Blue and Gray, Please Be Honest

Nothing says spring on the Hilltop like being boxed into a corner by a tour group on your way to class.

In my experience, while college tours seem informative as a naive senior in high school, seeing them as an actual college student has given me a greater appreciation for the level of BS that every school is able to make up. In honor of this year’s GAAP weekends and possible future Hoyas, here’s a more honest look at Georgetown’s campus.

Get excited

First, there’s Dahlgren Quad, home of one of our beautiful chapels. Georgetown is a Jesuit university–but don’t worry, we tokenize every other religion to make up for it. Look up and you’ll see a clock with some handles. This is the last time you’ll ever hear about it. This is a step where a lot of Presidents have stood. Sorry, did I hear someone say Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton?

Bill Clinton. Bill. Clinton.

Have you heard of him? His name is Bill Clinton, and he went to Georgetown. Bill Clinton.

If you’ll follow me, up next is the Village A rooftop, overlooking the scenic Rosslyn skyline. You won’t have a chance of getting an apartment here until you’re a junior, but you might as well live here the first month of your freshman year. I will clearly avoid mentioning the plethora of beer cans scattered on the ground, but we all see them.

So, we’re going to be entering the Healy Family Student Center, or as students call it, HFSC. This building was designed with a lot of student input. One thing we heard was that students needed a place to plug in all their devices, so it’s full of outlets that don’t work. We also incorporated new studies that showed that green space and natural light help students study, so this ivy is real. I know because one time I saw a rat jump out of it.

A similar situation may also be found on a Vil A rooftop

Now we’ll be passing Hilltoss, one of our Corp locations. The Corp is the largest student-run non-profit in the world, making $5 million each year (assuming they’re not bankrupt). Everyone from the CEO to the barista handing you your coffee is a student employee and will tell you about it every time you happen to even breathe their way.

Next we have our dining hall, Leo O’Donovan Hall. If you’d like to grab a few croissants after the tour from the lovely-but-somehow-consistently-dysfunctional Whisk, it will probably cost you upwards of tuition. Leo’s is also great because as a child I loved the movie Ratatouille, and Georgetown has allowed me to experience the live action version.

This is Red Square, where we have our farmers’ market every Wednesday when it’s warm out. It’s the only time you’ll feel joy on this campus.

An avocado, thankss!

Finally, as we enter Leavey we’ll be passing by the offices of GUASFCU, the most needless acronym ever created. The likelihood of both getting into Georgetown and GUAFSCU is less than getting struck by lightning while simultaneously winning the lottery. However, you have worse chances of getting into a club that just goes out to eat. If you love the Common App process, you’ll love Georgetown clubs.

That concludes our honest tour of Georgetown’s campus. Blue and Gray, feel free to incorporate any of this student-sourced information into a new and improved (more accurate) tour format for prospective Hoyas!

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, goldstar.com

The Super Bowl for Dummies

Super Bowl for Dummies

The day everyone has been waiting for is finally here. Football fans and commercial die-hards alike get their fix on this nationally celebrated occasion. The Super Bowl has finally arrived, and we here at 4E want to make sure all of our fellow Hoyas are well prepared for the event. So, here is a guide to the who, where and what to eat of the Super Bowl.

Who’s Who

The 14-4 New England Patriots will battle the 14-4 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. The Patriots bring in a high-powered offense led by Tom Brady and slightly deflated footballs. The Seahawks will send out arguably the best defense in the NFL to try and slow down Brady. In charge of stopping Brady will be Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seattle secondary, otherwise known as the “Legion of Boom.” The Seahawks’ offense is led by quarterback Russell Wilson who is coming off a four interception performance in the NFC Championship and will need to bounce back. The workhouse of the Seattle offense is running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch. Beast Mode may not have a lot to say in his interviews, but his play on the field will absolutely need to speak for itself if the Seahawks want to have a chance against the Pats.

Patriots’ Key Players: QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski, RB LeGarrette Blount, DT Vince Wilfork, Aaron Hernandez (while he may not actually be playing, the former Pats tight end’s trial for murder began this week – it’s absolutely something to keep an eye on)

Seahawks’ Key Players: RB Marshawn Lynch, QB Russell Wilson, CB Richard Sherman/Legion of Boom

With that said, look for one of the following players to steal the show on Sunday…

National Anthem: Idina Menzel, who sings “Let it Go” from Frozen will have the honor of singing the national anthem before kickoff. This is quite the honor for Menzel. That same stage has been host to legendary artists such as Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood and Billy Joel, to name a few.

Halftime Show: For those of you not-so-huge football fans, the halftime show will be none other than California Girl Katy Perry. Perry says she has a whole brand new show planned for halftime, and will be joined by Lenny Kravitz and another secret special guest. Word on the street is Perry cut out Thin Mints to be in performance-ready shape come Sunday.

Where is it

The game itself will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium which is ironically located in Glendale, Arizona. Kickoff is set for 6:30 pm and can be found on NBC. Super Bowl parties are always a good time and would be a great excuse to gather friends and not do homework on a Sunday.

However, if neither you nor your friends have cable, ample seating space or the necessary funds to host, don’t worry, our friends at Georgetown Program Board have you covered. They will be hosting a watch party in the Healey Family Student Center with free Wingo’s wings, Domino’s Pizza, DC Cupcakes and soda. Here is the link for the Facebook event, and if you do not have anywhere to head for the Super Bowl, I highly suggest turning this into your own personal Super Bowl Party and taking advantage of the opportunity. The event officially begins at 6:30, but the Program Board suggests coming early to make sure you get a good seat.

What do I eat?

The Super Bowl is just as much about food as it is about football. As I just said, the game watch in HFSC will have all the Super Bowl Sunday essentials. Throwing a party and not sure what to get for your guests? Easy, wings and pizza. Nothing says “Super Bowl” quite like wings and pizza. In fact, about 1.25 billion chicken wings are expected to be eaten during the game, which is just about four wings for every American. So give Wingo’s a call and order at least four wings for everyone at your party (I would probably suggest more than four a person, but that’s just me). 50 wings at Wingo’s will cost you $47.99 before delivery and tax. In addition, any good host needs to have a strong snack game. Most people will be glued to the game and cannot be bothered to get up, so a great spread of snacks is crucial. Things like chips and guac/salsa are classics, but don’t hesitate to get creative. Buffalo chicken dip is a personal favorite, but feel free to make your own snack choices for your own party.

This year’s Super Bowl will hopefully be a little more entertaining than last year’s blowout, but either way it is a great way to get friends together and enjoy each other’s company, or at least to just take a break from schoolwork for a few hours. So kick back, relax, enjoy the game and find out if the Seattle Seahawks can repeat, or if the golden boy Tom Brady will spoil their fun. Also, be sure to keep an eye out during the commercials, because sometimes they outshine the actual game. Happy Super Bowl Sunday Georgetown.

 

P.S. Maybe the Super Bowl is not your style. Well, The Puppy Bowl will be airing at 3 :00 pm on the Animal Planet and is exactly what you would hope for. It is a bunch of puppies running around with football toys. Enjoy.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com; http://ciudadypoder.mx/

Best of 4E: 2014 Edition

Best of 2014

2014 is over! That’s right folks, another year has come and gone, and what do we have to show for it? Well, in 4E’s case, a bunch of articles. We’ve compiled a list of 4E’s 25 greatest hits written this year, ranked in order of page views. Read on and enjoy:

Georgetown-Themed Pickup LinesAn instant classic. Any of these lines were and are perfect, whether you’re chatting with that hottie in Problem of God or meeting Bill Clinton.

Lau is Soul-CrushingAnd will never not be.

Mr. Georgetown 2014Go back to the article now and change your vote to Thomas Lloyd, so you can say you were right all along.

Embassy Row Trick-or-TreatingCulture and candy, a feast for the brain and the sweet tooth.

Healy Clock Hands Went Bye-ByeUntil they were replaced one day later.

Naming the HealFamStuCentThat’s the nickname we decided on, right?

Georgetown Day EveLess than four months until Georgetown Day 2015!

Second Semester Senior ShenanigansFor all the SWUGs out there.

Tombs Cancels Wine NightSorry, SWUGs.

Things Students Would Never SayNever say never! Someday the HFSC seating will make sense!

JesRes Dorm DeetsHousing Is Coming.

Georgetown Students = Olivia PopeUh, we wish.

Georgetown 2048We know you still play it.

Wills and Kate Come to DCCome back soon, friends!

Georgetown Reacts to FergusonMany extremely insightful words from faculty and students alike.

If a GUSA Campaign Doesn’t Have a Video, Are They Even Running for GUSA? Hint: The answer is no.

Top Hoya Comments EverBecause Internet commenters are the best!

Reiss Pathway Forever In Our HeartsI dreamed a dream in time gone by…

HFSC Open for BusinessBringing another factor into the “Where should I go to study tonight?” game, which inevitably ends in hiding under the covers and watching old “30 Rock” episodes. 

4E Blogger Is Also Georgetown Confessions PhenomHe was written about thrice. THRICE!

Last-Minute CostumesYou’re not fooling anyone with your “Georgetown Student” costume, bud.

Who Stole the Hands? We know it was you, Joey B. Ugh, you’re such a Scorpio!

Which Georgetown Alum Are You? Are you more Patrick Ewing or Nick Kroll? The answer may surprise you!

Concert for Valor MixHeard Ri-Ri and Bruce killed it.

Thanks to all our readers for a wonderful year! Catch you guys in 2015!

HFSC Study Break

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Looking for a cool way to spend the last Saturday night before finals?

Georgetown Program Board (GPB) is hosting a Carnival Arcade Study Break with Coca-Cola In the Healey Family Student Center from 9 p.m. to 1a.m. tonight.

Very importantly, there will be free food from Bulldog Tavern – sliders, fries, nachos and wings galore!

How can you resist?

There will also be arcade games like pool, skeeball and foosball available for all study breakers to play. This will be the perfect way to satisfy that vague desire to go to Chuck E. Cheese!

For all you crafty Hoyas out there, there will be opportunities to make your own Christmas ornaments, like the lovely one below:

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In keeping with the overall theme, there will be carnival games like ring toss and balloon darts, as well as airbrush tattoos. Because no carnival is complete without some temporary tattoos, am I right?

You can also make your own gingerbread houses and help decorate the HFSC’s Christmas tree for a nice dose of holiday spirit.

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The event will also feature a “Coca-Cola AHH Lounge” that gives students the chance to enjoy their ice-cold Cokes and talk about “what AHH means to them” via social media. They can do this while chilling in hammocks, which doesn’t quite seem to be in keeping with the holiday theme, but let’s go with it! There will be a ton of music, Coke samples and giveaways.

Come to The Deep South/HFSC/Student Center/Heal and check out all of these cool things from GPB! And don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook event.

Photos : phillymag.com, Instagram, wikipedia.org, georgetownvoice.com

Take a Break With Santa Tomorrow Night

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Dreading the upcoming week of finals? Excited about the end of classes? Hungry for pancakes? Whatever the reason, get ready for Breakfast with Santa Claus tomorrow night. At 10 p.m. in the Great Room of the HFSC, InterHall will be serving up free pancakes, hot chocolate and coffee.

Maybe you think this event is beneath you. But you know who else loves pancakes?

The President.

Also, Santa will be there, as you can see in the letter below.

You won’t want to miss out on this — even if it’s just for a study break. All I’m hoping for is that DeGioia shows up in a red suit and a large white beard.

Photos: Facebook, pelicanparts.com, pressroomvip.com, funnyjunk.com, wordpress.com

HFSC Poll Results: And The Winner Is …

the healThe votes are finally in and all you Hoyas have selected “The Heal” as the official nickname for the new student center.

But while The Heal was the clear winner, numerous Hoyas offered their own ideas for a nickname:

“I call it ‘High Fructose Corn Syrup.’ The letters are the same as those in HFSC, and there is a lot of controversy over the center – much like corn syrup, no one knows if it’s bad or good for students due to its limited study space, limited hours, but prime hangout location. Also the center is super sweet but without much substance.” –Ashton

“The Holy Fu*cking Sh*t Center. It’ll really take your breath away.” –Connor

“Definitely the Krusty Krab. All of the acronyms begin with H which remind me of David Hasselhoff who once appeared in a Spongebob episode. Spongebob lived in Bikini Bottom and the student center is near the bottom of campus. Plus, it’s right across from Leo’s aka The Chum Bucket.” –Connor

“Brew South. There’s even a pub.” –Casey

“The Family Room. Duh.” –Jared

“The McHealey Pub. Promoting Anglo-Saxon alcoholic stereotypes.” –Ryan

“The New Lau 2: Come get nothing done here instead!” –Sam

“I really am a fan of ‘The Deep South.’ Its cultural implications are weighty and significant, and the use of a cardinal direction in the name will integrate the new building into the community immediately.” –Vice President for Mission and Ministry Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J.

While the famous Jesuit’s favorite choice actually finished in second place, we hope he will still grace The Heal with his presence. Well known for his slew of photos with famous people and landmarks including Bill Clinton, Pope Francis and the new cross on top of Healy Hall (old Healy), it would be cool if Father O’Brien added a selfie with this new building to his photo collection.

Happy to be finally christened, “The Heal” looks forward to the openings of Hilltoss and the pub in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for flashing signs, possible safety hazards and lots and lots of hype as the new nickname is pasted all over campus in the next few days.

Poll: Name the Healey Family Student Center

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OK, Hoyas. We’ve given you a month to get attached to the trendy Healey Family Student Center, and now we’re going to let YOU choose a nickname that does your love for the place justice. Read our picks for the center’s nickname and then vote for your favorite below.

HFSC
Georgetown loves acronyms. HFSC is quick, clear and impossible to say. AChefEssie?

GUHFSC
Pronounced Goofska. You can’t have an acronym without GU — right, GUGS, GUAFSCU, GUTS, GUCC, GUAS and GUAC?

The Deep South
It’s part of New South, but deeper into the south side of campus, deeper into the ground and it’s moving deeper into our hearts. We know the name Deep South has been used for a part of New South but the student center is even more “southern.” (New Deep South is also an option.) With this nickname comes the semi-mandatory dress code of sunbonnets and cowboy boots and a lesson in how to make peach cobbler.

Village D
We have Village A, Village B, Village C West (woohoo!) and Village C East. It only makes sense to add another village to the family.

The SAC
Short for Student Activity Center. It is a center for student activities. And there’s so much room for them! Bang bang.

The Heal
Popularized by OAs during NSO, “The Heal” rolls of the tongue and is easy to type in text messages. Its one drawback is its similarity to the body part, the heel, located on the back of the foot. No one wants to study inside a heel. Heels are gross.

H Fam Stu Cen
Single syllables for the win.

The Nap Trap
Tired during the school day? Go crash on one of those funky looking step couches — no one can use them for studying anyway. The Corp has no coffee presence in the center, so there is no possibility that the smell of delicious (?) coffee will interrupt your slumber.

HGSCGUHFSCSDHadfhkaddu
If an acronym isn’t significantly longer and more cryptic than the name itself, is it really an acronym? While these letters don’t actually stand for anything, this provides an easy way to steal the spotlight from Georgetown’s current most confusing and unnecessary acronym, GUASFCU.

As part of the university’s new agreement to listen to student voices, whatever nickname you choose will probably be carved into the stone patio outside of the center and recreated on the roof of New South using six million giant glow sticks, so it will be visible from above. Cast your vote today and change the future of Georgetown forever.

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The Heal Can’t Stop and It Won’t Stop

can'tstopBREAKING NEWS: The Healey Family Student Center has officially opened its Outdoor Terrace. Oh you’ve already studied for Patho on it? You have no idea.

NOW THERE’S FOOD!

The Healey Family Student Center now has a deck called the Bulldog Terrace with a barbecue and a chef to cook for you. I knew I came to Georgetown for a reason.

Here is their menu:

Hoya Burger Caramelized onion, choice of pepper jack, cheddar or American cheese $8.50

Vegetarian Burger with lettuce and tomato on brioche roll $5.50

Local Sausage and Peppers Nick’s of Clinton local sausage with whole grain mustard $6.50

Kettle Chips $1.50

Hummus with Pita Chips $4.50

Green Olive Tapenade with Pita Chips $4.50

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta with Croutes $3.50

Cookies $2.00

Brownies $2.50

Bottled Water $1.00

Bottled Soda $1.50

Here are their hours (during construction):

Thursday through Saturday

4pm– 10pm

Here is the food I bought:

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Here is what I did after seeing the food:

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Here is my current snap story:

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Here is the text my friend sent me after leaving:

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The weird sniffs are worth it. The one catch is you have to pay with cash. But they’ll serve you inside the Heal if you don’t want to let go of your coveted booth! Oh HFSC you know us too well.

Peace. Love. Terraces.

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The HFSC Is Here and It’s Beauteous

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Damn, guys, damn. Prospective student tours are about to change drastically. The Healey Family Student Center is officially the most beautiful building on campus. And yes, I’m aware of the gravity of that statement.

I didn’t make it to the opening event, even though there was free food. Shocking, I know. I also didn’t make it to the inaugural glow in the dark party on Saturday night, but I heard it was popping. More popping then Club Lau, which was definitely popping.

Almost every person who walks inside the HFSC lets out an audible gasp and an “OMG”. Walking through the doors is like walking into a “Star Wars” movie. Or any movie in space, or the future.

Past the doors, you’re ushered through a huge circular sculpture/sitting area and all of a sudden there’s FIRE! FIRE ALL AROUND! The HFSC’s fire is the most classy fire I have ever seen. It’s so sleek.

Then you’re faced with the mystic beauty that is the Potomac and Rosslyn.

To the right there’s seating and to the left there’s seating. And everything is so clean!

Then, there are those weird vending machines upstairs, near the beautifully lit dance studios with ample supplies of Ocean Mist Bath Bars, and black pantyhose — you know, the essentials.

There are THE most beautiful group study rooms with huge numbers on the doors, so meeting people is super easy.

There are music practice rooms and ivy-covered indoor walls galore, but let’s be honest, the most important room in the house is the bathroom.

The HFSC’s bathrooms smell like vacation bathrooms do. They’re white and airy and the perfect place to find peace when procrastinating in the most desperate way possible. The mirror was absolutely made with mirror selfies in mind. It’s ginormous and so glam. Try to take an unflattering pic in that bathroom. I dare you.

There’s also an outdoor deck, which is still being finished, but it looks beauteous so far. You could bring a date there and it wouldn’t even be that weird. Romantic.

The pub, which is to be called Bulldog Tavern, and Hilltoss aren’t done yet, but they will definitely be super chic too.

All in all, the HSFC is the place to be and if you haven’t gotten over there to explore yet, you must. God Bless the Healey Family and their devotion to creating centers for students.

All we need is a better nickname for the place. Sources says “the Heal” is being circulated around campus and we approve. Let us know if you have any other ideas.

Photo: Josh Gordon/The Hoya