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Stop everything: Cat café coming to D.C.

Listen up, cat lovers, because your wildest dreams are about to come true. D.C. will soon have its very own cat café. While still in its early planning stages, Crumbs and Whiskers is on schedule to open during the summer of 2015.

It looks like D.C. has decided to follow the lead of Oakland, California where Cat Town, the first permanent cat café in the United States, opened this past October. Cat Town has already experienced success with 32 cats being adopted since the grand opening, and reservations are now necessary to access the café on weekends. Other large cities such as New York and Seattle have plans of their own to open cat cafés as well.

Kanchan Singh, founder and owner of Crumbs and Whiskers, will be launching a Kickstarter to fund the café in January 2015 and hopes to have the business fully running by the summer of 2015 or the fall of 2015 at the latest. The café’s full website is expected to be up and running by mid-December.

Crumbs and Whiskers will feature all the amenities necessary for a cozy café environment with the added bonus of cat furniture and designated cat play areas depending on how well the Kickstarter goes. The cats will be provided by the Washington Humane Society, and all of them will be up for adoption.

Photo: Feline DaCat via Flickr

This Week in the Voice: Encore, encore!

theaterIn this week’s feature, Steven Criss, Lara Fishbane, Dayana Morales Gomez, and Chris Castano covered Georgetown’s four very different theater troupes and what they bring to Georgetown’s small but strong theater scene.

The founding members of Nomadic Theatre were previously members of the country’s oldest collegiate theater troupe, Mask and Bauble, but decided that they were not fully satisfied with the traditional kind of productions M&B had become known for. For them, there was only one option if they truly wanted to pursue the darker, edgier pieces they were passionate about. And so, they started Nomadic Theatre in an effort to make this daring artistic vision a reality. More than 30 years later, the troupe is still challenging the norms of theater.

News reports on the doubling of campus crime in October and November, compared to those same two months from last year.

In Leisure, Sam Kleinman raves on about The Hilltoss’ mad skills and good salads.

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Uber wants to change D.C. legislation aimed to increase wheelchair accessible cabs

Most students know the struggle of trying to rush back to campus when the closest Uber is at least 15 minutes away, while failing to hail a cab in the D.C. streets. Well, imagine how hard that would be if you could ride only in fewer than 1 percent of all cabs in the District?

The For Hire Vehicle Accessibility Amendment Act is attempting to increase the number of wheelchair accessible for-hire vehicles by providing $10,000 in tax credits for D.C. cab companies, including Uber, to buy accessible vehicles.

It sounds like a pretty solid plan, but Uber is actually lobbying to change this proposed legislation because they believe it will “place excessive regulatory burdens on private vehicle-for-hire companies,” according to the company’s spokesperson.

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Vox reviews Hilltoss: They tossed, we came, everybody saw

Aren’t we just a bunch of tossers? The Vox staff went on a group outing to The Hilltoss, the Corp’s new salad-tossing Mecca. Overall, it’s a pleasant surprise and makes a great addition to the existing on-campus dining options.

Hilltoss’ interior is well-decorated with simple wood counters and metallic chairs and stools. And, unlike the nearby Bulldog Tavern, Hilltoss fits in with the rest of the Healey Family Student Center, giving a comfortable sense of enclosure.

The food quality is absurdly good, considering this is the Corp. If Corp coffee is a McDonald’s Big Mac then (most) Hilltoss salads are the porterhouse steak. The lettuce and kale were fresh and crisp and are a great change from the vomit-inducing salad that’s served on the Leo’s lower level.

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Unlikely that Congress will block D.C. marijuana legalization

On November 4, Initiative 71 passed with massive support. Nearly 70 percent of voters were in favor of marijuana legalization in the District. Initiative 71 legalizes possession of up to two ounces in D.C. for adults age 21 and older. It also permits limited at-home cultivation for city residents of up to three mature plants.

D.C. does not have states’ rights, so local laws are reviewed by Congress. While Congress rarely, if ever, blocks D.C. laws, they have the power to, and legalization supporters worried that this new law would prompt Congress into action.

It appears, however, that most Republicans are uninterested in interfering. Amidst the crises in Iraq and Syria and possible presidential bids, many GOP congressmen are focused elsewhere.

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Vox Gets into Treble: Thankful for the beat

With Thanksgiving break coming up next week, Vox and most Georgetown students are grateful to have a pause, often spent with family and friends, before finals come into full swing.

When Vox was in grade school teachers doled out that yearly assignment requiring her to list all the things she was thankful for around the holidays. While Vox‘s list this year is fairly long and diverse a major component is the beat, used mainly for dancing and grooving purposes. Check out the weekly playlist for some new—and older—beats.

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Meet the produce-loving masterminds behind Misfit Juicery

Yesterday, Vox interviewed Philip Wong (SFS ’15) and Ann Yang (SFS ’15) to learn more about Misfit Juicery: the new Georgetown startup that has been “fighting produce prejudice since 2014.” Although it just launched this past month, Misfit Juicery has already made a big name for itself on the Hilltop. Wong and Yang, the creative minds behind the fruitful endeavor, are committed to promoting awareness about produce waste through their socially conscious, cold-pressed juice products.

Vox: What was the inspiration behind the whole concept of Misfit Juicery?

Yang: We were in an entrepreneurship class last semester—and the idea started out as something very different—but we were both really interested in food insecurity. The idea sort of morphed into wanting to talk about agricultural waste, and the best add-value product that we could think of from cosmetically-damaged produce that wasn’t either too small or too big was cold-pressed juice. Then we both spent a summer in Rwanda, and when we came back, we sort of decided we were going to fully go for it. And that’s where we are today.

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Bowen Arrow: Career game from fifth-year senior shoots Hoyas past Islanders

Respect your elders.

After the strong play of the team’s freshmen in their season-opening win, it was the seniors this time who propelled the Blue and Gray to victory. The Hoyas (2-0, 0-0 Big East) defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-1, 0-0 Southland), 78-62, Tuesday night at Verizon Center. Career games from senior forward Aaron Bowen, who tallied career-highs with 13 points and five steals, and senior center Joshua Smith, who had his first double-double as a Hoya with 20 points and 12 rebounds, proved to be the difference makers in a much closer game than the score indicated.

With the scored tied at 34 at halftime, the Hoyas opened the second half with a 21-11 run in the first eight minutes of the frame to put the game out of reach. Bowen’s efforts, on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, stole the momentum from the Islanders and brought an intensity to the Hoyas that they lacked in the first half. His energy lifted the Hoyas in the second half, since the Blue and Gray offense shot 55 percent from the field in the frame, while forcing 11 Islanders’ turnovers on defense.

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Lone protester interrupts first-ever Muslim prayer service at National Cathedral

Remember when religious protesters told Vox that she was going to hell? It’s not only Georgetown’s front gates that are filled with loud mouths denouncing others’ religious views, but the National Cathedral as well. Well, at least one loud-mouthed lady did that.

The first Muslim prayer service ever to take place at the National Cathedral was interrupted by one rude protester.

Muslims knelt on their prayer rugs as they were trying to peacefully prepare for the service to begin, only to be disturbed by an outburst.

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Fugazi releases first-ever demo

Fugazi, the foundational D.C. post-hardcore band, released their first demo today. It’s about as raw as raw gets and gives a great glimpse into the creative spark that pulled the band together for their 16-year career.

The entire demo is available on SoundCloud now for free streaming and can be purchased on CD or vinyl if you’re a shameless, filthy hipster.

Fugazi always kept their ticket and music prices low as a matter of principle, keeping their shows open for all-ages. Although they’ve been on hiatus since 2003, Fugazi defined the D.C. punk scene for years, and it’s great to see their early recordings get put out.