georgetown is far enough removed from the city to maintain its collegiate feel (despite the complaints of our neighbors). What more could you want from a college town?

Really not much. When most people think of college towns, they’re probably thinking of places like Ann Arbor, Mich. (10th on the list); Boulder, Colo.; State College, Pa.; or Columbus, Ohio. But here at Georgetown, we are witnesses to the same collegiate amenities as those college towns — with the added bonus of living in one of the most exciting cities in the country. Basically, boredom in D.C. is no excuse for a college student.

Other cities and universities ranking highly on the list include New Orleans with Tulane University, Boston with Boston University and New York with NYU, Columbia and Barnard. Our other D.C. brethren at The George Washington University and American came in 3rd and 8th, respectively.

Show Your Natitude Today

Today at 1:07 p.m., D.C. will see something it hasn’t seen since the Great Depression: postseason baseball.

It’s almost unbelievable. After languishing with mediocre baseball teams (or no team at all) the Washington Nationals were awesome this year. For those of you who aren’t sports fans, the Nats finished the regular season with the best record in baseball, clinched their first division pennant since 1981 (a full 24 years before they would move to D.C. from Montreal) and brought postseason baseball to Washington for the first time since 1933 — when the Washington Senators went to the World Series.

To get a sense of how big of a deal this season is for the Nationals, the franchise decided to Let Teddy Win during the mid-game Presidents’ Race — snapping a 538-race losing streak. (Because we at 4E love Teddy, we were ecstatic — but not quite as excited as these people, including John McCain.)

No matter which baseball team you support, postseason baseball — especially in a city as starved as this one — is exciting. (If you aren’t excited, read these articles by Washington sports writers). And, if you don’t realize how big this is for the District, a city council meeting will be postponed until the end of the game. Offices will cease to function as people come up with excuses to watch the game. But what’s the best way to make the best of all of the sporting excitement without trekking down to Navy Yard and Nationals Park? We’ve got you covered.

1. Show your Natitude. The Nationals organization has made a big push to grow their fan base in the D.C. area this year through their #NATITUDE campaign. The idea was to improve attendance at games and TV ratings. It worked. And no matter where you’re from, you can get in on the Natitude as well. Wear a curly “W” hat. Follow the Nationals on Twitter (they’ll live tweet the game so you can follow it during class). Get excited that, for the first time in 79 years, this city is home to a great baseball team.

2. Watch a game. Tomorrow’s game (much to the ire of Nats fans) is at literally the least convenient time. And it’s not being shown on a major network. So, you’ll have to head to restaurants with nice TV’s to watch it (unless you have a premium cable package.) Clyde’s and Rhino on M Street are probably your closest safe bets, but these restaurants held specials on Monday for the last game, so might have a bit more excitement there.

3. Find a local fan. D.C. baseball fans have been deprived of legitimate teams for years, so any conversation with them is probably going to make you want to at least root for the Nationals in this series.

4. Familiarize yourself with Nationals history and fandom. Because the Nats had to start up a new fan base in 2005 when they moved to D.C., they made it fun to follow games. The best non-sports related Nationals blog is Let Teddy Win. And, even though Teddy won a week ago today, they still follow everything about the Nationals that isn’t sports.

5. Ditch your hometown team. Sorry, Boston fans. The Red Sox were subpar this year. Sorry, Braves fans — my St. Louis Cardinals (also known as the Nationals’ foes in this series) beat you at home last Friday. Yankees and Orioles fans — your team doesn’t play until tonight. Whoever you support, I’m sure you can take three hours out of your life to root for the Nationals beginning at 1:07 p.m. today. They deserve your support. This city deserves your support. D.C. has been starved of good baseball for such a long time, so this is exciting.

(Disclaimer: Ignore this whole post if you are like me and you’re a Cardinals fan. Show your STL pride tomorrow, more than ever. I certainly will. Just know that it’s not the worst thing if the Cards lose this series, since D.C. baseball has been so sad for so long until now — you have to feel just a little bad for D.C. that St. Louis has won two World Series in the seven seasons since baseball moved back to D.C., while the Nats have suffered two 100-loss seasons in that time and just got their first ever winning season. Let’s make it 12 in ’12!)

Photo Credit: The Washington Times

Guide Grooves: Muse and Matt & Kim

Guide Grooves from October 5 from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

If you didn’t find the time to read The Guide over the long weekend (or if you scampered from town before the issue came out), you missed out on the best guide to food in D.C. Too bad. Fortunately, though we’ve got a taste (no pun intended — or was it?) of the music reviewed in last week’s issue. Muse — everyone’s favorite mildly rebellious British band — released an album we thought could be “the soundtrack to almost any bad dystopian movie” in  a disappointing follow-up to their incredible 2009 album The Resitance. In the meantime, Matt & Kim continued to astound us with their awesome vocals an drum beats. So, take a break to enjoy these awesome (or maybe not-so-awesome) new beats.

The 2nd Law: Unsustainable — Muse I sort of feel like I’m drowning or watching a movie where the world collapses for the first minute, then the song gets so boring I get depressed at how such a great band like Muse could make a song this subpar. It feels like the band itself is living in a dystopia.

Madness — Muse By far the best song from The 2nd Law. It reminds us of Muse’s roots in a strong lead male vocal, superb beats and an electronic-type beat that is interesting, yet consistent throughout the song.

Now — Matt & Kim This is a totally different style of song for Matt & Kim. That said, it’s a great use of their already-proven talents — Matt’s truly unique voice that exudes positivity and makes you want to dance and Kim’s being absolutely stellar on the drums. Love this song.

It’s Alright — Matt & Kim I couldn’t agree more with The Guide’s review that this song is one of the most danceable songs ever created by this duo. Try not to tap your feet. I dare you.

Ride — Lana Del Rey We all know the Lana Del Rey jokes about her performance earlier this year on SNL. Yes, it was awful. And, yes, “Video Games” is one song I hope to never hear as long as I live. But I like this song! And for someone who hates Lana Del Rey as much as I do, that says a lot.

Closer — Tegan and Sara I am totally moving my head obnoxiously and every time that they scoop their voice at the end of the song I get very happy. A generally good song.

Red — Taylor Swift This song sounds like every other Taylor Swift song, so you’ll probably like it. I don’t, but I don’t like T-Swift all that much. This song also bothers me because the first line is, “Love is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street.” What, T-Swift? Sorry…

Skyfall — ADELE My addition to this playlist. Love James Bond. Love Adele.

Get to Know Your GUSA Senator

Last week, the Georgetown University Student Association for the 2012-2013 school year met for the first time. You elected them. You RSVPed to their Facebook groups, saw their flyers and may have met the candidate when they knocked on your doors. But how well do you really know your GUSA senator? We made a point of getting to know the person behind the Senator by asking them the following questions:

  • What has been your favorite moment at Georgetown so far?
  • What’s the number one thing on your Georgetown or D.C. bucket list?
  • What is your favorite late night snack?
  • What other extracurriculars are you involved in?
  • What’s the best class you’ve taken at Georgetown? or, alternatively: If you could design a class, what would the class be?
George Spyropoulos (COL ’14)
District: At-Large
Hometown: Athens, Greece
Favorite Georgetown moment: Swimming (well, more like splashing, really) in the Dahlgren fountain to celebrate the end of finals last Spring.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Finding that underground tunnel connecting Healy to the White House.
Favorite late night snack: Tuscany (any day of the week #noshamewhatsoever)
Other extracurriculars: International Students Association (organizing iWeek this year), social chair of the Hellenic Association, member of the Speech and Expression Committee; I also run an online news source on Greek politics and I’m working as a TA for the Classics Department.
Best class at Georgetown: Witches and Witchcraft (history dept.) with Professors Leonard and Games; top-notch intellectual conversation made cool! Often involves talks of werewolves, demons, and even… poisonous beer in medieval Estonia! Taking it this semester and absolutely loving it!

Cannon Warren (SFS ’14)
District: At-Large
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
Favorite Georgetown moment: Freshman graduation. My 12 friends and I got a keg during study days, wore robes, played Pomp and Circumstance and gave speeches on what life lessons we had learned, but had to finish the keg in 2 hours.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Steal the clock hands by climbing the tower.
Favorite late night snack: Fruit snacks
Other extracurriculars: Astronomy club, outdoor ed, and climbing club
Best class at Georgetown: My proseminar, The History of the Mexican Revolution
Nick Fedyk (SFS ’14)
District: At-Large
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Favorite Georgetown moment: Biking down to the White House and going crazy after the death of Osama bin Laden.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Camp out in the early morning for a GU-Syracuse basketball game.
Favorite late night snack: Utz Extra-Dark Pretzels and seltzer.
Other extracurriculars: The Hoya Sports Columnist, Knights of Columbus, WGTB sports talk-show host, intramurals
Best class at Georgetown: Problem of God with Professor Sanders…it really sparked my interest in theology, which is part of the theme of my CULP major.
Ben Mishkin (SFS ’13)
District: Off-campus
Hometown: Tenafly, N.J.
Favorite Georgetown moment: Walking at 7 a.m. to the Verizon Center after a blizzard for the Villanova game my freshman year.  The streets were deserted; there were no cars out at all essentially and we could walk down the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Tie between hitting up Amsterdam Falafel and finally getting around to seeing the Cherry Blossoms.
Favorite late night snack: Sabra Supremely Spicy hummus with toasted pita bread.
Other extracurriculars: I’m a Managing Editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and serve as a committee chair for the IRC conferences NCSC and NAIMUN.
Best class at Georgetown: Freshman year, Humanities and Writing class, True Fictions with Prof. Marcia Morris.  We read Russian historical fiction novels, including 6 weeks reading every word of War and Peace.  I’d read it every year if I could find the time.  It’s more than 1,200 pages and feels legitimately rushed.

Tiffany Hsueh (COL ’13)
GUSA district: Off-campus
Hometown: North Brunswick, N.J.
Favorite Georgetown moment: Georgetown v. Duke basketball game my freshman year. It was such a electrifying game and I guess it didn’t hurt that Obama and Biden were there too.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: White House tour!
Favorite late night snack: Chocolate chip cookies (I just learned how to bake them fresh!)
Other extracurriculars: Facilitator on Leaders in Education about Diversity (LEAD)
Best class at Georgetown: Any and all of my Justice and Peace Studies classes

Sheila Walsh (COL ’14)
District: Townhouses
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Favorite Georgetown moment: My favorite moment at Georgetown happened during my freshman year, on the night President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed. I’ll never forget leaving all of my stuff in Lau (the night before I had to deliver a final presentation) and sprinting to the White House alongside fellow Hoyas as we shouted and chanted. That night I felt myself simultaneously at the center of Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and the greater international community.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Attend a performance at the Kennedy Center.
Favorite late night snack: Pretzels <3
Other extracurriculars: Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society; Rangila; NSO
Best class at Georgetown: Faith, Social Justice & Public Life with Professor Jim Wallis

Vetone Ivezaj (COL ‘13)
District: Alumni Square and Nevils
Hometown: Rochester, Mich. (not New York)
Favorite Georgetown Moment: Winning the final race my novice year of rowing against Navy
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Blowing up a mattress before the sun rises to float down the Potomac with friends while eating cookies and cream ice cream.
Favorite late night snack: Sour Patch Watermelon
Other extracurriculars: Women’s Lightweight Rowing Team, Resident Assistant for Alumni Square and Townhouses, Teaching Assistant for Principles of Macroeconomics
Best class at Georgetown: Political Economy of Institutions and Development with Professor Raj Desai, but I am currently loving Ecological Analysis with Professor Gina Wimp.

Nate Tisa (SFS ’14)
District: Village A
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Favorite Georgetown moment: Homecoming weekend Sophomore year — most of my freshman floor had a huge reunion in the morning and then headed to the tailgate together. The seniors I had gotten to know through GUSA and The Corp were there in their 21-year-old glory, and I had a blast spending the day out with them. This year was definitely a huge contrast — being an upperclassman makes me feel old!
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Find the stolen set of clock hands.
Favorite late night snack: Tortilla chips and Sadie’s New Mexican salsa (courtesy of Deputy Blog Editor Martin Hussey)
Other extracurriculars: I am proud to say I currently serve as the VP of Political Affairs for GU Pride. I also work for The Corp at Uncommon Grounds and intern at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate Global Intellectual Property Center. In addition, I write a bi-weekly column for The Hoya called Contemplation in Action. Keep an eye out for the next one on Friday the 12th!
Best class at Georgetown: Without a doubt, Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies with Professor Nadine Ehlers. Unfortunately, she had to leave Georgetown for a post in Australia this year. Close seconds are Comparative Political Systems with Langenbacher and my SFS freshman proseminar, Intelligence Law with Professor Lotrionte.

Ben Weiss (COL ’15)
District: Henle Village
Hometown: Long Beach, N.Y.
Favorite Georgetown moment: At 1:00 a.m. on Ash Wednesday last year, I casually ran into Joe Biden leaving Dahlgren Chapel in a full tuxedo.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Going to the inauguration of newly re-elected President Obama this upcoming January.
Favorite late night snack: A caprese sandwich from Vittles/Midnight Mug
Other extracturriculars: Georgetown University Rugby Football Club and College Dems
Class to design: It would be called “Profiles in Courage,” and would use case studies to discuss the capacity for an individual to change the course of American history.

Elizabeth Oh (SFS ’15)
District: Copley Hall
Hometown: Plainview, N.Y.
Favorite Moment at Georgetown: Getting elected GUSA senator, obvs.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: In Georgetown, get up on our bell tower, in D.C., get up on the dome of the Capitol.
Favorite late night snack: Jalapeño Chips
Extracurricular Activities: Intern at the CMEA, Communications Coordinator in Hoyas for Immigrant Rights, Pianist in Chamber Ensemble, jazz and Jesus.
Best Class at Georgetown: Professor Mitchell’s PST class
Class to Design: It would look at musical theory and history together.

Sam Greco (SFS ’15)
District: Southwest Quad
Hometown: Originally Connecticut, now Palm Beach County, Fla.
Favorite Moment at Georgetown: Watching Georgetown beat ‘Bama in the Village C Alumni Lounge and everyone exploding with excitement.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Climb to the top of Healy Clocktower
Favorite late night snack: Wingo’s if they’re open.
Other extracurriculars: Blue & Gray Society, GUSA Executive External Committee for Food Service, Model UN.
Best Class at Georgetown: SFS Proseminar, “Policy & Strategy: The Pursuit of National Goals in Crisis” with Keith Hrebenak as the professor.

Jemm Della Cruz (SFS ’16)
District: Southwest Quad
Hometown: Originally Isabela, Philippines; but now Waldorf, Md.
Favorite Georgetown moment: Realizing that it’s 5am and that I’ve been sitting in our common room for hours just talking to a friend about theology, philosophy, diversity, love, GUSA, and life. I thought it was remarkable that, without meaning to, the conversation helped me prepare for my Problem of God midterm. Georgetown is filled with amazing people and I’m excited to be a voice for SWQ!
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Skydive with views of the city.
Favorite late night snack: Twizzlers! But for midterm season — biscottis and coffee.
Other extracurriculars: Cristo Rey Tutoring, Club Filipino, Eco-Action
Class to design: Like Map of The Modern World combined with a historical component. Its syllabus would reveal several fieldtrips into the city. The class would take advantage of the museums and numerous resources that are only minutes away from campus. Students would learn about how the political boundaries of the world developed into what they are today through primary sources that are showcased in exhibitions throughout D.C.

Chandini Jha (COL ’16)
District: Freshman South (New South and Village C West)
Hometown: Bethesda, Md.
Favorite Georgetown moment: Walking into NSO and seeing all the OA advisers dancing to “Gangnam Style” on chairs. It was at that moment I knew I’d fit in just fine.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: Going paddle boating on the Tidal Basin during the cherry blossom season.
Favorite late night snack: Frosted Flaked with extra sugar on top, also known as “diabetes in a bowl”
Other extracurriculars: College Dems, the Secular Student Alliance (new to Georgetown this year!), Parlimentary Debate, International Relations Club, H*yas for Choice.
Class to Design: Advanced Napping 201: not for beginners. Any lecture over 200 students fufills the prerequisite class, Napping 101.

Tim Rosenberger (COL ’16)
District: Freshman North (Harbin and Darnall)
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Favorite Georgetown moment: The surrogates debate hosted by College Republicans and College Democrats or Lunch in the Park with FOCI
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: See the original American Flag at the Smithsonian
Favorite late night snack: Brownies
Other extracurriculars: College Republicans, Protestant Ministry, Capital G’s, Honor Council
Best class at Georgetown: Liberal Arts Seminar with Professors DelDonna and McCann

Billy Bowers (COL ’16)
District: Freshman North
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Favorite Georgetown moment: Catching a touchdown in the rookie round robin for ultimate frisbee.
Top of Georgetown or D.C. bucket list: run to the monuments.
Favorite late night snack: Tuscany Pizza.
Other extracurriculars: Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Georgetown University Grilling Society and Ultimate Frisbee.
Best class at Georgetown: Intro to Biblical Literature; Professor Mitchell is really funny and knows so much about the topic he lectures on.

Today in Hoya History: Why We Got Dorm Security

Most of us don’t think anything of swiping into our buildings — unless you forgot your GOCard in your room. But 24-hour security didn’t make its way into our dorms until about 40 years ago, after an assault on this day in 1971 (see headline below) prompted university officials to reassess security in campus residence halls.

On October 2, 1971, an unknown assailant held a Copley Hall RA at gunpoint after she discovered a robbery in the Residence Hall Office. At the time, Copley and Harbin lacked any type of security system, while other residence halls lacked 24-hour security. In the days after the assault, university officials led by then-Housing Director Suzanne Forsyth, called a series of emergency meetings to address security concerns. The meetings were led by dorm Housemasters and addressed concerns about student safety — Copley alone reported 14 burglaries and two assaults in September 1971.

Within two weeks of the assault, Copley had a temporary security system in place, but university officials had their eyes on larger plans. In an Oct. 15, 1971, article, The Hoya reported that university officials were examining “if a key-card system for entering is possible.” Furthermore, campus security officials were examining whether “defensive equipment, such as mace or night sticks, are needed for protection of security guards,” and was examining whether it could receive more funding to train officers.

Other security measures included the installation of alarms on fire exit doors and increased lighting at the Medical Center.

The Hoya‘s editorial board had sharp-tongued criticism for the university’s shoddy security. The board lamented the incompetence of Georgetown’s 50-man security force, noting that “their Dick Tracy radios notwithstanding, the campus is just too big to be patrolled by policemen on foot.” (No DPS on bikes or in cars in 1971, evidently.) An editorial cartoon (pictured above) shows a campus security guard writing a parking ticket “with campus crime on the rise.” Walking from Reiss to Harbin was scary then, too, as “the walk between Reiss and Harbin … left late-night sojourners easy prey for attackers.”

It turns out October 1971 was an bustling time for the university. We discovered a few more gems of Hoya history in the Oct. 7, 1971, issue that broke this story. It  had just been announced that the Beach Boys would perform McDonough Gym that November. The Kennedy family announced a $1,350,000 grant to establish the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and Bioethics, now known as the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. WGTB radio was in the midst of an 8-month hiatus as a result of disputes over student politics voiced on air. And, as revealed in a Letter to the Editor, smoking in Healy Hall classrooms was quite a nuisance.

This Day in Hoya History is a bi-weekly feature that delves in The Hoya’s archives to find the stories of Hilltops past.

Guide Grooves: Matchbox Twenty and Grizzly Bear

Guide Grooves from September 14 from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

This week, The Guide took a look at a standout classic and a recent standout. Turns out, however, the standout classic — Matchbox Twenty — was underwhelming, while the recent standout — Grizzly Bear — maintained all that had made them a hit in the first place. This week was also an outstanding week for new releases. So instead of picking one great new release, I chose three to serenade your Tuesday evening.

Sleeping Ute — Grizzly Bear Though we highlighted a one of the tracks on this album last week that had been released as a single in August, we had no way of knowing how awesome this album would be yet. Turns out, Grizzly Bear didn’t disappoint following the success of their last album.

Speaking In Rounds — Grizzly Bear This song is a great testament Grizzly Bear’s willingness to experiment with new rhythms and sounds. Surprise! It works beautifully.

Our Song — Matchbox Twenty Unlike our wonderful Guide editor, I have never been a Matchbox fan. This song is both mind-numbingly repetitive and totally gets stuck in your head. A Matchbox song stuck in my head makes me mildly unhappy.

She’s So Mean — Matchbox Twenty Okay, this song is catchy and not horrible. But The Guide also called this the only non-bland song on the album, so the standards for this song weren’t necessarily all that high to begin with.

Default — Atoms for Peace This song is great. It’s got an all-star cast of artists behind it and it features some awesome beats. It’s pretty entrancing and is now the headline of my “Studying at 3 a.m.” playlist.

Every Chance We Get We Run — David Guetta (feat. Tegan & Sara and Alesso) I see what David Guetta is getting at here, with the success of his “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” — both featuring strong female indie vocalist Sia — over the summer. I’ve loved everything that Tegan & Sara have dropped since high school, but I have to agree with The Guide that the vocals don’t necessarily jibe with the song. Nonetheless, don’t be surprised if you find yourself DFMOing to this song at Thirds or Mason soon.

I Will Wait — Mumford & Sons Oh, Mumford, you’ve done it again. You’re beautiful raspy folky songs are making me have an emotional experience.

The Way It Was — The Killers The Killers released a new album today! If everything is like this track, it won’t disappoint.

Time of My Life — MS MR I instantly fell in love with this duo when they came to D.C. in August. They’re shrouded in mystery and we only know the first name of the lead singer — Lizzie — but her vocals are exhilarating to listen to. She somehow manages to combine the power singing of Adele, the smoothness of Florence Welch and the airiness of Ellie Goulding. It’s one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. The male half of the duo is in charge of of MS MR’s incredible beats. This track has been on repeat since it was released as part of an EP on Friday.