Staffer of the Week: TM Gibbons-Neff

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.photo-3

Name TM Gibbons-Neff
School College
Year 2015
Major English
Hometown Boston, Mass.
Positions on the Hoya Deputy business editor

Why did you earn staffer of the week? 

I got staffer of the week because I’m deputy editor of the new business page. It’s the second week running and everything went off without a hitch, and one of my stories about Rhino was pretty well read.

Tell us a little more about the new business section.

The business section will be composed of four parts: two stories, a column and an insider trading box, which are tips and tricks on how to get through the MSB and get ahead.

We have some great feedback from students about classes they’ve taken, ideas for interviews and things to bring to career events and information sessions. The stories will be business related and we’re going to try to break into the nitty-gritty components of what’s doing well, whether it be alumni businesses or student businesses or even just Georgetown students who are doing something extraordinary and deserve coverage.

The column is going to have a lot of great content: how to get hired by a start-up, the difference between a leader and manager — a broad spectrum of voices in the business field. So far we’ve had some military voices. Coming up we have a feature from a chief operating officer of a hundred year-old small business. We’re going to run the gamut of everything business.

What’s your favorite part about working for The Hoya?

Everyone at The Hoya is extremely professional and respectful. I’m 25 years old, and I was in the Marine Corps before I came to Georgetown. I have the utmost respect for the Senior Editors and everyone in the office who brings something unique to the table that I can learn from. I’m here to learn, and I might be older, but I’m still humbled every day by the people who work here — especially on production night. That’s just impressive.

If you could rename a Hoya staff meeting into a movie, what would it be called and who would star in it?

I don’t know what it would be called, but Paul Rudd would play Danny (editor-in-chief). And it would definitely be a Judd Apatow film. But I’m open for title suggestions.

Casual Thursdays: Valentine’s Day Love

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Hoyas! Love is definitely in the air, and if you have been by Leo’s today, the sweet aroma of chocolate and chicken fingers are as well. It’s Cupid’s favorite day of the year, so why not get a little festive? Whether you are out tonight celebrating with that special someone, in a hot pursuit of said someone or simply embracing the fact that being single is the way to go, we’ve got you covered for another weekly edition of “Casual Thursdays”.

The drink selection for this week is classy, sexy and delicious, a.k.a everything Valentine’s Day should be. Appropriately, it is called the “Amore Vietato,” which means “Forbidden Love” in some fancy-schmancy “romance” language (with a name like that, you know it has to be delicious) and is very easy to make! Strap on those heels, button up those collars, embrace the pink and the red and whip up this cocktail to get the night going.

Amore Vietato

  • 2 oz. Hendricks gin
  • 1 oz. blood orange juice
  • Dash simple syrup
  • 2 strawberries
  • 4 slices of cucumber

1. Muddle fruit with simple syrup

2. Add gin and blood orange juice

3. Shake and strain into a martini glass

3. Garnish with strawberry, cucumber spiral and orange peel hearts.

“Valentine’s Day” with Bradley Cooper

If you would rather kick back and enjoy a relaxing night in with your TV, dog, boyfriend, or friend, why not pop in a movie? As it is Valentine’s Day, there are a ton of movies that can get you in the lovey-dovey mood, but why not stick with the classic V-Day selection of … you guessed it, “Valentine’s Day”! The great thing about this choice is that you will most likely be able to relate to at least one character in this movie, even if you loathe cuteness and chocolate. ALSO, not only is the movie literally about Valentine’s Day, but one of the stars in the amazingly awesome cast is Bradley Cooper. If you haven’t guessed already, we really, really love Bradley Cooper here at 4E.

Have a great holiday G-towners and here is to hoping that, at least for today, your Thursdays are casual and not your relationships!

Photo: Cosmopolitan, Wikipedia

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

The Humane Side of Comedy

Sometimes, life gets so weird all we can do is laugh along with it.

“Sleepwalk With Me” is a 90-minute film co-directed by Mike Birbiglia (COL ’00) and Seth Barrish that tells Birbiglia’s unique coming-of-age story as a 20-something getting his feet wet in the waters of adult life. The film was first released Jan. 23, 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival and hit major theaters August 24.

Matt Pandamiglio (Birbiglia) future-narrates a tale of how a rare sleep disorder leads to the end of a relationship and the beginning of a comic career. Pandamiglio has been dating his girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) for eight years. His sister, Janet (Cristin Milioti) has just gotten engaged, and her marriage places pressure on Matt to “zig or zag” as his father puts it. While the stress of finding fame as a comedian and pleasing Abby’s own marital aspirations increase, Matt finds himself having more and more sleep episodes in which he physically acts out his dreams. As his relationship and sleeping habits deteriorate, the only thing Matt can do is take his stories on the road where the win over larger and larger audiences.

Normally, I’m not a fan of self-deprecating humor found through future narration, but somehow “Sleepwalk With Me” comes across as intimate enough to be comfortable. Birbiglia’s humor can only be described as that kind of awkward funny that initially made me a little nervous during the film. It’s witty, but I couldn’t quite shake the fact that it could just as easily be me hallucinating a jackal in my bedroom or staying in a dead-end relationship for the simple fact of wanting to please the other person.

However, as the movie progressed I felt more at ease: Nowhere does Birbiglia pass judgment on anyone in the story aside from himself. By objectively depicting the facts, he makes a statement about how life can be a funny thing in which it takes a rare sleep disorder to diagnose a troubled relationship and find a career. The movie suggests that even though this situation is less than ideal, it’s okay to laugh. In addition to an honest story line, Birbiglia peppers his narration with some truly hilarious gems like, “I know…I’m in the future also,” as well as some witty dialogue between seemingly exaggerated characters.

Plot and screenplay aside, I loved the sneaky cameo appearance of producer Ira Glass (regularly producer of WBEZ Chicago’s “This American Life,” where Birbiglia’s story aired two years ago). Wyatt Cenec (“The Daily Show”) and John Lutz (“30 Rock”) also popped up in minor cast positions. These little surprises put a smile on my face even in moments intended to be serious.

While at Georgetown, Birbiglia was known as a funny guy: He won the “Funniest Person on Campus” contest and performed regularly with Georgetown Players Improv Troupe. It’s no wonder that his first movie combined a mix of awkward, easy-going humor and sincere coming-of-age tale to produce an enjoyable quirky and thought-provoking product.

Photo: IFC Films

Casual Thursday: The Buddy System

So it’s Thursday, the unofficial beginning of the weekend, a time to relax and celebrate surviving another week. Thirsty Thursday is a mainstay during the school year, but most jobs won’t guarantee you every Friday off (I’m looking at you, MSB). And it’s probably best to not end your first week or two of work with a bad hangover – desks are harder to nap under than you think.

But we’re here for you no matter what you choose to do with your Thursday night. This is the first edition of Casual Thursday, where we welcome any and all definitions of casual. Every week, we’ll offer up a delicious drink recipe as well as something more subdued.

Feel free to make a drinking game of the latter with the former.

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Best Bets: Spring Has Sprung

Spring seems to be in full swing here in D.C., so sitting through classes is even tougher than usual these days. Thankfully, the weekend is here, so 4E has some suggestions to make the best of your days off.

Friday:

Go see The Hunger Games! The highly anticipated movie opened at midnight, so buy tickets before the shows sell out. Theaters all over D.C. will be playing it, the most convenient theater for us is the AMC Loew’s Georgetown, which even features IMAX screenings. We’re as excited for this year’s most anticipated movie as everyone else is.

Saturday:

We know no one was ready to stop celebrating St. Patty’s Day last weekend, so lucky for you, this Saturday is SHAMROCK FEST at RFK Stadium. This festival includes 50 bands and DJs, 10 stages, food, party areas, and lots of beer! This year’s performances feature Gavin DeGraw and the Dropkick Murphys. Make sure not to miss one of the best Irish celebrations of the year.

Sunday:

While the Cherry Blossoms are already in bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony is this Sunday from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Headlining this event is Sara Bareilles, but other performers include MISIA, Hideki Togi, and the Children’s Chorus of Washington. Also at this ceremony, you can hear the story of how the Cherry Blossom has gained its big reputation here in D.C. The event will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and admission is free! What better way can you welcome springtime to D.C.?

Photo courtesy: sushicam.com

May the 74th Annual Hunger Games Begin

Bust out your bow and arrow and grab a loaf of bread, because The Hunger Games premieres tonight. If you’re not familiar with the books written by Suzanne Collins, they follow 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen in a dystopic future version of America called Panem, where the annual Hunger Games pit 24 teenagers against each other in a battle to the death (while the rest of the country watches on giant screens). There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the film and now that it’s finally arriving, we want to make sure you’re well prepared for the pop culture storm that’s about to hit.

The whole thing makes more sense if you read the books, trust me. While there’s a pretty long waiting list to take them out of Lau, ask around to see if you can borrow the books – at least the first one – before you see the movie. They’re aimed at a young adult audience, so they’re a pretty quick read (you can finish the entire trilogy in a day if you forsake all work and social interaction).

Already read all the books? Twice? It’s safe to assume that you’re going to the midnight premiere tonight, so why not go all out and dress up as your favorite character? For a subtle homage, here’s a tutorial on how to recreate Katniss’ signature braid. If you’re looking for something a bit more flashy, consider dressing up as someone from the Capitol – check out Capitol Couture for inspiration.

Find out where you would fall in the nation of Panem by registering for your District Identification Pass with the Capitol.

The movie’s soundtrack, featuring new songs by The Civil Wars, Kid Cudi and Maroon 5 among many others is available already. Check out Billboard’s track-by-track review. Some personal favorites are “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars and “One Engine” by The Decemberists.

Feeling inspired by Katniss’ archery skills? D.C. Archers offers introductory archery lessons. If Peeta’s baking and cake decorating is more up your alley, think about taking a cake decorating class in the city. Who knows, maybe your cake decorating skills will be able to save your life, too.

If you’re still not sure what exactly this whole phenomena is about or if the conversation about which of your friends would win the Hunger Games makes you uncomfortable, you might want to ease yourself into the world of Panem. Check out the trailers that have already been released here and here, and read some reviews of the movie – The Hoya’s own Katherine Foley reviews it for this Friday’s edition of The Guide.

And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Photo: Lionsgate

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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