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from the editor irst things first: Thanks for picking up this magazine and giving it a read-through. What we’ve put together for you doesn’t have a purpose if it sits on your desk or a newsstand unopened, and that goes for every issue of The Hoya we’ll publish this year. What we do is only worthwhile with your readership, and we hope you’ll continue to support our work during the rest of your time at Georgetown by grabbing a copy of The Hoya every Tuesday and Friday. But enough about us. Let’s talk about you. You’re here at Georgetown, about to embark on what will likely be a life-changing journey through this institution we call “college.” You’re probably full of some combination of anticipation, excitement, nervousness and pure terror at the thought. I know because I was there just three years ago, even if it seems like three decades ago. My hope is that this magazine will play some role in enhancing your first year by getting you up to speed from the very beginning on what you need to know about this campus, this neighborhood and this city. There’s more to learn than we could possibly fit here, and nothing can substitute for getting out there and experiencing everything yourself, but consider this our small contribution to your getting acquainted with these new surroundings. If you like what you see and want to become a part of our tradition, visit us at thehoya.com and apply to work with us. We’re always looking for new staffers and new friends willing to put in the level of work and enjoy the level of fun that has made The Hoya one of Georgetown’s greatest student organizations for the last 92 years. Whether or not you join our team, know that you will find your place at Georgetown. It may take time, but it will happen. Before and after it does, I encourage you to pursue everything you do with passion and work to leave this place better than you found it. Three or four years from now, you and Georgetown will both be grateful that you did.
My hope is that this magazine will play some role in enhancing your first year by getting you up to speed from the very beginning on what you need to know about this campus, this neighborhood and this city.
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BUCKET LIST 1. Bump into a foreign head of state crossing campus. 2. Tailgate and root for the Hoyas at Homecoming. 3. FIELD TRIP TO EASTERN MARKET. 4. ENJOY SAKE BOMBS AND KARAOKE AT JAPONE. 5. GET YOUR HEAD STAMPED AT THE TOMBS ON YOUR 21ST BIRTHDAY.
6. eat at Ben’s Chili Bowl. 7. learn the ﬁght song. 8. get lunch at a food truck on O
9. sit in john carroll’s lap. 10. steal the clock hands from Healy Tower. 11. head to a Village A rooftop to see the stunning view at night. 12. go kayaking on the Potomac. 13. run through the fountain in Dahlgren Quad at night. 14. go to the monuments at night. 15. catch concerts at the 9:30 club, black cat, and merriweather post pavilion.
16.order a chicken madness at Wisey’s. 17. TAKE A CHEAP BUS TO NYC FOR THE WEEKEND. 18. HEAD DOWN TO THE WATERFRONT TO PICNIC. 19. GO TO A SHOW AT THE KENNEDY CENTER. campus | thehoya
20. make friends with jack the bulldog and JJ. 21. take a course taught by a jesuit. 22. go to the white house for the inauguration. 23. ﬁnd the time for a run along the Potomac at sunset. 24. DFMO at club lau. 25. watch the exorcist on halloween.
THE FOUR SCHOOLS
The College is the biggest, oldest and best known undergraduate school at Georgetown, offering a wide array of traditional liberal arts and science majors. Its students are interested in everything from biochemistry to theology and have been since the school’s founding in 1789. In fact, they might be interested in too much — highly focused students from the MSB or NHS deride the College as a collecting pool for undecideds, which should not take away from the fact that the College has the lowest acceptance rate of all four schools, standing at 15.8%. But College students generally enjoy the opportunity to take classes from all disciplines and choose from 42 majors.
Founded in 1903 to train nurses to work at Georgetown University Hospital, the NHS has since expanded to encompass health systems administration, human science and international health. The small size of the program encourages the development a tight-knit community — a sense of solidarity that comes in handy when you all show up bleary eyed to a 6 a.m. clinical. NHS students are generally considered the nicest at Georgetown as well as the most obscure, making them the Hufflepuffs of the Georgetown world.
Georgetown’s youngest school, the MSB is highly competitive in preparing its students for careers in different areas of the business world, from finance to marketing. Between intimidating classes like Business Financial Management and Management Science, MSB students definitely have their work cut out for them. But there’s no denying their school comes with perks — few classes on Fridays and privileged access to one of sexiest buildings on campus — and four years down the road, MSBers will get some of the highest-paying offers for jobs after college. But when it comes to the MSB, there is no debate: It’s Slytherin. These guys know exactly where they want to go and exactly what they need to do to get there.
Founded in 1919 by Edmund J. Walsh, S.J., the School of Foreign Service provides its students with an unparalleled education in international affairs — at least, that’s what any SFS student will tell you. Though the SFS is sometimes derided with such nicknames as “safe from science” and the “school for snobs,” being in the Georgetown equivalent of Ravenclaw has its benefits. Nowhere else can you find such a large concentration of people bent on saving the world, or at least providing it with clean water — all while speaking three foreign languages. And the annual Diplomatic Ball, organized by the SFS Academic Council, is always a great opportunity to re-wear your prom dress and rub shoulders with some of D.C.’s top diplomats and academics.
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booeys also booeymongers n. A delicatessen on Prospect Street that serves a variety of sandwiches and pitchers of beer, making it a popular eatery among students. burleith n. The neighborhood to the north of Georgetown’s campus, located near the hospital and medical school. Home to many upperclassmen in offcampus housing and cranky neighbors. corpie n. A member of Students of Georgetown, Inc., more commonly known as The Corp. As hiring is highly competitive, it has a stereotype among some as being an unofficial frat. ’cuse n. 1. Nickname for Syracuse, a basketball rival. 2. Often used in the cheer “Juice ’Cuse.” the dirty D n. 1. an affectionate — or derogatory, depending on who is using it — term for Darnall, one of the four freshman dorms.
GUGS n. Pronounced “jugs,” this abbreviation stands for the Georgetown University Grilling Society. They serve phenomenal burgers on Fridays throughout the fall and spring. guts bus n. Georgetown University Transportation Shuttles, which run to the Dupont Circle and Rosslyn Metro stops. healy beach n. The nickname for Healy Lawn during the spring months when it is covered in procrastinating students. jack jr. also j.j. n. Georgetown’s mascot-in-training, who arrived on campus last April to much fanfare. This adorable puppy lives with Fr. Steck and Jack the Bulldog on New South 4. jtiii n. The nickname for men’s basketball Head Coach John Thompson III.
dps also dops n. The Department of Public Safety is the police force on campus.
late night n. The fourth meal in O’Donovan Hall, served from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Usually features reheated leftover dishes and a sandwich/ salad bar; it is a popular hangout among athletes.
east campus n. The area comprising Nevils Apartment Complex, LXR dorms, Walsh Building, and Car Barn. Students who don’t live there mock its distance from the main campus, but it’s close to Wisey’s.
lau n. 1. Joseph Mark Lauinger Library, the main library on campus. Home to “Club Lau,” an event at the beginning of the year in which the third-floor quiet room transforms into a nightclub.
epi also epicurean & company n. The buffet-style restaurant, hibachi bar and sushi bar in the basement of Darnall Hall that moonlights as a nightclub.
lau 2 n. The second floor of Lau, and the only floor on which talking is allowed. While theoretically perfect for group projects, productivity slows to almost zero on this floor.
the esplanade n. 1. A roof garden on the second floor of the Leavey Center. 2. A great spot for picnics and a good shortcut to Yates Field House. georgetown day n. A campus-wide celebration that takes place on the last Friday of spring classes. The front lawn is transformed into a giant party with free food, rides and an outdoor concert. germs n. The student-run Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service acts as the ambulance system on campus. germ-ed (var.) adj. The state of being treated by GERMS, most often used by students in alcohol-related accidents or over-consumption.
leo’s n. Short for O’Donovan Hall, the on-campus dining hall. Say its full name and you’ll sound like a tourist. Variations include O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront and Leo Bro’Donovan’s. map n. Nickname for Map of the Modern World, a pass-fail course that every SFS-er must pass in order to graduate. You’ll learn every country and every capital in the world. msbro n. A male undergraduate student in the McDonough School of Business. Known for preppiness and heavy drinking.
going to towne v. 1. A popular expression meaning that one is going to Towne Wine & Liquors, not the town of Washington, D.C. 2. Can also refer to visiting Town Danceboutique, a popular gay dance club.
prospect crawl n. The act of traveling up and down Prospect Street in search of parties. Most frequently performed by hordes of freshmen with little chance of gaining admittance to a party.
grab ’n’ go n. A theoretically wonderful part of a meal plan under which a student can get food to go as one of their weekly meals. There are two locations: Leo’s and the Leavey Center.
rooftops n. The term used to describe the topmost Village A apartments that enjoy large rooftop balconies. They’re a frequent spot for parties.
guasfcu n. Possibly the most complicated of Georgetown acronyms, the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union is most commonly referred to as simply “the credit union.”
rangila n. A uniquely Georgetown tradition, this annual show organized by the South Asian Society brings together 400 Hoyas for a weekend of dancing in Gaston Hall.
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saferides n. Georgetown’s van service that will pick students up in West Georgetown and Burleith from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and to 3 a.m. on weekends. Beware: The service is safe but slow.
brunch n. Not really breakfast and not really lunch, weekend brunch is the best meal of the week at Leo’s, whether or not you went out the night before.
snaps n. A volunteer group of university officials who patrol the neighborhoods surrounding campus on weekends.
creeping v. The act of finding as much information about someone you barely know through both mutual friends and Facebook.
snaxa n. Officially Hoya Snaxa, this small bodega is operated by The Corp in the Southwest Quad. It’s perfect for residents in the area who need a quick snack.
dayglo n. A large, touring paint party that comes to D.C. at least once a year. Attendees wear white and become covered in neon paint.
snowpocalypse n. A week in February 2010 when the District was hit with so much snow that Georgetown was closed for the better part of a week. safeway n. The grocery store closest to Georgetown’s campus, located north up Wisconsin Avenue. It’s open 24 hours a day, making it a perfect place to grab a late-night snack. vineyard vines n. 1. A popular clothing company that sells incredibly preppy garments for the stereotypical Georgetown student. visi n. Officially Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, it is the all girls’ Catholic school located adjacent to Georgetown’s campus. vittles n. Officially Vital Vittles, it’s the Corp-owned grocery store located in the Leavey Center. It’s particularly convenient for residents of Darnall Hall or Henle Village. wisey’s n. 1. Colloquial name for Wisemiller’s, the popular deli and convenience store on 36th Street. 2. Actual name of Wisemiller’s second location on Wisconsin Avenue, usually referred to as “Healthy Wisey’s.” yates n. Yates Field House, the on-campus gym located at the top of a steep hill. Features weights, cardio equipment, basketball and tennis courts, an indoor track and a pool.
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dfmo n. 1. Short for dance floor make out, a makeout session that occurs on the dancefloor at a party rather than in a private room. Typically, the participants are not dating or may even be strangers. Whether or not this constitutes a “hookup” is subject to contentious debate. ﬂoorcest n. 1. A pejorative term for a hookup between two floormates, making floor meetings awkward and tension filled for both parties. 2. Due to the close-knit nature of most freshman dorms, these relationships are typically fodder for floor gossip. froyo n. Slang for frozen yogurt, which is a way of life at Georgetown. Get it at Saxby’s, sweetgreen, Pinkberry, Iceberry or Leo’s. jungle juice n. A homemade fruit-flavored punch with questionable ingredients, usually served in a plastic bin. A batch can be deceptively strong, causing one to become drunk without realizing it. kegger n. A party where (cheap) beer is served from kegs. These tend to “tap out” early, sending droves of freshmen off to the next “kegger.” kegs & eggs n. A morning party where beer is served with breakfast, namely eggs. These gatherings are most common before basketball games as a pre-games. natty n. Colloquial term for Natural Light, a low-cost beer of exceptional quality. see: Natty Caddy. natty caddy n. A wheeled container that holds three 30-racks of Natural Light. rager syn. gala, going hard, kegger, mixer, party, throwdown.
abc party n. “Anything But Clothes” party, in which participants construct costumes from everyday objects. Typically, these outfits are quite revealing, because nothing says “sexy” quite like a duct tape bra.
sexiled adj. 1. Being exiled from one’s room due to its occupation by a couple. “Sexiling” is usually signaled via a late-night text from one’s roommate asking if the room will be free that night.
beer goggles n. 1. The phenomenon where alcohol consumption distorts one’s cognitive perception, making others appear more attractive than they actually are. 2. The difference can be seen when Facebook stalking the hookup the next morning and discovering that he or she is not as attractive while one is sober.
tas adj. 1. Teaching assistants, generally unenthused graduate students who assist professors by grading papers and leading discussion sections. It’s in your best interest to get on their good side.
beirut (also ruit) n. A synonym for “beer pong,” used mostly by boarding school kids or New Englanders.
walk of shame n. The embarrassing walk back home one endures after a night of partying, and most commonly after a hookup. Female “walk of shamers” may be spotted crossing campus at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning sporting high heels and smeared mascara.
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last year’s headlines DERRICK SWEENEY
In a gripping four-day narrative that resembled something out of a movie, Derrick Sweeney (COL ’13) was arrested with two other Americans by Egyptian police for protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last November. Sweeney, who had been studying abroad at the American University in Cairo, was accused of throwing Molotov cocktails and subsequently detained for two days before being released and force to leave the country.
Last year was a big one for the Georgetown University Student Association. In January, students voted to approve all three components of the Student Activities Fee Endowment proposals: the construction of the New South Student Center, the establishment of the Student Innovation and Public Service Fund and the installation of solar panels on 43 university townhouses. Two months later, Georgetown elected its firstever all-female GUSA executive in a race marked by record-breaking voter turnout. President Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vice President Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) have established three new cabinet positions — secretaries of social justice, campus ministry and academic affairs — and will oversee the implementation of the previous administration’s Student Life Report, the first broad series of plans for improving student life to be proposed since 1999.
LEO’S WORKERS In February, workers at O’Donovan Hall won a three-year contract granting them higher wages, health insurance and other benefits in the culmination of a months-long saga. Leo’s workers’ effort to secure a better contract from Aramark Higher Education started in 2009, when students began meeting informally with them to help establish a partnership with labor union UNITE HERE. During the 2011-2012 school year, workers announced their partnership with the union and staged multiple demonstrations in the dining hall. Tarshea Smith, who has worked at Leo’s for 18 years, said that the better contract signaled a radical change for workers. “It’s different now. Because we have a union, you don’t have to be afraid and think you’re going to lose your job,” she told THE HOYA in April. “Now we have a voice.”
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Last October, Georgetown launched the public phase of its largest-ever fundraising effort, which aims to amass $1.5 billion to be allocated for scholarships, student life and capital expansion projects, faculty pay and a series of special programs designated “transformative opportunities.” The effort, named “The Campaign for Georgetown: For Generations to Come,“ had raised $848 million as of early May and is on track for completion by 2016.
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CONTRACEPTION CONTROVERSY Georgetown garnered further attention from the national media for its involvement in the controversy over a Department of Health and Human Services regulation announced earlier this spring. Under the mandate, all religious institutions that offer insurance plans must cover contraceptives, regardless of their purpose. In late February, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh derided third-year GU Law student Sandra Fluke (LAW ’13) as a “slut” and “prostitute” after she appeared unofficially before a congressional committee to testify about the affordability of birth control. Limbaugh’s comments were condemned by dignitaries ranging from University President John J. DeGioia to U.S. President Barack Obama, and Limbaugh issued an apology a few days later. DeGioia ultimately announced that Georgetown will comply with the HHS regulation, though the school will take advantage of a oneyear grace period offered in the mandate. Controversy flared up once again when HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was invited to speak at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s Tropaia ceremony in May. A variety of religious and pro-life groups called on DeGioia to rescind the invitation and several protesters marched outside the front gates on the day of the ceremony, but the speech went forward as planned.
ALL SMILES: From left to right: ANC 2E Chair Ron Lewis, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and University President John J. DeGioia pose together on June 6 after unveiling the Georgetown Community Partnership.
campus plan eorgetown first submitted its 2010-2020 Campus Plan in December 2010. The plan immediately sparked backlash from neighborhood groups and city officials. Its most controversial elements included an increase in the university’s total enrollment to 16,133 students, the construction of a loop road for Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle buses in the park behind Yates Field House and a 500,000-square-foot addition to the Medical Center, among other innovations. After 14 months and seven Zoning Commission hearings that failed to resolve neighbors’ issues with the plans, Georgetown announced in April 2012 that administrators would hold private meetings with leaders of neighborhood groups in hopes of reaching an agreement outside of the contentious zoning process. In mid-June, Georgetown released its amended campus plan, which won approval from neighbors, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E and the Zoning Commission. The final version of the plan aims to move student social life back on campus. It includes stricter standards for students living in off-campus housing but also plans for the construction of a New South Student Center and allows students who are over the age of 21 to hold parties without registering them in advance. The plan also lays the groundwork for the Georgetown Community Partnership, which aims to provide a mechanism for resolving disputes between the university and its neighbors and to ease the way for the passage of a new campus plan in 2017.
WHAT IS THE CAMPUS PLAN? Each university in the District is required to submit multiyear expansion plans to the D.C. Zoning Commission on a regular basis. These campus plans describe the schools’ new building projects, enrollment estimates and all other changes that affect the surrounding community. Georgetown’s plan, which must be submitted every 10 years, is a perennial dispute in the ongoing conflict between the university and its neighbors.
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the party scene If you’re like the thousands of freshmen that came before you, you’re probably wondering what the deal is with drinking at Georgetown. Does everyone do it? Is it allowed? How can I get a keg into my room in New South? Here are the answers to some of your burning questions ... Is it legal for me to drink? Hah, No.
and can jeopardize your ability to study abroad or secure campus housing.
OK, so it’s not legal, but where can I do it anyway? If you choose to imbibe in your room, you probably won’t get in trouble if you are responsible. Resident assistants don’t do random room checks on weekend nights. But if you are too loud (and having more than a handful of people in your room along with a turned-up iPod sound dock is guaranteed to be loud) or if people keep coming and going, or if people are running down the hall throwing up, the RA will notice and you will get in trouble. Be smart.
What is a Georgetown party like? At some schools, guests are asked to pay for a cup. Thankfully, that’s not the case at Georgetown. Tradition has been that juniors and seniors throwing parties pick up the tab for freshmen, with the expectation that in a few years when they’re throwing the parties, they’ll pay it forward. It’s a nice system.
But drinking in my six-by-six cell of a dorm room is pretty lame. Where can I go to par-tay? Especially at the beginning of the year, freshmen tend to walk around in hordes in West Georgetown and in on-campus apartment complexes like Village A, especially the rooftops, listening for noise and inviting themselves in to an assortment of parties. For freshmen, especially if there are girls in your group, that tends to be acceptable. The university has cracked down on party violations in the past year, so upperclassmen will likely be working the door and making sure there are no uninvited guests. What’s the best way to find a party? Someone on your floor is bound to have a sibling or teammate or high school buddy who lives in an apartment and will welcome you. What if I get caught? Will I get in trouble? If you are written up by your R.A., the situation will be documented and forwarded to the hall director, who will make a decision on disciplinary measures. Assuming the violation was limited to drinking in the dorm and being a bit too noisy, punishment is likely to include sanction hours, a fine and/or the AlcoholEdu online course. Repeated violations can end up on your transcript
My friend had way too much to drink. What do I do? If someone seems seriously ill, call Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Services (202-6874357) and Georgetown’s student-run EMS service will respond. They arrive on the scene faster than D.C. Fire and Rescue, and the ride to the hospital is free. Otherwise, keep a close eye on your friend and keep them hydrated. Does everyone have a fake ID? No. Some do, some don’t. The social scene on campus is lively enough that you don’t need to venture out to bars. I’ve got one! I’ve got one! Where can I use it? THE HOYA first cautions you against using it. Let’s be real – they work at some places. But a place that takes it one day may be strict the next day. Penalties for using a fake ID can be stiff. Last spring, Metro police seized fake IDs at Third Edition, a popular student bar located on Wisconsin Avenue. If your heart is set on drinking, it may be better to have older friends procure alcohol than taking a risk with a fake. Also, girls tend to have an easier time than guys using fake IDs. Sorry, dudes. Still, we know you’ve got them and you want to try them. Here is a list of where you really should NOT use a fake. Read between the lines: Dixie Liquors. McFaddens. The Tombs. (Seriously, few peo-
ple get in with a fake each year. Don’t do it. Plus, everyone goes there on their 21st. Don’t ruin it.) Where am I likely to bump into my classmates? Third Edition (known to everyone as simply “Thirds”) has Top 40 dance vibe and is especially popular among underclassmen on Thursday nights. While a little longer walk, Rugby (1065 Wisconsin Ave.) is popular too. Rhino Bar and Pumphouse (3295 M St.) caters both to Georgetown students and an older crowd.
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navigating leo’s You’ll likely spend a lot of time at the one and only dining hall on campus this year, and trust us, you’ll need our help with this one — unless you’d rather learn the hard way. he experience of eating in Georgetown’s only dining hall, O’Donovan Hall — known as Leo’s to every student as well as various professors and their children — is, in a lot of ways, similar to flying Delta Air Lines. Immense lines, subpar food and overworked, often surly staff are the reality here and everyone loves to hate it. Finally being able to back out of the university’s mandatory meal plan junior year is as much a rite of passage as getting your free shot and head stamp at The Tombs on your 21st. Nevertheless, as with any phenomenon as famously bad as Delta, Leo’s or a hurricane, there are glimmers of hope and plenty of strategies for survival. It’s more productive to relay those than to launch a polemic against the desert-dry chicken and Soviet-bakery-circa-1989-esque delays at the hamburger station.
Here are our favorite things about Leo’s: 1. A lot of the dining options at Leo’s are “buildyour-own,” meaning you can customize what you eat. The do-it-yourself pizza and sandwich stations (both on the lower level) allow you to construct your own gastronomic delights, while workers at the fast food station (also lower level), pasta station, salad bar and stir-fry station (all upper level) make your dish with the ingredients, toppings and sauces you desire (or the ones you least want to avoid). 2. The custom omelet station, which appears only at weekend brunch, is refreshing. The omelets are tasty and filling, and you can customize them with plenty of fresh and healthy ingredients like diced tomatoes, green peppers and ham cutlets. 3. The panini press — located near the sandwich station on the lower level — allows you to heat up your sandwich and temporarily fool yourself into thinking that Leo’s does gourmet. 4. Though some of the dishes look sort of rubbery and generally sad, Leo’s does give a proper nod to vegetarians and vegans, with a devoted section on the upper level in addition to plenty of meat-free options throughout the cafeteria. And sometimes the creative options at the vegan station — the creatively sliced and generously proportioned gourd, though elusive, comes to mind — are more appealing than anything else to even the most devoted carnivore. 5. Complaints of barren shelves and sparse vegetarian options abound, but there’s no denying that Grab ’n’ Go is convenient. Grab ’n’ Go has two locations, one located in the lobby of Leo’s and in the other in the Leavey Center, that al-
low you to use one meal swipe to take an entree (sandwich, wrap, salad or sometimes sushi), three sides (chips, dessert or yogurt) and one canned drink. And a lot of the entree options are quite good: The turkey provolone sandwich is delicious and the Caprese panini a quality vegetarian option. Just avoid the Hoya Wrap, unless you want to shrug off balks of “Wait, is that food?” from the kid next to you in lecture. Wisey’s does a much better job. 6. The stir-fry station, if the sauce is done right, is a delicious way to get some hearty, flavorful ingredients, like shrimp, beef and pineapples, in your system. 7. “Chicken Finger Thursdays” are as famous for their tasty, crispy chicken bits as they are for their cult following. The fries or onion rings that come with the chicken fingers usually taste better, too, though maybe that’s just because everyone’s mood is elevated by the convivial ritual of scarfing the ensemble down. Available for lunch and dinner. 8. If Leo’s doesn’t always impress or satisfy with its ice cream selection, it certainly never fails to amuse. Whoever stocks the station is obsessed with supplying the most obscure and colorful flavors, but that means plenty of variety, and generally there is something for everyone. 9. Your meal plan comes with a fixed number of “flex dollars,” which is a debit-style balance you’re allotted based on the plan you’ve selected. This feature allows you to buy certain food and drink items at The Corp’s locations as well as meals from Epicurean, the restaurant on the ground level of Darnall Hall. Epicurean’s sushi bar, with consistently fresh ingredients, a vast selection and an often hilarious staff — one chef will give you free rice if you can catch the bowl he tosses at you — is probably the university’s best-kept culinary secret. 10. You can eat as much as you want. No one is going to stop you. 11. Whatever you think of the food, Leo’s is a great place to socialize. It’s rare for even those who have been most consistently and thoroughly disgusted by its offerings to forsake a meal plan entirely during junior year, because even they have fond memories of hearty laughs and deep conversations with friends at Sunday brunch or Wednesday dinner that they want to continue. 12. When you get home and eat real food again at Thanksgiving, it’s that much more wonderful, and you have that much more to be thankful for.
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everything you need to know about employment on and off campus LET THE BOOKS PAY YOU: Lauinger Library is just one of the many buildings on campus where you can ﬁnd a job that puts a little extra cash in your wallet or fulﬁlls your federal work-study requirement. It’s also home to The Midnight MUG, a coffeehouse owned and operated by The Corp.
On-Campus Non-Work-Study For those who enjoy the comfort of the Georgetown bubble, on-campus employment opportunities promise easy commutes, new friends and the chance to become more familiar with the university. Mostly assistant positions, these jobs will help you become a connoisseur of filing, faxing and copying. Wages range from $8.25 to $15 an hour, depending on your resume and the required skill level, and interviews can easily be scheduled online. These jobs usually guarantee a free minute to update a Facebook status, conduct a quick study session or peruse the latest breaking news, making them an ideal option for the busy, multitasking Georgetown student. If a job as a barista or a bank clerk is more your style, both Students of Georgetown, Inc. — more commonly known as The Corp — and The Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union hire at the beginning of each semester. The Corp is the nation’s largest student-owned and -run company, and entry-level jobs pay roughly $8.25 per hour, while GUASFCU
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employees are unpaid (but look amazing on a resume). Applications can be found at thecorp.org and guasfcu.com, respectively. On-Campus Federal Work-Study Students who receive financial aid can also fulfill their federal work-study requirements by working on campus. While job quality and wages do not largely differ from those of other university jobs, there are many jobs available exclusively for work-study students, including off-campus tutoring jobs through the Center for Social Justice. The Corp also offers work-study positions. Off-Campus Jobs More adventurous job seekers can venture
off campus to explore the numerous employment opportunities D.C. has to offer. With bustling storefronts and packed restaurants just a short walk away on M Street, retail and restaurant jobs abound without much of a commute. Georgetown Cupcake is often a popular employer of Hoyas. Families seeking home help or childcare will often post job opportunities on HoyaWorks, as will local offices. Internships, both paid and unpaid, are also offered at many of the agencies and companies around the city.
his is probably the first time you’re living on your own. Don’t panic: We’re here to help you navigate your new freedom.
I ran out of cash! You’ll find that Hoyas frequently use their debit cards, but eventually you’re going to run out of the actual cash you brought with you — please see “Getting a Job” when you find out that all of your cash has seemed to disappear. In those moments, you can find an ATM in the Leavey Center across from GUASFCU. You might also want to make a GUASFCU account or cash checks there, which the tellers can help you with. Flex dollars or debit dollars? Your GoCard — Georgetown One Card, though nobody uses that — is your lifeblood. Lost it and simple tasks like going home or going to the library will turn into a hassle, and you won’t be able to use your meals at Leo’s. If you do lose it and, after a thorough search, are convinced it’s really gone, cancel it online at gocard.georgetown. edu, and head over to the GoCard office in Darnall
for a new one. There are two types of money on your GoCard — Flex Dollars and Debit Dollars. Flex Dollars come as a part of your meal plan; 24 meals a week comes with $100, 14 with $75, and 10 with $50. This money can only be used on campus at places like Epicurean & Co., the Corp coffee shops, Vital Vittles (but only some items), Cosi, Starbucks and Subway. Using either the machines in the Leavey Center or the GoCard website, you can add more Debit Dollars on your GoCard yourself. These are accepted everywhere on campus — even the bookstore — and some off-campus locations, like Wisey’s, sweetgreen and Chipotle. Heads up though, in our experience, the off-campus machines break down often, so you might want to have a backup plan for how you’ll pay. My printer’s out of ink! Don’t worry — we’ve all broken our printer before the big paper is due. Thankfully, there are printers on the third and second floors of Lau, in addition to the ones in the Gelardin Media Center on the first floor. If you’re on the other side of campus, head over to the Blommer Science Library in Reiss. There are also media centers in each freshmen dorm (except Darnall) and the ICC. Black and white prints will set you back 10 cents a page, and you have to use your GoCard, but MSB students get free prints in the Hariri Building. I think I gained the freshman ﬁfteen…
Georgetown’s a hilly place, but sometimes it’ll take a little extra more to keep Chicken Finger Thursday from packing on the pounds. Yates Field House is located on the west of campus, behind the Hariri Building and the Leavey Center. Just walking there is a little workout — remember those hills? In addition to regular gym equipment and a pool, Yates offers fitness classes like Yoga, Zumba and Pilates. Check out the schedule online. If you’re a runner who’d like to escape the treadmill, Georgetown is full of great paths. Jog down to the waterfront and visit the monuments, head up M St. to Pennsylvania Ave. and say hello to the President, or run north to Burleith to feel the burn on those hills. I’m sick! The Student Health Center is located in Darnall Hall; you’ll want to make an appointment before you go, and show up early. If what aches you is a little more mental, Georgetown Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is also in Darnall and takes walk-ins as well as appointments. The counselors there are willing to listen to anything so don’t be afraid or ashamed to head over. If you’re just battling the common cold, Vital Vittles has Nyquil, Dayquil and tissues. Can I leave Lau now? We’ll suggest that you don’t overdue yourself with too much time in Lau — at least until finals season. You can study in the MSB, even if you’re not in the business school. The best part is the plethora of outlets and the very comfortable chairs. The Leavey Center and the Blommer Science Library are also popular study spots. The Car Barn, though a little far away, has a nice study space on the second floor that’s usually pretty empty, and empty classrooms are always a nice last resort.
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georgeto MEN’S BASKETBALL The Georgetown men’s basketball team wasn’t supposed to do much last year. Having lost three starters to graduation, the Hoyas weren’t expected to make any noise in the Big East, let alone the NCAA tournament. But thanks to Head Coach John Thompson III’s excellent coaching on the sideline, Henry Sims’ emergence as a force in the paint and the freshman class’s rapid maturity, Georgetown exceeded all expectations and won an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 2008. The Hoyas will begin their 2012-2013 campaign much like they did a year ago. With a roster full of question marks after graduation and the draft, many fans raise lingering concerns: Who will shoulder the scoring load? Who can fill the hole left at center? Are the highly touted freshmen worth the hype? And most importantly, who will provide leadership on a frighteningly young team? But despite a general sense of uncertainty, the Georgetown faithful appear to be optimistic about this year’s incarnation of their beloved Blue and Gray. While last year’s 24-8 finish didn’t blow away school records or end with thousands of students storming the White House, it did accomplish one important task: It gave the Hilltop hope. While questions about this year’s roster remain (zero seniors? Seriously?), it’s an exciting time to enter the world of Georgetown basketball. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick
primer on whom to know and what to expect this winter at Verizon Center.
JOHN THOMPSON III, head coach The son of Georgetown legend John Thompson Jr., Thompson III has won nearly 70 percent of games since taking over from Craig Esherick in 2004. His modified Princeton offense is frustrating at times but can become a thing of beauty when running smoothly. JTIII was widely praised for his coaching job last season, especially on the defensive end, where his 2-3 zone shut down some of the conference’s best offenses. Look for more of that this year, especially when Thompson III runs with four players 6-foot-8 or taller — and that happens more often than you’d think.
OTTO PORTER, sophomore forward The wiry forward from small-town Missouri made a big splash his first season, playing starters’ minutes for essentially the whole year and working his way into the first five by the end of the season. Porter impressed pretty much everyone with his off-the-charts basketball IQ, rebounding prowess and automatic midrange jumper. He’s Georgetown’s best player as of now — some analysts project him going as high as No. 9 in the 2013 NBA draft — but it remains to be seen whether he can carry an offense.
MARKEL STARKS, junior point guard Starks took over the point last year following the departure of longtime star Chris Wright and did a solid job — when he could stay on the court. The Hoyas’ point man had a nasty habit of getting in early foul trouble and therefore rode the bench more than he should have. Starks has looked excellent in summer league action, so we could be looking at a breakout year if he can ditch the fouling habit.
NATE LUBICK, junior forward Perhaps no player on the current squad is as mystifying to fans as Lubick. The 6-foot-8 forward from Massachusetts made his way into the starting lineup his freshman year with scrappy rebounding, solid court vision and overall hustle. Last year, though, was largely a disappointment for the one-time fan favorite. He showed no considerable improvement from his freshman season and was frequently pulled early to get Porter on the court. For the Hoyas to be successful, they’ll need Lubick to step up as a veteran leader.
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GREG WHITTINGTON, sophomore forward Whittington was arguably the most pleasant surprise in last year’s deep freshman class. A two-star recruit coming out of the D.C. area, he played his way into the rotation by becoming a shutdown defender on the wing of Thompson III’s stifling 2-3 zone. As the year went on, he began to make more of an impact on the offensive end and has displayed a smooth stroke and quick first step in summer league action. That makes it likely that, yes, Georgetown will start a 6-foot-8 two-guard.
THE REST Projecting a fifth starter is difficult without knowing whether Thompson III will opt to shift Lubick to the middle or start a less experienced center, but our money’s on the latter. The frontrunner for that spot is sophomore Mikael Hopkins, who played spot minutes last year but has bulked up considerably and could present an offensive threat in the post. Tenacious sophomore two-guard Jabril Trawick and smooth freshman combo guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera also figure to get big minutes on the perimeter. The role of backup center is still very much up for grabs. The Georgetown bench features an intriguing mix of tall and athletic but very raw freshmen (Brandon Bolden, Bradley Hayes) and wild cards coming off major injuries (junior Moses Ayegba, sophomore Tyler Adams). At least one will need to contribute significantly for the Blue and Gray to contend in the always-deep Big East.
own sports woMEN’S BASKETBALL The Hoyas will begin a new chapter this winter, as former Head Coach Terri WilliamsFlournoy took her talents to Auburn after last season ended. Although Williams-Flournoy was arguably the best coach in Georgetown women’s basketball history, the bigger departure may be the seven seniors who graduated in May. That talented lot, who secured a 23-9 record in their final season, will make new Head Coach Keith Brown’s first year a time to rebuild. On the bright side, however, bringing in good players is Brown’s specialty. The former AAU coach served as an assistant to WilliamsFlournoy and helped to recruit the seven seniors who graduated in 2012. His biggest success as an assistant was bringing Sugar Rodgers to the Hilltop. Now a senior, the guard led the Big East in scoring
with 18.5 points per game last season. Rodgers, who has been first team all-Big East in all three of her seasons at Georgetown, was an honorable mention AP All-American last season. It remains to be seen, however, whether Rodgers’ talent will translate into a successful year for the team. Senior center Sydney Wilson is the only other returning starter for the young squad — and she averaged only 3.2 points per game last season. Brown does bring in two ESPN100 recruits, guard Katie McCormick and wing Logan Battle. If they live up to their potential, they could have an immediate impact for the Hoyas. Still, it looks like 2012-2013 will be a rebuilding year for Georgetown women’s basketball, especially amid the rigors of an always-tough Big East.
women’s cross country Although they may not get the same amount of publicity as the men’s basketball team, the women’s cross country team was the biggest achiever on Georgetown’s campus last season, winning its first-ever national championship. The Hoyas are positioned to make another title run with a core of young talent, including rising sophomores Katrina Coogan, Annamarie Maag and Hannah Neczypor. Coogan’s 46th-place finish in the national champion-
ship last year was fourth on the team, and the points she earned Georgetown sealed a victory for the Blue and Gray. The Hoyas also have a wealth of veteran leadership, as Emily Jones, Kirsten Kasper and Katie McCafferty enter their final year of eligibility. However, the trio will have a tough time replacing Emily Infeld, one of the most accomplished runners in Georgetown’s history. Infeld still has a final year of eligibility in both indoor and outdoor track and field.
Isaiah kempf, senior quarterback After their best season in more than a decade, Georgetown’s football team reloads for a fall campaign that features dates against a slew of tough opponents. The Hoyas, who went 8-3 in 2011, were led by a powerful defense last year, including graduated senior and All-American defensive end Andrew Schaetzke. Although the Blue and Gray fell short of winning the Patriot League championship, they took their rivals for the crown, Lehigh, down to the last game of the season. In the wake of that success, Head Coach Kevin Kelly was considered for Yale’s coaching vacancy. Although he withdrew his name and stayed on the Hilltop, Kelly’s schedule almost looks like an Ivy League slate. Georgetown will take on Yale, Brown and Princeton in 2012. The Sept. 21 game against the Tigers will be the first time the Hoyas have ever played on national television, with the matchup broadcast on ESPNU. But Georgetown fans can be confident that their team will come off well
sugar rodgers, senior guard The women took the top spot in the Big East championship for indoor track on the strength of a record-setting performance from a distance medley relay squad that featured Infeld as the anchor. However, the women put forth a pedestrian seventh-place showing in the outdoor championship. Regardless of how they do this year, these are halcyon days for Georgetown cross country, with a hardworking squad that is earning lots of hardware.
football because of two seniors: linebacker Robert McCabe and defensive back Jeremy Moore. McCabe, this year’s Patriot League preseason defensive player of the year, and Moore, a sensational kickoff returner who was first team all-Patriot League in 2011, will help make up for the loss of Schaetzke and several other defensive players to graduation. There is less change on offense, where senior quarterback Isaiah Kempf will again be under center. Kempf averaged 170 yards a game in 2011, including a potent pass offense. Running back Nick Campanella, who came into his own as a scorer last season, also returns for his junior season. Another one to watch is sophomore offensive lineman Mike Roland, who started at left guard last season. Although Georgetown may not reach the same heights it did last fall, the program is certainly on the upswing, and MultiSport Field will be rocking for the Hoyas’ seven home games.
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riginally founded as a tobacco trading post in the mid-18th century, the streets of Georgetown are as steeped in history as the rest of our capital city. Most don’t know that Georgetown was originally separate from the rest of the city, until Congress restructured the District in 1871. Home to politicians and local celebrities past and present — John F. Kennedy called the area home during his time on the Hill and you might catch Senator John Kerry on O St. — visit some of these spots to feel a part of the area’s rich past. OLD STONE HOUSE: This tiny stone building on M Street, located between a Vietnamese restaurant and the Junior League of Washington’s headquarters, is one of the oldest standing structures in D.C. Built in 1765, it is now a period house operated by the National Park Service. Head over for a little history lesson and to see its beautiful garden. THE EXORCIST STEPS: This narrow stone stairwell connecting Prospect to M Street was made famous by The Exorcist, which was based on a book written by a Georgetown alum, partially filmed in Georgetown and premiered in 1973. Though they’re steep and understandably a little scary, more hardcore athletes enjoy running on them for some intense training. If you don’t have the guts — or the energy — to walk up the 97 steps, you can always see them during the annual Halloween screening of The Exorcist in Gaston Hall. DUMBARTON OAKS: This 200-yearold building was home to John Calhoun, a leading politician from South Carolina during the antebellum period. But School of Foreign Service kids will likely be more interested by the fact that the Dumbarton Oaks Conference, which laid the groundwork
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for the charter of the United Nations, was held here in 1944. Now, the house serves as a museum specializing in Pre-Columbian and Byzantine studies, as well as home to a magnificent garden. CITY TAVERN: Now a private club, this Federal-style brick building on M Street is the oldest tavern inn in D.C. Notable patrons have ranged through history from George Washington to Ronald Reagan. OAK HILL CEMETERY: This 19th-century graveyard and garden in Northeast Georgetown. is the final resting place for some of D.C.’s most famous residents: Dean Acheson, secretary of state under Truman, Philip and Katherine Graham, past publishers and owners of The Washington Post, and Jacob Fussell, founder of the United States’ first commercial ice cream plant, are all buried there. Head east on R St. and you’ll find a serene cemetery worth a walk through, if you’re not too spooked. MARTIN’S TAVERN: A favorite brunch spot for politicians and parents of Georgetown students, this tavern is quite possibly the only restaurant in the world that can say every sitting president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush has eaten there. For the romantics among us, Martin’s is also famous as the place where JFK may have proposed to Jackie. CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL: Though this 19th century canal stopped operations in 1924, it originally played an important role in Georgetown’s burgeoning economy, helping get tobacco and cotton out of the South. Nowadays, it’s mostly used as a running loop for athletic Hoyas, though we don’t recommend it in the warmest months, when it doesn’t have the most pleasant smell.
SWEETGREEN: Whether because of its creative salads, mouth-watering froyo or because our pride in the Hoyas who started this booming business, there is always a line out the door of this tiny salad bar. Top picks: Curry Gold salad, Guacamole Greens salad 3333 M St. NW; 202-337-9338
CAFE MILANO: This luxurious spot reliably provides delicious quality in its homemade pasta and seafood offerings, with steep prices to match. Top picks: Truffle-infused linguini, Risotto Armani 3251 Prospect St. NW; 202-333-6183
HALF-PRICE ANYDAYS: OUR FAVORITE DAILY DEALS QDOBA: Half-price entree Mondays 3313 M St. NW; 202-342-3360
both sweet and savory — even as late as 4 p.m. Top picks: Peacock Omelet, Mango Tango smoothie, Ca-
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TUSCANY PIZZA CAFE: Within stumbling distance from the front gates, this pizza joint is famous for catering to hungry Hoyas who have recently quenched their thirst. Top picks: A giant slice of pepperoni pizza with ranch 3261 Prospect St. NW; 202-333-9112
MAIS CA COUTE CHER! SPECIAL OCCASIONS BODEGA: With perfectly spiced Spanish tapas and a hot staff to match, this intimate restaurant is a favorite for special celebrations or for when the parents are in town. Top picks: Tortilla espanola, Bacalao a la Bilbaina, gambas al ajillo 3116 M St. NW; 202-333-4733
LOS CUATES: Yummy Mexican classics and strong margaritas make this an ideal gathering spot for a rowdy and reasonably priced celebratory dinner. Top picks: Shrimp and steak fajita combo, vegetable burrito 1564 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-965-7009
KAFE LEOPOLD: Both the delicacies and the atmosphere of this Austrian restaurant will convince your date you’ve traveled across the Atlantic for a meal. Top picks: Leopold’s schnitzel, Croque Monsieur 3315 M St. NW; 202-965-6005
OUR DAILY BREAD: STAPLES, CLASSICS AND TRADITIONS THE TOMBS: A favorite dinner spot for underclassmen and debaucherous late-night scene for seniors, The Tombs is Georgetown’s answer to a college pub. Top picks: Virginia hanger steak, fisherman’s stew 1226 36th St. NW; 202-337-6668
spiced chicken breast salad 3251 Prospect St. NW; 202-6252740
CAFE BONAPARTE: This adorable, tiny restaurant serves everything you would expect to find in a Parisian cafe, along with the all-American essentials. Expect to wait in line for a table — it’s worth it. Top picks: Crepe Florentine, Salmon Benedict 1522 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-333-8830
RUGBY CAFE: Half-price burger Tuesdays 1065 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-298-6894 WINGO’S: Half-price wing Wednesdays 3207 O St. NW 202-338-2478
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: DATE-NIGHT DINING BANGKOK JOE’S: The tantalizing dumplings, panang curry and oddly sized plates are sure to fill in awkward silences if conversation hits a lull. Top picks: Pork and crab shu mai dumpling, Drunken
MORNINGS (AND AFTERNOONS) ONLY: BRUNCH SPOTS PEACOCK CAFE: Probably Georgetown’s most famous brunch establishment, Peacock is guaranteed to reenergize with its many hearty options
Chicken noodle bowl 3000 K St. NW; 202-333-4422
EATING GOOD: Top: Bangkok Joe’s on K St.; bottom: Cafe Milano on Prospect St.
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everyday errands GROCERIES
If you’re looking for staples outside of what Vital Vittles can offer, this is your place to stock up on groceries. If you’re feeling particularly lazy, Safeway.com will deliver to your dorm, and your first delivery of over $50 of groceries is free. Otherwise, the Wisconsin GUTS bus can drop you off if the walk seems too far with so many bags. 1855 Wisconsin Ave. at R Street
Whether you’re battling a cold, a headache or dust bunnies, CVS will be your go-to spot for your weapons of hygeine and health: tissues, aspirin, Windex and everything in between. Get a CVS card to save cash on every visit. 1403 Wisconsin Ave. at O Street
whole foods Searching for something fresh and organic? Whole Foods is located up the road from Safeway and, in addition to some great fruits and veggies, they have a large stock of delicious prepared foods. 2323 Wisconsin Ave. at Observatory Lane
Georgetown Dry Cleaners This relatively inexpensive and fast dry cleaning service also does alterations and has a regular laundry service. They’re open early in the morning (7:30 a.m. on weekdays), so drop off your clothes before class. 1303 35th St. at Prospect Street
dean & deluca From artisan cheeses to delicate desserts, this fancier grocery store is for more gourmet palates with more money to spend. It has an attached cafe that’s a great place to spend a few hours doing homework and eating chocolate chip cookies. 3276 M St. at Potomac Street
shipping and office UPS Store Should you need to ship something — which you will during move-out if you’re flying home — this is where you go. They’ve got all the boxes and bubble wrap you could ever dream of. 1419 37th St. at P Street
kinkos It’s unclear what emergency could lead you to a Kinko’s at 2 a.m., but just in case, they’re open 24/7. Head over if you need color or photo prints, faxes or copies. They also do specialty prints — great for class projects — and invitations. 3329 M St. at Bank Street
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haircuts aveda It’s the perfect, though pricey, spot for an organic experience. A woman’s cut, which starts at $75, will include products that won’t damage your hair thanks to their all-natural plant extracts. Their full-service salon also offers manicures, pedicures and waxing. 1325 Wisconsin Ave. at Dumbarton Street
bubbles salon Looking for a stylish look on a budget? With locations throughout the city, this salon will help you achieve just what you’re looking for. 2020 K St. at 21st Street
georgetown hairstyling A favorite among Joe Hoyas, this old-school barbershop is the cheapest option within walking distance at $20 for a basic cut. 1329 35th St. at O Street
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GETTING THERE One of the greatest advantages of living in Georgetown is how easy it is to take advantage of our nation’s capital. However, because Georgetown is located in a neighborhood that lacks a Metro stop due to its rock-hard land, getting out into the city can require a little planning. It’s important to be familiar with your options when venturing out from Georgetown into the big city.
METRO The Metro is Washington’s subway system — don’t call it a train or you’ll sound like a tourist. Five lines connect major neighborhoods in the District to commuter homes in Maryland and Virginia. The stations closest to campus are Rosslyn on the Orange and Blue lines and Dupont Circle on the Red line. Before you try to take the Metro, consult a map. The stops are named after the
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neighborhood they stop in, and you can switch trains where the lines intersect. If you’re still confused, Google Maps has strong public transportation directions. Then head to a Metro station on the GUTS bus (but beware — these free buses stop early on Saturdays and don’t run at all on Sundays). The Dupont GUTS bus stops across the street from Darnall Hall. The Rosslyn bus stops across from the tennis courts between the Southwest Quad and McDonough Arena. Buses run every 20 minutes, more frequently during commuting times. If you have to walk, we recommend hiking across the Key Bridge to Rosslyn — you should be able to make it in 15 minutes.
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When the time comes to head home for Metro also operates a bus service that goes through the city, making more stops than the school breaks, depending on where your subway does. There are several lines that stop flight leaves from, you have several options in Georgetown, including two on Wisconsin for traveling to the airport. If you are traveling out of Reagan National Avenue and several on M Street. Aside from the numbered bus lines that run Airport, many students opt for a taxi, through Georgetown, the D.C. Circulator also which is usually a little less stops at a few locations in the neighborhood. than $20, even if you The Circulator connects major destinations in share. However, the District and has a lower fare ($1 flat fee) than R e a g a n ian the Metro buses, which depend on where you’re gton ey n i h s n going and what time it is. But it can be very a al W with mo be e r slow and crammed during rush a ed an’t not hour. The Georgetownu’re be load They c Metro o Y ! r. ny e tro an Union Station e Me cards c Circulato ne. In a they tak st h t Circulator e o s e in
brings riders down Wisconsin and across the city to catch the Amtrak home for vacation, and the Rosslyn-Dupont Circle route runs along M Street and between Georgetown students’ two favorite Metro stops.
Taxis Getting a taxi in Georgetown or any other major neighborhood in the District is usually quite easy. Taxi rides in D.C., as in other cities, are priced according to a meter. While a growing number of taxis accept credit cards for payment, many still do not. The price will go up when you have luggage or a certain number of passengers — but sharing is almost always cheaper. It’s easiest to catch a taxi by the front gates, outside of 1789 or down on M Street — just make sure you’re on the right side of the street for where you’re headed. For important meetings or events, call ahead for a cab.
If you need to get to Dulles International Airport, a taxi ride often costs around $60 for one person before tip. Another option is the 5A bus line, which runs fairly regularly from outside the Rosslyn Metro station straight to Dulles. Alternatively, the Super Shuttle (a shared ride van service) can arrange transport from the airport to Georgetown or any other popular location in the District. For those traveling to Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Baltimore, Md., a taxi may cost as much as $100, and traffic between D.C. and Baltimore is often quite heavy, so it’s best to consider other options. Train service through either Amtrak or MARC (the Maryland commuter rail) from Union Station to BWI is fairly inexpensive and quick at almost any hour. Additionally, The Corp runs Turkey Shuttles before Thanksgiving Break that take you to any of the three airports for cheap. You’ll soon learn to book your flights from Reagan, though.
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lthough many Hoyas think of Dupont Circle as simply the nearest Metro station, there’s more to the neighborhood than the street corner where the GUTS bus stops. Every Sunday morning, hundreds flock to the cross section between Massachusetts and Connecticut Avenues for the FARMFRESH FARMERS MARKET. This producer-only market offers locavores the opportunity to purchase specialty and in-season ingredients from Chesapeake Bay vendors. Whether you’re searching for the ripest tomatoes for a salad or a crusty French baguette to provide the base for a schmear of creamy goat cheese, the market offers reasonably priced fare for the high quality of the goods it offers. Free samples abound. The fact that so many flock to Dupont Circle for the farmers market is testimony to the area’s eclectic food scene. For a weekend brunch, the HOTEL TABARD INN serves up freshly fried doughnuts tossed in cinnamon sugar, French toast with strawberry compote and an egg strata packed with vegetables in a flaky, buttery crust. At HANK’S OYSTER BAR, patrons can enjoy coastal New England favorites such as lobster rolls, popcorn shrimp and fried fish and chips, as well as select items from an ice bar that consists of a selection of oysters, tartare and ceviche. Under the eye of Chef Jamie Leeds, the restaurant combines sophistication
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with simplicity to welcoming and mouthwateringly flavorful fare. Maintaining the best traditions from ancient Chinese teahouses, PING PONG DIM SUM has a menu that includes fried, griddled, baked and steamed dishes. With options like the char sui bun — honey-roasted barbecue pork on a bun — and the golden vegetable dumpling — which encompasses sautéed veggies wrapped in a golden pastry — order across the menu for a genuine dim sum experience. Just like its dining scene, Dupont’s nightlife is anything but boring especially since the area is popular with recent college graduates and the gay and lesbian community. Among its many bars and dance clubs, one of the most popular is CAFE CITRON. The twolevel Latin lounge serves up both salsa rhythms and food worthy of bringing patrons to their feet. The restaurant is a top happy hour destination with some of the best mojitos in the area. Dress to impress when coming on a weekend. If late-night singing sounds more appealing, Japone hosts karaoke every evening (except Tuesday, for whatever reason). Though patrons cringe at others’ attempts to belt out Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” the Japanese-French fusion cuisine of the restaurant make any visit worth it. Sake bombs will make the karaoke experience a more bearable. For those hours before the streetlights come on, too, Dupont Circle is a hub of politics, his-
tory and culture. Along the Massachusetts Avenue stretch known as EMBASSY ROW, flags wave to indicate each country’s embassy. Visitors can also explore the museums around Dupont. THE CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART AND PHILLIPS COLLECTION have an entrance free ($8 for students at each museum), but their unique displays will impress anyone with an appreciation for the arts. Dupont is also home to various quirky bookshops. Two of the most popular are KRAMERBOOKS & AFTERWORDS CAFE & GRILL and POLITICS AND PROSE. The former offers a selection of books as impressive as its selection of pies, and the latter regularly hosts local and nationally renowned authors for talks and signings. As evidenced by the diversity across its cuisine, club and art scenes, Dupont Circle has a definition that goes beyond any basic description. URBANE, hip and happening, it’s one of Washington’s most cosmopolitan neighborhoods.
GETTING THERE Dupont Circle GUTS bus, G2 Metrobus from Healy Gates, D2 Metrobus from along Q Street or D6 Metrobus from 35th Street and Reservoir Road — or a half-hour stroll on P Street.
dams Morgan is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the city and one of the most interesting to explore. The area draws its name from a rich history that is certainly reflected in the neighborhood of today: When its two former elementary schools integrated, the area took the names of the two schools in a symbolic gesture of unity. Now it’s a vibrant area centered around 18th Street and home to some of the city’s best nightlife. The second Sunday in September gives the area a chance to celebrate its multicultural heritage with the Adams Morgan Day festival. It’ll include live music, street vendors and — of course — delicious food. It’s a great introduction to this special corner of the city. Every visit to Adams Morgan ought to include a stop at AMSTERDAM FALAFELSHOP on 18th Street. This small restaurant may not look impressive from outside, but their falafel sandwiches and French fries are insanely delicious while staying within a college student’s budget. The front of the shop includes a bar full of toppings — delicious hummus, baba ganoush, yogurt sauce and cucumber salads. Be sure to put some peanut sauce on your fries, and even carnivores won’t complain about this vegetarian fare. The one drawback to this stop is the very limited seating, but if you head over on a warm day, there’s seating outside. MADAM’S ORGAN BLUES BAR is a land-
mark of the area, a dive bar unlike most in the city. Besides the fantastic wordplay, it offers soul food along with its nightly live music shows. The upper floors include a rooftop patio and numerous pool tables, as well as places to sit down and grab a bite to eat. Try the catfish bites or fried calamari for an authentic southern experience. Another spot you can’t miss is THE DINER, open 24/7 and serving up a traditional diner menu that will please your taste buds. Get breakfast at any hour of the day or night, enjoy meatloaf better than what Mom makes or get a drink from the full-service bar. Finish any meal up with fresh pie or an adult milkshake. Their sister restaurant, TRYST, is a unique coffeehouse, bar and lounge that’s ten times better than the Leavey Center Starbucks. You can get your homework done during the day and get to know the locals when at night it turns into a fun bar. Their certified organic and shade-grown coffee will make you feel a little better about your health and your environmental footprint. MELLOW MUSHROOM, a popular pizza bar for Southern college students, finds its D.C. home on 18th Street. They’ve got a wide array of pizzas, including ones covered in as many types of meat or vegetables as you can imagine, and various types of beer. Head over on a Tuesday to conquer Trivia Night and enjoy cheap pitchers of beer.
Adams Morgan has some pretty wonderful shopping, too. MEEPS & AUNT NEENSIE’S VINTAGE FASHIONETTE has been bringing its strange and unique fashions to the area since 1992. Georgetown fashion can get a little preppy, so swing by this shop to break up the monotony with these blasts from the past. Check out vintage dresses from the 20s, pins from the 50s or blazers from the 80s (but watch out for shoulder pads). CROOKED BEAT RECORDS is part of a dying breed: the small record store. In this era of digitized music, their selection is a treasure trove for those who wish to return to a simpler time. They specialize in hard-to-find vinyls, indie records and rare mainstream releases you won’t find elsewhere. They have an extensive catalog of local bands and a host of knowledgeable staffers who will help you channel your inner hipster and find new music to love. Adams Morgan is one of the most diverse places in the city, so head over there for delicious food, great shopping and an experience unlike any other in the city.
GETTING THERE Take the Red line to the Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro stop. thehoya | 29
U STREET GETTING THERE Take the G2 Metrobus from Healy Gates.
f you take the time to get on the Green or Yellow line — the two Metro lines you can’t reach on a GUTS bus — it’s only a few stops to one of D.C.’s cultural meccas. U Street is a little like Georgetown in that the busiest part of the neighborhood centers on a main street, but it’s (thankfully) cheaper and a little less hyped up. The area has its own take on the District and gives off a special kind of vibe. One of the best things U Street has to offer is its farmers market, which runs May to November from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. While the neighborhood at large plays to different audiences in difference places, the market offers something for everyone, all in one place, from live music and art displays to food and thrift items. Local organic Virginia orchards load the market with fruit, and farmers are happy to give out samples. Homemade goods range from pounded leather belts to scented soaps and collectable prints. It’s a great place to visit before the trip home for Thanksgiving to stock up on some gifts for the family. If you enjoy the GU farmers market, look to U Street for its older, louder and more exotic brother. The market section is the main attraction, but the accompanying food carts and stands
are also worth the trip. These options fluctuate throughout the year, but there’s always something worthwhile. One of the standouts is a small two-griddle crepe stand that uses local ingredients and makes crepe flavors you won’t find anywhere else. Beyond the market, U Street is an area steeped in rich, anything-but-dry history. Known as the “Black Broadway” in the 1920s, the area embraces a lively black influence. The most famous of U Street’s historical attractions — as well as a delicious one — is BEN’S CHILI BOWL, founded in 1958. From Obama during his 2008 campaign to Wale in his “Chillin” video, the restaurant has played host to some of D.C.’s biggest stars. It also doesn’t hurt that they have great chili dogs. Make the visit to this landmark joint. Jazz music is also another tradition that carried over from U Street’s heyday. TWINS JAZZ tries to recapture the vibrant early 1900s and offers a reduced rate to college students on Friday nights. HR-57 is another U Street venue dedicated to the preservation of this dying genre. The center worked to keep
The market section is the main attraction, but the food carts and stands are also worth the trip. jazz alive, regularly bringing in big-name artists and keeping covers low. More modern acts, too, can be found at the area’s newer venues. The most famous of these is the 9:30 CLUB. At least a few of your friends will catch a show here on a slow night during the first few weeks. The club is no huge venue, but its size is perfect, bringing in smaller niche acts and making even more famous performances seem more intimate. This fall, shows include Grizzly Bear, Kimbra, Glen Hansard, Dr. Dog and Citizen Cope. A last worthwhile stop in the U Street area is BUSBOYS AND POETS. It’s a great restaurant that also features book signings and readings. You’ll soon realize that D.C. is quite the hipster city, and Busboys and Poets is the embodiment of this essence. Sure, it was started as simply a restaurant, but it’s become much more. Get vegan pizza and leave with a few new books. U Street has a similar vibe to Georgetown’s M Street, but it offers an escape from Vineyard Vines and the general preppy culture pervading our little section of the city. From history to food, U Street is a major part of what makes D.C. what it is.
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CAPITOL HILL hough most associate this neighborhood with the victories and failings of the U.S. government, it’s one of the most historic areas of the city with some of the best food and shopping. Oh, and you might just run into your congressman while out and about. In the heart of the area lies EASTERN MARKET. The building is open every day, with fresh produce and delicious finds, but on the weekend it expands to include a full farmers market and flea market. Come with an empty stomach and try homemade pickles, mini donuts and gumbo. Buy handmade jewelry, intricate scarves or unique decorations for your dorm room. It’s a great place to spice up your wardrobe or pick up a few unique gifts for your friends. The market is also located in a retail corridor, so if nothing there suits your fancy, wander through the many small shops nearby. Inside the market are two of the area’s best gems, FINE SWEET SHOP AND MARKET LUNCH. The counter at Fine Sweet Shop is full of delicious treats: coconut brownies, freshly baked cookies and delicious lemonade. Market Lunch serves up a fantastic breakfast on Saturday mornings. They have delicious blueberry pancakes, breakfast sandwiches that overflow with bacon and eggs and, for a more local flavor, crabcake eggs benedict. Their lunch isn’t bad, either, especially once it’s washed down with some sweet tea. Elsewhere in the nighborhood, Top Chef competitor Spike Mendelsohn runs two Capitol Hill spots that will leave your mouth watering. WE, THE PIZZA serves up classic pizzas with a twist — the mushroom pizza has a twist of thyme; the white pizza includes fontina cheese alongside the more traditional mozzarella and ricotta. For the more adventurous, there’s barbecue pizza topped with pulled pork. Capitol Hill is also the original home to Mendelsohn’s GOOD STUFF EATERY, which will soon open another location in Georgetown to replace the much beloved Crepe Amour. Until then, head over to Pennsylvania Avenue for delicious burgers, shakes and fries. The toasted marshmallow shake is out of this world and is joined on the menu by caramel, berry, malt and cookies and cream varieties. There’s a Prez Obama burger covered in bacon, cheese and mayo, and a healthier sandwich named after the First Lady that includes a turkey patty. But Capitol Hill is about more than just food (maybe). There are few places in the world like CAPITOL HILL BOOKS, a used bookstore tucked away on C Street with a collection stacked from the floor to the ceiling. Full of hidden gems and always at a fair price, it’s a great place to spend a few hours bolstering your reading list and your collection. THE DUBLINER is one of the city’s bestknown Irish pubs — Obama visited on St. Patrick’s Day to share a Guinness. They’ve got beer and pub food good enough to make you feel like
you’re taken the Metro to the Emerald Isle itself. Did you knit a lot at home, or are looking to pick up this soothing habit? Head over to STITCH D.C., a store full of yarn so bright your grandmother’s eyes would hurt. Not only do they have an expansive collection of materials to choose from, but the store also offers both group and solo classes as well as ample space to sit down, relax and knit a few rows of a new scarf.
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CHINATOWN L ocated along H and I Streets between Fifth and Eighth Streets, Chinatown is one of Washington’s most historic neighborhoods — and one you’ll be travelling to often this winter to see the Hoya men play at Verizon Center. But other than Georgetown basketball, there’s so much to see and do in this neighborhood. The most notable feature of Chinatown is the large and ornate FRIENDSHIP ARCH,, a Chinese-style gate built over H Street at 7th Street in 1986 to commemorate D.C.’s friendship with sister city Beijing. This neighborhood consists mostly of Chinese and other ethnic restaurants and
shops. Chinatown is a great neighborhood to explore if you want to really delve into a different culture. DA HSIN TRADING CO. is one of the more interesting shops found in Chinatown. A traditional Chinese grocery and herbal medicine shop, Da Hsin is certainly worth the excursion. Filled with a selection of teas and herbs, the shop features a Chinese herbalist on call to prescribe you the perfect herbal remedy for any ailment. Da Hsin also sells a wide assortment of chinaware, including chopsticks and teapots. Although they don’t sell any frozen or prepared foods, they offer plenty of dried
goods that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere, such as nori paper and dried shitake mushrooms. They also have almost every Asian condiment you can think of. Of course, Chinatown also has a variety of Chinese dining options. CHINA BOY is a small, divey place in the heart of Chinatown that offers extremely authentic and cheap Chinese food. Located on 6th Street between I and H Streets, China Boy is a hole in the wall with very little seating, so grab some takeout and find a nice place outside to eat. Make sure you have cash on hand, because they don’t take cards. Feb. 10 marks the start of the year of the Snake, lunar year 4711. The Chinese community of greater D.C. holds a major annual parade through Chinatown, and spectators are highly encouraged to stop by. The festivities include the parade as well as traditional dragon dances and live musical performances.
GETTING THERE Red line to Chinatown-Gallery Place Metro stop
n up-and-coming cultural center of D.C., Penn Quarter houses museums, theaters and upscale dining. One of the best museums in the country, the NEWSEUM, is located here on Pennsylvania Avenue. Boasting an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits directly related to news media, this is a must-see on the D.C. museum circuit. Prepare to spend your entire day here, because it’s a very large museum — your ticket is good for two days in case you can’t fit it all in one. It aims to help the public have a better understanding of news media and its essential role in creating a truly democratic society. Make sure you book your tickets ahead of time for a discounted price. Another one of these worthy museums is the SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY,, located at the corner of F and 8th Streets. Residing in the Old Patent Office Building, the Portrait Gallery is a truly world-class museum, focusing on images of famous individuals. And the best part? Like all Smithsonian museums, the Portrait Gallery is free to all visitors. The Penn Quarter has its own share of delicious food. Chef Jose Andres’ delicious (though pricey) JALEO serves up delicious Spanish tapas on 7th Street. Around the corner, RASIKA has some of the city’s best Indian food, though you’ll want to make a reservation before heading to either of these popular spots.
For a more relaxed dining experience, head to HILL COUNTRY, a barbecue restaurant that seems to have been plucked out of Texas. Try the Longhorn Brisket Chomp, their delicious macaroni and cheese and wash it down with some incredible lemonade. Come for dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays and you’ll even hear live country music. For those Shakespeare fans among us, Penn Quarter holds the SHAKESPEARE THEATER COMPANY, just south of E Street on 7th. A regional Tony Award-winning company, the Shakespeare Theater Company aims to help educate and entertain the public through their many educational opportunities. Students can
receive discounted tickets if purchased at the box office directly before a show. Other highlights of Penn Quarter include FORD’S THEATER — where Lincoln was shot — and the PETERSEN HOUSE — where he eventually died. Another must-visit location is as the fun and interactive INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM.
GETTING THERE Red line to Gallery Place-Chinatown or Green or Yellow lines to Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro stops
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ROSSLYN or Georgetown students looking to leave the Hilltop bubble, Rosslyn is a key location. The closest Metro stop to school, Rosslyn is a part of the Blue and Orange lines. It’s an easy way to explore the city, since it’s only four stops from Metro Center. GUTS shuttles to Rosslyn leave outside of Reynolds Hall every 15 minutes. If you’re feeling like a nice walk, a stroll across the Key Bridge offers great views up and down the Potomac. Rosslyn is often just a waypoint, but it also offers a lot as a city. Many of the cheap fast food joints absent from Georgetown can be found in Rosslyn. MCDONALD’S may not be a delicacy, but it does offer a certain comfort once or twice a semester. Other quick options include QUIZNOS, CHIPOTLE AND CHOP’T. A spot that is often overlooked is the Rosslyn mall. Although the shopping is lackluster, it does offer a few practical options. On the first floor, TIVOLI has a fresh assortment of baked goods and chocolates. The deli additionally stocks other upscale lunch and dinner options; think of it as the Dean & Deluca across the Potomac. On the mall’s third floor is the ROSSLYN BARBER SHOP. It has a friendly staff and is a good, cheap option for guys needing the inevitable trim a few months into the semester. Within walking distance of Rosslyn lies the city of Arlington. Many of D.C.’s commuters live in this bustling area, and as a result, it has plenty to offer. One of the best ice cream places in the D.C.
area is BOCCATO GELATO & ESPRESSO. A small bohemian cafe, Boccato serves quirky gelato flavors, coffee and baked goods. The cafe has high ceilings and is furnished with old rocking chairs and sofas and decorated with Christmas lights. Make sure to try a cookie or brownie gelato melt and stop back in March for their St. Patrick’s Guinness dark chocolate gelato. Another great food option in Arlington is PHO 75, which specializes in the Vietnamese soup pho, which is perfect for a nippy winter day. Next door is RAY’S HELL BURGER, which specializes in customizable patties with unique toppings like charred jalapenos and cognac and sherry-sauteed mushrooms. Both are cheap and
worth the walk — their food is amazing. The area also offers a few sightseeing places without the crowds of the National Mall. A short walk from the Metro is the MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL.. This is a less-visited memorial, but its size is impressive and its elevated placement offers a great view of D.C. ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY is a must, located only one stop out from Rosslyn. Take an afternoon to stroll the well-manicured lawns, see the changing of the guard and silently stare at JFK’s eternal flame.
any come to D.C. to escape the suburbs or to continue life in a big city, not to hop on the Metro to venture to white picket fences. But sometimes you may just want to escape the city for a little less hustle and bustle. In that case, head out to Bethesda, Md. — which nerds will remember as the setting of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It’s got a lot to offer. If you’re looking for unique ethnic food on a budget, walk 10 minutes from the Metro station to FARYAB. This small Afghan restaurant has established itself as one of the best in the area with its menu of Middle Eastern staples.
Something a little different in the area that’s worth the trip is MONGOLIAN GRILL. It’s a fast and cheap option, and bd’s has an array of grilled meat and veggies that will please most anyone. One of the best spots in Bethesda that separates it from the bigger city is the BETHESDA ROW CINEMA. The theater shows many independent and festival films that are hard to find showing anywhere else in the District. It’s the best place to catch Sundance winners and Academy Award nominees. Another good day trip option is the BETHESDA ART WALK. The walk runs on
the second Friday of the month and features art from 11 local galleries that stay open for an extra three hours. During September and October, guided tours leave from the Metro station at 6:30 p.m.
GETTING THERE GUTS bus to Rosslyn
GETTING THERE Take the red line to the Bethesda Metro station
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going out in the city elcome to Washington, D.C., playground to Hoyas and politicians alike. As you’ll soon discover, there are nearly limitless opportunities to explore in this city. One of the perks of living in such a big and worldly place is the bounty of nightlife available to us on the weekends. (Weeknights, too, but you’ll be studying in Lau, right?) While everyone eventually finds a favorite spot to party, it takes some time, along with some trial and error, to discover all of the various bars and clubs around the city. One essential element of Georgetown nightlife is the experience of heading to a bar after DoPS visits your party — and there are plenty of bars to choose from in the Georgetown area. RHINO BAR & PUMPHOUSE (simply called Rhino) is located right on the corner of M and 33rd and is one of the most popular choices for students. On any given weekend night, Rhino sports a long line with plenty of familiar faces. Not known for being the cleanest or friendliest place, Rhino is a bit of a dive. But with a great happy hour on
Fridays (5 to 9 p.m.), eight-dollar pitchers, 25cent wings and big TVs to watch the game on, Rhino is a truly happening spot. RUGBY CAFE is another Georgetown area bar. During the day, it’s simply an unassuming burger joint worth visiting. At night, though, Rugby transforms into a semi-seedy bar with a polarizing effect: You either love it or hate it. MODERN is yet another bar in the Georgetown area, known for its more contemporary and — big surprise — modern decor and atmosphere. Modern doesn’t fill up until around midnight, and it offers a nice alternative to some of the gnarlier bars in the area. One of the nicest things Modern offers is the relatively cheap cover, especially when compared to the other options. D.C. has an abundance of bars and clubs outside the Georgetown area, and many are worth a visit. In the bustling Adams Morgan neighborhood is DAN’S CAFE, a unique bar experience. Instead of having a bartender make your drink, you’re given the tools and make
BUBBLE-BREAKING: Off the Record (top right) is fancy but still accessible.
it yourself. The one drawback to Dan’s is that they only accept cash, although the prices are incredibly cheap. DARNELL’S BAR is the underground favorite, not known by many but beloved by all that go. Come here to enjoy classy drinks, comfort food and old-school music, along with plenty of cool and fashionable ambience. Steps from the White House, OFF THE RECORD is an elegant yet casual local favorite. Once a haven for politicians after a long day, Off the Record has since moved outside this niche to cater to a more mainstream clientele. Although a little pricey, this historical hotel bar is a spot well worth the visit. Sometimes you need to escape the Georgetown bubble for an entire night, and D.C.’s many dance clubs can offer just that. A popular choice, JOSEPHINE NIGHTCLUB AND LOUNGE is conveniently located near McPherson Square, which is on the Blue and Orange lines. Known as one of the more sophisticated clubs in town, Josephine’s has multiple dance floors with a different genre featured at each. However, it is also known to attract an older crowd. Another convenient dance club, just a short walk from the Dupont Circle GUTS bus stop, is CURRENT SUSHI, which — as you may have guessed — serves sushi in addition to drinks. Current has both an upstairs and a downstairs, with an outdoor patio open some nights. Also located in Dupont Circle, DIRTY BAR has a unique and cool design. They even have an outdoor patio with seating if you feel the need to escape the loud music inside. Dirty Bar is like Josephine and Current but much more trendy. A totally different experience, TOWN DANCEBOUTIQUE is D.C.’s premier gay club, located right in the heart of Shaw. Town isn’t just for gay guys, though; many nervous firsttimers accompanying a friend find that they enjoy the friendly and open atmosphere over many of the District’s other clubs. Friday nights are 18+, freshmen! You now live in an amazing city, so make sure to get off campus and take in as much of its nightlife as you can.
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food in the district COMFORT FOOD Pizza
For your favorite cheesy delight, look no further than COMET PING PONG. They serve up both classic and remixed pizzas in a vibrant atmosphere that includes actual ping pong tables. 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW // $
SWEET TREATS AND BREWED DELIGHTS
You would never think raw, natural food could taste so delightful. But CAFE GREEN ambitiously offers everything from mac ’n’ cheese to pizza in healthy fashion. It’s guilt-free comfort food, prepared to perfection. 1513 17th St. NW // $
BAKERY Even though the Georgetown neighborhood is probably the most famous in D.C. for its bakeries, the city still has plenty to offer with BREADLINE for savory specialties and CAKELOVE for sweet options. 1751 Pennsylvania Ave. NW // $ 1506 U St. NW // $$
CREME CAFE offers soul food for lunch and dinner that always delivers on taste, but the brunch menu is especially fantastic. Try out the chicken and waffles or the shrimp and grits for a sinfully good weekend treat. 1322 U St. NW // $$
MAX’S BEST ICE CREAM is a small, family-run shop where everything is homemade and tailored to perfection. With over 30 unique flavor options, you’ll have a hard time picking just one! 2416 Wisconsin Ave. NW // $
BIG BEAR CAFE offers the rare traditional coffee shop environment with comfortable chairs and uncomplicated (but delicious) drink orders. They even offer some amazing pastries, sandwiches and soups. 1700 First St. NW // $
INTERNATIONAL OPTIONS ETHIOPIAN D.C. is famous for its abundance of Ethiopian restaurants, so it can be difficult to choose one. ETETE delivers on almost every level, even offering many delectable fully vegetarian options. 1942 NINTH St. NW // $
TAPAS Chef José Andrés is well known in D.C. and often credited with bringing small plates to popularity in the United States. Try the more traditional JALEO for tapas or the Mediterranean-inspired ZAYTINYA for mezze. 480 Seventh St. NW // $$ 701 Ninth St. NW // $$
KOTOBUKI offers fresh and succulent sushi at an unexpectedly low price. They offer more than the average sushi bar, with interesting variations and unique dishes. 4822 MACARTHUR BLVD. NW // $
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concert listings Owl City, Sept. 10, 9:30 Club
Bon Iver and Ana�s Mitchell, Sept. 15, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Tyga, Sept. 19, The Fillmore Silver Spring Florence + the Machine, Sept. 19, Merriweather Post Pavilion Madonna, Sept. 24, Verizon Center Gotye, Sept. 30, Merriweather Post Pavilion Wolfgang Gartner, Oct. 2, The Fillmore Silver Spring Animal Collective, Oct. 2, Merriweather Post Pavilion
jor Lazer . 25, 9:30 Club
VE, 30 Club OWL CITY
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cheap thrills Washington, D.C., may be full of college students, but it isn’t exactly the best thing to ever happen to their wallets. Never fear — you can still have a great time on a budget. Bring along your friends; your wallet will thank you later.
THE MONUMENTS They’re probably one of the most iconic parts of the city, but many Hoyas will make it to the end of their tenure and realize they never journeyed to the National Mall to see them in person. Make the trek over with your friends (preferably at night) — simply follow the Potomac past the Kennedy Center and soon you’ll reach the LINCOLN MEMORIAL. On the other side of the Reflecting Pool is the WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL, where every American Hoya is required to find his home state and take a photo. You can’t go inside the WASHINGTON MONUMENT because of last year’s earthquake, but it’s still a wondrous site to behold and an easy way to tell that you’re still heading in the right direction should you get lost. You’ll pass by the TIDAL BASIN and spot the THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL, home of the annual CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, which only makes the National Mall that much more beautiful (but also attracts thousands of tourists). Visit the year-old MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL across the Tidal Basin and the nearby FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL. At the end of the Mall is the CAPITOL BUILDING with its unmistakable dome. Behind that building is the SUPREME COURT. During the week, starting in October, you can line up early in the morning to venture inside and hear oral arguments. It’s the government nerd’s ultimate dream. If you’re willing to venture away from the always-crowded Mall and take a nice walk to Virginia, THEODORE ROOSEVELT ISLAND — home to Teddy’s memorial and a great running path — and ARLINGTON CEMETERY are also accessible from the Mall via bridge.
SMITHSONIAN Also on the National Mall are many of the museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution. They’re completely free and open every day but Christmas. They’re also massive, and most of them deserve a few visits to really take in the wealth of knowledge on display. Budding scientists will love the AIR AND SPACE and NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS. The Air and Space Museum has the largest collection of historic air- and spacecrafts in the world and will bring you through the history of flight, from the Wright Brothers in Carolina to the various planes used in the wars of the 20th century. The main gallery is full of spacecrafts and rockets, both American and Soviet. Sputnik’s small size is almost comical compared to the hysteria it created. The Natural History Museum has specimens and replicas from throughout the history of the world — from dinosaurs to caveman, volcanic rock to sharks. Even if science isn’t your forte,
you’ll enjoy the (literally) stuffed animals, especially those in the mammals exhibit. History lovers have a lot to enjoy as well at the Smithsonian. The NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY does an amazing job chronicling not only “serious” history — wars, presidents and the like — but also cultural history. See Dorothy’s ruby slippers, the original Kermit the Frog puppet and masks from “The Lion King.” But don’t worry, art aficionados: THE NATIONAL GALLERY and the NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY are full of things you’ll love. The National Gallery is adjacent to the NATIONAL SCULPTURE GARDEN, which turns into an ice rink in the winter. Both are great places to explore your artistic side. The National Gallery also hosts free concerts on Sunday evenings. The National Portrait Gallery, located across from Verizon Center in Chinatown, is attached to the AMERICAN ART MUSEUM. Both are full of works you’ll recognize and ones you won’t. The collection of portraits is constantly added to and rotated — for example, when Steve Jobs died, his portrait was moved to the forefront.
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The theaters and venues of Washington’s thriving arts scene are firm believers in student discounts. At ARENA STAGE, students gets 35 percent off ticket prices for classic shows like “My Fair Lady” and new works like “One Night with Janis Joplin.” SHAKESPEARE THEATER COMPANY offers $15 tickets for anyone under 35. The Millennium Stage at the KENNEDY CENTER has a free performance every night at 6 p.m. Those performances include everything from the National Symphony Orchestra to poetry slams. The Kennedy Center also offers discounts on other performances for people between the ages of 17 and 25.
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Although they haven’t won a Stanley Cup since their creation in 1974, the Capitals are still successful, winning division titles every year from 2008 to 2011. However, a lack of playoff success means the team enters the 2012-2013 season with a frustrated fan base and its third head coach in the last 12 months, and superstar and fan favorite Alex Ovechkin, who scored a league-high 269 goals in his first five seasons with the Caps, has recorded only 70 in the last two. Still the hottest ticket in town, it may cost upwards of $100 for a pair of upper-level seats. But since the team is projected to finish in the top half of the Eastern Conference, that may be worth it.
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The Nationals relocated to the District from Montreal following the 2004 season, bringing with them a history of heartbreak and disappointment. Until this year, the Nationals have stuck to the script, but this season may be different. Led by former first-overall picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the team is sitting atop the National League and is a virtual lock to make the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 1981. Despite the team’s success, tickets remain inexpensive (and half off for students), and the possibility of October games should be enough to bring baseball lovers to the park in droves.
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The Redskins have three Super Bowl titles to their name, but the last of those came back in 1991. The team’s Achilles’ heel in recent years has been mediocre play by its quarterbacks (and mediocre might be a generous term). But the Redskins had the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, and the much-hyped quarterback Robert Griffin III promises to bring excitement — and hopefully some winning ways — back to FedEx Field. Standout veteran linebacker London Fletcher, meanwhile, leads the defense. Despite their name, the ’Skins are actually based in Landover, Md., which is a bit of a hike from Georgetown. But if RG3 becomes the sensation some project him to be, it just might merit the trip.
Don’t hold us to this, but it’s been said that the ‘John Wall’ is the ultimate move to bust out at Georgetown parties. And the best way to perfect the dance, obviously, is to learn from its namesake during a Wizards game at Verizon Center. The former Kentucky phenom has remained a human highlight reel since jumping to the NBA in 2009, averaging 16.3 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game last season. He won’t have to do it all by himself this year, though, as he is set to get a boost in the backcourt with the addition of the No. 3 overall draft pick, Florida product Bradley Beal.
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A member of the league since its inception in 1996, United took home three of the first four MLS Cups, establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with under former U.S. national team Head Coach Bruce Arena. The last decade has not been as kind, but things are once more starting to look up. A potent attack led by American rising star Chris Pontius, Honduran youngster Andy Najar and Canadian stud Dwayne de Rosario has paid major dividends this season for United, which boasts one of the highest goals-pergame averages in the league. United frequently offers student promotions, but even without them, tickets aren’t expensive.
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