Friday Fixat10ns: The Ultimate Kickback Playlist

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Kickback is officially tomorrow! Unless you are a NARP, its likely that you cannot control your excitement. After a week of telling you why you should attend Kickback and playlists of the early and late artists, 4E is finally bringing you the ultimate playlist: THE HEADLINERS!

This year’s headliners are Louisa Wendorff and Skizzy Mars!

  1. “Blank Space / Style” Louisa Wendorff

2. “DSIDLY” Louisa Wendorff

3. “Pretty Hurts / Try / Who You Are” Louisa Wendorff

4. “Arrow” Louisa Wendorff

5. “Rip Tide / Skinny Love / Ho Hey” Louisa Wendorff

6. “Do You There” Skizzy Mars

7. “Cheer Up” Skizzy Mars

8. “Colours” Skizzy Mars

9. “Pay For You” Skizzy Mars

10. “Lucy” Skizzy Mars

Can’t wait to see you there!

Photos/Gifs: The Corp

Videos: youtube.com

The 10 Reasons Why Everyone Must Attend Kickback

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Those of you who were around last fall should remember that The Corp started an awesome music and art festival, combining Georgetown-based acts and professional headliners. I wasn’t there personally, but I heard it was awesome.

Well, The Corp is bring back this event again THIS SATURDAY Sept. 12. From 12 p.m. until the last act blows you away, all Hoyas can enjoy some awesome music, some insanly creative art and a bunch of fun activities. This year, The Corp has partnered with a few other Georgetown groups to make this event more collaborative and more intrinsic to the Georgetown experience.

After meeting with the people in charge of this awesome event, 4E has determined the top 10 reasons why this is the can’t miss event of the semester:

1. The Food. The Corp has not spared any expenses when it comes to the most important thing in all our lives, food. they are going to have a ton of local food trucks and eateries there to fill your mid-Kickback hunger. It is rumored that among these trucks will be Rito Loco, Swizzlr and Captain Cookie.

giphy2. Zipcar Membership. As part of this year’s Kickback, The Corp is working with Zipcar to provide discounted Zipcar memberships for those Hoyas who attend the festival and feel the need for a membership. But, in reality, who doesn’t need a car? Hello… trips to Costco?!

3. Flash Tats & Water Balloons. To make this event even more exciting, WGTB Georgetown radio will be providing both flash tattoos. I repeat: FLASH TATS. The Corp is providing water balloons, so basically anything could happen. Also, there will be water guns, hola hoops and other random things all provided by Zipcar. I have no idea what we are going to do with all this, but I do know that it will be fantastic.

4. Down Dog Yoga. At around noonish, Down Dog Yoga will be providing a free class on the lawn for anyone in attendance. Who wouldn’t want to start their day with some meditation and tree pose?!

5. Instagram Opportunities. The backdrop of Copley makes the perfect frame for your #nofilter Instagram. If that wasn’t enough, The Hoya (hay) is having some of our professional photographers take photos of people on the front lawn. And everyone knows that professional photos > iPhone photos.

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6. Bringing Tie-Dye Back. Along with the flash tats, WGTB Georgetown radio is also hosting a tie-dye booth at the event! Ugh, how retro and awesome is that?!

7. Sunbathing. What better way to bask and enjoy Copley lawn than accompanied by music?

8. Artsy Art. Georgetown students are super talented. Why not see your friends’ art displayed across the lawn? You can tell them how great they are or maybe even discover your new favorite artist. So many possibilities.

9. The Music (duh). What other chance do you have to watch and jam out to student and professional performances? The answer: you don’t. This is your only chance.

10. FOMO. All your friends are going, so why wouldn’t you? You don’t wanna be that one person who missed out on Kickback, as if!

Kickback tickets are on sale now here and are only $10. 4E can’t wait to see you there.

Photos/Gifs: The Corp; giphy.com; 

Georgetown Tinder Profiles

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So if you’ve been on Facebook recently, I’m sure you’ve seen the news about the most-swiped Tinder campuses. According to Tinder’s statistics, Georgetown men ranked No. 1 in most swiped-right schools. Sadly for us Georgetown girls, we didn’t even make the top 50 campus of most right-swiped females.

So what’s all the fuss about?

Perhaps swipers are just attracted to profiles like these very real ones below:

“Jake”: one mile away

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Likes: The Wall Street Journal, Vineyard Vines, Goldman Sachs, St. Barth’s, GQ Magazine, SAE

About: “I’ve got a memory foam mattress if you’re tryin’ to chill”

Or this one?

“Stefan”: one mile away

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Likes: Compass Coffee, The Corp, Vital Vittles, Urban Outfitters, Strand Books

About: “Q: Why are men like coffee? A: The best ones are rich, hot and can keep you up all night!”

Yet when all your friends have paired off after a night of debauchery and you’re the last one left at Epi, when you pull out your Tinder this is what you see.

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C’est la vie.

The 5 People You See During Finals

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It is that time of year again, when rare species of students spending ungodly amount of times in ugly places. Yes, thats right, Georgetown is in the midst of finals.

I tend to think of myself as a finals connoisseur, after struggling through 5+ rounds. Due to this, I have perceived a lot of specimens that I think are extremely noteworthy. Some people thrive under the stress, while others resort to copious amounts of caffeine and uncontrollable breakdowns.

Here are the 5 people seen during finals:

1. The Cubicle Hermit: This is the person who you swear lives at Lau. From dawn to dusk they are camped out at their little slice of the library. They probably resort to drawing something depressing on the walls to deal with their isolation. These brave souls probably bring pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and a blanket with them.

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2. The Adventurous Studier: This person does not let the Georgetown bubble constrain him or her during the worst time of the year. A brief look at this person’s Instagram or Snapchat will show them being #cultured while studying for POG. Whether it be the National Mall or NYC, this person officially wins the finals game. Snaps for you.

3. The Non-Corp Corpie: Ah the elusive non-Corp, Corpie: a favorite of mine. This person isn’t in the Corp, but basically should be. They can either be seen posing with their Corp drink of choice, or refueling at a variety of Corp locations. Hey, caffeine is the name of the game during finals. Keep doing your thang.

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4. That Late Guy/Girl: Ugh this poor soul… the person who is perpetually late during finals. Whether it be the review session or the final itself, this person is always “waking up late from a power nap.” We see you, don’t hide your laziness. You might wanna get a clock and an alarm though, not all teachers are forgiving to latecomers. 

5. The Socialite: The self-appointed king or queen of finals. This person must be in every class on campus, because they are everywhere and are talking to everyone. Their kingdom is Lau 2 and their choice lifestyle is not doing a single stitch of work. If you can afford to do this with your finals schedule, you should just go home. Get a life please.

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So….Who are you?

Photo/Gifs: howardcc.edu; http://ohthiskid.com/; tumblr.com; orderofthegooddeath.com

The Georgetown Day Cup?

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With our favorite holiday, Georgetown Day, fast approaching, there is no way to control the excitement among Georgetown students!

We all know the deal, brunches, lawn, Foxfields and lots of mistakes. However, this year this is a new event to look out for on Georgetown Day weekend: the Georgetown Day Cup!

This Saturday, Apr. 25, GUSA Senate and The Corp will offer cash prices to the student group or organization that brings in the most empty red Solo cups and aluminum cans to one of three collection centers.

The group who brings in the most cups will be $300. Second place will receive $100 and third place will receive $50! All the money, all the prizes, how can you not say yes?

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Even better, PNC Bank will be providing free reusable water bottles to the first 200 people to visit the three waste collection centers on the day of the event. Water bottles fo’ free!

This event emerges after a health and recyclable friendly semester, with the creation of Cups for Campus, another organization that focuses on minimizing the use of red Solo cups. Yay Georgetown students for taking such initiative this semester!

For more information about this contest, check out the Facebook event. Start saving those cups now!

Photos/Gifs: gifsec.com, Facebook.com

Girls: Georgetown Edition

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It has come to 4E’s attention that three of Georgetown’s biggest organizations (The Corp, Lecture Fund and GUASFCU) are now run by women. Yay for feminism!

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The recently elected female leaders are:

Marnie Wallach- CEO @ The Corp

Helen Brosnan- Chair @ The Lecture Fund

Kate Ballinger- CEO @ GUASFCU

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4E is beyond excited to see the women of Georgetown taking such prominent roles on campus! We wish them luck in their upcoming terms and cannot wait to see what they do with each organization.

You know what, even The Hoya‘s Chair of the Board and Editor-in-Chief are women, too! Not to mention yours truly, the Blahg Editor. Such power moves.

Thanks to D.J. Angelini for informing us of this awesome example of female power on campus!

Photos/Gifs: tumblr.com, buzzfeed, ytimg.com

Big Announcement: The Hilltoss Now Has Smoothies

 

smoothiesEveryone’s favorite on-campus hipster salad storefront has gotten even better, healthier and more colorful. Hilltoss now sells smoothies, and they are rad.

Each smoothie was built upon a concept and designed to represent a place in the world. The smoothies were carefully crafted by a diligent team of taste testers, striving to create new and different flavor combinations to produce the best smoothie possible.

4E, in our quest for truth and research, was given the opportunity to sample the five new and innovative fruit concoctions now available for purchase.

Here’s a rundown of the flavors:

The Rock

giphyIngredients: oat milk, Greek yogurt, banana, spinach, coconut sugar and vanilla whey protein

The Rock is based on a classic protein shake, but the ingredient combination gives it a sweet, vanilla milkshakey flavor.
Who should order it: Are you looking to get yoked? Do you look like this every time you go to Yates?
funny gifs With 40 grams of protein, The Rock is the smoothie for you.
Obscure ingredient fact: Coconut sugar is made from the sap of the flowers of coconut trees.

Eloise
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Ingredients: almond milk, coconut water, orange juice, Greek yogurt, banana, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, agave and flaxseed

The Eloise was the most smoothie-like smoothie of all the samples. It tasted like your classic strawberry banana smoothie.
Who should order it: Order the Eloise if you like to stick to the basics.
Obscure ingredient fact: Flaxseed was grown in Babylon as early as 3000, and Charlemagne passed laws requiring his subjects to eat it.

Ipanema
giphy-1 Ingredients: coconut milk, coconut water, Greek yogurt, coconut meat, pineapple and agave

The Ipanema tasted like a piña colada (minus the alcohol and regrettable decisions). If you love coconut, get the Ipanema.
Who should order it: If you chug coconut juice like there’s no tomorrow and have daydreams about the beach, the Ipanema is for you.
Obscure ingredient fact: Coconuts were named by Portuguese sailors who thought the three holes on the coconut looked like a face. “Coco” means “grinning face.”

Ashram
giphy-2 Ingredients: orange juice, pineapples, strawberries, wheatgrass, goji powder, spirulina and emergen-c

The Ashram was my personal favorite. Despite the dark green color, which suggests scary vegetables, the Ashram was very refreshing. It also has emergen-c to get you through your winter stuffy-nose blues.
Who should order it: If you’re looking to cure your cold or just want to promote your health-conscious image while drinking a fantastic smoothie, the Ashram is for you.
Obscure ingredient fact: Spirulina is the culprit for the dark green color. It’s a cyanobacteria that comes from fresh water lake moss.

Central Perk
giphy-3 Ingredients: coffee, chocolate almond milk, almond milk, banana, dates, cacao powder, cinnamon and coconut sugar.

The Central Perk is a game changer for everyone who loves their Starbucks frappuccinos. It has a strong cinnamon flavor, and was similar to a coffee milkshake.
Who should order it: If you love coffee and can’t get enough of your non-fat caramel frappuccino with extra whipped cream and chocolate sauce, give the Central Perk a try. Also, who among us is strong enough to resist Friends references?
Obscure ingredient fact: Contrary to popular belief, almond milk is not made by milking almonds.

The remnants of the Ashram, Eloise, The Rock, Ipanema, and Central Perk
The remnants of the Ashram, Eloise, The Rock, Ipanema, and Central Perk

In conclusion, spend all your money on smoothies at the Hilltoss. You will not regret it.

Photos/Gifs: giphy, gifbin.com, tumblr.com, hercampus.com

Corp Coffee Improved, But New Smoothies Shine

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After receiving student feedback about their coffee, The Corp recently replaced all their coffee and espresso beans, chai mixes and smoothie bases with ones from new vendors. During this time, UG, MUG, and Midnight MUG will also all replace their coffee makers, coffee grinders and espresso grinders with higher quality Curtis brand ones, made in California. Espresso machines have also been updated.

UG employee Nick Pavlovic believes that the new equipment will help improve customer service at all the coffee shops.

“The new machines really change the game,” he said. “They run faster, the grinders especially, which run twice as fast as the old ones. The coffee will be fresher and quicker, and everything will be more consistent. It takes the human error out of making drinks.”

DC-based Compass Coffee’s beans replaced the old coffee and espresso beans, from Mayorga coffee. Not only does Compass Coffee roast their beans right in DC, but co-founder Harrison Suarez has even traveled to Colombia to visit different farms and processing facilities. The coffee is called the Cardinal Blend, made up of Brazilian and Guatemalan coffee. The new espresso beans are a blend of Brazil, Guatemalan and Sumatran coffee. This blend gives the coffee “this really great chocolate nutty flavor,” Suarez said.

Moving toward a local coffee brand has furthered the idea of quality with Corp products.

“Our coffee overhaul is really the final step in solidifying our mission to really champion both good quality products as well as local entrepreneurial ideas,” outgoing COO Patrick Moore said.

The Coffee

4E pitted the old coffee, bought at Midnight Mug, against the new coffee at Uncommon Grounds. The aroma of the new coffee was cleaner, brighter and less pungent than older roast, which seemed acidic and harsh. The old coffee tasted earthly and almost burnt, while the new is fresh and fruity. The Corp’s switch to Compass Coffee is definitely the right choice.

The new espresso beans also worked very well in a latte. The latte tasted less sharp than the old one, and the espresso gave the latte a nearly caramel-like aroma and a deep, rich flavor.

Ratings—Old coffee: 2/5 New coffee: 4/5

The Chai

UG was also nice enough to give us a taste of the new chai and old chai. The new formula is actually a concentrate, as compared to the old powder. The new chai is produced by Maya Chai, located in Arizona, and comes in two flavors, vanilla and spice. No-sugar chai will be added to the collection in March.

The new concentrate is “a lot more natural,” according to Moore, and half the calories of the old powder. Although new the chai is thinner and paler than the old mix, the new one focuses more on the chai spices than the old chai. The new chai is not quite as sweet as the old one, but still enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.

The dirty chai and iced chai drinks will also be easier to make with the new concentrate because the concentrate’s liquid form won’t form clumps in drinks like the old powder did.

Even though the new chai is definitely delicious, taste-wise, it’s not hugely different from the old one. However, health-wise, this chai has a lot fewer calories and is much more natural coming from a concentrate rather than a powder.

Ratings—Old Chai: 3.5/5 New Chai: 4/5 

The Smoothies

Finally, the Corp also changed their smoothie vendors, from using a mix by syrup maker Monin to a company called Doctor Smoothie.

The difference between the old smoothie and the new smoothie was by far the greatest in all three drinks. Doctor Smoothie’s mix is 100 percent crushed fruit, and baristas mix in yogurt, milk, ice, and etc. to make a much more natural smoothie than the previous one. The new smoothie is much healthier with fewer chemicals and less sugar than the old one, which contained dyes and chemicals.

4E compared the old mango smoothie with the new one, and yes, the new one was much better. Although the old smoothie smelled more like mango, the new one tasted so much more like mango, almost as if someone really did just crush up a fresh mango into a drink. The new smoothie was thicker, less sweet and fruitier than the old one, and was a delicious icy blend, perfect for an upcoming hot summer day. The smoothies are now offered in six flavors as well.

Ratings—Old Smoothie: 2/5 New Smoothie: 5/5

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Get Your Coffee While It’s Hot

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ATTENTION ALL HOYAS! As you may have gleaned from this article, starting Wednesday, Jan. 28 until Feb. 1, the Corp is closing their coffee shops. That’s right, MUG is outie Friday through Saturday, Uncommon Grounds is uncommonly closed on Wednesday and Thursday and Midnight Mug is closed Friday and Saturday. In this time, the locations will be switching coffee brands (from Mayorga to Compass Coffee) and will also be updating equipment.

We at 4E can think of several issues related to this mass closing. The primary question being, Where are students going to get their coffee? Sure, there’s Starbucks in Leavey Center, Epi and Saxby’s, to name a few places. But does Saxby’s sell those cute little empanadas from Midnight? Can Epi satisfy my craving for a Pygmalion? Why doesn’t Starbucks have a location smack dab in the ICC?

As much as people love to make fun of the Corp, it’s undeniable that the organization has a huge impact on student life and student caffeine content. So stop whatever you’re doing (even if it’s the snow dance) and get your coffee while you can. It might be February before you get a sip of that sweet, sweet Red Eye.

Photo: thehoya.com

Hilltoss Menu Preview

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The Corp’s new salad storefront in the Healey Family Student Center, Hilltoss, opens tomorrow. Ahead of the grand opening, we were able to get a sneak preview of their salads. The restaurant lets you create your own salad or choose from one of eight menu options. Here’s what to expect from each of these eight “Signature Salads.”

AlmalfiCoastAmalfi Coast ($8.50)

Arugula/romaine, cherry tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, quinoa, salt, pepper, oregano, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil

The Almalfi Coast salad is probably the simplest on the menu, with a plain base of romaine, arugula and quinoa and only tomatoes, mozzarella and chicken as toppings. The salad is reminiscent of a Caprese salad and is nice and light for if you’re not feeling too hungry.

BrutusBrutus ($8.75)

Kale/mesclun, cherry tomatoes, lemon pepper chicken, parmesan, croutons, lemon squeeze and asiago peppercorn dressing

The Brutus is definitely for the cheese lovers amongst us with both parmesan and an asiago-based dressing. The one we tried was a little heavy on the lemon squeeze, throwing off the salad’s balance, but was still good. This is a reliable salad and is one of the more filling options on the menu.

JayGatsbyJay Gatsby ($8)

Spinach, strawberries, avocado, goat cheese, walnuts, lemon squeeze and blush wine vinaigrette

Our personal favorite, the Jay Gatsby salad, combines the sweetness of strawberries with a slight hint of sourness from the lemon squeeze and the tanginess of the dressing. The salad is very summery and is light but still filling. Our guess is that this salad will be the Hilltoss’ most popular offering.

LibertyCobbLiberty Cobb ($9.75)

Mesclun/romaine, cherry tomatoes, avocado, hard-boiled egg, bacon, lemon-pepper chicken, bleu cheese, Italian vinaigrette

A classic Cobb salad, the Liberty Cobb is exactly what you’d expect it to be and one of the more solid, dependable choices on the menu. The flavors worked well together and with the egg, bacon and chicken, the salad packs a protein punch. The large chunks of avocado add some extra flavor and creaminess to the bowl.

FarEastMovementFar East Movement ($9)

Kale/mesclun, oranges, sesame seeds, green onions, ginger-spiced tofu, garlic broccoli, red cabbage and ginger mandarin dressing

Hilltoss’ version of an Asian salad, the Far East Movement, combines savory greens and dressing with the sweetness of oranges. While the flavors of the oranges and various vegetables can be a bit conflicting at times, overall they combine favorably. Our only other complaint about this salad is the sometimes overwhelming amount of greens in the one we tried, which overpowered some of the other, more delicate ingredients like the broccoli.

PanthanonParthenon ($10)

Romaine, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, kalamata olives, mint, feta cheese, hummus and rosemary garlic dressing

A twist on the classic Greek salad, the Parthenon has everything you’d expect: tomatoes, olives and feta. In addition to these staples of the Greek salad, the Hilltoss’ version includes some good quality hummus and an unexpected dressing, which somewhat surprisingly works. Overall, the salad is a good option on their menu and shouldn’t be ignored in favor of some of the more imaginative creations.

TaosTaos ($10.75)

Kale/romaine, cherry tomatoes, corn, red onion, black beans, avocado, lemon-pepper chicken, tortilla chips, cilantro and spicy chipotle dressing

If you’re craving a Chipotle bowl but don’t want to walk to M Street or eat that many calories, the Taos may be the salad for you. The Southwest-inspired salad offers a lot of the same ingredients as your favorite burrito joint with beans, avocado, corn, tomatoes, cilantro and chicken, topped with a chipotle dressing. The abundance of beans and chicken made the salad a very filling option, while still not getting overly heavy.

WaldenWalden ($11)

Quinoa, arugula, yellow pepper, cranberries, roasted sweet potato, goat cheese, lemon-pepper chicken and creamy balsamic

The Walden is a good fall salad option, perfect for these days as the temperature drops and the sun’s out less and less. The creamy dressing mixes well with the smooth sweet potato and goat cheese, and the dried cranberries provide a sweet and tangy addition to each bite. The yellow pepper seemed the most out of place in the salad but actually worked in the end, adding a bit of sweetness to the mix.

Photos: Michelle Xu/The Hoya