14 Hoya Resolutions for 2014

14 Hoya Resolutions2014 is finally upon us, and you know what that means: time for New Year’s resolutions. However great your 2013 was, there is always room for improvement, and here are 14 goals that most Hoyas could use for the new year.

1. Go to Yates more It’s always easy to make an excuse to skip Yates, but this year we should try and limit those excuses (at least for a few weeks).

2. Go out to eat less While it’s great to get off campus and get dinner away from Leo’s, I know I definitely need to try and spend less at Wisey’s and Epi.

3. Get a 4.0 for the semester (or something close) It can’t hurt to dream, and since we are in school, an academic goal should probably make our list.

4. Watch less Netflix We all love our Netflix, but maybe this will finally be the year that we pass up on that extra episode of House of Cards to go to Yates or read for class … or just go to bed.

5. Support our fellow Hoyas Whether it is heading to Verizon Center to watch some basketball, walking to McDonough to see our other great sports’ teams or visiting the Davis Center to watch a theater performance, we should all try and support our classmates in the new year.

6. Break the bubble We Hoyas often get stuck in the “Georgetown bubble,” so in 2014 we should all try to get out and explore D.C. a little bit. I suggest H Street and Adams Morgan.

7. Meet new people You can never have too many friends, so this year, try and reach out to new people, and expand your horizons. Remember, all great relationships start with an introduction.

8. Eat fewer desserts at Leo’s It is so easy to just grab a cookie or ice cream on the way out of Leo’s. Maybe in 2014, we can switch to every other day for dessert.

9. Call home more This might not apply to everyone, but I know that I can certainly check in with my parents more often. Sometimes, texting just isn’t enough.

10. Text less Let’s make 2014 a little more about face-to-face conversations and a little less about thumb-to-screen interactions.

11. Play with Baby Jack No words needed, just mascot puppy adorableness.

12. Go to new heights Climb to a rooftop and take in the view, or possibly explore Georgetown’s infamous tunnels. (Note: 4E does not condone anything considered illegal or against the university Code of Student Conduct. But if you don’t get caught, it’s not either of those, right?)

13. Dance Whether it’s at Diplomatic Ball, Corp Gala, a club semi-formal or just your dorm room, go ahead and bust a move. We dare you.

14. Play hooky And while you’re at it, see numbers 1-13.

BONUS: Join 4E! Shameless self-promotion here, but everyone should give serious thought to applying to join 4E. It’s the best resolution of all.

Happy 2014, Hoyas! Good luck with all your resolutions!

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12 Unlucky Hoya Moments in 2013

UnluckyOh, 13. You’re such a creepy number. Historically, there were 13 steps that led criminals to the gallows. Thirteen people were present at the Last Supper. Apollo 13 was the only failed moon mission. And 12 is a perfect number in numerology … which basically makes 13 the worst number ever. I could go on and on with the horrors, but here’s the bottom line: 13 is a very terrifying, very unlucky number.

Therefore, the year 2013 must have been utterly cursed. To start, “13” is located right there in the year itself – 2013. But making matters worse, Friday the 13th occurred twice this year (in September and December, in case you were wondering), which only takes the negative freaky vibrations to a whole new level. We aren’t normally superstitious here at 4E, but it seems like 2013 brought a lot of bad luck upon some Hoyas. Over the course of the year, there were some pretty unlucky moments here on the Hilltop. In fact, here are 12 of them (we would’ve done 13, but it’s just too evil a number already):

1. As a result of a summer administrative decision with no student input whatsoever, J.J. lost his mascot privileges.45694311

2. The Southwest Quad fire alarms ruined everyone’s life in the fall. (Okay, maybe life is a bit overdramatic, but they did ruin everyone’s beauty sleep for a while.)


3. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Laura Bush spoke in Gaston Hall, but you didn’t make it inside even though you lined up at 5 a.m.


Hermione’s face says it all: ouch. 

4. Epicurean owner Chang Wook Chon found himself in hot water amid allegations of worker mistreatment.

17937617505. Administrators decided that you’re no longer allowed to have a car on campus.1988332698

6. The Georgetown University football team had a rough 2-9 season.


7. The Third Edition – for which we’ve always held an special fondness – closed in February


8. … And then Tuscany closed in June.


9. At one point this year, the University considered having a satellite campus.


10. “The Exorcist” author William Peter Blatty (C ’50) tried to strip away Georgetown’s Catholic affiliation.


11. You had to take finals. We know that finals happen every year, but they’re still terrible.


12. Last, but not least, the government shut down. Classes didn’t.


Needless to say, 2013 brought a lot of unlucky moments to the Hilltop. Not ones for pessimism, though, we at 4E have a bright outlook for 2014. Here’s to a better and much luckier New Year, Hoyas!

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