Snow Day: Zoo Edition

animals in the snowFor those of you experiencing the recent snow storm, you might be feeling a range of emotions. Maybe love for the amount of sledding you can now partake in? Or perhaps hate for the lack of feeling in your toes? Whether you consider yourself a winter fanatic or a “weather wuss,” there’s one thing this winter storm brought that you have to love: the adorable, snow-filled animal pictures released yesterday by the National Zoo. Brought to us from our friends at DCist, here are a couple of animals who seem to know how to have a good snow day:

No matter how matter how many times we see it, snow is always exciting.

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This little red panda seems to have found the best view.

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This tiger enjoys walking around the new winter wonderland.

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But even the animals know winter break is all about sleep! Yawwwn!

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Wait, there’s more! Even 4E’s favorite panda, Bao Bao, got in on the snow fun! DCist noted that while the National Zoo said Bao Bao was not ready to experience the snow just yet, they were kind enough to bring her a bowl of snow to play with.

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Baby panda! Baby panda with a bowl of snow! Is there such a thing as too much cuteness?

Photos: DCist

Friday Fixat10ns: New Year’s Eve

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2013 – what a year! We laughed at Homecoming and even more the day after. We cried during finals, and we saw just the beginning of what will be many adorable pictures of John B. Carroll. Now, 2014 is fast approaching and with it comes the start of a new semester! So what better way to cherish the memories and forget the “if onlys” of 2013 than to ring in the New Year with a celebration! Whatever your plans may be, here is 4E’s New Year’s Eve playlist to get you to party like, like it’s the end of world (at least the 2013 world):

1. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock Listen to the wise words of Fergie as you get yourself ready for the last few hours of 2013.

2. Diamonds – Rihanna Once you’ve let the party mood sink in, remember all the hard work you have accomplished this year, give yourself a self five and continue to shine bright.

tumblr_mlley70KJ81r419xuo1_5003. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas Regardless of whether your plans include quality time with a dance floor or you alone with your Netflix account, you know tonight is going to be a good night.

4. And We Danced – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis So maybe a little dancing can be incorporated into tonight? (Also this song is perfect for your memory montage of the year with the lines “And we laughed, and we cried, and danced, and had a really, really, really good time.”)

5. Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding If there was ever a time to adopt that YOLO mentality, New Year’s Eve would be the night.

6. End Of Time – Beyonce (Amir Afargan Remix) Use this song to focus on those loved ones who helped make this year great (and of course, you can include Beyonce in there too).

7. Years – Alesso ft. Matthew Koma After sufficient reflecting on the past, look toward the years to come. Start 2014 off right by saying, repeating and knowing that these will be the (most memorable) years.

8. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats We can dance. We can dance. Everybody’s taking the chance.

9. Raise Your Glass – P!nk No matter if you have a physical or metaphorical glass, raise it high and raise it proud. Keeping doing you, Hoyas.

10. Celebration – Kool & The Gang Coming full circle, do not forget that tonight is about appreciating the past year, the ones you shared it with and the memories to come. So in any way you want, celebrate.

Enjoy the rest of winter break, Hoyas! Happy New Year!

InstagraMondays: Christmas Edition

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Toss a filter and 30 likes on it, and it’s worth even more. Take a look at some of our favorite Instagrams from this week and stop back next Monday to see if yours were featured on 4E’s newest feature, InstagraMondays! Also, follow The Hoya on Instagram here.

If the end of classes isn’t reason enough to celebrate, this week Hoyas have been witnessing the Hilltop transform into a Christmas Wonderland. From dorm room Christmas trees to the bright star atop Healy Hall, the Instagram possibilities have never been greater. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to Instagram a pic for all to hear see. Let’s recap on a few Instagram users’ celebratory Instas:

Nothing says Hoya Xmas better than an actual personalized ‘Hoyas’ Christmas light.

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Although, Georgetown’s other Christmas decorations aren’t so bad either…

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 And the dorm rooms are just as good! (I’m going to go with yes @lauren_casale, yes you do like Christmas.)

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For those non-East Coasters, this time might also seem a little strange and unfamiliar. 

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Every now and then a Hoya might even break out of the Hilltop bubble to experience D.C.’s Christmas transformation.

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But at the end of the day, the best Instas can be found as soon as you step foot on campus.

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I mean who really can resist the snow Insta? 

Happy holidays Hoyas, and stay tuned for more editions of InstagraMondays!

Cyber Monday vs. Black Friday: The Bargain Shopper’s Conundrum

Black Friday Cyber MondayEvery year after the Thanksgiving turkey has been stored and the last few pieces of pie have been consumed, a new time for celebration approaches. Before the Christmas bells start to ring, the bargain shopping season arrives just as quickly as it ends. Many shoppers face the difficult decision – a Sophie’s choice if you will – of whether to shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  4E has compared the two, and here are the results!

Cyber Monday vs. Black Friday:

Cyber Monday Wins with…

1. Safety Let’s say you spend your Thanksgiving with family, and perhaps do not feel inclined to wake up early the next day only to be attacked in a giant clothing outlet. If this sounds like you, then Cyber Monday wins with the opportunity for shoppers to wait til the holiday ends and still enjoy the sales.

2. Comparison When you are online, you can easily compare prices and not get too overwhelmed (or overspend) in the midst of a buying frenzy.

3. Comfort Perhaps one of the most important advantages: Cyber Monday allows shoppers to remain in the comfort of their homes, beds and even pajamas.

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Black Friday Wins with…

1. Trying it on! If you have not experienced waiting for an order to arrive to the mailbox, opening it and – to your dismay – realizing that the small online picture lied to you, then you are very lucky (perhaps buy a lotto ticket at some point?). With Black Friday shopping, you can see what you are buying, recognize the quality and possibly even try it on. Plus, there’s no need to wait for shipping (or pay the shipping fees).

2. First come, first serve Black Friday starts off the bargain season, which means shoppers get first dibs when they arrive. Because of this, Cyber Monday doesn’t always include the same number of Black Friday deals or items.

3. Thrills Some people actually enjoy the rush of running around, scouting for a particular item and feeling the sweet satisfaction of getting that prized item … especially in comparison to simply clicking “add to bag.”

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So, in the end, who wins? Lucky for us, we do not have to decide and can partake in both! Speaking of which, only a few hours are left til midnight and the end of all those Cyber Monday sales. To make shopping a little easier, check out the official Cyber Monday website.

Happy shopping, Hoyas!

 
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Pre-Thanksgiving Snacks: Food to Get You Stuffed Before the Holiday

Thanksgiving MealOnly a few days remain til we can all either go home or escape the (beloved yet sleep deprived) Hilltop. A time to finally relax, sleep and get happy. For many, this break will include a delicious Thanksgiving meal. However, 4E firmly believes that the tastes of warm pumpkin pie, crispy turkey and fresh cranberry sauce should not be limited to one day of the year. So, for those of you who wish to start your Thanksgiving meal a little earlier, here are our suggestions on where and how to find Thanksgiving-esque food before you leave for break (and maybe even after!):

5fa97eac1. Leo’s Though this requires the most creative thinking at times, it also gives you a reason to use some of those meal swipes! Leo’s has a variety of turkey dishes, ranging from BBQ turkey sandwiches to simple turkey burgers. If you really want to create an authentic meal, grab a plate, remove the turkey from a sandwich, get some green beans, add on some mashed potatoes and finally include some dried cranberries from the waffle station (if available). Voila! You are now having Thanksgiving at Leo’s – dreams really do come true.

2. DC Wisey’s Chantilly Panini For seven dollars, you too can enjoy this smoked turkey and brie cheese croissant panini with a light cranberry mayo sauce. Yum!

3. Einstein Bros. Cranberry Turkey Panini In addition to a variety of new cinnamon creations, Einstein’s has also begun serving a turkey sandwich of its own. Starting off with ciabatta bread (which is always an amazing beginning to anything), this sandwich consists of turkey, cranberry sauce, spinach, bacon and your choice of swiss or mozzarella cheese. Also, if you want to “Thanksgiving-ify” your morning bagel, try out their cranberry bagel!

4. Saxbys’ Pumpkin Drinks Both the pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin pie chai have become personal favorites this fall. Plus, these warm drinks can help ease the much colder walk to classes, while still reminding you that home – and of course Thanksgiving – are fast approaching.

5. Jetties’ Nobadeer Sandwich and Orange Street Salad Similar to the Chantilly Panini, the Nobadeer includes roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise, but also adds stuffing to the mix – all on sourdough bread. If salads are your liking, try the orange street salad, which consists of roasted turkey and butternut squash on top of mixed greens with apples, dried cranberries and sesame seeds, finished off with a ginger vinaigrette.

Enjoy these turkey- and cranberry-filled meals Hoyas, and get yourselves ready for the main Thanksgiving meal to come in just a few days!

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How to Stay Awake

HOW TO STAY AWAKE

As a self-proclaimed night owl, I rarely got the supposed necessary eight or nine hours of sleep in high school, let alone now in college. However, our unwavering midterm season has led most, if not all, to this same lack of sleep. The solution? More sleep. The reality? Any and all means of keeping yourself up until Thanksgiving break.

So, here are 4E’s suggestions for how to stay up (whether all night, through your next class or even for the next hour) :

  1. COFFEE: A classic method for staying up. Take your pick of straight black coffee or sweet vanilla lattes. Whether it’s from Saxby’s, a Corp location, your dorm room, Starbucks, Leo’s or somewhere else, Hoyas never lack a source of coffee.
  2. Other caffeinated drinks (tea, Coke, etc.): I have only recently converted to coffee myself. Before Georgetown, the taste of coffee never really appealed to me. So, for those who still can’t drink coffee or would simply prefer not to, have no fear! There are plenty of other caffeine-infused drinks: Mountain Dew, Coke, tea (green teas and black teas are best), energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster and much more.
  3. Other energy products: Though I cannot  say I have any personal experience with these products, mainly because I’m slightly afraid of most of them, there are caffeine or energy products to keep you up. A popular choice is 5-hour Energy, but there are also other products that range from gummy bites to drink mixes. These affect everyone differently, so proceed with caution.
  4. Exercise: Not only does exercise provide a good distraction and a break from work, but this is also one of the few methods that gives you NATURAL energy. As a wise blonde once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people stay awake!”
  5. Power naps: Even a 20-minute nap can give you a great boost of energy. Be sure to set a few alarms, because once you fall into that deep stage of sleep, it’s not easy to resurface!
  6. Pinch yourself: This may seem a little cruel, but hey, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, right?
  7. Go outside!: With the arrival of the super cold weather, take a quick five-minute walk and let the brisk air wake you up.
  8. Snack time: Have a quick snack. Sometimes just eating a little something can keep you going for another hour or so!
  9. Study spots: Choose a smart study spot. Study in public, not in your room or on your bed. Sit in a chair at a desk, not on a sofa.

Use these tricks and keep working hard, Hoyas! We only have to stay awake for a little less than two weeks, and then that elusive sleep will finally be ours!

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Washington, D.C. (District of Criminals?)

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With recent headlines and news stories, some have had more antagonistic feelings toward the federal government. From secrets kept to a government shutdown to conflicts between parties, past events have left many upset. One person in particular has had enough.

On Wednesday, DCist reported that a person has created a White House petition to change the “D.C.” in “Washington, D.C.” from meaning “District of Columbia” to “District of Criminals.” The petition claims that “the name of the country’s capital is misleading and should be changed.” To succeed in this endeavor, the petition must receive over 100,000 signatures by December. Currently, the signature tally has risen from the initial report of one to four.

Clearly, this petition has not gained much traction, but does force you to think about what has been occurring just outside of our Georgetown bubble.

Preregistration Helper: The Best Class I Ever (Involuntarily) Took

Best required classes at GeorgetownFrom Star Trek in context, to the notorious “Jay-Z class”, to any taught by a Jesuit, a Hoya’s class list can contain a variety of unique and interesting choices. However, every Hoya also has a few remaining academic requirements that he or she needs to satisfy.

While Georgetown prides itself in its well rounded, liberal arts curriculum, at times these classes can sometimes seem like they are only expanding your doodling techniques rather than your interests.

Fear not, you can easily find yourself in a class that you love! A class that not only keeps you from scrolling through the latest Instagrams, but also creates newfound interests and passions. Or maybe you simply find a class you would recommend to another student come preregistration time.

We asked around for these recommendations and here are some Hoyas’ choices for the best class they have taken at Georgetown that they were required to take (click on the class names to get to the course descriptions to see for yourself!):

Note: The below suggestions were all reader entries, they do not reflect the views of The Hoya, The Fourth Edition or this writer.

  1. Problem of God with Father Fields, Father Hentz and Professor Sanders
  2. Introduction to Biblical Literature with Professor Linafelt and Father Walsh
  3. History of Civil Rights with Professor Chatelain
  4. Health Disparities with Professor Rosenwald
  5. Comparative Political Systems with Father Carnes
  6. Big Brother and the Other (or Russian and Polish Film)
  7. Folk Religions in Latin America with Professor Murphy
  8. Introduction to Ethics with Professor Carse
  9. Population Dynamics with Professor Brooks
  10. Horror: Tech and Techniques with Professor Benson-Allott

With preregistration already here, check some of these classes out. Who knows – your new choice for best class could be among this very list!

Also, pandas! (We’re really good at segues.)

Photo: Georgetown University

Halloween Movies for Easily Scared Souls

Halloween Movies For Easily Scared SoulsIt’s that time of year again, Hoyas. I’m not talking about the fall, though you have already been warned about them. I’m not talking about the never-ending midterms, and I’m not talking about the equally frightening flu season. Instead, this special part of October marks the beginning of three consecutive, holiday-filled months, starting with Halloween. For some, Halloween signifies a time filled with tricks and terror, a time when your fear consumes you and a time when you relish every moment of it.

However, there are those of us who prefer the treats rather than the tricks during this fall holiday season. We are people who hold the blanket close to our faces during each Halloween horror film that our friends insisted on watching. We are the people who then proceed to not sleep the next few days thanks to the enduring images of a vengeful dead (and/or psycho) girl or a physically impossible monster that suddenly seems a little less impossible because a movie just made us believe it actually exists. If you can relate to any or all of these moments, take comfort in knowing that during this (occasionally difficult) holiday season there are still some movies out there for you. Here’s a couple of movie suggestions that will get you in the Halloween spirit without keeping you up in terror for all of November:

1. The Addams Family Da da da dum (snap, snap). Follow the lives and quirky dynamics of a family that embraces the ghoulish side of life. Let’s be honest, who does not love them a little bit of Cousin It?

2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Never have I found a reason not to watch a Peanuts show. Also, this movie has one of my favorite scenes ever – the one where Linus writes his letter to the Great Pumpkin.

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3. The Harry Potter Series For most, these movies encompassed most of our childhoods (maybe even now, too). Nonetheless, Halloween provides an especially accommodating atmosphere for wizards and their magical world. Fair warning, though, you may experience a relapse of these feelings.

4. Hocus Pocus A Disney channel classic, this movie follows the return of some 17th century witches, who you love to hate and hate to love, into the 20th century.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas Is this a Halloween movie if it has Christmas in it? Oh well. Throw in skeletons, ghosts and pretty much anything created by Tim-Burton, and your Halloween quota has been filled.

6. Casper I’ll let this speak for itself (What could be cuter?):Casper-the-Friendly-Ghost-Pictures7. Ghostbusters Watch the entertaining journeys of the recently fired Drs. Venkman, Stantz and Spengler as they rid Manhattan of all its ghosts and demons. Who ya’ gonna’ call?

With Halloween less than a week away, feel free to suggest any one of these classic films that not only embrace the holiday spirit but let you enjoy it too! Happy Halloween Hoyas!

Photo: BeliefNet