Newseum Holds Vigil Responding to Paris Shooting

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Earlier today, gunmen attacked the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing satirical magazine. Among the 12 victims were the editor, Stéphane Charbonnier, and three other prominent cartoonists for the controversial publication, which had come under attack in 2011 for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. After a bombing of the offices following one such caricature, extra security staff were added to the office, and the Charlie Hebdo staff pressed on.

It is that unbridled freedom of expression that the Newseum emphasized tonight in a vigil that took place at 7 p.m., right in front of the celebrated museum of news and journalism. The museum projected “#JeSuisCharlie” on the screen of its atrium. The hashtag, which has been all over social media today, means “I Am Charlie” and was used as a show of solidarity for the staff of the magazine. While Charlie Hebdo courted controversy through its mocking of many facets of French political and social life, the Newseum emphasized the need for freedom of the press and free speech, condemning the attacks. Many of those who gathered at the vigil brought pens and pencils to further display their support.

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Photos: wjla.com, newseum.org

Info: bbc.com, mediabistro.com

News Team, Assemble!

Anchorman NewseumLADIES AND GENTLEMEN, CAN I PLEASE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION … I’VE JUST BEEN HANDED AN URGENT AND HORRIFYING NEWS STORY …

The News Team is indeed assembling … but this time, far from sunny San Diego. On November 14th, Washington’s Newseum will begin featuring an exhibit dedicated to the the beloved comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”. The exhibit, quite fittingly, will be titled “Anchorman: The Exhibit.” In anticipation of the movie’s upcoming sequel, the exhibit will be open through August 2014 and will display the costumes worn by the Channel 4 News team, some of the original props and a re-creation of the KVWN-TV desk.

Commentary by none other than Ron himself will lead you through the exhibit, as you lay your eyes on the jazz flute that he played so wonderfully to win over Veronica – or as you witness, with your own eyes, Brian’s coveted Sex Panther. For all the aspiring journalists out there, the exhibit allows you to take part in joining the team by participating in a broadcasting simulation with Mr. Burgundy.

The Newseum is all it’s cracked up to be, and with this exhibit coming next week, it’s about time to cross it off the bucket list. Everybody loves “Anchorman”, or at least yielded a smile at some point during the absurdity. So bring your Brian, your Champ and even your Brick … and head on down to the museum.

And remember, you stay classy … Georgetown.

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Source/Photo: Newseum.org, Sourcefed, Family Fun and Beyond

The Not-Shut-Down, During-the-Shutdown, Rundown

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As we approach the two-week mark of the government shutdown, the reality of the situation seems to be setting in. Here at the 4E, we are working hard to provide you with all the information you need to understand what is actually going on. Personally, I did not know what the government shutdown entailed and have been in a constant state of utter confusion.

Since October is a big month for D.C. visitors (especially with parents’ weekend fast-approaching), everyone and their mother will want to go sight-seeing and museum-hopping. So, what are we suppose to do when all of the typical D.C. sights are closed? Do not fear, the 4E is here! Here are the D.C. Sights: Shutdown Edition.

The Spy Museum The Spy Museum is one of the newest (and open-est) museums in D.C. currently. This is because The Spy Museum is privately owned and, therefore, costs money to enter. But trust me, it’s worth it. The Spy Museum is an amazing experience and a great alternative while the Smithsonian is closed.

The Newseum The Newseum is another privately owned D.C. museum with a lot to offer. They have a fantastic exhibit of every Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph and their back stories as well as sections of the Berlin Wall (you can even touch a piece of it) and much much more!

Phillips Collection Located near the Dupont metro station, the Phillips Collection is America’s first museum of modern art. The price is affordable (no more than $12 and children under 18 are free) and the museum offers works from many artists including Vincent van Gogh.

U Street Corridor U Street is a popular commercial neighborhood in north D.C. that provides a fantastic walk-around area for residents and visitors alike. U Street is also the center of D.C.’s music scene. Hungry? Head to Ben’s Chili Bowl, a D.C. landmark and a very popular location for Georgetown students. Also, the African American Civil War Memorial is still open, so go check it out!

Georgetown’s Vietnam Memorial Unless you do not walk through SoReS, you probably have seen the replica of the Vietnam Memorial that Georgetown has erected. Instead of running by it, stop and check it out! Less tourists, easier commute. Thank you shutdown.

Looking to have a little fun with the shutdown? Go down to the monuments and pretend to be one of the tourists (since everyone seems to be ignoring the shutdown perimeters anyway). The Instagram possibilities are limitless. Don’t forget to document your trip with a picture of the government shutdown flyers.

Have fun, Hoyas!

Long Weekend Ho! How to Make the Best of a Long Weekend

How To Make The Best Of A Long WeekendLooking forward to a long weekend is similar to counting down the days before Christmas or Hanukkah, or maybe a slightly less significant holiday like St. Patrick’s Day. (Deputy Editor’s note: I highly contest that St. Patrick’s Day is a “less significant holiday,” and I would even move to have it placed with the aforementioned days in terms of degree of importance.) All students have the long weekend circled on their calendar and we all know that that extra day means everything during midterm season.

success-baby-long-weekend-aww-yeaaWith many years of school under our belts, we students like to think we know how to approach the long weekend: another night to go out, another morning to sleep in and maybe (only for the truly ambitious or the truly swamped in work) some extra study time. But the three day weekend can zoom by as fast as Netflix marathons on a lazy afternoon, so it can be useful to come in with a strategy or a set of goals. With Columbus Day weekend upon us, here are some tips on how to make the best of the next three days:

1. Take the opportunity to explore D.C. For new and veteran students alike, the long weekend is a great chance to get out of your rooms and off campus. Walk to a new restaurant so you can work off the meal afterward or visit a museum. Don’t let the shutdown get you down; the Smithsonian is still pretty cool looking in from the outside, and the Newseum is still open.

2. Don’t listen to Nas; sleep is not the cousin of death, at least for overworked students The long weekend is exciting, but don’t be afraid to sacrifice time hanging out with your buddies to remedy the all-nighters you pulled this week for those three midterms and two papers. You’ll have sweet dreams of A’s and A+’s with frosting on top.

3. The long weekend is as much of your friend as it is an enemy Friday will trick you into thinking you’ve got an eternity to do what you want with your free time. Saturday will say, “Hey, homework is for Sundays, but don’t forget football,” and Monday morning will quickly turn into the annoying “I told you so” when you haven’t studied, done your laundry or cleaned your room.

4. Do. Your. Laundry. We know you’re wearing the same socks that you wore yesterday because midterms have kept you from getting your laundry done. This long weekend is a great chance to expand your wardrobe back to its proper size.

5. Finally, in the spirit of the holiday, make your Columbus Day and long weekend worthwhile Find the balance between studying and going out, between eating and exercise and between college football and the NFL. Toast friends, family and fall, and raise your glasses to the long weekend.

Photos: Vacation-Lovers, Rungitom