Georgetown Is Getting a New Beer Hall!

Finally, some good news that doesn’t involve rats in our favorite dining establishments nor our dilapidated on-campus housing is gracing our school. The Georgetown neighborhood is getting a brand-new bar in the form of Church Hall, which is slated to open at 1070 Wisconsin Ave NW this Friday!

Though Piano Bar, Chi Di and The Tombs have all had their fair shares of the limelight, we’ve all truly been craving a new spot in our Georgetown bubble. And while there are other similar establishments around D.C. like Penn Social, Church Hall, which is a Penn Quarter hangout spot from the same proprietors as Penn Social, promises to be a special place, and 4E is here to tell you why.

  1. Monday to Friday 4 to 7 p.m. happy hours. Sounds really happy to me! With essentially all drafts, wines, and rail drinks for $2, this place is giving Mai Thai a run for its money on their delicious yet probably overpriced pitchers.

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  2. Gin and tonic. On draft. They say G&Ts are an acquired taste, and I feel like if they’re on draft I just may acquire a taste for them.
  3. Boozy slushies. Need I say more?
  4. 28 Beers on draft. Even all of the craft beer snobs should be able to find something that suits their taste at this place. And if not, the beers rotate regularly, so there will surely be an opportunity for everyone.
  5. A prime location near M Street.  Within the bubble, there aren’t too many options for going out. Without having to trek to AdMo or U Street, we like the idea of another option nearby campus.
  6. An opportunity to relive study abroad. For all those who attended Oktoberfest or Springfest, you know how satisfying lederhosen and a stein of your favorite brew can be. We just needed the right atmosphere to relive this memory.
  7. Another option. Because sometimes, you just get tired of the weekly Tombs-ChiDi-AdMo rotation.

See those of you (21+, of course) there!

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God Bless Our Metro

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Well, not so much God. Pope bless our Metro. If you haven’t heard, don’t own Snapchat or are just oblivious, the Pope is in town. Yes, that is right, the Holy Father is in the building (and, by building, I mean the District).

Pope Francis leads his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Jan. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Jan. 15, 2014) See POPE-AUDIENCE Jan. 15, 2014.

Naturally, his presence is going to cause major travel problems across the city. Metro, car, bus… you name it, you probably can’t take it. Personally, I was unable to travel to my internship downtown today because of the Pope. But, hey, I am not complaining about teleworking.

While some people are upset about these travel problems, others are taking a more proactive approach to the problem. One DC citizen has even created a petition, which urges that the Pope bless the D.C. Metro.

Anyone who takes the Metro often knows how many problems it has. It breaks down, it has fires or it just doesn’t show up. We, the citizens of D.C., cannot seem to win. Even when no one important is in town (Read: Not the normal characters), it still doesn’t run in a timely or orderly fashion.

So, Mr. Rosenheck has decided to take matters into his own hands:

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This is obviously so necessary, the Metro is out of control. Will a blessing help the problem, though? The D.C. Metro is in a transition now, so maybe a religious blessing is what we need?

So, would you sign the petition?

Thanks to the DCist for this extremely important information.

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4E Goes to Hollywood

Hollywood-Cartoon-Sign-WallpaperWhile 4E usually posts things that are relevant, somewhat strange, and often less conventional, rarely do we take the opportunity to brief you on a day in our lives. So, in the spirit of campfire stories let us share our latest adventure…

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It all started when some obscure e-mail was sent out to the masses of The Hoya, with the subject reading something along the lines of “FREE TRIP TO LA”… (we thought it was a joke at first). Actually, to be honest, a few weeks later when we boarded our flights, traveled across the country and wound up at a random dorm complex in Long Beach we STILL thought it was a joke. And if we’re being completely honest- now that we, and our fellow Hoyas, have left and returned to our respective summer lives, our random trip to LA is still seems completely unreal.

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It turns out we were there for a conference. It was called DOHAgoals. It was all about empowering people through sports. It allowed us to share air with a lot of super stars: Michelle Obama, Maria Shriver (Hoya Saxa), Debbie Phelps (Oh, and Michael too), Nadia Comăneci, Avril Lavigne, an important man with a beautiful french accent, Abby Wambach…

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You know, big names. Big words. Big living. There was even special furniture brought in to the giant conference center ordered especially to match the colors of the event. All expenses were paid. We ate a lot of free lunch and drank a lot of coffee. And it was thanks to the Qatari government.

In 4E fashion, we decided to take advantage full advantage of this FREE trip: 

We hid in a hallway for 3 hours, rather than go for a run.

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Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 10.42.47 AMWe wound up on a set for So You Think That You Can Dance, meaning there’s like a .0089999% chance we’ll be making our feature television debut!

We met a lot of fellow student ambassadors who were all sports management majors and proudly told them what little relevance the conference had to our own very less relevant studies.

We went to a rooftop bar, Hollywood, a karaoke bar and a bowling alley.

And if these examples are not painting the picture of a ~wild~ adventure, know that we at least had fun.

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Aziz Ansari Killed It Last Night at the Verizon Center

azizkilleditHere at 4E, we like to think we are pretty funny. Any time we get the chance to indulge in a good laugh, we take it so I spent last night at the Verizon Center watching one of the best comedians out there.  Aziz Ansari, of “Parks and Recreation” fame (as well as some phenomenal stand-up videos), was in town and he absolutely crushed it.

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The show opened with a very impressive Michael Jackson impersonator.  While the performance seemed a bit out of place, hearing some classics from the King of Pop is never a bad thing and the impersonator was an incredible dancer.  Next up was comedian Hannibal Buress, who put together a hilarious set to get the crowd in the mood for Aziz.  While I wasn’t crazy about him tearing apart the sport of baseball, he certainly had me laughing for most of the performance.  Finally, after a short delay due to technical difficulties, the moment we had all been waiting for arrived: It was time for Aziz.

For those of you unfamiliar with the comedian, I highly recommend checking out his stand-up, both because it’s very funny and because I probably can’t quite capture his style.  For the most part, Aziz is incredibly friendly with the crowd, but has no qualms about verbally abusing those in his audience, either.  He can be very explicit, but not in the Dane Cook sense; he will use vulgar language, but really only when it feels natural. He also has a plethora of stories and impressions of bizarre, run-of-the-mill rappers that he loves to feature (more on that later).  Basically, if you go to an Aziz Ansari show, you can expect a lot of hilarious jokes about situations that aren’t necessarily funny to begin with.

Last night’s set covered the industrial food industry, a killer Ja Rule impression, the ups-and-downs of texting and relationships, ghosts and even gender equality.  He called on volunteers a few times and none escaped unscathed.  One particularly brave audience member volunteered a text conversation with a girl he was “dating” to be read aloud, and it did not disappoint; the texts only served to fuel Aziz’s fire about our generation’s horrible texting/dating culture.  While I wish I could say I remembered most of his punchlines, I can’t say I do; not that they weren’t memorable, just that the pace of the show was so quick.  All I know is he had me — and the rest of the audience — doubling over with laughter.

Prior to last night I had never been to a comedy show, and Aziz Ansari certainly proved to be a great first experience.  I would give the performance five stars and two thumbs way up and would absolutely go to see him again.  If you’re reading 4E, it probably means that you have pretty good taste so I’d highly recommend an Aziz Ansari show to all of you lovely people.6a0120a95a88d5970b01a3fa75f152970b-800wi

4E News Recap

4E News RecapMissed what was happening on the Hilltop this week? 4E has got you covered with some of The Hoya’s most recent headlines:

Georgetown Falls Short In Fellowship Awards – No Georgetown students won Rhodes, Marshall or Mitchell fellowships during this year’s application cycle.

#BBGU Prompts Discussion – A Twitter protest led by the Black House describes minority experiences at Georgetown.

GU Reacts to Mandela’s Death – Campus mourns the passing of the prolific South African activist.

Million-Dollar Mesclun: Sweetgreen Gets Investor – The M Street eatery, which has expanded to New York and Boston, will receive a $22 million investment from venture capital firm Revolution Growth.

A Name to Match Our Mission – Patrick Musgrave suggests naming the Northeast Triangle Residence Hall after Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

Epicurean Owner Denies Allegations of Abuse – Epicurean and Company owner Chang Wook Chon has not agreed to change business practices amid accusations of worker mistreatment.

Finding Their Own Way at GU – Children of three Georgetown basketball legends talk about their time on the Hilltop.

Hoyas Eliminated by Spartans in the NCAAs – The men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to Michigan State in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Wanderlust – Hoyas detail their experiences of studying abroad around the globe.

Photo: Karl Pielmeier/The Hoya

It’s Back…

House of CardsAttention Netflix junkies, Kevin Spacey addicts, political fiends, Georgetown students and all combinations of the aforementioned categories: House of Cards is back … on Feb. 14.

The Netflix political drama will make its anticipated return on none other than Valentine’s Day. (Nothing says “I love you” more than sleazy wheeling and dealing from our favorite majority whip, am I right?)

Though the series is months away, you can still watch this delicious promo video of Robin Wright in the meantime:

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A Walking Tour: U Street

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U Street, also known as the U Street Corridor, is home to many fun restaurants, music venues and interesting sights. It spans from 9th street to 20th street but here’s a little walking tour of what you might be able to find in this great neighborhood from one end to the other. Here’s also a helpful guide of how to get here!

Bohemian Caverns: 2001 11th St. NW One of the oldest jazz venues in the United States, Bohemian Caverns houses local artists and rising stars while offering a mixture of old school music and contemporary jazz.

The Islander: 1201 U St. NW If you love spicy food, this Trinidadian & Caribbean restaurant’s spicy dishes will make you need to carry a water bottle for the rest of the day.

Ben’s Chili Bowl: 1213 U St. NW Ben’s Chili Bowl is one of Obama’s favorites, and its half-smokes and chili are out of this world.

Cork Wine Bar: 1805 14th St. NW While drinking some of the world’s finest international wines, you can also order some French pastries and sausages to complement your beverage of choice!

Home Rule: 1807 14th St. NW This dynamic gift shop carries basic home necessities made with an original and wacky twist.

Black Cat: 1811 14th St. NW Shall we see a music performance or a burlesque show? Black Cat has it all!

El Centro: 1819 14th St. NW Two floors: a restaurant offering a wide range of traditional Mexican-Latin dishes and a rooftop bar. What could be more cool?

Masa 14:1825 14th St. NW I’ll have a patron paloma (patron silver/fresh lime/grapefruit), please!

Manny & Olga’s Pizza: 1841 14th St. NW The pizza here always tastes amazing even when you’re sober, unlike some places I could mention.

Som Records: 1843 14th St. NW From Ray Charles to go-go, this funky record shop has it all.

Industrial Bank: 2000 14th St. NW For you local history fanatics, this cool building is D.C.’s oldest and largest African American commercial bank.

Busboys and Poets: 2021 14th St. NW If you’re ever in the U St. area, Busboys and Poets is a must. Period.

The Fourth Summer Edition, 2012

Aloha! After a brief vacation, 4E has returned for the summer months. We got a little sunburned, packed up the boogie boards and finished off one last piña colada, and we’re back baby.

Summer 2012 has just begun. Whether you’re in D.C., New York, London, Paris, Barcelona, Istanbul or Cairo, we’re here for you. Fine, we’re mostly here for those of you on campus, but that doesn’t mean we forgot about the rest of you.

Check in on 4E for all your summer needs, from making the most of your summer internship to beating the heat to preparing for your first year at Georgetown. We promise not to lead you astray (on purpose, at least).

We’ve got a lot in store for the next few months, and we know you do too. If there’s anything you want to see on 4E, drop us a line in the comments or at [email protected]. And hey, if you’re feeling inspired to write, let us know about that too!

Michelle Cassidy
Blog Editor

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Things to Do While Staying on Campus for Spring Break

Besides catching up on homework and (for you overachievers) getting ahead in classes, spring break is what it is – a break! For some, that means a one week cruise in the Bahamas. For others, it’s going home to momma’s home-cooked meals. But for those of you staying on campus, have no fear. There’s plenty to  explore next week. So get out there and enjoy the break you deserve.

Start the break (and the weekend) off right with some Dance Bethesda. Hit up one of the participating dance studios in downtown Bethesda for a free dance lesson or two and then join in on their free dance party. Or if you’re not into dancing, check out the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) located at the US Navy Heritage Center. DCIFF is one of the oldest independent film festivals in DC. With a wide selection of shorts and documentaries covering every topic to any topic, I’m sure you’ll find something that catches your eye.

In the mood for chocolate? Head on over to Fairfax, Virginia sometime over the weekend for the 2012 Chocolate Lovers Festival. The annual two-day festival includes events such a Chocolate Challenge, in which contestants create art, cakes and cupcakes out of chocolate and submit them for judging. You could be a judge (or the winner of a silent auction for one of these delicious items). Or you could participate in the Taste of Chocolate and purchase some of the finest chocolatey concoctions.

Then, after an adventurous weekend full of excursions out of the infamous Georgetown bubble, kick back and relax on campus on Monday. After all, the weatherman predicts flurries, so grab another friend who’s staying on campus and head over to Safeway before the snow starts. Pick up some food and (since no one else is using the common room), bake and make to your heart’s content.

The start of March also marks the start of Women’s History Month. Make use of Tuesday to go and honor the accomplishments of incredible American women by visiting the National Museum of Women in the Arts or the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum.

Pick a day to visit the Newseum if you haven’t already. One of Newseum’s hottest attractions is its Berlin Wall Gallery, which features sections of the original Berlin Wall. Later on during the night, check out the Flamenco Festival at George Washington University. Wednesday night presents Seville’s Rafaela Carrasco’s “Vamos al Tiroteo” and the Flamenco Festival Closing Party which features complimentary drinks and tapas from Jaleo.

The weather will be gorgeous on Thursday, so why not spend some time on Healy lawn while catching up on some homework? Take a stroll down the waterfront and maybe even finally make that run to the monuments at night that you’ve been telling yourself you’d do someday.

Friday is a shout-out to all you animal lovers. Take the train up to Baltimore and check out the National Aquarium. The aquarium has an animal feeding everyday at 2pm. Not a huge fan of creatures of the sea? It’s all good. Pay a visit to the National Zoo, where exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.

The weather seems to still hold up for next weekend. Why not head on over to Roosevelt Island and see the 17 foot statue of Roosevelt? There are also plenty of nature trails if you feel like going for a hike.

Finally, in the midst of welcoming friends who are flying back in from their island or home adventures, bring out the green from your closet and head on over to join in on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Constitution Avenue. The 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day parade revolves around the theme of “Feed the Soul – Nourish the Palate.”

Happy Friday and have a safe spring break!

Photo credits: Bethesda.org, WRSOL.com and Lisner.org

D.C. Streetcars Strike Back

Ever wondered what went down in the Car Barn before Georgetown professors and students began making use of it? Well, the next time you’re sitting in class, minutes away from dozing off, think about how less than 50 years ago, the Car Barn didn’t house any classrooms. Rather, it housed streetcars that were undergoing maintenance. Also, it was actually super close to becoming a Union Station.

So why the mention of the building that many students dread walking to? Streetcars, that’s why. The first streetcars in D.C. appeared in 1862 and were literally horse powered. After a little under 100 years of operation, streetcars were replaced by buses and the Metrorail system. Now, fifty years after that fateful decision, D.C. residents welcome the return of a streetcar system.

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