Friday Fixat10ns: The Best of 2013

Flashback Friday Fixat10ns

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We’re almost one month into 2014. The semester is actually starting now: the work is beginning to pile up, we’re being comforted by the solace of Chicken Finger Thursdays and we’re hoping that we don’t lose any more basketball games so that we have a chance at March madness. Now that we’re well into the new year, 4E is here to present some of the best (and possibly the worst) songs of 2013. Let’s take a look back in time:

Wake Me Up – Avicii Those who are big into EDM probably crinkled their nose after hearing this song and wondered if this was really Avicii, but it is, and it turned into one of the hugest tracks of 2013.

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus Swinging nude atop a wrecking ball in the music video, Miley Cyrus hit America like a … well, you get it.

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake JT killed it yet again in his two albums of 2013. Seven years after bringing sexy back, he’s still got it.

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Backlash and controversy of the lyrics aside, this song quickly became a huge 2013 summer hit.

Get Lucky – Daft Punk Had to follow “Blurred Lines” with this, because they’re arguably the two biggest summer hits. Daft Punk has had big singles before, like “One More Time” and “Around the World,” but this one was even more radio-friendly.

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker This may not actually be a top track of 2013, but it’s the catchiest country song I’ve ever heard (and ask anyone, I despise country music).

Rap God – Eminem His new album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, debuted huge and proved that he can rap just as well as he always has.

The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy The buildup to the release of their new album, Save Rock and Roll, proved successful, as Fall Out Boy had many hit singles off of this album.

Red Lights – Tiësto Sorry, but it wouldn’t be my Friday Fixat10ns post without including my top EDM track released this year. This is a song off of Tiësto’s upcoming album, set to debut later this year.

3005 – Childish Gambino Gambino delivers an excellent track as a single from his most recent album, and it is slightly reminiscent of his 2011 track, “Heartbeat.”

Photo: dumbandgenius.wordpress.com

The Hot or Not List of 2013

HOT OR NOTWith only hours to go until the clock strikes midnight and our New Year’s resolutions become valid, month-long attempts at self-improvement, 2013 is drawing to a close. It’s been quite the year, Hoyas – let’s take a closer (and quirkier) look at 2013’s best and worst:

The 4E Hot or Not List of 2013

What was Hot:

1. SNL’s Obamacare-inspired sketches. I was laughing for days.

2. The basil mayonnaise now being served on the panini line in Leo’s. You can put it on anything.

3. Beyoncé dropping a surprise album. Also the phrase “I woke up like this” that came along with the album.Beyonce

4. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fusing to create a mega-holiday: Thanksgivukkah! Latke-stuffing anyone?

4. Miley Cyrus riding both a metaphorical and literal wrecking ball.

5.  Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina becoming the 266th Pope and the first Jesuit Pope. He was also named Person of the Year by Time Magazine because of how incredible he’s turning out to be. And we’re all pretty proud of this sick pic:

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6. Wisey’s is delicious.

What Was Not:

1. The regular mayonnaise at Leo’s. Ew.

2. Georgetown lost our rival, Syracuse, as the Big East reorganized. What is a university full of rowdy basketball fans to do without someone to hate? (Actually, we still hate you, Syracuse.)

3. A sizable portion of Georgetown Confessions. Especially the ones that were so long that the “Read more” button was present. Keep your anonymous proclamations short and sweet, Georgetown.

4. Miley Cyrus riding both a metaphorical and literal wrecking ball.Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball

5. Democrats and Republicans still don’t agree on a slew of issues.

6. Lau still exists.lauvert

So Leo’s still reeks, Lau is still ugly and Wisey’s can still make you fat. 2013 brought its own list of Hots and Nots on the Hilltop and 2014 is sure to bring its own, too. But hot or not, the Pope likes us guys – he really likes us! 

Photos: Library.georgetown.edu, The Guardian, Georgetown.edu, saintheron.com

12 Unlucky Hoya Moments in 2013

UnluckyOh, 13. You’re such a creepy number. Historically, there were 13 steps that led criminals to the gallows. Thirteen people were present at the Last Supper. Apollo 13 was the only failed moon mission. And 12 is a perfect number in numerology … which basically makes 13 the worst number ever. I could go on and on with the horrors, but here’s the bottom line: 13 is a very terrifying, very unlucky number.

Therefore, the year 2013 must have been utterly cursed. To start, “13” is located right there in the year itself – 2013. But making matters worse, Friday the 13th occurred twice this year (in September and December, in case you were wondering), which only takes the negative freaky vibrations to a whole new level. We aren’t normally superstitious here at 4E, but it seems like 2013 brought a lot of bad luck upon some Hoyas. Over the course of the year, there were some pretty unlucky moments here on the Hilltop. In fact, here are 12 of them (we would’ve done 13, but it’s just too evil a number already):

1. As a result of a summer administrative decision with no student input whatsoever, J.J. lost his mascot privileges.45694311

2. The Southwest Quad fire alarms ruined everyone’s life in the fall. (Okay, maybe life is a bit overdramatic, but they did ruin everyone’s beauty sleep for a while.)

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3. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Laura Bush spoke in Gaston Hall, but you didn’t make it inside even though you lined up at 5 a.m.

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Hermione’s face says it all: ouch. 

4. Epicurean owner Chang Wook Chon found himself in hot water amid allegations of worker mistreatment.

17937617505. Administrators decided that you’re no longer allowed to have a car on campus.1988332698

6. The Georgetown University football team had a rough 2-9 season.

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7. The Third Edition – for which we’ve always held an special fondness – closed in February

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8. … And then Tuscany closed in June.

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9. At one point this year, the University considered having a satellite campus.

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10. “The Exorcist” author William Peter Blatty (C ’50) tried to strip away Georgetown’s Catholic affiliation.

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11. You had to take finals. We know that finals happen every year, but they’re still terrible.

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12. Last, but not least, the government shut down. Classes didn’t.

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Needless to say, 2013 brought a lot of unlucky moments to the Hilltop. Not ones for pessimism, though, we at 4E have a bright outlook for 2014. Here’s to a better and much luckier New Year, Hoyas!

Photos: Georgetowner, Fanpop, Dishes and Socks, CNN, CBS, FineArtAmerica; Charlie Lowe, Alexander Brown and Kristen Skillman for The Hoya

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!

Longest Post I’ll Ever Write – Summer Music Festivals

I’ll admit, I’m a fan of the short blog post. I don’t like reading long things – it makes History, English and Philosophy classes next to impossible. Today, I make an exception. The lineups are out and some of the tickets go on sale mañana – ’tis the season of the summer music festival!

Across the country, America is killing it with the headlining performers this time around. How is Tom Petty playing every music festival? How?

Firefly Music Festival — Dover, DE

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Come with me this summer. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon. Imagine it now — we won’t shower, we’ll wear matching tie dye, we’ll eat a lot of hot dogs, hang out with 65 year old hippies and sleep in a field. Best thing to happen to Delaware since Joe Biden and low taxes, right? Red Hot Chilis, Tom Petty, Public Enemy, Avett Brothers, the Lumineers (fun fact – the lead singer was a Richmond Spider with my brother), Alabama Shakes, Foster the People, Dispatch. Road trip!

More information and tickets here.

Newport Folk Festival — Newport, RI

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If you ever listen to anything I tell you, make it this: go to Newport this summer. If it was anything like when I went in 2011, it will be well worth your money. Unfortunately, only Friday tickets are still available, but I’m sure if you’re willing to break the bank a little bit, you can find 3-day passes on StubHub or other ticket websites.

More information and tickets here.

Jazz and Heritage Festival — New Orleans, LA

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Disclaimer: it takes place Georgetown Day weekend and the weekend when finals start so I almost don’t want you to look at the lineup because it will break your heart into pieces. Stop reading now if you love all things good. The nine headliners for both weekends include Billy Joel, DMB, Earth Wind and Fire, John Mayer, Frank Ocean, Phoenix, Widespread Panic and Band of Horses. Oh, and Fleetwood Mac. Look me in the eyes and tell me you didn’t get the chills when Landslide played in that Budweiser commercial from the Superbowl.

More information here.

Bonnaroo — Nashville, TN

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Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty (at it again!) and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, R. Kelly, The National, Of Monsters and Men, Ed Helm’s Bluegrass Superjam Situation with Special Guests (special guests!), Tallest Man on Earth, Gov’t Mule, Foals, the XX — well, you all can read so I’ll let you take a look at the lineup. This will be nuts. Weird Al is going.

Bamboozle Surf and Skate Festival — Freehold, NJ

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I went to Bamboozle my junior year of high school. It ended in a concussion during the Weezer performance — YOLO, mom wasn’t happy about that one. Related or not, Bamboozle cancelled the festival for 2013 but the great state of New Jersey still plans to hold the Surf and Skate Festival, which will feature Fall Out Boy and Macklemore if that peaks your interest. Doesn’t peak mine, but as my dad always said, that’s what makes markets.

More information and tickets here.

*Note that Lollapalooza hasn’t released their lineup yet and Coachella is sold out (if you were a fan of the ’90s British invasion, this would have been your year — Stone Roses AND Blur performing). So, as you shiver in the 35-degree weather in Georgetown, imagine yourself standing in a crowd next to a sweaty man in an American flag visor listening to Chilis serenade you with a Otherside.

The 12 of ’12

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Welcome back to campus, my fellow Hoyas! It is the new year, which means Yates is going to be filled to the brim by the usual “exercise-more-regularly-as-my-new-year’s-resolution” people (don’t worry, they’ll all be gone in a week or two), we brace ourselves for the inevitable baby boom that will occur on 9/21 and we all struggle to remember to write 2013 instead of 2012 on top of our papers. We at The Fourth Edition wanted to take a moment to remember some of the key moments at Georgetown in 2012, which was a monumental year in more ways than one. They say a picture says a 1,000 words — and I’m too lazy to write more than five sentences — so here you have it: 12 photos from The Hoya that sum up the not-so-apocalyptic year of 2012. Enjoy and Happy New Year!