Casual Thursday: Vegas Baby

It’s hot out. I know that, you know that, the entire East coast knows that. It can be hard to keep casual when you’re worried about sweating through your shirt, pants, and potentially your shoes, but it is possible.

What’s better on a hot day than a freezing cold popsicle? Answer: nothing. And when you amp it up and stick some booze in that popsicle life gets even better.

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Sunday Night Wrapup: Recovering

Between March Madness and all of the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, how could we expect anybody to keep up with the news? So while you recover from this the double whammy of a Guinness hangover and this afternoon’s devastating tournament loss, catch up on what you missed this weekend.

  • George Clooney came to town this weekend, and was arrested on Friday while protesting at the Sudanese Embassy. After paying a $100 fine, Clooney was released after a few hours in custody. And for the best —it would be a shame for America’s most handsome man to be locked up for long.
  • The iPad 3 debuted this weekend, and the line outside of Georgetown’s Apple store was a mix of eager tech fans and protestors calling for improved workers’ rights at the factory in China that produces the technology.
  • With a heartbreaking 66-63 loss to North Carolina State, the Hoyas are now out of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. If you’re having  a tough time dealing with it, our friends over at Paranoia tried to find the silver lining in the situation.
  • In happier news, our fifth-seeded women’s basketball team beat Fresno state 61-56 in their tournament opener, and will advance to the second round.

Photo: Web Leslie/The Hoya

George Clooney Arrested at Protest

It’s like a scene straight from Ocean’s Eleven. Except replace a Las Vegas casino with the Sudanese Embassy here in D.C. and a gang of eleven robbers with Martin Luther King III and Reps. James Moran (D-Va.) and James McGovern (D-Mass.)

No, these men weren’t caught robbing the Sudanese. Rather, they were arrested in a protest outside the Sudanese embassy this morning, according to DCist and In the Capital.

We tweeted last night that Clooney was in D.C., wondering whether any Georgetown students would be lucky enough to see the movie star and two-time “Sexiest Man Alive.” Now, it appears the best chance to see Clooney this weekend won’t be on a jaunt down to M Street or a stroll to celebrities’ favorite restaurants, but rather from a jail cell.

Clooney was arrested along with his father, civil rights advocates, and the two Members of Congress Friday morning at a protest against actions taken by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir against residents of the Nuba Mountains, near the border with South Sudan. Earlier this week, Clooney testified before Congress about the worsening humanitarian situation in Sudan, which Clooney visited recently on a humanitarian mission, and later met with the President to discuss Sudan.

Clooney has long been an advocate for increasing aid to the people living in blighted regions of East Africa, and has been an outspoken supporter of increasing aid sent to people in Somalia, Sudan and Chad. Before his most recent visit to Sudan, Clooney visited Chad and Sudan in 2009 and Chad before that in 2008. He has also appeared in and produced several documentaries about humanitarian conflicts in the region.

Photo credit: DCist