Queer Eye: Beyond Reality TV

Listen up people — there’s a new show in town. Out of all of the quasi-reality television that we have proudly consumed in our lifetimes, “Queer Eye has been the most earth-shattering, jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, uplifting, barrier-crossing, awe-inspiring thing that we here at 4E have ever seen.

If you’re looking for some politically-conscious-yet-mindless-content, this is the show for you.

Ever wondered what would happen if five gay men traveled around Georgia (that’s the state, @SFSers) fixing ~sadbois~?

The answer is glorious. This show has everything: makeovers, drama, love, friendship, tears, wine and even redneck margaritas.

In all seriousness, “Queer Eye” aims to cross the political, racial, and social boundaries that have been dividing our country as of late.

Before you start watching, let us tell you how, why, and to what extent the “Fab 5” will change your life.

1. Karamo: “Culture Expert”/Life Coach

In addition to being impeccably groomed, Karamo gives you all the tools you need to reach inside yourself, find that inner worth and show it to the world #LetThatLittleLightShine.

Karamo was a social worker for 10 years, serving LGBTQ youth throughout the South. Now he is helping out an equally needy and oft-overlooked population: sad, aging men.

This man is the soul of the show. Karamo is always there at the pivotal moments, ensuring that the men have been made over, both inside and out.

Favorite Moment: Episode 3, “Dega Don’t”

Karamo and Cory’s drive back from Atlanta. You’ll understand once you see it.

2. Bobby: “Design Expert”/Home Improvement Wizard

An underappreciated talent, Bobby takes the sadbois’ dingy mancaves and transforms them into livable, ~lit~ homes. He’s constantly on the go, perfecting spaces in a blur of hot pink shorts and dazzling platinum hair.

Watch as he reduces grown men to tears with the mere words “marble countertop.”

Favorite Moment: Episode 5, “Camp Rules”

Bobby’s gardening sesh with Bobby Camp: the seeds of a beautiful friendship are sown.

3. Jonathan: “Grooming Expert”/Yass Kween

The fan favorite of QE, Jonathan’s starring turn as the show’s beauty guru has already led to the creation of a whole new lexicon of iconic sayings, including “Can you believe?” and “Strugs to func.”

Jonathan embraces everyone’s beauty, turning ugly ducklings into majestic, sexy, well-groomed swans.

We cannot get enough of this man. Please, please adopt us.

Favorite Moment: ALL OF THEM!

There are literally so many, we could not choose just one favorite moment.

4. Tan: “Fashion Expert”/Patterned Shirt Aficionado

Tan is the ultimate sweetheart. Though he is, without a doubt, a fashion expert, Tan knows that the key to style is feeling good about yourself inside and out. This quote says it all: “Style is not fashion. Fashion is not trendy after a season. I couldn’t give a sh*t about fashion. Style is dressing the way that you feel confident, and what is appropriate for you, your age [and] body type.”

Favorite Moment: Episode 2, “Saving Sasquatch”

The moment when Tan and Neal bond over their cultural similarities.

5. Antoni: “Food & Wine Expert”/Eye Candy

Ugh, where to start? Antoni is living proof that you can cook up a mean grilled cheese for one and still be bougie af #CollegeInspiration.

Not to mention: I really didn’t think that “supreming” a grapefruit could be sexy but alas, I was wrong.

By the end of the season, we think you’ll agree that Antoni’s feelings about avocados = OUR feelings about him ;).

Favorite Moment: Episode 6, “The Renaissance of Remington”

Antoni making mac n’ cheese with Remy’s mom will make your heart melt like a hunk of cheddar on a hot griddle. This boy knows how to woo a mama.

*swoons*

Now that you’ve met the Fab 5, we hope you take their advice to heart and become the best you that you can be. “Queer Eye” is the show of a modern America, one nation under Fab, all together.

 Whether you’re black, white, straight, gay, or however you identify, “Queer Eye” is here for us all.

So what are you waiting for? Pretend to sexile your roommate, snuggle up under those blankies, open Netflix, and start watching.

*curtsies*

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, netflix.com, 

The Steps of Being GERMSed: A Nighttime Rollercoaster

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GERMS: the one word your parents do not want to hear when you call them at 8 AM on a Sunday morning. Many people have been in this situation, and they’ve said it’s quite shameful.

Hint hint: It’s not shameful

Generally, you hear more about people calling GERMS on other people. You hear about how they were such heroes, how they condemned saved their friends, how they weren’t involved but watched someone else get GERMSed, etc.

However, you may occasionally hear someone tell you about how he/she was GERMSed on a fateful weekend night. These stories are certainly interesting because you’re hearing the survivor’s side. Some are curious as to what actually happens when someone is GERMSed. As always, 4E has the inside information on what happens to these unfortunate souls. So, here are the steps of being GERMSed.

  1. Context– You’ve had a rough week. Three midterms, two papers, and you’re working on homework until 2 AM every night. You may also have been rejected from yet another club. When you leave Lau at 9 PM on Friday night, you’re ready to go out and go hard. However, in your mad rush to party, you may forget to hydrate and/or eat dinner. Let’s just say that you’ve already created a recipe for disaster.
  2. The Pregame– If this night was Kingda Ka, one of the world’s tallest roller coasters, your arrival at the pregame is the point where you start shooting forward, but are not yet at the steep ascent to the top. After running from your room to the pregame, you quickly down a larger-than-recommended amount of Burnett’s (Note: we at 4E only encourage responsible drinking–meaning if you’re 21+, of course–so check out these articles if you need help choosing flavors). Soon after, you start to feel a nice buzz, but nothing too crazy yet. You forget the fact that your stomach is empty and decide to take a few more shots before heading out to the party. You’ve now begun the ascent to the top of the rollercoaster.
  3. The Party– Now, you’re in the middle of the ascent, almost to the top. This party is #lit full of debauchery, and handles of Burnett’s are floating around everywhere. You even spot Pineapple Burnett’s, which has gotten great reviews in the past. You’re overwhelmed by how great this party is, and fully engage in the “festivities”. When you’re ready to leave with your friends and venture to Epi, you’re just at the top of the rollercoaster, about to drop into a full-shame spiral.
  4. Epi / Walking Home– You arrive there with some of your friends and buy a quesadilla. In the process, you realize you are out of Flex Dollars, which adds to the catastrophic nature of this night. In the process of devouring your quesadilla, your BAC continues to rise. You figure you should be fine since you’re eating now, but you couldn’t be more wrong. After walking back to your dorm, you decide to hang out in a friend’s room to close out the night. It looks like there’ll be a happy ending, right?
  5. ~Death~– One thing leads to another, and you find yourself in the bathroom, not in a good state. At this point, you’ve made some sort of scene and have attracted too much attention to yourself. Your friends keep checking on you, and you try to convince them and other spectating floormates that you are totally fine. However, they know better and someone eventually calls GERMS. If you haven’t guessed already, you are spiraling downwards, almost to the bottom.
  6. GERMS– You hit rock bottom when GERMS arrives.It’s important to note that you don’t have to go with GERMS if you’re coherent. Keep in mind that they are students too, and are not looking to get you in trouble or imprison you in the hospital. They’ll ask you a few questions to make sure you’re okay, and if you seem like you’ll make it, you can sign a release form and go back to your room. So, the ending isn’t exactly happy (if it was, GERMS wouldn’t be there in the first place), but it could be worse. If you’re not coherent and/or clearly not okay to spend the night on your own, you’ll probably have to go with GERMS to the hospital. You probably know the rest: you spend the night in the hospital, and the people there release you when they deem you to be okay. You’ll probably promptly run back to your room and fall asleep.
  7. The Morning After– If you actually went to the hospital, you’ll have to call your parents and tell them to expect a bill. You might look something like this.While your parents might look like this.It’s probably better to tell them the truth early on, just so they aren’t surprised and find out through a letter. If you didn’t go to the hospital, it’s up to you whether you want to tell your parents. If you think you have a problem, then you might want to do so. If you just want to put it behind you and learn from the past, it might be better to keep it a secret. Either way, the morning after your encounter with GERMS is sure to be interesting. People in this situation have described feeling shocked, embarrassed, angry, and even humored. It takes time to process how you hit rock bottom in the span of a few hours.

And just like that, we’ve completed the roller coaster.

While the idea of GERMS may seem humorous to some, it really is a big help to students in need. Part of the reason it’s so great is that the students who run it are very understanding and patient. Let’s just say that if it was my job to take care of drunk students all night long…I would probably go crazy.

Photos/gifs: giphy.com, images.google.com, http://germsnews.blogspot.com/

So You Think You Can Blog? Apply to 4E!

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Have you been considering applying for a position on the WORLD’S GREATEST BLOG?  Well then you’re in luck, because 4E is hiring!

While we know you’re ecstatic over this news, we also know you may have a few reservations. You may find yourself wondering, “How do I know if I have what it takes?”  If this is a fear you may have lingering in back of your mind, keep reading as we will provide you with 4E’s comprehensive guide to why YOU should apply!

  1. Your dad once told you that you were funny: Point blank, dads have the best sense of humor.  Nothing beats their jokes, so their approval definitely means that you have what it takes to capture the entire worldwide web’s attention with your witty remarks.  Side note: thanks for the vote of confidence, Dad!
  2. You’re really great at thinking on your feet: No, if you apply we won’t be throwing a baseball at your face to check your reaction rate.  Trust us, coordination is not necessary. We just want to see that you can come up with new ideas, and that you’re not afraid to share them regardless of how ridiculous they may seem.
  3. You like to take risks: Are you the kind of person who signs out your package before the RHO has even handed it to you?  If so, then you definitely have what it takes!  4E is all about covering news with a quirky, fun twist.  Have an idea?  Run with it.
  4. Grammar errors drive you crazy:  You know how to drop an Oxford comma like it’s hot. As part of The Hoya, we’re looking for applicants who can translate ideas into words without a ton of errors.  If you know the difference between to, too and two, then you may have found your niche.
  5. You’re all about the #debauchery: If you’re looking to join a crazy, dysfunctional family on campus then you can consider your search over. 4E is made up of all kinds of bloggers whose talents range from being the number one avocado enthusiast on campus to low key being a contortionist and acrobat (yeah…it’s chill).  Above all else, we’re a great group looking for some new additions to partake in the fun!

So what do you have to lose?  Get your application out today, and become a part of our team!
Click here to get to our application!

photos/gifs: polyvore.com, giphy.com, buzzfeed.com, imgur.com

How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

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Do you know what this Friday is?!!??

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Well, yes… but NO! IT’S GALENTINE’S DAY!

Last year 4E brought you a glorious introduction to “Your New Favorite Holiday” and we’re here to remind that you’re in luck – It’s that time of year again!

What is Galentine’s Day you might ask?

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For those of you Parks and Rec fans out there, and really for ALL of you guys and gals (but mostly gals), Galentine’s Day is the perfect prelude to the forever dreaded/over-anticipated V-day.

It is no secret that for most, Valentine’s Day generally turns out to be some extent of a disappointment. Whether you spend the day gawking at cute couples, chocolates, flowers and bears while being reminded of your own nonexistent love life, or whether you obsess, over-anticipate and set the bar too high for your own significant other, Valentine’s Day is mostly a day of inevitable letdown. However, we here at 4E are here to tell you that it does not have to be like this.

The solution: Galentine’s Day

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Here are some things to do on Friday that will bring you so much love and companionship that you will forget it’s a holiday:

1. Get started extra early with Galentine’s Day at the Women’s CenterHead over to the Women’s Center tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6:30 pm for treats, crafts, and company!

2. Invest in a great brunch, the ultimate gal pal time.

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3. Go see 50 Shades of Grey. I know you’re all thinking it so here are the details for Friday: Showtimes: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:45 pm, 10:00 pm
Fandango cost: $10.56

4. Bake cookies, cakes and chocolate-covered everything. Take over your common room and/or someone’s apartment and let out your inner culinary desires while satisfying your craving for non-diet friendly sweets.

5. Go crazy with crafts! Scissors, glue, glitter – get creative, make a frame, make a gift and, most importantly, make a mess.

6. Make an Insta-Collage. Do you even need a reason to compile all of your favorite gal pics (awkward, cute, embarrassing, etc.)?! Take advantage of the excuse to express your love via social media!

7. Or do this:

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Whatever you do, make a point to serenade the awesome gals in your life. Happy Galentine’s Day!

Photos/Gifs: Pinterest; giphy.com; tumblr.com; hercampus.com; buzzfeed.com

Georgetown Improv: How Are They Single?

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Georgetown Improv’s first show of 2015 is tomorrow, Jan. 24, at 9 p.m. in Bulldog Alley. Please, try to control your excitement!

I had the privilege of sitting down (well, standing at the front desk in Davis) with four members of the improv team – Connor Rohan (COL’ 16), Joe Luther (COL’ 16), Thomas Moakley (SFS ’17) and Caitlin Cleary (COL ’16). (The other members are Gabe Bolio, Alex Mitchell and Emlyn Crenshaw.)

4E: Where are you guys from?
Thomas: Cape Cod. Fun fact: it’s actually fifteen towns. I’m from Falmouth – people say it’s a scientific community, but I just call it home.
Connor: I’m from Bethlehem, New York, which is actually made of hamlets.
Joe: I’m from River Forest, Illinois. It was found in the 1870s during the railroad boom when wealthy people were looking to get out of the slums. It’s a slum haven. A slaven.
Thomas: Caitlin is stateless. She doesn’t belong anywhere.

Caitlin comes in late, cheeks pink from running. She has a slight cold, which only serves to make her the most beautiful woman the group has ever seen. (-Caitlin)

4E: Are you guys ever nervous during a show?
Connor: I get nervous when the audience isn’t responding, even if I’m not in the skit.
Joe: Yeah, but I’m comforted by the fact that there’s seven of us.
Thomas: I get nervous moments before the show but during it, we rely on each other. Except Gabe, who likes to eat with his “friends” at Leo’s instead of with me.
Caitlin: I get really nervous before shows. We do the warm up song and if it weren’t for the warm up song I wouldn’t be able to do the show.
Joe: Being on stage is kind of like being blackout –
Caitlin: But without the shame –
Joe: In that it’s a ton of fun but you don’t remember anything.

4E: How did you guys get into improv? Did you know you were funny?
Connor: Well I actually went to George Mason, so I was involved in a similar group there.
Joe: Like yeah I know I’m funny, but I don’t like to say it.
Thomas: I did acting in high school.
Caitlin: My roommate forced me to audition.

4E: If you could have any celebrity guest join you for a show, who would it be?
Caitlin: I think the best people to have in an improv show would be people that you don’t think are funny… like maybe Donald Trump.
Thomas: Pope Francis so he could finally tell people who impersonate the pope using an Italian accent that the pope hasn’t been Italian since 1976.
Joe: Thomas has a crush on [Massachusetts Governor] Charlie Baker.
Thomas: I used to have a crush on John Boehner for three reasons: his hair looks really soft, he has really nice eyes and he’s got nice tie knots.
Caitlin: That’s what I look for in a leader.
Connor: I’ve heard you say so much about politicians but I’ve never heard you talk about policies.
Caitlin: Thomas has a Boehner boner.

4E: How do you prepare for shows since none of it is rehearsed?
Caitlin: We don’t have rehearsals, we have practice. For the plebeians reading this, it’s a lot like soccer practice – you learn the skills you’ll use in the game but you can’t rehearse because the game isn’t predictable. Neither is the show.
Thomas: Caitlin is just using a sports analogy so she seems like less of a nerd.
Caitlin: Go Pats! Just kidding, I don’t follow baseball.

4E: Do you guys have like partners that you usually go up with?
Joe: No, it is just based on the chemistry before the show.
Thomas: But it’s usually based on whom you’re comfortable with.
Caitlin: Yeah like it’s about increasing intimacy. The more I get to know these people, the more I realize they’re just full of sh*t. Let that be my quote, literally and figuratively.
Connor: But it really is just who you’re comfortable with – like I probably wouldn’t go up with Caitlin.
Caitlin: We don’t work together. I am the beautiful amphibian that should be allowed to thrive and Connor is the chytrid fungus that destroys me.

Some chatter:

Thomas: Tell them that bipartisanship is important no matter what state you are from. Good luck to Massachusetts’ new governor, Charlie Baker.

Caitlin: Your microbiome contributes more to your immunity than just your immune system.

Joe: So The Hoya just celebrated its 95th birthday.
Thomas: My friend’s grandma would have turned 95 but she died a few weeks ago.

Thomas: Instead of COL next to my name can you write “DMASS” as in Democrat, Massachusetts?
Caitlin: Can you put a U in there so it says “DUMASS” and people know he’s a dumbass?

The cast requests that readers follow the Georgetown Improv on Twitter @georgetownimprov. They also shared their personal Twitter handles:
Joe: @joelu72
Thomas: @tmoaks
Connor: @aspartame_demon

Joe: Do you know the title of this article? You could say, “It seems like it’s so fun to hang out with them!”
Caitlin: Or “How are they single? They’re all great people!”
Thomas: Maybe it’s because Caitlin is so enigmatic. She’s like a unicorn.
Joe: So this is for the blog, but will it make it onto the front page of the paper?
4E: The blog is not even in the newspaper.
Connor: Well fu*k. I think we’re done here.

Be sure to check out Georgetown Improv this Saturday and get ready to fangirl so hard for all of these amazing comedians.

Photos: Georgetown Improv

Top Five Reasons to Join 4E

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By now, you should have heard of the Internet sensation that is sweeping the nation (ok, maybe just Georgetown): The Fourth Edition! And today is your lucky day, because we’re hiring. So if you love writing, have a weird affinity for guac, an unhealthy obsession with cats and/or don’t mind taking the risk of peeing your pants because you’re laughing so hard, then we want YOU. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few more reasons you need to apply.

1. You will receive instant new best friends… and we are AMAZING. If you don’t join, you’ll be left with #nonewfriends. No one wants that.

2. Looking at GIFs all day instead of studying becomes “research.”

3. Conducting ridiculous photo shoots across campus is not out of the question.

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THIS COULD BE YOU

4. You’ll become part of a prestigious campus tradition… Well, sort of.

5. THERE WILL BE SNACKS. Because without snacks the world would be a really, really sad place.

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So if you’re still on the fence… well, that’s just impossible. And luckily for you, you have until Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. to apply! So grab your laptop, bring your sass, channel your inner Beyoncé and get writing! To join Georgetown’s craziest club, all you have to do is apply here.

And be sure to join the Facebook event for all the application information!

Photos: memecrunch.com, Emma Holland/The Hoya; Gifs: gifwave.com

Friday Fixat10ns: Sing Along Songs

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As my friends and I were reminiscing over our first year at Georgetown we realized some of our favorite weekend nights ended in song. We noticed that our favorite way to end a night of revelry was to circle around and belt out a series of songs that we all knew and loved: Sing Along Songs.

I’ve learned from country music that summer parties are all about gettin’ your boys together talkin’ about girls and trucks and maybe goin’ down to the river to take a little dip. These songs seem perfectly suited to singing together on summer nights. So grab a partner, throw your arm over her shoulder, sway a little, and get ready to sing like you never have before.

And no I won’t include “Don’t Stop Believing” or “Sweet Caroline” or “Last Danc because they remind me too much of bat mitzvahs rather than college parties and I just don’t want to go back to seventh grade.

Just a Friend – Biz Markie Every since I saw heard this song on an adorable Heineken commercial that discouraged sadness, inhibitions and drunk driving, I decided it was the perfect song to sing after toward the end of a  long night with friends

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen This song, as well as every P!nk song known to man, has been astoundingly overplayed on Long Island radio stations. I never got sick of it. You know all of the words, so sing them, even if they don’t make sense.

Too Little, Too Late – JoJo Everyone loves JoJo. So sassy.

Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne Sing Along songs are almost always throwbacks to a simpler time. Be an over-confident high schooler for a few minutes and if there is a girl named Stacy with you don’t miss the chance to annoy the hell out of her.

Ordinary Day – Vanessa Carlton Ordinary day was released when I was six years old. At six, I probably never expected to be singing this song twelve years later in a Village B apartment at Georgetown with a bunch of people from across the country, but I didn’t expect much at all at six years old. For some reason I still love this song and you should too.

Mean – Taylor Swift I was recently lambasted for not knowing every word to this song, so I promptly committed it to memory. This song is perfect to sing if someone was mean to you earlier or if you ran out of Cheez-Its and you’re not sure how to go on.

Royals – Lorde Don’t tell me you’re sick of this song — you’re not. Just give it a few seconds and you’ll be chanting “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece” with the rest of ’em.

Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus You may not be a dirtbag. You may not even be a teenager anymore. But sometimes it just feels good to be a part of a group, especially a group that sticking it to the man.

22 – Taylor Swift Now that we all feel like rebels it’s time to take ourselves down a notch and rock out to some more T-Swift.

Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC Okay so I don’t know the words to this song but I imagine it would be really cool if I did.

Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show or Darius Rucker Both suffice. This is the quintessential college sing along song. In fact, if you haven’t sung Wagon Wheel like your life depended on it yet you’re probably not trying hard enough to have fun.

So get out there with your besties and show the world your singing skillage, it’ll be the most “college” thing you’ve done in a while.