Friday Fixat10ns: Holiday Sing-A-Longs

holiday sing a longBecause finals are starting, everyone at 4E knows that it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit. But there’s no better way to get excited than to play some holiday music, finish that paper that you know is last minute, and cram for that bio exam that you’ve got tomorrow morning. Here’s what you should definitely have on that playlist right now.

  1. “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by Pentatonix

The holiday season wouldn’t be the holiday season without some form of The Nutcracker playing in the background. This new version will honestly keep you guessing.

2. “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber

Let’s face it. We all loved JB when this song came out and we love JB now. This is too full circle not to include.

3. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

The classic Mariah Carey song. Use this to inspire you to make your life as iconic as Mariah has made this song.

4. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé

I’m not cruel enough to include any Frozen song on this list, but Idina Menzel’s voice is too amazing to pass up. Also, another iconic holiday song, it’s too relatable when the temperatures drop on campus to below 30 degrees.

5. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

Who knows when you’re going to listen to this song, but if you know the Mean Girls dance to this song, you should definitely perform it on Lau 2 as a study break.

6. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Nat King Cole

Hands down one of the best song to get you in the holiday spirit. Works every time.

7. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé

It wouldn’t be a holiday playlist without Michael Bublé. It just wouldn’t.

8. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Dean Martin

The more you play this, the more likely it is that it will actually snow. The snow day calculator told me so.

9. “Hallelujah” by the Pentatonix

Yes, this is the second song I’ve included from their album but honestly listen to the whole thing because it’s beautiful.

10. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

The best pump up holiday song. Fast paced, easy to sing along to, and just in general a holiday anthem. Get ready to belt it out.

Finally, happy holidays from everyone at 4E! And good luck on finals!

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It’s October 3

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While this should be stating the obvious, today is OCTOBER 3! If you don’t immediately know the reason for my excitement, then:

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Just kidding, sort of. October 3 is the day Aaron Samuels asked Cady “What day it is?” in Mean Girls. To celebrate the amazingness that is Mean Girls, and the fact that it’s a Saturday, we’ve put together a little drinking game for your enjoyment.

Take a drink when:

  • Someone mispronounces Cady’s name
  • Someone gets hit by a bus
  • Someone calls Karen stupid

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  • Jason asks Cady about her muffin
  • Janis crosses off an item on the blackboard
  • Kevin G sings
  • There are animal noise voice-overs

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  • There is a three-way call
  • Glen Coco gets candy canes
  • There is a safe sex lecture

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  • Mrs. Norbury is self-deprecating
  • The burn book comes out

Finish your drink when:

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With this game it’s impossible not to have an amazing October 3. Now that you’ve finished, the question is:

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Remember to please drink responsibly! Happy October 3.

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A Guide to Holiday Breakups

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As the New Year approaches, you may want to start considering some potential resolutions for 2015. Perhaps you want to stop taking Buzzfeed quizzes or going on Netflix binges when you really should be cramming for that Econ exam tomorrow. Or maybe you really feel like you need to shed some dead weight (either figuratively or literally).

If you opt for the latter resolution, and interpret it in a more metaphorical rather than literal sense, then 4E is here to lend you a helping hand as we present the top 5 ways to breakup with your significant other this holiday season.

  1. The “I got rabies from a reindeer” Text: Shoot your significant other a text informing them that you have recently contracted rabies as you were bit by a wandering reindeer on campus and are no longer able to be involved in the relationship. Make sure you emphasize that it’s not them, it’s really you and your foaming mouth that’s ending things. You’ll seem super considerate for taking on all of the blame for your relationship woes, which your soon to be ex will surely appreciate.
          
  2. Choreographed Dance to “Let It Go”:  It’s a known fact that everyone loves the element of surprise, especially when it comes to a relationship. So why not make the end of your relationship the biggest surprise of all? Choreograph an entire routine to “Let It Go” with the help of some background dancers, just like all the proposal videos you’ve inevitably watched on Youtube. You can think of it as your anti-proposal for your soon-to-be-ex. This option is a great way to prove just how thoughtful and creative you are, as you put so much effort into your breakup.
  3. Anti-Pickup Line Candy Gram:  Since it’s the holiday season, a lot of groups are selling candy grams all over campus. Swing by one of their stands and purchase one for your significant other. Make sure to include some sort of cheesy anti-pickup line so they know that isn’t your average holiday-themed candy gram.  We recommend something along the lines of “Is it hot in here or is this relationship suffocating me?”. While the sting of rejection might hurt, the candy they’ll receive with your witty note is sure to dull the pain!
  4. Christmas Song Themed Letter: Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like some Christmas carols! Sprinkle some of your favorite lyrics into a traditional breakup letter and you’ll end up with the most festive approach of all. Some lyrical suggestions include: “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas without you” or “Joy to the world, my freedom from you has come”. Make sure to sign the letter with “Have a holly, jolly Christmas!” so they know that you don’t want any hard feelings to exist!
  5. The “I’m Moving to the North Pole” Convo: When all else fails meet up with your significant other in person and inform them that you are moving to the North Pole to fulfill your lifelong goal of becoming Buddy the Elf. Invest in an elf costume and continually quote the legendary movie throughout your conversation so it seems like you’re being genuine. When your former girlfriend/boyfriend refuses to believe you, pretend to receive a very important phone call and answer by saying “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” as you slowly back away and fade out of their life…

It is beginning to look a lot like freedom. And may all your breakups be merry and brief.

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Revengenda: Student Clubs

Club Rejection

“Club season,” as some (by some, I mean me) have dubbed it, is almost over at Georgetown. Like my mother astutely commented, applying to clubs at Georgetown is “almost like reapplying to college.” First, let’s acknowledge that there are some great clubs that do not require you to send applications. Here’s to you GIVES, GUGS and many more.

Secondly, one of the reasons clubs can be very competitive at Georgetown is that we Hoyas are generally a great group of kids. It’s almost unfair, am I right? Still, no matter how formidable the competition was, rejection can be tough. We at 4E understand and are here to help. One of my personal idols, Mindy Kaling, once said, “You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face — who will love them now?” In that spirit, here is 4E’s guide on how to get back at clubs that have rejected you.

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  1. People say, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” So, next semester, why not apply to the one club that is in friendly – or not so friendly – competition with the club that rejected you?
  2. Keep reapplying. Not just next semester, but reapply every semester for your entire time at Georgetown. If nothing else, you’ll annoy them to death.
  3. Take a note from Mean Girls and create your own burn book. Just don’t let it fall into the wrong hands…
  4. Go all Taylor Swift and write a chart topping song about the club. “I knew you were trouble when I clicked send.”
  5. Listen to Destiny Child’s “Survivor.” Don’t question it. Just trust me, it works.
  6. Have a little party with your good friends Ben & Jerry. tumblr_n5fiymEeUs1tqs1heo1_500
  7. Start your own club. You are a Hoya, which means you are intelligent, creative and (insert adjective of choice). Use this as inspiration and create something amazing!
  8. Don’t worry! On a more serious note, I myself can list several clubs I did not get into or have already reapplied to more than once. Opportunities besides student clubs are always coming up for Hoyas here on the Hilltop. Don’t let one decision get you down, never forget to keep trucking and doing you!

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Mean Girls is Still Grool and We’re Talking About It With Katy Donahue

FetchKaty Donahue is flawless. I hear her hair’s insured for $10,000. I hear she does car commercials… in Japan. One time she met John Stamos on a plane, he told her she was pretty, and if she punched me in the face, it would probably be awesome.

Wondering why? It’s because Katy Donahue, a fellow Hoya in the College, has been published on Slate.com discussing everyone’s favorite movie: Mean Girls. Katy’s a senior majoring in Economics with a Spanish minor and she loves to quote the 2004 film just as much as you do. Katy’s answer to the lifelong question “Why is Mean Girls So Quotable?” on her Quora account caught Slate’s attention, so we made sure to talk to her because we want to know: What is up? What’s the 411? What has everybody been up to? What’s the hot gossip? Because we’re cool moms.

Can you describe to our readers who don’t know what Quora and Slate.com are and how you got involved with them?

Quora is like a classier Yahoo! Answers. Members post under their own names and answer questions, usually with some expertise or experience about the subject. Questions include anything from “What do you think the economic and social implications are of fracking in the UK?” to “What is it like growing up in North Dakota?” and answers are ranked by a vote down/vote up system. Slate is a popular news website that has a partnership with Quora to publish selected answers under a specific Quora blog.

Why did you want to respond to the question “Why is Mean Girls so quotable?”

I responded to the question because in general, I often get a lot of information from Quora yet feel like I can’t contribute as much as someone with more life experience. When I see a question that I feel I can contribute to, I love to answer it! As a member of the generation of girls (and boys) that have grown up with Mean Girls, I felt like I could understand and explain why it has become so embedded in our generation as a “cult” movie.

One of the reasons you mentioned was that the issues portrayed in Mean Girls are relatable for many girls our age. How did you relate to the movie personally? 

Mean Girls came out when I was in middle school, and I absolutely remember relating to the girl-friendship dynamics that the movie portrays. It may have become a cycle of life imitating art, unfortunately, because I do remember a few “burn books” being circulated after the movie.

It’s amazing that Mean Girls quotes are still used often. Should we be quoting Mean Girls if it illustrates a negative view of girls in high school? Or do you think the movie encourages a healthier, more compassionate lifestyle for high schoolers by showing the lunacy of bullying that goes on? Does it matter either way? 

Overall, I don’t think it matters much either way, since I doubt a few offhand quotes would change people’s perceptions much. However, I think its enduring place in our collective lexicon of movie phrases may encourage people who may not have otherwise wanted to see it – especially men – to watch the movie. Although the draw of Mean Girls is its hilarious dialogue, it does help expose culturally relevant issues. It uses comedy to expose a major problem between females: the subtle idea that we are all constantly in competition (for jobs, husbands, etc.). It’s not exactly one of the hallmark quotes of the movie, but this quote by Ms. Norbury illustrates the point: “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it OK for guys to call you sluts and whores.”

What is your favorite Mean Girls quote and why? 

“The limit does not exist.” Great scene in the movie, applicable in many situations and it made me less reluctant to learn calculus.

Do you wear pink on Wednesdays? 

Always.

Finally, is butter a carb?

Yes, but Kalteen bars aren’t.

Whatever, Katy, we’re getting cheese fries.

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