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Prefrosh Preview: Georgetown traditions

In a couple of weeks when you and the rest of the Prefrosh move onto campus, you’ll find that becoming a Hoya is much more than just receiving your Convocation robes and participating in the endless New Student Orientation activities. There are certain antics that make being a Hoya timeless. Whether it’s a large celebration or a subtle unwritten rule, here is a guide to the many Georgetown traditions that link Hoyas together throughout the generations.

Homecoming

This is the one day of the year that Georgetown students somewhat care about the football team. It is also the one day of the year that alumni come back to campus and get even drunker than the students do. There’s an annual tailgate followed by football and soccer games where alumni and students share their love of drunkenness and Hoya pride. Free food, performances by different student groups, and of course a large inflatable Jack the Bulldog on the lawn round out the festivities.

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Prefrosh Preview: Breaking the Georgetown Bubble

Georgetown students have certainly earned their reputation as the most prestigious and preppiest in the city. Unfortunately, we are also known for being the least city-savvy. (Vox has even overheard Georgetown seniors confess that after three years in DC, they still do not understand the metro or how else they can get around the wonderful District.

Although Georgetown students are certainly lucky enough to attend a school that is constantly buzzing with excitement, it is all too easy to get sucked into life on the Hilltop and forget that America’s coolest city lies right outside the Healy Gates.

Vox understands that as a freshman, you will certainly have your hands full. Attempting to balance the new college life of studying, socializing, and (occasionally) sleeping is no easy feat. That is why she has compiled a nifty list of ways to take advantage of this amazing cultural hub over your four years at Georgetown.

Navigate public transportation

As picturesque and peaceful as the Georgetown neighborhood is away from the hustle and bustle of downtown DC, the fact that it lacks its own metro stop is a big deterrent for traveling into the city. The good news? There are a myriad of ways to get around using public transportation. During the school year, Georgetown University Transportation Service (GUTS) has buses, which are free for students, that consistently run to both the Dupont Circle and Rosslyn metro stops. If you prefer wheels over rails, the Metrobus and Circulator have routes all throughout the city—and both have fares under $2. Also, be sure to download Uber, which is by far the fastest—and hassle-free—way of getting around the city, if you’re willing to spend some more money for the ride.

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Twuesday Tweetacular: Jim Gaffigan to toss first salad at Hilltoss?

Hayden Freedman (COL ’15), director of creative marketing for the Corp’s newest store, makes a bold request of Jim Gaffigan (MSB ’88), the world’s single greatest foodie and slob. Who knows, he may accept the offer. Just don’t let him know that you actually named the new store The Hilltoss.

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Prefrosh Preview: Buying your textbooks

As a college student, you’ll easily find yourself cash-strapped in pretty much every living moment. One way to try and preserve the dwindling balance in your checking account is to consider how you’re getting the textbooks you need for each class. Vox is here to explain some of your best, cheapest options.

Buying from the Georgetown University Bookstore

With long lines, unbelievable prices, and a dismal book buyback scheme, the Leavey Center bookstore is the place where the textbook industry exacts the highway robbery on you and your wallet in fluorescent, air-conditioned comfort.

Use the bookstore only to look up what textbooks you need for each class. The University provides this information under the Student Schedule section of MyAccess in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act. If the textbook lists aren’t available yet, see if there’s a syllabus posted on Blackboard or the University Registrar’s website. You could also email your professor politely asking for a list of books needed.

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Comments of the Week: The School of Nursing and House of Cards

Last week Vox covered the Ebola outbreak’s impact on Georgetown’s programs in West Africa and an event featuring the President of Liberia and informed the prefrosh about CAPS and the arts at Georgetown.

James Madison jumped in on Vox‘s article about D.C.’s 90 remaining days of illegal handguns.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”
– James Madison

Right, I’m sure that letting any regular dude who can sign some paperwork own this thing was exactly what he had in mind when he wrote that.

While John Oliver claimed that Aramark’s prison food contained some maggots, DINOJACK‘s friend found a different sort of furry friend in her Leo’s food.

My friend literally found a steamed caterpillar in her broccoli at Leo’s.

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Vox Pupuli: Bella giornata at Dean and DeLuca

As Vox sipped on espresso and sampled the finest of Italian imports under the awning at Dean and DeLuca, she spotted this cutie riding by in the basket of her human’s bicycle. Bella and her human appeared to be the typical dog-human duo, but, it turns out, Bella is apparently the inspiration of her own comic strip. Despite her celebrity status, Bella still takes time to enjoy the simple things in life: a shady spot on a hot summer day and a handful of Cheez-Its to nibble on as she passes the time.

Photo: Caitriona Pagni/Georgetown Voice

Twuesday Tweetacular: High schoolers complaining about Georgetown

darian reneé is one of those poor, sad fools who wait in line at Georgetown Cupcake when Baked and Wired is right down the road…

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Vox Gets Into Treble: Literally melting right now

Summers here in D.C., for those Georgetown students brave enough to tackle them, are brutal. Stepping outside can feel like stepping into a sauna with the humidity, and that’s a constant reminder that this city used to be a swamp. Fortunately, however, this past week brought a mini “polar vortex” that helped cool things down a little bit.

To honor the (slightly) cooler weather, here are some songs to chill to. Note that shoegaze is prominent but trap is also represented.

1) Airiel – In Your Room

2) Chapterhouse – Pearl

3) Mazzy Star – Cry, Cry

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Twuesday Tweetacular: Ignorant about geography

Voice news editor Julia Jester might just need to go on medical leave this fall if this rumor is true.

You don’t need to go abroad to find people who don’t know their U.S. geography, Christy Slobogin. Just ask this poor D.C. resident who was held up in an airport by a worker who doesn’t know that the District of Columbia is part of America.

Silly, Chop. Obviously that wasn’t one of the executive lounge elevators if there was no good gossip.

Comments of the Week: The Corp and the rise of the proletariat

Last week, Vox reported on the Corp’s new prices, the University’s decision not to consider changing Georgetown’s rules about marijuana until the federal government does so, and one D.C. resident’s trouble buying alcohol in New Hampshire.

Jose79845 starts us off by pointing out the obvious.

It’s probably true, students will smoke copious amounts of pot on campus just as they did before the new law.

And Adam Smith lays a free market-style smackdown on the Corp for raising prices in one go to account for wage increases through 2016.

Let me get this straight… DC’s minimum wage went from $8.25 to $9.50 per hour on July 1 yet the hourly rate for Corp employees is going from $8.25 to $11.50?!? Why not wait until the DC minimum wage rate goes up to $11.50 in two years time before incresing Corp costs that need to be passed along to strudents? Could it be that those who are deciding on the wage increase are also benefitting from such increases? Taking advantage of customers under the guise of government mandate will serve the Corp management well in Wall St careers.