How to Study and Make a Difference at the Same Time!

Cat Cafe

Need a place to study, but want to do a good deed at the same time? The on-campus project called “Making a Difference” is partnering with Crumbs and Whiskers in order to save more pets from facing life in shelters.  The coffee shop, located on O St., is giving a discount to Georgetown students ($22 pass for the whole day) so that you can enjoy some coffee, quality study time, and some furry friends to get you through finals!

In case you need a refresher on why cats are awesome, 4E is here to provide you with some quality gifs.

Here’s this one:  

And this one…

And of course this one…

So make a difference and visit Crumbs and Whiskers located on O St. next to Wingos (we know you know where that is).

Images: giphy.com, http://crumbsandwhiskers.com

Calling All Women & Men for CATS

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Calling all cat lovers, cat ladies, cat men, college students who miss their furry friends back home and essentially all gentle cuddle-loving human beings: 4E has BIG news for you.

CAT CAFEs are the newest, trendiest, most happening places around and we have one coming our way to DC!

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Crumbs & Whiskers, while not yet having an official location or opening date set, is advising prospective visitors to “BE EXCITED!” as there are full-fledged plans underway to bring a cat cafe here to the district. If you’re wondering what exactly this might entail, here is their blurb:

“Crumbs & Whiskers brings together some amazing things. Specifically coffee, tea, desserts, and you guessed it…cats! DC’s cat cafe will serve as a foster home for the Washington Humane Society’s shelter cats and as a really fun place to hang out for DC residents. The concept is pretty simple. Cats in cages are sad, so we get them out of there. Anyone without a cat is sad (or should be), so we hook them up. Then, we give everybody desserts and coffee and tea. The end.”

So pretty much it’s going to be the perfect venue for all things/moods: lonely, happy, sad, cuddly, first date(?) and even a space to add a new member to your family!

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Should you be worried that the prospect of a cat cafe might be an evil plot to exploit cats, fear not. Crumbs & Whiskers benefits not only its customers, but also its furry felines whose alternative would be a lonely cage. Being a cat at the cat cafe is a huge opportunity for our cat friends, as it greatly increases their chances for adoption! And YOU could be the adopter (I mean within or without respect to you campus housing codes).

If you are considering taking home a furry friend, know that adoption is not done on the spot, but through the Washington Humane Society – so at the least know that your decision will not be one done out of drunkenness.

Other important details to know:

  • No unsupervised kids under 12 (so basically like a 13+ cat club)
  • You must sign a waiver ( cats are animals capable of scratches and such)
  • Flash photos are not allowed for the safety of the cats
  • AND you must resist the urge to pet cats when they are asleep (r-e-s-p-e-c-t)

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To visit the Cafe: Reservations will be made in 30 or 60 minute increments and there will be a cover charge. Walk-ins are welcome if there is space. If someone does not show for a reservation availability will be made known via twitter. You may also schedule private events…team bonding, group study or birthday party???

Snacks & such will be prepared at a separate partner location and will likely be complimentary.

AND for those of you that are really into it- A GentleMeows Club will welcome feature members!!! (Yay exclusivity)

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DC’S SOON-TO-BE NEWEST THING 

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Gifs: giphy.com; tumblr.com; thenypost.files.wordpress.com

Uber Delivers Kittens Today

kittensUber is delivering kittens today! Because it’s National Cat Day so naturally a taxi driver should arrive at your doorstep with a kitten and UberKITTENS swag. The kittens are coming to Austin, Chicago, Seattle, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco and D.C. (THAT’S US)!

kittens-gifIf you live in any of these cities you can order a kitten between noon and 4 p.m. today and have the little kitty for a 15 minute cuddle and petting session.  You can get your kittens and UberKITTENS swag on-demand for $30 by using promo code KITTENSDC.

Can it get any better? YES! All of the money will be donated to the Washington Humane Society.

Could it get any better? Yes.

YOU CAN KEEP THE KITTENS!

All you have to do is ask the shelter representative who will be assisting with handling the kittens about adoption.

Today is a beautiful day ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy the cuddles.

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From the Hilltop to the French Hill

Georgetown in Israel

​After two semesters of trekking to Lau and whining about Leo’s food, summer provides a much-needed escape from the Georgetown bubble. Yet, even while exploring Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, Mount Scopus—my new campus home for the summer—I have begun to put Georgetown in perspective. Located in its nation’s capital, world-renowned and buzzing with cafés and students lounging on the lawn, Hebrew University is actually a lot more like Georgetown than I would ever have thought. Here are some surprising similarities:

1. Call Animal Control
Let’s be honest: no one came to Georgetown for the rats and squirrels. I intentionally bypass Old North to avoid mice Mecca. At Hebrew University, however, cats prove an inescapable presence. Not only do cats roam the library and the student center, but students also maintain an area on campus specifically to feed the cats. Maybe if we took some cats to Georgetown, we’d at least lose one problem.

2. Dead Man Walking
While Georgetown houses a cemetery for Jesuits between Harbin and the ICC, Hebrew U actually boasts two: the British War cemetery and the American Colony cemetery. Nothing like looking at graves for some encouragement on the way to class.

3. Satellite Struggles
If you haven’t heard of the infamous and much-bemoaned proposal to introduce a satellite Georgetown campus, then you probably were living in Hebrew University. Although Hebrew U retains six different campuses depending on subject area, Georgetown students would universally protest the Mount Scopus layout. While the dorms sit on one side of the campus, students have to walk twenty minutes to the library and the academic buildings. Forget about waking up five minutes before class.

4. Campus on a Hill
Both Georgetown and Hebrew U are situated on one of the highest points of their respective cities. What a geographic sense of superiority!

5. The Village People
Rooming in VCW and Village A, I have always lived in some sort of village. Out of all the Georgetown idiosyncrasies, I considered this the most peculiar. Instead of being super confusing to visitors and new students, can’t the university just find some rich people to buy the name and then use the money to put treadmills in some common rooms? Yet, in Hebrew University, my dorm is number 7 in the Student Village. I guess some seemingly unique eccentricities really supersede countries and customs.

Before arriving at Hebrew University, I considered my summer to be a very different, if not completely opposite, experience to my first year at Georgetown. But I guess it just goes to show that no matter where you go as a Hoya, memories of the Hilltop will always travel with you.

Jessica Tannenbaum is a rising junior at Georgetown. Thanks, Jessica!

Photo: horizon2020projects.com

You’re on Spring Break: Now What?

Spring BreakWell, we’re about two days into spring break, and if you’re most people, you’re already sitting at home, bored to death, refreshing Facebook and hoping you can vicariously live through your friends’ adventures. Sure, there are tons of things you should be doing: starting that paper that’s due shortly after break ends, getting a jump on work you’ll have to suffer through after break or reconnecting with old friends who are also on break (which is unlikely: Who else has spring break this early?). But will you do any of that? No. Instead, you’ll be reading 4E and taking our advice on how to best spend this glorious week off.

Sleep This is truly all that break was meant for. Go to bed with no alarms set, and sleep to your heart’s content. Wake up feeling rejuvenated and free of guilt, because you have no real obligations over break.

Reunite with your pets I’m not embarrassed to admit how excited I was to see my two cats upon returning home. While spending time with your friends and family is certainly important, spending time with your pets is vital.

Watch TV on an actual TV It’s such a change of atmosphere to get home and realize that my parents just leave the TV on for most of the day. It actually puts me much more on top of the news in general. More importantly, I get to watch Food Network liberally. There’s nothing quite like spending hours watching Guy Fieri gorge himself on food or Ina Garten work her magic.

Utilize your vast pantry You’re not gonna be able to sit around watching Food Network all day without eating something. There’s a finite number of days until we inevitably have to trek back to Georgetown and readjust to sad, disappointing Leo’s life. Make the most of what you can eat until that time comes.

T-minus six days until everyone is back on campus. Make the most of your vacation time until then!

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Parental Advice: Then and Now

Should I Still Listen To My Parents

Fun Fact: Parents aren’t always right.

Un-Fun Fact: We should still listen to them …

As college students, we are all (begrudgingly) managing the transition from childhood to adulthood. It’s time to substitute out juice boxes for cocktails, playdates for meetings and 8pm bed times for all-nighters. We spent our mischievous younger years Cool-Cute-Kids-Pics-by-cool-imagesoscillating between respecting and neglecting our parents’ advice but, in order to succeed as “adults”, we must take our parents’ advice with a grain of salt and choose for ourselves: should I still listen to my parents’ advice in college? 

Parental Advice #1: Don’t talk to strangers.

In college, this piece of advice turns from a harmless safety tip to social suicide. College is the time to spark a conversation with tons of complete strangers because otherwise you’re doomed to a life alone with one-too many cats. Meow.

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Parental Advice #2: Sharing is caring.

Have you heard of a little something I like to call mono? Beware, don’t share – especially if it’s a red Solo Cup.

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Parental Advice #3: Always use the buddy system.

In college, the safety mantra goes: never walk home alone. This is still valid: two is always better than one.

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Parental Advice #4: Do your homework.

Or don’t … and say you did!

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Parental Advice #5: Keep your hands to yourself.

College parties and 18+ clubs can get more handsy than a four-year-old at the Please Touch Museum. But please, respect others’ space. Hands where we can see ’em.

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Parental Advice #6: Ask anyway – there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

Don’t be afraid to ask a question in class, other people might also be confused. But do make sure you’re asking because you didn’t understand the teacher’s explanation, not because you weren’t paying attention. If that’s the case, just ask your friend Google or wait for office hours.

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Parental Advice #7: Manners matter. 

Amen. Can I get a please and thank you for holding that super heavy Lau door open for you?

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Parental Advice #8: You have to finish your dinner before you have dessert.

False,  dessert isn’t a “reward” for eating a balanced meal; it’s one of the major college food groups and something Leo’s consistently gets right.

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The examples above demonstrate that our parents’ advice can become antiquated as we get older but, in some other cases, their advice holds more true now than ever before. It’s up to us to choose whether or not to live according to our parents’ old advice. We may not be kids anymore, but we are still kids at heart. Which is why I have this gif of a cat for you to look at:

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Photos: Cool Images, Mashable, WordPress

The Fluffington Post

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So you’re a news junkie, constantly checking for the next breaking story instead of doing, y’know, work stuff.

All that doom-and-gloom news can start to weigh a little heavy on your mind, so it’s good to throw in some light-hearted fare, and there’s no site quite as perfect for that as The Fluffington Post. Billing itself as “The #1 news source for breaking news and investigative journalism FLUFFY ANIMALS,” the Post is the ultimate source of cute animal pictures and hard-hitting news stories like “Puppy is nervous about first day of day care” and “Cat and Dog kiss on a dare.”

If you have one animal in particular that fills your heart with joy, they have tabs to sort out Puppies, Kitties, Bunnies, Birdies, Rodentia, Menagerie and, my personal favorite, Petflix! You’re even able to submit your own pictures and stories to spread some cute to the entire world.

So take a break from Huffington, and turn instead to Fluffington. You’ll thank me later.

Monopoly Madness! Meow!

Attention, world (and by world, I mean cat lovers): Hasbro has officially announced that they will be retiring the classic iron game piece and replacing it with their new cat game piece. That’s right. Monopoly’s newest game piece is now a metallic furry feline. We couldn’t be any more excited.

Hasbro, the toy-making megacorporation behind Monopoly, informed the public last month that it would be retiring one of Monopoly’s tokens, but it decided to leave the monumental decision in the hands of the fans. According to Hasbro’s senior vice-president, Eric Nyman, “The tokens are one of the most iconic parts of the Monopoly game, and we know that people are emotionally tied to their favorite one. When we decided to replace one of the tokens in the game, we knew we had to involve our fans in the process.”

Hasbro then initiated a poll on Facebook (where else?!) and offered enthusiastic “monopolists” a chance to vote for their favorite and least favorite “old” game pieces, in addition to choosing between 5 “new” pieces to add into the mix. The votes were counted and the results are officially in!

The cat, which has no name, garnered 31 percent of the votes for new pieces and won the coveted spot among other Monopoly tokens. Other new-piece-contenders included a helicopter, a robot, a guitar and a ring.

Of the old tokens, Scottie the Dog received the majority of the popular vote, receiving 29 percent of fan votes, and the iron (may he rest in piece — get it?) received the least. As a result, the iron had to “Go directly to jail — Do not pass GO — Do not collect $200.”

We think the iron’s exit may have gone something like this, but we also think the new cat game piece is a purr-fect addition.

What are your thoughts on Monopoly’s purr-cocious new token? Is it a major paw-sitive? Or is it a cat-astrophe?

Photo: DCist

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