4E Recaps the State of the Union

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On Tuesday night, President Obama gave his State of the Union address. I know all you politically minded, intelligent Hoyas have probably already watched it, but for those of you who might have missed it (maybe that twenty-minute nap turned into a two-hour one?), I’m here to recap it for you. Here is what you really need to take away from the speech:

  • Obama, Vice President Biden and speaker John Boehner like to wear coordinated ties with purple undertones. You’ve got your stripes, checkers and your solids there, good job boys.
  • The crowd is doing a lot of leg work. In the first ten minutes they go up and down at least four or five times. Hope no one skipped leg day today, you’re going to need your strength folks.
  • We meet Rebecca, and the story of her marriage to Ben and their family. Obama is telling us how great it is to be young and love in America… are you promising us love, Mr. President?
  • He also tells the nation that “more Americans finish college than ever before.” Obama believes in us. Remember that when you’re locked in Lau during midterms: you can do it!
  • Obama also winks at the crowd a one point; he’s slowly becoming a silver fox.
  • John Boehner gets the sniffles during the speech. Clearly someone hasn’t gotten their flu shot this year! But don’t worry, we’re entering a “new era of medicine”, so we got you covered, Boehner.
  • Everyone needs to start following Scott Kelly on Instagram immediately. He’s going to be in space guys, and Obama commands him to put it on social media.
  • Russia is a bully, and we don’t tolerate bullies. Or hackers – get off our Internet please.
  • SCIENCE… Nature is going to win every time, guys.
  • Stereotypes are bad, but the cynics are wrong. “We are still one people.”
  • Obama has no more campaigns to run, because he won them all.
  • We are more than red states and blue states… clearly we should be purple like the color of everyone’s tie.

So there you have it, President Obama’s State of the Union speech in a very small nutshell. While some of the policies proposed were a little vague, focusing more on values than a specific “checklist”, there were also some great ideas in there. So whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, just remember that we’re 15 years into this century. That’s right, we’re all starting to get old. How I long for good old 2002 and the debut of Avril Lavigne’s first album.

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 Photos: zenfs.com, http://blogs-images.forbes.com/

The Positives of Campus Construction

Positives of Construction

If you think the construction around campus is annoying now, just wait until the massive Northeast Triangle construction (eventually) starts. I use the Reiss walkway nearly every day, and its impending blockage is definitely going to mess with my flow. It’s a bummer to think that for the rest of my time at Georgetown, I won’t be able to use that shortcut. However, we’ll all get used to it soon enough, and these are some of the positives that will probably come of the change.

More exercise

You’ll never have to be worried about missing leg day again. Traveling between the north end of campus and places like Lau or even just the front gates will be a solid walk (as if you don’t walk enough by virtue of living here). So the way I see it, the construction’s just throwing you some added cardio.

Become the best planner ever

Because you’ll have to start building travel time into everything that you do, you’ll be sure that whenever you start your day, you know exactly where you’re going. If you live in Darnall or Henle, you’ll become especially adept at planning when you have to leave for events.

You now have a great excuse for not wanting to go somewhere

If there’s a party that you know will make you feel like the man in the gif, there’s a perfectly legitimate reason for turning your friends down. “Sorry guys, it’s definitely too much effort to walk through campus to meet you at that party.” Unless you really are that thirsty.

So even though you might not be the biggest fan of construction, there are plenty of benefits for all of us. Yay campus development!

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