Six Degrees of Beyoncé: Dip Ball Edition

Beyonce DegressDear Hoyas, it has come to my attention that not everyone on the Hilltop feels the same way about Beyoncé as we do at 4E. Shocking, we know. Below you will find actual quotes from actual Hoyas, and for reasons of both privacy and street cred, their identities will remain concealed.

“I feel like everyone only likes Beyoncé because it’s the cool thing to do.”          – J. Hoya

“I’m a little Beyoncéd out.” – L. O’Donavon

      And worst of all, “I don’t get why Beyoncé’s considered such a big deal.”       – P. Healy

While we make no attempt to understand what it means to be “Beyoncéd out,” 4E is still a blog for Hoyas by Hoyas. Therefore, this week’s Six Degrees of Beyoncé is dedicated to all those out there who have yet to bask in the glow of the visual album, to the single ladies who have never put their hands up and to anyone who has yet to be Crazy and/or Drunk in Love. And maybe you’re right, J. Hoya. Perhaps liking Beyoncé is the trendy thing to do, but as she has said multiple times, she is one of the many girls who “run the world.” Maybe we’re all just trying to get in her good graces, seeing as she is connected to just about everyone in six degrees or less. Take this for example:

1. This spring, Georgetown students will have to the ultimate Friday night dilemma as GPB’s Kickoff Concert and the Diplomatic Ball are on the same night.

2. Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed M. Tawfik was in attendance at last year’s Dip Ball.

3. Ambassador Mohamed M. Tawfik was given his credentials toward the end of President Obama’s first term.

4. You know who’s a close friend of the Obama family?

Beyoncé Number: 4

 She’s kind of a big deal. That’s why we care.

 

I rest my case.

Photos: allgov.com, state.gov; Gifs: tumblr.com

Overcoats, More Overcoats and Other Hoya Inauguration Blunders

1. Jan. 23rd, 2009: A year of hope and change…except for DarnallScreen Shot 2013-01-17 at 7.28.43 PM
In 2009, President Obama was inaugurated for his first term. Unfortunately, the first headline Hoya readers saw was not one of his historic entrance into office, but of the crap-tastic nature of Darnall’s plumbing. As we enter 2013, not much has changed: same president, same Darnall struggles.

 

2. Jan. 23rd, 2009: Enter Tobias FünkeScreen Shot 2013-01-17 at 7.36.11 PM

I’m sorry, but all I can think of is the episode of Arrested Development in which Tobias gets his full leather outfit to be a “leather daddy” … Tobias storming D.C. against Obama? Tobias for president?

3. Jan. 22nd, 1993: Wait … so what kind of coats?Screen Shot 2013-01-17 at 7.26.09 PM

Georgetown alumni Bill Clinton steps into office and we have one question: Why is the inauguration being compared to melted animal fats? (Schmaltz is Yiddish for rendered animal fat, usually chicken fat. Thank you, Urban Dictionary.)

4. Jan. 23rd, 1981: The year of fighting steeds

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If you’re attending the inauguration this year, I would suggest taking a self-defense class to prepare yourself for possibility of having to fight off a stallion. I would like to point out that above this inauguration feature was an article about a 25,000-person march to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and, between those two beautiful and important posts, was the article “Hoya Pick-Up Line of the Week Award.” And yes, we will bringing this post back.

5. Jan. 19th, 1973: There are so many things wrong with this.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I have some major issues with the phrase ” … a castrated Congress limping into a new session …” Well, here’s to a new Presidential term and a fully … uhh … “equipped” Congress.

 

Happy inauguration! I’m sure that 30 years in the future, our current staff will be berated for their word choices and out-of-context headlines, but until then, we will continue to be sassy and snarky, just for you.

Sunday Night Wrapup: In Search of Stanley

Campus was busy this weekend between Relay for Life, GAAP weekend and Rigby Ball. So whether you were busy running between all these events or just cooped up in your room hiding from the rain, we’re here to catch you up on what happened this weekend.

  • Relay for Life happened this weekend on Harbin Field, with 1,732 Participants, 155 teams, and $203,558 raised for the American Cancer Society.
  • In the world of D.C. sports, defending Stanley Cup champions Boston Bruins bested the Washington Capitals 4-3 OT to force game 7 in the East conference quarterfinal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • President Obama narrowly leads presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in slew of new polls released this week. Republican primaries this Tuesday in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut, should allow Governor Romney to put more distance between him and his fellow GOP competitors, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
  • Tomorrow marks the beginning of the last full week of classes, so celebrate now before you have to buckle down for finals (or if you’re a senior, just celebrate!). 
Photo: AP Photo/Nick Wass via wjla.com

Sunday Night Wrapup: My Heart Will Go On

Hopefully you didn’t encounter any bad luck on Friday the 13th (or the rest of the weekend for that matter). But just in case you broke a mirror, walked under a ladder or ran into a whole gang of black cats and were incapacitated for the weekend, here’s the news you missed.

  • In case you missed our coverage, Georgetown welcomed our brand new puppy of a mascot to campus this Friday. We’re leaving the banner up a bit longer in celebration of his arrival.
  • On Friday, D.C. officials announced that the debut line of streetcars will be called “One City.” Community response to the proposed line wasn’t entirely positive, to say the least.
  • President Obama went down to Colombia for a Summit of the Americas, which should be an exciting international event, but it has been overshadowed by scandal. Apparently, a dozen Secret Service agents and five military service members were involved in “misconduct” involving Columbian prostitutes.
  • Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Though a surprising number of people didn’t realize that the movie was based on a real event, D.C.’s Men’s Titanic Society honored those who died by recreating the last meal served on the ship and visiting the Titanic Memorial (did you know we had one of those?).

Photo: Flickr user thisisbossi

Marshmallow Cannons and More at the White House

by Michelle Cassidy


Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Obama hosted a group of young students yesterday at the second White House Science Fair, where they showed off some inspired projects, according to InTheCapital. The innovations being featured at the event would have blown my entire grade school science fair out the water. Projects ranged from a device that removes ink from paper to a sugar packet that dissolves in hot water (eliminating a significant amount of waste) to alternative energy sources for cars.

More than 100 students from different science competitions nationwide attended the event and presented their award-winning projects. Obama urged students to pursue higher education in science, math and especially engineering:

We need more people, who can do math, design software, and create new applications for machines that have yet to come into existence. If we choose not to engage in fundamental research—not to pursue new technologies and systems, not to discover new properties of numbers and atomic structures,not to explore the oceans and outer space—we leave that work to others, to emerging countries, who have seen from the outside what science and technology can do for a society.

Other notable guests at the fair included Bill Nye the Science Guy (remember him?) and Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame.

Our favorite part? The pictures of Obama firing the marshmallow cannon designed by Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona across the State Dining Room. The Washington Post has a gallery featuring more pictures from the event, and the White House blog has a video showing some more of the projects.

Update 12:04 p.m.: We have video!

A Word from POTUS

File Photo: Chris Bien/The Hoya

by Beth Garbitelli

You can’t watch the NFL Playoffs every night, I guess. The State of the Union address provided some quality primetime viewing on the otherwise non-event Tuesday night television schedule and we hope you tuned in. Why? Well, because it kinda sorta might have been the most important speech Mr. Prez has given in quite some time.

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