Casual Thursdays: ’90s Nostalgia

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Looming midterms hurting your soul? Cold and clouds keeping you ghostly pale? Constant name changes on Facebook reminding you of your lack of internship? The drab days of early February remind us all that we’re not getting any younger (or thinner, for that matter; the winter Velveetas are quickly becoming a threat to that spring break bod), so set down the history reading you were erratically highlighting and join us on a trip down memory lane.

Our drink selection this week harkens back to the simpler days when evolution was for Pokémon and “psych!” was but a harmless interjection after a prank. When computer labs were for Oregon Trail and that weird bug game (you feel me early Macintosh users). When study abroad meant meeting Lizzie McGuire’s twin in Rome and when an unlimited frozen yogurt machine sounded like something straight out of Zenon instead of the basement of Leo’s. So put on Aaron’s Party and invite the crew over for a good ole fashion ’90s pregame.  Because, really, who wouldn’t want to pollute their cherished childhood memories with cheap vodka?

This week’s game is a fresh take on an old favorite (read as: adjusting a beloved American classic to fit the demands of an ever-thirsty college student). In an effort to keep things simple while facilitating humiliating photo opportunities, we present, for your pregaming pleasure, Drinking Charades.

The Not-So-Kiddie Cocktail:

(Also known as the Dirty Shirley. But Shirley was the name of my middle school librarian and I feel uncomfortable about it so we’re sticking with this, eh?)

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 5-6 oz. Sprite (7-up, Fresca — take your pick kids)
  • Dash of grenadine syrup

1. Pour soda and vodka into a cup

2. Add grenadine to taste

3. Top with a cherry if you’re sophisticated. Makes 1 serving.

 

Drinking Charades:

General Rules (you should already know these):

-Divide your party into two teams.

-On scraps of paper (a.k.a. that stats assignment you never turned in), each player should write down places, things, movies or people to be acted out.

Example: Honey Boo Boo, freshmen getting into Rhino, Space Jam, Leo’s

(Note: if you are exceptionally lazy/uncreative, there are smartphone apps to generate charades suggestions.)

-Place all of the cards (a.k.a. paper scraps) in a bowl/hat/solo cup/empty Wisey’s container, and have the teams alternate sending players to act for the team.

-Each actor has 30 seconds (or however long you decide) to try to get their team to correctly guess the card. ACTORS CANNOT MAKE ANY NOISE. This includes talking, humming, grunting, moaning, sniveling, etc.

-If the actor’s team fails to guess correctly, the other team has ONE chance to guess.

-Tally the number of correct guesses for each team, and when you run out of cards, whoever has the most points wins!

Reasons to Imbibe

-If you wish to switch the card you choose with another from the bowl, take a big swig.

-If a team fails to guess correctly, the actor takes a big swig.

-If a team guesses correctly, the entire opposing team takes a big swig.

-If you blurt out an answer when it is the other team’s turn to guess (a.k.a. during the performance of an opposing actor), take a shot.

-If you make noise while being an actor, first, remind yourself that you are indeed playing CHARADES, and secondly, take a shot.

-When all the cards have been used, the team with the least number of correct guesses finishes their drinks.

 

Photo: AchluoMania.blogspot, PortingTeam.com, JulianaTalksIncoherently.blogspot, Fanpop.com

A Walking Tour: U Street

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U Street, also known as the U Street Corridor, is home to many fun restaurants, music venues and interesting sights. It spans from 9th street to 20th street but here’s a little walking tour of what you might be able to find in this great neighborhood from one end to the other. Here’s also a helpful guide of how to get here!

Bohemian Caverns: 2001 11th St. NW One of the oldest jazz venues in the United States, Bohemian Caverns houses local artists and rising stars while offering a mixture of old school music and contemporary jazz.

The Islander: 1201 U St. NW If you love spicy food, this Trinidadian & Caribbean restaurant’s spicy dishes will make you need to carry a water bottle for the rest of the day.

Ben’s Chili Bowl: 1213 U St. NW Ben’s Chili Bowl is one of Obama’s favorites, and its half-smokes and chili are out of this world.

Cork Wine Bar: 1805 14th St. NW While drinking some of the world’s finest international wines, you can also order some French pastries and sausages to complement your beverage of choice!

Home Rule: 1807 14th St. NW This dynamic gift shop carries basic home necessities made with an original and wacky twist.

Black Cat: 1811 14th St. NW Shall we see a music performance or a burlesque show? Black Cat has it all!

El Centro: 1819 14th St. NW Two floors: a restaurant offering a wide range of traditional Mexican-Latin dishes and a rooftop bar. What could be more cool?

Masa 14:1825 14th St. NW I’ll have a patron paloma (patron silver/fresh lime/grapefruit), please!

Manny & Olga’s Pizza: 1841 14th St. NW The pizza here always tastes amazing even when you’re sober, unlike some places I could mention.

Som Records: 1843 14th St. NW From Ray Charles to go-go, this funky record shop has it all.

Industrial Bank: 2000 14th St. NW For you local history fanatics, this cool building is D.C.’s oldest and largest African American commercial bank.

Busboys and Poets: 2021 14th St. NW If you’re ever in the U St. area, Busboys and Poets is a must. Period.

Congratulations! You Won a Contest I Made Up.

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You thought I forgot, didn’t you? I don’t forget. I don’t mess around with competitions. Below, the five winners, and after those, the honorable mentions.

1. The Concealed Identity Selfie.

Five words for you: D.C. Superior Court Community Service. Although their identity is hidden on this unique photoshop job he/she did, you get the idea. Whoever you are, you rock for finding the time to take a selfie when doing community service on a D.C. highway. Way to find the humor in a serious thing. I like you.

2. The Classic (or Angst-y Teen) Selfie.

The self-take is really an art to be mastered, as showcased in this submission. Can’t you almost hear the Simple Plan playing in his room? Maybe too shy to submit them himself, it must be nice to know that you have such a kind friend living in VCE who really appreciates your talent and submitted them to the blog so you could have a chance at fame. Also, this may be a good time for an internet safety lesson: Always be careful with who you send pictures to over the internet, kids — you never know where they’ll show up, am I right?

3. The “Reasons Why You Regret Taking a Snapchat” Selfie.

Busted. It’s really a flaw in the design of SnapChat that you can take a screenshot of the disappearing picture, but as Forrest Gump says, it happens. And it happened that night during finals when you were bored enough to take this. Great work — it literally doesn’t even look like you. And I agree, middle parts are so much fun, Addie!

4. The Landmark Selfie.

So good, so iconic, so active. You Georgetown student, you.

5. The “Good Use of Another Object/Person” Selfie.

Like I said, good use of another object in your selfie. It’s like you’re actually with Wiz Khalifa instead of taking pictures of his picture taped above your bed, you know? Also, the facial expression. Are you guys related? Cousins? Second cousins? Brothers? So curious.

So, congrats. If you see these winners around campus, give ’em a high five. Or don’t if they’re strangers. Or do. #yolo

Casual Thursdays: SuperBuzzed XLVII

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As we wipe the last tears from our eyes and look towards a weekend without Thirds, a new chance to be day-drunk mid-semester graces our Sunday: Super Bowl XLVII. Hope springs eternal. What time is it at? Not sure. Where does it take place? Couldn’t tell you. Who’s playing? Thank heavens for Google. But fear not! Whether you take a special pride in gloating about fantasy victories or meticulously plan your bathroom breaks to miss the game, not the commercials, we can all unite in the simple pleasure of drinking cheap beer and pretending not to double dip in the community salsa. Cheers.

Now if the thought of sipping on lukewarm Natty all evening makes you cringe (you snob) or if you just need something a little stronger to get you through that three-hour pregame show, why not complement those chips and (expired?) guac with a Beer Margarita? (Note: this sounds like something desperate college students would make, but take a good hard look in the mirror buddy. Necessity is the mother of invention.)

And If watching large, scary (let’s talk about Ray Lewis’s helmet) men repeatedly running into each other doesn’t quite hold your attention, we have a game that will.

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Best Bets: Study Style

Well, Hoyas, we have good news and bad news. The good news is classes are done. The bad news is that finals haven’t even begun. That means that it’s time for papers, coffee, studying, (raging?), Lau, Lau, and more Lau. If you happen to surface out of your reading hole and into the real world in the coming days, here are some of our Best Bets for the weekend, study style.

Saturday:
If you have a free moment (read: free afternoon), mosey on down to Washington Harbour (a.k.a. the Georgetown waterfront) and spend some time at the brand new 11,800 square foot ice-skating rink. For $9 entry and a $5 skate rental, you’ll get bang for your buck at the rink—did we mention it’s bigger than the one in Rockefeller Center? Skate your way to happiness, kids.

Free at night? Don’t forget to stop by the Gonda Theater in the Davis Performing Arts Center to catch the final performance of A Civil War Christmas. It’s wintertime fun without even having to step foot off campus. Only $8 for students.

Sunday:
Didn’t see the Christmas tree lighting in Dahlgren Quad? Excited about Christmas trees in general? Stop by the Prez Rez at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and check out The White House Christmas Tree, a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce that has made D.C. its home since 1978. Also be sure to check out the nearby Pathway of Peace,” 56 smaller, decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. Traveling to see these trees will definitely “spruce” up your study days. “Fir” sure. It’ll be “tree-ific.”

Sorry not sorry about the tree jokes. We hope to see you out in the coming days. If not, we’ll see you at Lau. Sadly.

Photo: Washington Harbour

Halloween Costumes, Hoya Style

When it comes to us Hoyas, it’s pretty safe to say there’s nothing we love more than Halloween! (Other than Georgetown Day, visits from the Secretary of State, and the Chicken Madness from Wisey’s.) Thus, selecting costumes—yes, costumes, PLURAL!—to celebrate our favorite holiday requires some real effort and preparation. Now, before you get more flustered than Jim Lehrer during the presidential debates, take a second to relax. We at The Fourth Edition have got you covered. Here are our top costume picks that’ll be sure to make your Hoya Halloween unforgettable:

 

Group Ideas Everybody loves a well-planned group. Just look at the Spice Girls, the Backstreet Boys, and N*Sync. Try some of these group costume ideas:

The Avengers- Iron Man. Captain America. Hulk. Thor. Winning. This movie was the third highest grossing of all time, and this costume theme will make you and your friends the most loved of all time.

Mario Party- What’s a better way to dress for Halloween than as our favorite Nintendo friends? If your group’s costume is Mario Party, you’re going to be the life of the party.

One Direction- This costume is that “One Thing.” It’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”

The Internet- Let out your inner tech nerd and go to town. Dress up as Facebook, Twitter, Firefox, or Google Chrome. Your Internet theme might not take up megabytes, but it’s going to be a “mega-hit.”

The Election Get in the spirit of the season by dressing up as Barack, Michelle, Mittens, Ann, and the whole gang. Want to really spice things up? Throw Martha Raddatz or Candy Crowley into the mix… Game changer.

 

Keeping Up With The Times Nothing says Halloween like a good dose of pop culture costumes. Here are some famous (and infamous) figures who you definitely should dress as:

Carly Rae Jepson- Make me your costume, maybe?

Big Bird- He might be on the chopping block with Mitt, but he’s still topping our list.

Stephen R. Brown- Show up as Stephen R. Brown to your next party, and who knows, maybe he’ll even make a weird video of it…

Lady Gaga- This is possibly the easiest Halloween costume in existence. You really can do anything with this one: don’t wear pants, do wear meat, go blonde, go brunette, go anything really… except normal.

Ryan Lochte- Dig out your Speedo, pop in some grills, and look beautiful.

 

Bringin’ it Back Oh, nostalgia. We love you so much. Here are some costume ideas that’ll take you back to the good ol’ days:

The Cast of Friends- Everybody’s favorite 90’s television show, and everybody’s favorite costume. (We also highly encourage Seinfeld and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.)

Disney Characters- Oh yeah. We see you rocking that Little Mermaid costume.

The Clintons- It’s not a Hoya Halloween until someone’s dressed like our favorite alum Slick Willy and the gang. Believe us, this costume will take you back to the days of budget surpluses…

Childhood Toys- Remember Furby? Trolls dolls? Cabbage Patch Kids? Chia Pets? Mmhm… We do too.

 

Regardless of what you choose for a costume, remember to go all out and rock your look. Halloween only comes once a year, so make sure to go big, go skanky, or go home. Happy Halloween, Hoyas!

 

Photo Credits: John HartEstate, Heave Media, Stapleton Exchange

Common Room Cooking: Tomato and Mozzarella

So you think you want to be a chef? Miss the feel of a home cooked meal? Maybe you just want to pull out your iPhone and show off your latest creation. Coming to college, I knew that I would be missing one thing dearly, my mother, and let’s face it, her cooking. Leo’s isn’t exactly a replacement. So what is one to do? Lets get to it: cooking in the common room!

Now if you’re feeling particularly lazy, there’s always a great microwave option. You can make everything from oatmeal to mac and cheese in there and never have to bat an eyelash.

Personally, I love to go to the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and stock up on some great bread and tomatoes. Make a trip to Vittles, Safeway or Whole foods (wonderland that it is) to pick up some mozzarella cheese, arugula, and balsamic vinegar. With just a few simple ingredients, you could be making yourself the most beautiful sandwiches with little to no effort. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and mozzarella cheese while its hot, and the mozzarella will melt right in.

While you’re at the grocery store pick up some pasta; arguably the easiest food to cook in the world. With the same ingredients as above, you could have a delicious dinner. Just don’t forget the wine (assuming you’re over 21).

There you have it, you’re on your way to becoming the next top chef. Hey, I even heard that someone managed to make sushi in the common room. That could be you! Take your stomach into your own hands, okay, that sounds a little iffy, maybe don’t do that. Oh, what’s that noise off in the next room? The mystery, the drama….Well, it’s not you’re stomach grumbling after a nice common-room cooked meal!

PS Maybe add a Nutella creation for dessert? DO IT.

Photo: Anna Goldberg/The Hoya

Preview: Mr. Georgetown

Homecoming weekend is quickly approaching and with that comes the highly anticipated Mr. Georgetown pageant! This year, fourteen strong competitors will be vying for the crown by sacrificing blood, sweat, and tears through three intense rounds. Since it is Hunger Games themed, it is only appropriate that Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutchinson will be making an appearance…

JUST KIDDING. But if you are in the mood to watch some equally famous Georgetown hunks compete (ehem, Mr. The Hoya, Jon Rabar) be sure to come out to Gatson Hall at 7:30 PM on Friday.  (Doors open at 7 so get there early!!)  10 dollars for advanced tickets and $13 at the door. Special performances include The Phantoms, GU Bindaas, and Tate Tucker.  It will be a night you won’t want to miss as these men risk it all for the coveted title. The following tributes are as follows:

Mr. Residence Life: Danish Zaidi

Mr. Caribbean Culture Circle: Malik Stevens

Mr. Club Filipino: Dale Andrew Batoon

Mr. GERMS: Greg Ouellette

Mr. The Hoya: Jonathan Rabar

Mr.NSO: Jack Devlin

Mr. Senior Class Committee: Adrian Mansylla

Mr. Alpha Phi Omega: Derek Holiday

Mr. Black Student Alliance: Stefane Victor

Mr. College Academic Council: Andrew Glass

Mr. Mask and Bauble: Sean Keady

Mr. Phantoms: John Roach

Mr. Philodemic: Sam Dulik

Mr. DC Reads: Evan Curdts

Happy Hunger Games… er… Mr. Georgetown Pageant, Hoyas! And gentlemen… may the odds be ever in your favor!

Photo creds: http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/006/d/c/may_the_odds_be_ever_in_your_favour_by_districtpotter13-d4lhzdc.jpg

Casual Thursday: Touchdown

Welcome back to the Hilltop, Hoyas! Now that you’ve all (hopefully) settled into classes and adjusted from summer mode, Casual Thursdays are back to give you just what you need to kick off your weekend the right way. Fall is in the air and with its arrival comes lots to be excited about. Football season is in full swing, Homecoming weekend is quickly approaching, and D.C.’s summer humidity has all but disappeared.

As the sweaters and jeans begin to make a slow and steady comeback from the depths of your closets, you may be thinking about switching up the usual summer cocktail for a slightly more seasonal option. Luckily, there are lots of great fall drinks out there, but I’ve decided to go a little sporty this week with some fun football drinks to get us all in the crisp autumn spirit…after all, who says football is just for Sundays?

“The Touchdown”

Everyone likes an Arnold Palmer, right? This refreshing drink incorporates ice tea and lemonade in order to give you just the right amount of sweetness…with a little bourbon thrown into the mix.

  • 4 oz bourbon
  • 8 oz lemonade
  • 8 oz iced tea (unsweetened)

1. Combine bourbon with iced tea in a mixing glass filled with ice.

2. Strain equal parts into two glasses filled with ice.

3. Top with lemonade.

*makes two 12 ounce servings

“The Eagle”

As a Philly girl at heart, the Philadelphia Eagles will always be my go to team, but if you have other favorites there are lots of special drinks out there for you to check out. Still, I’m going with this one. A bit more on the classy side, “The Eagle” incorporates crème de violette and an egg white (a Philly tradition, of course) to give your drink a sophisticated yet delicious flare.

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz creme de violette
  • 1 oz lemon
  •  1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg white

1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

2. Shake well.

3. Strain into a glass.

If you’d prefer to watch some football rather than mix drinks, you might have to wait until the games on Sunday or when our very own Hoyas venture up to Princeton to take on the Tigers. In the meantime though, why not pop in a classic football movie like Invincible? Yes, I know it’s about the Eagles, but you also get to see Mark Wahlberg running around in a sweaty football uniform. (Or, since the NFL is using replacement referees, check out The Replacements). Not too shabby for a Thursday night.

Until next time… stay causal, Hoyas.

Photos: therewillbebourbon.net, Walt Disney Studios

Tackle The Wild with Outdoor Ed

Classes have been in session for only a couple of weeks now, but for some students the stress is already piling up. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better way to relax and get in shape than by signing up for a Georgetown Outdoor Education trip. Outdoor Ed runs the ever-popular GOPOP (Pre-orientation program) and offers day trips throughout the school year. They’re looking to expand their program, meaning more opportunities for student adventures.

We talked to a couple of GOATs (Georgetown Outdoor Adventure Trainers) about the Outdoor Ed program and their favorite trips of the year. Alex Moran (SFS ’13) is the Student Director of Outdoor Ed and Anne Kenslea (COL ’13) is an experienced GOAT; both are eager to tackle the wilderness with Georgetown students.

Q: What are your favorite trips or trips that you would recommend to a student who has never participated in a trip before?

Alex Moran: We run weekend backpacking trips to Maryland or Virginia, as well as Friday afternoon rock-climbing trips (indoor/outdoor). We’ve also been running kayaking trips during the week (weather permitting). We adjust to the changing seasons. In the fall, we may even have an apple-picking or pumpkin-picking trip! You can look forward to our very popular ski trips in the winter! Come spring time, we’ll be kayaking again and possibly planning some trips for the senior class.

Anne Kenslea: OE leads day hikes and day climbs all throughout the year, as well as kayaking trips and my personal favorite– apple picking trips! My advice to people in all years, not just freshmen, would be to grab a friend and come along for an OE day hike, kayak trip, or apple picking adventure. You get to meet new people, get some fresh air and exercise, and it’s an awesome alternative to sleeping till 1 and going to Leo’s brunch before watching Netflix in Lau all afternoon. Meeting new people, feeling healthy, and coming back with great pictures and stories to make all your friends jealous– how can you say no?

Q: How is this year going to be different than past years?

AM: This year will definitely be different from years past. Russ Watts, now the former Director of Outdoor Education, resigned at the start of the year. Our new Director is Sam Bonfield, the former Assistant Director of Outdoor Ed. The biggest change is that the GOAT class, usually taught in the fall, will now be spread out throughout the year. The fall will give new GOATS the chance to learn hard skills on a backpacking weekend. They can take Wilderness First Aid in the fall and will go through the formal GOAT class in the spring.

AK: We’re putting control of the trips back in the students’ hands, and are focusing a lot more on the recreational part of being outdoors. Rather than emphasizing the teaching of hard skills, we’re hoping to show Hoyas the more fun parts of being outdoors, and widening our audience in the process.

So get off the computer, grab your outdoor gear (which you might be able to get from the program!) and bring out your inner Bear Grylls.

Photo: http://ianshive.wordpress.com/2008/04/29/kayaks-on-the-potomac/