Editors’ Picks For December

Disregarding the fact that it has been warmer these past three days than it was throughout the entire month of November, it is, indeed, December. As we approach the end of the world, we want to take the time to celebrate the little things that make this month so great. So even though we only have 18 days left in this month, here are some things you can enjoy in that time, hand picked by the editors of The Fourth Edition.

Corp Drink of the Month?

Lindsay – Red eye with a double shot and peppermint syrup. Given the fact that I’m going to be up at all hours of the night trying to study for my Problem of God midterm, I’m going to need a strong jolt of caffeine. Plus the peppermint reminds me that the holidays are approaching; it’s that red and green Christmas light at the end of my very dark and scary first Finals tunnel

KP – Medium mocha with a hazelnut flavor shot. There’s just something about the idea of chocolate and hazelnut that reminds me of happiness and Christmas cheer. Maybe it’s a latent craving for Nutella. Maybe it’s the endorphins that the chocolate gives me. Maybe it’s just a gift from Santa’s elves (read as: Corpies). Either way, it defines my holiday season and it should define yours too.

Kate – Seltzer from Vittles. It’s a dollar and nine cents for a liter. Bang for your buck.


Clothing Trend of the Month?

Lindsay –  Aggressively comfortable winter/holiday sweaters. I want a sweater that says, in the words of our Executive Editor, Braden, “don’t you just want to go alpine skiing with me?”

KP – Holiday themed socks. Red socks, green socks, reindeer socks, Santa socks! When I was a child, I personally had the greatest amount of satisfaction when wearing my Grinch socks to my Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve. Get those feet festive, kids.

Kate – Flannel pants and a sweatshirt from the airport gift shop in Texas. I interpreted trend as “outfit I have been repeating so far into December”. Maybe it’ll catch on because I just look so good.


Word/Saying of the Month?

Lindsay – “Twas”. I have slipped into saying things like “I had a french toast bagel for breakfast, ‘twas glorious”. Or “I went to the Corp Gala this past Saturday…’twas a mess and a half”.

KP – “Jolly”. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, indeed. Holiday parties, hot chocolate, Christmas lights, menorahs– I’m so jolly that I practically forgot about my finals!! (Not.)

Kate – “December to Remember” but not in the context of Lexus Christmas car commercials.


Favorite Thing About December?

Lindsay –  Snow. All of the snow. Except I only like it whilst it’s falling and only if it sticks to the ground, I don’t like the weird slush bullshittery when it is too wet to stick. I like the blinding whiteness when I try to take my dog out and consequently lose her in the snow as she romps around.

KP – Family. Whether it’s one of your crazy uncles or the weird girl that lives down the hall, December is a time to embrace the ones you love. Share some cookies, decorate the tree, and celebrate the amazing people in your life.

Kate – My birth.

Surviving Sandy: Food Edition

As Hurricane Sandy descends on the East coast, we’re all making last minute preparations before the storm traps us inside. The worst of the storm is yet to come, so if you still need to grab supplies, now’s the time to do it. Lots of places are running low on bottled water and flashlights, but there’s still some things to be had if you know where to look. Nobody wants to make a long trek just to come face to face with a closed sign, so we put on our journalist pants and found out which places are still open. We’ll be updating this list as we hear updates on business hours. Wisemiller’s – Normal hours: grab a Chicken Madness to tide you over during Hurricane Madness) The Tombs – Kitchen closed at 3 p.m. Corp Services – Closed Quick Pita – Normal hours Wingo’s – Normal hours Eat & Joy – Normal hours Chipotle – Closed Tuscany – Closed Booey’s – Closed Dean & Deluca – Closed Dixie Liquor – Will remain open until 8 p.m.

Feeding Yourself Without Leo’s (It’s Possible!)

Last year I supported Leo’s. Everyone complained about the quality of food, the lack of options, and the long lines for meals that were never really worth it. But I always came to its defense because I truly liked the food that was offered and I never left hungry.

But since the start of this school year, my friends and I have gone on a Leo’s boycott (except for Chicken Finger Thursdays because, really, who can pass those up?). And with the recent report of Leo’s numerous health code violations, students are starting to demand change. While we wait for Leo’s to get it’s act together, here are some other ways to feed yourself without leaving campus:

Epicurean – This restaurant is by far my favorite spot on campus. Although it may be a bit of a trek for those who live over in Southwest Quad or Village A, the wide array of choices – a daily buffet, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, and wraps – makes Epicurean well worth the walk. I personally recommend the quesadilla and The Baja, a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado and melted pepper jack cheese.

Wisemiller’s – Wisey’s takes the cake for the most convenient off campus food option. Located directly across from Walsh, one needs to walk only steps off campus to grab a great, quick and easy sandwich. If you’re having trouble deciding what to order, go with the Chicken Madness – you will not be disappointed.

Einstein Brothers Bagels – The opening of an Einstein Bagels on the third floor of Regents has been a great addition to the gorgeous new building. Unfortunately, the ‘store’ is simply a cart, but, each time that I have gone to pick up some breakfast, there has always been a good selection of fresh bagels. Even more exciting is the recent announcement of the expansion of the Einstein’s in Car Barn later this year.

The Corp – I feel as if I have lived off of food from the Corp this entire year. Between sushi, Booey’s sandwiches and even the falafels, I seem to never run out of options. Vital Vittles in Leavey usually offers the most choices of all of the Corp storefronts so make sure to head over there if you are struggling to find some diversity. Thank you, Corp, for feeding me for the past few weeks – I don’t know what I would do without you.

Hopefully, the situation at Leo’s improves, but, until then, we’ll all just have to get a little creative. Maybe you’ll even try out those cooking skills that you never knew you had!

GU Mobile Debuts

This past week at the Hoya Innovation Summit, Georgetown launched its very own mobile web app. Go to m.georgetown.edu on any wireless mobile device, and Georgetown news and info is available right at your fingertips.

Just like any mobile app, Georgetown’s mobile web has an array of awesome and useful features. These range from a directory of students, staff, and faculty, a map to help you get around campus (perfect for visitors and incoming Freshmen), an events calendar, news, dining menus, GUTS bus info and much more.  Finally, all the information you might ever need to know about Georgetown is available on one site.

While all the features are helpful, a few make the site really worthwhile. The directory lists all Georgetown emergency numbers, and you have the option to search any professor’s email address, making contacting them much easier. The dining app includes hours and menus of more than just Leo’s—you now have access to Corp services, Epicurean and dining options in Leavey (no more walking to Cosi only to find it dark and deserted at 7 p.m.

While right now the project is limited to the mobile website, apps for the iPhone and Android are in the works, which will make all this information even easier to access.

Photo: Chris Bien/The Hoya