It’s No Fluke: Law Student’s Spotlight Continues to Grow

A full two weeks after Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke (LAW ’12) first entered the news as either a crusader for women’s rights or a hussy who wants the government to pay for her contraception (depending on which side of the aisle you’re on) she is still making headlines  across the country. After Rush Limbaugh hurled insults at Fluke — and all Georgetown women — at the end of February, the spotlight on the law student grew. Before Spring Break, The Hoya and 4E reported on the sudden controversy surrounding Fluke and Limbaugh’s comments, but controversy continued to swirl over the break.

In the days after Limbaugh’s Feb. 29 radio show, where he insulted Fluke and offered to pay for her contraceptives, 45 national advertisers pulled out of his radio show. Despite the exodus of advertisers, Limbaugh’s show will continue to broadcast, with Limbaugh equating the loss of advertisers to “losing a couple of French fries in the container when it’s delivered to you at the drive-through,” adding he wouldn’t notice any lost revenue as a result of the controversy. Among major advertisers that either pulled out of The Rush Limbaugh Show or affirmed “No Run policies” were Netflix, J.C. Penney and Capitol One, according to the Los Angeles Times. Among minor advertisers that withdrew connections to the show: The Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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Sunday Night Wrapup: Back to the Grind

Put some aloe on that sunburn, pack up your skis and give up hope on that missing flip-flop – spring break comes to an end tonight. But hey, the weatherman says that it’s supposed to be in the 70’s all week, so it’ll be easy to pretend you’re still lounging by the pool (plus, you know, homework). If you’re looking to procrastinate just a little longer before classes start back up, here’s the news that you probably missed over the last week.

Photo: Flickr user Lyra Jaye

Things to Do While Staying on Campus for Spring Break

Besides catching up on homework and (for you overachievers) getting ahead in classes, spring break is what it is – a break! For some, that means a one week cruise in the Bahamas. For others, it’s going home to momma’s home-cooked meals. But for those of you staying on campus, have no fear. There’s plenty to  explore next week. So get out there and enjoy the break you deserve.

Start the break (and the weekend) off right with some Dance Bethesda. Hit up one of the participating dance studios in downtown Bethesda for a free dance lesson or two and then join in on their free dance party. Or if you’re not into dancing, check out the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) located at the US Navy Heritage Center. DCIFF is one of the oldest independent film festivals in DC. With a wide selection of shorts and documentaries covering every topic to any topic, I’m sure you’ll find something that catches your eye.

In the mood for chocolate? Head on over to Fairfax, Virginia sometime over the weekend for the 2012 Chocolate Lovers Festival. The annual two-day festival includes events such a Chocolate Challenge, in which contestants create art, cakes and cupcakes out of chocolate and submit them for judging. You could be a judge (or the winner of a silent auction for one of these delicious items). Or you could participate in the Taste of Chocolate and purchase some of the finest chocolatey concoctions.

Then, after an adventurous weekend full of excursions out of the infamous Georgetown bubble, kick back and relax on campus on Monday. After all, the weatherman predicts flurries, so grab another friend who’s staying on campus and head over to Safeway before the snow starts. Pick up some food and (since no one else is using the common room), bake and make to your heart’s content.

The start of March also marks the start of Women’s History Month. Make use of Tuesday to go and honor the accomplishments of incredible American women by visiting the National Museum of Women in the Arts or the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum.

Pick a day to visit the Newseum if you haven’t already. One of Newseum’s hottest attractions is its Berlin Wall Gallery, which features sections of the original Berlin Wall. Later on during the night, check out the Flamenco Festival at George Washington University. Wednesday night presents Seville’s Rafaela Carrasco’s “Vamos al Tiroteo” and the Flamenco Festival Closing Party which features complimentary drinks and tapas from Jaleo.

The weather will be gorgeous on Thursday, so why not spend some time on Healy lawn while catching up on some homework? Take a stroll down the waterfront and maybe even finally make that run to the monuments at night that you’ve been telling yourself you’d do someday.

Friday is a shout-out to all you animal lovers. Take the train up to Baltimore and check out the National Aquarium. The aquarium has an animal feeding everyday at 2pm. Not a huge fan of creatures of the sea? It’s all good. Pay a visit to the National Zoo, where exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.

The weather seems to still hold up for next weekend. Why not head on over to Roosevelt Island and see the 17 foot statue of Roosevelt? There are also plenty of nature trails if you feel like going for a hike.

Finally, in the midst of welcoming friends who are flying back in from their island or home adventures, bring out the green from your closet and head on over to join in on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Constitution Avenue. The 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day parade revolves around the theme of “Feed the Soul – Nourish the Palate.”

Happy Friday and have a safe spring break!

Photo credits: Bethesda.org, WRSOL.com and Lisner.org

Friday Fixat10ns: Spring in Step

Spring In Step from ecgarbi on 8tracks.

These here are walking songs.

“The stones were sharp,
The wind came at my back;
Walking along the highway,
Mincing like a cat.”
― Theodore Roethke

Simple Song – The Shins Springy, green and kind of saccharin. Perfect for going places in warm weather.
Fitz and the Dizzyspells – Andrew Bird Bird’s folksy songs are always pretty lush. This one’s got a quick tempo.
Go Your Own Way- Fleetwood Mac You can walk your own way.
Cool, Calm & Collected – The Rolling Stones Three adjectives which very accurately describe walker’s ego.
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies An entrance song.
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley Okay, not specifically about walking but the beat and swing to it make it work.
I Walked – Sufjan Stevens “I walked as you walked”
I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li Following = walking
Robin – Tennis The melody sound familiar? Tennis is apparently a fan of Disney’s Robin Hood. Mi piace the Italian version.
Walk On By  – Dionne Warwick Soulful walking.
I’m Waiting For the Day –  The Beach Boys The DRUMS!

Rush Limbaugh Will Buy You Aspirin for Contraception (Updated)

Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke was prevented from speaking at a Congressional hearing about the Obama administration’s contraception policy on February 16, and she has since been an object of controversy — blasted by conservatives, while supported by women’s rights activists and liberals. While Fluke did end up speaking at a Democratic hearing about the matter, her critics have grown louder over the past few weeks, while her supporters have galvanized in solidarity.

This week, conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh took the criticism beyond Fluke herself and extended it to all of Georgetown’s fine women. After a fresh tirade against Fluke, where Limbaugh called her a “slut” who “wants to be paid to have sex,” Limbaugh offered to pay for Fluke’s contraception — in the form of aspirin to be stuck in between her knees. He then extended the offer to the entire university:

“A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they’re going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is. So, I’m offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.”

For her part, Fluke responded in defense of our beloved Georgetown:

“I thank the thousands of women and men, including members of Congress, Georgetown University students and faculty, and total strangers of all political stripes across the country who have offered kind words and support following recent egregious personal attacks.”

To see for yourself, check out Limbaugh’s offer and responses to his comments.  Personally, I say buy all the aspirin you want (but, please, don’t stick it between your knees) and send the receipts to Limbaugh’s office.

Update, 2/2/12 3:49 p.m.: The Hoya talked to Fluke about Limbaugh’s comments; see her response here. President DeGioia also released a statement in response to the situation, which can be found after the jump.

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D.C. Ramblings: U Street

In my year off from school, while I was working in the city, I spent a lot of my nights on U Street, and if you’re willing to make the trip it’s well worth it. U Street is farther away from Dupont Circle than Adams Morgan, but if you take the GUTS bus to Dupont, it’s probably faster to just walk instead of taking the metro to Gallery Place, and having to change to the Yellow Line. No matter how you decide to get there, you need to at least check out U Street at least once before you graduate.

Since coming back to Georgetown, I like to think that I’ve become a little more classy in my drinking habits. Of course this is a matter that I question every time I write these posts seeing has how all my anecdotes relate to drinking in some manner, but The Gibson (on 14th St, right up from U St and next to Marvin’s), may be my saving grace. It can be a little tricky to find because the unmarked door looks like it may be locked, but if you dare to venture in you will be greeted by a hostess at the far end of a narrow and dark corridor. It’s a little intimidating at first, but it leads to a dark, smoky speakeasy — one of the last vestiges of prohibition left in the city. Great for intimate dates or small groups of close friends, the dim lighting is perfect for stimulating conversation. If you start to get claustrophobic, there’s also a patio in the back. The drinks tend to be a little on the pricey side, but you’re paying for the experience.

If you’re not feeling that classy, or you woke up on the side of your bed where you keep you non-prescription wayfarers, head up 14th Street from The Gibson, and you’ll find Busboys and Poets. Its a great spot to grab a few drinks, a bite to eat, or check out some eclectic reading material before checking out other places on U St. It’s also a great place to hang out – there are a lot of tables in the front of the bookstore, it has a full bar and of course the occasional poetry reading.

This next place on U Street is one of the best late night nosh spots in the city. Before I explain about this place, I want it put on the record that my mother’s chili is amazing. But, sorry mom, Ben’s Chili Bowl may give your steaming ambrosia of meat and beans a run for its drachmas (and seriously, they have a Chili Burger, what more can you ask for?). It’s also open until four in the morning on Friday and Saturday.

Other worthy mentions: U Street Music Hall and 9:30 Club for dancing and live performances, and Lost Society.

Photo: http://thecityfix.com/blog/tip-of-the-helmet-bird-names-for-bike-crossings-and-capital-bikeshare-swag/

The Girl from 4E – We Know Her!

We’re famous! While 4E doesn’t endorse any particular insurance company, we appreciate the shout out featured in this Statefarm commercial (it’s around the 0:20 second mark). Yes, we know it’s older than us. But we like to think that they knew that this blog was on the way. And that they knew they would want to hang out with its writers.

So thanks Statefarm! We like you more than geckos anyway.

Leavey 421: Behind the Scenes of the Fashion Issue

The Hoya’s Spring fashion issue comes out in this Friday’s edition of the guide, but we have a behind the scenes teaser of the shoot. The spring fashion issue this year features the work of local designers, worn by student  models from Georgetown. Make sure to pick up a copy before you leave for Spring Break! Check out some scenes of the models getting ready (and a peek at the early part of the photo shoot) in the slideshow after the jump.

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Leap Babies Unite

One extra day of February might not be the most celebratory of days (although it is according to last week’s episode of 30 Rock) but D.C. has one offer to make it extra special. But there’s a catch- it has to be your birthday.

IF YOU’RE A “LEAP BABY”…

Are you one of the poor few who only gets a true birthday every four years? You’re in luck today. Sprinkles (3015 M Street NW) will be giving out free cupcakes to Leap Babies from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oh and don’t think you can pull a fast one,  they’ll be giving your valid government I.D. Tombs-esque scrutiny. Cupcakes ain’t no joke.

IF YOU’RE NOT…

You can always check out your neighborhood Subway for the last day of $5 Foot longs. Once March 1st rolls around the FEBRUANY (nice pun, Subway…) deal will be history, at least until they decide the resurrect the annoying jingle.

The Neighbors Want You to Put a Shirt On

While the warm spell that we’ve been experiencing lately has brought students out of Lau and into the sunlight, some of our neighbors aren’t too happy about the way students are choosing to enjoy the weather. DCist uncovered a particularly funny nugget on a Georgetown listserv in which one resident described the menace of student sunbathing. Here’s what they had to say:

The joy of these recent beautiful, sunny days have been somewhat mitigated for me by the sight of bare-chested, boxer-shorted GU students sunbathing on their front stoop right out on the sidewalk. To add insult to injury, these men are sprawled out on old beat up lawn chairs. I am not talking about a real porch here, but rather the top stair of the front entrance of their run down student house. The sight is very down-market, low rent, college dorm and affects the property values of our homes in this section of Georgetown, as well as the pleasure of walking our charming streets. These people have a back yard! Let them use it for their sunbathing activities. 

It is bad enough that the neighbors have to put up with the students’ relentless drunken and disorderly conduct, but to host a slew of Dewey Beach antics on our Georgetown streets is too much! They were recently flipping burgers on a barbecue grill out there, too!!

I hope that the off campus life office at GU requires their students to follow the rules of conduct required for living in a community of permanent residents and remind them that they ARE NOT LIVING ON CAMPUS!!!

It’s okay, not being invited to the barbecue would have made me upset too. So what’s the lesson we learn here? Limit  your tanning to Healy Lawn – it’s lowering property values.

Photo: Flicker user pianoman75 via DCist