Post Date Apr 22

Comments of the Week: Hoyas napping under the sun

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Last week on Vox, the University decided to do more super-important master planning when nobody was around, Miley Cyrus shared some of her wisdom on movies, the student credit union began offering private student loans, and a drag ball happened.

Vox bid farewell to former Blog Editor Izzy Echarte, whose body had by now became part of Vox from her semester-long reign, and embraced with open arms a new ginger master editor. Kim Jong Il had this to say from his grave:

I AM STILL LIVE

Vox caught the senators of the campus’ most beloved organization, GUSA, cat-napping in the sun when they were supposed to try and have a productive session under the beautiful weather. GUSA denialist loved our coverage:

Lovin’ the sass level.

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Post Date Apr 22

Twuesday Tweetacular: A tribute to curdled milk and cooked sausage

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Said travelers were also heard complaining about receiving only three slices of questionable cheese squares in their Lunchables box instead of the usual four.

It is highly unlikely that any sport—including basketball—is more intriguing or exciting than the exotic Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling competition.

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Post Date Apr 18

Vox‘s Record Store Day picks and preview

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Tomorrow, April 19, is Record Store Day, a day when filthy hipsters like Vox take advantage of sweet deals and exclusive offers to snatch up albums they already own digital copies of or will be able to find for free on the internet later. Whether you listen to entry-level, hipster bullshit or post-post-post-emo-grungecore, Record Store Day has something all music fans alternative music fans can appreciate. Here’s a preview of the special offers local record stores have, as well as some deals that Vox might consider getting.

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DCist has compiled a great list of what each local record store is doing. It kinda makes Vox realize that the whole city has like 10 record stores and most of them are within walking distance of each other. Be sure to read up on the Voice‘s record store review from last fall to get an idea of what shops you might want to check out.

Punk specialist Smash Records will open “early” on Record Store Day at 10:00 a.m. (apparently that’s early if you run a record store) and will have a set of special record store exclusives. They said they would post a list of those exclusives on Friday night, but as of Vox‘s writing this article they have yet to do so on their Facebook page or website.

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Post Date Apr 18

Just the Tip: GAAP group stampedes and undocumented residents

“Dear Caitríona,”

“I have had it up to here with GAAP tour groups. They are so rude and never seem to feel the need to move aside for other people who want to use the sidewalk. I am close to snapping and going on a vicious rampage. Do you have any tips for coping?”

“Sincerely,”

“Ready for a rampage”

Dear Ready for a Rampage,

I feel the same way. Whenever I am walking on the sidewalks by Copley Lawn and I see a tour group coming, I feel like Simba did when the herd of wildebeest started stampeding. My first instinct was to run and hide, but then I realized that I’m the one who actually goes to this school. I pay tuition to use those goddamn sidewalks and no high school senior, no matter how gifted they are, is going to take that right away from me. So now I stand my ground and even though the prospect of standing up to that herd of GAAP fills me with terror, I stay on the side walk and let them move for me. Sorry I’m not sorry. I say you do the same.

Don’t stop me now,
Caitríona

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Post Date Apr 18

Remix Your Weekend: Awesome Con and the Silver Spring Easter egg hunt

On Campus:

Because of the holiday, there aren’t any events going on at Georgetown. For those of us who are still in the city, D.C. has lots to offer.

Breaking the bubble:

Friday Night Contra Dance: A lesson will precede the dance, so no excuses for those of you with two left feet. Head over to Glen Echo for some fun and southern dancing on Friday night. Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo, MD. It’s $10 at the door.

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Post Date Apr 17

Concert Preview: Antigone Rising brings the country rock girl power to Jammin Java

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If you’re one of the brave souls watching Georgetown empty out for Easter Break while you stay behind, let Antigone Rising cheer you up. Don’t let the name fool you. This band is not going to make you feel like you’ve just sat through a Greek tragedy or like your dad is also your brother. They will be playing at Jammin Java at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday, and tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door.

With a strong focus on fans and touring, Antigone rising features toe-tapping beats and powerful vocals you won’t want to miss. Although their roots are in classics like The Stones, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, and the Beatles, their sound has evolved into a smoother, more polished brand of rock with definite country undertones. Songs like “That Was the Whiskey” exemplify the band’s talent for catchy song-writing and their new direction, giving a country twang to their former girl band feel.

Band members Kristen Ellis-Henderson, Cathy Henderson, Dena Tauriello, and Nini Camps bring emotional weight to what might otherwise be fluff. Even sweet songs like “Everywhere is Home” hold reminders of harder times, and the optimistic advice that it’s best to let bad memories go. In fact, serious songs are what they do best. “Borrowed Time” manages to make a pretty lullaby into a poignant appeal to live life to the fullest.

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Post Date Apr 16

Vox Gets Into Treble: Synth n’ bass

Vox‘s hand-curated music playlist returns, laden with dynamic synthesizers and driving bass. If one doesn’t get you, the other will. Cheers!

1. Happy – C2C

2. Screen – twenty | one | pilots

3. Shooting Stars – Bag Raiders

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Post Date Apr 15

Twuesday Tweetacular: Public herb dispensers and unspeakable precipitation

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The only way Colorodans will be even more excited about this is if they installed a cupcake ATM right next to it.

Kitty, Vox will only let this slide so long as she can continue to “accidentally forget” about Meatless Mondays while eating a Chicken Madness.

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Post Date Apr 14

Comments of the Week: We need human commenters

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Last week, Vox wrote in depth about landlord rating site Roomr, talked about the opening a bike store-coffee shop hybrid, covered a philanthropic shirt company opened by Georgetown alumni, and brought back Vox Pupuli for the beautiful, warm, sweaty, and sticky D.C. spring.

After news got out that Georgetown is co-hosting an event with Vatican’s global “Courtyard of the Gentiles” initiative, Azazel found a silver lining in some of the more intense pro-Catholic events:

If the vatican holds more events here, people will start to forget that Georgetown isn’t catholic enough.

Vox didn’t get all too many comments last week, so some budding consultants, like posicionamiento web en google, decided to give our newly-minted sister blog Halftime some editorial advice going forward:

If your domain name isn’t catchy, go buy one that is and see if it makes a difference to your site traffic. Author is an associate editor for website designing service. With solid captions for most images on your site, you will see your rank rise on search results pages.

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Post Date Apr 11

Vox on the Rocks: Mr. Smith’s and drunken singing

Vox-on-the-Rox-1Vox on the Rocks is series in which Vox sends a writer or two to go review a bar. To get the full effect, she has them send her text messages documenting the evening. The text message transcript is below and includes all the glory of drunk text messaging.

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This week, the writers decided to review Mr. Smith’s. Although it is not a new bar, it looked far more exciting than any other Georgetown bar on a Thursday night (and they simply refused to go to Rhino). Each reviewer will be referred to by pseudonyms.

11:54 p.m.

Lola: Lots of young professionals. Whiskey sour is good.

Natasha: Casual vibe, beetles playing. Dark nice lighting

Tanya: Piano bar, horrible singing but there’s a saxophone so I’m good

12:07 a.m.

Natasha: Boys are hitting on us!!!!!!

Oh god!!

Is his name Ahmed?

Stacy’s mom is playing!

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Post Date Apr 11

Remix Your Weekend: Improvise your way to the monuments

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On-campus:

Improv show: Join the Georgetown Improv Association for a night of quick wit and outrageously funny comedy at Bulldog Alley. Saturday’s show at 9 p.m. will be their last show for the academic year, so don’t miss out if you haven’t been to one of their performances! Seats fill up fast. Tickets cost $6 for general admission and $4 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. Get them at the door.

Breaking the bubble:

National Cherry Blossom Parade: One of D.C.’s biggest spring events is the Cherry Blossom Festival parade, which marks the climax and the end of the annual festival. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, giant floats, helium balloons, and celebrity artists march down Constitutional Avenue. Standing room along the parade route from 9th to 15th streets is free, but get there early if you want a good spot. After the parade, check out the annual Japanese street festival hosted by the Japanese-American Society of Washington, D.C. on 12th street and Pennsylvania Ave. The nearest metro stop to these two events is Federal Triangle.

Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiment: This Saturday at 3 p.m. at the National Mall between 6th and 7th streets SW, join Improv Everywhere’s latest MP3 Experiment, in which you cause a bit of a ruckus in public on a sunny D.C. afternoon. Follow the instructions listed here to participate in the event, and read more about past MP3 experiments here.