Friday Fixations: A Rainy Long Weekend

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If you’re like me, sitting inside on a Thursday night watching “One Tree Hill” as it rains outside, it’s probably because your friends have all left for the long weekend … or it’s because you’re having an existential crisis … or it’s because you drank too much wine at your friend’s 21st last night and the thought of going out makes you nauseous.

Well, for this relatively empty, long, cold and wet weekend, here are some chill and laid-back tunes to brighten up these cloudy days.

Chilled Cream — Blank & Jones Good beat, good words, so sit back and relax! You may get some solid writing done on an essay during this one.

The Longer the Waiting — Anna Ternheim This one is sad and its lyrics will remind you of nothing other than rain and love. The two don’t often go together … unless you’re a fan of The Notebook.

Syndicate — The Fray This one’s edgy, but inspirational. You’ll want a boy to serenade you with it while you enjoy a nice chaider.

The Scientist — Coldplay You all know this one. Is it not a perfect song for being alone and pensive on a rainy day?

Come Rain or Come Shine — Eric Clapton and B.B. King I’m a huge Clapton fan, and if you’re not, this song will convert you.

Fire and Rain — James Taylor This song is unbeatable. It has a Midwestern twang, beautiful lyrics and one of the best voices the world has ever heard to back it all up.

Danny’s Song — Anne Murray A little more optimistic than some of the other tracks, just to make sure you don’t spend the whole weekend drowning in homework and sadness.

Piano Man — Billy Joel I know you’ve all heard this and I know you all love this. This song brings me back to my childhood, so let this song transport you to wherever it may.

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word — Elton John A timeless voice and a timeless song. Again, this one is on the more depressing side, but so is the weather.

For All We Know — The Carpenters This is for a softer, light, drizzly day. This song provides a slightly different mood than the others, so sit back with a warm chocolate chip cookie and glass of milk and enjoy this last track.

Thrifty DC: Going Big on a Small Budget

Thrifty DCOn top of taking 5 classes, partaking in student activities, keeping our houses relatively clean (ha) and making sure we don’t catch the flu that half of campus is currently suffering from, we Georgetown students have to manage our expenses.

For many of us, the mere thought of paying back loans is troublesome enough to keep us tossing and turning at night. I may not have a solution to all these issues, but I can offer you some thrifty deals in the Georgetown area that can keep a little extra dough in your wallet – and some delicious grub in your tummy.

1. Sea Catch Happy Hour (Canal Square 1054 31st St NW, Ste 1000)

Monday-Saturday; 5-7pm. $1 oysters
 and 1/2 off drinks make Sea Catch put the “happy” in happy hour. Who doesn’t love a delicious raw bar after a long day of classes?

2. Bandolero (3241 M St. NW)  Friday Happy Hour Specials – 4 Tecate Cans; $4 Shot of Espolon with Sangrita; $4 Apps; $5 Breckenridge Agave Wheat Bottles; $5 Antonietti Extra Brut; $5 Apps; $6 El Bandolero Margaritas, Ferrari Carano Pinot Grigio and Graffiato Nebbiolo; $5 Shrimp Cocktail – I get it.

Bandolero sometimes gets a bad rap, just like Modern does. But reputation aside, who can say no to all these amazing deals? The $4 Apps alone are reason enough for you 21+ Hoyas to take a trip down to M Street. (Also, rumor has it that Kate Hudson and Muse were hanging out there the other night, so essentially what I’m saying is if you go to happy hour, you’ll become best friends with a celebrity).

3. Chadwicks Saturday Specials (3205 K St. NW) $2 Domestic Bottles & House Wine; $2.50 Rail Drinks & Margaritas; 50 Cent Buffalo Wings; 1/2 Price Potato Skins; $2.50 Miller Lite & Bud Bottles – There’s something so Georgetown-y about heading down to Chadwicks for a nice drink by the waterfront. And with these deals, you get all the classiness of a Chadwicks meal on a college student budget. I’ll drink to that!

4. Garrett’s (3003 M St NW) Happy Hour 5-7 every day. 25-cent wings. Could it get any better? That wasn’t a rhetorical question. The answer is: no, it can’t. It’s like Chicken Finger Thursday taken to a whole other level… Oh, and did we mention this happens every day?

5. Mr. Smith’s (3104 M St NW) Weekdays 5-7 pm. Half-priced appetizers. My, oh my! Though poor Mr. Smith’s didn’t hold up too well against The Tombs in our previous Georgetown March Madness bracket, it doesn’t mean that they can’t hold up in terms of happy hour specials. What’s nicer than sitting out in Mr. Smith’s nice garden bar and munching on some grub, all while remembering that it’s half-priced?

So, Hoyas, go out and eat some wings and drink some cocktails, but rest assured you’re spending wisely and saving up! Keep saving that money and get out there!

Off-Campus Study Spotlight

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While we do attend a particularly beautiful university that bears an eerie, yet exciting resemblance to Harry Potter’s magical wonderland of a school, life on the Hilltop can become overwhelming scarily fast. Trust me, freshmen, during midterms and finals, Lau will transform into a demonic chamber comparable to prison or the psychotic-ridden desert in The Hills Have Eyes and you will want to flee for your life.

Luckily for you, I have a solution to said madness: various nearby oases where you can escape the clutter of homework and people to complete your studies efficiently. While I hate to give away my secret spots, I have faith that my advice will help you all find relaxing places to get those A’s you’re paying $50,000+ a year for. The added benefit of this is that completing your work efficiently will mean freeing up weekend time for shenanigans.

1. Malmaison (3401 K St, NW) You’ll feel like you’ve entered a trendy hipster café in the lower east side of Manhattan where James Franco may be lurking in the corner drinking straight black coffee. My time here is usually divided between eating their particularly herby and fresh tomato and mozzarella panini and watching the strange array of fitness freaks and artsy designers that are denizens to this teashop.

2. Marvelous Market (3217 P St, NW) I’m shocked more people haven’t discovered this place. They have the best sandwiches I’ve ever had in my entire life, there’s an ice cream store next door, and they’ve got a little seating area that really typifies an ideal study environment.

3. Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave, SE) Yes, this one’s for the more avid nerds of Georgetown, but I can promise you firsthand that you will get so much more work done in an hour than you ever thought possible. You’ll find yourself feeling rather smart, efficient and official.

4. Starbucks (3050 K St, NW) This Starbucks – located right next to the Potomac and what in winter is an ice skating rink – is the perfect place to do work. Enjoy a chai, walk by the water, and feel completely secluded from the chaos that can sometimes suffuse our wonderful school.

So relax, Hoyas. Check out some of my favorite study spots and feel free to share yours in the comments below!

Photo: Shannon Walsh/The Hoya

 

 

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Dear Mark Zuckerberg,

When you were sitting in your dorm room at Harvard, writing out math calculations on a really cool glass whiteboard that I’m sure you didn’t actually own, (thank you David Fincher for allowing me to once again lose myself in the world of hyperreality) I don’t think you foresaw what exactly your little creation would do to the rest of us.

What I currently need to be doing is drowning myself in population means and Max Weber; instead, I’m rating the girls in my ex’s most recent tagged photos and gagging at the impressive number of chins I have in the pictures my friend added from this weekend. I should mention that I just do not have the time or energy to go through pictures 1-460. Whoops. That just happened.

What’s worse is that I am so uninterested by the prospect of finals that I’m procrastinating by writing an inbox to my mother. In fact, it’s a haiku about how I shouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. The least you could have done was use that extremely large and competent brain of yours to predict that this would be a problem for easily distracted college students like myself and create some sort of application that would remove your dumb site from our computer’s knowledge. I don’t always have the self-control to turn on Self Control.

I’ve sunk so low that my new hobby is poking people with whom I share a very distant and barely friendly relationship. This is fairly amusing and I can objectively (though, really, it is completely subjective) laugh at the awkwardness I know they feel.

In conclusion, I am mad at you.

Please, Mark, change your ways. (Or at least take my Probability & Statistics final for me? Thanks.)

Shannon

Best Bets: And the Turkey Looms

The lyrics to the song “Home” by Edward Shape and the Magnetic Zeros have a particularly nice ring to them these days. Finally, only one weekend separates us from that long sought after day of inhaling mashed potatoes and stuffing. We have only to endure a few more essays before packing up our bags with a dream and a cardigan and heading back home. This weekend, there are various events we should keep our eyes out for that will make time fly faster and begin prepping us for the holiday seasons.

Thursday: Honor our Veterans

>Thursday, November 15 | 3:30-4:30. Copley Lawn. Come honor our veterans, some of whom may be our friends here at Georgetown. For those of you who are new to the area, come witness a patriotic and emotional event for many who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of your future

Friday: A Civil War Christmas, Dance Company Performance

>Friday, November 16 | 6pm-8pm Gonda. Theater Come watch The Nomadic Theater’s musical inspiration, A Civil War Christmas. Get into the season a little early with a story that begins on the Eve of Christmas in 1864, in the midst of a country teeming with war.

>Friday, November 16 | 8pm Walsh Building; Black Box Theater. Georgetown University Dance Company. Come wiggle along in those dancing shoes that have been pent up in your closet.

Saturday: A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, 8pm.

Sunday: Graduate School Turkey Bowl; Civil War Christmas at 2 pm.

>Sunday, November 18 | 4:30pm-8pm Kehoe Field. Come get down and dirty and watch the first year grad students take on the second year grad students at Kehoe field. The game is followed by a traditional Thanksgiving meal and all proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are $10.

Best Bets: An Artistic Weekend

This week, Sandy granted us two extra days of moseying around lazily in our pajamas drinking mochas and here we find ourselves once again blessed with days that don’t have classes. Though this weekend may not be bustling with as many activities as last weekend’s Halloween, there are still campus and Georgetown-wide events we should all keep our eyes peeled for:

Friday: “Housebound” opening reception

Friday, November 2 | 6pm-8pm Heiner Contemporary (1675 Wisconsin Ave, NW) Come celebrate an exhibition that examines the concept of domestic space, with artwork by Rachel Farbiarz, Bella Foster, Allison Gildersleeve, Allison Reimus, Ann Toebbe and Augusta Wood. These artist’s works tackle various definitions of “home”.

Saturday: The 2012 Lombardi Gala and DC’s A Cappella Festival and Day of the Dead

Saturday, November 3 | 6pm-8pm Red Square, Reiss, Copley Crypt. Just cause Halloween’s over doesn’t mean the fun has to be! Come celebrate Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday. Partake in a fun holiday that allows us to celebrate our family members and friends who have passed.

Saturday, November 3 | 6pm, Washington Hilton Hotel. Here’s a chance to give back to the community and exercise your altruistic side. The 26th annual Lombardi Gala benefits the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event is a black-tie dinner for all of you fancy schmancy people. All proceeds go to cancer research, and I should mention that there is an opportunity to win a 2013 Lexus automobile.

Saturday, November 3 | 7:30pm, Gaston Hall. If you’ve seen Pitch Perfect recently, you’re fully aware of the fun of college A Cappella. Whether you’re a singer yourself, or enjoy watching people with capable vocal chords, this event will certainly be enjoyable for those who attend. Hosted by the Phantom’s and the GraceNotes, this annual concert will feature a range of songs everyone can bop to. Tickets are $8 for students.

Courses that Cause Copulation: Which Majors Have the Most Sex?

Do you like numbers and money? Are you currently scouting internships with Goldman Sachs and McKinsey? Did you spend the last week stressing out about demand curves, trade policies or externalities? If so, apparently you’re also quite sexually active! Congrats! And where do you find the time?

According to studentbeans.com’s University Sex League, econ majors have more sex partners in college than any other major. A study released last week shows that finance nerds get wacky in the sacky the most with an average of 4.88 sexual partners since starting university.

Following close behind with an average of 4.7 sexual partners are social work, community care, and counseling majors. (How does that work? Give people advice and then unbutton their pants?) With an average of 4.57 sexual partners are marketing majors. This makes more sense: what better way to learn marketing than promoting your body?

And hospitality majors with 4.56 sexual partners seem to be lagging a bit in fourth place. They have hotel rooms at their disposal — frankly, they should be doing more.

With a disappointing 1.71 sexual partners are environmental science majors in last place — below even math majors and prospective engineers. I’m hoping that reducing the size of our carbon footprint is inhibiting their dopamine receptors (not sure what other excuse they have for being prude).

What I think we can take from these results is that even the highest major averages a relatively small number of sexual partners. What’s up with college student these days? Are these not supposed to be the years of experimentation and poor judgment? Soon we will all be tied down and must conform to the norm of monogamy. But now is the time to let loose. Eh, maybe once midterms are over.

Casual Thursdays: Tequila and Tailgate

The boas have been undusted. The drinks have been bought. The boys have been trained. The girls have been waxed. That time of year has come around once again: Homecoming Weekend 2012.

In honor of what will be a rowdy celebration this year, I’d like to suggest that you all pour out those Keystone lights (or better yet give them to me) and make your way to the nearest liquor store to brew a BEAR DOZER. (Yes, this cocktail will both sedate the real animal and help us massacre the team from the school I have particular contempt towards). The concoction will also be a nice precursor to the Halloween holiday. While you’re watching the game, I also recommend cozying up next to a delicious chicken-tequila tailgate sandwich (I can attest to its greatness).

Bear Dozer

  • 1/3 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
  • 1/3 oz Jose Cuervo Especial gold tequila
  • 1/3 oz cherry whiskey

Mix all ingredients in a shot glass, consume.

If you’re not in the mood for whiskey-tequila shots, Guy Fieri’s Chicken-Tequila Tailgate Sandwich is the perfect alternative, plus you still get all the fun of tequila! It’s a little complex to put together, but stick with me here, because it’s absolutely delicious. Bonus: this recipe makes sandwiches for you and three friends (or you and another really hungry friend).

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup julienned red onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned roasted red bell pepper
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for topping
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 1 1/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes, for topping
  • 4 sourdough rolls, warmed

Directions

Layer two 15-inch sheets of heavy-duty foil and fold them together around the edges to create one sheet. Repeat to make a second double-layered sheet of foil. Bend the edges of one of the sheets up 2 inches and crimp the corners so it can hold liquid.

In order, layer these ingredients on the bent sheet of foil: olive oil, onion, jalapeno, bell pepper, chicken, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, the garlic, cilantro, cheeses, lime juice and tequila. Place the second double-layered foil sheet on top of the ingredients and fold the top and bottom sheets together on all sides. Make sure the package is not leaking, then refrigerate until ready to cook.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F or a grill to medium and place the foil packet in the oven or on the grill. Cook 10 minutes; flip and cook 10 more minutes. Slice the bag open and top with the tomatoes, cilantro and parmesan cheese. Serve on the warmed rolls.

Now get ready to welcome home some alumni and stay casual, Hoyas.

Friday Fixat10ns: Break Ups and Reunions

Friday Fixat10ns: Break Ups and Reunions from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

I thought I needed a break when I ended things with my boyfriend. The Spice Girls thought they needed a break when they ran out of spice. The difference between these two things is that the Spice Girls’ reunion was epic enough to earn them a worldwide concert tour and a spot in the closing night of the Olympic Games. I, on the other hand, am still single.

Regardless of the woes of my personal life, I’ll admit that getting back together can sometimes lend itself to something greater than before. Two bands that can attest to this are the Killers and Ben Folds Five. The former released “Battle Born”, an emotionally charged album one should not listen to while sad. Ben Folds Five’s album, emerging after a mere 13 years, makes me want to square dance. And while the reason behind that is beyond me,  the tracks are undoubtedly strange and enticing.

This week, I’ll be sharing songs by bands that made the (sometimes) wise decision to reunite after spending time apart (even if it’s just for a tour).

Flesh and Bone — The Killers You can’t even listen to the first ten seconds of this song without wanting to listen to the whole thing.

Wannabe — The Spice Girls I wanna be their lovers all day long. Preferably Posh and her husband’s.

Battle Born — The Killers What I describe as a languid, chill, country rock jam.

Every Breath You Take — The Police “Every breath you take, and every move you make. Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you ” Rather creepy. This was my parents’ wedding song.

Big Love — Fleetwood Mac Rumored to be having a reunion tour in 2013. Keep your eyes peeled.

I Hate the Kids — Hot Snakes Please listen to this song if you’re feeling like you want to punch that ex I was talking about in the face.

Take it Easy — The Eagles All Georgetown students should abide by these lyrics.  Most of them will not.

Here Comes Your Man — The Pixies Here comes my man? I’ll believe it when I see it.

One Last Breath — Creed Though I’m slightly frightened by the intensity of his mostly black eyes in this music video, the song is a classic. If you see me around campus, please ask for a Creed impersonation. I’m proud of it.

Do it Anyway — Ben Folds Five Great, great, great new song. Upbeat. True. Risky. This song is like a wonderful pecan pie.