Georgetown Is Getting a New Beer Hall!

Finally, some good news that doesn’t involve rats in our favorite dining establishments nor our dilapidated on-campus housing is gracing our school. The Georgetown neighborhood is getting a brand-new bar in the form of Church Hall, which is slated to open at 1070 Wisconsin Ave NW this Friday!

Though Piano Bar, Chi Di and The Tombs have all had their fair shares of the limelight, we’ve all truly been craving a new spot in our Georgetown bubble. And while there are other similar establishments around D.C. like Penn Social, Church Hall, which is a Penn Quarter hangout spot from the same proprietors as Penn Social, promises to be a special place, and 4E is here to tell you why.

  1. Monday to Friday 4 to 7 p.m. happy hours. Sounds really happy to me! With essentially all drafts, wines, and rail drinks for $2, this place is giving Mai Thai a run for its money on their delicious yet probably overpriced pitchers.

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  2. Gin and tonic. On draft. They say G&Ts are an acquired taste, and I feel like if they’re on draft I just may acquire a taste for them.
  3. Boozy slushies. Need I say more?
  4. 28 Beers on draft. Even all of the craft beer snobs should be able to find something that suits their taste at this place. And if not, the beers rotate regularly, so there will surely be an opportunity for everyone.
  5. A prime location near M Street.  Within the bubble, there aren’t too many options for going out. Without having to trek to AdMo or U Street, we like the idea of another option nearby campus.
  6. An opportunity to relive study abroad. For all those who attended Oktoberfest or Springfest, you know how satisfying lederhosen and a stein of your favorite brew can be. We just needed the right atmosphere to relive this memory.
  7. Another option. Because sometimes, you just get tired of the weekly Tombs-ChiDi-AdMo rotation.

See those of you (21+, of course) there!

Photos/GIFS: giphy.com, chicagofoodmagazine.com

Meet the New 4E Bloggers

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This past weekend, 4E hired eight new, fantastic bloggers! We interviewed a bunch of capable and hilarious bloggers, but these were the eight who caught our eye. We’ve met them, now it is time for you to meet them too:

Katrina Vassell (MSB ’17)

When You Know You Are A Hoya:
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1. When the acronym of your organization is harder to pronounce than the actual name. I’m looking at YOU GUASFCU… or GUAFSCUE… or GUSEFSCU, whatever it is.

2. When you’re unqualified to join the investment fund, but get an internship at Goldman Sachs.

3. When your social life is dictated by your extracurricular activities and your largest, most prestigious fraternity is a coffee shop.

Caroline Platek (COL ’17)

When Playing “The Final Countdown” Would Make Sense:

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1. When Midnight Mug is about to close and you’ll be at LAU for an allnighter, and realize with 2 minutes to spare that you’ll never stay awake without a Midnight Mug treat. And in that moment, you realize there’s no time for organizing your books or packing up shop. So you must trust a fellow cubicle user to “watch my stuff” and then you race down those LAU steps like that MUG snack is the last snack you’ll ever consume. You make it in time, you get your treat, you pull the all-nighter and you have successfully completed the assignment that you started the night before. Hooray.

2. You are thinking of spending the night “with Netflix” and your friends decide to hit the town. You wish them a good time and wrap up in your snuggie like you’re the star of that classic infomercial. Your friends go to that place you all enjoy, and they text you when they arrive because they see the love of your life in the venue. They are about to go to another location and tell you that you should come to the current one within 15 minutes or else they are leaving. You can’t give up on love — this might be your soul mate. So you get ready, you spray the fragrance that tells the world “It’s showtime” and you meet your friends in the nick of time. You’ve landed your crush, you’ve had a good night and you’ve proven that the best nights are those that were not planned.

Lauren Salamon (COL ’19)

The People You’ll Meet Walking on Your First Day:

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1. The Supportive Upperclassman: This person is the best. They probably see you looking dangerously confused in the ICC. “Umm… do you know how to get to 107?” you ask. This friendly stranger will show you the way.

2. The Fellow Freshman: You notice this person a few feet away, also staring at their schedule in a perplexed manner. “Are you a freshman, too?” you ask. Of course they are. You are of little help to one another.

3. The Inanimate Object: If it gets to the point where you are already three minutes late to class, you may curse vengefully at a stagnant elevator or whisper a profanity at another staircase. It’s really their fault, anyway.

Benjamin Balough (COL ’17)

When Blacking Out Would Actually Be Helpful:

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1. Morning after call to the ‘rents telling them you’ve been GERMSed again. #lookatyourlife

2. Falling on your ass in front of your crush at Brown House with a BAC of 0.00%.

3. That one time in Yates where your hottie-spotting to treadmill-walking ratio went from 0 to 100 and you just stood there gaping at the booty for a solid 15 minutes.

Annie Fraser (NHS ’19)

The Most Underrated Fruits:

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1. Grapefruit. Grapefruit is the best citrus out there, and the reason that people don’t agree with me on this is not because I’m “incorrect” or “care too much about grapefruit,” it’s because they’ve never encountered a spoon with serrated edges, “a grapefruit spoon” that allows you to enjoy your delicious grapefruit without all the juice going everywhere. And grapefruit is not too sour, it’s perfectly tangy and delicious. People who don’t like the taste of grapefruit are either: a. children who can’t handle the real world or b. eating under ripe grapefruit.

2. Not Pomegranate. Before you say it, yes, I know, pomegranate does taste good, and pomegranate juice is pretty great. But this isn’t a list of best fruits, and pomegranate is undoubtedly the most overrated fruit. Every time someone actually buys a whole pomegranate, everyone loses their collective mind, but when it comes to actually eat the thing, it’s such a let down. Too many gross tiny seeds, not enough juice and overall just a lot of work. 4/10 overall.

3. Blackberries. Blackberries are great. Shoutout to blackberries.

Athena Yang (NHS ’17)

Best Excuses Not to Take Stairs:

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1. I just ate. This is probably true 87.8% of the time.

2. It was leg day yesterday. This makes me seem like I’m in shape, but in reality, if I took the stairs it would be my leg day today.

3. I’m don’t want to get sweaty because I’m going on a date. Even though it is even less likely for me to be going on a date than walk up the stairs, normal people will never question the logic because they go on dates and know the importance of looking good. I also rather admit that I may sweat after walking up stairs than actually taking the stairs.

Mike Radice (SFS ’18)

The Workers on Campus You Need to Hear About:

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1. Leo’s Card Swipper. This guy sure does have a way with Georgetown students (read: ladies). If you’re a female, he might even grace you with a hearty hello! His everlasting smile and friendly demeanor make him a staple in the fine dining establishment that is O’Donovan’s Waterfront Dining.

2. Einstein’s Sweetheart. You haven’t experienced a true “woman for others” until you’ve met this woman, who runs the show at the Einstein’s in Regents. She prays for you, and will tell you about how she cares for you before you’ve met her. This woman is literally the nicest being on campus. Just try not to smile when you’re near her.

3. Einstein Celebrity. Did you know we have a celebrity of our very own on campus? Bagel artist at the Car Barn Einstein’s by day, beat dropper by night, this lady lives a double life as one of DC’s most respected female rappers. Quiet behind the counter, this diva drops some sick lines in her freestyle raps found here. Check her out!

 

 

Jacky Pi (SFS ’19)

The Best Places to Poop on Campus:

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These places were found based on the merit of cleanliness, privacy, and overall proximity/accessibility on campus.

1. Healey Family Student Center. Private Family Bathroom. Located right before the public women/men bathrooms. Near the Bulldog Tavern. This single stall, clean bathroom is in one of Georgetown’s most popular study spots. You can do your work and your “business” in silence.

2. Davis Performing Arts Center. Located on the lower floor. This place is empty during the day, just don’t go during a show night.

3. Regents. First floor, past the doors. Most science majors are too sleep deprived to even notice the smell.

Look out for their new blog posts coming soon! Welcome to the fam, guys.

Photos: Facebook.com #stalking

This Just in: Snapchat Does it Again

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Confused by how all of your friends suddenly aged 60 years in their Snapchats today? Wondering what the deal is with all of the mini horror films that seem to be comprising your stories? Wishing you too, could taste the rainbow? 

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Snapchat introduced a whole new form of self expression today. 

Here’s the secret:

  1. Prior to selfie taking touch and hold the screen where your face is.
  2. An array of of lenses will then activate.

With these minor actions you can take your Snapchat from normal to legendary.

Here are the lenses broken down:

First, there is the googley-eyed hearts.

Second, a mysterious “danger” or “bridge control” filter.

Rainbow vomit.

Elderly mask.

Horror film.

Eyeballs that leave your head.

And last, but not least, drowning in hearts. Enjoy the new features!

PSA: As of today you can now also buy Snapchat replays at 3 for $.99.

Photos/Videos: Social Media Today; The Hoya

Introducing Starbuck’s New Tiramisu Lattee

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For all the Starbucks lovers out there, I have good news! There is a new signature latte joining the fold, the Tiramisu latte!

Why go out and buy overly priced deserts at a restaurant when you can consume them in liquid form at Starbucks?

On a healthier note, Starbucks is bringing in a coconut milk option by popular demand. Allergic to dairy and soy? Never fear coconut is here.

Although I applaud these new changes, I can’t help wondering, why stop there? So many delicious desserts are just waiting to be turned into lattes. Here are just a few suggestions for you, Starbucks.

1. Carrot Cake Latte. I mean, it’s essentially the same as the PSL but with carrot, am I right? I think this orange, foamy drink would be especially delicious.

2. Key Lime Pie Latte. St. Patty’s day is right around the corner, what could be more festive?

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A latte Shrek would approve of

3. Glazed Donut Latte. Buy this and an actual donut, dip and enjoy.

4. Chocolate Gelato Latte. Just got back from Study Abroad or just really like chocolate? Starbucks, if you could melt some gelato and pour in milk that would be a latte right?

5. Thin Mint Latte. This is needed because it’s more socially acceptable than walking around and shoving an entire box of Girl Scout cookies in my mouth.

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So there you have it, a plethora of new latte ideas courtesy of the 4E. Although I doubt you’ll be seeing any of these flavors in a Starbucks near you, it’s probably better not to add to the already extensive list of dessert lattes.

We’ve already got the caramel brulee, caramel flan, cinnamon dolce, pumpkin spice, chestnut praline, Christmas cookie, eggnog, gingerbread, toffee nut and the new tiramisu latte*. So go forth and latte.

*Consuming more than 4,000 calories per day in liquid latte form is probably bad for you. Please drink responsibly.

Photos: ryot.org; trbimg.com

Three Ways to Beat Today’s Tuesday Blues

TUesday BluesIt’s the first full week of second semester and the daunting list of readings so carefully detailed in those syllabi is already casting a gloomy shadow over your spring. We understand. With syllabus week behind us and summer oh-so-far in the distance, the beginning of the semester can feel like one long case of the Mondays. Except, worst of all, it’s really actually a rainy Tuesday. Yes, it’s January, and yes, you’re still in Add/Drop purgatory, but we can at least find some solace. Here are three reasons this semester has no where to go but up:

1. You are getting older We all just got one semester closer to seniority in preregistration, that sweet, sweet, day of validation that is the 21st birthday and for the freshmen among us, the arrival of a new class of people who are more lost and confused than you.

2. The weather is on the up & up (and so is the probability of pastels) One sunny day we will all wake up and what to our wondering eyes shall appear but a campus of colorful pants and well-structured sundresses. Better than Christmas!

3. Love (and pollen) are in the air this spring With your New Year’s resolution to hit Yates more than once a semester still in play, the spring hope springs eternal. All new classes means a fresh opportunity to turn that lab partnership extracurricular (or into the possibility of having no friends in any class and spending the semester completely alone). But let’s focus on the positives.

Chins up Hoyas, and, in the words of a great athlete/singer/musical star, “We’re all in this together.”

Photo: photography.nationalgeographic.com

Miley Mayhem and “Can’t Stop” Controversy

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Miley Cyrus isn’t one to stray away from polemics. Over the course of her short career, Miley has caused more than one mouth to drop with her wild partying and rebellious antics. Most recently, she’s been spotted twerking with Juicy J and hanging out with Justin Bieber and his leopard print Audi. And just to top things off, Miley’s released a shocking new single – and let me just say, “We Can’t Stop” definitively lives up to her recent Disney-sweetheart-turned-bad-girl reputation.

From the first few seconds of Miley’s new tune, it’s clear that Miley isn’t looking to revert to her more innocent days. The song begins with a voice-distorted, in-your-face, YOLO-generation statement: “It’s our party/ we can do what we want… we can say what we want… we can kiss who we want.”

As the song progresses, Miley makes it obvious that for her and her generation, nothing is going to change. “We can’t stop/ And we won’t stop,” she sings, referring to the over-the-top party lifestyle of her millennial age group. But it’s not the lyrics about partying that are causing “We Can’t Stop” to garner such a mixed response from listeners. (After all, we already know that Miley “Can’t Be Tamed.”) Rather, it’s the salvia-smoking singer’s drug references that are creating quite the sharp reaction to her newest single.

Ms. Cyrus isn’t afraid at all to bring drugs into wild nights of which she sings. “La dee dee da dee/ Dancing with molly,” she croons, followed later by, “Everyone in line in the bathroom/ Trying to get a line in the bathroom.”

First MDMA and then cocaine? I didn’t see that one coming, Miley. Heck, even Kendrick Lamar is a bit shocked.

What do you think of Miley’s drug references? Think that it’s “her mouth and she can say what she wants to?” Or do you want it all to stop? Take a listen to the new single below and give us a holler in the comments!

Photo: Google+

An Interview with the New Chair of the Board

60566_10200176222313622_1508792366_nLast week, after a vote of the senior staff members, The Hoya was proud to announce that Evan Hollander would be the 2013-2014 Chair of the The Hoya Board of Directors. To get to know Evan and his exciting new plans for Georgetown’s newspaper of record, here’s what Evan had to say about The Hoya, his favorite memories on the paper and, of course, his home state of Kentucky.

Name Evan Hollander
School
SFS
Year
2014
Major International Politics
Hometown Lousiville, KY
Positions held on The Hoya Deputy Sports Editor, Senior Sports Editor, Member of the Board of Directors

What has been your favorite part about working for The Hoya?

Growing up in Louisville, I’ve been passionate about college basketball since about the time I could walk and talk. The chance to cover Georgetown’s basketball team, including travelling up and down the East Coast for its tournament appearances this season, has been the most exciting thing about working for The Hoya.

What is your favorite Hoya office experience?

There are some I can’t remember and there are some I’ll never forget, but I keep those pretty close to the vest. One of the most ridiculous, without question, was the time Emory Wellman (former Layout Editor), Jon Rabar (former General Manager) and I chased a bird out of the office, eventually trapping it in a trash can to fling it out the window. When Mary Nancy Walter (current General Manager) came in as we were chasing the bird around, it’s safe to say she was quite confused.

This year you served on the Board of Directors. What was the experience like? What were the most memorable moments?

The Board is a great institution made up of some great people and we had a lot of fun over the last semester. I’m especially proud of the work we did revamping personnel, and I’m really excited to see the results of our work on the Faces campaign (which launches next week! #shamelessselfpromotion). One of the most memorable moments was our impromptu trip to Booey’s for a lengthy meeting. There’s nothing quite like having a two-hour powwow in the middle of a deli.

If you had to pick someone on the Board to have his/her own reality TV show, who would it be and what would his/her show be called?

Without a doubt, it would be Lauren Weber (current Chair of the Board). Anyone who has encountered her ridiculousness knows that her show would feature her frequent loud declarations, and a play off of CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, would definitely be in order.

Describe your goals and vision for The Hoya under your leadership as Chair.

The Chair has a big role in shaping the strategic vision for The Hoya, and there are a couple directions we are going with that.

First, we want to make sure that our staffers get the most out of our experience, so we are planning to launch more training and mentoring for new hires in the fall. We offer some of the best experiences on campus, and we owe it to our staff to help nurture them as they help make our product great.

Second, The Hoya should strive to be the best news source at Georgetown in print and on the Internet, and we plan to continue to improve our online presence. That includes creating a new position of online editor, which will be filled by the very capable Victoria Edel (current Managing Editor). We will also be rolling out a new email newsletter and a mobile app in the fall — I think the response to these will be great.

Finally, one of the best parts about The Hoya is the connection with the people who came before us. Our corporate development department, led by rock star Mariah Byrne, is working on a plan to renew outreach to alumni and we have a digitization plan in the pipeline.

These are all really exciting initiatives and I hope we can see them through to execution this year!

What are your three favorite things about Kentucky?

1. The passion, excitement and revelry surrounding the Kentucky Derby at the beginning of May.
2. Cheering for basketball’s best team — tied with the Hoyas, naturally — the Louisville Cardinals.
3. Enjoying a bowl of burgoo in the shade on a spring day at Lexington’s Keeneland Race Course.

Lastly, would you rather have an unlimited supply of the most quality, expensive, delicious bourbon you could imagine or resurrect Ted Kennedy for one day and spend it with him?

Having read a lot about Ted Kennedy, I imagine that a day with him would end with a limitless supply of bourbon — after I’m 21, of course.