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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The Best (and Worst) of Super Bowl Ads

by Martin Hussey

Last night marked my second favorite American holiday (behind Thanksgiving). After all, when else do people crowd around the TV, watch some football, stuff their faces with junk food and cheer at advertisements? And despite a matchup that did not feature my Denver Broncos, this Super Bowl turned out to be one of my favorites. For one, it was exciting until Tom Brady’s very last Hail Mary. It also featured the best halftime show I can remember (certainly better than The Black Eyed Peas’ disaster in Dallas last year). More than anything, though, this year’s ads topped even those of last year.

While no single ad was better than Chrysler’s epic inspirational 2-minute commercial last year (although Chrysler did show another, slightly depressing and less exciting 2-minute ad during halftime this year) the group of commercials in Super Bowl XLVI was, as a whole, more hilarious, more inspirational, and more entertaining than before. In case you missed the ads, here’s my rundown of the best and worst ads from last night:

BEST:

Dannon’s Oikos Greek Yogurt: When this first came on, I was furious that Dannon wasted a Super Bowl spot on an ad featuring John Stamos playing with yogurt (boring!) but the ending is priceless.

 

Chevy Sonic: It is really amazing how Chevy can make a subcompact car seem completely awesome just by dumping it out of a plane, making it do skateboard tricks, and putting it on a bungee jump. The song choice just brings the whole thing together. Great ad.

 

Doritos: Babies flying through the air and stealing Doritos away from a mean big kid is funny. Doritos wins the award for best use of juvenile humor this year.

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Sunday Night Wrapup: The End of Occupy?

by Michelle Cassidy

Photo: Flickr user Glyn Lowe Photos

Between a Hoya victory, evacuations in McPherson Square and a last-minute win for the New York Giants, this was a decidedly exciting weekend. Despite our brief hiatus last week, we’re back with the highlights in this weekend’s Sunday Night Wrapup:

  • Saturday’s game against South Florida ended in a big win for the Hoyas. If we keep up this level of play, Syracuse should probably start worrying about our matchup on Wednesday night.
  • Park Police raided the Occupy D.C. encampments in McPherson Square early Saturday morning and started clearing out campers and tents. Though the raid was relatively calm compared to those in Oakland and New York City, at least eight people were arrested as of Saturday night.
  • Sunday night you could hear the whoops of New Yorkers (and the gloomy faces of New Englanders) across campus after the Giants took home another Superbowl victory. Looks like Manning Face will be going to Disney World!

Best Bets: Improv and Indie

by Kyle Short

FRIDAY

DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave NW, near DuPont Circle) is hosting Bert Kreisher, who has been featured on Comedy Central’s Last Comic Standing 2 and has his own show on the Travel Channel called Bert the Conqueror. If that doesn’t impress you, Kreisher has admitted that the movie Van Wilder is loosely based on his college career at Florida Sate. Rolling Stone, in an article entitled The Undergraduate, named him the top partier at the University, which was ranked the number one party school in the nation in 1997. He’s performing both Friday and Saturday Nights.

SATURDAY

If stand up comedy isn’t your speed, go check out the Classixx’s at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St NW), accessible off the yellow line.  This L.A. based indie band has a cool edgy sound and I’ve never had a bad night on U Street, so it should be a good time and give you a break from Georgetown. It’s a really cool spot, but don’t let the long, ominous stairs fool you, it’s quite spacious with a great dance floor, and is a great opportunity to mingle with other D.C. students. I wouldn’t be surprised if you rubbed shoulders with students from American, GW, or even Howard. It’s 18 and up, with a $10 cover at the door.

SUNDAY

Even if you don’t like football, don’t know the difference between a tight end and a quarterback or don’t care about fully grown men hashing it out on a field of battle, you should still watch the Super Bowl (this is America after all).  For upperclassmen who are 21+ I would suggest Rhino, which is a New England bar (that’s you Patriots fans) or the 51st State, which last time I checked was a New York bar (Giants). For those of you who aren’t 21, I’d suggest cozying up to some of your upperclassmen friends for a super bowl party, or seeing if your floor is having a party in the common room. Either way, football is the word of the day.

Friday Fixat10ns: Magic in the Air

by Martin Hussey

FIXAT10NS: Magic in the Air from thehoya on 8tracks.

Some sort of magic has definitely been in the floating around campus this week, with temperatures soaring into the 70s on Wednesday, Georgetown’s walloping of UConn on Wednesday night and that yearly affair with the groundhog (where some strange form of groundhog magic predicted six more weeks of winter Thursday morning). To commemorate this excellent week in Hoya history, we’re starting the weekend off on a magical note as well, with 10 magical tunes designed to charm you  into relaxation.

Harry Potter and the Half-Dub Remix — Terabyte Frenzy The dubstep craze is remixing everything from Rebecca Black’s “Friday” to soundbytes from Family Guy. This is one of the few remixes that this grandma should have been dancing to.

Magic Spells — Crystal Castles The magical thing about this song is how they make a repetitive beat and no words still sound interesting after six minutes. Finger drumming is inevitable.

Love Sex Magic — Ciara (feat. Justin Timberlake) This 2009 dance anthem reminds me of junior prom. To some, that night was magical in itself. I find myself wondering, though, whether our DJ realized he was playing this song to a bunch of hormonal high schoolers.

The Ghost Inside — Broken Bells Ghosts are magical, right? Regardless, this is a great song, and the chorus is hypnotizingly entrancing.

Golden Age – TV on the Radio We’re in the age of miracles – we must be when it is 70 degrees on the first day of February.

Time to Pretend — MGMT A lot of you may have fallen out of touch with this song. Don’t. Plus, I feel like this song is increasingly relevant in my life as I near the time in my life where I “get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning news.”

Magic — Pilot Who can’t include this song in a list of magical music? This cheesy 70’s rocker still maintains an infectious chorus that populates the best moments in movies, TV shows and plays as in my head when awesome things happen to me.

Ghost! – Kid Cudi I couldn’t resist including Kid Cudi in this song, with his strange story lines about men on the moon and other such fantastical things. This song was also great in concert: Here’s a clip from the performance I saw live.

Do You Believe in Magic? – The Lovin’ Spoonful The second oldie about magic on this post. If you’re bored by the classic, I recommend the Aly and AJ version from the Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place.

I Believe – Simian Mobile Disco I believe in magic. Actually, I don’t. But some people do. If you believe in anything, it should be this song, with its weird beat that frames a pretty legit song.

Georgetown Metro Headaches

by Martin Hussey

As if Georgetown didn’t have enough transportation problems, the main conduit for off-campus transportation, the Rosslyn metro station, will be closed for track work this weekend, according to a WMATA press release. The authority will replace trains with free buses between the closed station, but warns Orange and Blue Line riders that delays could reach 20-30 minutes through the construction zone.

Since a trip to Rosslyn from campus already can take up to 20 minutes, try alternate bus routes, particularly the 38B, 32/36, G2, D6 and Circulator.

For the all-important basketball game against South Florida at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, special game day buses will run between Dupont Circle and the parking lot in front of McDonough, according to an e-mail sent to season ticket holders Thursday. Careful, though, the south entrance to the Dupont metro stop is also closed due to escalator repair.

According to WMATA, the station closure will allow workers to replace rail fasteners and remove sludge in the tunnel under the Potomac River. The rail closures are all part of a $5 billion project over five years to fix aging rail lines that can lead to problems like cracked rails, which have been found in recent weeks at Rosslyn and Tenleytown, causing delays to commuters.