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Man in the Mirror That’s all, folks. The school year is officially coming to a close. If you are like me, your mind is filled with a culmination of the year’s successes, regrets, funniest moments, and lists of things you wish you had done. It is always a bittersweet feeling when a year of college comes to an end. On the one hand, we’re all itching for sweet summertime – a time without worries or professors breathing down our necks. Yet on the other hand, we cannot believe how fast the year has passed us by and, for some of us, how little time in college we actually have left. Before you all start weeping in a dark corner, it’s important to look back on the year fondly. Take a look at where you started in August – moving in to GW, excited about the possibilities that lay ahead for the next 9 months. Now, with finals season rolling in, we’re all at a pretty different place in our lives. It’s easy to get caught up in the rat race that goes on in this city. The stereotypical “GW student,”


a political junkie that never stops moving, seems to follow us around every corner on campus. It’s true – we have a very different college experience than our friends from back home who attend schools three times the size of ours. We have the freedom to go out to eat wherever we want (on our parent’s dime, of course) and wave hello to the country’s most powerful people on our way to class (what’s good, Barack?!). Aside from living in DC though, students at GW are ubercompetitive, with everything from academics to internships to waiting in line at Starbucks. Although it can be overwhelming at times, it is important to stop once and while and acknowledge the little things. Otherwise, it’s easy to fall victim to the classic stay-up-all-night-inGelman-freaking-out pickle that we find ourselves in once in a while.

That being said, once summer has started and we’re all in our respective cities across the globe, remember to look back on this year and remember at least one thing you did that you can pat yourself on the back for. Whether it’s a small feat or a huge accomplishment, it’s something you can look back on and say, “Man, I’m good.” That, right there, is what it’s all about. For now, try not to think about finals for a second and image yourself in a hammock on the beach, sipping a piña colada, carefree as ever. Ladies and gentlemen, we are almost there. Bisous,




p.6 a summer trend update p.22 this season’s most daring runway styles get real


p.28 ways to broaden your food horizons pg.24 chowin’ down with GW Bites



p.32 ‘tis the season for music festival mania


p.39 chattin’ up the GWES p.40 summer blockbusters coming your way

p.42 chillaxing with top dog Amanda Galonek


p.49 going the distance p.52 your sex stories p.53 how not to hook up in college


rachel platner caitlin curnyn lizzy simonofsky jenn neuner colleen fitzsimmons devika agarwal becca grazel frank huynh sarah joyce carsen zarin laura chin craig dudek jackie lussier nicole rafajac alex conlan shannon sweeney mariel tygenhof



may Sunday, 1st Monday, 2nd Tuesday, 3rd Thursday, 5th Saturday, 7th Saturday-Friday, 7th-13th Sunday , 8th Tuesday, 10th Friday-Sunday, 13th-15th Sunday-Sunday, 15th-22nd Friday, 20th Wednesday, 25th Friday-Sunday, 27th-29th Sunday, 29th Monday, 30th

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Cinco de Mayo Festival, National Mall, 12-6pm Sweetlife Music Festival, Columbia, MD, 12-4pm Alice Walker Book Event, Busboys & Poets, 6:30-8:30pm Open Mic Night, Riot Act Comedy Club, 10pm Ballroom and Flamenco Dance Classes, Market 5 Gallery, 5:45-9pm Cinco de Mayo (party hats, everyone!) Art Party w/ local artists, Alchimie Forever Showroom, 5:30-8pm National Train Day Amtrak Celebration, Union Station, 4-7pm Europe Week (seminars and workshops on cultural topics related to the EU), National Mall, all week Mother’s Day (yay momma’s!) Trivia Night Tuesdays Happy Hour, Garrett’s, 10pm GW Commencement, National Mall, 1-3pm Yoga Week, free or $5 yoga classes at any of DC’s yoga studios, all week “Pictures of the Year” exhibit, Newseum, all week 2011 Gift of Reading Gala, Mayflower Hotel, 6-11pm Zep Fest, three day Zeppelin concert, National Harbor, MD (tons of music and Zeppelin memorabilia) Jazz Brunch, Georgia Brown’s, 10am-2pm Memorial Day (remember when we had this day off in high school?) “Hustlin’ Yo Flow Mondays” Poetry and Comedy Show, Takoma Station Tavern, 11pm Happy Summer!


fashion multi-purpose travel essentials

scarf / turband

any way you twist it, we approve

leather jacket

failproof rocker-chic essential to take you from day to night

compact ballet flats

your secret weapon against sky-high heels

miniature umbrella

cuffed jeans

good things come in small packages

boyfriends or skinnys, appropriate for any season




With the spring season already upon us, it is time to look at some (not so) new trends that will be sure to score you some extra compliments. The keywords to looking fashionable this spring season are fun, flattering, and fierce. First off, bold and bright prints are coming back with a vengeance. Whether it is a colorful floral print or an ethnic safari print, consider putting prints into your everyday wardrobe to make a powerful fashion statement. A colorful bamboo printed skirt paired with a neutral solid tank makes for the perfect spring look. The reverse look, a colorful printed top with a long maxi skirt (similar to the ones featured in the Jill Sanders spring 2011 collection) will work just as well. Even a tropical print in an accessory such as a bag or a headband is the perfect compliment to any outfit. Another trend that’s coming back strong are high-waisted bottoms. A crisp white high-waisted pair of shorts is the perfect addition to any wardrobe! A high waisted skirt paired with almost any sort of spring top that is tucked in makes for a fashion forward combination. Even a nice pair of high waisted pants can pick up your boring workday wardrobe and turn it into something chic. The magic of high waisted clothing is that it redefines

your natural waistline to the naked eye and gives your body the illusion of having extra long legs, which in turn will make you look sexier and taller. The wedge heel is officially back in for the spring 2011 season. The great thing about wedged shoes are that they can be easily dressed up or dressed down, and can be paired more easily with outfits than your average stiletto can. Wedges give you height while offering more support and are also more stable and comfortable for your feet, making them the perfect spring shoe. A nice bamboo wedge paired with any flowy skirt or dress will give you an effortless breezy look when you go out. You can even combine the wedge heel trend with the safari print trend if you’re feeling extra adventurous. Make sure to peruse through Aldo’s new spring 2011 collection featuring designer Julian Louie, who combines different safari prints with wedged heels in a harmonious way. A pair of those babies will be a killer addition to your own shoe collection, and will definitely serve you well. The final trend that appears to have come back (to the dismay of

some) is horizontal stripes. As a slight precaution, you may want to be extra careful when wearing this particular trend. Horizontal stripes are notorious for making you look wider than you actually are, which may not be the exact result you want when picking out an outfit. However, if done properly, horizontal stripes can add very nice lines of interest in your clothing attire. The key is to wear the horizontal stripes in areas that you would like to either emphasize or add more volume to. For example, a top with horizontal stripes can create the illusion of a bigger bust, which will work if that’s your desired result. Another option would be to wear an a-line skirt with horizontal stripes with a solid top, so that the stripes stand out as a nice architectural detail to your outfit. So remember ladies, it’s all about the easy beach look spiced up with some prints this spring season. Don’t be afraid to experiment and mixand-match different trends together because who knows, maybe you’ll end up setting the next fashion trend amongst your own group of friends.



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tory burch

urban outfitters


proenza schouler

nanette lepore

blu moon



prabal gurung


marc jacobs




Grandpa’s Woven Leather Warch Urban Outfitters, $38

Stainless Steel Watch DKNY, $185

Jet Set Sport Watch Michael Kors, $250






HOW TO DRESS FOR... A FLIGHT written by carsen zarin

Not long ago jet travel was an excuse for women to don their finest pair of shoes and first class jewelry while men wore a suit. Flying was a luxury, so dressing up for the occasion was only appropriate. Today, when you walk through an airport, you do not see the same lavish culture. However, it is key to look put-together while staying comfortable at the same time. To achieve this, there are small yet simple things you can do to travel in comfort and style.

flats. Layers are a necessity for two important reasons. For one, it is necessary to prepare for the temperature in the plane, whether it be stuffy and hot or chilly, so bring a comfortable sweater or light blazer. Second, layers double as great pillows: wrap up a scarf to rest your head against the window or to support your neck. No matter if your plane ride is a one-hour cruise or if you’re traveling to your new home abroad, think “stretchy”. Leggings or stretchy jeans are always a great choice – they are as comfortable For Her: as pajamas, but still allow you to Keep your shoes simple. No look fashionable. one needs stilettos in an airport, anyway. Stick to the simple rule of having easy slip-off shoes that don’t include the hassle of tying, For Him: Guys: although you don’t have buckling and zipping. Think along the lines of ankle boots or chic as many options as the ladies, be


smart and think ahead: avoid the clunky belt that will be bothering you entire flight, and a nice airy shirt – like a polo – is always a safe bet. Keep it simple and just opt for a pair of dark wash jeans on a flight. On the bright side, it is one less bulky item that you have to pack. A leather jacket is appropriate for any occasion and will keep you warm wherever your destination may be. Remember that while traveling, darker colors will keep you safe from stains, sweat spots and other unfortunate traveling woes that can easily happen to anyone. Stay comfy and classy next time you jetset by following these simple tips. As always, my last word of advice: be reasonable. If you plan ahead and manage your expectations, comfort and fashion can come hand-in-hand.

FASHION name: louie diller year: sophomore major: int. affairs, jazz minor hometown: oakland, ca

name: sarah bell year: sophomore major: international affairs hometown: philadelphia, pa

salvation army thrift store in berkeley, ca

american apparel the attic (consignment shop in philly)

thrift store

urban outfitters

thrift store anthropologie




written by sarah joyce

The 70s Reign Again


derek lam

urban outfitters

Print It Up


Although the likes Mrs. Furstenbrug and Mr. Som make it look easy, mixing and matching prints can be a difficult task. The key is to pick something that a) is not going to overwhelm your figure and B) not going overwhelm others when looking at you. Great options are floral printed maxi dresses and rompers which can be easily paired with a striped sweater for a more subdued look. Also think geometric print 60s type dresses and neutral tone print tops. chris benz


The 50s 60s and 80s have all had their recalled glory days but Spring 2011 brings back the decade of bohemian glam, the 70s baby. Designers from Marc Jacobs to Peter Som are bringing us back to the days of studio 54 (minus the drug scene). The best way to make this trend ‘wearable’ is to pick one seventies staple and build your outfit around that. Think high waisted wideleg pants or flares, smartly belted in or a mini disco inspired dress paired with updated heels. Bright colors and neat bow-blouses, especially ones with billowing or bishop sleeves are also great options. To make the designers inspired looks wearable just remember, everything in moderation!




Jean All Over

The best way to make demin on denim a do is to make sure you have a dark wash and a light wash. Do pair a chambray top with black or white hued jeans, visually break up the outfit with a bold belt or necklace. Also keep in mind jean rompers, they’re a new (easy) twist on jean-all-over. Just make sure, before you’re heading out the door, you’re not pulling a Britney and Justin Timberlake circa 2001 American Music Awards.



White Out



Best Way to Translate this Trend: It’s the rise of the LWD (little white dress.) For spring and summer 2011 this year, white can be sexy, especially when done with clean lines. Don’t underestimate the power of a chic white outfit, as it seems that everyone from Rodarte to DKNY and Alexander Wang are finally coming out of the ‘dark ages.’ White mini dresses are always a good way to go, whether it’s a clean cut geometric shape or a cute eyelet day dress. Long white sweaters and cropped white skinny jeans are always a do, just make sure you’re pairing it with a great shoe!

french connection




For many of us, it is hard to distinguish between buying quality over quantity. It is easy to pick up a few tee’s here and there (until the day you peak into your closet to find out that you have not one, not two, but three indistinguishable green v-necks). In any case, there are certain classic items that a girl should not skimp out on, even if they end up breaking the bank a little.



Even though we all have tons of jeans, it is important to shell out some cash for one or two pricier pairs. Remember to purchase a classic style, like these dark wash J Brand jeans. Although denim trends are quick to make drastic changes, a dark, bootcut or skinny pair is a style that will surely stick around for a while.

A brown leather “everything” bag is a must for the lfe of a busy college student. Investing in one that you can get you through the years is a wise idea. This one, by trusty Marc Jacobs, is a simple, sturdy style that can definitely withstand the times.


Black leather or suede pumps are an obvious staple. They go with everything, they look good on everyone. Jimmy Choo, as always, makes a excellent pair. Keep in mind that if you are going to splurge on an item like this, make sure to put comfort first!

> A beige trench will never go out of style and is something every woman should have in their closet. This truly classic item is incredibly versatile and can be paired with just about anything. Splurge on a waterproof one to protect you during these April Showers, like the timeless Burberry Trench, sported by our favorite HP character.



A solid leather wallet is a great piece to invest a little extra in. It is an item that you only buy once every several years, so it is important that it holds up. Checkbook wallets are handy because they can also double as a small clutch if you are in a hurry. Good old Kate Spade makes a timeless leather wallet in an assortment of colors and textures. Although it is important to stick to timeless styles, a bright color can add a pop to an otherwise unmemorable ensemble.


the gw issue’s favorite summer sips pineapple-rum cocktail pineapple juice + spiced rum + lime juice+ lime garnish cucumber-ginger fizz thin sliced cucumber + sparkling water + vodka + ginger syrup + lime champagne punch grenadine + champagne raspberries + OJ key lime mojito key lime juice + sugar + club soda + mint + rum whiskey lemonade lemon juice + water + sugar + club soda + whiskey the legal drinking age is 21. enjoy responsibly! 25


Shannon Sweeney and Alex Conlan of the D.C. Diners shed light on the array of gourmet food trucks gracing the streets of the city CapMac (@capmacDC) Get anything with the bolognese sauce. You can get their signature mac n’ cheese “sloppy” style. The tomato soup with parmesan croutons is also great on a chilly day. -Warningcash only.

Curbside Cupcakes (@curbsidecupcakes) I have a serious cupcake addiction. They have standard cupcake flavors along with some seasonal ones. I usually go for the seasonal and I am never disappointed.

Dangerously Delicious Pies (@dangerouspiesDC) SMOG for the savory and the Baltimore Bomb for the sweet. One bite and you’ll want to eat the whole truck. -Warning - cash only.

DC Slices (@dcslices) They may be a pizza truck, but its their tater tots that are really great. They have different variations like bacon and cheddar and chili and cheddar tots. I like the simple but delicious old bay seasoned tots.

Eat Wonky (@eatwonky) This food truck has different types of hot dogs, poutine, and whoopie pies. If you have never tried poutine, I suggest you get it. The cheese curd is much better than it sounds and the banana creme whoopie pie is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

Fojol Bros (@fojolbros) The fabulous hipster fojol bros have taken food trucks to a new level. They have two trucks: one offers Indian food, and the other offers Ethiopian. Make sure to try one of the meat options and one of the vegetable options. They are all delicious. -Warning- cash only.

Love Bites (@DClovebites) Another cupcake truck but one that offers a menu that is a little more on the creative side with cupcake flavors that extend beyond the standards.

Meathead Mobile Eats (@wheresthemeat) This truck just started rolling out on the streets, with a truck full of MEAT. This truck of meat madness is the latest creation from the owner of Sauca. Their sandwiches are packed with meat and topped with delicious sauces.

Red Hook Lobster DC (@lobstertruckdc) All I have to say is that these lobster rolls are worth the price. Mmmmm delicious hunks of lobster!

Sauca (@wheresauca) Sauca is amazing and DC Diners has had the pleasure of working with the owner before. They love GW students and try to stop by campus more often. The food they serve is unique and interesting. The butter chicken is popular but I absolutely love the pork bahn mi and the fish taco.

Sidewalk Sweetsations (@sidewalksweets) This little yellow truck is full of wonderful sweets. They have cupcakes, but what is really special is the sweet potato mini pies. They offer different variations - sweet potato dream with cheese or pecan (the best).

Sweet Green (@sweetflowmobile) This food truck offers healthier options: frozen yogurt and salads. They are great because they love to stop by the GW campus. While frozen yogurt may not be as appetizing during winter, the salads are great to grab for lunch. I personally like the guacamole greens salad.

The Big Cheese (@bigcheesetruck) Haven’t had a chance to try some of the grilled cheese from this truck yet but it’s menu sounds awesome. It should be coming round to GW again sometime soon and I can’t wait to try it.

Cafe Vida Express (@cafevidaexpress) This truck offers a variety of delicious coffee drinks. It likes to stop over by the Foggy Bottom metro on weekday mornings. I suggest checking this truck out for your caffeine fix.

Sweetbites (@sweetbitestruck) Yes, yet another cupcake truck. But really, can you ever have too many cupcakes? From this truck I love to get an oreo cupcake and a hot chocolate - or I’ll ask for a 1/2 coffee, 1/2 hot chocolate mix. It is so nice and comforting on a cold day.




banana bread

baked by rachel mastandrea

1. 5. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan


2. Stir all dry ingredients together. Then,



2 3/4 cups flour 2/3 cup sugar 2 tspn baking powder 1/4 tspn baking soda 1/2 tspn salt 1/2 cup chopped nutes (optional) 1 cup chocolate chips (optional) 1 cup sour cream 1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium/ large banans) 2 eggs 1/4 cup melted margarine or butter

separately, add eggs (lightley beaten), mashed bananas, and cooled burtter/ mar garine.


Stir liquids quickly and lightly into the dry ingredients. Add nuts and chocolate chips if used.

4. Spoon batter into 30 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.


Bake for 45-55 minutes. Allow to cool in pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes. Then, run a knife around the edges of the pan and flip the banana bread out onto the cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing.

6. For muffins, grease 12 muffin cups and even divide batter into the cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes.


FARE BROADEN YOUR FOOD PERSONALITY for the picky eater at heart written by jackie lussier You are out to dinner with your friends; everyone is eating and enjoying their food. Your friend next to you hands you something to try. It is a round fried disc, which reminds you vaguely of chicken nuggets. You put it in your mouth and chew. Man that sure does taste delicious. You wonder what it is. You turn and ask your friend. Fried Alligator bites? Shocked in disbelief, you cannot believe your friends tricked you into eating such a thing. Everyone faces this problem at one time or another. How does one overcome the fear of trying new foods? A lot of times people are scared of just the idea of a particular food, but once they try it, they realize there was nothing to worry over. It’s crucial to broaden our food horizons, not only for our health, but also to liven up our taste buds’ diversity. 1) The simplest thing to do is try something new yet familiar. You can work your way to more exotic food in stages. Go out and eat a different type of cuisine, but pick something off the menu that is based in familiarity and then next time you can be bolder. For example the first time in New Orleans I tried the blackened Cajun chicken. The next night out I was more willing to try blackened alligator or other Cajun seafood once I was familiar with these delicious flavors. 2) Another easy trick is to mooch off your friends’ more daring food tastes. A bite of something new isn’t going to kill you. If you’re worried about risking spending money on a dish you won’t like, stick to something more familiar but be sure to try a friend’s new dish so you know for the future. 3) Make sure to try the countless number of food trucks that frequent the Foggy Bottom campus. They provide options from numerous cultures. For example, Sâuçá allows you to try exotic new foods from different cultures every visit. My personal favorite is their Mumbai Butter Chicken. 4) Another tip to brave your food aversions is to replace the new foods for a piece of a dish you love or mask them somehow. It doesn’t hurt to treat yourself like a toddler sometimes! You can even alternate new foods for previous favorites. For example instead of making Pizza Bagels, try using sliced toasted zucchini instead of the bagel. 5) Lastly, expand your palate through new flavors. I have found the best way to do this is through buying unique spices, blends and rubs, which can be used to make sauces, to season meat or vegetables and much more. I suggest a trip to Georgetown Spice and Tea Exchange to fix your creative cooking needs.



baked by shannon sweeney This recipe will take a regular box cake and transform it into something amazing. The volcano cake should be served right out of the oven so that everyone can enjoy the molten pockets of cream cheese frosting and melted candy magma. You can add frosting if you like, but it really isn't necessary. This cake is also completely customizable. You can substitute different kinds of box cakes and use whatever candy you think would melt best. It may not be a beautiful cake, but it really is what's on the inside that counts. Adapted from Paula Deen's Volcano Cake Recipe Cream cheese frosting filling: 8 oz softened cream cheese 1 stick butter 2 cups powdered sugar Cake: Box chocolate cake Candy: 3 bars of Milky Way Simply Caramel Mix softened cream cheese and butter until thoroughly mixed. Then slowly mix in the powdered sugar. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees and grease a 9x12 cake pan. Follow the directions according to the box cake. Cut the candy into bite size pieces and fold it into the cake batter. Then add the cake batter to the pan. Take the cream cheese mixture and add large dollops evenly spaced. I do two rows of three for a total of six dollops. The cream cheese mixture should sink down in the batter. You don't have to use all of the mixture if it seems excessive. If you use all of it there is a chance that some might spill over so I would recommend placing a layer of foil under the pan in the oven just in case. Then bake for about 40-45 minutes and let cool for a couple of minutes and serve! Its usually so gooey that we eat it straight out of the pan.


WHERE TO GET THE PERFECT ... MEAL ON THE GO written by craig dudek

THE PERFECT PITA 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20002

FRESHII 2001 M Street Northwest Washington D.C., DC 20036

MARVELOUS MARKET 2424 Penn Ave NW Washington, DC 20037

Most of us make an appearance at Au Bon Pain, Wasabi, or Bertuccis with some regularity, but most students seem to walk right by The Perfect Pita located right in the 2000 Penn centre. As spring blossoms and we get tired of the same places over and over again this place is definitely worth a try, especially since they now accept gworld. I went after a late class on Monday night, eager to get food, and head back to my room and eat it as soon as possible. I was in and out of the place, with pita and chips in hand after five minutes, which I thought was very impressive. For such a small place, the menu was quite large, and offered a number of different pitas- some with hummus, some without, and a lot of good vegetarian options. To their credit, everything on the menu was very reasonably priced and no pita went over $7. I opted for the spinach and grilled chicken pita which was also made with a collection of cheeses and a few spices. While I must say it was a bit greasy, overall it was tasty. I hear that the hummus pitas are better, but I think the hot ones are still worth a try. Aside from the unnecessary grease lingering in the pita, the pita itself (of which I chose wheat) was almost more of a naan bread, but retained the flavor of a pita, and there was a great balance of spinach, cheese, and actual chicken. Aside from pitas, the menu offered a selection of salads, soups, and homemade Greek yogurts with mixings. Also available is homemade pita chips and hummus for dipping. Overall this is a nice option for eating when you’re in a time crunch and is definitely worth a try!

Spring eating ties together healthy foods, frozen yogurt, and fresh ingredients, in attempt to renew and rejuvenate. “Freshii” fortunately manages to tie all of this together, with a strong emphasis on fresh and healthy. Anyone seeking a great salad, wrap, or brown rice bowl on the go should give freshii a try. Freshii makes it very clear from the moment you walk in the door that they want you to walk out of the lunch feeling fresh. To do this they go out of their way to make everything on the menu as healthy as possible, use fresh vegetables and other ingredients, and are very eco-friendly. They get a lot of business from nearby offices and this makes it very crowded at lunch time, so to efficiently serve everyone they have an ordering booth, after which you will be given a receipt to take to the cashier to pay. While waiting to pay, the food is being made and is ready right around the time when you pay. Though a little annoying if you don’t see the ordering booth, Freshii can be a very quick stop.Among the many options for a brown rice bowl or wrap, I figured they probably made a really great salad, so I opted for the fiesta salad- a mix of romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, cheddar and jack cheeses, avocado, tomato, black beans, and corn topped with a chipotle ranch dressing. Really good salad is not easy to come by, but Freshii did a great job with it. Everything was fresh, and I really did feel rejuvenated and healthy after. It might be a little bit far for a quick lunch in between classes, but if you’re ever in the area or have time for a 10 minute walk to get lunch, it is well worth the trip.

On my first trip to Marvelous Market, I was very surprised with the collection of pastries, fruit, sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages. From the looks of it as I had previously passed by it on my way to Georgetown several times, I assumed it was simply a typical café with nothing special going on, but for very affordable prices they offer a great selection of premade delectable’s, making this a very quick but great option for on the go eating. Hungry for a good lunch, I figured a wrap of sorts sounded fantastic. I chose the buffalo chicken wrap, a classic. Though all the options are pre made and not as fresh as many other places, the wrap I ordered was delicious, made with a light but creamy sauce, chicken that didn’t taste like it had dried out (contrary to my normal experiences with pre-made market sandwiches) and probably the best and most surprising part of the sandwich were the fresh tomatoes grazing the sandwich, adding a refreshing aspect I was not expecting. My favorite part of the excursion was not the sandwich though, or the bottle of water, but the delicious on the go strawberries available as an alternative to chips. Craving fresh fruit, the strawberries were perfect- sweet and juicy, and all in all just what the doctor ordered. Also available were fresh apples, bananas, melon, grapes and many fruit salads. Marvelous provides a large selection of quality on the go food. It might not be in the typical area we think of for meals in between classes, but it is definitely worth the five minute walk.



We all know that J-Street gets boring, and even all of the places that take colonial cash around campus begin to resemble each other after a while. There are a ton of great places in and around DC, but with a hectic end of semester, which readily has time in their midweek schedule to go out, or even make themselves a home cooked meal? This inspired senior Cristina Roman to create an outlet for GW students who wanted a tasty homemade meal once a week delivered to their door, at a price a college student can afford. Thus became the creation of GW Bites. GW Bites, as described by Roman on her website is “a new micro-enterprise that offers GW students two products.” First, are weekly prepared fresh meals, including an entrée, a side, and a dessert. These may include casseroles, spaghetti and meatballs, soups, dessert breads, homemade cookies and cake, and pies. For a relatively cheap rate students can purchase these three course entrees via an online ordering form, and the meal will be delivered on a Wednesday night from 5-7pm. The second line of products is quite unique. As an incentive for students to have the ability to be more willing and able to make their own baked goods, Roman created a system where students can purchase a premade set of dry goods that can go into making a dry good. This eliminates the need for an over purchase of dry goods, and when added to the wet mix, one can have a tasty dessert after very little effort. So far feedback has been positive for Roman, as every student who has tried it seems to be craving more. Reviews, as listed on her website, are all positive, with one reviewer exclaiming “everything I’ve ordered from GW Bites has been fantastic, and I am definitely turning into a loyal customer! I’d recommend ordering from them – it’s like having a home-cooked meal without all the hassle.”

GW Bites founder, Cristina Roman; above: photographed by Kathleen Fallon


Also, along with GW Bites, founder Roman is launching a new blog, “Harmonized Living”, which as described by Roman, “offers a twist on home décor and cooking.” The blog is definitely worth a look for anyone with an interest in taking the initiative in domestic adventures. For more information take a look at Home cooked meals are hard to come by in our busy commercial lifestyles, and these weekly treats may be just what the doctor ordered for some of us!


the gw issue’s summer playlist

corona and lime -- shwayze banana pancakes -- jack johnson in the summertime -- mungo jerry walkin’ on the sun -- smash mouth island in the sun -- weezer here comes the sun -- the beatles bittersweet symphony -- the verve dancing in the moonlight -- toploader sundress -- ben kweller funny the way it is -- dave matthews band my life be like -- gritz

somwhere over the rainbow -- israel kamakawiwo’ole

don’t stop believin’ -- journey daylight -- matt & kim california -- phantom planet

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS written by caitlin curnyn

Summer is quickly approaching – the season of barbeques, bathing suits and the best concerts of the year. Here’s the low-down on the some of the most happenin’ festivals occurring across the country. Luckily for the concertgoers many of the festivals are celebrating some sort of special anniversary this year and are guaranteed to pull out all the stops. Whether you want to be bumming around with hipsters in Washington or getting your fill of dubstep in New York, there is a festival out there for most everyone – now just figure out how to get there… 4/29-5/8 JAZZFEST

New Orleans, LA

ie: The Strokes, Arcade Fire, The Avett Brothers, Willie Nelson, John Legend & The Roots

5/27-5/30 SASQUATCH

George, WA

ie: Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists, Yeasayer, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine

5/27-5/29 SUMMERCAMP Chillicothe, IL ie: Bassnectar, Girl Talk, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex, Umphrey’s McGee, Slightly Stoopid


Baltimore, MD

ie: Bassnectar, Lotus, Steve Aoki, Skrillex




Manchester, TN

ie: Arcade Fire, Eminen, The Strokes, The Black Keys, Big Boi, Mumford and Sons


New York, NY


ie: Notable performers: Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Mac Miller



Milwaukee, WI

ie: Hall & Oates, Matisyahu, Kanye West with Kid Cudi, The Black Keys, Florence + the Machine, Katy Perry



Mariaville, NY

ie: Disco Biscuits, Cut Copy, Bassnectar, Yeasayer, Neon Indian, MSTRKRFT,

7/17-7/19 PITCHFORK

Chicago, IL

ie: Animal Collective, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, Fleet Foxes, James Black, Odd Future

7/28-7/31 FLOYDFEST

Floyd, VA

ie: Jango Monkey, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals


Chicago, IL

ie: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Muse

8/12-8/14 OUTSIDE LANDS San Francisco, CA ie: Girl Talk, The Shins, The Black Keys, Big Boi, MGMT, STS9, Phish, Muse, The Roots, Beirut, Deadmau5




written by caitlin curnyn


Drink water, and whatever else you may want to drink…but mostly Get a good idea of the schedule so water! No one wants to be that you don’t miss anything! girl who faints because they’re dehydrated.


Sunscreen, LOTS of it! Even if you tan easily make sure to wear sunscreen. Standing around in the sun for a few days in a row can easily lead to intense burns, which can lead to intense peeling. Ew.


Wear a strapless shirt, or at least be tan line conscious. Since you will be outside for hours on end might as well try to avoid awkward tan lines. Who wants to come back with a gnarly farmers tan?


There’s a good chance you’ll be staying in a tent for the duration of the festival. You should probably bring a decent tent that wont make you feel like a sardine. Oh, and make sure you won’t want to kill your tentmates by the end of it either.



You might not have access to a shower. That or the line for showers might be heinously long. Take that at your own discretion. Wet wipes anyone?!


So you aren’t confined to your tent (which will probably be like a furnace) to find respite from the sun try to bring a type of canopy to hang out under if you’re going to a longer festival. You know, like those awkward tents usually found at backyard graduation parties.


Wear comfortable shoes! You’ll be standing a whole bunch so make sure you won’t want your feet to snap off at the end of the day. Though if you’re thinking about wearing Teva’s, heed the above warning about tan lines.

J It’s going to be hot. You’re going to be sweating. Try wearing a bandana or something to help keep you cool. Though it may not be the most fashionable, sometimes sacrifices need to be made.


Have fun, embrace the scene, see as much as many bands as you can and don’t do anything too crazy (that you haven’t done before)!


YES I YES I AM A LUCKY DUB FAN written by rachel platner

photographed by lizzy simonofsky

It’s showtime, and D.C. reggae band Lucky Dub was without its most crucial member: the lead singer. Fortunately for them, Gordon Daniels, a reggae musician who previously played in bands on the U.S. Virgin Islands, was in the audience, equipped with just the tools to carry the band through the first act. When Lucky Dub extended the onthe-spot invitation to play the show, Daniels recalls, “I think I can rock it.” And he did. Ever since Daniels joined the band in 2008, they have grown to fluctuate between 9 and 12 members, including three GW students, Louie Diller, Davey Knific, and Isaiah Toney. Practicing several hours a week in the Ivory Tower practice rooms, the band crafts original reggae tunes, usually penned by Dub’s own Gordon Daniels. Because the band’s many members travel from all around the greater D.C. area, coordinating schedules is inevitably a challenge. “It’s a scheduling bonanza,” bassist John Baker said. Band members agree that classifying their sound in a single genre is difficult. Daniels believes “it is accessible music, and we think it crosses some genre boundaries.” Generally, they call themselves “reggae-world.” This couldn’t be more evident than when the band plays live. After seeing Lucky Dub perform at their launch

party for “Mindset,” at the Rock and Roll Hotel, it is clear that these talented musicians thrive in front of an audience. Their performance was energetic and passionate, and even audience members claiming not to be fans of reggae were easily won over. However, the band isn’t surprised by audience’s initial skepticism about the “reggae” connotation. “People always say, ‘normally I don’t really like reggae, but I really like whatever it is you guys do,’” Baker said. Daniels and Baker agree, “We hope we can get them hooked through a live show, so they will want to come back and listen to the genre more.” With upbeat tracks including “I Rise,” “Give a Little Love,” “No Money, No Worries,” and the yet-to-be-recorded “Yes I Yes I Am,” the Dubsters can be confident that one show is all it takes to create a true fan. With nearly 25 shows along the east coast this summer to promote “Mindset,” Lucky Dub is on a fasttrack to stardom. But what does “Lucky Dub” mean, you may wonder. “Dub is a nod to old school reggae, and lucky just embodies our upbeat, positive vibe.” We’re feeling that, Lucky Dub. Keep it coming. “Mindset” can be purchased at




sunday, april 24th

saturday, april 30th Peter Bjorn & John @ 9:30 Club

Fleet Foxes @ D.A.R. Constitution Hall

tuesday, april 26th

saturday, may 7th

tuesday, may 17th

wednesday, april 27th

sunday, may 8th

wednesday, may 18th

thursday, april 28th

thursday, may 12th

The Kills @ 9:30 Club

Rise Against @ 9:30 Club Yelle @ 9:30 Club

Of Montreal @ 9:30 Club

Sleigh Bells @ 9:30 Club

James Black @ 9:30 Club Adele @ 9:30 Club

sunday, may 15th The Antlers @ Black Cat

Paul Simon @ D.A.R. Constitution Hall

friday, june 3rd

Death Cab for Cutie @ 9:30 Club

friday, may 13th

Aesop Rock @ Rock and Roll Hotel

SECOND TIME’S THE CHARM: LYKKE LI’S WOUNDED RHYMES If Lykke Li’s 2008 Youth Novels was the product of a young woman in love with life, Wounded Rhymes is a perfect sophomore record that paints a picture of the mature, soulful, but nonetheless free-spirited woman that Lykke Li has become. As an artist, it is easy to see how she has grown from the more scattered array of tracks on her debut to present an album that forms a cohesive, almost story-like, arrangement of a grown woman reflecting on her past. This reflection is not upbeat or particularly happy, but Lykke Li presents fans with tracks that, though depressing, won’t get you down. The opening track “Youth Knows No Pain” starts the album off with a message that is more


defiant than dark, with the heavier use of instruments echoing tracks like “My Love” from Youth Novels. Other tracks add to this sense of determination, suggesting Lykke Li is not afraid to make a darker, more aggressive product. The lead single “Get Some” combines blunt lyrics like, “I’m a prostitute, you’re gonna get some,” with a beat and voice that suggests the words come from a place of power. Standout slower tracks include “Sadness is a Blessing,” on which Lykke Li croons, “Sadness you’re my boyfriend, sadness I’m your girl,” managing to leave listeners touched rather than disheartened. Throughout the record it is clear that even though there is a definite degree of vulnerability, the more

Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes (Atlantic Records - 2011)

composed instrumentals and heavier vocals of the compilation stand strong and represent Lykke Li as a force to be reckoned with. Wounded Rhymes may not be as bubbly as Youth Novels, but Lykke Li certainly does not disappoint.


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BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK “Fashion is the armor to survive everyday life” written by lizzy simonofsky


For as far back as many of us can remember, upon receiving the delivery of the New York Times Sunday edition, many of us immediately flipped to Sunday Styles to the section entitled “On the Street”. Written in conjunction with “Evening Hours” it is authored and photographed by none other than Bill Cunningham, the subject of Richard Press’ documentary Bill Cunningham New York. The documentary chronicles a small portion of the day-to-day life of a man who is interested in only one thing: documenting the way people dress. Though everyone has heard of Bill Cunningham, little know much about him, and until recently to many, he has remained a confounding yet charming enigma. The film is an intimate portrayal of the 80-year-old photographer

who travels around New York City on his bicycle documenting fashion trends on the street by day and the social scene by night. The documentary portrayed Bill as not only the smart and clever weekly columnist, but the fragile, anti-social man who sleeps in the middle of file cabinets, refuses to accept checks, wears a garbage man’s smock, has never been on a date; a true recluse. A man, whose entire pursuit of art has led him to live his life in relative isolation, is unsettling to many viewers. Though many in the audience laugh as he rides around by day snatching pictures here and there of passerby’s, it is hard to ignore the undeniable loneliness of riding a bike alone at night. Is the search for asceticism so heartbreaking? Many reviewers describe Cunningham as a loveable grandfather type, probably a

reason that many people find an instant attraction and liking to him. Crossing interviews from life-long friends and subjects, including Anna Wintor, Editta Sherman, and Patrick McDonald, the comments and accolades are genuine and feel as if they have been captured instead of created. The end of the film reveals no clear answer if anyone really knows him although so many people respect him and his work. He lets his pictures stand as the testament of years of documenting the cityscapes of style in New York, something thanks to Bill Cunningham, we all know well.


AN INTERVIEW WITH JUNGYOON KIM OF THE GW ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY GW ISSUE: How did you guys come up with the idea for GWES? GW Entertainment Society: Brandon Hittner and I came up with the idea to create an entertainment society in the fall of 2010 after our career counselor connected us. He had experience in media, and I came in with experience in Hollywood talent management. We both were coming out of phenomenal summer internships. When we arrived back for our second year, we both felt that the entertainment business was nonexistent here, and missed what we did over the summer. So we thought, Why not start an organization that utilizes and represents student talents on campus? ISSUE: What is the GWES trying to accomplish within the GW community? GWES: We want to put talents from GW in the limelight, significantly increasing their exposure and providing them with the necessary resources to achieve their goals as performers and producers. Also, we would ultimately be the resource for students who are interested in the entertainment business like ourselves! ISSUE: Your mission statement says that you are hoping to give GW students an outlet to the entertainment industry. What sort of outlets are you able to provide for them? GWES: There are two ways that we are facilitating career growth for our members: direct experience and networking. Our society is taking measures to give

students opportunities to put on shows, produce films, and much more in order to understand the fundamentals of creating a great entertainment product. The idea is that members will be able to prove their competencies to employers in the industry when they eventually enter the job market. In addition, we plan to build a networking source in order for students to engage themselves in the entertainment industry. For instance, we brought the independent film “Bellflower” from the Sundance Film Festival to GW, and featured an L.A. cast and crew for Q&A. It was invaluable to allow our members the opportunity to discover what it is like to create a professional film. Events like these are highly insightful, and we are looking forward to bringing more of them to GW in the future.

asset for the GW community. The consolidation of on-campus talents will lead to the production of higher quality and eclectic works. We want to be in a position where we can operate such a force and be the face of the student life in entertainment. ISSUE: Any chance we’ll see you at the Oscars anytime soon? GWES: Absolutely! We’ve spoken many times about producing works with the artistic integrity that would be considered for awards in professional competitions. The Oscars are a long shot for now obviously, but D.C. has many film festivals that are international in scope like Filmfest DC. This is just an example of some future targets that our organization is intending to realistically enter and win.

ISSUE: Is the org specifically catering to students in the School of Business?

ISSUE: What sorts of students are you looking to join the GWES, and how can they get involved?

GWES: That’s actually a very common misconception. No, we are open to all majors since we are representing students from all education backgrounds.

GWES: We look for two things: ambition and hard work ethic. We are looking to cultivate a distinguished environment that brings a truly creative and productive process, the likes of which exists in the industry itself. The more eclectic the group, the better and more relatable the entertainment experience becomes. Members can dabble in any of our five departments (Film, Music, Dance, Theatre, Sports), and take a role of their choosing. Look out for our general body meetings in the upcoming Fall 2011 semester. In the meantime, anyone from GW can join our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or contact us at

ISSUE: Where do you see the GWES going in the next few years? Any big plans for the future? GWES: Our hope is that GW becomes one of the nation’s premiere institutions for students interested in the entertainment industry. We want to establish a system for the production and representation of high-quality entertainment on a regular basis. This would prove to be a major




Summer 2011 is shaping up to be the season for sequels and superheroes. The blockbuster list features a surge of new stories from multiple franchises. But sequel or not, the majority of this summer’s films will be action-packed. From spellbinding wizard fights to take-it-to-thestreets dragracing, prepare yourself for three months of must-see thrill.

Fast Five

APRIL 29 Allegedly the final addition to The Fast and the Furious’s epic legacy, Fast Five makes our summer blockbuster list almost exclusively because it stars its original cast, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Otherwise, the title doesn’t exactly fit the style of the previous films, and we have to wonder what more they can do with the plot line of illegal car racing. But we’re still looking forward to Fast Five’s twists and turns, in the hope that the film will live up its trailer’s promise that “This model is fully loaded.”

Thor MAY 6 You might think this an unexpected choice for a summer blockbuster film, but just watch the trailer. Acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh worked to bring this comic book to life, featuring veteran superstars Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. Expect the film to follow closely from the series of the same name, with the titular warrior being exiled to Earth from his home planet of Asgard and learning what it means to be a true hero. Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

MAY 20 The return of the Pirate franchise has been welcomed by some and wholeheartedly rejected by others. In terms of continuity, On Stranger Tides will be centered on the search for the Fountain of Youth, as mentioned in the last movie. But the cast has changed substantially from the previous films as we bid adieu to Orlando and Keira and welcome Penélope Cruz to the crew. Additionally, this film’s rendering in 3D brings brings an added element to the discussion of how well it will mesh with the series as a whole. But perhaps most importantly, Captain Jack Sparrow will in fact be returning to the franchise. Who doesn’t love gazing up at Johnny Depp on the silver screen?

The Hangover Part II MAY 26 We’ve all had those drunken nights where every possible memory is either extremely blurry or simply nonexistent. The wolfpack had quite possibly the worst of these in Las Vegas for the first film. But clearly Vegas wasn’t enough, as the gang is meeting up again for Round Two this summer. Expect some wilder, more intense morning-after revelations as the boys find themselves in Bangkok, Thailand for the wedding of Stu, played by Ed Helms of The Office. 40

X-Men: First Class JUNE 3 We all hoped that X-Men III would not be the last of the mutant saga, and thankfully it wasn’t. But instead of sequels, it seems the producers are now churning out prequels - first X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and now X-Men: First Class. X-Men: First Class will focus on the relationship between Professor X and Magneto, introducing the origins of the two mutant groups that conflict in the bulk of the X-Men films: X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The trailer is chock-full of the usual epic scenes, so this rendition looks promising. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

JULY 1 Robots from outer space transforming into hot cars and ripping each other into scrap metal: not something you see everyday. Michael Bay returns to direct a drool-worthy cast, including returning actors Shia LeBeouf, Josh Duhamel, and Tyrese Gibson. And while the ever-controversial Megan Fox may not be missed, we cannot forget about the Autobots and Decepticons. This will be the final battle for the beloved Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron, fighting an army of evil Transformers in order to maintain peace in the universe.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part II JULY 15

Herald in the final installment of the great wizardry saga! Harry Potter fans around the world will unite, perhaps in tears (my friends and I have already planned our support system), as the series ends a decade after it first began. This film will showcase the final battle between the Chosen One and the Dark Lord, with the futures of the wizarding and Muggle worlds lying in the balance. HP 7: Part II is by far the most highlyanticipated film to be released this summer, ever since the credits rolled on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I in November.

Cowboys and Aliens

JULY 29 Prepare yourself for a wild ride with this western-science fiction fusion, starring Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, and Olivia Wilde. Cowboys and Aliens takes place in Arizona in the 1800s, with an alien invasion thrown in for kicks. The film itself is an adaption based off a graphic novel, a strikingly common theme this summer. But the creativity of the premise should make for interesting, and hopefully engaging, summer fare among a sea of sequels.

Other notable summer releases: The Green Lantern, Bridesmaids, Kung Fu Panda 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Final Destination 5, and Scream 4


after chatting with amanda galonek about her admirable campaign for executive vice president of the student association, we are sure this covergirl has big things coming

photographed by jenn neuner

Tell us a little about your life outside of GW. What is your family like?

campus when you arrived?

I think that is quite an exaggeration! I planned on getting I come from a small town in heavily involved on campus Massachusetts, and the support because that is just in my nature. system I have back at home is I have always been someone incredible. I pretty much have the who wants to continuously stereotypical small town life where give back to my community. I my parents have been dating strive to be someone students since high school, were the King feel comfortable approaching & Queen football/cheerleader to help solve their problems. couple, and everyone in town is my cousin. I think that close-knit community is what has helped Have you always been interested propel me in life, and gave me the in student government? motivation I needed to succeed.

What are some other things you’re involved in around campus and in DC?

Yes. I had been President of my High School Class for all four years, was the Vice President of the Student Government of Central Massachusetts my junior year, and was fortunate enough to get elected as the Student Government President of Massachusetts for my senior year. (Massachusetts Association of Student Councils State Executive Board President.) Ever since I got so wrapped up in student government in High School, and attended events like Student Government Day on the Hill, I knew that public service was a passion of mine.

On Campus I am currently a Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Senator, the President Pro Tempore of the SA Senate, and the Rules Committee Chair. I am also a sister in the Alpha Phi Sorority as Lady Chaplain, the goalie on the GW Women’s Club Soccer Team, and an active member of the GW Catholic Newman Center and the GW College Republicans. This past semester I did not focus on activities off campus, but in the past I have What’s your ultimate career interned for Senator Scott Brown dream? on Capitol Hill and volunteer at a non- profit organization called Little Friends for Peace. It’s hard to say… Possibly a You seem to have GW wrapped around your finger… Did you plan on being such a major face on

Tell us something about yourself that not a lot of people know about.

This past summer I followed the Red Sox for a few weeks and resorted to taking a 37 hour train ride when following them from Denver to San Francisco. It was amazing!

Why did you decide to run for EVP of the Student Association at GW?

I had been an active Senator in the SA for the past two years, and I felt it was my time to step up and administer the senate to pass legislation that would benefit the everyday student at GW. I was ready to set my own agenda, and no longer be restricted to a specific senate committee.

What was running in the election like? We can imagine it would be 24/7 stress.

It was very intense, and I definitely had to be prepared for rejection. Not everyone is going to feel the same way you do about on campus issues and support your initiatives. You just need to accept that and roll with the punches.

How did you form your campaign Politician, but maybe a College and raise support throughout the community? Dean.



Because of my current involvement with the SA I had a lot of support going into the campaign, and many students were eager to jump on my team. In being the only Greek candidate in the EVP race, the Greek community was incredibly supportive. With endorsements such as the Panhellenic Association and the tireless efforts from my sisters in Alpha Phi, forming a campaign team was not very hard.

What sort of publicity at GW did the election bring about?

The election opened many doors for me here at GW and has continued to bring me a lot of publicity even after I lost. This is surprising to me, and is something that I did not even think about when I decided to run for the position.

What are your thoughts on the fact that the election was so close this year?

In Pre-School a Native American Chief named me Princess Babbling Brook because I would not stop talking.

done everything you possibly can an Executive Director on the Club I feel very fortunate to have had and you must realize the outcome Sports Council, and I am looking such a strong support system, and is then out of your control. to be involved with the SA in some capacity in the coming year. I believe my campaign team and I When one door shuts another one tried the absolute best we could. What’s next for Amanda Galonek always opens, (as long as you do not sit back and you get after it!) at GW? Any more elections in your future? How do you feel about the Have you always been a social outcome of the election? butterfly? It’s funny you should ask. This I am proud of the outcome and week are College Republicans have no regrets with anything I Executive Board elections and did or did not do throughout the I am running for Director of campaign period. There comes a Membership on one of the slates. point in the race where you have I was also recently appointed as

Yes, I have. In Pre-School a Native American Chief named me Princess Babbling Brook because I would not stop talking.


STARBUCKS DRINK: I am not a coffee drinker...Caramel Apple Spice SONG TO DANCE TO RIGHT NOW: Red Sox beat the Yankees tonight, so it would have to be Dirty Water by The Standells COLOR: Purple PLACE IN DC: Being with the kids in the peace room at Little Friends for Peace located at the Perry School in NW RESTAURANT: Le Pain breakfast in the city! SEASON: Fall BAKED GOOD: Funfetti cake batter, cooked in a sugar cone, with Funfetti frosting 47


summer dates sure to woo any eligible bachelorette

drive-in theater: a time-tested classic beach: we like long walks... carnival: if he wins that teddy bear, he’s a keeper paintball: 10 things i hate about you style picnic: nothing more romantic than being one with nature


written by nicole rafajac I have been dating my boyfriend for almost three years now. We started dating the summer after junior year of high school and have been together ever since. Relationships are hard enough as is, so why do I choose to make it even harder? Let me explain. In maintaining a long distance relationship, several key components, such as communication, togetherness, individuality, and trust, are imperative to having a successful relationship and providing truth to the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” When you’re in a long distance relationship, you should communicate in some way, at least once, everyday. Today, there is an ever growing, and improving spectrum of technology that enables us to communicate by calling, texting, picture messaging, video messaging, emailing, social networking (such as Facebook) and more. I know that some nights when the longing to be with my boyfriend gets really bad, I even fall asleep with my computer on video chat and my boyfriend sleeping with me on the computer screen (but I get the benefits of having the whole bed to myself hehe). Although technology allows us to effectively create and maintain relationships, we have to remember that we cannot become absorbed in this cyber world. In a short distance relationship, the entirety of our day would not be spent in constant contact with the person we are in a relationship with. Being in a relationship with someone requires a lot time spent together, but more importantly is calls for time spent alone. Being apart gives you the chance to maintain your individuality- something that can get lost in the shuffle when couples spend all their free time together. College is all about finding yourself and I am able do exactly that by putting myself out there, going out with friends, trying new things, and meeting new people without being held back by my relationship. I am able to spend more time with friends without the guilt of not being with my boyfriend, and I’m never the friend who’s always with his/her girlfriend/boyfriend. Another great advantage of being in a long distance relationship is that there’s always something to look forward to. I may not have a lot of time spent together with my boyfriend throughout the school year, but the time I do have with him is extra special. We actually get to miss each other. What’s most comforting and unique to long distance relationships is that I, and other individuals


alike, have a partner who loves me and is willing to go long distance for long periods of time without seeing me because he knows that it’s worth his time, effort and pain; it’s love. Most importantly, if you are in a long distance relationship, you have to remember that you have control in your relationship, you are choosing to be in a long distance relationship, and even though you have to option to breakup with your significant other at any time, you’re choosing to stay with them because together you two are amazing, and your life is better with your partner in it.


written by sarah joyce After having a been-there-done-that experience last year with a boyfriend who lived 430 miles away I can honestly say it is not in the best interest of college-aged student to commit to a long distance relationship. The problems with long distance relationships can be boiled down to two fundamental issues, one physical, and one emotional. First, the lack of physical contact. The fact of the matter is cell-phones, webcams, Facebook and e-mails don’t equate to physical presence. More often than not when the skype session is over and the face of your significant other instantly disappears from the screen you’re left with a greater ache than you had before your video chat session. After fights there is no make- up hug (or make-up sex) only a drawn out phone conversation, and going for months at a time ‘contact’ free is an incredibly difficult task for our age group. The emotional issue of the long distance relationship is the sheer amount of work required to maintain the relationship. Given: all relationships require work, but the long distance relationship requires priority. Remaining a part of one anothers lives, in practical terms, means keeping in touch every day, long phone conversations and expensive (and time consuming) travel for visits. Essentially, the relationship has to come first, and this often means skipping other plans because they may conflict with you scheduled skype/phone date. I understand that for every relationship anecdote there are exceptions, ‘the couple that can make it ‘work’, but for every relationship I have seen flourish with distance, I can name ten that deteriorated. Ultimately, there aren’t any real ‘pros’ to a long distance relationship, one must decide if their boyfriend/girlfriend is worth all of the ‘cons’.



summer written by laura chin

Oh the summer - the beach, the sun, the late nights, the summer flings. Summer romance has been a popular theme in many love stories like Grease and Dirty Dancing. Many of us have developed this perception of summer romance as a cinematic fantasy filled with long walks on the beach, holding each other, sharing secrets and stealing kisses. It’s like you’ve entered your own personal Nicholas Sparks novel. Those couple of weeks that you spend all you time together, become a little more than perfect, and you couldn’t imagine anything


better. Then at the end comes the talk of the future and the possibility of an ‘us.’ But what is in a summer romance that makes it so magical and yet so complicated? Generally summer romances stem from being in a summer fling. A summer fling is the starting point of the fantasy; it’s something purely physical without commitment. But it’s never that simple. You find yourself in each others company more and as yo grow more comfortable your summer romance soon blossoms into what feels like the greatest love in your life. Maybe it’s the

heat, or maybe it’s the novelty of the idea, but there’s something in summer love that makes it so special. Summer romances are like a vacation within your vacation (it’s summerception). It doesn’t matter if you’re still in your hometown, or some place exotic, the period of summer romance is like exploration of yourself and the other person. Your relationship develops intimately and emotionally and soon you’re living the teenage dream. But how is it so magical? Summer romances bloom and develop in what is known as the


lovin honeymoon stage, the other person is so fascinating and can do nothing wrong, creating the perception of an ideal love. Many people have already experienced a summer romance, and everyone should be open to it. Last summer I was single and quite content with my choice of lifestyle. I wasn’t interested in boy and hooking up, until my friend pointed out someone in our circle of friends who was visiting for the summer. He was cute, funny and available. Why the hell not? I gave in, dropped my walls and some hints. We began as a

fling but as the time passed (and the word exclusive dropped) it became more real and serious, but in the best possible way. I’ve has other friends who have had the same experience; we don’t regret it in the least. However, we must remember not all romances are the same. As the summer sun sets, and our bags are packed, it’s time to decide to either say goodbye or I’ll call you soon. . This is when it becomes complicated, as this is the moment when you know if this is the real thing. There are a few signs where you can tell it could possible be a

real summer romance. You guys have spoken about the future (Do you plan to come back during winter break?), or a label might have been dropped. But in the end it is something that you have to talk about and a decision has to be made. Without a doubt everyone (well single person) should look forward to making summer romance happen this year. Just remember to be available, be open-minded, go outside and just be yourself!




My boyfriend lives with a few other guys in a frat house. In order to see each other I would have to come over in the early morning between our two jobs and classes. It was that, or we couldn’t see each other during the week. He started sleeping out on the couch because his roommate that shared a room with him started a graveyard shift and needed his sleep during the day. One morning, before the sun came up, I had just let myself in to his apartment, and saw that his alarm clock was by the couch so that he wouldn’t sleep through class. He hadn’t been expecting me so I carefully walked through the pitch black apartment trying not to trip over anything. I wanted to surprise him with a wake up kiss, so I knelt down and started to kiss him. It was turning quite passionate when all of the sudden he went completely rigid. I sat up to see what was wrong and it wasn’t my fiance at all. It was some random guy who had just happened to stay overnight. I thought I was going to die! All I could pathetically say was, “Sorry, I thought you were my boyfriend!.” His reply, after he stopped laughing and could finally breath? “It’s all good.”

-- 21, female

I finnaly got the chance to hook up with this girl I thought was amazing. However I was OVER excited. While I was going down on her I CAME! She said, "did you just....." She was cool about it, but I was mortified at my early blast off.


-- 20, male

After a night of a ton of straight Bicardi 151 I was having sex with my boyfriend. All of a sudden, I vomited. It went all over his face.

-- 21, female

I was at this party with this girl that I liked, and we were sitting outside by this fire pit talking. After awhile we started making out, but the fire popped and an ember landed on my exposed foot (I was wearing sandals) and I screamed and spilled my drink all over her. I appologized profusely, and we decided to move away from high temperatures.

-- 18, male

The story picks up at a frat house basement (which will be unnamed) in which the girl to guy ratio that November night was at a staggering 1:10- sausage fest anyone?? 6 Malibu shots down, I was feeling frisky, you know, the feeling you get when you just need to get some. Needless to say, I was going to get it in that night. Anyways, I started making some serious moves by this point, grinding on everything I saw, gay or straight- I don’t discriminate. 10 guys down and 5 more Natty Lights in, my legs started to get weak and tired from all the grinding, which only meant one thing: find your man to show your floor plan. I picked my dude, a random face in the sweaty crowd, and I grabbed in the crotchal region and said, “Listen, this is happening tonight.” He (who

to submit a anonymous sex story, email I will call Mr. Nibbles) happened to be in my Environmental Chemistry class, but that’s beside the point. We danced for a good 30 seconds and darted straight for my room. I already had my sexile texts on preset messages so this won’t be a story about roommate intrusion. So, things start to heat up with Mr. Nibbles pretty quickly but little did I know, he was a biter! Of course, I didn’t want to go teach Sunday school the next morning with battle wounds all over my neck, so I explicitly stated, “Stop biting me or I’ll bite your dick off.” Not even phased by the idea that his genitals may lay severed from his body, he continued to nibble away. At this point, I was pissed but he still possessed the nerve to ask for oral sex. I thought I’d teach the boy a lesson and as I am a woman of my word, I did exactly as I proposed and I chomped down. Mr. Nibbles definitely learned his lesson and I sent him out the door with some ice cubes and a bandage.

-- 19, female

One time, I was fooling around witha girl in my car by a park. After a some time, people living in the house nearby came and banged on the window and started yelling how they were going to call the cops. The girl’s dad was a cop and we happened to be in his neighborhood so if we didn’t leave quickly enough, her dad would have been the first responder!

-- 22, male


DO’S & DON’TS OF COLLEGE HOOK UPS written by mariel tygenhof



. leave with the person before telling . know names by first kiss and your friends (no matter how gorgeous numbers by the morning they are) . know age and whether or not . get in a sketchy car or taxi the person goes to your school . groom/manscape. No one take a souvenir . likes untamed goods clingy or talk about your futures . get . use protection together . inspect the goods . expect anything happy escapades! A NOTE ABOUT HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES


Ladies and Gentlemen: I stress an important message about a diminishing fad in the ‘ bases’ of sex acts. Handjobs. Frankly, they are outdates, lame, and a little awkward. What really separates them from today’ s modern handshake? Gentleman. Have you ever been getting frisky with a girl, when all of a sudden, she starts petting you, and you start to think ‘ I could do this better myself’ ? And if you haven’ t thought that you could outdo your broad’ s performance, I’ m sure you thought that she could at least do a little more, in terms of second base. Ladies, in middle school maybe handjobs were a great maneuver, especially when done in the back of a school bus. However, times have changed. Most of us don’ t ride the school bus anymore, and a lot of us aren’ t still complaining about the Pythagorean theorem either. There are a lot of things we have outgrown, and handjobs should be amongst those.

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