NextGUTS: Up To Date Transport Info

next guts

You asked, and Georgetown answered.  Citing numerous requests by students and app users, the Georgetown Mobile App has been updated to include a NextGUTS feature.  This allows users to track the location of GUTS buses and shuttles in real time, at any hour.  It will also have constantly updated arrival times for the buses, so riders can better anticipate what time they need to be at the stop.

IMG_0445IMG_0446

This new feature will certainly help out all Hoyas attempting to leave or to get back to campus, whether it’s for a basketball game, going out to dinner, or visiting the museums for a day.  The shuttle times for the Rosslyn, Dupont, Wisconsin, and Law Center buses are all included.  Be sure to check out the new feature if you already have the app, or download it at m.georgetown.edu or appstore.com/georgetown (the Apple App Store)!

Photo: Georgetown Mobile App

Why We Love the Georgetown Mobile App

Last Friday, as part of campus’s ongoing IT upgrades, Georgetown released its mobile phone app on the Apple Apps store and on Google Play. Though the app has been available since April, its release on the largest app stores makes it easier that ever to access. Since the app is receiving some newfound attention, we here at 4E decided to list the best things about it:

1. Transit Find out when the next GUTS bus is expected to arrive at your location. For those of us with morning internships, use the transit app to figure out if you should bolt out of the door to catch the bus, or if you can dilly-dally in your room for a while. For those stranded late at night in Dupont, use it to figure out whether GUTS or a D.C. Metrobus is the most viable option. Even better, this section of the app has a link to a Google Map with each bus stop marked clearly (for those of us who get turned around in the city.)

2. Dining Georgetown Mobile has every on-campus eating option (including every single station at Leo’s) and its hours. A green light pops up next to open dining choices, while a closed sign pops up next to closed options. It’s the best thing to happen to Georgetown Dining since The Corp changed their bagel supplier.

3. Directory For those of you not connected to Georgetown Apps, the convenience of finding anyone’s NetID with the touch of a finger is now mobile. Type in any name into the search box, and you’ll find all of the important information. The best part: email them straight from the app.

4. Libraries Find any book in any Georgetown catalog from this app’s interface. Even better: The “Mobile Resources” section of the app leads you to mobile-compatible databases, citation tools, and other helpful research apps. The days of researching for your term paper on your phone are not far away.

5. Events If you’re ever bored while on campus, click on the events section of the app, which has preloaded all events taking place that day. This part of the app has always been online, but taking it mobile makes it even more accessible.

Photo credit: Chris Bien/The Hoya

GU Mobile Debuts

This past week at the Hoya Innovation Summit, Georgetown launched its very own mobile web app. Go to m.georgetown.edu on any wireless mobile device, and Georgetown news and info is available right at your fingertips.

Just like any mobile app, Georgetown’s mobile web has an array of awesome and useful features. These range from a directory of students, staff, and faculty, a map to help you get around campus (perfect for visitors and incoming Freshmen), an events calendar, news, dining menus, GUTS bus info and much more.  Finally, all the information you might ever need to know about Georgetown is available on one site.

While all the features are helpful, a few make the site really worthwhile. The directory lists all Georgetown emergency numbers, and you have the option to search any professor’s email address, making contacting them much easier. The dining app includes hours and menus of more than just Leo’s—you now have access to Corp services, Epicurean and dining options in Leavey (no more walking to Cosi only to find it dark and deserted at 7 p.m.

While right now the project is limited to the mobile website, apps for the iPhone and Android are in the works, which will make all this information even easier to access.

Photo: Chris Bien/The Hoya

10 Things to Do Other Than Vote in the GUSA Election

I know, I know. All the GUSA people will hate me for this. For every word I write, there is an angry SFS student or government major wagging their finger at me and muttering about civic responsibility and how ‘a vote is your voice’….etc., etc.,.

BUT (and this is a big but) part of journalism (err…blogging) is giving voice to the voiceless. And if you could’t tell, there’s an underrepresented majority that have been silently enduring the GUSA campaign shouts.

All the hullaballoo this year has been off-putting. Straw polls? Vice Presidential candidate debates? Really? Why can’t all that time and organization be used for something….that, um, actually helps the campus?

A good friend of mine even told me today that a person campaigning in Red Square forced a flier into their pocket, after they had refused to take one. Uncalled for if you ask me.

So, I’m abstaining from the vote this year on the moral grounds that I think there are more important things students should be doing besides running campaigns that are, in my opinion, really just ego and resume padding.

Here are 10 things you can do today and tomorrow (in lieu) of voting that will actually benefit the universe. And a bonus? They’re good to do even if you DO want to vote in the GUSA election.

Continue reading “10 Things to Do Other Than Vote in the GUSA Election”