MARCH MADNESS: Georgetown Traditions Round 2

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Emerging victorious from last weeks matchups, two of Georgetown’s most hallowed traditions will face off for a chance to progress to the Final Four. Who will win the glory and honor that accompanies the title “Georgetown’s Favorite Tradition”? Who will fade from Hoyas collective memory as a second-tier ritual? It is up to you, voters, to decide the result of this contest, so for your consideration we present the Round Two Pregame Report:

Imagine yourself in 30 years. As you gather your children and tell them stories of your glory days, are you really going to tell Junior about the time you were so drunk at 11 am you fell asleep on Wisey’s curb?

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 Hmm…much better to inspire your offspring with tales of a patriotic run to the White House, of being present for history in the making, or of having your screaming face on CNN for 2 seconds.

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Although the White House Run requires actual physical fitness…

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…the quick 3 mile jog pales in comparison to the marathon of day drinking that is Georgetown Day.

daydrinking Running to the White House has obvious Instagram-able benefits: you get to look patriotic and show off to high school friends who decided to go to school in Iowa instead of DC at the same time.

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But Georgetown Day comes in strong for profile pic potential with a dress code of sleeveless shirts (suns out guns out), neon colors (make the most of your late-spring tan) and cheap sunglasses that scream “I like to drink alcohol whilst having fun with friends and also I might be in a frat.”

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Both traditions require dedication, perseverance, and herculean feats of endurance, all of which are well repaid in priceless memories and golden photos to document them (or supplement the blurry parts. we’re not judging.) Its hard to imagine a Georgetown Day upset, but then again, I hadn’t even heard of the wart on the face of higher education that is FGCU two weeks ago.

Let the Voting Begin!

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MARCH MADNESS: Georgetown Traditions Round 1

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Georgetown Day Swimming in Dahlgren Fountain

Welcome to the second installment of 4E’s March Madness: The Best of Georgetown. Our first matchup for Georgetown Traditions: Georgetown Day vs. Swimming in Dahlgren Fountain. (Scroll down to see the second matchup)

It may seem hard to top Georgetown Day, with its promises of day drinking and bouncy castles…

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… but Georgetown Day comes but once a year. Dahlgren Fountain is there for you the whole year through.

Georgetown Day earns the culinary advantage, with kegs and eggs, mimosas, pancakes, waffles — anything your heart stomach could imagine.

And the only thing as refreshing as André and Tropicana on a warm day is a dip into the cool water of Dahlgren Fountain.

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Both contenders offer a hint of danger – which is what makes them exciting, right?

But also, did I mention the bouncy castles?

Georgetown Day has become somewhat sacred over its decade of existence. Its legendary status makes it the obvious top seed in this contest. But the administration’s efforts to squash everyone’s fun by adding barricades and checking bags has made it vulnerable to competitors. Dahlgren Fountain is the underdog here, but that’s not to say we can’t expect a Cinderella story. So who moves on to the next round? It’s up to you, VOTE HERE:

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 Onto the next ones! Here’s the second part of our Georgetown Traditions showdown: Running to the White House vs. Sitting in John Carroll’s Lap

The White House, home to every American President since John Adams, is conveniently located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., just a short jog away from our own campus.

The statue of John Carroll, Georgetown’s founder, is even more conveniently located in the center of Healy Circle.

Georgetown students have been known to run to the White House to celebrate all sorts of events, from reaching the Final Four in the NCAA tournament to President Obama’s re-election to Osama Bin Laden’s death.

And it’s not uncommon on any given night to see someone clambering into Johnny C’s lap

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According to campus legend, the tunnels under Healy Hall lead all the way to the White House. Good to know in case of snowstorms during a run to the big house!

There’s also a rumor that all those books under JC’s chair are hiding a toilet that some pranksters stuck under there back in the 60’s. Just something to chuckle to yourself about next time you climb up there.

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So which one will it be: Would you rather cause a ruckus outside the president’s house or spend some quality time with the founder of our school? THE CHOICE IS YOURS!

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MARCH MADNESS: The Best of Georgetown

CLOSED: We have a winner! GEORGETOWN DAY!

Ah March: the beginning of Spring, the excitement of two separate vacations, the unpredictable weather, and, of course, MARCH MADNESS.

To celebrate March, 4E has decided to have a little March Madness bracket of our own! We took some of the best parts about living on The Hilltop and being a Hoya and formed “The Best of Georgetown” bracket: full of controversial match-ups and age-old debates.

Over the coming weeks, we here at The Fourth Edition will be posting the matchups and laying out our arguments for and against each contender. That is, however, where our role ends. The results of each matchup will be determined by YOU, our faithful readers, in a poll at the bottom of each round.

So who’s ready to see the bracket? You are. So here we go. The regions will be Wisey’s Sandwiches, Georgetown Bars (West Georgetown only, sorry Adams Morgan), Notable Alumni, and Georgetown Traditions.

Click the picture to get a better look at the bracket!
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UPDATED:

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And here is a schedule of the matchups (so you can carefully plan your study schedules around it):

Notable Alumni

Round 1: Monday, March 18th polls open. Wednesday, March 20th, polls close

Bradley Cooper (1) vs. Patrick Ewing (4)bradley cooper patrick ewing

Bill Clinton (2) vs. Zoey Bartlet (3)Bill Clinton Zoey Bartlet

Round 2: Monday, March 25th polls open. Wednesday, March 27th, polls close

Patrick Ewing (4) vs. Bill Clinton (2) 

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Georgetown Traditions

Round 1: Monday, March 18th polls open. Wednesday, March 20th, polls close

Georgetown Day (1) vs. Swimming in Dahlgren Fountain (4)Georgetown Day Swimming in Dahlgren Fountain

Running to the White House (2) vs. Sitting in John Carroll’s Lap (3)white house john carrolls lap

Round 2: Monday, March 25th polls open. Wednesday, March 27th, polls close

Georgetown Day (1) vs. Running to the White House (2) 

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Wisey’s Sandwiches

Round 1: Thursday, March 21st, polls open. Saturday, March 23rd, polls close

Chicken Madness (1) vs. Gangsta Wrap (4)

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Burger Madness (2) vs. Hot Chick (3)

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Round 2: Thursday, March 28th, polls open. Saturday, March 30th, polls close.

Chicken Madness (1) vs. Hot Chick (3)

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Georgetown Bars

Round 1: Thursday, March 21st, polls open. Saturday 23rd, March polls close

The Tombs (1) vs. Mr. Smith (4)The Tombs Mr Smith

Rhino (2) vs. Mason Inn (3)Rhino Mason Inn

Round 2: Thursday, March 28th, polls open. Saturday, March 30th, polls close.

The Tombs (1) vs. Rhino (2)

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Final Four

Hot Chick vs. The Tombs vs. Bill Clinton vs. Georgetown Day

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Polls open Monday, April 1st. Polls close, Saturday, April 6th

 

Best Bets: The Last Weekend

It’s the last weekend before most of us will be living in Lau studying for finals so we have to go out with a bang, and there is plenty to do this weekend to make sure that happens. See what you can do before study days set in and your biggest adventure is finding a free cubicle.

Friday:
It’s Georgetown Day so obviously no one will be leaving campus! Take full advantage of all of the hard work that the Georgetown Day Committee has put into planning a great day for everyone! Make sure to stop by Red Square and Healy Lawn at 12:00 p.m. for tons of free food and participate in lawn games on Copley Lawn. Have a fun (and safe!) day!

Saturday:
If you are up for it after Georgetown Day, be apart of the D.C. Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. After you have completed the challenge, enjoy a huge festival at the finish line with food and drinks, live music, and outdoor games. If you need any more incentive, you could win $500 for first place.

Sunday:
Go see local favorites Ted Leo and the Pharmacists this Sunday at the Black Cat, located at 1811 14th St NW. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets only cost $15! This concert will be a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the release of the band’s album The Tyranny of Distance, and it is sure to be a great time!

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How to Enjoy Georgetown Day, Regardless

The traditional celebration of the last Friday of classes will undoubtedly be a little different this year. But don’t let a few metal barricades security checkpoints get you down – after all, we still have a dunk tank! Here are a few ways to make sure your Georgetown Day is a great one, bag checks be damned.

Explore Sure, in past years the day has been centered around Healy and Copley lawns. Just because there are fences on Copley doesn’t mean there’s no fun, Copley will host tons of activities and performances, so don’t avoid it. And yeah, there’s only water to drink, but staying hydrated is important when you’re day drinking. But you don’t have to be on the lawn all day; the Esplanade is now an alternative, and there are plenty of other spots around campus to hang out.

Pace yourself It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Most people start early, and if you don’t want your night to end before the sun goes down, you should reconsider that 8 a.m. power hour.

Bring a snack Yo, snacks are great. Before you venture outside, stick a couple granola bars or an apple in your fanny pack (also, acquire a fanny pack). You’re going to high five yourself for your foresight in a few hours when everyone else is waiting in a super long line for hamburgers.

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Fight for Your Right to Georgetown Day

Since Tuesday’s announcement that Georgetown Day activities would be limited to Copley Lawn and fenced in with metal barricades, there’s been a fairly strong negative reaction from the student body (to say the least).

We’ve seen a new member of the blogosphere, Georgetown Day 2012, an anonymous “second-semester senior with entirely too much time on [his or her] hands,” making a case for the traditional freedoms afforded to the last Friday of classes.

The changes to Georgetown Day have also sparked the triumphant return of the King of Georgetown and a grassroots movement (via Facebook) to relocate the fun to the Leavey Esplanade. Within a few hours of its creation, the event had over 1200 attendees and another 3500 invited – nearly the entire undergraduate student body.

After seeing how quickly the event went viral, its creators (anonymous, and going by the names “Saxa Silence” and “Cura P. Workinggroup”) announced an effort to remind the administrators “that we’re civil, but we believe strongly that Copley Lawn should be open to everyone on Georgetown Day.”

Earlier this year, when administrators announced that Georgetown Day would be scaled back (meaning no beer garden and no bouncy houses), many students were upset. This led to the formation of a student planning group, and the involvement of many student groups with sponsored activities and stations throughout the day (who wants to go to “hat making in Red Square,” with me? Anyone? I’m serious!).

With less than 24 hours left until the big day, we’re interested to see how the administration reacts to the student response. Will there be any changes to the proposed schedule and security? Will all those hired security guards, DPS officers and student volunteers relocate to the Esplanade?

Regardless, stay tuned to 4E – we’ll have some tips and tricks for making the best of whatever Georgetown Day we wind up having. It’s still a celebration, after all!

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(Ed note: the Georgetown Hipster features The Hoya’s own Meagan Kelly, former Photo Editor and current author of Grandma Goes to Turkey. We’re very proud of her internet fame)

Where will you be this Saturday?

This weekend is sort of like a choose-your-own-adventure book (remember those?). It starts with a fabulous introduction, in the form of all-out Georgetown Day celebration and the second part is up to you. Will  it  be delightfully preptastic Foxfields or chill times at Sweeetlife?

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At this point in the week, you’ve probably already made your decision and that’s the first con against Foxfields.  You can’t just spontaneously decide the morning off that you’d like to engage in a day of garden party style debauchery. Everyone wants to party with a hat on but getting to this Charlottesville shindig requires weeks of preparation.

And let’s be honest, the bus ride is the most important part of the trip so if you’re not with a good group of your friends, it’ll be much less of a fun time.

But the whole premise of Foxfields is still genius. It’s a champagne brunch on wheels to a racetrack full of people all in the same mindset.  I think it’s pretty hard to go wrong with that recipe.

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Stuff Georgetown Kids Like: Healy Beach

With weather climbing into the 90s this week, it’s hard to deny that Healy Beach season is officially upon us. One of the common denominators of Georgetown student life lies in the grassy expanse of Healy lawn on a sunny day. Every group has their niche, though some more alternative folks might head to Copley lawn instead (I’m looking at you, Ultimate Frisbee).

Once the sun comes out, there are some characters that you can reliably find out on the lawn. Walking across the front of campus becomes a scavenger hunt: four people smoking hookah, three Sig Ep bros tossing a football, two girls tanning and one guy playing “Wonderwall” on an acoustic guitar (bonus points if he doesn’t have a shirt on).

But the predictability of Healy Beach only makes it that much more welcome. Along with sundresses and allergies, it’s a sure sign that spring has finally arrived.

And who could complain about that? Our professors maybe – the thought of sitting in an underground ICC classroom can be too much to bear with the sun shining and the smell of GUGS in the air. Watching the rest of the student body frolicking through the windows of Healy might be even more unbearable. Let’s just say if it weren’t for finals, we would be seeing a lot more empty classrooms around this time of year.

While our neighbors might not be fond of sunbathing, they can’t complain if it’s on campus. You can get away with wearing a bathing suit, despite the lack of beach or pool. Just be sure to bring a blanket – for everything there is to love about Healy Beach, scratchy grass isn’t one of them. And who wants grass stains ruining a perfectly good tan?

Healy Beach also acts as a beacon of good things to come. And by good things I mean Georgetown Day. Even without a beer garden gracing Healy lawn this year, or the moon bounce on Copley, these will still be the central meeting place for the best day of the year. Since we’re only about a week away at this point, I think it’s a good time for a throwback to Snowpocalypse 2K10 to say just how excited we are for Georgetown Day.

Stuff Georgetown Kids Like is our attempt to classify and understand, well, the stuff that students at Georgetown like. It is  homage to Stuff White People Like, which we like.

Photo: Michelle Cassidy/The Hoya