Breaking Down Georgetown’s Geotags

It’s time to embrace the sad truth: GW’s geotag game is stronger than ours. Let’s explore Georgetown’s finest options in the ever-present Snapchat game.

Grey outline of Healy Hall with Hoya Saxa in a circle in the corner – Always the first one to appear when swiping right on Snapchat. Really boring tbh. Not ideal for the classic freshman Healy snap story.

‘I Believe’ – Don’t get me started. Wrong color scheme, takes up the entire picture, no one knows what ‘I Believe’ stands for. 0/10. Apparently used for a GUSA Presidential campaign two years ago, and we’ve never stopped having it. Somehow that makes it more annoying.

Southwest Quad – As if living in McCarthy wasn’t bad enough, their Snapchat filter is probably the weakest on campus. Worth a venture to Snaxa for late night slushies and to check out this monstrosity.

Leo’s salad bar – It’s just tomatoes and lettuce. 2/10 for unbalanced dieting.

Leo’s upstairs – Very representative of the lighting. Could go well with a food snap of vegan brownies. I never get this one actually in Leo’s; only in my New South dorm room.

MSB – The bros use it after nailing their Goldman Sachs interviews and OPIM exams. Goes well with Vineyard Vines and/or a suit and tie combo. Points for having the prettiest building. I appreciate.

 

Dahlgren Chapel – So cute, so chic, so simple. My parents were married here so I’m a bit biased. 10/10 for love.

Outline of Healy with Georgetown University in middle – It would require effort to make this uglier.

Lau – Harsh. Boring. But is that not representative of Lau vibes?

Lord of the Rings Lau – Don’t get me wrong: this filter is weird, but points for creativity and nerdiness. I see you. Gets a laugh at 3 AM when cramming for a History midterm.

McCourt School Georgetown – Old time-y font and DC imagery. I like. Solid 8/10.

Georgetown University with Hoya Saxa in cursive: perfect for freshman bragging to their high school friends about attending a top 20 institution. The only filter that blatantly says, “Hoya Saxa,” so that’s pretty concerning. Basic but very nice.

Future Recommendations:

  1. Why is there no ICC geotag? Bill Clinton would not approve.
  2. No acknowledgment of Jesuits I see. Does Cura Personals even mean anything to Georgetown if we cannot fully represent this on our social media?
  3. Genuine question: Does Darnall have one? I’ve never been there.
  4. Why doesn’t Jack the Bulldog get any love?
  5. Let’s have a New South geotag reading “Zoo South” that shows broken Pineapple Burnetts and dip in the stairwell.
  6. @Corp Marketing I know a geotag at each location would be hard but it would be dope.Photos: me, duh.

Farewell Fourth Edition Seniors!

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Co-authored by Mike Radice and Meg Lizza 

This year, 4E lost nine fantastic seniors to a terrible phenomenon called “graduation“. We are very sorry to see them go, but will forever remember them for their contributions to the 4E family. Check out their stories and some of our favorite articles of theirs:

Courtney Klein (AKA Coco): The original Blog Queen, Courtney was the 4E Senior Editor from Spring 2015 through Fall 2015, and later served as a Contributing Editor. Our resident internet-breaker, Courtney first broke the internet with her awesome Georgetown pickup lines, and later rejection lines, and just when you thought it was over, breakup lines. When she isn’t perfecting her Instagrams of DC, she’s probably doing what really matters: rating DC’s Bagels or predicting what Burnett’s flavor represents you.

Under Courtney’s reign, 4E greatly expanded its visibility. She helped spread truly #breaking news, like snapchat updates and national guacamole day. Courtney will forever be our Dear Leader, and we will miss her devotions to guacamole and The Swug Life.

Karl “KP” Pielmeier (Our Founding Father): KP served as our Senior Editor from Fall 2013 through Spring 2014, and later as a Contributing Editor. Imparting his wisdom on everything from Burnett’s to the crazed pumpkin spice phenomenon, KP and his expert knowledge on all things gastronomic will surely be missed. When he wasn’t crafting the perfect salad at Hilltoss or honoring some of our best staffers at The Hoya with his Staffer of the Week posts, KP was probably reigniting the infamous 4E GroupMe (you wish you could be a part of it).

Under his reign, 4E took on a more generally light-hearted tone, but that didn’t deter KP from writing about serious and important issues that can happen at Georgetown. We will undoubtedly miss his devotion to all things RumChata and his highly anticipated drinking games.

Emily Min (Campus News Expert): Emily was 4E’s Senior Editor from Fall 2014 through Spring 2015. Out and about, Emily always had the inside scoop on big things happening at Georgetown. She broke the important news about the JesRes renovation and the missing clock hands. The first to tell us about the spring concert guest and bubble tea at Georgetown, Emily played an important role in keeping us on top of the Georgetown trends.

Her wisdom expanded beyond 4E, and she helped our readers prepare for important life traditions, like trick-or-treating on Embassy Row. We never want to see her go, but its time to #breakup.

Max Wheeler (Blogger by day, DJ by night): Max thrived as the Blog’s resident ‘Manly Monday’ expert, providing Hoyas with a fresh male take on all things deemed ‘basic’ and ‘womanly.’ It was Max who broke the news to Georgetowners everywhere that listening to Justin Bieber’s most recent album ‘Purpose‘ would, in fact, be a good use of time.  When he wasn’t perusing the iTunes Top 100 Albums chart, Max spent his time hosting his own successful radio show, and entertaining listeners everywhere with a live Snapchat stream of the underpinnings of the show, including, but not limited to, countless videos of him lip-syncing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” into the radio mic.

At 4E, Max was known as the Music Man, as he reviewed, revered, and even wrote music of his own. Do you need a playlist to snuggle to? How about some inspirational tracks to get you through finals season? Max had you covered, and we at 4E will miss him and his jazzy demeanor immensely.

Matt Sullivan (Social Media King, #Slay): The man, the myth, the blog legend. Matt had the incredible ability to write about anything and everything, and irrespective of what he produced, his articles would go viral. He kept us informed on what goes on in Lau and had visions of true artistry on our campus. Matt also provided 4E readers with awesome advice, like how to find love at Georgetown and what’s appropriate to wear at FoxFields.

With Matt’s contributions, 4E was able to drastically increase its social media presence, making us the most widely read online publication at Georgetown. Lastly, Matt could make the seemingly impossible look easy, like he did in his article about O’Donovan’s 2.0.

Sydney Bolling (Our Very Own ‘Jane Hoya’): Probably cheering on her Hoyas at the Verizon Center, Sydney helped us get through this stunning 2016 election cycle. At 4E, she wrote a great variety of posts: from the uplifting articles that helped us determine which Good Stuff concoction we are, to the relatable articles about internship fails and preregistration fails.

Sydney gives some of the best advice, too. Whether its about what you should and should not do in the GAAP group, or even what DC Happy Hours have to offer, we always trusted her judgment. We hope to cross paths again with her, but we know that October 3rd is probably not the best day to do that.

Keaton O’Neil (Quiz Queen): When Keaton wasn’t crafting your coffee at Saxby’s, she was probably pondering what would become some of 4E’s most popular quizzes, like one that would help you determine how romantic you are and another that tested your knowledge of Georgetown’s course offerings. She even made one of the most difficult quizzes to ever come off the 4E presses: Would You Rather?: Georgetown Edition. In fact, Keaton’s quizzes were so popular, they even made unannounced guest appearances on some other Georgetown publication’s website (smh)!

Keaton truly mastered the art of the quiz and helped make 4E a more fun and exciting publication. We will miss her eye for the future and know that she will seize all of the world’s many opportunities (especially those at Trader Joe’s).

Lindsay Lee (GroupMe Creator and Blog OG): Lindsay was 4E’s Senior Editor from Spring 2013 through Fall 2014. Even though Lindsay Lee left us for bigger and better things, we can never forget our original 4E ‘First Lady’. Publishing a hundred articles, it’s almost too hard to pick her best posts. A true blog bae and Georgetown Hoya, Lindsay anticipated Georgetown Day in proper fashion with her “Twas the Night Before Georgetown Day”, an article that never goes out of 4E style. She also hyped up the annual Mr. Georgetown competition in 2013 with her “Meet the Contestants” article (it literally broke all 4E records for most views).

Lindsay wrote about what really matters to our fellow Hoyas, like her helpful guides on alternatives to Tuscany (RIP) and reusing your empty kegs. Our 4E OG put a lot of work into this beloved publication and we will always be forever thankful for that!

Alexis Oni-Eseleh (Beyoncé Extraordinaire): Joining 4E as a sophomore, Alexis got right down to the issues with her blog posts. From her “Open Letter to GUSA Campaigns” to her “GUSA Video Takeover”, Alexis helped 4E capture the latest on school happenings.

While reporting on the #important stuff, Alexis also just had to include posts about Queen Bey, like her “Six Degrees of Beyoncé: Dip Ball Edition” and her “Flawless? Your Saturday Morning Story” articles. Thank you for reminding us that “I woke up like this” applies to all of us!

Last but not least, we will miss their debauchery.

You will always have a place in our hearts and in the GroupMe.

Brb #crying

Photos: ccc.edu, giphy.com

Word Wednesday: HAUNTING

haunting_shadow4E is here to keep its readers hip and in the loop.  So, if you haven’t already heard, the new word on block is “HAUNTING”. What is “haunting” you may ask? The new form of ghosting; haunting is when one breaks off the relationship without explanation or contact, but still communicates indirectly through social media.  If ghosting wasn’t bad enough, haunting may be the ultimate low of our awkward relationship or “lack there of” culture.

So, what are some examples of haunting? 4E is here to help.

SNAPCHAT:

You were totally ghosted last weekend by let’s call him “Michael,” but you two are still friends on Snapchat.  You thought everything was going great and you even had a Snapchat streak of 4 whole days! But, that is all long gone, as “Michael” has stopped all communication for a whole week.  YET, HE STILL VIEWS YOUR STORY LAST NIGHT OF YOU EATING A CHICKEN QUESADILLA AT EPI!!! The sore reminder of him hurts the pit of your stomach.  Delete your “Michael,” ladies!

FACEBOOK: 

Girls can ghost and haunt, too! You totally thought that you and let’s call her “Jessica” hit it off at that VIL A golf party.  You even took her to Georgetown Cupcake for a casual date on a TUESDAY night!!! After which, you thought it appropriate to Facebook friend her.  She accepts and you two see each other for three weeks.  And by that, I mean you go home with each other for three consecutive weekends.  When all of the sudden, you never hear from “Jessica” again and thus, you have been ghosted. Two weeks later, you see her name pop up on your notifications that she liked your new profile pic.  Confused? You should be. It’s probably best to just unfollow or unfriend her as it’s still a sore subject among your bros.

4E hopes that after properly defining the word HAUNTING, you will now know that there can be something worse than ghosting.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, tumblr.com

Georgetown is #GSProud

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You may have noticed that today Hoyas are taking to social media with cover photos, testimonials and the hashtag #GSProud. Well, this is all part of a campaign headed by the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP) to celebrate the GSP community and its contributions to the Georgetown community and to raise awareness for GSP in general! GSP is a program that largely focuses on serving Georgetown students who are first generation college students. Within GSP, students have access to an accomplished alumni network, career assistance, mentoring programs, campus connections and more. GSP’s innovative program helps Georgetown to be a global leader in enrolling scholarship students and providing them with dedicated support throughout their college experience.

To further the #GSP love, 4E has complied some Facebook testimonials:

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-Jenna Clifford (COL ’18)

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-Rashid Darden (COL ’15)

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-Steeve Simbert (COL ’15)

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-Kayla Schmittau (COL ’17)

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-Lizzie Pinede (COL ’16)

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-Chris Fisk (COL ’17)

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-Melissa Gonzalez (SFS ’18)

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-Tala Anchassi (SFS ’18)

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-Patrick Bylis (SFS ’17)

Wanna learn more about GSP? Check out the video they created for the Class of 2019:

We are #GSProud.

Photos/Gifs/Videos: youtube.com; facebook.com

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

The Scoop: GUPD Catches Suspect & Uses Instagram

paul_blart_mall_copHi Hoyas! With all of this ~criminal activity~ on campus lately, 4E wants to do their part to keep fellow Hoyas and members of our community as safe as can be with a PSA: GUPD has an Instagram account!!!

As you may have seen, at approximately 7:42 p.m. last Friday, our very own chief of police, Jay Gruber, notified us that the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred on campus Wednesday night had been identified and arrested in the Leavey Center. With the help of a student report, they were able to pull this off. But, with the help of Instagram, they were able to notify students much earlier!

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(Evidence: This screenshot was taken at least 2 hours before any official notice was reported to students.)

Now as weird and perhaps even sketchy? as all of this was, we here at 4E would like to commend GUPD for reaching students where they are: Instagram.

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Side note: Students were also on campus during this time, so maybe there could be another small protocol way of telling us when armed criminals are roaming our buildings… just a thought.

Anyway, they’ll get there! Let’s keep showing GUPD our support with a little Insta-love.

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Their ratio right now is alright, but you know if this were your account you’d be telling yourself do better.

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They also post cool bike pics like this. Plus if @thegeorgetownchimes likes their stuff, shouldn’t you?

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Props to them on their charity work! Really impressive!!

Yet another side note: Still wondering if they have an update on my stolen bike from the first week of fall semester…

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Sometimes they even pose with students! Bucket list fall 2015: get in a @gu_pd Insta!

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Anyway, GUPD keep doing you and doing safety, we really appreciate it! Students, be sure to follow this account. You don’t want any FOMO about, you know, actual real world safety issues right outside our doors!

 Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, imgur.com, hollywoodreporter.com

WBC Protest, As Told By Social Media

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Unless you were abroad or in some Georgetown-day induced coma, you know that the Westboro Baptist Church visited our dear Hilltop yesterday. Their presence created quite a ruckus, leading to both a counter-protest and a solidarity event. Through both forms of expression, Georgetown students demonstrated their sentiments toward this event.

However, there was another way in which Georgetown students expressed their emotions: social media!

At first, many were confused what they were even doing there.

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Many were not feeling WBC’s presence, especially since it was the last day of classes.

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Tons of people showed up 3 hours early to capture the whole event…

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Todd Olson even showed up to show his support! (read: HAYYYY)

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And then the Instagrams began, capturing the occasion in a #artsy way.

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Some tried to bring comedy into the mix…

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The signs used by the WBC and their supporters were probably the most ridiculous part.

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But no matter the form the posts took, there was no doubt that Georgetown students were beyond proud of the support both the counter and the solidarity protests received.

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Photos: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat

Top 5 Reasons to Get Excited for OWN IT!

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If you do not know what OWN IT means or if you just think everyone is super inspirational for no reason, listen up. TODAY marks the second annual OWN IT Summit, an all day event that was created by Georgetown students and has had incredible success.

The event combines college students and leaders from different industries to talk about the role of women and empowerment. The message is amazing and 4E could not be more excited to be the media sponsor for this fantastic event.

Today is the day!

We here at 4E can hardly contain our excitement. To get you excited too, we have created the top 5 reasons why you should be screaming around campus in excitement.

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1. The Speakers. OWN IT boasts some of the most amazing speakers, everyone from Shiza Shahid to Danielle Brooks. The list is incredible and the opportunities for inspiration are endless. *Cue Fangirling*

2. The App. Technology, why are you so amazing? After downloading the OWN IT app, I promptly spent half an hour taking it all in and loving every single part of it. The social media buzz is going to be incredible. Side note: be sure to follow all of the important accounts to stay in the know during the event (@thehoya, @thehoya4E, @justownit) and hashtag all posts with #ownit2015 to get it trending!

3. The Performance. All Summit attendees will have the honor of seeing Azure Antoinette perform on Saturday. As a spoken word poet, Azure is sure to inspire us for a day of learning and community! If you have not seen any of her videos, you need to check them out now. She is incredible.

4. The Breakout Sessions. This part of the Summit might be the most exciting, as the students have the opportunity to speak with and learn from professionals in the fields they are interested in and create bonds with inspirational women. I cannot wait to attend my breakout sessions and meet the College Prepster.

5. The Past, The Present and The Future. Being a part of OWN IT is an amazing opportunity. While this is the second annual Summit, each attendee is still playing a huge part in bringing a revolutionary idea to the world. The OWN IT Summit is spreading all over the country and is inspiring people all over the world. Do you want to get the chills? Watch the video from last year.

OWN IT is an amazing opportunity for everyone from Freshman to Seniors, from teachers to CEOS. Everyone can benefit from being a part of this extremely special summit.

So get excited and be sure to OWN IT all day long!

Photos/Gifs/Videos: Youtube; stylecaster.com; ownitsummit.com

Cups for Campus!

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Recently, a new Facebook page has been circulating around Georgetown student’s social media profiles.

Cups for Campus is a new organization founded on campus this semester that is already taking the campus by storm.

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The mission? Cups for Campus is trying to promote healthy campus lifestyles by preventing the spread of communicable diseases through disposable cups! This will be done by providing disposable cups to Georgetown students free of charge through Health Education Services.

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As college students, we are prone to using “red solo cups” on the regular, but we never really think about the consequences of these common school-wide items. By taking this into account and making sure to not share our glasses, we can help Georgetown be less vulnerable to a variety of diseases. And this is all free, what a win!

The “grand opening” of this service will be on March 20, AKA the Friday after Spring Break. In their words, just in time for a belated St. Patty’s party or post-Spring Break soiree!

If you want to learn more or maybe get involved, email cupsforcampus@gmail.com. Also, follow them on Twitter!

Let’s raise a glass cup to that!

Photos/Gifs: facebook.com; http://drinkingmadeeasy.com/

Georgetown Takes Top Spot for Social Media Influence

Social MediaHere on the Hilltop, we already pride ourselves on being smart, but now, we can celebrate a new accomplishment: being social media savvy. According to InTheCapital, Georgetown University garnered the best Klout score of all D.C.-area schools.

Klout is an analytics company started in 2008 that aims to measure users’ “influence” through social media presence. It tracks over 400 signals from 8 different social networks and then assigns users a score from 1 to 100. The higher the score given, the more influence a user has.

(President Obama currently boasts a Klout score of 99, while Justin Bieber and Zooey Deschanel received scores of 92 and 86, respectively.)

With active accounts on all of Klout’s measured platforms (including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), Georgetown took the top spot for its social media presence with a score of 92. Close behind were Johns Hopkins and — sadly — George Washington University with scores of 91. University of Maryland and University of Virginia finished in the top five both with scores of 90.

To see the full list of rankings, click here. In the meantime, stay influential, Hoyas.

Photo: InTheCapital