Friday Fixat10ns: 90’s Power Playlist

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Aside from dial-up internet, there is a lot we miss about the 90’s. Those were the days when we used to love pushing a slinky repeatedly down the stairs, when we couldn’t wait to pop our favorite tape into the family VCR and when we actually liked Mary Kate and Ashley. But the truth is, the best part of the 90’s was the music. Sure, there are the obvious 90’s classics like Aaron Carter, the Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC, but the true powerhouse hits of the 90’s are often ignored. So, 4E has put together the Friday Fixat10ns for those true 90’s music fans out there. Here are the tracks:

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana – The obvious choice for this playlist, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” packs a punch for all of those angsty teens out there looking to get out some aggression. Also, how can you not like a song that has an almost completely unintelligible chorus?
  2. Hold On by En Vogue – Before there was Destiny’s Child, there was En Vogue. “Hold On” samples Jackson 5’s hit “Who’s Lovin’ You” as an introduction, and you can’t help but belt out a few lyrics. After the powerhouse intro, the song breaks into the quintessential 90’s girl group hit.
  3. Hold On by Wilson Phillips – You may be thinking, “Another ‘Hold On’, are you kidding?” No, I am not kidding. If it’s good enough for Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph to jam out to in “Bridesmaids“, then it’s good enough to make this playlist.
  4. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers – Although this song was actually released in 1988, it only went big after its re-release in 1993. This is the jam. Sure, does anyone know what accents The Proclaimers have? No. Does anyone know what “havering” means? No. But trust me, if this power-packed song comes on at a party, you can bet everyone will be going wild to the chorus and intermittent “da-lat-das”.
  5. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston – It almost pains me to think that I even have to explain why this song makes the cut. Disregard the historical fame and chart-topping numbers, and it would still make this playlist because of how this inspired every shower singer to try and belt notes like Whitney and unfortunately fail. (Yes, that kid that sings in the communal shower of his freshman dorm, we’ve all heard you.)
  6. Baby Got Back by Sir-Mix-A-Lot – Before there was “Anaconda,” there was “Baby Got Back.” This song is one of the greatest songs of all time. Starting out with a hilarious intro and lyrics that made any kid who knew them the most popular kid in school, this song is truly one for the ages.
  7. Wannabe by Spice Girls – I’ll tell ya what I want, what I really really want: this 90’s jam on the playlist! “Wannabe” is a classic that makes any Georgetown girl drop her Pumpkin Spice Latte and dance like no one is watching.
  8. I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts – You may have never heard of The Rembrandts, but you’ve definitely heard of “I’ll Be There For You.” This song was the theme song for the greatest television show of all time, “Friends”, and packs a powerful message about friendship. I dare you not to do the quadruple clap after “So no one told you life was gonna be this way…”
  9. No Scrubs by TLC – This song is the perfect anthem to keep the “scrubs” away. Covered by contemporary artists like Bastille and Foxes, the lasting power of this song is unbelievably strong. But still, no one could rock it like TLC.
  10. Wonderwall by Oasis – Trust me, you’ve heard this song. We all have that one friend who can “play” guitar, but really can only play “Wonderwall.” Despite the weird fascination amateur guitar players everywhere have with his song, this is a 90’s classic that always has everyone singing along.

So to all the 4E readers out there, when you eventually begin studying for your finals, blast this playlist to pump yourself up. 90’s music will always be there for you.

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Life, Love and the Pursuit of Nutella: Round 2

Nutella-Cheesecake-RowLadies and Gentlemen: This is it. I repeat, this is it.

In the wise words of LMFAO, “Let’s Go Round 2.” No, I do not mean Round 2 of a delicious alcoholic beverage. No I don’t mean Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament (FGCU still haunts my memories). No, I don’t mean Round 2, as in the Stylistics album released in October 1973.

I’m talking about the big time.

The whole shebang.

The never-before-seen sequel to Round One. What you’re about to witness is going to change your life even more than Marriage Equality (which you should all support).

This is Life, Love and the Pursuit of Nutella: Round 2.

In case you weren’t up to par with all the delicious things you can do with our favorite chocolatey-hazelnut spread, here are a few succulent and delicious ways that you can change your life with Nutella:

Toasted Nutella and Cream Cheese- Three simple ingredients: Nutella, cream cheese, bread. Toast the bread. Add the cream cheese and Nutella to each slice. Place in oven. Broil for a minute or two. Place creation in your mouth. Want to know what happens next? Ecstasy.

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake- I searched far and wide for a recipe that combined possibly the two greatest things in the world: Nutella and Cheesecake. Then, I narrowed down searches to only include the ingredients owned by and culinary skill level of a lazy college student. This was the result. It’s like the Mona Lisa of cheesecake. Call me a Renaissance man.

Nutella Brownies Did I ever mention Nutella Mona Lisa had a twin sister? Well, here she is. Her name is Sally, and all Sally needs are eggs, Nutella and flour. Want to know how R. Kelly reacted after he ate these brownies? Like this. (Editor’s note: THEY ALSO HAVE THESE AT BAKED AND WIRED AND THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL)

No Bake Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies- First of all, this recipe makes 24 cookies, which is almost the amount that I would eat when I’m all by myself. Second of all, it requires absolutely no baking. In fact it only requires the skill of this child and it produces results that will give you goosebumps. Kind of like the ones I get when I listen to Whitney Houston sing the Star Spangled Banner.

Waffles and Nutella- Step One: Go to Leo’s with a jar of Nutella. It’s only weird if you make it weird. Step Two: Add batter to the waffle machine as if you were making a normal waffle. Step Three: Add dollops of Nutella into the batter. Game changer. If you’re ready for the Big Leagues, add Nutella and ice cream on top of your Nutella Waffle. That’s right, bow down.

Nutella Banana Smoothie- 1 cup vanilla yogurt. 1/3 cup Nutella. (But seriously, add more if you want.) 1 banana. 1 cup ice. Blend and be amazed.

This Words just can’t even explain… I’m… I’m… crying tears of joy.

Until next time, you Nutella-loving Hoyas.

Photo: My Baking Addiction

Sunday Night Wrapup: Dance with Somebody

by Kaitlyn Morio

Between the Republican presidential campaign trail, the Grammy Awards and Georgetown basketball wins, it’s been quite the weekend. But if you’ve too been busy listening to Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits on repeat to catch up on the rest of the news, Sunday Night Wrapup is here to remind you what happened this weekend.
  • Republican front-runner Mitt Romney won the Maine caucus on Saturday with 39 percent of the vote ahead of Ron Paul, who finished second with 36 percent.
  • R&B icon Whitney Houston died unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon at the age of 48. The cause of death has not yet been released, and it may be six to eight weeks before the results of toxicology reports are available. Houston’s only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday morning to be treated for anxiety following her mother’s death.
  • After a disappointing loss to Syracuse on Wednesday night in overtime, the Hoyas successfully rebounded and defeated St. John’s this Sunday at the Verizon Center in a 71-61 victory.
  • Although the 54th Grammy Awards haven’t ended yet, there have already been some big wins tonight. Adele’s 21 won Best Pop Vocal Album, Taylor Swift’s “Mean” won Best Country Song, the Foo Fighter’s “Wasting Light” won Best Rock Album, and Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites won for Best Dance/Electronica Album. Check out the winners as they are announced here.