Happy Birthday Georgetown!

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by Michelle Cassidy

Today marked Georgetown’s 223rd birthday (we don’t even want to imagine the fire hazard posed by the candles on that cake), and the Campaign for Georgetown released a couple of commemorative treats online . There’s a tumblr where you can post notes and photos to the school on her special day; we’ve featured a few of our favorites here. An interactive timeline is also up over at the Campaign for Georgetown website. There are a few fun pieces of Georgetown history in the timeline, like President George Washington’s visit to Old North, a photo of our very first basketball team in 1907 (and our NCAA win 77 years later) and the conversion of the Hilltop Café into The Tombs. If only the Healy Pub were around today – we would love to share a celebratory drink with Georgetown tonight!

 

DC’s War on Rats

by Martin Hussey

We’re all used to the ubiquitous sightings of Chihuahua-sized rats crossing our paths late at night, but Georgetown’s continuing rat problem — a population increasing since at least 2010 — is, for the moment, being eclipsed by a growing political crisis for the District fueled by surging rat populations at the Occupy D.C. protests and by statements that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made to Rush Limbaugh on his conservative radio show.

Cuccinelli sparked a firestorm of conservative blog activity after he alleged on Limbaugh’s Jan. 12 radio show that the District’s 2010 Wildlife Protection Act would lead to D.C. rats being exported to Virginia. Limbaugh repeated the claim last week, prompting national scrutiny about the D.C. policy enacted to treat the pesky animals humanely. (The law, in fact, does exempt rats, meaning that pest controllers can still kill them.) In response to the claims, Maryland Del. Pat McDonough plans to introduce a law to protect Maryland from any future imports of D.C. rats into the state. However, all of the recent chatter may be for naught, as The Washington Post reports that there have been no documented cases of rat-smuggling from D.C. into either Virginia or Maryland.

While the District fights off Cuccinelli’s and Limbaugh’s false claims of rat-smuggling, the D.C. Department of Health is starting a new battle against the rats occupying Occupy D.C. downtown. Last week, Mayor Vincent Gray asked the National Park Service to remove the encampments at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza due to exploding rat populations near the sites. Protestors’ response to the threat of eviction? Georgetown rats are bigger than Occupy rats, and there is no plan to evict Georgetown residents.

Old Punk, New Scene – Text Message

Photo: Rita Pearson/The Hoya

by Rita Pearson

Text Message, an indie rock band made up of Georgetown students Joe Romano (COL ’12), John Romano (COL ’14) and Mike Jaroski (COL ’12) kicked off Saturday night’s show at the Rock N Roll Hotel. They opened for local bands the Electric 11’s and Blue Pintowith songs from their upcoming sophomore album, called Lake Opposite. They’re influenced primarily by alternative rock bands, such as Sonic Youth and the D.C.-based Fugazi.

“We’re trying to hit the right spots,” John Romano said. “There are a handful of music venues in D.C., like the Rock N Roll Hotel, that we try to play in. Unfortunately there aren’t many places around campus.”

“The D.C. music scene is nothing like the late 80’s or early 90’s, but I wouldn’t say it’s dead,” Joe said. “However, D.C. is transient – a lot of the bands are on tour, so people are always coming in and out.”

In the 1980’s and 90’s, D.C. was home to a thriving and influential punk scene. Venues like the 9:30 Club, Madam’s Organ, and The Bayou (a Georgetown nightclub that has since been replaced by the Loews Cinema on K Street) were central to the punk community. The U Street/Shaw neighborhood in particular played an important role in the burgeoning D.C. music scene. The Black Cat, a U Street club co-founded by Dave Grohl in 1993, has hosted bands like Arcade Fire, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Death Cab for Cutie. Text Message will be taking the stage at The Black Cat this Sunday.

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Sunday Night Wrapup: It Snowed!

Photo via Flickr user ep_jhu

by Bethany Imondi

In case you’ve been hiding in Lau for the past two days or are just starting to make sense of things again after a few wild nights, here’s what you missed this weekend:

  • On Saturday, our 12th-ranked men’s basketball team lived up to its “Heart Attack Hoyas” moniker with a last-minute  52-50 victory over Rutgers at Verizon Center.
  • The body of a man who had been living in the woods adjacent to the university’s Canal Street entrance for the past 25 years was discovered early Thursday afternoon. The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating the man’s death.
  • Joe Paterno, former Penn State football coach and the winningest coach in major college football, died early Sunday morning after losing his battle with lung cancer.
  • With the help of Baltimore Ravens’ kicker Billy Cundiff, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots advanced to Indianapolis to play in this year’s Super Bowl. The Patriots defeated the Ravens, 23-20, in Sunday’s AFC championship game at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium.
  • And thanks to the San Francisco 49ers’ fumbled punt return in overtime of the NFC championship game, the New York Giants defeated the 49ers, 20-17, in San Francisco to advance to the Super Bowl. The February 5 game will be a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, in which the Giants ended the Patriots’ undefeated season with a 17-14 upset.

 

‘Better Georgetown’ Goes Viral

by Michelle Cassidy

The team over at GUSA has released a series of videos advertising the SAFE Referendum, voting for which takes place January 24-26 (in those polling booths they’re setting up in Leo’s). The videos feature interviews with student leaders from Georgetown Energy, the SIPS Fund and the New South Student Center Plans.

Changes to the plans for the New South Student Center (video featured above) include a new terrace on the south side and changes to the first floor, funded by a $2.05 million gift. Design plans for this terrace included in the video show everything from a game room, dance studios, fire pits and “possibly a pub,” according to Taylor Price (MSB ’10) who is featured in the video. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 2014, according to GUSA. If this student center turns out to be as exciting as this video makes it seem, we might consider sticking around for a couple of years to take advantage of it.

Georgetown Energy’s part of the referendum would allocate $250,000 towards making our campus just a little more green via the addition of solar panels to 37th St townhouses and the creation of a “Green Revolving Loan Fund” that would support eco-friendly projects. Their video features Issei Nino (COL ’12) in his breakthrough role as a dancing sun (check out the video at 0:54 if you don’t believe us).

The SIPS Fund, according to their website, wants to use the SAFE money as “an innovative use of our collective resources to help improve our community and world by investing in … our fellow Hoyas.” With a $1.25 million endowment, SIPS would student projects based on Jesuit ideals. Their video outlines the possibilities for social change via student and alumni projects that could be funded by SIPS.

Links to the full text of the proposals are available on bettergeorgetown.com.

Your Guide to Georgetown FroYo

Photo via flickr user Carly & Art

by Gillian Evans

Not all froyo is created equal. Georgetown’s frozen dairy options are, in fact, incredibly unequal. When you have a hankering for something cold and sweet (that you can still sort of pretend is healthy), you have to know your way around Georgetown froyo. So we’ve assembled a cheat sheet to help you through the winter months, when clearly all you want is some nice cold frozen yogurt.

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Join The Hoya!

Seriously though, do your laundry.

The Hoya is now accepting applications for new members. No matter what you’re interested in, we have a spot for you.

The Hoya has jobs in writing, photography, design, copyediting, marketing, sales, and finance. No prior experience needed! Because 4E is new on the scene, we’re looking to build a brand new staff full of smart, interested writers. If you like what you’ve seen so far, and want to get involved, contact me at blog@thehoya.com.

Joining The Hoya is a great way to make friends, explore the city, and learn how a newspaper operates. The best way to get to know the business of journalism is to dive straight in, and The Hoya has been providing that opportunity at Georgetown for more than 90 years. With a current staff of over 100 students, we’re one of the biggest and best ways to get involved on campus.

Applications can be found at thehoya.com/contact/work-for-the-hoya and will remain open until January 25, 2012. If you have any questions for specific sections, feel free to contact them.

 

Best Bets: Hot Spots for Hoyas

by Erin Collins

Now that we’re all settled back into school and have made it through an almost full week, there’s no excuse for not going out this weekend.

Head to the Verizon Center to support the Hoyas as they take on the Scarlet Knights this Saturday.  Tip off is at noon! So wear your blue and gray, and get ready to be as loud as possible. Let’s help the Hoyas bring home a win, and give all the students something to celebrate Saturday night. We are…GEORGETOWN!

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Friday Fixat10ns #1

4E’s Friday Fixat10ns #1 from thehoya on 8tracks.

Every Friday, 4E will post a playlist of 10 songs that have fixated us for the past week. Those fixat10ns will be posted on 4E both as a testament to the end of the week, but also in preparation for the weekend to come. This week, we have understandably been fixated to the construction and beginning of the blog.

So, in this first edition of Fixat10ns, 4E celebrates our inaugurat10n day with 10 songs celebrating the beginning. The initiat10n. The introduct10n. The commencement of a new tradit10n in the Georgetown blogoshpere.

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Hello and Welcome!

Introducing the newest member of The Hoya family – welcome to The Fourth Edition! As a companion to our Tuesday/Friday issues and The Guide, The Fourth Edition will be publishing daily with everything from news stories and campus trends to an insider look at some of Georgetown’s most elusive student organizations. We’ll also be pounding the pavement (read: searching the internet) to find the best festivals, food trucks and nightlife that DC has to offer. Basically, we’re your go-to for all things fantastic.

And with whom are you about to trust all of this? Hi! I’m Michelle, your fearless leader! I’m a big fan of science, cheese and animals of all shapes and sizes. I’m beyond excited to put this blog before you now. It’s the product of lots of hard work done by some very smart people, without whom The Fourth Edition would have been a big mess (not unlike our distant cousins over at The Third Edition). Many thanks to everyone who has helped out in the creation of this blog, it wouldn’t exist without you.

Way back in our very first issue back in 1920, then-editor-in-chief Joseph Mickler made this remark:

“Blushing as coyly as any schoolgirl, and with the excited fears and hopes of a debutante or a Mexican insurrection before a firing squad, we lay this first edition of The Hoya at the feet of the student body, and retreat to a safe distance to observe the effects”

That about sums up how I’m feeling as I click “publish” on this first post. So here it is, the first edition of The Fourth Edition. We’re here to serve you, Georgetown, so we want to hear from you whether that be in the comments, via email, Twitter or a visit to our office in Leavey 421. We would especially appreciate the last one.

-Michelle Cassidy