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What would you do with a $25 gift card to Chipotle, Qdoba, Safeway, Starbucks, Ticketmaster, or Wisey’s?

Well you can find out if you take The Hoya’s feedback survey! We truly appreciate all of our readers, whether is here on the blog, on TheHoya.com or the print paper and The Guide. We would love your feedback to help us service you in the best way possible! Please take a few minutes to take the survey here, because we all know you don’t really want to pay attention to your Bio lecture today.

As an incentive, you will be automatically entered to win a $25 gifts card to one of the locations mentioned above! And just think of the possibilities:

Chipotle You could get THREE steak burritos WITH GUACAMOLE.

Qdoba You could feast for free every Monday for a month! What a great way to get over those Monday blues knowing you wont have to go to Leo’s or pay for food.

Safeway Nutella. Pretzels. All of them.

Starbucks That’s either a few Venti Lattes or one super elaborate Venti, septuple shot, three flavors, soy milk, and flakes of gold.

 Ticketmaster Your favorite band is coming to The Verizon Center? Well subsidize that ticket with this gift card and feel less guilty about buying a shirt at the show!

Wisey’s I don’t even think this needs explanation. Burger. Madness. (You should all know that I personally believe that Burger Madness > Chicken Madness)

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.

The 12 of ’12

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Welcome back to campus, my fellow Hoyas! It is the new year, which means Yates is going to be filled to the brim by the usual “exercise-more-regularly-as-my-new-year’s-resolution” people (don’t worry, they’ll all be gone in a week or two), we brace ourselves for the inevitable baby boom that will occur on 9/21 and we all struggle to remember to write 2013 instead of 2012 on top of our papers. We at The Fourth Edition wanted to take a moment to remember some of the key moments at Georgetown in 2012, which was a monumental year in more ways than one. They say a picture says a 1,000 words — and I’m too lazy to write more than five sentences — so here you have it: 12 photos from The Hoya that sum up the not-so-apocalyptic year of 2012. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Today in Hoya History: Why We Got Dorm Security

Most of us don’t think anything of swiping into our buildings — unless you forgot your GOCard in your room. But 24-hour security didn’t make its way into our dorms until about 40 years ago, after an assault on this day in 1971 (see headline below) prompted university officials to reassess security in campus residence halls.

On October 2, 1971, an unknown assailant held a Copley Hall RA at gunpoint after she discovered a robbery in the Residence Hall Office. At the time, Copley and Harbin lacked any type of security system, while other residence halls lacked 24-hour security. In the days after the assault, university officials led by then-Housing Director Suzanne Forsyth, called a series of emergency meetings to address security concerns. The meetings were led by dorm Housemasters and addressed concerns about student safety — Copley alone reported 14 burglaries and two assaults in September 1971.

Within two weeks of the assault, Copley had a temporary security system in place, but university officials had their eyes on larger plans. In an Oct. 15, 1971, article, The Hoya reported that university officials were examining “if a key-card system for entering is possible.” Furthermore, campus security officials were examining whether “defensive equipment, such as mace or night sticks, are needed for protection of security guards,” and was examining whether it could receive more funding to train officers.

Other security measures included the installation of alarms on fire exit doors and increased lighting at the Medical Center.

The Hoya‘s editorial board had sharp-tongued criticism for the university’s shoddy security. The board lamented the incompetence of Georgetown’s 50-man security force, noting that “their Dick Tracy radios notwithstanding, the campus is just too big to be patrolled by policemen on foot.” (No DPS on bikes or in cars in 1971, evidently.) An editorial cartoon (pictured above) shows a campus security guard writing a parking ticket “with campus crime on the rise.” Walking from Reiss to Harbin was scary then, too, as “the walk between Reiss and Harbin … left late-night sojourners easy prey for attackers.”

It turns out October 1971 was an bustling time for the university. We discovered a few more gems of Hoya history in the Oct. 7, 1971, issue that broke this story. It  had just been announced that the Beach Boys would perform McDonough Gym that November. The Kennedy family announced a $1,350,000 grant to establish the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and Bioethics, now known as the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. WGTB radio was in the midst of an 8-month hiatus as a result of disputes over student politics voiced on air. And, as revealed in a Letter to the Editor, smoking in Healy Hall classrooms was quite a nuisance.

This Day in Hoya History is a bi-weekly feature that delves in The Hoya’s archives to find the stories of Hilltops past.

Casual Thursdays: Tequila and Tailgate

The boas have been undusted. The drinks have been bought. The boys have been trained. The girls have been waxed. That time of year has come around once again: Homecoming Weekend 2012.

In honor of what will be a rowdy celebration this year, I’d like to suggest that you all pour out those Keystone lights (or better yet give them to me) and make your way to the nearest liquor store to brew a BEAR DOZER. (Yes, this cocktail will both sedate the real animal and help us massacre the team from the school I have particular contempt towards). The concoction will also be a nice precursor to the Halloween holiday. While you’re watching the game, I also recommend cozying up next to a delicious chicken-tequila tailgate sandwich (I can attest to its greatness).

Bear Dozer

  • 1/3 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
  • 1/3 oz Jose Cuervo Especial gold tequila
  • 1/3 oz cherry whiskey

Mix all ingredients in a shot glass, consume.

If you’re not in the mood for whiskey-tequila shots, Guy Fieri’s Chicken-Tequila Tailgate Sandwich is the perfect alternative, plus you still get all the fun of tequila! It’s a little complex to put together, but stick with me here, because it’s absolutely delicious. Bonus: this recipe makes sandwiches for you and three friends (or you and another really hungry friend).

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup julienned red onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned roasted red bell pepper
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for topping
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 1 1/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes, for topping
  • 4 sourdough rolls, warmed

Directions

Layer two 15-inch sheets of heavy-duty foil and fold them together around the edges to create one sheet. Repeat to make a second double-layered sheet of foil. Bend the edges of one of the sheets up 2 inches and crimp the corners so it can hold liquid.

In order, layer these ingredients on the bent sheet of foil: olive oil, onion, jalapeno, bell pepper, chicken, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, the garlic, cilantro, cheeses, lime juice and tequila. Place the second double-layered foil sheet on top of the ingredients and fold the top and bottom sheets together on all sides. Make sure the package is not leaking, then refrigerate until ready to cook.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F or a grill to medium and place the foil packet in the oven or on the grill. Cook 10 minutes; flip and cook 10 more minutes. Slice the bag open and top with the tomatoes, cilantro and parmesan cheese. Serve on the warmed rolls.

Now get ready to welcome home some alumni and stay casual, Hoyas.

Preview: Mr. Georgetown

Homecoming weekend is quickly approaching and with that comes the highly anticipated Mr. Georgetown pageant! This year, fourteen strong competitors will be vying for the crown by sacrificing blood, sweat, and tears through three intense rounds. Since it is Hunger Games themed, it is only appropriate that Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutchinson will be making an appearance…

JUST KIDDING. But if you are in the mood to watch some equally famous Georgetown hunks compete (ehem, Mr. The Hoya, Jon Rabar) be sure to come out to Gatson Hall at 7:30 PM on Friday.  (Doors open at 7 so get there early!!)  10 dollars for advanced tickets and $13 at the door. Special performances include The Phantoms, GU Bindaas, and Tate Tucker.  It will be a night you won’t want to miss as these men risk it all for the coveted title. The following tributes are as follows:

Mr. Residence Life: Danish Zaidi

Mr. Caribbean Culture Circle: Malik Stevens

Mr. Club Filipino: Dale Andrew Batoon

Mr. GERMS: Greg Ouellette

Mr. The Hoya: Jonathan Rabar

Mr.NSO: Jack Devlin

Mr. Senior Class Committee: Adrian Mansylla

Mr. Alpha Phi Omega: Derek Holiday

Mr. Black Student Alliance: Stefane Victor

Mr. College Academic Council: Andrew Glass

Mr. Mask and Bauble: Sean Keady

Mr. Phantoms: John Roach

Mr. Philodemic: Sam Dulik

Mr. DC Reads: Evan Curdts

Happy Hunger Games… er… Mr. Georgetown Pageant, Hoyas! And gentlemen… may the odds be ever in your favor!

Photo creds: https://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/006/d/c/may_the_odds_be_ever_in_your_favour_by_districtpotter13-d4lhzdc.jpg

The Fourth Summer Edition, 2012

Aloha! After a brief vacation, 4E has returned for the summer months. We got a little sunburned, packed up the boogie boards and finished off one last piña colada, and we’re back baby.

Summer 2012 has just begun. Whether you’re in D.C., New York, London, Paris, Barcelona, Istanbul or Cairo, we’re here for you. Fine, we’re mostly here for those of you on campus, but that doesn’t mean we forgot about the rest of you.

Check in on 4E for all your summer needs, from making the most of your summer internship to beating the heat to preparing for your first year at Georgetown. We promise not to lead you astray (on purpose, at least).

We’ve got a lot in store for the next few months, and we know you do too. If there’s anything you want to see on 4E, drop us a line in the comments or at [email protected]. And hey, if you’re feeling inspired to write, let us know about that too!

Michelle Cassidy
Blog Editor

Photo: failfun.com (slightly modified)

‘Dictator’ Commands Little Respect

Although the democratization of the Arab world continues to dominate the headlines of newspapers, brutal authoritarianism continues to plague the region, but one ruthless dictator in particular epitomizes degenerate power, Admiral General Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen). The only thing more brutal than Supreme Leader Aladeen, however, is “The Dictator” — and not in a good way.

Regardless of whether or not you aced Map of the Modern World, don’t bother searching for the Republic of Wadiya, the country which Aladeen rules, since this North African country doesn’t actually exist.

Following “Borat” (2006) and “Bruno” (2009), “The Dictator” seems to fall flat in attempt to succeed the critical acclaim earned by its predecessors. Cohen portrays Aladeen with all of the absurd qualities of a despotic tyrant. Having ruled Wadiya since the tender age of seven, Aladeen seems to live a life of constant relations with American celebrities (such as Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan) and sentencing people to execution at a whim. After being forced to speak in front of the United Nations in New York City to prove that his country isn’t producing weapons of mass destruction — a blatant reference to the nuclear program in Iran — it becomes clear that one of Aladeen’s closest men is in a conspiracy to have the Dear Leader replaced with a lookalike in order to bring about an end to the dictatorship and bring about a democracy.

Although it comes at no shock that the plot is completely predictable, unlike the two former films, “The Dictator” is completely scripted — a quality that gives mockumentary-style films a certain height of excitement hardly attainable by totally scripted films. Along with the surprisingly unoriginal plot, Cohen pushes the envelope of shock humor too far with jokes that pertain to the terrorist attacks on 9/11, suicide and rape.

Cohen is known for shocking humor, from Bruno “putting a hit on Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.)” to Borat singing the “Kazakhstani national anthem” to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during a rodeo. However, “The Dictator” tries too hard to be what it’s not, a clever comedy and in turn, aims for shocking humor that, in the end, just disappoints and disgusts. Regardless of the funny scenes portraying Brooklyn, NY as hyper-liberal and absurdly vegan (read: hipster), Cohen doesn’t quite hit the mark. Rape is never funny.

Only a mere 83 minutes, “The Dictator” doesn’t have the opportunity to drag out too long. “The Dictator,” however, does share a particularly important quality with “Borat” and “Bruno:” Do not see this film with parents or anyone else who would be uncomfortable watching the birth of a child from the perspective of the uterus. “Are you having a boy or an abortion?” Aladeen asks his newfound American love Zoey (Anna Faris), it’s neither. “The Dictator,” a proves to be another mediocre film on par with “Scary Movie 2” (2001) and “Date Movie” (2006).

The 223 Project: Many Faces, One Georgetown

Today marks the launch of The Hoya’s 223 Project, an effort to capture the spirit of Georgetown through the faces that make up our community.

Georgetown has been around for 223 years now, so we rounded up 223 students, faculty, staff and administrators as they passed through Red Square, took their pictures and asked them to tell us about themselves.

It’s easy to walk through Red Square quickly and avoid eye contact with the strangers that are trying to get your attention (it’s okay, we’ve all done it). But by getting people to slow down for a minute and chat with us, we’ve put together a project that shows just how diverse the Georgetown community is, on many levels.

So take a look at the website to see all 223 faces (and meet the creators!) and learn something about your community. We also have the photos on exhibit: they’re on display on Healy 1 today and in the Leavey Lobby on Wednesday and Thursday.

Photo: thehoya.com

 

Shillelaghs, Shamrocks, and Irish Ditties

While rifling through The Hoya’s archives, 4E found this little tidbit from John Cassidy (Ed note: Not a known relative of this blog’s editor), in an article called “Georgetown Irish Frolic Amid Revolution and Pranks” from March 15, 1950.

‘Tis but a night or two ’til St. Paddy’s Day and already the minds of the Hilltop’s Irish Irish Colony are turning to thoughts of green beer, shillelaghs, shamrocks and “good ole Irish ditties.”

Much thought every year is given to the correct manner in which Georgetown’s hard-headed Irish should take it upon themselves to celebrate this, the most hallowed day in the history of the Emerald Isles. Should it be a day of frivolity or a day of deep contemplation of dear “auld” Ireland?