Welcome Back!

The trees on Prospect Street are starting to change color. The NSO horde has descended upon campus, tasked with welcoming over a thousand new students. Jack the Bulldog is on his way home from a restful summer vacation in Turks & Caicos.

In other words, the start of a new school year is here.

View into a typical apartment/dorm room the night before classes start.

We’ve been away for a while, so 4E has placed several investigative journalists on the scene to inform you, our readers, about the current state of life at Georgetown.

1.  Late Night Leo’s is back. This reporter got eyes on a top-secret Dining Committee meeting in which, praise be, it was confirmed that Leo’s will be both extending its evening hours AND its daily breakfast hours. Things are really looking up. How to take advantage of this upgrade: take your significant other on a romantic date in the sensual ambiance of post-9pm O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront.

You back on your “Eat, Pray, Leo’s” bulls***.

2. Senseless construction projects continue to reign supreme. This reporter has gathered several receipts on the noisy, bothersome operations that disrupt the usually mediocre idyllic standard of life at Georgetown. From the Hospital Pavilion to the perplexing gated area in front of Regents, prepare yourselves for a year of getting woken up early by drill sounds.

“A Quiet Place” but the monsters are construction workers disturbing your drunken slumber.

3. Coming Soon: Big Mouth Season 2. 4E’s favorite Hoyalumni, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, have been killing it with their stand-up specials, Broadway shows and overall hilariousness. The former GU Improv duo made puberty the ~butt~ of many jokes with Netflix’s Big Mouth. Lucky for us, more is supposedly coming our way this fall. Be sure to binge watch instead of studying for midterms. Its what John and Nick would have wanted.

Freshmen using their fakes at Opera for the first time.

4. Rats. They’re everywhere. Returning students are generally desensitized to the presence of rodents on campus, but it feels like they’ve come back with a vengeance this year. This reporter was personally victimized by several SCREECHING critters on the way back from LXR last night. Just throwing it out there—there’s no shame in taking a SafeRide from ICC to Vil A to avoid them.

Walking out of Lau at 2 am like…

5. LIL DICKY is coming to town. Not ~technically~ a Georgetown-specific event, but if you haven’t bought tickets yet for his November 6th show, GET THEM NOW. I’m totally not writing this so I can DM him and tell him that I personally sold tickets on his behalf, causing him to fall in love and have beautiful Jewish babies with me.

 

Honorary AEPi member

6. Kirstjen Nielsen. While most of us were topping off our tans and drinking vodka lemonades, this Georgetown grad spent her summer separating families and interning children in “tender-age facilities.” I can’t *smh* enough about the work of Kirstjen and her fellow #guilty alum, Mr. Paul Manafort.

What is tax fraud anyway, though?

7. Midterms! I’m not talking about the ones that give you a temporary ulcer and make you question the purpose of higher education. DC is about to be torn apart in a storm of political divisiveness, so hurry up and get yourselves Hillternships ASAP so you can watch it happen. Caveat emptor: you have to actually vote in order to participate.

Oprah for the House, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for the Senate.

8. You’re still playing yourself. Georgetown may be one of the top schools in the country, but even great intellect can’t stop smart people from doing stupid things. Locking yourself out of your room for the third time in three days really makes you question the teachers who told you to dream big back in high school. Here’s to a year full of dumb mistakes…

You can always drink away the embarrassment.

Best of luck everyone! Hoya Saxa.

 

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Feeding Yourself Without Leo’s (It’s Possible!)

Last year I supported Leo’s. Everyone complained about the quality of food, the lack of options, and the long lines for meals that were never really worth it. But I always came to its defense because I truly liked the food that was offered and I never left hungry.

But since the start of this school year, my friends and I have gone on a Leo’s boycott (except for Chicken Finger Thursdays because, really, who can pass those up?). And with the recent report of Leo’s numerous health code violations, students are starting to demand change. While we wait for Leo’s to get it’s act together, here are some other ways to feed yourself without leaving campus:

Epicurean – This restaurant is by far my favorite spot on campus. Although it may be a bit of a trek for those who live over in Southwest Quad or Village A, the wide array of choices – a daily buffet, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, and wraps – makes Epicurean well worth the walk. I personally recommend the quesadilla and The Baja, a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado and melted pepper jack cheese.

Wisemiller’s – Wisey’s takes the cake for the most convenient off campus food option. Located directly across from Walsh, one needs to walk only steps off campus to grab a great, quick and easy sandwich. If you’re having trouble deciding what to order, go with the Chicken Madness – you will not be disappointed.

Einstein Brothers Bagels – The opening of an Einstein Bagels on the third floor of Regents has been a great addition to the gorgeous new building. Unfortunately, the ‘store’ is simply a cart, but, each time that I have gone to pick up some breakfast, there has always been a good selection of fresh bagels. Even more exciting is the recent announcement of the expansion of the Einstein’s in Car Barn later this year.

The Corp – I feel as if I have lived off of food from the Corp this entire year. Between sushi, Booey’s sandwiches and even the falafels, I seem to never run out of options. Vital Vittles in Leavey usually offers the most choices of all of the Corp storefronts so make sure to head over there if you are struggling to find some diversity. Thank you, Corp, for feeding me for the past few weeks – I don’t know what I would do without you.

Hopefully, the situation at Leo’s improves, but, until then, we’ll all just have to get a little creative. Maybe you’ll even try out those cooking skills that you never knew you had!

A New Year of Blogging Begins

Classes started yesterday. Welcome Week festivities are in full swing. And, even though its never NSOver, it’s also unfortunately no longer socially acceptable to walk around wearing name tags. Even though its only syllabus week, the spectre of real work looms right around the corner. You’re probably feeling like this right about now.

Still, for this blogger, it feels good to be back. I love seeing those random people that you always walk past and yet never talk to or find out their name. I love late night chats with random people in Lau. I love how excited we all get about finding freshmen to join our clubs. (Speaking of which, stop by The Hoya‘s table at the Student Activities Fair and join our happy blog team.)

Though all of those things won’t changes, there are some changes that accompany every new school year. Leo’s inevitable changes everything, thoroughly confusing all returning students for a couple weeks (and also replacing make-your-own pizza with a bamboo vegetable steamer.) Regents Hall officially opened, replacing what had been a black hole of construction with a new gleaming beacon of our commitment to learning and inquiry (except that it’s way prettier than Lau during the snowpocalypse.) We also have a nifty new e-mail system and no more required party registration.

And so, after an August hiatus, us here at 4E are back and better than ever for our first full school year in operation. Keep reading for more behind-the-scenes posts, photo galleries, videos and commentary for all of the goings on here at Georgetown.

Photo Credit: Leonel De Velez/The Hoya