Sunday Night Wrapup: We Survived Hurricane Sandy!

Well folks, it’s safe to say that this week has been a doozy. We’ve seen two days off from classes, Halloween Weekend Round 2, some of the biggest names in a capella all under one roof… and most importantly, we’re still alive to talk about it. In case you were living under a rock this week, here’s everything you need to know to get you up to speed:

Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast early this week, leaving 8 million without power as a result of destructive wind, torrential rain, and heavy snow. Damage was especially prevalent in New Jersey and New York, where swells reached a record 32.5 feet in New York City. Damage is estimated at $50 billion, and you can click here for more information on relief efforts and how you can help.

Halloween is finally over! [Insert sigh of relief.] After two weekends of costumes, candy, and themed parties, it’s time to finally start preparing for Thanksgiving! Aside from the ubiquitous cat and uniformed Catholic schoolgirl, here are this year’s top costumes: Heroes, Zombies, Honey Boo Boo, Big Bird, The 1%, and Mitt Romney’s Binders of Women!

DCAF, or the DC A Capella Festival for those of you who haven’t heard, came to town this weekend, bringing in some of the most amazing harmonies since Beyoncé and the gang were at it in 2000. If you couldn’t make it this week, don’t fret. DCAF will be at it again next weekend, so keep calm, get your tickets here, and prepare for your ears to find Jesus.

Last but not least, the 2012 Elections are coming down to the final stretch. You might feel like this girl, or you might be as happy as this baby, but either way, Tuesday is coming and it’s kind of a huge deal.

Hopefully you got your extra hour of sleep, Hoyas, because it’s been big week. And from the looks of it, it’s only going to get bigger!

Photo Credits: Heavy.com, Realitynation.com

Costume Statistics: FoxNewsLatino, The TODAY Show

Sunday Night Wrapup: Obama v. Romney, Round 2

As we plunge deeper into exams, papers, projects, and assignments, the world continues to spin. If you find yourself completely unaware of recent happenings, don’t fret! We’ve got you covered with the latest news.

  • The Hilltop tuned into the second Presidential debate, watching both the presidential candidates discuss foreign and domestic policy. This debate proved far more intense than the last one, with verbal fistfights and alongside the moderator’s controversial fact-checking intervention. The general consensus agrees that Obama was far more aggressive and alert this time around, to which he jokingly refers to at the Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner as being well rested from the “long nap” he had in the first debate.
  • If you missed last week’s Presidential debate, tune in to the last one tomorrow at 9 pm! The two candidates will be discussing foreign policy; so don’t forget to brush up on the facts prior to the viewing.
  • Hillary Clinton came to campus on Thursday (in case you didn’t notice the lines wrapped around Healy filled with students trying to get a spot in Gaston Hall). Many did not get succeed. Not to worry, if you were wondering what she talked about, you can get the scoop here.
  • Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake finally tied the knot after five years of dating! The couple got married in Italy on Friday. The newly-weds had a relatively private ceremony in the city of Fasano.
  • Clashes ensue after funeral of Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut on Friday. Protesters called for the Prime Minister to resign and police responded with tear gas and warning shots.

Sunday Night Wrapup: Debates and Baseball

No doubt that most of you are drained from all the midterms and papers you’ve been having to get through. But, you have no excuses now because of the three day weekend (thank you, Christopher Columbus). It’s likely that you missed a lot of the week’s going ons because of the workload (or, for the lucky few, relaxation), so here’s what went down this weekend:

  • The Presidential Debate was this past Wednesday and the general consensus among political commentators is that Governor Mitt Romney won. Even those that think that he didn’t win the debate admit that he surprised everyone by avoiding any gaffes and articulating some clear points. Look forward to the Vice Presidential debate on October 11.
  • The NBA released a video that explains what a “flop” is. In case you haven’t heard, the league is taking steps to stop players from exaggerating contact in order to draw calls. There’s some disagreement over how effective this program will be, but something needs to be done and this is a step in the right direction for most basketball enthusiasts.
  • Stop hatin’ on Leo’s! They’ve apparently corrected their health-code violations that have been causing quite a stir on campus. You can take someone else’s burger order without worrying about what else is in it now.
  • The baseball post-season is here! The Nationals will be taking on the Cardinals at tomorrow at 4:37 p.m. in St. Louis and at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday in D.C. — leggo Nats!

Sunday Night Wrapup: Politics to Poses

You’re probably still recovering from the energy drain that this Homecoming weekend seemed to be. Whether you spent your time cheering Hoya Saxa at the football game or dancing in paint at Dayglow, chances are your lungs and limbs are spent. While you spirited away, the world did go on: here’s your Sunday Night Wrapup.

  • Our favorite ABC shows came back this Thursday. Here here for Scandal, a political drama about our very own Washington D.C.
  • After an afternoon of Ted X conferences, Friday saw the coronation of a new Mr. Georgetown, Stefane Victor from the Black Student Alliance. We’re proud to say that our very own Jon Rabar, Mr. The Hoya, was the first runner up!
  • This Saturday a fire swept through the Central Souk (marketplace) of Aleppo, Syria, as clashes between security forces and insurgents continued.
  • As the weekend closed Obama and Romney stood neck and neck in the polls at 49% and 48% respectively, according to the Washington Post
  • Get your pitchforks ready; the new season of Revenge premieres tonight! My advice: snuggle up and take a rest from the craziness that was this weekend.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/georgetownprogramboard

Sunday Night Wrapup: Nats Lose, Nicki Wins

With Dis-Orientation this weekend, it’s safe to guess that the senior class doesn’t have a clue what’s going on in the news. For the class of 2013 (and everybody else out there), here’s the Sunday Night Wrapup to bring you up to speed.

  • Prince Harry was confirmed safe in Afghanistan this Friday after there was a Taliban attack on an airstrip close to Camp Bastion, the base where he is currently stationed with the British Army. Sadly, two U.S. marines stationed at Camp Leatherneck were killed during the attack.
  • Unfortunately, the Nationals lost both of their games against the Braves this weekend, 1-2 on Friday and 4-5 on Saturday. However, the Nationals currently lead the National League East by 6.5 games.
  • New judges for American Idol were officially announced this Sunday! Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, and Mariah Carey will be taking seats behind the judges’ table for season 12, which starts on Sunday.
  • With only a week until the Emmys, everyone should begin to plan their viewing party. Check out the nominations and see if any of your favorite shows are in the running. Who will win? Will there be any upsets? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Photo: heyshay.com

Sunday Night Wrapup: In Search of Stanley

Campus was busy this weekend between Relay for Life, GAAP weekend and Rigby Ball. So whether you were busy running between all these events or just cooped up in your room hiding from the rain, we’re here to catch you up on what happened this weekend.

  • Relay for Life happened this weekend on Harbin Field, with 1,732 Participants, 155 teams, and $203,558 raised for the American Cancer Society.
  • In the world of D.C. sports, defending Stanley Cup champions Boston Bruins bested the Washington Capitals 4-3 OT to force game 7 in the East conference quarterfinal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • President Obama narrowly leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in slew of new polls released this week. Republican primaries this Tuesday in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut, should allow Governor Romney to put more distance between him and his fellow GOP competitors, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
  • Tomorrow marks the beginning of the last full week of classes, so celebrate now before you have to buckle down for finals (or if you’re a senior, just celebrate!). 
Photo: AP Photo/Nick Wass via wjla.com

Sunday Night Wrapup: My Heart Will Go On

Hopefully you didn’t encounter any bad luck on Friday the 13th (or the rest of the weekend for that matter). But just in case you broke a mirror, walked under a ladder or ran into a whole gang of black cats and were incapacitated for the weekend, here’s the news you missed.

  • In case you missed our coverage, Georgetown welcomed our brand new puppy of a mascot to campus this Friday. We’re leaving the banner up a bit longer in celebration of his arrival.
  • On Friday, D.C. officials announced that the debut line of streetcars will be called “One City.” Community response to the proposed line wasn’t entirely positive, to say the least.
  • President Obama went down to Colombia for a Summit of the Americas, which should be an exciting international event, but it has been overshadowed by scandal. Apparently, a dozen Secret Service agents and five military service members were involved in “misconduct” involving Columbian prostitutes.
  • Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Though a surprising number of people didn’t realize that the movie was based on a real event, D.C.’s Men’s Titanic Society honored those who died by recreating the last meal served on the ship and visiting the Titanic Memorial (did you know we had one of those?).

Photo: Flickr user thisisbossi

Sunday Night Wrapup: Still Hungry

From the premiere of the Hunger Games to the opening ceremony of the Cherry Blossom Festival, this weekend has been exciting and full of activity. But in case you didn’t have the chance to keep up with the news, Sunday Night Wrapup has got you covered.

  • Thousands of fans dressed up as their favorite characters from the Hunger Games on Thursday night to sit in crowded theatres all over the country to see the much anticipated film adaptation of the best-selling novel. The movie made over $150 million in its opening weekend, the third biggest opening three-day weekend of all-time.
  • On Saturday afternoon, demonstrators rallied at Freedom Plaza to show support for Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen who was shot and killed by a neighbor volunteer, George Zimmerman, a month ago in Sanford, Florida. This event has sparked rallies against racism all over the country.
  • Gaston Hall was alive on Saturday night for the Spring Charity Fashion Show, Into the Wild, which featured many gorgeous models and performances by the GU Bindaas, our very own Tate Tucker, and Groove Theory. All proceeds benefited the Roslin Orphanage in West Timor, Indonesia. Congratulations to all of the amazing performers, models, and the dedicated staff for all of their hard work!
  • This Sunday marked the beginning of the Cherry Blossom Festival, a five-week celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to the United States. The opening ceremony took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and was headlined by Grammy award winner, Sara Bareilles.

Photo: The Washington Post

Sunday Night Wrapup: Recovering

Between March Madness and all of the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, how could we expect anybody to keep up with the news? So while you recover from this the double whammy of a Guinness hangover and this afternoon’s devastating tournament loss, catch up on what you missed this weekend.

  • George Clooney came to town this weekend, and was arrested on Friday while protesting at the Sudanese Embassy. After paying a $100 fine, Clooney was released after a few hours in custody. And for the best —it would be a shame for America’s most handsome man to be locked up for long.
  • The iPad 3 debuted this weekend, and the line outside of Georgetown’s Apple store was a mix of eager tech fans and protestors calling for improved workers’ rights at the factory in China that produces the technology.
  • With a heartbreaking 66-63 loss to North Carolina State, the Hoyas are now out of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. If you’re having  a tough time dealing with it, our friends over at Paranoia tried to find the silver lining in the situation.
  • In happier news, our fifth-seeded women’s basketball team beat Fresno state 61-56 in their tournament opener, and will advance to the second round.

Photo: Web Leslie/The Hoya

Sunday Night Wrapup: Back to the Grind

Put some aloe on that sunburn, pack up your skis and give up hope on that missing flip-flop – spring break comes to an end tonight. But hey, the weatherman says that it’s supposed to be in the 70’s all week, so it’ll be easy to pretend you’re still lounging by the pool (plus, you know, homework). If you’re looking to procrastinate just a little longer before classes start back up, here’s the news that you probably missed over the last week.

Photo: Flickr user Lyra Jaye