Housing at a Glance: Summer Living

by Martin Hussey

For the past few Thursdays, 4E has profiled different aspects of the housing process at Georgetown for our freshmen readers who are about to go through the process for the first time. This week, though, we are doing something slightly different.

Just as everyone is researching, interviewing, and applying for summer employment, we also need to find housing (to avoid the awkward and unfortunate possibility of being homeless in D.C. while working at a prestigious law firm, NGO, corporation or government agency).

Fortunately for us, the summer housing process is less complicated than either the academic housing process or the summer internship search process, and there are plenty of avenues that one can find housing on the Hilltop over the summer months. First, find some employment that offers summer housing for free. Work at any campus organization, like the housing office, often comes with the perk of free summer housing.

For those either too busy or too late to find free summer housing though an office on campus, Georgetown’s housing office does offer housing over the summer at on-campus residences. Applications for summer housing will begin February 21 from Georgetown’s summer housing website. A full list of on-campus housing rates over the summer can be found here.

If you don’t feel like living in university housing, there are also plenty of off-campus houses looking for summer sublets. Do a little facebook browsing (people often make events with the location, rent, etc.), or ask some upperclassmen friends. They’ll have a good idea about people looking for subletters and you’ll have the added benefit of living with people you already know.

And for anyone staying over the summer, be aware of non-Georgetown students and groups of high schoolers that flock to the Hilltop over the summer. D.C. is a popular summer destination for many people our age who don’t have the privilege of living here during the school year.

GUSA Vice-Presidential Debate Drinking Game

Wednesday night? Nothing to do? We here at The Fourth Edition would like to spice up the night (for those of you who are 21 or over) by offering up a drinking game to play during the GUSA VP debate! Hurry up and get yourself a 30 rack from Towne, curl up on the couch with your laptop and enjoy the show (we think it’s viewable here, but we aren’t actually sure). Rules after the jump.

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Tips for a Lonely Heart

by Martin Hussey

Happy Valentine’s Day, lonely hearts of Georgetown. Welcome to the one day each year that seems destined to make all of the otherwise happy single people pine for any taste of a relationship in our lives. Even for the most content of the single people, Valentine’s Day often seems like a struggle. Yesterday, 4E profiled a few last minute Valentine’s ideas for those of us with dates, but today, I write to everybody else. I write to the single ladies and the lonely boys. Here’s a list of things you can do to make your Valentine’s Day less lonely, whether you want to completely forget about the romantic holiday or embrace it.

Commiserate with others For those over 21, there are a couple of anti-Valentine’s parties going on around the District. Birch & Barley/ChurchKey (1337 14th St. NW), a Logan Circle bar, is hosting one with a dozen rare beers from around the world made with pungent and spicy hops. A few blocks up 14th Street will reveal another anti-Valentine’s party at Bar Pilar (1833 14th St. NW), this time featuring break-up songs, bitter drinks and sour desserts.

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Last Minute Valentine

by Michelle Cassidy

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. While some hyperorganized couples have had plans set since Christmas break, there are plenty of people scrambling to pull together a romantic Tuesday evening at the last minute. Lucky for you, 4E is here to help. We’ve assembled some last minute Valentine’s Day suggestions that will make it look like you’ve been planning for weeks, instead of 24 hours before the big day.

Take it Outside The forecast for tomorrow calls for warmer weather than we’ve had for the last couple days, so how about a romantic picnic? Pack a blanket, some snacks and some hot chocolate (or champagne) and find somewhere private. Head up to the Observatory garden or down to the waterfront and set up camp. Be sure to bring an umbrella in case of rain, or be prepared to recreate a famous romantic moment.

Top Chef It may be too late to get a reservation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share a delicious dinner. Get yourself up to Safeway and grab ingredients for a dinner for two. Even if you’re not a skilled cook, it’s the thought that counts! And it’s a much better alternative to a Leo’s date.

Movie Night Get a selection of romantic movies and some popcorn, and spend the night in. Movies like Casablanca, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic and The Princess Bride are all great options (but there are tons more out there).

Head Downtown There are plenty of date-appropriate spots downtown (and no, we’re not necessarily talking about the monuments). The Botanic Garden has a permanent rose exhibit, perfect for February 14th. If flowers aren’t your thing, the ice rink in the Sculpture Garden is still open too.

An Old Standby There’s a reason that flowers and chocolate are the traditional Valentine’s Day gift. Head down to Dean & Deluca on M Street to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers and some fancy chocolates. If that’s a little pricey for you, Safeway also has a nice selection of both.

Photo: washingtonpost.com

Sunday Night Wrapup: Dance with Somebody

by Kaitlyn Morio

Between the Republican presidential campaign trail, the Grammy Awards and Georgetown basketball wins, it’s been quite the weekend. But if you’ve too been busy listening to Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits on repeat to catch up on the rest of the news, Sunday Night Wrapup is here to remind you what happened this weekend.
  • Republican front-runner Mitt Romney won the Maine caucus on Saturday with 39 percent of the vote ahead of Ron Paul, who finished second with 36 percent.
  • R&B icon Whitney Houston died unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon at the age of 48. The cause of death has not yet been released, and it may be six to eight weeks before the results of toxicology reports are available. Houston’s only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday morning to be treated for anxiety following her mother’s death.
  • After a disappointing loss to Syracuse on Wednesday night in overtime, the Hoyas successfully rebounded and defeated St. John’s this Sunday at the Verizon Center in a 71-61 victory.
  • Although the 54th Grammy Awards haven’t ended yet, there have already been some big wins tonight. Adele’s 21 won Best Pop Vocal Album, Taylor Swift’s “Mean” won Best Country Song, the Foo Fighter’s “Wasting Light” won Best Rock Album, and Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites won for Best Dance/Electronica Album. Check out the winners as they are announced here.

We Are the Preppiest

by Martin Hussey

Photo from The Huffington Post

Finally, a college ranking that makes sense. After Georgetown was profiled as one of the ten most hipster colleges in the country, we have now made the cut as one of the preppiest colleges in the country as well, according to The Huffington Post. And how couldn’t we? Even as I write this post in the ICC, I see at least four girls clutching Vineyard Vines bags, three people wearing Sperry’s, and even more preppy scarves, coats and boots.

The Huffington Post points out that our surroundings are conducive to the preppiness as well. Georgetown, after all, is frequented by the very people that we as prepsters try to become — Senators, Presidents, D.C. socialites, etc. — and by the stores where we as prepsters love to shop, including Vineyard Vines, Lacoste and Rugby.

So what’s the most telling sign of our preppiness? The Huffington Post notes that “all it takes is one trip to The Tombs … to realize students here like to imagine they’re living in a real life version of the Social Network.” Is it possible, then, that we are too preppy?

Other schools that made the cut included the University of Virginia, Boston College, Wheaton College, Cornell, Ohio State and Alabama.

Housing at a Glance: Apartment or Dorm?

by Erin Collins

When housing lottery results arrive, some freshmen will get numbers good enough to get an apartment. Those of you without that option should also know that the waitlist moves quickly with juniors finding out about study abroad, so this choice may very well affect you as well. Coming from the tiny Freshman dorm rooms makes the choice appear easy – who wouldn’t want to upgrade to an apartment? But remember, it is important to weight the pros and cons of dorm and apartment living. So, today’s 4E Housing at a Glance is here to help you make this crucial decision.

Last week we went over the best and worst of housing options for Sophomore year, and this week we have a couple of questions to consider when making your choice between an apartment and another year in the dorms:

Ready to give up dorm life? Moving into an apartment means the end of dorm floors and common rooms. You’ll spend the majority of your time in an apartment with your direct roommates rather than the other people living on your floor in a dorm. However, apartment life likely also means fewer distractions, so you can do more schoolwork at home instead of at Lau.

Private Bathroom? For current Darnall, New South and Harbin residents, it’s likely that nothing seems better than having a private bathroom. Avoiding the frequent hallway walk to the bathroom each day is definitely a welcomed change. Also, this means no more shower caddies or waiting in line for showers. But don’t forget that having a private bathroom means keeping it clean as well as buying bathroom necessities like toilet paper and hand soap that are provided in a dorm. Continue reading “Housing at a Glance: Apartment or Dorm?”

What the Dickens?

by Beth Garbitelli

To celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, there was a little shindig on the 5th floor of Lauinger Library earlier today. For someone who has a contentious relationship with the author in question, it was not the most riveting, but it did have a post-event Victorian themed snack selection. Also, there was an open bar featuring several wines and a traditional English punch.

They served a tasty Welsh Rarebit (think cheese dip with a hint of tangy beer) and a buttermilk cake. The menu also had some cringeworthy names – “A Tale of Traditional Tea Sandwiches”? “creamy Hard Times Herbed Dip”?

Best moment of the event? A certain professor admitted in a speech that during her college year she and her classmates had referred to A Tale of Two Cities as A Sale of Two T******!

Photo: cakecentral.com

Sunday Night Wrapup: The End of Occupy?

by Michelle Cassidy

Photo: Flickr user Glyn Lowe Photos

Between a Hoya victory, evacuations in McPherson Square and a last-minute win for the New York Giants, this was a decidedly exciting weekend. Despite our brief hiatus last week, we’re back with the highlights in this weekend’s Sunday Night Wrapup:

  • Saturday’s game against South Florida ended in a big win for the Hoyas. If we keep up this level of play, Syracuse should probably start worrying about our matchup on Wednesday night.
  • Park Police raided the Occupy D.C. encampments in McPherson Square early Saturday morning and started clearing out campers and tents. Though the raid was relatively calm compared to those in Oakland and New York City, at least eight people were arrested as of Saturday night.
  • Sunday night you could hear the whoops of New Yorkers (and the gloomy faces of New Englanders) across campus after the Giants took home another Superbowl victory. Looks like Manning Face will be going to Disney World!