What Do Japan And Leo’s Have In Common?

Banner - JapenHis name is Chef Yamada! And he comes with a chance to be on Japanese television!!! (may or may not be true, but whatever…)

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Yes, this is real life. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Leo O’Donovan’s Dining Hall hosted Executive Chef of Upstairs at Bouley of New York City, Isao Yamada, alongside more than 20 Aramark chefs from around the country this past Friday!

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Feeling like you missed out last Friday because you used all your meal swipes on Einstein’s bagels?  Well, you’re still in luck as Leo’s will be introducing a specialty menu featuring Japanese cuisine brought to us by Chef Yamada starting on February 10th through the 16th.  Bringing a world-renowned chef to Georgetown is “going to be a very positive story about chefs in the U.S. that are open to more variety of healthy options and learning new ingredients and cooking”, a representative for Chef Yamada said in a statement to Leo’s.

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So what are you waiting for, grab a friend and borrow a guest swipe!  Better yet, purchase a meal plan and you’ll never miss out on any of Leo’s special events ever again.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, verdicapital.edu

Win Finals By Saving Money at Moleskine!

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Finals is an extremely stressful time of year for Hoyas. The tests, the papers and the packing… all of these stress related activities make it hard to balance normal life. What else do you lose control of during finals? ALL OF YOUR MONEY.

I’m serious, for some reason I end up spending 2 to 3 times the normal amount during this time of the year. Maybe it is because I am extremely lazy? Maybe it’s because Midnight is so accessible? 4E has tried to decode this out mystery with no such luck. The fact of the matter is that saving money and finals do not mix.

Nonetheless, this finals period we offer you some hope. What if there was some way to have extra money during this hectic time. All your (monetary) problems would be solved! Finals (hopefully) would be a breeze! Oh the joy.

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How you may ask? Simply by visiting the new Moleskine store at 3029 M Street. By showing a valid Georgetown id you can earn 10% off any purchase! That is 10% that you have to spare during the most stressful time of year. #score

If that was not great enough, if you go to the Moleskine store (yes, just go) between Wed. April 29 and Fri. May 1, you will receive a free Moleskine case and be entered into a raffle for a Moleskine Traveler’s Kit. Is there a better present to yourself that fresh to death merchandise fo’ free? (Read: There is not.)

What are all these things?

A Moleskine case is a small, hard case that can hold pens, glasses, jewelry or all other small things!

The colors, the shapes, the possibilities!
The colors, the shapes, the possibilities!

The Traveler’s Kit includes a shoulder bag big enough to hold a tablet, a Travel Passion journal (for all those “notes”) and a Moleskine pen.

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Moleskine Pens

What can you do with this extra money?

1. That extra Sweetgreen salad. You know you want it. But who has that extra $12 to spend? Twelve dollars has never seemed like such a big amount before.

2. Hour-by-Hour coffees. Your caffeine addiction can get super expensive. What if you had the money to imbibe caffeine every hour on the hour? Studying in Lau would be so much better.

3. Some new duds for that last minute formal. Formals = fun. Surprise formals = anxiety. Don’t stress yourself out scouring your closet, go #treatyourself to do something new and cute. You deserve it.

4. Emergency study supplies. Nothing kills you more then when you run out of your favorite legal pad during a major brainstorming sesh for the 20 page paper. Especially when your Go-Card has $0.95 on it. Extra cash will makes those hurried trips to the bookstore less frantic.

5. Your finals celebration! After all the work you have put in over the 2 and 1/2 weeks of finals you need some celebration. Use this extra money for whatever is your guilty pleasure.

Enjoy your extra cash and let’s hope we all get through finals!

 Photos/Gifs: pleated-jeans.com; Moleskine

Feel the Burn: Definitions DC Gives You Your Money’s Worth

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While we Hoyas have access to the lovely Yates and all the classes it has to offer, sometimes you just want to get off campus and work out somewhere else. But where?

Definitions Personal Trainers’ Gym, located inside 1050 Thomas Jefferson St. NW (right next to Baked and Wired, for all interested parties), is an intimate space where everyone knows your name. Many of the customers are regulars who, under the training and tutelage of the motivating staff, have come to love the early-morning workouts and personal training opportunities.

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At first it was confusing to find Definitions, but we were told that it’s kept highly secure because of the many important guests visiting the building. #JustDCProblems

 

I attended the 8:30 a.m. Saturday class, Metabolic Resistance Training, with my friend Michelle (thank you Michelle for agreeing to get up early and work out with me). Now, in the past, we were not fitness slouches – we’ve both run half-marathons, for instance. But as we progressed through college, we may not have retained the same level of fitness that we had when we were regularly training. At any rate, we had no idea what we were getting into.

Luckily, the Definitions staff is extremely patient and helpful. Our class was taught by DeShay Williams, who patiently guided Michelle and me, as well as the other people in the class, through a series of workouts, from kettlebell burpees to Bosu ball planks (side note: I was unaware of all of these terms until this class, except for “planks”). Each workout was timed such that there would be 45 seconds of agonizing exercise and 15 seconds of blissful break. The repetition was grueling, but DeShay and likely any other teachers of this class were more than helpful: whether pumping up the volume on the awesome Spotify playlist (Madonna goes really well with Usher, it turns out) or fixing my posture during dumbbell snatches, she made sure everyone was getting a safe but physically taxing 50-minute workout.

The gym has a variety of equipment in a relatively smaller space – any machine you’d want is available, but you don’t feel overwhelmed when you walk in. Classes are also kept small, with a cap of 12 people.

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With rubber reinforced flooring, this room is used for group training classes.
The main room of the boutique fitness center.
The main room of the boutique fitness center.

 

The locker rooms were well-accommodated, and there was a large supply of fresh towels and cold water, which Michelle and I took advantage of liberally during our experience. (By the end of the class, I was sweating so much that I took the walk back to campus wearing shorts. This is the only acceptable reason to wear shorts in the wintertime!)

All in all, for people who want to get in shape, Definitions is certainly a great alternative to Yates. While extremely tired and sore, Michelle and I agreed that there was no way someone could regularly attend the class and not be fit. The running student discount is 25% off – the cost of one class alone is $24, or a five-class package for $110. To purchase either option, either come in person to Definitions, email classes@definitions-dc.com, or call 202-821-9874. The class schedule can be found here. And don’t forget to check out the Definitions Facebook and Twitter.

Photos: Chris Glenn, yelp.com

Stop by the Samsung T-Mobile Time Out

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Because fall semester is winding down and finals are quickly approaching, many of you Hoyas might be looking for ways to decompress. Well, what better way to relax than by playing with cool technology?

To help you with that, Samsung is stopping by Regents Lawn on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a “time-out” from studying, complete with free hot chocolate. You can try out a Samsung Note 4, one of the hottest gadgets for the holiday season.

Seriously, check out this bad boy.

Also, students can play around with the Samsung Holiday Wish List, an app that lets you insert photos of yourself or of your friends into holiday-themed photo templates. Share the priceless results via social media — it’s like Elf Yourself, but with more options!

Lastly, you can enter yourself into a raffle to win the Samsung Gear Fit wearable smart watch. You’ll never be late to that small discussion section again.

If you like what you see at this time-out, hit up the T-Mobile store at 1330 Connecticut Avenue NW to check out a variety of Samsung goods.

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SENIORS, STUDY ABROAD AGAIN!

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So what are you doing after you graduate? The question haunts every senior who is slowly realizing that his or her idyllic life at Georgetown will eventually come to a close. If you’re considering graduate school, there’s an event you should check out that may make you a bit more willing to answer that daunting question about the FUTURE.

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Sept. 15 is your opportunity to meet with representatives of top U.S. and international universities. The QS World Grad School Tour is hosting a fair that will feature reps from schools like University of Oxford, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, London School of Economics and Political Science and King’s College London. If that doesn’t get you going, here’s another MAJOR reason to show up:

The QS World Grad School Tour is offering $1.7 million in scholarships, and this money is exclusively available to attendees of one of these grad school fairs.

And if that doesn’t get your heart pumping, the fair is also a great opportunity because:

  1. You could win free online GRE test prep for a month from Magoosh (which is an awesome name). The winner will be announced at the event like this:

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  1. There will be informational seminars available, including a GMAT seminar hosted by GMAC.
  1. Finally, if you are one of the first 100 people to arrive, you will receive a free QS Top Grad School Guide.

Studying at an international grad school could be a great experience for all of the reasons you loved undergraduate study abroad. But even if you’re down to stay in ‘MURICA for the rest of your life, you should still check out the event because there will be top U.S. grad school representatives there too.

P.S. To get free entry you have to preregister online here and say the Hoya’s exclusive secret password at the door.

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Okay, don’t tell anyone but the password is… “Hoya promo”.

Here’s the address for the QS Grad School Tour fair:

National Press Club
529 14th St. NW 13th floor
Washington, D.C. 20045

Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

So register and enjoy the spoils!

This post is sponsored by the QS Grad School Tour.

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