Ignite! TEDxGeorgetown 2018

TEDxGeorgetown is this Saturday, Oct. 27, in Gaston Hall. The theme of this year’s conference is “Ignite.”

So, why is the theme “Ignite,” you may ask?

Is it because the great Katy Perry once said: “You just gotta ignite the light / And let it shine / Just own the night / Like the Fourth of July”?

Nope.

Is it because igniTED is a trusTED pun?

Absolutely not.

Well, if you guessed that it was because Saint Ignatius told the Jesuits “to go and set the world on fire,” and many incredible movements have been doing just that this past year, then you have just aced this impromptu midterm.

The conference this year will feature 10 students speakers, as well as one professor, Georgetown’s own Imam, an alum and a CEO. Each speaker will be sharing their story of how they are igniting change around them.

All you need to do to hear these wonderful stories and support your classmates is to fill out this form and come to Gaston Hall on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with your GOCard. The event is free for Georgetown students.

I hope this post has igniTED your interest in TEDxGeorgetown.

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Georgetown Bars Now and Then

Have you ever heard the rumors of Georgetown’s bustling nightlife and bar scene in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s? Have you wondered where these bars went? Or have you accepted the fact that M Street is an eerily too similar replica of your hometown mall? Here at 4E we asked these questions and did the research into Georgetown’s bar history, and no this is not a shameless plug for my final research project. But if it was, I would suggest that you check out this website to learn more. So if finals have you feeling down, take a walk with 4E down memory lane and peer into the past with our Georgetown Bars Now and Then. 

3401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Poseurs

Now: The Running Company

This bar created Georgetown’s punk rock scene. It was the first bar in Georgetown that integrated music videos into the bar! It closed in 1989 and is now the Running Company. However, Poseurs loyal followers hosted a 30-year reunion, so check out their event on Facebook Event.

3477 M Street, NW Washington D.C. 

Then: The Cellar Door

Now: For rent

This building used to house The Cellar Door, a live music club that played host to famous artists such as Jimmy Buffet, Patti Smith, Carole King and many more from 1965-1981. Since then the location has been a sandwich shop but currently remains for rent.

3295 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then:  Rhino

Now: Club Monaco

This location has been a bar since 1952 when it was first the Shamrock. It transitioned to Winston’s Pumphouse in 1972, and then in 1996 it became Rhino–a popular if not beloved Georgetown University bar. It was closed in 2015 due to high rent and is now Club Monaco, a clothing store.

3259 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Crazy Horse

Now: Coach

Now a Coach retail store, Crazy Horse was a local bar popular with both Georgetown students and young adults from the DMV area.

1238 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Carriage House, followed by Tramps

Now: Zara

This location was first the Carriage House, a dining room frequented by many important social and political figures of the District. Then it was taken over by the famous disco club Tramps, run by Washington Playboy Mike O’Harro. This establishment was a left over remanent of the 1970s disco scene. Unfortunately, in 1982 it stopped “Staying Alive” and closed its doors. It is currently a Zara clothing store.

1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: The Third Edition

Now: El Centro

The Third Edition was a Georgetown neighborhood staple, serving students, visitors and the neighborhood from 1969 to 2013. It even got a moment of Hollywood fame as the beloved St. Elmo’s Fire bar in the 1980’s classic “St. Elmo’s Fire” Now it is an upscale Mexican restaurant called El Centro.

3104 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Mr. Smiths

Now: Fine Retailer

Mr. Smiths was arguably the second oldest continuing bar in the Georgetown neighborhood as it was founded in 1962. In 2014 it was forced to move from its M Street location to K Street, where it replaced longstanding bar Chadwicks due to rising rents. Now, it’s location is filled in with “Fine Retailer” (whatever that means).

3111 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Bayou

Now: AMC Theatre

Currently the AMC Theatre, the Bayou was the go-to music scene from 1953 to 1998. Check out this website to learn more!

3003 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Garret’s Railroad Tavern

Now: I-Thai

Garrett’s Restaurant and Railroad Tavern shut its doors for the last time on a Monday in 1979. It was described as “not simply another restaurant closing but rather the loss of a popular community hangout loved and frequented by locals, students, employees, and tourists.” It has since been replaced with a Thai restaurant. Here is another article discussing Garret’s closing.

1206 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Then: Champions

Now: The Sovereign

Champions closed their doors in 2002. It was a dubbed “the original sports bar” and was a favorite with the Georgetown student body, visiting college students, tourists and residents of the DMV area. The bar was bought and converted into an upscale Belgium restaurant called The Sovereign.

Check out the website Booze to Bougie to learn more:

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Health Code Violations Georgetown Students Have Ignored

We’ve heard the rumors. We’ve seen the health code signs. But for all our favorite Georgetown restaurants, students are very much willing to forgive and forget their health code violations. To commemorate our most notorious health code offenders, 4E has rounded up all our favorite food establishments and their health code violations! We also realistically understand you’ll read this article and then go grab a bite to eat. See you there!

1. Dean and DeLuca, 2017

Not the first time its been closed for rodent infestation. But then again who in Georgetown can escape the rodent infestation?

http://wjla.com/news/local/dc-dept-of-health-closes-dean-deluca-in-georgetown-due-to-reported-rodent-infestation

2. Sweetgreen, 2013

Closed for “six critical violations of food code regulations, including an inaccessible hand-washing sink, a broken refrigerator, fruit flies and an expired business license.” Rough.

http://www.thehoya.com/sweetgreen-reopens-after-food-code-violations/

3. Mai Thai, 2017

Closed for apparent “drainage issues in the kitchen during maintenance work,” and mold in the ice machines. But real question how does their food come so fast???

https://www.washingtonian.com/2017/02/10/mai-thai-in-georgetown-closed-by-the-dc-health-department/

4. Whole Foods, 2017

Closed for violating “the District of Columbia food code regulations, which presents an imminent health hazard to the public.” But the only real hazard to our health is Whole Foods prices.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Glover-Park-Whole-Foods-Closed-for-Food-Code-Violations-413385753.html

5. Booeymongers, 2013

Closed for unclean food preparation, “mold on the ice machine and employees failing to use gloves during food preparation.” But let’s be honest: Most of us come for something that doesn’t need preparation and comes straight from a tap.

http://www.thehoya.com/after-2013-violations-local-eateries-adjust/

6. Wingos, 2012

Closed for violation of “improper holding temperatures, lack of proper date labels and improper food separation.” I mean, most of us eat Wingo’s at improper temperatures, with unknown dates, and no separation…it’s called the next morning.

http://www.thehoya.com/after-2013-violations-local-eateries-adjust/

7. Johnny Rockets, 2007

According to a health department report, health inspectors discovered “evidence of recent rodent activity,” including “gnawed hamburger buns.” The report said that improper disposal of trash and food debris had caused the rat infestation. The department closed the restaurant…” Maybe just get a milkshake?

http://www.thehoya.com/doh-shuts-down-johnny-rockets-for-health-violations/

8. Chipotle

I think we all ignored the Chipotle E. coli outbreak and we lined up for our burrito bowls the day they reopened. Just saying.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/11/02/chipotle-closes-43-restaurants-following-e-coli-outbreak/?utm_term=.ca6e3b1a7c89

9. Epicurean, 2009

Who knew our favorite late night eater was up to so much? I guess we were all a little too “busy” *cough* to notice. Here are Epi’s violations:

  • Food was not properly “segregated, separated, [or] protected.” At the sushi station, eggs were stored in a way where they might contaminate other foods.
  • The restaurant was cited for unclean and unsanitized food contact surfaces.
  • The restaurant’s food marking and disposal methods were cited.
  • Food and non-critical surfaces were not properly maintained. The restaurant was cited for improper “dishware washing sanitation, and frequency methods,” which includes silverware. The final rinse temperature of the dishwasher was not hot enough.
  • Hot and cold foods were stored at improper temperatures.
  • There was no consumer food advisory for raw or under-cooked food displayed at the sushi bar or on menus

https://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/03/15/epicurean-leos-tombs-and-bangkok-were-high-risk-violators-of-d-c-health-code-in-2009/

10. Leos, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012

Are we even surprised?

http://www.thehoya.com/doh-hits-leos-with-seven-violations/

https://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2012/09/13/leos-health-inspection-reports-six-violations-third-level-risk-category/

Don’t worry we love you guys anyways!

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The Many Faces of Bernie Sanders

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Right now, Georgetown students are lining up for the chance to hear possible democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders, speak at Gaston at 2pm. Bernie will be speaking about democratic socialism in the United States.

While most Georgetown students know who Bernie is, 4E wants to provide you with even more background information. You know, just in case you aren’t in the know.

This is Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders:

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In 1991, Sanders was elected into the House of Representatives:

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Sometimes Bernie is very pensive, like when he listened to testimony by Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson in 2014:

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Sometimes he invokes FDR in his speeches, like in this picture:

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He’s got a lot to say:

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So if you are interested, you should get yourself to Gaston and listen:

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Can’t make it today? No worries, The Hoya will be live tweeting the event starting around 2pm. Look out for updates on our twitter account!

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30 Things You’ll Never Hear a Georgetown Student Say

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Inspired by recent use of the hashtag #OverheardAtGeorgetown and this article, we at 4E decided to compile a list of things you’ll never hear a Georgetown student say under any circumstances:

1. Dinner at Leo’s was delicious tonight
2. I can’t wait to take Intro to Philosophy
3. The core curriculum allows me so much freedom in my choice of courses
4. The GUTS buses are so reliable
6. The seating in the new student center is so practical
7. Salad Creations is way better than Sweetgreen
8. Burnett’s tastes so good
9. Pre-registration is so simple
10. I love not having a metro stop on campus
11. The weekend hours of Leavey Starbucks and Cosi are ideal
12. I don’t want to talk about how cool my internship is
13. Of course I did the reading for this class
14. I’m not busy today
15. The elevators in Darnall/Copley/Lau are so fast
16. No it’s fine, I didn’t want to live off campus anyway
17. The construction maze is not annoying
18. I love the rats in my Henle – they’re my friends
19. I’ve never had to wait in a line here
20. I love how quiet Lau 2 is
21. I really enjoy spending my time in a cube on Lau 5, especially now that there is no bathroom or water fountain
22. The hand dryers in the freshmen dorms really dry my hands
23. I don’t make fun of weird kids who post in the GAAP groups over the summer
24. I fully support the 2010 Campus Plan
25. Pulling an all-nighter in Lau has been the highlight of my Georgetown experience so far
26. My meal plan is such a good value
27. I wish this campus had more hills
28. SaxaNet is really fast and consistent
29. Epi is so reasonably priced
30. What hookup culture?

Hoyas come from all over and it can be hard to discover our common ideas and interests. Finding things we all love to hate – meal plans, campus housing, rules in general – and complaining endlessly about them will forever be something that keeps us together.

5 Reasons Georgetown Students Are Frank Underwood

Frank Underwood 1It’s been two weeks since the second season premiere of “House of Cards” and Hoyas all around campus are finally starting to leave their dorm rooms (read: dark caves) and rejoin society. Since the premiere, it’s been hard to walk around campus without hearing, “Ugh, you’re only on episode 4? I skipped class and now I’m on episode 10.” While conversations of binge-watching and plot twists have filled Leo’s and Lau, there has been one topic that hasn’t been given much attention. After watching Season 2, it has become clear to me that Georgetown students are really Frank Underwood. Here’s how I can tell:

1. You and many of your friends have worked on Capitol Hill. From serving your local Congressman to interning for one of D.C.’s many NGOs, you know the Hill like the back of your hand. If it weren’t for the work you do, would the government be able to function? I don’t think so.

2. You do what it takes to get the job done. For Frank Underwood, that means doing a few questionable acts (cue horrible flashbacks to Season 2, Episode 1), but for you it means watching the sunrise in Regents after you just finished studying for one of your many midterms.

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3. The D.C. food scene is a subject that you know WAY too well. A huge part of Season 2 focuses on the number one love in Frank’s life: power Freddy’s. There’s nothing Frank Underwood likes more than having lunch at his favorite underground rib joint. And there’s nothing you like more than finding the new cool place for brunch or that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that no one else knows about.

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4. You know how to get to the top of your on-campus commitments. It’s well known that Georgetown students are quite involved and pride themselves on their extracurriculars. Whether on a club sports team or in one of Georgetown’s many student activities, you do what you can to ensure future leadership positions. Just as Frank Underwood is gunning to become the president, you’re working hard to add that coveted leadership position to your resume.

5. Throughout the first two seasons, Frank Underwood often refers to Dupont when talking about where characters live or where he goes to get a drink. That’s basically Georgetown, am I right? Plus, you get your haircut in Dupont or you head there on the weekends to live it up with the yo-pros (‘young professionals’ for the abbreviationally challenged). You might have even run into Frank Underwood and not even known it!

Let’s just call it like it is: You are Frank Underwood. From your stunning work ethic to your knowledge of all things D.C., you may as well be on “House of Cards.” And if you can’t be on the show, you might as well just binge watch it like the rest of us. Seriously, if you haven’t started yet, get on it.

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