For this edition of Prefrosh Preview, we’ll be tackling various vices you might be interested in engaging in during college: drinking, drugs, sex and smoking. As a disclaimer, Vox isn’t advocating underage drinking or the use of illegal drugs, and most of this information comes from outside sources, not firsthand experience.
Despite what some tour guides reassured your parents, drinking is a sizeable part of social life at Georgetown for many people. If you look for a party on the weekend, you will always find one.
During New Student Orientation, many freshmen will wander the neighborhood in packs listening for noise that might signal a party. We advise freshmen who find parties to avoid inviting their entire floor or drinking everything as soon as they can.
If you’re over 21 (or have an ID that says you are) and prefer bars, here are some of the more popular nearby options:
Chadwicks (3205 K Street): Good happy hours and champagne brunches.
Epicurean (On campus, under Darnall): Offers karaoke, and is usually occupied with doctors from the hospital.
Old Glory (3139 M Street): Strong drinks, good barbecue; the covered back porch with a bar makes it convenient for smokers.
Rugby (1065 Wisconsin Ave): As part of a Ralph Lauren store, very, very preppy.
Third Edition (1218 Wisconsin Ave): Relatively cheap, lots of dancing; famous for having its exterior used in St. Elmo’s Fire.
Tombs (1226 36th Street): The closest bar to campus and filled with students, but also the strictest with IDs.
How strict a given bar is with accepting fake IDs varies from bouncer to bouncer. Last spring, a number of fake IDs were taken from Third Edition, so be aware that it could happen to you. Generally, Vox would discourage you from trying your fake at Third Edition or Tombs.
If you remember this past weekend, Georgetown University Commencement books had the word “University” misspelled as “Univeristy.” If you can believe it, the madcap antics would not stop there. Washington City Paper noted this Monday that in the University’s letter apologizing for the error, the word “facsimile” is misspelled with an “ie” at the end.
One commenter pointed out that six linguists in the Georgetown University Linguistics Department developed the first spell-check system for IBM during the 1970s. Alas, one of these linguists still works in the department. This leads us to wonder if the department has shared their system with any other administrators.
According to City Desk, on Monday, Georgetown spokeswoman Rachel Pugh said fewer than 100 people have called to request a corrected program.
Georgetown University Professors are paid more than any in the area, according to survey data from the American Association of University Professors as reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education last month.
Georgetown ranks first paying its full professors $158,900, AU ranks second, and GW ranks third.
The list below ranks schools by full professor salary. The second figure is for assistant professors.
1. Georgetown University: $158,900, $88,900
2. American University: $152,000, 70,600.
3. George Washington University: $146,400, $82,100
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Ever since Sweetgreen announced in March that they would be hosting the Sweetlife Festival, I was curious about how the salad restaurant chain would pull it off. And despite the rainy weather and unusual security practices that marred the day a tad, a solid bill of bands kept the festival a success.
The band, which closed the festival, opened their set with the familiar track “Is This It” from their 2001 debut, and played a set filled with old hits. Their set was thankfully light on tracks from their latest album, Angles, which critics met with an average reception. Soaked in light and filled with, ahem, angles, The Strokes’ stage setup was definitely the best of the day. It lit up in primary colors, and a videos screen played Pong, Tetris, and Space Invaters—it looked straight out of The Empire Strikes Back.
And despite that they’ve been around for over a decade and recently took a hiatus, the band has retained their signature swagger. Lead singer Julian Casablancas strutted around stage and said sweet nothings to the audience, who loved every bit of it. He once asked his bandmates, “What’s the first note of this song?”
They closed the set—and the show—with “Last Nite,” and “Take It Or Leave It.” Notably missing were favorites like “12:51” and “You Only Live Once,” but with the time they were given, they maintained a good balance of the old and the new, and the audience left excited and satisfied, if a little bit deaf.
Titus Andronicus w/Double Dagger, Dinowalrus Wednesday, April 27, Black Cat ($15), doors at 8 p.m.
Titus Andronicus’ debut album The Monitor is a concept album based on the Civil War. Before their performance at Bulldog Alley last spring, I saw them sleeping in Sellinger Lounge. Double Dagger like to make noises with guitars. Dinowalrus sounds like a robot orchestra.
… And You Will Know Us by the Trail Of Dead, Surfer Blood, True Widow
Tuesday, May 10, Rock N Roll Hotel ($18), doors at 7 p.m.
Trail of Dead have been a stand by alternative rock band for over a decade. Their music is pretty straight forward. Surfer Blood are a poppy rock group whose debut album, Astro Coast, made a lot of buzz earlier this year.
Otto Porter, a 6′ 8″ forward from Sikestown, Missouri has verbally committed to Georgetown.
Porter was being pursued by both Missouri and Kansas, where, until now, he was scheduled to visit this weekend. Porter can officially sign his letter-of-intent this Thursday.
This winter, Porter led his high school, Scott County Central, to win the Missouri state championship. He has slowly climbed the recruitment rankings. ESPN.com has even called him “the best player no one knows about,” largely due to his absence from AAU league play.
Porter is the fifth recruit in the 2011 class to commit to Georgetown.