4E’s Guide to Jesuit Heritage Week 2014

Healy_Hall_at_Georgetown_UniversityThis week Georgetown will celebrate the 14th annual Jesuit Heritage Week! Hopefully most Hoyas have already met and/or taken a class with some of the Jesuits on campus.  (Side note: You should definitely plan to, because the Jesuits on campus are both giftedly smart and incredibly fun. Plus, a lot of them will most likely provide you with great food; personal thank you to Fr. Steck for New South’s quesadilla and brownie nights!) But even if you haven’t, make sure to come out to the great events this week celebrating Jesuit Heritage Week!

This year, Georgetown is expanding this week all the way to the campus in Doha, Qatar. For the first time, Georgetown students can join Hoyas from across the world in enjoying Georgetown’s special identity and great traditions.

Filled with various events, the week begins Sunday night with an opening mass in Gaston Hall at 8:00 p.m. On Monday, events include the “D.C.-Doha Dialogue,” which features members of the Society of Jesus and students in Washington, D.C., and Qatar talking through telepresence technology – which, thanks to a quick Google search, seems to be just a large Skype session – about the meaning of a Jesuit education. Also on Monday, English professor John Glavin will lead a main campus tour of Jesuit iconography.

A particularly exciting event, though, takes place on Tuesday with guest speaker Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion and the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the United States. Boyle will share his experiences in helping young people in the Los Angeles barrios to avoid gang life through Homeboy Industries and how these individuals have positively influenced his own faith. With Fr. O’Brien’s seal of approval – he mentioned that “Father Boyle is a remarkable Jesuit and human being … deeply committed to the poor and marginalized in Los Angeles” – this event is sure to inspire many.

On Wednesday, be sure to also stop by the Spike-a-Jesuit event, a students versus Jesuits volleyball game. And practice up, Hoyas! Who knows what secret weapon these Jesuits might have?

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Also on Wednesday, if you are attending or watching the Georgetown vs. Villanova men’s basketball game, look out for more Jesuit versus student competition on the court during halftime!

Closing out the week, on Feb. 1, the Georgetown Jesuits will invite students and their families to an evening of storytelling.

Enjoy the week to come and be sure to check out the full schedule of events here: http://missionandministry.georgetown.edu/jesuitheritageweek/

Photo: http://www.gifbin.com/987097, wikipedia.org

More Than a Tradition: Seniors Reflect On 99 Days Club

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By Allie Hahn and Colm Cross

We had always talked about how we wanted to do 99 Days our senior year, the annual contest where seniors are challenged to go to The Tombs and get a drink or bite to eat every day for the last 99 days before graduation.

We had heard the stories, seen the plaques and wanted to be a part of the tradition. What we didn’t know was what 99 Days would become and what it would ultimately mean to us.

Firstly, we didn’t know that 99 Days actually turned into 133 days for us. We have been to The Tombs every day since the end of Christmas Break, or for 95% of those days. We’ve made that trek from Burleith to the corner of 36th and Prospect every day (mostly nights), minus five days for spring break and four for Easter. On nights when our friends happen to be at The Tombs before us, we will receive confused texts or calls. It is simply expected that by 11:30 p.m. each night, Allie and Colm will be sitting at the bar, side-by-side. So, we must ask, “Why?” Why have we spent countless hours and (yes) thousands of dollars there?

To really understand why we go each and every day — not for a soda and not for a single drink to just check in — you have to see The Tombs as something more than any old restaurant or bar. The Tombs is home. It’s home from the moment we greet the doormen to when we’re sitting at the bar chatting with the bartenders, and it’s home when we say goodnight to everyone after close.

The Tombs is full of amazing, fascinating individuals with whom we have grown close over this past year. We have formed friendships with people we otherwise would have never gotten to know, people who we now go to The Tombs just to hang out with.

The Tombs is where we’ve gone to celebrate friends’ birthdays, successes in or acceptances to school, job offers and victories in soccer or trivia. We have gone there to have a drink after a long day of hard work. We’ve watched and celebrated as the basketball team achieved unthinkable success and subsequently shed tears at the bar after that loss in the tournament. Even on slow nights when we’ve casually stopped by, friendships have been formed, laughs have been had and memories have been made. This is the magic of The Tombs. Each night can bring new experiences and each visit is completely unique. We even brought our parents so they could understand why we spend so much time there each day. And they do. They see how special The Tombs is, and how it really is more than just a bar.

So, for us, our motivation for being in the 99 Days Club was not simply to have our names immortalized on The Tombs wall — although that is pretty great. It’s about the memories we’ve made, the new friendships that have been started, the old ones that have been strengthened and the countless good times we will never forget. 99 Days is about the people, the experiences and the fun. It represents the coming together of everything our senior year has meant to us — all wrapped up in a single semester. And as the school year comes to a close, with graduation just a week away, we are now realizing that saying goodbye to The Tombs might be just as hard as saying goodbye to the friends we’ve made throughout our years at Georgetown.

The 224 Project

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Red Square. There might not be a more perfect place to capture the vibrant life of Georgetown. After all, it is an area where people bribe you with cookies and homemade snow cones just so you’ll pick up a flyer or sign up for a particular organization. It is the home of delicious GUGS burgers on Fridays, people watchers, ambitious flyer-ers and stragglers during the week and even passionate club promoters during GAAP weekends. Still, because of our busy and hectic lives, it can often be very easy to zone out with our headphones in and lose sight of who is standing around us during that ordinary Red Square walk.

In order to take a second out of our crazy schedules and get to know our community a little better, The Hoya instituted a very special project. Last year, the 223 Project aimed to showcase the many faces of the Georgetown Community by randomly selecting 223 students, faculty, staff and administrators passing through, you guessed it, Red Square.

This year, the tradition continues as Georgetown enters its 224th year of existence. Photos and captions of some of the numerous faces that make up the university are live on the website, manyfaces.thehoya.com, as of today, Monday, April 22 (If we were basically in any country besides the U.S., the launch date would be 22/4. Get it?) Their pictures and bios will also be seen throughout campus in various locations:

The first floor corridor of Healy – April 22
Red Square – April 23
Leavey Center – April 24
The first floor corridor of Healy – April 25

Don’t miss out on this inspiring celebration of our school community!