GAAP Weekend Etiquette

Judging from the crowds of young children with name tags and the abundance of middle-aged men wearing backpacks, it looks like GAAP Weekend is upon us! GAAP Weekend is a weekend where accepted students come to campus to see if Georgetown could be their home for the next four years. The people at GAAP set up three different weekends for prospective students to come to Georgetown and they work tirelessly to make sure these weekends run smoothly.

WARNING: Things are about to get real sentimental. To be completely honest, GAAP Weekend was one of the main reasons I came to Georgetown. Without GAAP Weekend and the chance to meet all of Georgetown’s awesome students and professors, I might not be writing this post right now. GAAP Weekend can be an awesome look into what it’s like to be a Hoya, but there are a few things that can ruin the wonderful experience of the weekend. In order for everyone to enjoy their time on campus, I have come up with a few pieces of advice for both prospective and current Hoyas. Follow these, and I’m sure you’ll be donning a blue and gray t-shirt and shouting “Hoya Saxa!” come August.

Prospective Students:

1. Avoid mentioning your application to Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Northwestern or (insert name of prestigious university here).

You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t smart, so you don’t need to prove that any longer. During GAAP Weekend, you will be among some of the smartest kids in the U.S. Use that as something to bond over. This isn’t the college application process, so there’s no need to be competitive. Really get to know the other prospective Hoyas!

2. Take advantage of the professor lectures.

One of my main regrets  my GAAP Weekend was that I didn’t get to attend one of those awesome lectures. I showed up five minutes late and there was no standing room. Attending these lectures will be an awesome way to get a feel for what it’s like to attend class at Georgetown. Plus, they are given by some of Georgetown’s most interesting professors on really interesting topics. Make sure you arrive ten minutes early and get a good seat!

3. Go to the TOMBS!

Do anything you can to fit in a lunch at The Tombs. There’s nothing more quintessentially Georgetown than a Bulldog Burger from The Tombs. The wait may be thirty minutes long, but it will be more than worth it. If you’re not willing to wait, head on down to M Street for some more Georgetown favorites like Dean and Deluca or Baked & Wired. Basically, get off campus and enjoy the area because you will be definitely be frequenting these places if you do decide to come here.

Current Students:

1. Let’s keep the Village A madness to a minimum.

This goes for all typical party spots, but Vil A in particular. Over the next few days, campus tours will be flocking to the rooftops to get pictures with the classic view of the Potomac and the Washington monument in the distance. No one wants a picture with a pile of Nattys in the background. Let’s be considerate and at least clean up a bit!

2. Avoid classic happy hour spots if you can.

Paolo’s, Mei Wah, Cuates. Let’s just avoid them all. I know it sounds impossible. But it’s for your own good. These places will be filled with families for the next few days. There’s nothing I’d hate more than to see mothers cry about the inevitability of their child going to college while I munch away on my complimentary bread stick. Plus, no parents want to see you sloppily fall out of your high top chair when happy hour comes to a close. (It happens.) So let’s avoid that experience all together. 

3. Give the best directions possible

I can’t begin to give an estimate of how many times you will be asked directions for the next few days. And trust me, the destinations will never call for routes that are easy to explain. You’ll be getting a lot of mothers asking “Can you show me where the St. Mary’s building is?” or “How do we get to the barn where all of the cars are?” Please be considerate and try and help these people out. If you have no idea, “Yo no hablo ingles” should suffice. I mean we are known for our language programs, right?

GAAP Weekend should be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. If you follow these tips – whether you’re students avoiding prospective parents or parents avoiding current students – your GAAP Weekend will be a success!


What If Ina Garten Worked at Leo’s?

Leo's ContessaEveryone knows that the brightest star of culinary television is THE Ina Garten, star of Barefoot Contessa. We’ve all had those days when we turn on the Food Network and suddenly 12 hours later realize that we’ve watched an entire season of Barefoot Contessa. I don’t really know what it is about this culinary goddess, but there’s nothing I enjoy more than plopping down on the couch and watching Ina work her magic. Still, I’ve been thinking of something even better. What if Ina took some time off from filming Barefoot Contessa and decided to spend a little time at the fine dining establishment O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront, known to some as Leo’s. Here’s what would happen:

1. Denim all day, every day

Any true fan of Ina Garten knows that she loves to rock the denim shirt on her shows. If Ina came to work at Leo’s, she’d for sure replace those plain uniforms with the ultra chic denim shirts that we’ve grown to love.


2. Salt and pepper EVERYWHERE

Ina always says that the secret to good cooking is perfectly seasoned food. She has been known to generously apply this concept when it comes to salt and pepper. If she were to work at Leo’s, never again would we have to scour the Leo’s floor for the always-coveted salt and pepper shakers. Ina would have our backs.

3. Leo’s would be fresh to death

Probably the greatest thing about Ina Garten is when she talks about the freshness of the ingredients she uses on her show. Ina’s attention to her ingredients has caused widespread popularity of the phrases “good olive oil” and “fresh, garden thyme.” If Ina cooked at Leo’s, the line would be out the door for one of her meals. Would anyone like a freshly grilled salmon that had just been fished out of the Potomac with Ina’s bare hands? I would! (Actually, I’ll pass on any Potomac fish for now.)


4. Jeffery!

On the list of my top 5 favorite people of all time, Ina Garten would be up there, but her husband Jeffery wouldn’t be far behind. Jeffery brings absolute comic charm to Barefoot Contessa. He knows absolutely nothing about cooking, but every now and then Ina let’s him chop some basil or mix a drink. If Ina came to Leo’s, I hope she’d bring Jeffery along. Plus, Jeffery always does the dishes and I’d rather have Jeffery around than the scarily large rotating contraption that currently takes our dirty plates to the depths of the dining hall.


5. Leo’s lunch with a side of hugs

It is a well known fact that Ina Garten is the most huggable and loved of the Food Network royalty. The best thing about having Ina at Leo’s would be the wonderful joy she’d bring to all of our lives through her undeniably tender embrace.


5 Reasons Georgetown Students Are Frank Underwood

Frank Underwood 1It’s been two weeks since the second season premiere of “House of Cards” and Hoyas all around campus are finally starting to leave their dorm rooms (read: dark caves) and rejoin society. Since the premiere, it’s been hard to walk around campus without hearing, “Ugh, you’re only on episode 4? I skipped class and now I’m on episode 10.” While conversations of binge-watching and plot twists have filled Leo’s and Lau, there has been one topic that hasn’t been given much attention. After watching Season 2, it has become clear to me that Georgetown students are really Frank Underwood. Here’s how I can tell:

1. You and many of your friends have worked on Capitol Hill. From serving your local Congressman to interning for one of D.C.’s many NGOs, you know the Hill like the back of your hand. If it weren’t for the work you do, would the government be able to function? I don’t think so.

2. You do what it takes to get the job done. For Frank Underwood, that means doing a few questionable acts (cue horrible flashbacks to Season 2, Episode 1), but for you it means watching the sunrise in Regents after you just finished studying for one of your many midterms.


3. The D.C. food scene is a subject that you know WAY too well. A huge part of Season 2 focuses on the number one love in Frank’s life: power Freddy’s. There’s nothing Frank Underwood likes more than having lunch at his favorite underground rib joint. And there’s nothing you like more than finding the new cool place for brunch or that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that no one else knows about.


4. You know how to get to the top of your on-campus commitments. It’s well known that Georgetown students are quite involved and pride themselves on their extracurriculars. Whether on a club sports team or in one of Georgetown’s many student activities, you do what you can to ensure future leadership positions. Just as Frank Underwood is gunning to become the president, you’re working hard to add that coveted leadership position to your resume.

5. Throughout the first two seasons, Frank Underwood often refers to Dupont when talking about where characters live or where he goes to get a drink. That’s basically Georgetown, am I right? Plus, you get your haircut in Dupont or you head there on the weekends to live it up with the yo-pros (‘young professionals’ for the abbreviationally challenged). You might have even run into Frank Underwood and not even known it!

Let’s just call it like it is: You are Frank Underwood. From your stunning work ethic to your knowledge of all things D.C., you may as well be on “House of Cards.” And if you can’t be on the show, you might as well just binge watch it like the rest of us. Seriously, if you haven’t started yet, get on it.


The Many Faces of Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth WarrenTonight, President Jack DeGioia and the McCourt School of Public Policy will host the Honorable Elizabeth Warren in Gaston Hall. (Hillary and Elizabeth in one week?! I know, I can’t believe it either.) Warren’s talk, entitled “Collateral Damage, National Interests and the Lessons of a Decade of Conflict,” is a part of Georgetown’s annual Whittington Lecture.

Senator Warren (D-Mass.) is one of the leading ladies in U.S. politics. Known for her hardball attitude, Warren consistently makes headlines for her willingness to take on the foremost issues facing the nation today. From the minimum wage to tax reform, Warren is not afraid to buckle down and make sure her voice is heard on the nation’s hottest topics. In order to prepare for Warren’s appearance in Gaston Hall, we at 4E have decided to take a look at many faces of Elizabeth Warren:

This is Elizabeth Warren.


After graduating from the University of Houston and Rutgers School of Law, Warren went on to teach as a professor of the law at many universities, including the University of Texas School of Law, University of Michigan and Harvard University.

At the University of Texas School of Law
Warren at the University of Texas School of Law

In 2012, Warren ran for Senator of Massachusetts and won with the largest percentage of votes in Massachusetts history. She is the first female Senator ever to serve from her state.

Photo Courtesy Tim Pierce

Since then, she’s been a powerhouse. She’s been known to battle bank regulators …


… and news anchors, too.


Warren has also previously called for raising the minimum wage to $22/hour.

elizabeth_warren_portrait.topShe serves on several Senate Committees, including the Special Committee on Aging; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.


And even though she didn’t attend Georgetown …


… She’s still one of the coolest senators around!


So, to experience Elizabeth Warren in all of her coolness, head on over to Gaston Hall at 5 p.m. to get a good spot in line. When you get inside, don’t forget to caption that perfectly-filtered Instagram with #WarrenAtGU. This event is definitely something you won’t want to miss!


This GUSA Race Is Madness!

The past few weeks have been a storm of information about the upcoming GUSA elections. We have watched the campaign videos, played the drinking games and dissected each campaign’s graphic design skills. But in the midst of it all, there has been growing support for a candidate unlike the rest: Chicken Madness.

Chicken Madness and his once arch-rival Hot Chick have decided to run together for GUSA president and vice president. The campaign started a few weeks back when a mysterious man by the name of Jack Wisemiller sent many Georgetown students a Facebook friend request. In the time it took for every freshman to ask his roommate, “Did we meet a Jack Wisemiller at NSO?”, the Facebook account had already gathered hundreds of friends and followers.

The reason for Jack Wisemiller’s Facebook? To spread the word about writing in Chicken Madness and Hot Chick on GUSA election day! I was a little shocked when I heard the news. I thought to myself, How could two undeniably delicious sandwiches run our student government? But after some serious contemplation and soul searching, I have discovered some qualities about this dynamic duo that every potential GUSA president and vice president should aspire to.

5 Great Qualities of Chicken Madness and Hot Chick 

1. They can motivate the student body 

Whether you are running on the track at Yates or studying in Lau on a Saturday afternoon, nothing keeps you going like the idea of a Chicken Madness. If it weren’t for this Wisey’s classic, no one would get anything done. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard, “Alright, 20 more minutes of reading and then I’m hitting up Wisey’s!” Keep it up, Chicken Madness.

2. They are (uniquely) committed to diversity

In any political race, candidates pay close attention to the role of diversity among the people they wish to represent. The Chicken Madness and Hot Chick pair are truly diverse. Chicken Madness, a savory grilled chicken delicacy, is there when you need comfort food. Hot Chick, on the other hand, is a spicy chicken tender sub that never disappoints. Those are some diverse flavors if I say so myself.

3. They have a sick campaign slogan

Chicken Madness and Hot Chick

“Two sandwiches… One Georgetown.” That slogan is tough to beat.

4. They unite the students at Georgetown

Whether you live on or off campus, Chicken Madness and Hot Chick bring people together. As you stroll into Wisey’s ready to pick up your delicious Chicken Madness or Hot Chick, you can run into just about anyone. From that study buddy you crammed for finals with last semester to that freshman roommate you lost touch with over the years, you can always bond over your love for a good ‘ole Wisey’s sandwich.

5. They can’t knock on your doors

Enough said.


Flight: Where All of Your Dreams Come True

RC Murals Flight Trampoline ParkIn the wake of last week’s Valentine’s Day stress, I’m excited to share something to lift everyone’s spirits. On Feb. 28, Flight will have its highly anticipated grand opening in Springfield, Va. What is Flight? According to DCist, it’s a trampoline park that consists of a trampoline field, foam pits and even dodgeball!


In just 22 minutes, you can get from campus to this little piece of heaven and have the flipping best time of your life. If you want to take a well-deserved break from studying for midterms, you can experience Flight in all of its glory from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. For those willing to jump into action on the weekends, Flight is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

If you’re worried about missing the club atmosphere of Modern Thursdays or Malmaison, have no fear. Flight is soaring above expectations and hosting Club Flight, a trampoline area filled with lasers and music, on Fridays and Saturdays after 9 p.m. for ages 15 and up.

So put on some comfortable clothes and warm up your fingers to call an Uber, because Feb. 28 is just around the corner. And if you’re ever in Club Flight wondering why Beyoncé’s sneezing-sick beats keep getting requested for a hip-hopping good time, it’s probably a 4E blogger because we can’t wait to test this place out!


Staffer of the Week: Katherine Richardson

It’s finally here! Once a week, The Hoya recognizes a staffer who has done a particularly awesome job – now you can get to know about them, too. As part of our Leavey 421 series, we post quick interviews with each staffer of the week. This week, we are featuring the fantastic news writer and assistant, Katherine Richardson!

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Name: Katherine Richardson
Year: 2017
School: College
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Position on The Hoya: Staff Writer and News Assistant

Why did you earn staffer of the week?

After the armed robbery at Domino’s, I walked down to the store to do a breaking news piece. I talked to the delivery man who was there during the robbery to get his first-hand account and talked to stores in the area to find out if they were concerned about the danger of armed robbery at their restaurants. I think the article came out really well, because one of the Domino’s employees suggested that it may have been an inside job. I’m interested to find out what happens after the Metro Police investigates.

What is your favorite thing about working for The Hoya?

I love being able to talk to people from every part of Georgetown. I get to interact with students, teachers, administrators and members of the D.C. community, and I would have never gotten to do that without being on the staff. I have heard some incredible stories and learned a lot just from talking to people about their lives and ambitions, and I am grateful for the experience.

Seeing that Valentine’s Day is coming up, what is your ideal way to spend the holiday?


If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

Sushi. If I could, I would eat it for every meal (well, except breakfast). It’s the most delicious thing in the world and there are so many options, so it’d never get boring.

 What is your favorite song and why?

My favorite song changes literally every day, but I will never tire of “Island in the Sun” by Weezer because it reminds me of home and driving by the beach.