Valentine’s Day — D.C. Style

by Martin Hussey

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Can’t wait to express your love this Valentine’s Day? Can’t find the right words for the love in your life? The Washington Post has you covered this year, with D.C.-themed cheesy valentines that are so sappy they belong on a box of Capitol-themed Sweethearts. We collected our favorite valentines, but the rest of them can be found here.

The Post accepted reader submissions for the best valentines inspired by the District. Regardless of your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, the political humor and jabs at D.C.’s quirkiness are sure to make even the most lonely heart smile.

Housing at a Glance: Apartment or Dorm?

by Erin Collins

When housing lottery results arrive, some freshmen will get numbers good enough to get an apartment. Those of you without that option should also know that the waitlist moves quickly with juniors finding out about study abroad, so this choice may very well affect you as well. Coming from the tiny Freshman dorm rooms makes the choice appear easy – who wouldn’t want to upgrade to an apartment? But remember, it is important to weight the pros and cons of dorm and apartment living. So, today’s 4E Housing at a Glance is here to help you make this crucial decision.

Last week we went over the best and worst of housing options for Sophomore year, and this week we have a couple of questions to consider when making your choice between an apartment and another year in the dorms:

Ready to give up dorm life? Moving into an apartment means the end of dorm floors and common rooms. You’ll spend the majority of your time in an apartment with your direct roommates rather than the other people living on your floor in a dorm. However, apartment life likely also means fewer distractions, so you can do more schoolwork at home instead of at Lau.

Private Bathroom? For current Darnall, New South and Harbin residents, it’s likely that nothing seems better than having a private bathroom. Avoiding the frequent hallway walk to the bathroom each day is definitely a welcomed change. Also, this means no more shower caddies or waiting in line for showers. But don’t forget that having a private bathroom means keeping it clean as well as buying bathroom necessities like toilet paper and hand soap that are provided in a dorm. Continue reading “Housing at a Glance: Apartment or Dorm?”

Juicing ‘Cuse: Past and Present

source: http://theessentialsofcool.tumblr.com/post/3962987728/patrick-ewing-33-ferociously-dunks-over

Hatred runs high for the Syracuse Orangemen among all Hoyas, past and present. This rivalry comes to a forefront each year in the Big East matchup of the two teams in men’s basketball. As we await the 7 p.m. tip-off of tonight’s highly anticipated game, alumni Katie Collins (COL ’83) speaks of the long-standing Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry during her time at Gtown:

I remember as a Georgetown freshman during the 1979-1980 season, the Hoyas had beaten some top 20 teams, including nationally-ranked Syracuse early on, yet Georgetown continued to be ranked low in the polls and much lower than Syracuse for many weeks, infuriating Hoya fans, especially students. The team still played at McDonough Gym then, Patrick Ewing would not join the team for two more seasons, but Georgetown was increasingly being recognized as an up and coming basketball contender and the newly-formed Big East made the competition between Georgetown and Syracuse all the more fierce.

The rivalry between Georgetown and Syracuse continued to escalate with Ewing’s dominance in national basketball, bringing the Hoyas to their first NCAA finals his freshman season in March 1982. The intensity became more personal when Syracuse fans threw bananas at Ewing when he was shooting from the foul line during a game in the Carrier Dome. This was captured on national television and only fueled the rivalry. Hoya student fans from those years remember attending Georgetown-Syracuse games in the Carrier Dome in which they were pummeled with oranges following a Syracuse loss.

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Marshmallow Cannons and More at the White House

by Michelle Cassidy


Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Obama hosted a group of young students yesterday at the second White House Science Fair, where they showed off some inspired projects, according to InTheCapital. The innovations being featured at the event would have blown my entire grade school science fair out the water. Projects ranged from a device that removes ink from paper to a sugar packet that dissolves in hot water (eliminating a significant amount of waste) to alternative energy sources for cars.

More than 100 students from different science competitions nationwide attended the event and presented their award-winning projects. Obama urged students to pursue higher education in science, math and especially engineering:

We need more people, who can do math, design software, and create new applications for machines that have yet to come into existence. If we choose not to engage in fundamental research—not to pursue new technologies and systems, not to discover new properties of numbers and atomic structures,not to explore the oceans and outer space—we leave that work to others, to emerging countries, who have seen from the outside what science and technology can do for a society.

Other notable guests at the fair included Bill Nye the Science Guy (remember him?) and Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame.

Our favorite part? The pictures of Obama firing the marshmallow cannon designed by Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona across the State Dining Room. The Washington Post has a gallery featuring more pictures from the event, and the White House blog has a video showing some more of the projects.

Update 12:04 p.m.: We have video!

What the Dickens?

by Beth Garbitelli

To celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, there was a little shindig on the 5th floor of Lauinger Library earlier today. For someone who has a contentious relationship with the author in question, it was not the most riveting, but it did have a post-event Victorian themed snack selection. Also, there was an open bar featuring several wines and a traditional English punch.

They served a tasty Welsh Rarebit (think cheese dip with a hint of tangy beer) and a buttermilk cake. The menu also had some cringeworthy names – “A Tale of Traditional Tea Sandwiches”? “creamy Hard Times Herbed Dip”?

Best moment of the event? A certain professor admitted in a speech that during her college year she and her classmates had referred to A Tale of Two Cities as A Sale of Two T******!

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Happy Birthday Charles Dickens

In honor of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, 4E presents some of his musings on Georgetown.

“At George Town, in the suburbs, there is a Jesuit College; delightfully situated, and, so far as I had an opportunity of seeing, well-managed. Many persons who are not members of the Romish Church, avail themselves, I believe, of the institutions and of the advantageous opportunities they afford for the education of their children. The heights in this neighborhood, above the Potomac River, are very picturesque; and are free, I should conceive, from some of the insalubrities of Washington. The air, at that elevation, was quite cool and refreshing,when in the city it was burning hot.”

Photo: guardian.co.uk

Staffer of the Week: Pat Curran

Photo: Michelle CassidyThe Hoya

Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer that has done a particularly awesome job – now you can get to know about them too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we’ll be posting quick interviews with each Staffer of the Week on Tuesday nights.

Name: Pat Curran
Position on The Hoya: Sports Editor
School: COL
Year: 2014
Major: Government
Hometown: Montpelier, VT
What did you do to earn Staffer of the Week?
“I designed a badass sports cover” (Ed note: He really did. See it here.)

What’s your favorite animal and why?
“Polar bears: they’re cute, but they could also kill you.”

If you found a magic lamp with a genie inside who granted you three wishes, what would your second wish be?
“To be able to dunk a basketball. I’ve always wanted to, but then I blew out my knee twice.”

Favorite song to sing in the shower?
“I have so many – Only the Good Die young, Hallelujah and Danny Boy.”

Leavey 421 is a recurring series that goes behind the scenes of The Hoya to bring you the most interesting, exciting and peculiar bits of the lives of Hoya staffers. If you want to learn more about joining The Hoya, please contact us.

Top of the Class

by Kaitlyn Morio

File Photo: Michelle Cassidy/The Hoya

Looks like all the time in Lau is paying off! A recent report from Central Connecticut State University has declared Washington, D.C. the most literate city in America for the second year in a row.

To rank literacy within each city, the study examined factors like newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources. Boston ranked fifth while New York tied with Austin, Texas at 22.5, and L.A. lagged far behind at 59th. D.C. has been steadily rising in the rankings since 2007 when it was ranked fifth overall.

Georgetown students can always be spotted with books in hand as they sprawl out on the grass of Healy lawn on a nice, sunny day or as they huddle up in a dark cubicle of Lau. The buzz on campus recently has been The Hunger Games trilogy, with students making a mad dash to read the trilogy before the movie adaptation arrives in theatres this March.

However, many students are sad to admit that they rarely have the opportunity to simply read for fun because they are too busy with school. So unless you’ve snagged yourself a seat in Young Adult Fiction and Film (where Hunger Games is required reading), we recommend trying to find some time for pleasure reading.

Good Stuff Eatery Heading to Georgetown

by Bethany Imondi

Photo: goodstuffeatery.com

If there is one thing that D.C. might have more of than cupcakeries, it has to be deluxe burger joints. From Ray’s Hell Burger to BGR to Shake Shack, the District has its fair share of options for those carnivores looking to sink their teeth into a patty hot off the grill.

On Capitol Hill, one of the most popular spots for burgers is Good Stuff Eatery. Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Spike Mendelsohnn owns the joint, which serves up gourmet burgers and shakes and  has garnered a popular fan base that even includes President Obama. Fans in Georgetown can rejoice at the news that Good Stuff Eatery could be coming locally.

Early last week Good Stuff Eatery launched a new website that seemed to confirm the restaurant’s arrival in Georgetown. The location’s page hints that the burger place could open as early as this spring, but there is no official word on its location. There are rumors that it will take residence in the space formerly home to Georgetown Wings Co.; however, a lease has yet to be signed which would finalize the deal.

So while Georgetown will have to wait at least a few more months before enjoying a Prez Obama Burger or a Michelle Melt or a hand-spun toasted marshmallow milkshake, at least we have Five Guys and Thunder Burger to satisfy burger cravings.

D.C. Chocolate Week Is Coming

by Michelle Cassidy

Photo: unitedwithlove.com

It seems like every week so far has gotten some sort of food theme. Between last week’s D.C. Meat Week and the ongoing Meat-Free Week, local restaurants appear to be catering to opposite tastes. But coming up next week, just in time for Valentine’s Day, is something nearly everyone can agree on – D.C. Chocolate Week.

Sponsored by Sales Vote (a D.C.-based daily deals service, not unlike Livingsocial and Groupon), Week For Chocolate will feature the sweetest offerings from Georgetown shops like Serendipity 3, Godiva, Haagen Dazs and even Old Glory.

To join in the fun, you can buy either a gold or silver ‘badge’ that will allow you and a friend (or a date!) to take part in the special deals. A silver badge goes for $50 and gets you five deals. Gold badges cost $70 and get you five deals, plus two access passes to the Week For Chocolate launch party at L2 Lounge (3315 Cady’s Alley NW). It seems a little pricy, but they’re promising lots of prizes and the chance to “rub elbows with the biggest people in the District.” Seems about right, as they’ll have just spent a week eating all the chocolate they can handle.

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