Georgetown’s Top 5 Worst Elevators

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Spring has sprung. So maybe you’re feeling active or outdoorsy or happy or something. Or maybe you’re still just as lazy as you are during the winter. If this is true, here are the top 5 worst elevators at Georgetown to persuade you into taking the stairs.

  1. NEW NORTH

This one is good for those who want some idle time while you wait. You can maybe finish War & Peace or all seven Harry Potter books.

Safety: 3.5
Speed: 1
Vibe:    2

Average: 2.17

  1. TIE — MAGUIRE

It’s great because if you’re in it, you’re probably on your way to Riggs Library. But it’s also not so great to be surrounded by black protective padding.

Riggs is the classiest place on campus and the only way to get there is via service elevator? Almost a day-ruiner.

Safety: 3
Speed: 2
Vibe:    1

Average: 2

  1. TIE — LEAVEY CENTER

The filthy carpeting and 1980s tennis facility smell might make your Cosi taste that much worse afterwards.

Safety: 3
Speed: 2
Vibe: 1

Average: 2

  1. LAU

Slow doors and faux wood paneling––this one definitely takes the cake for best horror movie setting. That’s not outside of the realm of possibility actually. Those doors stop for no one, so don’t get righteous and lose an arm trying to hold the doors for anyone.

Safety: 2
Speed: 2.5
Vibe: 1

Average: 1.83

  1. WALSH

First of all, factor an extra 10 minutes into your schedule if you plan on taking this up to class. More importantly, taking this elevator is almost a death wish. If you take it with more than four people, it literally won’t even be level with the floor when it opens. Be sure to have all your affairs in order before you let those door close behind you.

Safety: 1
Speed: 1
Vibe: 2

Average: 1.33

Honorable Mention: REGENTS

Safety: 5
Speed: 5
Vibe: -5

So the Regents elevator is actually one of the only acceptable elevators on campus. Contemporary design and a speedy trip for sure. The reason it earns Honorable Mention, however, is because of the condescending voice that chirps “Going up!” Who needs that kind of passive aggression in their life?

This post was guest-written by Matthew Melbourne.

Photos: Matthew Melbourne for The Hoya, country105.com

 

SCOTUS: Thanks Warranted 

SCOTUS thanks warrantedJust one year ago, Edward Snowden burst into America’s collective conscience as he revealed the National Security Agency’s most intimate secrets to The Guardian and The Washington Post. Snowden was simultaneously celebrated as a patriot and vilified as a traitor, as he escaped from Hong Kong to Moscow, further infuriating U.S. authorities as he sought and received asylum. Irrespective of his alleged allegiances and motives, Snowden initiated a contentious and ongoing debate regarding privacy law in the United States. While Snowden receded from the limelight in the last year, his lasting impact is palpable in the nation’s judicial system.

On Wednesday, June 25, the Supreme Court ruled that police must obtain warrants in order to search the cellphones of people they arrest. The issue of cellphone privacy arose in two separate appeals: Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie. In each case, police procured information from the arrested individual’s cellphone, which was subsequently used to press additional charges.

In Riley, during the arrest, a police officer “seized a cell phone from Riley’s pants pocket. The officer accessed information on the phone and noticed the repeated use of a term associated with a street gang. At the police station two hours later, a detective specializing in gangs further examined the phone’s digital contents. Based in part on photographs and videos that the detective found, the State charged Riley in connection with a shooting that had occurred a few weeks earlier and sought an enhanced sentence based on Riley’s gang membership.”

In the second case, “[Brima] Wurie was arrested after police observed him participate in an apparent drug sale. At the police station, the officers seized a cell phone from Wurie’s person and noticed that the phone was receiving multiple calls from a source identified as ‘my house’ on its external screen. The officers opened the phone, accessed its call log, determined the number associated with the ‘my house’ label, and traced that number to what they suspected was Wurie’s apartment. They secured a search warrant and found drugs, a firearm and ammunition, and cash in the ensuing search. Wurie was then charged with drug and firearm offenses.”

The Supreme Court’s ruling appropriately upholds the protections guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment and bolsters the safeguards of the First and Fifth Amendments.

At first glance, the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision appears straightforward, and perhaps, of little personal consequence. After all, how many Hoyas have arrest warrants posted around campus?

However, as indicated by the brief of amici curiae submitted by the New York Times among other news agencies, the Court’s decision is a landmark ruling, one that should certainly go down in annals of SCOTUS lore. The amici curiae assert the importance of the case for the requisite protection of the First Amendment:

The Framers adopted strong protections against searches or seizures of persons, houses, papers and effects so that the government could not engage in fishing expeditions to find seditious writings that could be used to incriminate citizens and thereby stifle free expression. These fundamental rights have particular importance for photographers, journalists, and others who regularly use modern communications technologies to gather and report the news. Allowing warrantless searches of cell phones would have a particularly adverse impact on the press.

Most importantly, the Court’s decision sets a monumental standard in data privacy law. Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent of the New York Times writes, “The ruling almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers, and its reasoning may apply to searches of homes and businesses and of information held by third parties like phone companies.”

In all, the Court’s decision raises many more questions than it answers, but sets a historical precedent that correctly prioritizes protection of individual liberties.

For now, we can applaud the Supreme Court for defending individual privacy in the “digital age.”

If you are interested in a more detailed breakdown of the Court’s ruling, I highly recommend Charlie Savage’s “Between the Lines of the Cellphone Privacy Ruling.”

Matthew De Silva is a rising junior in the School of Foreign Service. He is in The Hoya’s tech department and has contributed to the Fourth Edition before.

Just a Hoya and her Bonna-crew

hoyadoesbonnarooLast weekend, a group of friends and I road tripped to Manchester, Tennessee, a small town of about 10,000 people, which, for four days every June, swells to a population ten times that as people from around the country flood the town for the annual music and arts festival, Bonnaroo. It is a difficult setting to describe. When I told people that I was going to spend four days in the Tennessee heat, sleeping in a tent with no toilet and $7 showers, they scoffed at me more often than not. Yet as nightmarish as it sounds (and at some points it was just that – let’s just say I never want to see a port-a-potty ever again), my time was also filled with remarkable and warm strangers, exceptional music, unforgettable performances and even better friends.

When my Bonna-crew and I arrived on Wednesday afternoon, we were directed to our camping spot by volunteers, and I felt a little like I was back at NSO, being shepherded by smiling and dancing volunteers, who cheered at me while I attempted to navigate the new world I had just entered. The 700-acre farm on which Bonnaroo is held was a veritable maze of tents, vendors and stages. Of course stage names such as “What Stage” and “Which Stage” didn’t help as I tried to coordinate with my friends at “This Tent” and not “That Tent” or “the Other Tent.”

Nonetheless, everyone was plainly excited to be there, and that energy never seemed to subside. Everywhere we went I was greeted with “Happy Bonnaroo” and a high five. I swear I have never given more high fives in one weekend since I was seven and still playing soccer. Tom Brady should come to Bonnaroo next year and I promise even he won’t be left hanging.

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In between shows, we scavenged for shade to sit and watch the throngs of people. The weekend included Friday the 13th and there were costumes abound, and Bonnaroovians certainly did not forget their national pride on Flag Day (although whether everyone was aware that it was Flag Day I’m not too sure). We also got to know our neighbors in the campgrounds, who included a expert group attending Bonnaroo for the fifth year and whose camping space would befit Khaleesi herself. On our other side was a dude who lived with his parents and saved up his money every year in order to show off his skill with those LED fingertip gloves at music festivals (I’m not kidding). I even ran into some Syracuse fans who recognized my Georgetown shirt and had some choice words concerning our upcoming 2015-2016 encounter. I responded appropriately.

With five stages playing from around noon to 4 a.m., it was impossible to see everything that I would have liked to. However, some of my personal highlights included:

  • Dr. Dog An eclectic group of just genuinely talented musicians, check them out.
  • Disclosure If you haven’t already, go listen to their album Settle beginning to end.
  • Vampire Weekend Two words – Ezra. Koenig.
  • Flaming Lips There were huge dancing rainbows and mushrooms… ’nuff said.
  • Arctic Monkeys Currently one of my favorite bands and I was only three rows away from the front!
  • And of course the one-and-only Elton John He closed the festival on Sunday night and played for a full two hours, yet somehow he seemed to never run out of classic songs.

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This post brought to you by Katarina Malmgren, a rising sophomore in the College, our latest guest blogger, and NOLA’s resident cool kid.

Friday Fixat10ns: It’s Summatime!

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1. “Rude” by MAGIC! Two words: reggae fusion. If you have ever worried what your girlfriend’s dad is going to think of you, this Canadian anthem is for you. MAGIC! flips the script on super awkward parent-significant other meetings.

2. “Riptide” by Vance Joy In this song, upcoming Australian musician Vance Joy showcases his original indie folk sound. His lyrics are simultaneously childlike and beautiful. “Riptide” makes me want to run along the shore of the beach and playfully dodge the waves as they crash against the sand.

3. “Problem” by Ariana Grande (ft. Iggy Azalea) With a jazzy combination of saxophone, trumpet and female vocals, “Problem” creatively blurs modern genres. Ariana’s pop vocals and Iggy Azalea’s rap game mix to uptempo perfection. Disclaimer: I have a small pretty big crush on Ariana Grande.

4. “Dust on the Ground” by Bombay Bicycle Club (WLT version) Here’s a slight throwback. “Dust on the Ground” is the ideal song to listen to while relaxing at the park. An English indie rock group, Bombay Bicycle Club is the band you always wanted to make with your friends. That’s what makes their music so lovable. The group and their music are the precise cross between nerdy and shy, which we somehow equate with “hipster.”

5. “Summer” by Calvin Harris Calvin Harris’ latest hit is playing on virtually every radio wave. At times, its lyrics are cliche, but its hooks are so darn catchy. With “Summer,” Harris hits the mark, finding a strong balance between electro house and natural sound.

6. “Burn” by Ellie Goulding This song is relevant to those of you working on your tans this summer.

7. “Gold on the Ceiling” by The Black Keys If you haven’t heard The Black Keys, we need to change that immediately. The drums and guitar duo is back at it again with “Gold on the Ceiling.” Featuring wicked guitar solos and powerful blues rock-infused rhythm, The Black Keys stay true to their roots.

8. “Sing” by Ed Sheeran In “Sing,” Ed Sheeran takes a step away from his standard musical scene. With contributions from Pharrell and edgier instrumentals, Sheeran took a chance and struck gold. At the moment, “Sing” is on pace to become Sheeran’s first U.K. number-one single.

9. “Marvel at the Stars” by Art of Verse If you have some free time, check out the YouTube Channel TheSoundYouNeed. “Marvel at the Stars” is poetry in motion. I will let Art of Verse speak for himself.

10. “Latch” by Disclosure (ft. Sam Smith) This is the type of song that should be played at parties more frequently. “Latch” resonates with me because it utilizes synths without overdoing it. So, there you have it! No matter what you’re doing this summer, make sure you’re vibing and enjoying some music!

This post was brought to you by Matthew De Silva (SFS ’16) of the Hoya Tech department. Thanks, Matt!

The Five People You Meet at Yates

A Guest Post by Meg Rizza
A Guest Post by Meg Lizza

We all know that Hoyas like to keep it fit. We are an overly-ambitious bunch and we work just as hard in the gym as in the classroom. After some exhausting observations, I have discovered that there are some very specific types that can be found at Yates.

The Lululemon Queen
This specimen is very easy to spot. It is not only due to her perfectly coordinated outfit, but also her $50 neon headband. But hey, give her a break, she works out hard. Not only is she working to keep that bod “Lululemon” acceptable by being the connoisseur of the elliptical, but she is constantly making the trek to their store on M street to check out the newest must-have.

We understand, Lululemon Queen.
We understand, Lululemon Queen.

The Professor
It may be a little awkward at first, but bumping into your professor at Yates isn’t such a bad thing. At least he or she knows now that you do other things besides watch Netflix, procrastinate, and drink Natty Light. They need to blow off some steam too and though they may be doing it in a Turkey Trot 5k T-shirt from 1999 and those somehow always perfectly clean white New Balances, we’ll let them off the hook.

The Athlete
You see their shoes … enough said. Just step aside.

The Wanderer
Usually a male, the wanderer is very mysterious. You never see him on a machine but somehow he is always profusely sweating. He seems to be aimlessly walking around the gym, headphones in, bravado high, and a pseudo-purpose that’s not fooling anybody. The only work out he is getting is with his eyes, as he creepily checks out the line of girls on the treadmills.

You're not fooling us, Wanderer!
You’re not fooling us, Wanderer!

You
Then there’s you. You’re pretty proud of yourself just for getting your lazy self all the way to Yates. You have your routine, but it’s nothing special. Sometimes you pretend you know what you’re doing and really hope by the grace of God that no one else can sense your uncertainty. It’s OK, everyone knows that you’re just working out to no longer feel guilty about taking two helpings on Chicken Finger Thursday.

Photo: everyguyed.com; Gifs: tumblr.com

The Ultimate Guide to Adams Morgan

adams morganYou live in Georgetown, so you have probably been to every single place around M Street. You have probably gone to some places in Dupont and visited the National Mall a couple of times. Still, you feel that there are lots of places you still have to visit, or that you always go to the same spots.

I’m here to show you what your next eating, happy-houring or partying destination will be: Adam’s Morgan. A diverse and exciting neighborhood, it has streets full of lively and unique bars and restaurants. It’s the definition of fun!

Our Picks:

1. Madam’s Organ This 4-leveled bar is amazing. There’s karaoke, live bands, billiard tables and a roof deck. Go there prepared to drink (cheaper than Georgetown prices guaranteed) and to dance all night long while singing your lungs off!

2. Bossa Small and dark lit, this buzzy bistro and lounge is perfect to visit with any kind of party. The friendly musicians and live bands personally embrace every visitor, making them feel as if they, too, formed part of the band. Last time I went, the drummer of that night’s live band was from my country of origin, and he started singing some of my national songs. He even invited one of my friends to drum beside him (see the picture below). It was a crazy good time.

So hipster
So hipster.

3. Soussi If you are looking for something more chill, this one place is perfect for beers, shisha and moroccan food. Very dark and relaxing, it has long sofas where you will want to lie for hours just talking about life.

4. Southern Hospitality Last, but not least, this place has incredible original mojitos and delicious chicken and waffles! Much more relaxed than the other bars, it’s  perfect for happy hour.

Bonus points: After all this dancing and drinking, you will be in need of some good food. Stop by Julia’s Empanadas, where they serve freshly made, very spicy empanadas. If you are not a fan, then The Diner is open 24/7 and serves every kind of food. I recommend the cheese fries, but I cannot really tell how good they actually were (at 3 a.m., everything tastes like glory). The best part is that all of these locations are on the same street!

So, next time you are thinking of going to Rhino, Bodega or the restaurant you go to every single weekend, think twice and discover someplace new: Adams Morgan!

Photos: lifeafterannandalehigh.blogspot.com; Guest Writer for The Hoya

More Than a Tradition: Seniors Reflect On 99 Days Club

99 days

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.