Live Like the Irish

It’s not just the Irish who are lucky this year-with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday, everyone gets to turn this into a daylong and night celebration. Now DC is no Boston, and the Hoyas are no Fighting Irish, but we all have a little Irish in us. So, put on some green, make yourself an Irish coffee, and prepare to celebrate the day like the Irish do. 4E has compiled a list of things you all should do to be as Irish as possible:

  1. Eat corned beef & cabbage with some Irish soda bread: It’s more delicious than it sounds! Irish restaurants all over D.C. will have this traditional Irish meal on their menus. However, if pressed for time and unwilling to leave Georgetown, the Tombs’ Irish heritage has come out with its version of this dish for the weekend.
  2. Watch a Rugby game: Any true Irishman is a rugby fan, so jump on the bandwagon and watch England host Ireland live at 1pm at Fado Irish Pub (808 Seventh Street NW). The pub will show five additional rugby matches, so get there as early as 7 am Saturday morning if you want to start the day off early.
  3. Listen to Irish music: Whether you like the Dropkick Murphys, Shannon Sharon, or the Dubliners, make sure to throw on some traditional Irish music to get you in the spirit. If you are in the mood for some live Irish music, head to one of the many Irish pubs in D.C. The Irish are known for their drinking songs, so make sure to experience them on the biggest day of the year.
  4. Drink a pint of Guinness:  Yes, it’s heavy, but it’s definitely necessary today!
  5. Live by an Irishman’s Philosophy:

 In life, there are only two things to worry about, 


Either you are well, or you are sick. 

 

If you are well, there is nothing to worry about, 


But if you are sick, you have two things to worry about;



 Either you will live, or you will die. 


If you live, there is nothing to worry about, 


If you die, you have two things to worry about; 
 

Either you will go to heaven or to hell.

If you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about,

But if you go to hell, 
 

You’ll be so busy shaking hands with your friends,


You won’t have time to worry

Best Bets: Elephants and the Irish

It’s not just the first weekend back on campus since Spring Break – it’s also Saint Patty’s Day Weekend so Best Bets has got you covered to make sure you have a great time!

Friday:
Unfortunately, we won’t be at the Verizon Center to see our boys playing basketball for the rest of the year, but you can head out there this Friday at 7:30 p.m. to see another awesome act — the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey: Fully Charged. Tickets range from just $14 to $110. If you are too busy to attend tonight, there are additional show times on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday:
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at Fur Night Club (33 Patterson St. NE) from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. for the Georgetown Glow in the Dark Party featuring Cazzette with Baker and Atkinson opening. Tickets can be purchased online for $20, which includes admission, an open bar and round trip transportation. Buses will be leaving from the main gates. One hundred percent of the profits will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Sunday:
After what is sure to be a crazy night, wake up on Sunday morning to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The parade, which will travel along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets NW, includes floats, marching bands, pipe bands, as well as members of the military, police and fire departments. It is best to take the Metro to the Smithsonian or Federal Triangle stops on the Orange/Blue lines or the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow/Green lines.

George Clooney Arrested at Protest

It’s like a scene straight from Ocean’s Eleven. Except replace a Las Vegas casino with the Sudanese Embassy here in D.C. and a gang of eleven robbers with Martin Luther King III and Reps. James Moran (D-Va.) and James McGovern (D-Mass.)

No, these men weren’t caught robbing the Sudanese. Rather, they were arrested in a protest outside the Sudanese embassy this morning, according to DCist and In the Capital.

We tweeted last night that Clooney was in D.C., wondering whether any Georgetown students would be lucky enough to see the movie star and two-time “Sexiest Man Alive.” Now, it appears the best chance to see Clooney this weekend won’t be on a jaunt down to M Street or a stroll to celebrities’ favorite restaurants, but rather from a jail cell.

Clooney was arrested along with his father, civil rights advocates, and the two Members of Congress Friday morning at a protest against actions taken by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir against residents of the Nuba Mountains, near the border with South Sudan. Earlier this week, Clooney testified before Congress about the worsening humanitarian situation in Sudan, which Clooney visited recently on a humanitarian mission, and later met with the President to discuss Sudan.

Clooney has long been an advocate for increasing aid to the people living in blighted regions of East Africa, and has been an outspoken supporter of increasing aid sent to people in Somalia, Sudan and Chad. Before his most recent visit to Sudan, Clooney visited Chad and Sudan in 2009 and Chad before that in 2008. He has also appeared in and produced several documentaries about humanitarian conflicts in the region.

Photo credit: DCist

Shillelaghs, Shamrocks, and Irish Ditties

While rifling through The Hoya’s archives, 4E found this little tidbit from John Cassidy (Ed note: Not a known relative of this blog’s editor), in an article called “Georgetown Irish Frolic Amid Revolution and Pranks” from March 15, 1950.

‘Tis but a night or two ’til St. Paddy’s Day and already the minds of the Hilltop’s Irish Irish Colony are turning to thoughts of green beer, shillelaghs, shamrocks and “good ole Irish ditties.”

Much thought every year is given to the correct manner in which Georgetown’s hard-headed Irish should take it upon themselves to celebrate this, the most hallowed day in the history of the Emerald Isles. Should it be a day of frivolity or a day of deep contemplation of dear “auld” Ireland?

The City Beyond the Tournament: Explore Columbus

Now that our beloved Hoyas know where they’re headed for March Madness, it’s time for the most rabid of basketball fans to make their way to Columbus in time for Friday afternoon’s game against Belmont. While most of us will remain in D.C. (though we’ll glue ourselves to the television come 3:10 Friday), some may choose to indulge in Hoya Blue’s bus trip to Columbus or book an individual trip to Ohio’s state capital. But what do you do when 40 minutes of basketball is over? 4E — despite the fact that we’ve never actually been there — is here to help with some of the best things to do in Columbus this weekend (besides watch the Hoyas at Nationwide Arena).

It promises to be a beautiful weekend, with highs in the 70’s, so get outside. Enjoy the best zoo in the country — the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (4850 W. Powell Rd. in Powell, just outside Columbus) — complete with 7,000 animals, a water park, amusement park and golf resort. Why is the zoo here so great? It’s directed by TV personality Jack Hanna. If you can’t make it all the way out to the zoo, try the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (1777 E. Broad St.)

Columbus is home to Ohio’s best ice cream cone — at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (various locations, but the original is at 59 Spruce St. near the Nationwide Arena). Jeni’s ice cream is so good that it’s regularly profiled by news outlets like The New York Times and food magazines like Food and Wine Magazine. A quick Google search of Jeni’s revealed that her salted caramel ice cream seems to be the most popular.

Check out historical Columbus at German Village, one of the city’s first neighborhoods first settled by German immigrants in the decade after the city’s founding. German Village — just south of Downtown — used to be one of the city’s worst neighborhoods, but has since been revitalized to the city’s trendiest. Local restaurants, bars and breweries line 3rd St. and High St. in German Village.

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Parks and Recreation: D.C. Style

To start off, no allusions to Ron Swanson and Amy Poehler found their way into this post (sorry), but in the spirit of Spring, stop watching Hulu and get outside. Now with temperatures promising to stay in the seventies for the rest of the week (or so says my Blackberry, which has been wrong before) and the Georgetown community’s complaints about obscene sunbathing habits on campus, where can one go to find a nice place to soak up some sun in the city? I know I’ve been going stir crazy being cooped up inside these past few months, and lets face it, we all know why everyone is happier in California (and it’s not something in the water), so for everyone’s sake, get off campus and enjoy the weather before it gets too humid (there are even free things you can do).

1. The National Portrait Gallery Sculpture Garden, part of the National Gallery of Art, located down 7th Street from Verizon Center and Constitution Avenue, is a great place to see modern art in a peaceful urban setting. It also offers free jazz concerts on the weekends, and with its proximity to the National Mall, the other Smithsonian museums in the area are easily accessible. The easiest way to get to the Sculpture Garden is to walk to the Foggy Bottom metro and take either the Orange or Blue Line to the Archives stop.

2. While it may seem obvious, go to the ZOO! After you’re done walking around looking at the animals, you’re not very far from either Adams Morgan or Cleveland Park, if you get hungry. The easiest way to get to the Zoo would be to take the GUTS bus to DuPont Circle and catch the Red Line to Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan. Its about a ten minute walk or so from the metro station to the zoo up Connecticut Avenue.

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Still Looking for a Summer Internship?

I know what you did last summer. You worked at the Resident Housing Offices. Even though you basically got paid to watch trashy television and catch up on Dave Eggers or  Jodi Picoult whatever the kids are reading these days , you decided that this summer you’re going to do something different. You’re going to intern.

SAD TRUTH ALERT: If you haven’t figured out what you’re doing this summer, then it’s already too late.

Okay, that’s not 100% true but you should already have the ball rolling. Some crazy summer internships have their deadlines in November and December (CRAZY, AMIRITE. I mean its all like snowflakes and pumpkin pie at that time of year, not summer job hunt time!)

There is still hope for you if you get your act together within the next two weeks. But you’ve got to be aggressive and you’ve got to be determined. Say it with me: ‘No to RHO.’

Step 1: Explore the Interwebs

A really cool thing that people have started doing to help themselves find out stuff is called  ‘Google’. There’s like math and science and magic and WHAM – jobs galore. Apparently, this ‘googling’ phenomenon can be quite helpful.

In all seriousness, the internet is the best place to locate some potential summer jobs. The sites you visit most frequently are a tipoff to where you should think about interning. Are you always just clicking through Gawker? Toss your resume to some social media or entertainment upstarts. Basically any place that has a website, has an intern program. Papers like the Washington Post  usually also have job listings online that are worth perusing.

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Downtime

Starting around 6 p.m. on Monday, many of you may have had trouble accessing the website. We encountered some issues with our server, and for the last day have only been able to load 4E and Hoya Paranoia intermittently. We’ve been trying to get to the bottom of the problem, and the site now appears to be functioning normally.

We apologize for the downtime, and hope to avoid it in the future. If  you have trouble loading any part of the site, please email us at blog@thehoya.com.

Thanks for sticking with us!
Michelle Cassidy, Blog Editor

Raising Awareness with Kony 2012

If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter recently, you’ve probably heard of Kony 2012, the video that garnered over 70 million views in five days. It was produced by Invisible Children, a non-profit that uses “film, creativity and social action to … restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity.” 4E reached out to KC Harris (SFS ’14), who has worked with Invisible Children for four years and serves as the co-president of Georgetown’s chapter, to comment on the video and public reaction.

With Kony 2012 has come much criticism of the film and Invisible Children. Some of the loudest cries claim that the organization is mismanaging its funds by not spending enough on its programs in Central Africa. However, as the mission statement says, Invisible Children values awareness and advocacy as well as on the ground development programs. They’ve chosen a unique path for a non-profit, believing that having more people who know and care about the cause will create a greater impact that just having more money. The compelling, storytelling nature of the short 27-minute film represents the style of Invisible Children films that are designed to inspire people to want to learn more and get involved with the cause. The true success of the film is not determined by whether or not it raises more money for Invisible Children or whether or not the group can rightfully refute the criticism, but rather the fact that so many people are talking about this global issue. For me, when I scroll down my Facebook page and see so many people talking about Kony, it does not matter to me what they are saying, but rather that they know his name. That is the purpose of Kony 2012.

Photo: Courtesy KC Harris

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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