All Yellow Taxis in D.C.?

by Martin Hussey

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D.C. may be on the verge of major changes to its taxi infrastructure. The city will soon increase fares, as The Hoya reported last month, and new regulations may force taxi drivers to improve service to less-traveled areas of the District. But a more noticeable plan may force standardization of D.C.’s taxicab livery.

Councilmember Mary Cheh, the same D.C. councilor responsible for taxi reform and for purportedly exporting the District’s rats to Maryland and Virginia, set up an online survey to test public sentiment on what the city’s taxi colors should be. Among the more than 4,000 respondents, 38 percent favored standardized yellow cabs. The city, for its part, seems to support the idea of making all taxis the same color. Cheh’s survey simply asks people to vote for their favorite color.

One of the most unique things about Washington has to be the city’s colorful taxicabs. At any given moment, people hoping to catch a cab can step into any array of colorful taxis — green, silver, white, black, blue, red, and even pink. All of the hype over taxi reform, though, begs the question: Are D.C.’s different taxi liveries one of the city’s signatures? Or should the city now standardize the livery like that of New York?

My take on it — let’s keep the taxis all different colors. I love it when I flag down a purple or maroon cab. But if we want to be boring like New York and make all our cabs yellow and expensive, that is no loss to me. I take the bus anyway.

 

Best Bets: Dim Sum for All

by Beth Garbitelli

FRIDAY

Take a break from the standard Top 40 jams played at most Georgetown establishments and mix it up at An Evening of Mashups at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street, NW). They promise remixes and  Girl Talk-esque tracks. Tickets are a measly  5 bucks which is about the same as cover for Modern or Thirds. Tickets will be sold at the door.

SATURDAY

Check out a midnight screening of It Happened One Night at the E Street Cinema (555 11th Street, NW). Directed by Frank Capra (who also made It’s A Wonderful Life) this classic screwball comedy has won over hearts for years and betchya it’s more charming and innovative than a certain black and white film that’s been getting a ton of Oscar attention this season. Watch a snippet here.

SUNDAY

Gather up your pals and head over to Chinatown (6th and I Streets, NW) to celebrate, albeit belatedly, the Chinese New Year. Start by getting some dim sum here  or here or here and then stick around for the Parade ( at 2:00 p.m.) that will be complete with dragon floats, traditional music and dancing. It’s the Year of the Dragon, folks. Not sure what the astrological significance of that is but hey, it sounds pretty cool, right? I think it means take any excuse to eat dim sum.

 

Friday Fixat10ns: Stand Up

by Michelle Cassidy

Between the first anniversary of the uprisings in Egypt and a lunchtime demonstration in Leo’s, it’s been a tumultuous few days both on campus and throughout the world. In the spirit of this omnipresent change, this week’s Friday Fixat10ns is filled with songs about protest, revolution, freedom and change. After the jump, a list of the songs and why they made the cut on this week’s playlist.

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Leavey 421: Best of the Wall

by Michelle Cassidy

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Getting the paper printed isn’t an easy job, and it takes lots of coordination to reach our printer’s deadline. This often means that Hoya staffers are camped out in our office  until the wee hours of the morning. When you start to spend an excessive amount of time with the same group of people, you start to hear some weird things. It’s tradition in our office that particularly memorable moments are recorded and posted up on the wall (some quotes have been up for more than 10 years!). We’ve uploaded a few of our favorites, but if you want to see the rest you’re just going to have to come visit.

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.

Housing At a Glance: Finding the Perfect Roommate

By Martin Hussey

With freshman housing selection just a few weeks away, it seems like the entire class of 2015 is on pins and needles with roommate drama. The coming weeks will inevitably be filled with jostling for the few remaining apartments in Henle, needless drama between people who may or may not live together and the frightening feeling that all of your friends have found roommates, leaving you all alone.

Yes, for freshmen, the housing selection process for sophomore year is both terrifying and stressful. Dramatic and confusing. Nerve-wracking and miserable. Fortunately for freshmen, 4E is beginning a series of posts, composed by those of us who have survived the process, with advice about how to navigate this stressful difficult process. Today’s post: how to pick your roommate for next year.

Picking roommates for sophomore year is the process that causes the most drama in the housing selection process. Friend groups jostle for who should be placed in which room. Current roommates must choose between living with each other or living with other people. Most of what makes the process of choosing a roommate so difficult is that everyone has a different idea of who they want to live with. And, since freshmen have only known each other for a semester, it’s difficult to know now what your friendship will look like a year from now. After the jump, we include some tips on finding the perfect roommate for next year so that you don’t end up rooming with The Roommate.

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D.C. Ramblings: Georgetown

by Kyle Short

When most people think of a “walking city,” they immediately think of New York, forgetting D.C.’s wide thoroughfares, its eclectic jumble of Greek and modern architecture and its burgeoning nightlife. D.C., much like New York, is a city of different people joined together with the common goal of surviving in the city. When someone says they’re from D.C., natives love to ask, “but where are you from originally?” It’s relevant, as we’re a city of congressmen, students and tourists, all of which shows in our buildings, our bars and our favorite hangout spots (the closest of these noteworthy hubs gracing the streets of Georgetown). Just a short walk away, M street offers students a great escape from the drudgery of classes, study groups and homework. While it may seem obvious, as most students have most likely adventured to M Street at some point in their career, there are a lot of unexplored options that M Street and the surrounding areas have to offer (although Guards, Thirds, and Rhino are all fun). Try seeing Georgetown during the day, and not just the shops on M and Wisconsin, because there’s a whole other city out there.

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Here and Now

4E reached out to Alex Villec (COL ’13) for a statement on Congresswoman Giffords’ resignation. Villec interned for Giffords and  witnessed the shooting last January which left the Congresswoman in a coma.

As gridlock and partisan intransigence define business in Washington, Congresswoman Giffords’ miraculous recovery points to something different. Her story isn’t just uplifting because it calls attention to deficits in civility and pragmatism that weigh down our debates. For me, what happened on January 8th magnifies the question of how we ought to spend our fleeting gift of life. I’ve started to consider whether we too often overlook chances to create value in the here and now. In a minute, you can try something new, make a friend, or put a smile on someone’s face. When resumes and cover letters make the next five years look like a scary black hole, try to remember that it only takes a second to make somebody’s day better. Beyond fighting for future generations, that’s what Gabby does every day, and I think it’s worth bearing in mind.

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Raccoon Walk

by Beth Garbitelli

According to the Washington Post Going Out Guide (usually quite a reliable resource in the wasteland of the Internets), this Saturday, children from around the area are invited to “a look at the world of these mysterious masked mammals as they roam the neighborhood.” 

Is it just me or does this sound like the most unsafe activity for children….like, ever? Raccoons are mean and they carry Rabies. We’re talking vicious, snarly wild animals (see above) not biscuit-chomping Meeko of Pocahontas.

A Word from POTUS

File Photo: Chris Bien/The Hoya

by Beth Garbitelli

You can’t watch the NFL Playoffs every night, I guess. The State of the Union address provided some quality primetime viewing on the otherwise non-event Tuesday night television schedule and we hope you tuned in. Why? Well, because it kinda sorta might have been the most important speech Mr. Prez has given in quite some time.

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School or sNOw school?

by Erin Collins

Earlier today we posted about how to deal with the current lack of winter, but the second anniversary of Snowpocalypse is quickly approaching, and who doesn’t wish that another  snowstorm would hit D.C. to relieve us of classes? We all fall asleep hoping to wake up to an email informing us that Georgetown has closed due to the District’s lack of snowplows. But honestly, when do we get to see Healy buried in white again?

Recent Georgetown graduates Brandon Brauer (MSB ’10), Ben Zeidler (COL ’09) and Mike McCormick (MSB ’11) have developed an app that calculates your school’s probability of a snow day. The “sNOw School” app predicts the likelihood of a snow day by combining an original algorithm, local weather forecasts and your school’s snow day history. It is now available at the Apple, Kindle Fire and Android stores.

This app serves high schools and universities in the D.C., Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore  areas, so Georgetown students are in luck. After purchasing this app, students select their school, and then the app displays the forecast and snowfall in their area.

Besides the mini-snow storm Georgetown experienced last Friday, chances of a snow day at Georgetown appear grim. But don’t lose hope just yet – even when the skies are clear, this app provides the chances of a snowstorm in your area. And for all you optimists out there, the app allows you to manually adjust the forecast to see how more snow at different times can affect the chances of a snow day.

We no longer have to rely on wearing our pajamas inside out, sleeping with a spoon under our pillow, or snow dances. Thanks to our fellow Hoya’s hard work, snow days are no longer just a guessing game.

So, for all of you “sNOw school” users, when will we get our next snow day? (Ed. note: feel free to place bets in the comments. Anyone who guesses correctly wins a prize!)

Check out the app at http://www.snowschoolapp.com/