The Hoya: New Student Guide 2014

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First off, welcome to Georgetown. Most of you probably found this magazine slipped under the door to your dorm room. (I’ve heard some tales of new students slipping on the magazine, so I hope that your journey to leafing through these pages was less perilous.) If you’re not a freshman or transfer, perhaps you found this New Student Guide lying in Red Square or on a bench in Healy Circle. No matter how this guide came to you, I think it has something to offer. Staffers at THE HOYA, Georgetown’s student newspaper, spent their summers putting together this guide to everything we wish we had known when we started our time on the Hilltop. It includes information valuable to every college student (how to do laundry, tips for starting college classes), information specific to Georgetown that you might not know you need (a full list of all campus clubs, explanations for the acronyms you’ll soon hear people throwing around) and advice for taking advantage of living in the District (how to navigate the Metro and the places to go once you’ve figured it out). We all remember the New Student Guide from our first year on the Hilltop, and we’ve tried to take the best of recent years and tailor it to the Class of 2018. Of course, there is infinitely more to know about Georgetown than what is in these pages, but it’s a pretty good place to start. You can also find more information at, which we’ve been updating all summer. I hope that this magazine makes the beginning of your Georgetown experience even a tiny bit less overwhelming, and that maybe you’ll return to its pages to answer a question or two as you navigate campus. Of course, Hoya staffers, like many other Georgetown students, would love to answer your questions in person, so I hope you’ll stop by our office in the Leavey Center, room 421, and come to our information sessions Sept. 2 and 7. To get a sense of what’s happening on campus, you can also pick up copies of THE HOYA on newsstands Tuesdays and Fridays and visit Best of luck starting out on the Hilltop. If you know what Leo’s is (page 20), you’re off to a great start. Hoya Saxa,

Emma Hinchliffe Editor-in-Chief

Headquartered in Leavey 421, The Hoya is a community of its own. Well over 200 students contribute to the editorial and business functions of the paper, making us one of the largest groups on campus. While working on deadline can be stressful, the laughs and adrenaline create an experience unlike any other you can find at Georgetown. @THEHOYA FACEBOOK.COM/THEHOYA 2 | THE HOYA

table of contents

campus map........................4 2014-2015.............................6 student groups..................8 campus dining..................12 campus resources...........13 the four schools..............14 School tips........................15 jobs & internships...........16 errands..............................17 exercise............................18 party scene.......................19 dictionary......................20 neighborhoods...............23 dining out.........................26 bars..................................28 transportation..............29 museums..........................30 music and DC TEAMS........31 news...................................32 sports...............................34 history..............................36 bucket list.......................38

PRODUCTION STAFF Emma Hinchliffe............Editor-in-Chief Mallika Sen...................Executive Editor Robert DePaolo............Managing Editor Ian Tice....................Issue Layout Editor Zack Saravay.......................Copy Chief Brian Carden..............Director of Sales

CONTRIBUTORS Alexander Brown, Penny Hung, Nicole Jarvis, Sheena Karkal, Jess KelhamHohler, Carolyn Maguire, Hunter Main, Sharanya Sriram, Michelle Xu

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intercultural center regents hall hariri building REISS BUILDING LEAVEY CENTER henle village darnall hall ST. MARY’s Hall




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StudenT Activities Fair

August 31

Witness the full array of clubs and activities Georgetown has to offer. Don’t be afraid to sign up indiscriminately; you never know what you might like.

The Hoya Information Sessions September 2 and 7

Come to our information session and open house Tuesday at 7 p.m. to find out how you can be a part of Georgetown’s newspaper, on either the editorial or business side. On Sunday, we have another information session at 8:30 p.m. Applications are due Sept. 11.

Men’s Soccer Parents’ Weekend Home Kickoffs October 17 to 19

September 5 and October 4

The Hoyas take on Harvard for their first home game of the season Sept. 5 at Shaw Field. While Big East play commences at the end of September, Oct. 4 marks the first conference home game when Georgetown faces Marquette.

Homecoming Weekend October 24 to 26

Homecoming sees the return of all classes to the Hilltop. With tons of activities, including the tailgate before Saturday’s football game against Bucknell, be sure to sign up.

D.C. A Cappella FestIval November

Co-hosted by the Phantoms and the Gracenotes, the two-weekend DCAF features a cappella talent from across campus and the eastern seaboard.

Corp Gala November

Oft-described as a collegiate prom, Corp Gala is a popular winter tradition. All proceeds benefit The Fabretto Foundation in Nicaragua.

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Parents swarm campus, alleviating the homesickness to which you will refuse to admit. The university offers parent-oriented programming, but many take advantage of this time to explore the city and eat out on parents’ dimes.

MiDnight Madness Mid-October

Midnight Madness marks the official start of the basketball season, as teams can now practice, per NCAA regulation. To celebrate, the university throws a spectacle in McDonough Arena, complete with performers.

Big East Basketball


Big East play commences in late December, but you’ll be back in school by January, in time to take in the home games at Verizon Center.

Cherry Tree Massacre February

The Georgetown Chimes, the oldest campus a cappella group, play host to groups from Georgetown and other schools over multiple nights, in addition to performing from their own popular repertoire.

Alternative Spring Break

Spring KickOff Concert

With 13 programs to choose from, ASB offers a way to spend spring break in a service-oriented fashion around the country.

Georgetown Program Board has brought in a wide variety of artists for the past few concerts, like Big Sean, Calvin Harris and Wiz Khalifa.

March 7 to 15

The 90th Annual Diplomatic Ball April


Georgetown Day

April 24

Celebrate the end of classes by frolicking around campus on Georgetown Day, blocking out the imminent start of finals.

Don’t miss the chance to clad yourself in finery and mingle with professors, diplomats and foreign service officers.

Commencement May 16

Commencement Weekend runs from May 15 to 17, but the four undergraduate schools hold their commencements on Saturday. Speakers will be determined closer to the date.



Carroll Round College Academic Council (by election) Georgetown Medieval Club Georgetown Parliamentary Debate Team Georgetown University Debate Team Georgetown University Journal of Health Sciences Georgetown University Quiz Bowl International Relations Club (includes Model UN) Mock Trial and Law Team MSB Academic Council (by election) NHS Academic Council (by election) SFS Academic Council (by election) Philodemic Society TEDx Georgetown Tocqueville Forum Undergraduate Bioethics Society Walsh Exchange


AIDS Coalition Amnesty International Animalia Breast Cancer Outreach Diversability EcoAction Educating Students About Social Equality Georgetown Conservation Corps Georgetown Donors Georgetown Israel Alliance Georgetown University Women of Color Girls for Change Global Zero Grassroot Hoyas GUPride (LGBTQ group) GU STAND H*yas for Choice Hoyas for Troops Invisible Children J Street U Men of Strength NAACP Relay for Life Right to Life Students Helping Honduras Students for Justice in Palestine

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Students Stopping the Trafficking of People Take Back the Night Truth and Human Rights in North Korea United Feminists

Campus Media

The Anthem The Fire This Time The Georgetown Heckler Georgetown Journal of International Affairs Georgetown Public Policy Review GUTV The Georgetown Voice The Hoya The Independent Spoon University WGTB Ye Domesday Booke


African Society of Georgetown Armenian Student Association Asian American Student Association Black Student Alliance Brilliantly British Club Caribbean Culture Circle Chinese Students and Scholars Association Circolo Italiano Classics Club Club Filipino Club Singapore Cuban American Student Association European Club French Cultural Association Georgetown Arab Society Georgetown Chinese Students Alliance

Georgetown Hawaii Club Georgetown Irish American Society Georgetown PorColombia Georgetown University Signs German Club Hellenic Association International Students Association Iranian Cultural Society Japan Network Jewish Students Association Klub Polski Korean Student Association Latin American Student Association Lebanese Student Association Mexican Student Association Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan Native American Student Council Riqueza Dominicana South Asian Society Taiwanese American Student Association Thai Society The Brazilian Club Turkish Student Association Vietnamese Student Association

Greek Life

Adelfi (sorority) Alpha Epsilon Pi (fraternity) Alpha Kappa Psi (co-ed business fraternity) Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed community service fraternity) Delta Phi Epsilon (fraternity and sorority) Kappa Alpha Theta (sorority) Kappa Kappa Gamma (sorority) Sigma Alpha Epsilon (fraternity) Sigma Phi Epsilon (fraternity) Zeta Psi (fraternity)

Performing Arts (May require audition)

A Cappella

The Capitol G’s (all-male) The Chimes (all-male) Gracenotes (all-female) GU Harmony (all-female, international music) The Phantoms (co-ed) Resonance Essence Live (co-ed, R&B) The Saxatones (co-ed, community service) Superfood (co-ed)


Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Georgetown Ballroom Dance Team

Black Movements Dance Theatre (for credit) Georgetown University Dance Company (for credit) Georgetown University Step Team Groove Theory (hip-hop) GU Bindaas (Bollywood/hip-hop fusion) GU Jawani (South Asian dance) Hoya Break Squad Rangila (annual dance show, through the South Asian Society) Ritmo y Sabor (Latin dance) Tappin’ Jacks (tap dance)


Black Theatre Ensemble Children’s Theater Georgetown Improv Association Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society Nomadic Theatre (contemporary plays)


Chamber Singers (for credit) Chapel Choir (performs for 9:30 p.m. Sunday Dahlgren Mass, for credit) Contemporary Choir (performs for 7:30 p.m. Sunday Dahlgren Mass, for credit) Concert Choir (for credit) Gospel Choir (performs for 5:30 p.m. weekly service in St. William Chapel, for credit) Jazz Ensemble (for credit) Orchestra (for credit) Pep Band Wind Ensemble (for credit) World Percussion Ensemble

Other Arts

Georgetown Anime Club Georgetown Art Aficionados Georgetown Gastronomes Georgetown Hip-Hop Association Hoyawood (documentary films) Performing Arts Advisory Council



Georgetown Aspiring Minority Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Georgetown Aspiring Political and Policy Leaders Georgetown University College Democrats Georgetown University College Republicans Georgetown University Roosevelt Institute Georgetown University Student Association Hoyas for Liberty Women in Politics


Black Pre-Law Association Compass Fellowship (social entrepreneurship) Futures in Science and Humanities Georgetown Advertising and Market Association Georgetown Entrepreneurial Organizations Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development Georgetown Pre-Law Society Georgetown Speechwriting Advisory Group Georgetown University Accounting Society Georgetown University Minority Association of Pre-Health Students Georgetown University Pre-Dental Society Georgetown University Pre-Medical Society Georgetown University Real Estate Club Hilltop Consultants McDonough Global Student Assocation Smart Women Securities Startup Hoyas


Brothers for Christ Campus Ministry Campus Ministry Student Forum Catholic Chaplaincy Catholic Daughters

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Catholic Retreats Georgetown Buddhist Meditations Sangha Georgetown Orthodox Christian Fellowship GU Catholic Hindu Students Association Ignatian Retreats Interfaith Student Council Jewish Chaplaincy Knights of Columbus Muslim Chaplaincy Muslim Students Association Orthodox Christian Chaplaincy Protestant Chaplaincy Secular Student Alliance Sisters for Christ


Advisory Board for Club Sports Club Badminton (co-ed) Club Baseball (men’s) Club Basketball (men’s and women’s) Club Boxing Team (co-ed) Club Equestrian (co-ed) Club Field Hockey (co-ed) Club Golf (co-ed) Club Ice Hockey (men’s) Club Lacrosse (men’s and women’s) Club Rock Climbing (co-ed) Club Soccer (men’s and women’s) Club Softball (women’s) Club Squash (men’s and women’s) Club Swimming (co-ed) Club Tennis (co-ed) Club Volleyball (men’s and women’s) Club Water Polo (men’s and women’s) Cycling Team (co-ed) Fishing Club Georgetown Aikikai Georgetown Cricket Club Georgetown Fencing Club Georgetown Figure Skating Club Georgetown Gaming Georgetown University Chess Club International Georgetown University Ping Pong Club Georgetown University Triathlon Georgetown Running Club Hoya Blue (spirit club) Intramural Sports Outdoor Education (outdoor recreation) Rugby (men’s and women’s) Tae Kwon Do Club Ultimate Frisbee (men’s and women’s)

Project Sunshine Georgetown St. Elizabeth’s Outreach Strive for College Sursum Corda Literacy Program Turning the Page UNICEF Georgetown Urban Debate League Your Classroom, Your World

Other Social Justice

Active Minds After School Kids Program Alternative Spring Break Best Buddies Georgetown Caring for Children With Cancer Center for Social Justice Advisory Board for Student Organizations CSJ Global Immersions Programs Circle of Women Cristo Rey Tutoring Dance D.C. D.C. Reads D.C. Schools Project Dreamcatchers First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement Georgetown Development Initiative Georgetown Individuals Vocal and Energetic for Service Georgetown Solidarity Committee (workers’ rights) Georgetown Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Georgetown University Math and Science Hands-On Enrichment Georgetown University Medical Brigade Georgetown University Mentors and Tutors Georgetown University Young Scholars GirlTalk GlobeMed GU Melody Habitat for Humanity Hoyas Global Initiative Hoyas for Immigrant Rights Hoyas for RBI Hoya Outreach Programs and Education Leaders in Education About Diversity Male Development Association (Guy Talk) One World Youth Project Organization Assisting the Homeless Student PeaceJam Prison Outreach Program

Bakers at Georgetown Big Hunt Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society Breaking the Bubble Community Garden Club Computers and Electronics Club ESCAPE (retreats for freshmen and transfer students) Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program Georgetown Collegiate 100 Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service Georgetown Program Board Georgetown Sports Analysis, Business and Research Group Georgetown University Astronomical Society Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union Georgetown University Grilling Society Georgetown University Lecture Fund Georgetown University Peer Counselors Georgetown University Student Investment Fund Georgetown University Women in Leadership

Hilltop Tacos InterHall Net Impact New Student Orientation Residential Judicial Council Social Innovation and Public Service Fund Student Activities Commission (oversight group for clubs) The Corp Thinking Beyond the Beltway The Triple Helix



O’Donovan Hall, known as “Leo’s” (really, never O’Donovan Hall), is not that bad of an eating experience, despite what you may hear. As it’s our only dining hall, however, its selections might start to feel monotonous after your first few months. Leo’s has tried to spice things up, with the implementation of themed-cuisine days and the occasional seemingly random reshuffling of things or new offering. Your best plan of attack is to find out which staples you can rely on and then get creative, as many things in Leo’s can be considered build-your-own, such as the pizza, sandwich, salad and omelet stations. Most would say the breakfast and brunch options are pretty good, as it’s hard to go wrong with scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, cereals and a waffle maker. For your lunch and dinner considerations, the stir-fry, burrito and pasta stations all offer consistent, good quality meals, while the “home” station — which has a new meat, vegetable and starch option every day — can be hit or miss. If the food options seem really dire, Leo’s now offers grilled chicken and a vegetable every weekday on the lower level, so you can always get some filling protein. For those with dietary concerns, Leo’s has a dedicated vegan and vegetarian station on the top level, although it doesn’t have the greatest variety, and there are meat-free options elsewhere, too. Leo’s usually has dietary signs at each station, giving the dish’s nutritional facts and possible allergens it contains, such as soy and gluten. For those who are gluten-free, Leo’s also offers a small section on the lower level with gluten-free options, such as cereal, bread, granola and muffins, although some are locked in a freezer or compartment that you must get the code for by contacting the nutritionist. The section also contains lactaid milk for the lactose intolerant. Last but not least, everyone goes crazy for Chicken Finger Thursdays. Breakfast is served from 7 to 9:30 a.m., lunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Late-night is also offered from 9 to 11 p.m., and weekend brunch is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. During times outside this schedule, the hot food stations aren’t open but you can get things like cereal or make a sandwich downstairs.

Grab ‘n’ Go

On days you don’t have time or don’t want to sit down in Leo’s, Grab ‘n’ Go offers sandwiches, salads, chips, fruit, yogurt and hot lunch options at two different locations: immediately inside Leo’s and at the end of the hallway beyond Hoya Court inside the Leavey Center. While the quality of the food is not as high as the options found in Leo’s, the convenience is unmatched. Both kiosks also offer hot meals, a bigger deal than you might imagine.

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Vital Vittles AND Hoya Snaxa

Epicurean & Co.

Midnight Mug, Uncommon Grounds AND More Uncommon Grounds

Hoya Court

These Corp-run convenience stores are the go-to place on campus to pick up some basic dorm snacks. Need a bag of chips or a slushie? Hoya Snaxa, located underneath the archway in the Southwest Quad, is your best bet. Looking for more substantial groceries like cereal, yogurt, microwavable dinners or toothpaste? Vital Vittles, located in the front of the Leavey Center, has a more expansive collection of goods to suit your every need — even Ping-Pong balls and Solo cups.

These three Corp coffee shop locations have all the essentials to get you your caffeine fix. Their prices are low (at least lower than Starbucks’), their drinks are good and the locations are well-distributed throughout campus. Midnight MUG is the busiest of the three for its prime location on the always-bustling Lau 2 and its late hours (until 2 a.m. on weekday evenings). Uncommon Grounds (UG) is in the Leavey Center and is definitely the most comfortable and sizable storefront, a popular stop in between the classes in the nearby Hariri building and Regents Hall. ICC Galleria’s More Uncommon Grounds (MUG), in contrast, may be nothing more than a cart, but its importance to surviving that 8 a.m. class defies its size. There’s always a long line in the 10-minute period before classes start, and almost no line while classes are going on, so timing your visit right is paramount in determining whether you’ll get to class on time.

Located on the ground floor of Darnall Hall, Epicurean’s excellent sushi and extensive salad and buffet options offer a nice change of pace from Leo’s, with higherquality options. Pizza and made-to-order sandwiches are also available. Depending on what type of environment you like, it can be a good study spot, or a great place to watch a game with your friends, with its multiple TVs in the bar area. One of its main draws is that it’s open 24/7, closing only for a brief period Sunday night to early Monday morning. Hoya Court offers some of your classic types of food: burgers, sandwiches and salads. Elevation Burger prides itself on having 100 percent organic and free-range ingredients. Be sure to also try one of its delicious hand-scooped milkshakes. Subway, like any Subway, offers all your classic sandwich ingredients, while Salad Creations has a lot of variety for a great tasting healthy option. If you venture down the hall you can also find a Cosi and Starbucks.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Another convenient snack option is Einstein’s, which has a kiosk in Regents Hall and a full store on the second floor of Car Barn. If you’re in the mood for a warm bagel, it has good options, and it also offers other snacks like muffins, fruit cups and yogurt parfaits. Both locations offer meal exchange, which means you can swipe one of your meals in exchange for a bagel, sandwich or salad, a side and a drink.

Campus Resources G eorgetown offers resources for the everyday tasks, like laundry, as well as for more serious hurdles you could encounter over your time on the Hilltop.


One of the most important tools for your next four years is your GOCard. Your GOCard is essentially your ticket to student life at Georgetown — it pays for your laundry and printing, gets you into your dorm and past the security guards at Lau, Yates or Leo’s. There are two kinds of money linked to your GOCard account: flex dollars, which are included with certain meal plans and can be used at dining locations around campus, and debit dollars, which you load on your GOCard and which can be used at a variety of off-campus locations including Wisey’s, Chipotle and Whole Foods on Wisconsin, in addition to all on-campus locations. You’ll need at least a few debit dollars to start the semester — that’s what pays for laundry and printing. If you lose your GOCard, a replacement, which costs $25, can be bought from the GOCard Office on the ground floor of Darnall.


There are laundry facilities in every

freshman dorm — on every floor if you live in New South — which you pay for using debit dollars on your GOCard. Each cycle in a washer or dryer cost $1.50, so a load will set you back $3. You can find detergent and fabric softener at Vital Vittles in the Leavey Center or at the CVS on Wisconsin Avenue. If you are dead set against figuring out this life skill, Soapy Joe’s is a fee-based service that picks up your dirty laundry from your dorm lobby and returns it, washed, the next day. It’s more expensive, charging you based on the weight of your laundry, but for some, it’s worth it.


There will come a point during this year, probably sometime in October, when allergies (or strep or mono) kick in, and you will come down with a serious case of the sniffles. You may be tempted to take some DayQuil and tough it out, but this will probably leave you sick all semester. If you get sick, don’t be afraid to take advantage of the Student Health Center, located under Darnall Hall and next to Epicurean. You need to make an appointment before you visit, and be sure to make it with plenty of time free afterward, because appointments

here are rarely processed quickly. The center offers all the same services as your primary care doctor’s office including immunizations, physical exams and medicine prescriptions. For urgent cases, do not hesitate to call GERMS, the student-run emergency response team. The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital emergency room is also close by for serious cases.


Mental health is a crucial component to overall well-being, and the university is equipped with counselling and treatment resources. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, needing somebody to talk to or aren’t sure if how you’re feeling is healthy, Counseling and Psychiatric Services is available to help. CAPS offers individual counseling and group conversations for anything ranging from depression and anxiety to eating disorders to relationship problems. Your first visit is free, but there is a small fee for futher visits. Don’t be afraid to go to CAPS, which is located at the back of Darnall Hall. Adjusting to college is difficult, and college itself can often be stressful. Getting help at any point is totally fine, and CAPS services are confidential.


(202) 687-4357


(202) 687-4343


(202) 687-6985

Health Center

(202) 687-2200 studenthealth.Georgetown.Edu



If you experience sexual assault at any time at Georgetown, there are resources available to help. Georgetown has launched a new section of its website devoted to providing resources and clarifying university policies on the issue — The site is thorough and details every resource available for students, including confidential counselors, the different options available for reporting sexual misconduct to the university, Georgetown University Police Department or the Metropolitan Police Department and a variety of medical treatment options. The website also provide links and phone numbers for D.C.-wide resources, like U ASK DC, a smartphone app that provides relevant information and resources. Besides a CAPS trauma specialist, the university has a dedicated sexual assault and relationship violence services coordinator, Jen Schweer. The university revised the Code of Student Conduct in February to include Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan policies — anyone in need of medical assistance or anyone who calls for assistance shall not face disciplinary action, regardless of consumption of drugs or alcohol. If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted, please do not hesitate to take advantage of these resources.




The College is the largest and oldest of the four schools and offers the widest range of majors, ranging from neurobiology to American studies. The College core requirements are less specific than some of the other schools’, but there are still quite a few to complete, and they require subjects from a greater variety of disciplines, which allows students to try courses outside their main focus. The diversity of study makes it hard to typify a College student, who has the ability to choose from 43 majors, 49 minors and seven regional certificates, offered through the SFS. However, College students like to claim they are the Gryffindors of the bunch — after all, you have to be brave to be “undecided.”

The MSB is a highly regarded undergraduate business school that’s churning out Deloitte interns faster than you can say Hariri Building (which no one does say — most call it “MSB”). The school is best known for a few things: its ridiculously nice building (aforementioned), its students’ propensity for either Western business or fratty attire and no class on Fridays. Nobody ever said business was easy, though, and students are subjected to tough accounting requirements and the notorious curve. Don’t even get them started on their high-stress interviews or necessary post-junior year internship. Many students double major and can freely minor as well. With their sartorial approach and futurefilled coffers, these are undoubtedly the Slytherins of Georgetown.



The SFS is one of the most prestigious schools for the study of international affairs. It offers seven majors — some similar to the College, but with a more international flair. Most majors are inherently interdisciplinary and while there is a strong humanities focus, graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science. Students have a rigorous 17-course core curriculum, in addition to mandatory language proficiency. The onecredit “Map of the Modern World” is a rite of passage, but if you don’t pass “Map” the first time, you have until your senior year to get it right. Students cannot double major and the SFS is the only school that prohibits minoring, but there are 17 certificates from which to choose, including in regional studies and areas like international development or social and political thought. Usually typecasted as Ravenclaws, these students have the ambition of Slytherins, with a desire to change the world.

The NHS is the smallest of the four undergraduate schools, mostly because it offers such narrowly tailored programs in the health and science fields. In addition to completing six general education courses, students choose from among four diverse majors — from which their requisite courses are derived — and can minor. Being pre-med is not required in the NHS, but overlap exists courtesy of the school’s heavy focus on health and medicine. Although “nursing” is in the name, the NHS is not by any means limited to that one field. Nursing is but one major offering among international health, human science and health care management and policy. The school has a large female population, but males should not feel out of place. For their gentle and noble ways — and ability to find the right vein — NHS students are often termed Hufflepuffs, though a debate rages.



ith the start of college, there are most likely a lot of different things you’re preoccupied with: finding friends, decorating your dorm, making sure your roommate doesn’t hate you. But it’s important to remember that you’re here for classes, too. Here are a few tips for managing the college workload:

Go to class

For larger classes, many professors won’t take attendance. But even for classes where your grade is only determined by one final exam or paper, attendance is still important. First, you’re paying to go to class, not just to take that final and get a grade. If you cram at the end of the semester, you’ll risk forgetting everything you were supposed to have learned. In addition, your professors and your teaching assistants are a helpful resource; why stay up all night scanning your textbook when you can learn from an expert twice a week?

Spread out your work

The nice thing about college courses is that they don’t convene every day (barring intensive languages and some science courses). If you plan ahead, you can spread your assignments out to avoid feeling overwhelmed. A lot of students find that doing part of the work one night and part on another helps ease stress.

Form study groups

Especially for classes with hard problem sets or hundreds of pages of reading, a study group can really ease the burden. Make sure you check with your professor on his or her policy regarding collaboration on home-

work, but most of the time, you’ll be allowed to work on assignments together. Having someone with whom you can work through a problem set or exchange notes on readings can make all the difference.

Find your own favorite place to study

In the first few weeks of school, try out a few places to find where you’re most comfortable studying. Just because your friends are studying in the common room doesn’t mean you have to study there, too; it’s important to find a place where you can concentrate. Some popular study destinations include Lauinger Library (with six floors, each with its own atmosphere and noise level), the MSB’s Hariri Building, Regents Science Building, the Bioethics Research Library in Healy Hall and Sellinger Lounge in the Leavey Center. Don’t be afraid to wander off the beaten path — some students concentrate best in an empty classroom in Old North or at Dahlgren Memorial Library at the med school, or you might feel more at ease in a coffee shop like Saxbys on O Street or Starbucks in Leavey.

Go to office hours

For some of you, seeking out a teacher outside of class in high school was reserved for a dire situation. But in college, office hours aren’t just for clarifying class material — they’re crucial for developing close relationships with your professors, which can pay off in the long run. Some professors are even known for grading students who regularly attend office hours more leniently. It’ll also come in handy to actually know a few professors once you need letters of recommenda-

tion for internships, jobs and grad school.

Don’t leave the reading until the final

When your professor doesn’t collect homework or check if you do the reading each class, it can be tempting to convince yourself you can catch up when you have time. Beware: course work in college builds up. You don’t want to find yourself with 500-plus pages of reading and a paper and two exams and an in-class presentation … all in three days. Plus, some professors grade based on participation, and it’ll be hard to participate without doing the work.

Exams are always around the corner

Yes, it’s the start of a semester right now, but it’s important to keep in mind that midterms will be here soon enough — some as early as the first week in October. Professors will usually announce the dates of the midterm(s) or finals well in advance, and it’s a good idea to start preparing a few weeks early, even just by collecting key notes and flashcards, and by writing out the dates in a calendar, along with other big projects. Strategizing always helps, and that means you won’t be too blindsided when you have a lot going on.

Leave time for other things in life

Balance is key in college. While it’s important to remember to study and do your homework, college is about a lot of other things — don’t forget your friends, clubs and health. If you only focus on your academics, it’s easy to lose sight of things. If you ever feel overwhelmed, remember that your residential assistant, your dean, your professors and your friends are all there to help you.


JOBS & INTERNSHIPS C ollege is expensive — and we don't just mean your tuition bill. What can sneak up on you are the day-to-day expenses that you probably never thought about before. Between school supplies, books, toiletries, groceries (because few want to eat in Leo’s all the time) and going out, you might find yourself with a wallet that’s a bit too light. Still, don’t start begging your grandparents for an advance on your birthday money just yet: Here’s how you can best make some money.

On-campus jobs

The best place to look for on-campus jobs is the student employment website, seo., where the library, the Alumni House and a variety of academic offices and departments post jobs that you can easily apply for online. Lauinger Library in particular tends to hire a large group of freshmen. Yates Field House is also a popular employer. If you want to be a student guard — the students who swipe GOCards for campus buildings — head to police. to apply through the Department of Public Safety website. If you want to work for housing and give out packages and keys, head to the Residence Hall Office in your building, or another, and ask if they’re hiring.

If you have a work-study award, you still need to be hired before you can earn the allotted salary. Some campus jobs are limited to those with work-study, and others will hire either work-study or non-work-study students, so pay attention to those qualifications when looking. Programs like D.C. Reads and ASK mentoring at the Center for Social Justice can pay students with work-study awards, while they’re volunteer for non-work-study students. If you want a job in the fall, start looking early because most offices finish hiring by mid-September. If you don’t start looking early enough, rest assured that positions open up each semester, so you can always look again in the spring. On-campus jobs will offer pay around D.C. minimum wage — which increased to $9.50 an hour this summer — with many offering the chance for small raises.

Off-campus jobs

Bring your resume down to M Street and try to get a job at one of the many retail locations or food services. Georgetown Cupcake and Pie Sisters are known for hiring a lot of students, and working at Vineyard Vines, Madewell, Anthropologie or another store may lead friends to envy your employee

discount. Saxbys, the coffee shop at O and 35th streets, also hires a lot of student baristas, and many students work as waiters and hosts at The Tombs. Georgetown’s employment site also includes listings from local businesses and families seeking babysitters, tutors and dogwalkers. Finding a family you fit well with can be a great job to keep throughout your time on the Hilltop.


Getting an internship isn’t common among first-semester freshmen, and it’s probably best to get used to Georgetown before you add one to your workload, but it’s something to remember as time passes. Washington is full of lobbying firms, law offices, PR firms and other private sector employers who pay their interns. Of course, D.C. is also home to tons of government internships, on the Hill or at other agencies, but most of these are unpaid. There are also plenty of internships in other fields, whether that be journalism, nonprofits, health fields or business. If you’re looking for an internship — paid or unpaid — careercenter. is a great place to start the quest.


1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW

If you’re looking for staples outside of what Vital Vittles can offer, this is your place to stock up on groceries. It has a great selection and also includes an extensive deli counter, pharmacy and Starbucks. If you’re feeling lazy, you can sign up on for deliveries to your dorm, with your first one free. Also, because it can be a far walk and coming back with all your groceries can be difficult, you can hop on the Wisconsin Avenue GUTS bus, which stops in front of Epicurean.

Whole Foods 2323 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Searching for something more organic? Whole Foods is located up the road from Safeway in Glover Park and also has a wide variety of prepared foods. The Wisconsin Avenue GUTS bus stops about half a block down from the store.

Trader Joe’s 1101 25th St. NW

Walk on M Street and turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue and you’ll soon find yourself in Foggy Bottom and right near Trader Joe’s. Emphasizing easy-to-prepare and inexpensive products, Trader Joe’s is an ideal place for college students to shop. Its large selection of microwavable meals are great if you aren’t in the mood for Leo’s and don’t want to order anything. To avoid such a difficult trek, hop on the Circulator heading to Dupont Circle to get there, and use either the WMATA 32 or 36 on the way back.


1403 Wisconsin Ave. NW When the inevitable colds start becoming more widespread on campus, head to CVS for everything you need to stay healthy, or for general errands. It’s open 24 hours, though the pharmacy closes at 6 p.m. on weekends and 10 p.m. during the week.


UPS Store


Quick and inexpensive, GT Quality cleaners is a convenient way to avoid burning your favorite shirt while ironing, and if your suit isn’t fitting as well as you’d like, you can get it altered here. Customer service, however, has received mixed reviews, so consider exploring other options.

Located right outside the gates, the UPS Store is a very convenient place for all your shipping needs. No matter what size box or the amount of packing tape you need, should you have to ship something — especially during move out — this is where you’ll go.

If you’re looking for printing services beyond what Lau offers, FedEx has you covered. Whether you need flyers, posters, banners or other special materials for presentations or student groups, it has the supplies and staff to help you.

3345 Prospect St. NW


1325 Wisconsin Ave. NW

The perfect spot for an organic experience. Though pricey — women’s haircuts start at $67, men’s at $47 — its products are made from all natural plant extracts, causing minimal damage to your hair. This full-service salon also offers manicures, pedicures and waxing.

1419 37th St. NW in Poulton Hall

Georgetown Hair Styling 1329 35th St. NW

A quintessential men’s barber shop, it can be found just two blocks from the front gates. A basic cut is $23, and it accepts both appointments and walk-ins. It’s one of the few places in Georgetown where residents and students interact, and the barber makes a point of trying to learn your name.

3329 M St. NW

O Salon 3212 O St. NW

Across the street from Wingo’s may not be where you’d expect to find a high-quality hair salon, but that’s exactly what you’ll get from O Salon. If you only trust the person who cuts your hair at home, this could be the place that finally causes you to cut ties with your local salon.



ashington, D.C., recently wrested away the title of America’s healthiest city from Minnesota’s Twin Cities, according to the 2014 American Fitness Index report. To encourage the retention of the American College of Sports Medicine’s honor, we present a compilation of popular fitness options on campus and in the District.


Our on-campus gym, Yates Field House, has enough to suit anyone’s workout style. It may not be the most state-of-the-art facility, but it has all the essentials: 60 pieces of cardiovascular equipment, a weight area consisting of free weights and weight machines, a 200-meter indoor track, an eight-lane swimming pool and a wide variety of exercise classes ranging from Pilates to Zumba. For casual games with friends, Yates also has basketball, racquetball, squash and tennis courts open to all students. An added bonus: First Lady Michelle Obama, Bradley Cooper and Kobe Bryant have been among those spotted here in recent years.


A walk, run or bike ride down near the monuments on the National Mall is a fantastic way to enjoy some of the most beautiful sites in D.C. Cross M Street anywhere between 34th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and you’ll find yourself down by the Georgetown Waterfront. From here you can travel all the way down to the Lincoln Memorial, an approximate fourmile round trip. There are multiple directions you can then head in: keep running straight for another mile toward the Washington Monument or 2.5 miles to the Capitol Building; journey around the Tidal Basin and back while passing the Jefferson Memorial for a seven-mile trip or head across the Arlington Memorial Bridge, leading you to the Mt. Vernon Trail. Running along the other side of the Po-

tomac, the Mt. Vernon Trail has two options: head left and go all the way to Gravelly Point Park — a popular spot to watch airplanes land and take off from Reagan International Airport at an incredibly close distance — or head right and travel back to Key Bridge and Georgetown. On the way, you also have the option of crossing the footbridge onto Theodore Roosevelt Island, a beautiful national park. The Capital Crescent Trail starts at the end of Water Street, which can be accessed by cutting across M Street — the easiest spot is going down the hill of 34th Street. This trail is 11 miles long and will lead you close to Silver Spring, Md., and since it’s completely paved for seven miles, it’s very popular among residents for running, biking and walking. The paved path ends in Bethesda, Md., while the final four miles consists of crushed stone and goes to Lyttonsville, Md. Across from the Capital Crescent Trail is the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Path, known as the C&O Canal Path. The unpaved path is mostly crushed stone and runs parallel for three miles with the Capital Crescent Trail, continuing on until Cumberland, Md., 184.5 miles in all.


D.C. offers plenty to take advantage of its location along the Potomac. The closest boathouse is the Key Bridge Boathouse located at 3500 Water St. NW. With prices rated per hour, you can rent three-person canoes ($25), single and double kayaks ($15 and $20, respectively) and paddleboards ($20). Never really been out on the water and feel uneasy? Fear not — you can take introductory classes that will provide you with all the basics. Already experienced and looking for a new fitness challenge? The boathouse offers two $35 fitness classes that take place entirely on paddleboards: one focuses more on bodyweight exercises and paddle sprints, while the other is a yoga class.


If you’re a yoga enthusiast or eager to try something new in college, D.C. won’t disappoint with its yoga options. The most popular spot among Georgetown students is Down Dog Yoga, located just off M Street at 1046 Potomac St. NW. This power yoga studio is heated at 90 to 95 F and offers anywhere from four to seven classes a day. It has a $50 introductory month offer for new students, while a one-month unlimited pass costs $145, with other options available. Another option is CorePower Yoga, which opened last year in two locations: the Foundry building across from Baked & Wired and up Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park. It offers power yoga classes from beginner to more advanced, increasing in temperature and humidity, and offers varieties such as those with weights or a combination of hot and power yoga. Classes are seven days a week, with some starting as early as 6:00 a.m. or as late as 9:15 p.m. As a new student you can get unlimited classes free for a week to test it out, and with a student discount an unlimited monthly pass costs $115. On campus, Yates has different yoga options as well, including flow, hatha and sunrise types; a semester class pass costs $65.

Georgetown Outdoor Education

Outdoor Ed leads many trips throughout the year, including kayaking, white-water rafting, camping, hiking and rock climbing. The trips, local and further away — the Blue Ridge Mountains are popular — are led by students and are a great way to get off campus and make new friends. You can also rent equipment for activities such as backpacking, camping and rock climbing.

Great Falls Park

Found 15 miles from Washington, D.C., this 800-acre park contains the beautiful, all-natural falls of the Potomac. There are entrances on both the Virginia and Maryland sides of the park, but the former is the side with the most to offer, with three overlooks within 10 minutes from the main visitor center. Other activities available on the Virginia side include kayaking, hiking and climbing. The Maryland side also has hiking trails, including the Billy Goat Trail, which is considered the toughest in the park and is part of the C&O path. Both sides are accessible by 30-minute car rides or public transport.


PARTY SCENE I f you’re like the thousands of new students who have come before you, you’re likely more than a little curious about the party scene here on the Hilltop. Does everyone drink? (No.) How can I sneak a keg into New South? (Please don’t.) Should I buy a toga? (Make one.) Luckily, we have the answers to some of your burning questions.

Is it legal for me to drink?

Unless you took three gap years after high school, sorry, but probably not.

OK, so it’s illegal, but where can I do it anyway?

If you do choose to drink in your dorm room with your new friends, you probably won’t get caught — as long as you’re smart about it. Resident assistants don’t do random room checks. But if you’re making a lot of noise (which hosting more than a few people and blasting your impress-my-new-friends-with-my-cool-jams playlist will basically ensure), if people keep coming and going or if retching sounds are heard from the bathroom, the RA on duty will notice, and you will get in trouble.

What happens if I do get caught? How much trouble am I in? If you are written up by your RA, he or she will document the situation and forward it to the hall director, who will decide what disciplinary measures to take. Assuming your transgression was limited to drinking in your dorm and being disruptive, your punishment will likely not include anything more than sanction hours, a fine and/or taking AlcoholEdu (again). Repeated violations, however, can end up on your transcript and jeopardize your ability to study abroad or secure on-campus housing.

But drinking in my double in VCW is pretty lame. Where can I go to par-tay? Especially in the beginning of the semester, freshmen tend to walk (or stumble) in packs around West Georgetown and on-campus apartment complexes, listening for the faint sound of a tapped keg. For freshmen this is generally acceptable behavior, and if your group is not too big and has a reasonable girlto-guy ratio, upperclassmen will usually let you crash their party. As the semester progresses, however, the university will likely begin to crack down on parties, so upperclassmen will man the door to ensure no uninvited guests come in. How to maintain a lively social life, then, when partycrashing is no longer a viable option? Someone on your floor is bound to have an upperclassman friend, high school buddy, teammate, special someone or even lab partner that will welcome you to their next social event.

What is a Georgetown party like? As good as In my dreams? If your dreams include scenes from “Animal

House,” Georgetown’s lack of a Greek system — the few frats and sororities we do have don’t quite compare to most schools’ Greek life — may disappoint you. Despite the lack of frat houses, however, off-campus townhouses and on-campus apartments have been known to throw their fair share of ragers that will show you why everyone describes their college years as some of the best of their lives. Also, unlike at other schools, as underclassmen guests you won’t be asked to pay for a cup. Tradition has been that the juniors and seniors throwing the party pick up the tab for underclassmen, knowing in a few years, when they’re throwing parties, they’ll pay it forward. It’s a nice system.

My friend has had way too much to drink. What do I do? If someone seems seriously ill, call Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (202-687-4357). Georgetown’s student-run EMTs arrive faster to the scene than D.C. Fire and Rescue, and the ride to the hospital is free. It’s also important to note that you or your friend will not get in trouble if you contact GERMS courtesy of a codified medical amnesty clause. Don’t let the fear of getting an underage drinking violation prevent you from seeking medical attention. Otherwise, keep a close eye on your friend and keep them hydrated — and close to a restroom.

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?

First, The Hoya cautions you against using a fake ID by stating the obvious — it’s super illegal. Penalties for using a fake ID are stiff — you could even get arrested. And unfortunately, saying you’re new to Georgetown and only

accidentally walked into the bar (“Wait, this isn’t the Leavey Center?”) won’t work. And sure it may work at some places, but a place that takes it one night may be strict the next night, no matter how “real” your ID looks or how “old” you look in your picture. The truth is all fake IDs are pretty much just varying levels of bad, and any experienced bouncer will be able to tell it’s not real. Whether or not you’ll get to jam out to top 40 dance music with your friends inside will likely just depend on the benevolence of the stony-faced gentleman in front of you. If your heart is set on drinking, however, it’s best to have an upperclassman buy alcohol for you. Fake IDs also tend to work better for girls than guys. Sorry, dudes. Still, we know you’ve got them and want to try them. Here is a list of places where you really should NOT use a fake: Dixie Liquors. McFadden’s. Old Glory. The Tombs. Seriously, don’t, especially at The Tombs. Only a handful of underage students get in with a fake ID each year. And besides, getting your forehead stamped at Tombs on your 21st birthday is a rite of passage at Georgetown. Don’t let your impatience ruin it.

Where am I likely to bump into my classmates?

Popular bars change frequently, but Mr. Smith’s and Rí Rá Irish Pub on M Street have attracted their fair share of students. Rhino Bar and Pumphouse, also on M Street, is a staple from year to year. Mason Inn in Glover Park holds open-bar events fairly often.

Do I have to drink?

Of course not! Plenty of Georgetown students don’t. Seriously, we’re not just being politically correct. Some choose to opt out of drinking and partying, and that’s cool. Others choose not to drink but party with their friends anyway, and no one notices the difference. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

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dictionary georgetown terminology ASB

n. Alternative Spring Break, in which students spend their vacation on service-oriented trips run through the Center for Social Justice

Bill Clinton

n. Arguably our most precious alumnus, the SFS ’68 grad returns to campus annually for the Clinton Lectures, of which two are left.

Booey’s also Booeymonger

n. A delicatessen on Prospect Street that serves a variety of sandwiches and pitchers of beer, making it a popular eatery among students.

Brown House

n. A house on N Street notorious for throwing huge parties.


n. The neighborhood to the north of Georgetown’s campus, located near the hospital and medical school. Home to many upperclassmen in off-campus housing and cranky neighbors.

Cherry Tree Massacre

n. An annual a cappella festival put on by the Georgetown Chimes in February that features performances from the hosts as well as groups from Georgetown and other schools.

The Corp

n. Students of Georgetown Inc., the student-run business that operates Midnight MUG in the library, Uncommon Grounds and Vital Vittles in the Leavey Center and MUG in ICC, among other services. A popular extracurricular, though competitive to join.


n. Officially Hoya Snaxa, this small bodega is operated by The Corp on the Southwest Quad. It’s perfect for residents in the area who need a quick snack.


n. Officially Vital Vittles, it’s the Corp-owned grocery store located in the Leavey Center. It’s particularly convenient for residents of Darnall or Henle Village.

The Esplanade

n. 1. Located on the second floor of the Leavey Center, the outdoor area and popular study spot offers good views and seating areas. 2. A great spot for picnics, and also a good shortcut to Yates Field House.

Exorcist Steps

n. The stairs next to the Car Barn that connect M Street and Prospect Street, made famous by the climax of the film “The Exorcist.” Frequented by runners looking for an extreme stair workout.

Foggy Bottom

n. The neighborhood George Washington University is located in, about a 20-minute walk from Georgetown. Home of good food, fun bars and the nearest Trader Joe’s.

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, inflatables, an outdoor concert and much revelry.


n. The student-run Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service acts as the ambulance system on campus. Call them when you sprain an ankle, break a bone or are having severe alcohol-related issues.

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.


n. Possibly the most complicated of Georgetown acronyms, the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union, a student-run bank, is most commonly referred to as simply “the credit union.”


n. Pronounced “jugs,” this abbreviation stands for the Georgetown University Grilling Society. Can be found grilling its signature burgers in Red Square on Fridays throughout fall and spring.


n. Georgetown University Transportation Shuttles, its most popular routes run to the Dupont Circle and Rosslyn Metro stops. Other routes go to Wisconsin Avenue, Arlington and the Georgetown University Law Center.



The dirty D




n. Short for Syracuse University, Georgetown’s old Big East rival, whom we will once again face in the 2015-2016 season. We still hate them. Juice ’Cuse. n. An affectionate term for Darnall, one of the four freshman dorms. n. D.C., Maryland, Virginia.

DPS also DoPS

n. The popular nickname of the Georgetown University Police Department, which formerly went by the moniker Department of Public Safety.

Epi also Epicurean & Co.

n. The buffet-style restaurant, hibachi bar and sushi bar on the ground floor of Darnall Hall that is almost open 24/7. Quesadillas and the buffet are student favorites. It sometimes moonlights as a nightclub and hosts private events.

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n. Officially the Edward J. Bunn Intercultural Center, the brick building in Red Square where most language classes and SFS classes take place. n. The nickname for men’s basketball Head Coach John Thompson III. n. Joseph Mark Lauinger Library, the main library on campus. An ugly building where fun goes to die.

Club Lau

n. The quiet reading room on the third floor of Lauinger Library transforms into a freshman-filled nightclub at the beginning of each fall semester for a night of debauchery.

Lau 2

n. The second floor of Lau, and the only floor on which talking is (technically) allowed. While theoretically perfect for group projects, this level is where productivity slows to almost non-existence. Also home to Midnight MUG, one of The Corp’s coffee shops.


n. Short for Leo J. O’Donovan Hall, the on-campus dining hall. Say its full name, and you’ll sound like a high schooler touring campus.


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, in addition to a surprising amount of plate tectonics. Sporcle quizzes make for great study tools.


n. A male undergraduate student in the McDonough School of Business who fits the stereotypes associated with the school. Often don’t have class on Fridays and get the most out of their three-day weekends. Spotted in button downs, polos or bro tanks.

Prospect Crawl

n. The act of travelling up and down Prospect Street in search of parties. Most frequently performed by hordes of freshmen during the first few weeks of the semester.


n. Residence Hall Office. Place where all your packages will be delivered, where you can go if you're locked out or need to rent a blue cart, vacuum or other helpful room-cleaning appliances. Usually serve multiple residence halls.


n. The term used to describe the topmost Village A apartments that enjoy large rooftop balconies looking over the Potomac River. They’re a frequent spot for outdoor parties in warmer weather.

college terminology Andre

n. Cheap champagne popular when making brunch and on Georgetown Day.


n. A drinking event often hosted by a club or organization in which members split up into “countries” and hold their own in a series of drinking games. Often feature fantastic costumes and themes.


n. Cheap vodka available in a mind-blowing number of flavors, from citrus to hot cinnamon.


n. 1. Dance Floor Make Out, a make out session that occurs at a party in the middle of a dance floor.


n. 1. A pejorative term for a hookup between two floormates, making floor meetings awkward and tension-filled for both parties. 2. Because of the close-knit nature of most freshman dorms, these relationships are typically fodder for floor gossip.


n. Frozen yogurt, which is a way of life at Georgetown. Get it at Saxbys, Sweetgreen, Pinkberry, Sweetfrog or in Leo’s.

Jungle Juice

n. A homemade fruit-flavored punch with questionable ingredients, usually served in a large plastic bin. A batch can be deceptively strong, causing one to become quite drunk without realizing it.




Kegs & Eggs



n. A uniquely Georgetown tradition, this annual show organized by the South Asian Society brings together 500+ Hoyas for a weekend of dancing in Gaston Hall. 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. Be warned: The service is safe but slow. n. Student Neighborhood Assistance Program. A volunteer group of university officials and private security officers who patrol the neighborhoods surrounding the campus on weekends looking for loud parties.

Tombs Night

n. The night before one’s 21st birthday in which friends gather to toast your existence up until the strike of midnight, at which point they escort you to Tombs where you can have your forehead stamped by the bouncer and enjoy your first legal sip of alcohol.


n. The area on K Street down by the Potomac in Georgetown. Good for runs and romantic walks. Adjacent to the movie theater.


n. 1. What most students call Wisey’s is actually Wisemiller’s, the deli and convenience store on 36th Street. 2. Its second location, which is actually called Wisey’s, is on Wisconsin Avenue, and usually is referred to as “Healthy Wisey’s.”


n. Yates Field House, the campus gym, is located at the top of a hill, leaving students with a small pre-workout warmup.

n. A party where (cheap) beer is served from kegs. These tend to “tap out” early, sending droves of freshmen onto the streets to find the next one. n. A morning party where beer is served with breakfast. These gatherings are most common before basketball games as a pregames. n. Colloquial for Natural Light, a low-cost beer.


n. To drink before you go out, ensuring a baseline level of drunkenness.


n. To hang around with your friends after the party and continue to drink. May include cheap pizza.


adj. 1. The state where one is exiled from his or her room because it’s being occupied, which is usually signaled via a late-night text from one’s roommate asking if the dorm will be free that night.


n. 1. Teaching assistant. 2. Graduate students, or sometimes undergraduates, who assist professors by grading papers and leading discussion sections. It’s in your best interest to get on their good side.

Walk of Shame

n. The embarrassing walk back home one endures the morning after a night of partying, and most commonly after a hookup.

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CAPITOL HILL Despite a name that suggests a monolithic governmental presence, the neighborhood of Capitol Hill, the city's largest, presents a diverse visiting experience. That doesn't mean, however, that the building for which the neighborhood is named isn't worth a visit. The U.S. Capitol building is the home of Congress, and the architecture and aura of importance is awe-inspiring even for the less politically inclined. For those more interested in how our government works, many hearings are open to the public, and a tour of the Capitol complex — not just the rotunda itself but the myriad office buildings that surround it — are obtainable by getting in contact with the office of your hometown representative. The Supreme Court building and Library of Congress are also close by, if your interest ex-

tends beyond the operations of the legislative branch; the latter in particular is a great excursion if you want to give studying for that important midterm an extra sense of gravitas. Eastern Market, located a few blocks east of the Capitol complex, is the hub of the residential part of the neighborhood. On weekdays, vendors offering everything from filets to flowers sell their wares in the South Hall Market. The area really comes alive on weekends, however, when hundreds of local farmers and artisans set up stands around the market and create an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the District. If you're looking for a casual bite to eat, Mangialardo & Son's deli, located in the heart of the neighborhood, has been around for over 50 years and is famous for the “G-man,” its take on the classic Italian sub. Ted's Bulletin

is a comfortable diner-style eatery specializing in burgers and milkshakes, while Ambar, a Balkan restaurant, offers bottomless food and drinks if you're especially hungry. To eat next to a senator or representative, Charlie Palmer Steak is your best bet, though the less expensive Johnny's Half Shell is also an option.

Nowhere in D.C. has grown quite like the 14th Street corridor, which just 25 years ago was the city's main red-light district and is now the site of a culinary boom. Nearly 30 new eateries opened in this area alone in 2013, and the number is only growing as construction on residential and commercial properties continues at a dizzying pace. The star of the revival is French bistro Le Diplomate, which, after being open for just a year and a half, has already taken its place among the most popular restaurants in the city. The atmosphere is nearly as impressive as the food,

with the airy yet comfortable interior — complete with authentic zinc bar — supplemented by generous, cafe-like outdoor seating. Its reputation as both a culinary delight and political hot spot, however, means that reservations need to be made weeks in advance. On 14th Street, quantity has not come at the expense of quality. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace specializes in catfish sandwiches, gumbo and, of course, oysters, while The Pig's menu focuses nearly exclusively on pork. Birch & Barley has an unbelievable 555 beers on tap to go along with its understated American cuisine, while its

sister restaurant, Churchkey, offers an even larger selection of brews in a more casual setting. Logan Circle is the unofficial center of D.C.'s LGBTQ community. You'd be hardpressed to find a local business that doesn't have a pride flag draped outside, and there are a host of gay and lesbian clubs nearby, including Town Danceboutique, Cobalt, Number Nine and Nellie's, considered the best sports bar in the District. Culturally, the Studio Theatre is the city's premier destination for modern theater and is featuring 10 different plays in the upcoming season.

neighborhood's buildings show, Adams Morgan is culturally vibrant; although soaring rent prices over the past 20 years have caused what was once the city's most diverse neighborhood to gentrify somewhat, Adams Morgan neverthe-

less retains an aura of multiculturalism and artistry that's hard to find anywhere else in the city. Late-night eating options are plentiful. Pizza Mart provides the prototypical jumbo slice for which the District is known and is open until at least 3 a.m. every night. Amsterdam Falafelshop is the best place to get falafel in the city, staying open until 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. And The Diner, which offers typical, if refined, diner-style food, is open 24/7. If you just want to take a walk on a weekend afternoon, Adams Morgan is a solid destination. In the northern area of the neighborhood, Meridian Hill Park contains a number of statues, including a memorial for President James Buchanan, and a fountain with a striking 13-basin waterfall. There are also a number of record stores in the area, including Crooked Beat Records, which specializes in independent releases, Smash Records, a punk- and hardcore-focused store that used to be located in Georgetown and, a little farther south, Red Onion Records. The nightlife options in Adams Morgan are extensive, as detailed on page 28. The main corridor of 18th Street is lined almost entirely with bars, so there will always be somewhere to go.

14th street corridor & logan circle

ADAMS MORGAN Adams Morgan is the tried-and-true home of late-night Washington, D.C., less stuffy than the occasionally buttoned-up Dupont Circle and more worn-in than what you'll find at the U Street corridor. As the murals that line the

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DUPONT CIRCLE Just a 30-minute walk from the front gates or a 15-minute bus ride, Dupont combines the hustle and bustle of downtown D.C. with the stately architecture found in the neighborhood you now call home. Filled with restaurants, retail and office buildings — as well as the closest Red line Metro station — Dupont, even as its cachet has faded over the years, is still one of the most exciting places in the District. The park-like circle itself, while perilous for drivers and pedestrians alike, is often filled with people looking for a bit of fresh air or a place to grab lunch. Just off the circle, you can find the city's most storied farmers market on Sunday mornings, which offers everything from produce to ice pops from more than 40 different vendors. Kramerbooks, open until 1 a.m. daily and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, combines an independent bookstore with a cozy cafe. If

you're looking for a book that may be a little harder to find, the nearby Second Story Books specializes in out-of-print and rare works. Dupont Circle is filled with restaurants of all types, whether it's to grab a quick bite to eat (chicken chain Nando's Peri-Peri and deli DGS)

or to celebrate after a tough week of midterms (Banana Leaves, Bistrot du Coin and Sette Osteria). If you're a burger fan, there's nowhere in D.C. like Dupont, which can fill your taste for both the classics (Five Guys, Shake Shack) and the gourmet (Black & Orange, BGR).

U STREET Located just north of Logan Circle is U Street, a rapidly growing area that is arguably the center of the District’s cultural life. A good time on a weekend night, however, is nowhere near all this area has to offer. The most famous institution on U Street is Ben's Chili Bowl, where the only two people allowed to eat for free are Bill Cosby and Barack Obama. The only business in the area to survive the 1968 riots that devastated the city, Ben's and its famous half-smokes — a sausage/hot-dog combo topped with chili and cheese — are a throwback to a different era. That doesn't mean Ben's hasn't changed with the times as well; a more upscale sister restaurant, Ben's Next Door, opened in 2009. U Street is equally well-known for its high concentration of live music venues. The one you'll most likely head to is the 9:30 Club, which has recently played host to such acts as Conor Oberst, Haim and 2 Chainz. Another popular venue is the Black Cat, known for featuring lesser-known

alternative acts and for its Red Room Bar. Other venues in the area include the venerable jazz club Bohemian Caverns, U Street Music Hall, DC9 and the recently reopened Lincoln Theatre. The Howard Theatre is also located nearby. Restaurant, bookstore and event space Busboys and Poets is another U Street highlight. Frequently holding book signings and poetry readings, this unclassifiable institution is also a center for progressive politics and discussion; its founder, Andy Shallal, ran for mayor in this year's Democratic primary. The restaurant’s food is fresh but casual, and it offers a number of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. U Street is a hotbed of D.C.’s noted Ethiopian cuisine — with Selam and Zenebech Injera being especially delicious — but its culinary options are far from one-dimensional. The Brixton focuses on British-style pub fare, while Marvin, named for D.C. native Marvin Gaye, is known for its delectable chicken and waffles.

and cater to a younger crowd, the locations here are a little more playful and bohemian. Take, for example, the H Street Country Club, which, in addition to serving Mexican food, is home to an indoor miniature golf course. This doesn't mean that H Street completely values style over substance. Sidamo may just be the best coffee shop in Washington, D.C., with standard black coffee as impressive as their lattes. And Toki Underground, although small and often crowded, serves unbeatable ramen. If you're looking for a place to grab dinner with friends or relatives, the Atlas Room and Smith Commons are delicious and reasonably priced; the latter has an excellent brunch, too. As far as nightlife goes, there are

a number of options, but Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar stands out as the most fun. The area isn't as music-focused as U Street, but the arts played a central role in H Street's revitalization and continue to define it today — literally. Another name for the area, the Atlas District, comes from the Atlas Theater, which reopened in 2001. It offers a number of theater, music and dance productions, from symphonies to mind readers, and the center was home to more events in this summer's annual Capital Fringe Festival than any other venue. The Rock & Roll Hotel, the site of Georgetown Cabaret in the spring, boasts a lounge, a rooftop deck and a concert hall where an impressive lineup of independent bands have played.

H STREET NE A proposed streetcar line from Georgetown to Union Station has been in the works for a long time, and won't be completed until long after you've graduated. But the most exciting prospect of this plan isn't that it will be easier to take the train home — it'll be how easy it will become to get to H Street NE, one of the fastest-developing areas of D.C. Like the U Street corridor, H Street, damaged heavily during the 1968 riots, was once a cultural hub of the District. And like U Street, H Street is now the home of new businesses and rapid apartment construction, not to mention a front-row view of the positives and negatives of D.C.'s rapid gentrification. While H Street is similar to U Street in that most of its establishments are relatively new


DINING OUT COFFEE, baked goods and desserts Baked and Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW $$

If there’s one thing Hoyas love, it’s cupcakes, and campus is rife with debate over the best destination to satisfy this craving. Baked and Wired is one of the top contenders. The tiny store, which includes a full coffee and tea shop (get the “Chaider” in fall and winter) often has a long line on weekends, but the brownies, cookies and large cupcakes are totally worth it.

Thomas Sweet 3214 P St. NW $

This ice cream and frozen yogurt cafe is bursting with flavor options, including cherry vanilla, cotton candy, mocha chip and the amazing tiramisu flavor, and is known for its blend-ins. The store has also received the presidential seal of approval, with a recent visit from President Obama and his two daughters.

Georgetown Cupcake


Baked and Wired’s main competitor often features a line running up the block, but there’s a reason for this, besides the store’s television fame courtesy “D.C. Cupcakes.” The delightful cupcakes, with flavors ranging from earl grey tea, to red velvet and double chocolate are hard to resist and will often appear on birthdays.

One of the best local coffee shops that isn’t Starbucks, Saxbys offers all the coffee and tea options you could wish for at reasonable prices, as well as some great coffee-house baked goods. Often packed with students looking for somewhere comfortable to study off campus, it’s a cozy and popular hang-out spot.

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Good Stuff Eatery 3291 M St. NW $$

It’s hard to know which is the best thing about the beloved Good Stuff Eatery — the burgers or the milkshakes. The year-old dining option features quick and delicious burgers. But the milkshakes are where the American restaurant gets really creative: from toasted marshmallow to red velvet to Vietnamese coffee, there is no better way to indulge your sweet tooth.


3333 M St. NW $$

Sweetgreen is perhaps the best salad spot in the District, famously founded by Georgetown students. With deliciously fresh produce, you can build your own salad or wrap or order one of their designs, including monthly seasonal options. The store also offers tasty (and gluten-free) free buckwheat bread with its salads. A convenient place to pick up a wholesome lunch, Sweetgreen also offers frozen yogurt as well as fresh lemonades. Salad prices are around $10, but each salad is filling enough to make up a whole meal.

Luke’s Lobster

Wisemiller’s & D.C. Wisey’s

Opened in 2012 by Luke Holden (MSB ’07) , this shack-style restaurant and takeout spot serves unbeatable lobster, crab and shrimp rolls.

This small sandwich and salad joint is a favorite of Georgetown students. With a wide range of sandwiches, from the Georgetowner to the hugely popular Chicken Madness and Hot Chick subs, you’re guaranteed a lot of flavor and a great deal of satisfaction for a very small cost. The original Wisey’s on 36th is a short walk for students and allows takeout. Its healthier counterpart on Wisconsin, D.C. Wisey’s, delivers, with no minimum order.

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1236 36th St. NW/1440 Wisconsin Ave. NW $

Though not a restaurant, this useful website will quickly become one of your favorites. Whatever type of food you feel like, GrubHub will find it for you and sort out all the delivery. Choose from the many restaurant options GrubHub suggests, order from the menu and you’ll soon have it delivered to your dorm room. Simple, quick and absolutely essential for student life.




3116 M St. NW $$$

For a great taste of Spanish cuisine, make sure you visit Bodega. The paella is some of the best in the District, and the dark, cozy atmosphere makes it a perfect place to have a fun night out with friends. This is also a popular spot for its sangria and expansive bar.

Mai Thai

3251 Prospect St. NW $$ For local Thai food, students head to Mai Thai. This restaurant serves up satisfying noodle and rice dishes and is the perfect place to go to with a larger group of friends, especially for birthdays, where the honoree receives a free meal. The restaurant also offers delivery and takeout, and knows campus well enough to come right to your dorm.

Thunder Burger & Bar

Los Cuates

1564 Wisconsin Ave. NW $$ For cheaper Mexican fare, Los Cuates is the ideal choice. Serving some really excellent guacamole and chips, Cuates is still probably most popular with students for its margaritas.

Peacock Cafe

3056 M St. NW $$

3251 Prospect St. NW $$$

A trendy and fun burger joint that rivals Good Stuff Eatery for the best burger on M Street, the more upscale Thunder Burger & Bar offers a tempting array of burgers and other grilled goods. We highly recommend the sweet potato fries, the perfect side to any burger.

For a classier affair, students head to Peacock Cafe. This place has it all — delicious burgers, pasta dishes, sandwiches and an extremely popular brunch menu. Head down with friends on Sunday for the French toast with strawberries, Peacock omelet or multi-grain pancakes, which are definitely worth the slightly higher prices.

El Centro D.F.

The Tombs

If you love Mexican food and are willing to spend a little extra, try El Centro. This place serves some of the tastiest and most unique tacos and fajitas in the area, and all in a cool, edgy location. Plus, there’s an excellent bar and a popular happy hour on their rooftop terrace.

If there is one place in Georgetown that every student at some point finds themselves eating, it’s The Tombs. This student favorite serves a number of classic American dishes such as burgers and nachos and some really good sandwiches. The bar is a rite of passage for upperclassmen, too, but until your 21st, the food is just as good.

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The much fancier brother of The Tombs, 1789 offers high-quality dishes for a higher cost than most students can typically afford (think $40 entrees). The restaurant is a popular destination for graduation dinners and among the D.C. elite. Jackets suggested.

Clyde’s 3236 M St. NW $$

Also a member of the Tombs family, Clyde’s is slightly more expensive, but nowhere near 1789 prices. The restaurant serves American classics such as steaks, burgers and buffalo wings, as well as a great brunch, done to a satisfyingly high standard.

Kafe Leopold

3315 M St. NW (on Cady’s Alley) $$

This Austrian-American cafe serves high-quality German food, but dessert is where it really stands out. The extensive dessert and coffee options are overwhelmingly impressive, and Leopold’s is also a great brunch option.



hile nightlife in Georgetown is a great option, it’s often exciting to get outside of the neighborhood and experience the vibrant nightlife that the District has to offer. From dive bars with great food and chill music to committed dance clubs, you can find a place to suit your mood.

Brass Monkey Adams Morgan 2317 18th St. NW

No matter the atmosphere you’re looking for, Brass Monkey will likely have you covered. Surprisingly large given the unassuming exterior, this casual bar is actually five separate venues and features karaoke in the basement and an outdoor bar at the top. Multiple dance floors allow you to enjoy the typical top 40 and techno or laidback rock. If you’re tired of dancing, there’s a lounge area and billiards tables. Three bars make it easy to get a drink, and you won’t want to miss out on their strong cocktails and cheap beer.


Downtown 1008 Vermont Ave. NW If you’re looking for a place to dance the night away, try Josephine. The spotlessly clean establishment cranks the AC up so you won’t have to endure sweaty masses of strangers dancing around you, and it also features popular DJs and often holds special events on Thursday nights, in addition to 18+ Tuesday nights. You’ll hear a lot of popular hip-hop and electronic music normally, but there’s always a chance you’ll encounter a visiting DJ spinning something to add to your party playlist. And with stripper poles scattered throughout the dance floor, Josephine ensures some Snapchatworthy moments.

velvet lounge U Street 915 U St. NW

Velvet Lounge features a gritty look with the walls plastered in graffiti and seemingly random photographs. With an outdoor patio painted with murals, there’s plenty of art inside and out to catch your attention while you drink the night away. Looking to catch an upand-coming band? The bar doubles as a concert venue that features bands in genres ranging from punk rock to folk.


Madam’s Organ Adams Morgan 2461 18th St. NW

Madam’s Organ offers live jazz and blues every night of the week and an excellent soul food menu. Check out the second floor for a live DJ playing a good mix of hits and throwbacks; the dance floor is usually in full swing. Famous for its eccentric decor, this bar draws a diverse crowd from all around the District, especially since being declared one of the best bars in America by Playboy magazine. Try it out on Tuesday nights for fun trivia and meal specials, too.

Thomas Foolery Dupont Circle 2029 P St. NW

Embrace your inner child without sacrificing the perks of adulthood. Thomas Foolery is a focused on games and entertainment. With everything from Mario Kart to Hungry Hippos, you’ll be surprised at how much you still enjoy playing. The full bar continues in the spirit of lightheartedness with the “Wine Taste Test” — distinguish between four different wines for a discount — and “Angry Hour,” instead of Happy Hour — order in an angry voice and get a dollar off any drink. The ability to order from food trucks like the Big Cheese, which offers specialty grilled cheeses, and Captain Cookie, with custom ice cream sandwiches, also makes this perfect for dinner.

Red Derby

14th Street Corridor 3718 14th St. NW

A quintessential dive bar in the trendy 14th Street Corridor area, Red Derby is the perfect place for reasonably priced drinks and a wide selection of beers. With just a painted red hat to indicate the entrance, this bar is also great for a more relaxed night while you enjoy the surprisingly extensive menu items and music. A beautiful rooftop area allows you to get away from the crowd and enjoy the view of the bustling neighborhood below. Red Derby is authentically down-to-earth, so keep in mind that they’re cash only.

TRANSPORTATION F or many students, college is the first time they have to navigate a city by themselves. Fortunately, there are many options for getting around, from the Metro and buses to bikes and Uber.


Georgetown operates free buses, known as the Georgetown University Transportation Service, or GUTS. Since Georgetown doesn’t have its own Metro stop, these buses will take you to the closest ones in Dupont and Rosslyn. There are also routes to the Law Center by Capitol Hill, Arlington, Va., and university offices on Wisconsin Avenue. The Dupont shuttle departs from outside Kober-Cogan Hall, across from Darnall. The Rosslyn shuttle stop is on the other end of campus on North Road between Kennedy Hall and MultiSport Facility but also stops outside of Car Barn on Prospect Street. The Law Center shuttle leaves from Prospect Street and Tondorf Road, near the back of Leo’s. The Wisconsin Avenue shuttle departs from outside of the Epicurean & Co. restaurant and serves three stops along Wisconsin, including stops near Safeway, Whole Foods and other shops in Glover Park. The Arlington Loop shuttles stop is between McCarthy Hall and MultiSport Facility. Most buses run frequently (at least every 20 minutes) on weekdays — the Law Center and Arlington loops less so — but have minimal service on Saturdays and none at all on Sundays. To walk to the Metro, go across the Key Bridge to Rosslyn — it’s only a 15-minute walk from campus.


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates six subway lines in the D.C. area, although none directly serve Georgetown. The closest two stops to campus are Dupont Circle on the Red Line and Rosslyn on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, so choose the station based on your destination. Both can be reached by GUTS. Once you get to the Metro, it’s relatively simple to navigate — consult the brightly colored maps

to trace your route across the city. Payment for the Metro is based on distance travelled with different rates for peak and off-peak times. WMATA is in the process of phasing out paper farecards, which cost extra and are a tourist red flag. Purchase a rechargeable SmarTrip card your first time at a Metro station or at CVS — they cost $10 and come preloaded with $8 of fare.


WMATA also offers a bus service. Somewhat making up for the lack of Metro, there are quite a few accessible bus lines in Georgetown. The G2 stops right outside the front gates and runs through Georgetown to Dupont Circle and beyond every half hour or so. The D2 and D6 both run along Reservoir Road at the north edge of campus and also go to Dupont Circle. For more bus lines that serve Georgetown, check the WMATA website, Metrobus charges a flat rate for any trip: $1.60 with a SmarTrip card or $1.80 with cash, though some special routes cost extra. In addition to the Metrobus routes run by WMATA, D.C. has the Circulator bus lines, two of which serve Georgetown. These buses cost $1 (payable with cash or SmarTrip) and come every 10 minutes. One line, which runs along M Street and shuttles passengers between Rosslyn and Dupont Circle, serves as a good substitute for GUTS buses on the weekends. The other line in Georgetown, which runs up Wisconsin Avenue, goes between Georgetown and Union Station via downtown D.C.


Sometimes, public transportation just doesn’t cut it. Luckily, there are options for getting around by car without bringing one to campus. Taxis are plentiful and usually congregate around the front gates or the restaurant 1789. If you can’t find one there, you can call a dispatcher or venture down to M Street where there are always taxis. Even more popular with students are Uber, Lyft, Hailo and other apps that allow you to easily hail a ride and pay via your phone. All three offer some sort of promotion for firsttime users and Georgetown students, so be sure to take advantage of these offers. For longer trips or day outings, having a car to drive yourself might be the best option. Zipcar has cars on campus both by the Leavey Center and McDonough Arena, and Car2Go has smart cars throughout the neighborhood. Both are relatively cheap to join and charge based on how long you use the car for. Getting a car is easy: reserve it online in advance and pick it up when it’s time to use it.


Capital Bikeshare offers a fun option for getting around the District. Bikes can be picked up from stations around the city and rented. The closest station to campus is right outside the

front gates on 37th Street, and there are three more along Wisconsin Avenue. Stations are plentiful throughout the District so, chances are, there will be one near your destination. Capital Bikeshare offers four classes of membership: daily, three-day, monthly and annual. With each class, the first 30 minutes of riding is free with the initial membership charge and each half hour after that costs an additional fee.

Getting Home

When it’s time to go home for breaks or a weekend getaway, you have a few options for leaving and getting to the airport or train station. Most people from the East Coast take the train or bus home. Amtrak, Megabus and Boltbus all depart from Union Station to all major cities. If you purchase Student Advantage with your GOCard, you can get discounts on Amtrak fare. A taxi to Union Station from campus will cost about $20, but the Metro or bus are much cheaper. Union Station is located on the Red Line, and the Circulator bus, with stops on Wisconsin Avenue., will drop you off inside the station’s parking garage. If you have to fly home, D.C. has three major airports: Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport. The first two options are closer and more popular, though BWI sometimes has cheaper fares, depending on the destination. Reagan (DCA) is the closest — you can see and hear the planes flying over campus (one interrupted President Obama’s June 2013 speech at Georgetown) — located across the river in Arlington. Getting there is easy: a taxi will cost you under $20 and the domestic airport has a Metro stop on the Blue Line, which is accessible from Rosslyn. Dulles (IAD) is further away in Virginia and will cost you about $60 for a taxi. Another option is the 5A bus, operated by WMATA, that runs from the Rosslyn Metro station to Dulles for $6. Going to BWI in a taxi will cost you upwards of $100 but is easy with Amtrak or MARC rail service from Union Station. Additionally, The Corp offers Turkey Shuttles, which provide service from campus to all three regional airports at Thanksgiving Break.



Smithsonian Institution

National Gallery of Art

With 10 museums on the National Mall and seven across D.C., the Smithsonian provides in-depth looks at a variety of subjects. For art lovers, there are quite a few options, including the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African Art. Each collection is unique and warrants time to explore. History buffs will appreciate the National Museum of American History (pictured above), which features a wide range of historical and cultural artifacts, and the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian’s newest museum focusing on the history and art of Native Americans. Science geeks won’t want to miss the National Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of Natural History. The National Zoo, too, is a Smithsonian site, so go see the baby panda, Bao Bao. Whatever your interests, the Smithsonian has a museum to suit them, and, as all museums are free of charge, they are a great idea for a college student on a budget.

Although many think this art museum is part of the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, located on the National Mall, is actually funded by the federal government in partnership with private individuals and institutions. The museum has two buildings to house its collections, in addition to a sculpture garden. The neoclassical West Building holds the museum’s pre-20th century works from European and American artists, including the only Da Vinci in the United States. The East Building, designed by famed architect I. M. Pei, conrasts with its sharp edges and features modern and contemporary art by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. The buildings are connected via an underground passageway. Under a merger, The National Gallery will absorb the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, barring nothing changes in a recent court challenge as of press time. With the most comprehensive art collection in D.C., this museum should be included in any visit to the Mall.

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555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW $22 with student ID This museum focused on journalism and history is a popular choice for students, especially when parents are visiting (so they can pay for admission). Its collections take you through journalism’s history, highlighting particular moments. Some of the more popular and moving exhibits include ones on the 9/11 attacks — exploring their coverage and the worldwide reaction — and the Berlin Wall, which features the largest chunk of the wall outside Germany. On the more fun side, the museum gives visitors the opportunity to become a television news anchor or weatherperson. In addition, the museum displays current front pages from around the country and world both inside the museum and along the building’s facade on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW Free

The Phillips Collection Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection 1600 21st St. NW $10 with student ID

The first American modern art museum, located in a former residence near Dupont Circle, features many impressionist and modernist paintings. Although the museum building is small, its collections are vast. With artists ranging from Edgar Degas to Pablo Picasso to Thomas Eakins, the collection represents a large slice of both American and European art. The museum’s eclectic arrangements of its collections juxtaposes works from different artists, styles, time periods and origins. The Phillips is especially known for its special exhibitions and its frequent rearrangement of its permanent collection, guaranteeing a fresh and exciting experience no matter how many times you visit.

1703 32nd St. NW Free

The Harvard-operated institute features a small museum with an eclectic collection of Byzantine and pre-Colombian art. Some of the more interesting pieces include Roman mosaic floorings and gold and silver works of the Andes. The museum is part of the larger Dumbarton Oaks estate, which encompasses the historic house and gardens (admission to the gardens is free in the winter months, $5 during summer). Ranked sixth on National Geographic’s top 10 gardens list and located right in Georgetown, it’s a must-visit.

MUSIC AND DC TEAMS concerts 9:30 Club


Possibly the most popular music hall in Washington, D.C., the 9:30 Club plays host to a diverse array of artists, many of whom enjoy popularity among college students. Sept. 9: Willie Nelson Sept. 23 and 24: Twenty One Pilots Sept. 25: Lily Allen Sept. 29: Chromeo Oct. 6: Lykke Li

Self-described as D.C.’s “newest and largest nightlife venue,” Echostage features a large dance floor lined by two bars, photo pit and a second tier featuring bottle service, with a design that proves especially attractive to EDM artists. Sept. 10: Die Antwoord Sept. 16: Sam Smith Dec. 2: The 1975

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2135 Queens Chapel Road NE

Merriweather Post Pavilion

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.

The Merriweather Post Pavilion is an amphitheatre located in a forested area between D.C. and Baltimore, Md. In addition to playing host to music festival Sweetlife, the venue showcases artists from all genres. Sept. 6: Ed Sheeran Sept. 12: Grouplove, Portugal. The Man

Verizon Center 601 F St. NW

Home to the Wizards, Capitals and Hoyas, Verizon Center also serves as a concert venue, attracting popular artists on arena tours. Sept. 13: Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Sept. 25: The Black Keys Oct. 31: Fleetwood Mac

The FILLMORE SILVER SPRING 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.

The Fillmore Silver Spring offers a large venue for national acts that doesn’t feel too big. Listen from either the floor level or the balconies. Sept. 12: The Pretty Reckless Sept. 22: NEEDTOBREATHE


Washington Nationals Baseball Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE Sept. 5-7: vs. Philadelphia Phillies Sept. 8-10: vs. Atlanta Braves Sept. 23-25: vs. New York Mets Sept. 26-28: vs. Miami Marlins

Washington Wizards Basketball Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW

The NBA preseason begins Oct. 4 and the regular season kicks off Oct. 28.

Washington Redskins Washington Capitals D.C. United Football FedExField, 1600 Fedex Way, Landover, Md.

Hockey Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW

Sept. 14: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Sept. 25: vs. New York Giants Oct. 6: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Oct 9: vs. Montreal Canadiens Oct. 16: vs. New Jersey Devils Oct. 29: vs. Detroit Red Wings

Soccer RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. NE Oct. 3 (College Night — discounts!): vs. Sporting Kansas City Oct. 18: vs. Chicago Fire

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NEWS DEGiOIA This past summer, University President John J. DeGioia (CAS ’79) became the longest-serving president in Georgetown history. DeGioia, 57, assumed office in July 2001, having previously served in various senior administrative roles, including dean of student affairs. DeGioia is the first lay president in the school’s history. During his tenure, the university has undergone expansion in size and reputation, including a significant enlargement of the endowment, the establishment of the School of Foreign Service campus in Qatar and other Middle Eastgeared initiatives, the largest addition to campus facilities and the opening of the LGBTQ Resource Center. Having earned his doctorate in philosophy from Georgetown in 1995, he is still affiliated with the department as a professorial lecturer and teaches a freshman Ignatius Seminar in the fall.

STUDENT ACTIVISM Hot-button topics on campus over the past year have included race and fossil fuel divestment, among others. In December 2013, #BBGU — Being Black at Georgetown University — brought awareness of racism, discrimination and microaggressions to the social media sphere, as students tweeted and posted to Facebook, inspired by a similar event at the University of Michigan. The protest was soon followed by #BLGU, #BAGU and #BDGU, dedicated to detailing the experiences of Latinos, Asians and disabled students, respectively. Elsewhere, the push for fossil fuel divest-

ment has continued to grow on campus, with GU Fossil Free leading the charge. In January 2013, the group presented a proposal to DeGioia, calling for an end to the endowment’s investment in fossil fuels. During the 2013-2014 school year, it initially sought a student-body referendum before deciding to work with the GUSA senate to formulate a resolution on the matter. The organization has since met with administrators and the university’s Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility to advance its plan, but the university has yet to issue a decisive verdict on the matter.

FREE SPEECH Georgetown’s free speech policy is a common topic of debate on campus, with designated free-speech zones — Red Square, the Leavey Center, Regents Lawn and the new Healey Family Student Center — limiting where some student groups can set up tables and advertise. These policies come into play during the Student Activities Fair, most notably for H*yas for Choice and unofficial fraternities and sororities. The university released an updated free speech policy in May, adding to the free speech zones and clarifying what unrecognized groups can and cannot access. Student groups, like GUSA, are working toward further expansion of the free speech policy.

MAYORAL RACE The Washington, D.C., mayoral race is shifting into high gear approaching the Nov. 4 general election, contested by Democrat Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 councilmember and winner of a highly competitive Democratic primary, and Independents David Catania, at-large councilmember, and late entry Carol Schwartz, now on her fifth bid. Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray lost his primary bid to Bowser following a scandal-plagued tenure.


CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION The beginning of your time at Georgetown is slated to be replete with construction, as the university tackles long-awaited projects and approaches the deadlines stipulated by the 2010 Campus Plan agreement, which require 385 new beds on campus by fall 2015. The construction of a brand-new dormitory, the Northeast Triangle, is projected to start in October, while the renovation of the Old Jesuit Residence as a student dorm began in May. The latter will supply 160 of the requisite beds by the deadline, but as the Northeast Triangle will not be completed by then, the remainder will be supplied through temporary housing, in the form of modifications to existing residence halls and the use of the Leavey Hotel and Conference Center as a dorm.

The university initially considered establishing a satellite residence, but the proposal was met with significant resistance, notably in the form of a campaign called “One Georgetown, One Campus.” Still, beginning with the Class of 2017, students will be required to live on campus for three years, as opposed to the previous two. The Healey Family Student Center began construction last August and is scheduled to be completed this fall, as of press time. The HFSC will include a pub, part of the university’s effort to bring student nightlife back on campus. The John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center, the future home of varsity athletics, broke ground this summer as well, while Lauinger Library is undergoing internal renovations as part of a long-term plan.

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 statistics 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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You will hear the names “Trevor” and “Omika” more often than others this year. GUSA President Trevor Tezel (SFS ’15) and Vice President Omika Jikaria (SFS ’15) assumed office in March, after winning the traditionally hard-fought February election. The election revolved around issues of free speech and advocacy. Tezel and Jikaria have emphasized a policy-based — as opposed to a programming-based — approach for the student governmental institution. Goals include the reform of the access to benefits policy, Code of Student Conduct reforms and increased resources dedicated to sexual assault survivors. The GUSA executives have also created councils dedicated to transfer students and multiculturalism.

The bar for Latin honors has been raised, beginning with the Class of 2017. The new system moves from GPA cutoffs to percentages; the top 5 percent in each school’s class will graduate summa cum laude, the next 10 percent, magna cum laude, and the following 10 percent, cum laude. Former Georgetown student Daniel Milzman (COL ’16) was charged with possession of a biological toxin after Georgetown University Police Department officers found ricin in his McCarthy Hall dorm room last March. The case is yet unresolved; prior to his July 11 hearing, Milzman had been under suicide watch in D.C. Jail. The School of Foreign Service is currently without a permanent dean, after Dean Emerita Carol Lancaster (SFS ’64) stepped down in April for medical reasons. Acting Dean James Reardon-Anderson will remain in place until a replacement is announced, most probably by fall 2015. The School of Nursing and Health Studies is now led by interim Dean Patricia Cloonan after Martin Iguchi stepped down this summer. The Collegiate Readership program, which used to provide free newspapers around campus, is now only online and will allow undergraduate students to access online editions and articles from the New York Times and Washington Post with their Georgetown email addresses.


SPORTS MEN’s BASKETBALL Patrick Ewing. Dikembe Mutombo. Alonzo Mourning. Allen Iverson. Roy Hibbert. The Georgetown men’s basketball program has produced a fair number of players who have gone on to NBA success. But many of these players were a part of something bigger during their time on the Hilltop: national championships, Big East regular season and tournament championships, Final Fours, Elite Eights. These players were an invaluable part to Georgetown’s storied program. Prior to the 1979-1980 season, Georgetown and six other schools founded the Big East conference — a conference that focused primarily on basketball. The Hoyas immediately established their dominance, winning the inaugural Big East tournament and four of the first six. After 34 years of being the elite basketball conference, the Big East underwent significant changes following the 2013 season, when the Hoyas were crowned regular season co-champions. Syracuse and Pittsburgh left for the ACC, with Louisville planning to follow in 2014. Left with the prospect of a weak and unexciting conference landscape, Georgetown, DePaul, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Providence and Marquette left and formed the new Big East, joined by newcom-


ers Creighton, Xavier and Butler. These schools’ focus was basketball, yet the conference was still arguably considerably weaker than its previous incarnation. And for this reason, Georgetown was pegged to cruise through the Big East in the 2013-2014 season. However, that was not the case. The 2013-2014 season was a disappointment for the Georgetown men’s basketball team. The Hoyas, who lost forward Otto Porter Jr. to the NBA draft and subsequently the Washington Wizards, were unable to find consistency, especially on offense, and sputtered to an 8-10 Big East record while going 18-15 overall. Despite the disappointing record, the Hoyas secured several impressive victories, including wins over then-No. 7 Michigan State and then-No. 13 Creighton. Regardless of these regular-season marquee wins, Georgetown found itself in a precarious position come March: It was not a bubble team. It needed to have a strong showing in the Big East tournament — if not win the whole thing — in order to have a legitimate shot at making the Big Dance. Georgetown, the seventh seed in the tournament, was set to face off against DePaul in the first round. In two regular-season games, the Hoyas dominated, handing the Blue De-

mons two convincing losses. But the Hoyas did not show up and were outplayed by the perennial bottom dwellers. Blue Demons freshman point guard Billy Garrett Jr. carved through the Hoya defense en route to a team-high 17 points. The loss eliminated the Hoyas from the Big East tournament and dashed their hopes of making the NCAA tournament. Following the Big East tournament loss, Head Coach John Thompson III believed the team’s resume still warranted an at-large bid, but the committee disagreed. Georgetown did not receive a bid, ending a four-year streak, and instead was banished to the National Invitational Tournament — a consolation tournament. A fourth seed in the tournament, Georgetown hosted a first-round matchup against West Virginia in McDonough Arena, as opposed to the usual Verizon Center because it was hosting the circus at the time. The Hoyas cruised to a 77-65 win — with raucous home support — before falling to Florida State in the second round. The 2014-2015 season looks destined to be another rebuilding year for Hoyas. After guard Markel Starks, forward Nate Lubick, center Moses Ayegba and guard John Caprio all graduated and guard Stephen Domingo transferred to California, Georgetown will be tasked with replacing their production. However, the incoming recruiting class is one of the strongest in the country. Forward Isaac Copeland, a five-star recruit, and forward Paul White will look to solidify the middle for the Hoyas. Meanwhile guards Tre Campbell and L.J. Peak will look to replace Stark’s production in the backcourt. Finally, forward Trey Mourning, son of Georgetown legend Alonzo Mourning, rounds out the recruiting class at power forward. This class is matched with the returns of junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and senior forward Jabril Trawick and senior center Joshua Smith. If Georgetown is able find consistent scorers — something it struggled with last season — it has the makings to surprise the Big East.

WOMEN’s SOCCER Last season was a program year for the Georgetown women’s soccer team. The team cruised to a 7-1-1 record in the Big East while finishing 16-3-2 overall. After a disappointing loss in the Big East tournament, the Hoyas received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. With an opening-round win over La Salle, Georgetown advanced to face off against No. 1 Virginia. Virginia defeated Georgetown 1-0, thus ending the season, but despite the early exit, the Hoyas finished the season ranked No. 20 in the country — the highest in program history. Although two-time All-American senior midfielder Daphne Corboz is among the Hoyas returning this season, Georgetown lost six players, including Hermann Trophy semifinalist Emily Menges — who now plays for the Portland Thorns — to graduation. The team has established themselves as perennial Big East contenders and with the incoming freshman class, the 2014 season should yet again be a success for the Hoyas.

MEN’s SOCCER The Georgetown men’s soccer team followed up its College Cup Final appearance with another successful season in 2013. The Hoyas got off to a slow start, going 2-2 in their first four games, but responded by winning seven of their next eight, tying once. The Hoyas earned the number one seed in the Big East tournament, and faced Providence in the semifinals. After 110 minutes of scoreless play, Providence bested Georgetown 5-4 in penalty kicks and advanced to the Big East finals. Like the women’s team, the men also received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and were seeded at six. The Hoyas soundly defeated Old Dominion 3-0 in the second round, before losing to No. 11 seed Michigan State on Shaw Field in the third round. Georgetown lost a strong core of seniors last season, including forward Steve Neumann. Neumann, an All-American and Hermann Trophy semifinalist, was selected third overall by the New England Revolution in the MLS draft. The Hoyas recent success, however, has enabled them to attract top-tier recruits. The incoming freshman class boasts a fourth-ranked recruiting class. Reigning co-Big East Goalkeeper of the Year senior Tomas Gomez and junior All-American Brandon Allen will bring veteran leadership to the team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Women’s basketball arguably suffered the most from the Big East realignment. With the new conference, the Big East lost national powerhouses Notre Dame and Connecticut as well as Syracuse and Louisville. Although the Hoyas were expected to be competitive in the significantly weaker Big East, they struggled in conference play, managing only a 4-14 record. But throughout the season the Hoyas showed promising signs. Center Natalie Butler averaged a double-double and the rest of the Class of 2017 — Faith Woodward, Tyshell King and Jade Martin — proved they were worth their high recruiting class ranking. After the disappointing season, Georgetown lost three starters. Senior guard and co-

captain Samisha Powell and senior forward and co-captain Andrea White graduated, while Butler transferred to reigning national champion Connecticut. Georgetown certainly has its work cut out for this season. For the third consecutive season the Hoyas will have a new head coach. Natasha Adair, a former Georgetown assistant coach, returned to the Hilltop in May and will assume the head coaching position. As with the men’s program, the 2014-2015 season seems destined to be another rebuilding year for the Hoyas. But the squad is still littered with talent and if the incoming freshman class adjusts to the college game, the Hoyas could be competitive come conference play.


HISTORY W hen you walked through the front gates for the first time, your eyes were drawn to a giant, climbable-looking statue of a man sitting commandingly in a chair. You didn’t know who it was at first, but soon enough your chipper tour guide told you that the man overlooking O Street was John Carroll, founder of Georgetown. Depending on whether or not your tour guide was a history major, you might have learned a little more about the archbishop of Baltimore who secured 60 acres of land to found the nation’s first Jesuit school in 1789. But after John Carroll, you were probably more interested in learning about the dining hall food and the best freshman dorm than Georgetown’s history. That’s why we’ve put together an overview of Georgetown’s past 225 years. We consider 1789 the official founding year, but can trace our roots back to a school in St. Mary’s, Md., founded by Fathers Andrew White and John Gravenor, S.J., in the year 1634. Carroll founded Georgetown in 1789, with classes commencing in 1792. The 700-seat Gaston Hall is named for the first student, 13-year-old William Gaston. After receiving the first federal university charter from Congress, the university granted its first two bachelor’s degrees in 1817. Throughout the next two centuries, Georgetown expanded its educational offerings beginning with the Graduate School of Arts and


Sciences in 1820, the School of Medicine in 1851, the Law School in 1870, the School of Nursing in 1903, the School of Foreign Service in 1919, the School of Continuing Studies in 1956 and the School of Business Administration in 1957. The university further grew with the establishment of the School of Foreign Service Qatar campus in 2005 and, most recently, the McCourt School of Public Policy in 2013. THE HOYA published its first issue in 1920. In the 1800s, Georgetown ran into a few challenges — namely, the Civil War. Because of the school’s location in Washington, D.C., students dropped out to serve in both the Union and Confederate forces. Enrollment dropped to only 17 students between 1859 and 1861, and university buildings served as temporary hospitals and lodging for soldiers. President Abraham Lincoln spoke to Union troops from the steps of Old North in 1861 — one of 14 presidents, including Barack Obama, to speak from the venue — and at the end of the war, Georgetown chose blue and gray as its colors to signify unity between Union and Confederate soldiers returning to campus. Fr. Patrick Healy, S.J., served as the first African- American president of Georgetown or any major university in the United States from 1873 to 1882, though his mixed-race ancestry only came to light in the 1960s. During World War II, Georgetown housed the Army Specialized Training Program, a federal effort to recruit junior officers from

facts & figures FOUNDING YEAR 1789 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT BODY1 7,552 ENDOWMENT2 $1.286 BILLION UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT JOHN J. degioia 1: As of 2012; Official Enrollment Summary 2: as of 2013; Nacubo and Commonfund Institute universities. In 1969, Georgetown became fully coeducational, after the College began admitting women. University President John J. DeGioia became the first layperson to lead Georgetown in 2001 and as of 2014, he is the university’s longest-serving president. Under his leadership and that of his predecessors, Georgetown has grown from an all-white, all-male, all-Catholic local school to the diverse, competitive and internationally recognized university you’re entering today.

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Get your head stamped at The Tombs on your 21st birthday.


Get drenched in the fountain in Dahlgren Quad.


Catch concerts at the 9:30 Club, Echostage, Black Cat and Merriweather Post Pavilion.


Take a course taught by a Jesuit.

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Tailgate and root for the Hoyas at Homecoming.


Eat at Ben’s Chili Bowl.


Learn the Fight Song.


Order a Chicken Madness at Wisey’s.


Go to the White House on election night and attend the Inauguration on the National Mall.

Watch “The Exorcist” on Halloween.


Organize a huge snowball fight with your friends or floormates.


Trick or treat on Embassy Row.


Write a viewpoint for The Hoya.

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Take a selfie with a politician. See a production put on by one of the many performing arts groups.

Find your way into the (worst-kept) topsecret tunnels.

Get involved with the Center for Social Justice — tutor with D.C. Reads or go on Alternative Spring Break.

Get a Library of Congress Reader Card.


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Get to know a chaplain or faculty-in-residence. Go to his or her weekly events (if only for the free food!)

Visit an exhibit at the National Gallery, the Phillips Collection or another D.C. art gallery or museum.

Stargaze at Heyden Observatory.

Go on a tour of the White House.

Sit in John Carroll’s lap.

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