Friday Fixat10ns: Holiday Sing-A-Longs

holiday sing a longBecause finals are starting, everyone at 4E knows that it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit. But there’s no better way to get excited than to play some holiday music, finish that paper that you know is last minute, and cram for that bio exam that you’ve got tomorrow morning. Here’s what you should definitely have on that playlist right now.

  1. “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by Pentatonix

The holiday season wouldn’t be the holiday season without some form of The Nutcracker playing in the background. This new version will honestly keep you guessing.

2. “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber

Let’s face it. We all loved JB when this song came out and we love JB now. This is too full circle not to include.

3. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

The classic Mariah Carey song. Use this to inspire you to make your life as iconic as Mariah has made this song.

4. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé

I’m not cruel enough to include any Frozen song on this list, but Idina Menzel’s voice is too amazing to pass up. Also, another iconic holiday song, it’s too relatable when the temperatures drop on campus to below 30 degrees.

5. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

Who knows when you’re going to listen to this song, but if you know the Mean Girls dance to this song, you should definitely perform it on Lau 2 as a study break.

6. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Nat King Cole

Hands down one of the best song to get you in the holiday spirit. Works every time.

7. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé

It wouldn’t be a holiday playlist without Michael Bublé. It just wouldn’t.

8. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Dean Martin

The more you play this, the more likely it is that it will actually snow. The snow day calculator told me so.

9. “Hallelujah” by the Pentatonix

Yes, this is the second song I’ve included from their album but honestly listen to the whole thing because it’s beautiful.

10. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

The best pump up holiday song. Fast paced, easy to sing along to, and just in general a holiday anthem. Get ready to belt it out.

Finally, happy holidays from everyone at 4E! And good luck on finals!

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Upcoming GUSA Referendums

gusa referendumsIn case you missed the 25 emails, social media campaign and representatives knocking on your door begging you to vote, GUSA recently held two referendums on the topics of smoking on campus and club funding reform. We here at 4E found this to be a great way of getting a better understanding of the campus climate on some really important issues at Georgetown. So good, in fact, that we would like to propose a couple topics of our own that we think need some serious addressing for the next GUSA Referendum Day.

Without further ado, here are 4E’s proposed GUSA referendums.

Is two naps in one day too many?

You have two hours in between your first and second class. Obviously, you are going to take a nap and catch up on those extra Zs. You finish your last class of the day at 4:45, and you’re still feeling a little groggy from that first nap. You could really go for another one.

You worry, “Will I have enough time to finish my calc problem set?” “Will I ever fall asleep when it is actually time for bed?” The answer to both of those questions is probably no, but you still really want that nap. What do you think Georgetown?

Will this outlet work?

Whether you are studying in the HFSC, Lau, MSB, or any other popular study spot on campus, there is about a 50/50 shot that when you plug your laptop charger into the outlet it will actually work. You would think that with a nearly $70,000 tuition bill, Georgetown would be able to afford electricity.

Anyways, I say we leave it up to the student body to figure out if a given outlet works before going through the grossly disappointing process of unpacking your charger, getting up from your seat, and plugging it in only to find it doesn’t provide the life-giving electricity your laptop so desperately needs.

Do I really need to go to my econ recitation?

You attend all the lectures and you understand all the material. Well, maybe not ALL of it. Ok, honestly, probably none of it. But still, your recitation is at 7 p.m. on a Thursday night all the way in Walsh. AND it’s kinda cold out. I think the only way to get a valid answer is for the entire student body to weigh in on this decision.

Can we burn Lau to the ground?

Ok, I know technically this is arson, but I am pretty sure it’s what everyone wants. Lau defies the popular adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Not only is it ugly on the outside, but also ugly on the inside. It is also where most, if not all, dreams go to die. What do you guys think?

Make sure to keep an eye out for the next series of 25 emails from GUSA about upcoming referendums. You might just see one of these pressing matters on the ballot!

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The Five Phases of Writing a Final Paper, as told by Melania Trump

melaniaWe’re sad to report that finals season is once again upon us, and the only thing that could make this worse is remembering that Donald Trump won the election. But here at 4E, we have decided to embrace reality and take these two terrifying things in stride by finding a way to combine them. With that in mind, here are the five stages of writing a final paper, as told by our future First Lady, Melania Trump.

Phase 1: Confidence

You stroll onto Lau 2 with your squad, feeling good and looking even better. You pick up your usual vanilla latte and lemon poppy-seed muffin from Midnight, snag a prime table near the vending machines, and you’re ready to crush this paper. You’ve totally got this.

Phase 2: Distraction

You’ve got plenty of time. This paper isn’t due for another ten hours. That’s like a week in college time. Before you start writing, you can definitely afford to spend five minutes stalking that guy from your French class on Facebook or searching for some fire memes to retweet.

Phase 3: Realization

Okay, so five minutes has somehow turned into four hours and all you’ve done is people-watch and take a Buzzfeed quiz to find out what Zoey 101 character you are. Time to get serious. You log on to Blackboard to look at the topic for the first time. Wait… What is this paper supposed to be about? It slowly dawns on you that this paper might not be as easy as you initially thought.

Phase 4: Desperation

Ok, it’s officially time to panic. What is going on? When did the professor ever talk about any of this? You are really regretting your decision to skip so many lectures in favor of waiting in line for a crepe at the farmer’s market. At the height of your anxiety, you seriously start to consider how serious this whole “no plagiarism” rule is. Will anyone really notice if you copy and paste your entire paper from Wikipedia?

Phase 5: Acceptance

There’s no more time for panicking. You’ve got an hour left, and if you type fast enough, you’re pretty sure you can still pull a solid B-. Don’t let the fact that you have no idea what is going on stop you! Just make things up! Literally say anything. If this election cycle has taught us one thing, it’s that you can blatantly lie and people will still believe you:

                                                       Example 1
                                                           Example 2
                                                        Example 3

So there you have it: the five phases of writing a research paper, as told by First Lady-elect Melania Trump. From all of us here at 4E, good luck with your finals and with the next four years.

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4E’s Favorite Leo’s Yelp Reviews

leos yelp reviewsEver since Georgetown announced its new plans for Leo O’Donovan dining hall, campus has been abuzz with excitement, anticipation and more than a few questions. Will lines be longer? How will Georgetown complete all of the renovations in just one summer? Who are those people in the model photos?

Whatever questions you may have, we here at 4E hope to help by compiling some of our favorite lines from the Leo’s Yelp page in support of the dining hall’s promising future.

Our first review comes from Lissa B., who in 2014 gave Leo’s one star, although like fellow Yelp-er, Rebecca, she wishes she “could give Leo’s 0 stars.” Lissa has more than a few complaints. She writes, “Most days after dinner I would get really horrible chest pains.” We’re sorry to hear that, Lissa!

Lissa also doesn’t fail to remind readers of Leo’s history of food poisoning: “Leo’s was responsible for poisoning a large amount of students in the fall of 2008… Unbelievable.”

Our next review comes from Andrea L. in 2015, who does not give a glowing recommendation. “Everything tastes like [poop]. Do not eat unless you’ve been starving for five weeks. DO NOT eat!!!!!” If you couldn’t tell by the 5 exclamation points, Andrea L. really does not want you to eat at Leo’s. Thanks for the pro-tip, Andrea.

Katia G. takes a more generous approach to her 2014 review, giving Leo’s 2 stars. She explains, “Two stars because I imagine prison is worse.” (Perhaps not, Katia G., as Aramark supplies food to prisons as well.) Katia does give a shout-out to the great Leo’s workers that 4E so greatly appreciates, saying that “The people who work here are adorable.” Katia’s review does end on a sour note, in which she describes the lower floor of Leo’s as “hell.”

Despite giving Leo’s a total of three stars, Hall W., a self-proclaimed college dining hall connoisseur of sorts, describes Leo’s as, “pretty terrible” in his 2016 review. In the review, Hall W. complains of long lines, “blah” food, and “flies floating in the drinking area.” Hall W. does however, provide a list of pros in his review, such as the “great view” and, of course, the “vast amount of ice cream options.”

Rebecca Y. begins her 2010 review with a similar approach to Katia G., as she writes: “If hell was on earth, Leo’s would be it. If hell had a gatekeeper, Anna at the Grab&Go station would be it.”

Rebecca goes on to give a lengthy 8 paragraph review rant about the quality of Leo’s food, which she tops off with the following remark: “Thank you so much, Leo’s, for failing health inspection every year, giving us norovirus and a host of other food-borne illnesses, robbing me of the nutrition and quality of food I need to get me through a tough day of classes/studying, and producing this nasty stench that clings to my clothes forever and ever.” There, there, Rebecca Y., we’re here for you.

Well, there you have it folks. If these Yelp reviews don’t make you excited for the new Leo’s, I don’t know what will.

Gifs/Reviews: giphy.com, https://www.yelp.com/biz/leo-j-o-donovan-dining-hall-washington-2 

4E’s Guide to Spotting a Freshman

freshmanFreshman year is described as a “time of transition.” It is almost like a second awkward stage since you have to adjust to a completely different lifestyle (except hopefully you’re rocking a better haircut this time around). Perhaps the biggest “no-no” of being a freshman is looking like a freshman. Here are five obvious ways to spotting a freshman.

1. Still Reps Their High School Gear

Yes, your school might have provided you with endless Nike and Under Armor apparel, but perhaps this is best left at home so that you can pledge your allegiance to your new school: Georgetown University. On the other hand…

2. Wears Head to Toe Georgetown Clothing

We get it, you go here!!!! We know how hard you worked to get here and understandably, this comes with quite a bit of school pride. But maybe just pick the Georgetown sweatshirt and don’t go for the full on HoyaSaxa sweatsuit (including Georgetown hat and socks).

3. Wears a Lanyard with a Key Around Their Neck

Much like an ugly haircut during your awkward stage, this is simply a phase every freshman goes through. Learn from it and move on is all that I can say.

4. Actually Dresses Up for Class

No, this is not the Oscars, nor is it another Kardashian wedding. This is class (i.e. a time to catch up on sleep learn). You do not need to wear the finest clothing in your wardrobe. Please take note that athleisure is a trend people!

5. Only Travel in Packs

Have you ever seen a freshman by himself/herself? Probably not. There is safety in numbers and freshmen simply have not learned the concept of independence. We get it! You’re new here and don’t want to look stupid alone. We promise no one is judging what you’re doing; we’re all too busy worrying about whether or not Kim Kardashian will ever return to social media or if Brad Pitt will get more than a monthly visit with the kids.

If you spot a student with one (or all) of these attributes, you can be certain they are a freshman. But hey, go easy on freshmen: you either are living it or have lived through it. The same way you wouldn’t want 4E to investigate your middle school years, freshmen don’t want to be ostracized by their older, significantly cooler peers.

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25 Reasons Epi is the New Tombs this Summer

Epi Is New Tombs this summer

A momentous and unruly Georgetown tradition has been forever changed. Well, for the summer, at least. The Tombs has officially closed for renovations and with it many a 21st birthdays, forehead stamps, and traditions suspended until further notice. For many Hoyas, alum, and locals alike, this is an utter tragedy. The night so many have looked forward to, counted down, and dreamed about has been flipped on its head. Left in despair, many of those may be wondering what ever will they do?!

 

EPI!!!!

Here are your 25 reasons Epi is the new Tombs this summer:

1. Quesadillas. ‘Nuf said. 

2. Doctors. They have a tendency to be young, attractive, and scattered around Epi given its close proximity to their place of employment at the hospital.

3. $3.25 pizza. Mhmmm. 

4. The lighting. It’s a bit bright in the main area, but the dark bar provides a nice fun contrast. 

5. The dance floor. What, you didn’t know they had one? Turns out the opening between the two rooms is a great place to break it down. 

6. The diversity. Undergrads, grad students, drunk freshman, hospital staff, and Georgetown staff: it’s really just a great array of community. 

7. The playlist. Epi has jamz! 

 

8. The Darnall geotag. That is all. 

9. The hospital. You should never drink past your limit, but on your 21st, there is an even greater tendency for a person to seek medical attention. For this reason, there’s nothing better than a bar that shares a parking lot with a hospital!

10. Burleith. Two words: close proximity. 

11. Epi mems. You’re sure to have a ton. Why not add to the archival of weird Epi happenings thus far?

12. Drunk underclassman. They’re great to watch, truly. 

13. Free water. >>>>>.

 

14. Exclusive bar. Feel special in your own 21+ room while your underage friends stay close by.

15. Tombs is closed. NEXT! 

16. Epi has milkshakes.

17. And condiments. A vast and endless selection of condiments. 

18. Those round tables. Nothing says party like a circular table where you can sit and view all of your friends, and the other room only has rectangular tables. 

19. Underage friends. No longer must they mourn your departure at the door, but they can be at hand to help you walk and take part in your debauchery (well, from afar). 

20. Sushi bar. 

21. Henle. Proximity, proximity, proximity. 

22. Epi aesthetic. It’s just one of a kind. 

23. People watching. More of the above. 

24. You can customize your grilled cheese sandwich.

25. Epi rocks. Let’s be honest: It’s up there with The Tombs. Well, at least in the opinion of an underage person who has never been.

Alas, there’s just one small catch….

 

Epi closes at 10:30 during the summer. Didn’t we almost have it all?

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Best. News. Ever.

DCOM Marathon

Zetus Lapetus!!!!!!

If you couldn’t tell, I tend to contribute most to the blog when it’s Disney related.

90’s kids get ready for the best 4 days of your life, because Disney Channel is airing a 51 movie DCOM marathon!! (If you don’t know what DCOM means- can we even be friends??)

Why have we been so #blessed? According to Philadelphia’s Radio 104.5 and HypeLine.com, Disney’s having this marathon to celebrate the release of “Adventures of Babysitting”, which will be their 100th DCOM (let’s be real though who cares about this new one).

From Friday, May 27th to Monday, May 30th get ready to feel old AF with all the movies you watched while you applied blue eyeshadow and used flip phones after school. Break out the popcorn now, ‘cus here’s the schedule:

FRIDAY, MAY 27

10:00AM – Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama

11:20AM – Read It and Weep

12:55PM – Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

2:40PM – Jump In!

4:15PM – Lemonade Mouth

6:15PM – Zapped

8:00PM – High School Musical 2

9:55PM – The Cheetah Girls 2

11:45PM – Zenon the Zequel

1:25AM – Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

2:55AM – Twitches Too

4:25AM – Alley Cats Strike

Saturday, May 28

6:25AM – You Wish!

8:05AM – The Proud Family Movie

9:50AM – Quints

11:25AM – Horse Sense

1:10PM – Cow Belles

2:50PM – Twitches

4:30PM – The Even Stevens Movie

6:15PM – Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie

8:00PM – Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

9:50PM – Princess Protection Program

11:30PM – The Cheetah Girls: One World

1:05AM – Zenon: Z3

2:40AM – Halloweentown High

4:20AM – The Thirteenth Year

Sunday, May 29

6:00AM – Right On Track

7:45AM- Full-Court Miracle

9:35AM – Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off

11:20AM – Brink!

1:10PM – Double Teamed

2:55PM – Rip Girls

4:35PM – Motorcrossed

6:20PM – Cloud 9

8:00PM – Teen Beach 2

9:55PM – Bad Hair Day

11:40PM – How to Build a Better Boy

1:20AMPixel Perfect

2:55AM – The Other Me

4:30AM – Genius

Monday, May 30

10:00AM – Stuck in the Suburbs

11:30AM – Halloweentown

1:05PM – Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century

2:55PM – Smart House

4:25PM – High School Musical

6:15PM – Camp Rock

8:00PM – Descendants

10:05PM – Teen Beach Movie

11:55PM – Cadet Kelly

1:50AM – The Cheetah Girls

3:35AM – Johnny Tsunami

What better way to say goodbye to responsibility for 3 days?? Enjoy the #tbt and remember we’re all in this together!

 

Schedule Credit: hypeline.com, Radio 104.5

Images: giphy.com, http://www.garph.com/

Word Wednesday: Yuge

tkpsnqhdzzo1y9lco6nsEvery Wednesday, we at 4E aspire to teach the rest of the Georgetown population about relevant and hip words that everyone should use in their everyday conversation.

This week’s “Word Wednesday” is all about “YUGE”.  As cited from Urban Dictionary, “YUGE” is a variation of the word HUGE used by Donald Trump.  Examples include “Hey Don, are you building that tower across 5th avenue?”  Donald: “Yes, it’s going to be YUGE!!”

And in case, you still don’t know what this may sound like, 4E has even included a video starring the very entertaining Jimmy Fallon and Trump himself.

Now here are some examples of “YUGE” can be used at Georgetown….

Hey Billy, are you going to that Brown House party tonight?  Billy: Yeah, it’s going to be YUGE!!!!

Hey Matt, are you ready for that Vineyard Vines sale on M St.?  Matt: Yeah, it’s going to be YUGE!!

Hey Ben, are you going to Chicken Finger Thursday this week? Ben: Yeah, it’s going to be YUGE!!!  

Thank you, Trump, for helping us out with our Word Wednesday.

This article in no way endorses Trump.

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The Hardest Would-You-Rather: Georgetown Edition

Banner - Would You Rather

Halt the studying, comrades. Here comes a series of choices more important than finals.

You think you love decisions? Think again! This poll is filled with so many hard decisions it will make you regret you ever had free will!

The questions that follow were very difficult for me to ask. So difficult that it took me a month to come up with them — a time in which I could write no other posts because I was plagued with such agony. Attempt at your own risk.

 

Photos: summer.jsa.org

Tragedy Remembered

“Averting their eyes from her anguish and trying, wishing, not to hear her cries, students treaded past her and through the Leavey Center foyer. At 10:30 a.m. some went in and others went out, caught in a swell of chaos so absolute that it did not seem like chaos at all. She just stood there, her blond hair flapping with every painful shudder, her fright hand stabbing the air with a metallic cell phone. Her anger, for now, she directed at the phone. ‘I can’t get them. I can’t talk to them,’ she cried.”

So began The Hoya’s coverage of the terror attacks that shook the nation on Sept. 11, 2001.

The Sept. 11 attacks were personal for the Georgetown community, claiming the lives of several alumni. Clouds of smoke billowing from the Pentagon were visible from the Village A rooftops.

Fourteen years have passed since that incomprehensible September morning, and our understanding of the attacks and their aftermath has grown in the past decade and a half. Revisiting The Hoya’s coverage of the attacks gives us the unique opportunity to reflect on the Georgetown community’s immediate reaction to the tragedy.

A Call for Interfaith Understanding

Representatives of the Muslim Student Association penned a viewpoint (“In Time of Crisis, Americans Must Act With Tolerance,” A4, Sept. 14, 2001) expressing grief over the terror attacks and urging tolerance in the wake of the tragedy.

“While we share our fellow Americans’ sentiments of grief, loss and despair, we also find ourselves at a difficult crossroads. Like every other American, we are filled with the same fear and vulnerability that this attack has forced upon our nation. Yet we are also faced with false associations of our religion with the perpetrators alleged to have committed these acts,” the representatives wrote.

The piece referenced a number of crimes targeting Muslim Americans in the days following the attacks, including the vandalization of mosques and Muslim-owned businesses, and verbal abuse and threats aimed at Muslim women wearing veils.

Campus Ministry hosted silent candlelight vigil in Copley Crypt for students of all faiths on Sept. 12. Students also gathered that evening at a Muslim prayer service in Copley Formal Lounge and a Catholic mass in Dahlgren Chapel.

A number of religious services brought students and community members of different faiths together in the days after the terror attacks. Then-D.C. mayor Anthony Williams (D) and then-Roman Catholic Cardinal of Washington Theodore Cardinal McCarrick led an interfaith prayer service in Gaston Hall on Sept. 13. The service included speakers from the Baha’i, Hindu-Jain, Islamic, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Sikh traditions.

Remembering Our Fallen

The Hoya’s pages were filled with articles about unity, uncertainty and grief in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks, but some stories stood out in their poignancy. Until mid-October 2001, the front page of nearly every issue of The Hoya, published twice-weekly, reported members of the Georgetown community missing or dead.

Georgetown Public Policy Professor Leslie Whittington, 45, was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, and was killed when the hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon after departing from Dulles International Airport. Whittington was en route to Australia, where she planned to spend two months working as a fellow at Australian National University in Canberra. Her husband, Charles Falkenberg, 45, and their two daughters Zoe, 8, and Dana, 3, accompanied her.

Alumna Lisa J. Raines (LAW ’82) was also among the 64 people who died on American Airlines Flight 77. Raines was the first confirmed Georgetown graduate to have been killed in the terror attacks.

In the days and weeks following the attacks, more and more Hoyas were confirmed dead. Thomas Galvin (GSB ’90), Joe Eacobacci (COL ’96), Sara Manley (COL ’92), Jason Sabbag (COL ’97), Patrick Sullivan (GSB ’91), Stephen Cangialosi (CAS ’83), Matthew Leonard (CAS ’84) and Daniel McNeal (GRD ’00) all lost their lives in the World Trade Center.

Georgetown’s Responsibility to Act

Throughout the grief, uncertainty and confusion following the attacks, a message of resilience persisted.

“Georgetown has a special role to play in the world beyond our campus gates. We contribute to the body of knowledge and public discourse as the nation seeks understanding and healing,” University President John J. DeGioia wrote in a viewpoint (“Georgetown Has a Unique Mission in Crisis,” A3, Sept. 14, 2001). “Through this reasoned dialogue and the wisdom of knowing one another and ourselves we can take our first steps in the process of rebuilding.”

The Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union pledged to match students’ donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and donated a total of $15,491 in October 2001. Over 260 students participated in a blood drive in Bulldog Alley.

Former President Bill Clinton (SFS ’68) and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole announced a scholarship fund for the children and spouses of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in a Healy Hall speech on Sept. 30, 2001.

Many students participated in preemptive anti-war demonstrations on campus and in D.C., while others said that they would support the use of U.S. military force against those responsible for the attacks.

Classes ended at 11:50 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, and the university devoted the rest of the day to reflection and remembrance.

The Hoya’s Editorial Board called on students to be thoughtful and tolerant as they braved this new state of the world in a Sept. 14 editorial (“A Generation Changed?” A2, Sept. 14, 2001).

“We will be called upon in different ways than were our parents and grandparents, in ways that remain to be defined,” the Editorial Board wrote. “Oftentimes it will not be our government issuing the call. It will be ourselves, calling to each other to raise the standard of tolerance and thoughtfulness. … We also should give our lives, not through death, but through a life lived with vigorous, humane attention to the disagreements of our community and our world.”

 

Photo: File Photo: Charles Nailen/The Hoya