Aside from unreliable service and nonexistent weekend travel options, Metro is now loathed for its shiny, new, sexist ad that it’s running on buses. Part of the Metro Forward campaign, which started in 2011 to inform commuters about Metro’s improvement plan, the ad features two women casually smiling away and chatting it up. Unfortunately for Metro, it’s clear to many that the ad draws a little too heavily on gender stereotypes.
“A Metrobus travels about 8,260 miles between breakdowns. Didn’t know that, did you?” one woman asks the other. “Can’t we just talk about shoes?” her friend responds. Yikes.
But Vox can understand where Metro got confused, because obviously women only discuss silly things like shoes and shopping in between wiping down kitchen counters or getting their bosses coffee.
Vox isn’t entirely up in internet arms about Metro’s dumb mistake, but some of you loyal readers might be. In the spirit of DCist‘s inclusion of captioned tweets making fun of the ad, Vox is holding a photo caption contest of the ad. Leave your captioned, photo-shopped, or blingeed version of the photo in a link in the comments section of this post and Vox will announce winners. That’s assuming that more than like five people bother to participate, but whatever.
Earlier this week we ran a pretty lame but kind of funny contest asking you all what you would rename the Career Center. After receiving some minimal responses (come on guys, let’s see some creativity), we’ve decided to scrap the vote and, by default, give the award to Carly for “The ‘Here’s my CV, So Cawley Maybe.’” I mean, really, the other submissions didn’t stand a chance.
Here’s the deal: just recently, the Career Education Center was renamed in honor of GU alumnus Charles M. Cawley. If you had the chance, what would you rename the career center?
For example, “The Cawley Why-Am-I-An-English-Major Career Center,” or anything else that makes you think of your experiences at that lovely chamber of unfulfilled dreams and face-palm reality. Prize yet to be determined.
We’ll be checking email@example.com for submissions. Then we’ll hold a vote in a week for the best career center names, as per Vox tradition. Keep ‘em coming!
It’s Halloween! Well, actually that’s not entirely true—Halloween isn’t until Monday. But since “Halloweekend” starts tonight (for some of us maybe even last night), there are some ambitious revelers who will be dressing in up to five different costumes to celebrate this wonderful holiday. And you know what that means? Up to five chances to win Vox‘s 2011 Halloween costume contest!
Last year, the top honor went to Jed Feiman(COL ’12) for his portrayal of 2010′s favorite politician Jimmy McMillan. If you want to be the recipient of this year’s prize (which we promise will be better than the old, probably unsafe bag of candy corn that we gave out last year), email a picture of you in your costume to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll open up the vote to our readership sometime next week.
Last week, we asked our readers to blingee the crap out of a picture that surfaced on the Internet of teen idol Justin Bieber walking with his main squeeze Selena Gomez and wearing a Hoyas hat. First off, big thanks to everybody who submitted their artwork, and for those of you who didn’t, we assume it’s because you were too intimidated by the other blingeemasterpieces that we’ve posted on Vox in the past.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the winners! That’s right, winners, because we received two that were just so blingee-tastic and Bieber-sational that we couldn’t pick just one. The first comes from reader Sara Eshleman (COL ’13), who apparently wanted our team’s name to be in the forefront of her artwork:
Earlier today, the Internet gave a gift to the Georgetown community. Teenage sensation Justin Bieber was photographer trouncing around Brazil with girlfriend Selena Gomez, and guess what team’s hat he used to cover his famed blonde locks? Can it be that the Hoyas have received the endorsement of The Biebs?
And just like that, Georgetown’s application rate for girls ages 10-15 skyrocketed.
Of course, the first thing we thought when we saw this picture (big thanks to Georgetown Athletics, by the way), was to open it up to the public for a Photoshop and/or Blingee contest. By no means are you confined to this particular picture, as there are plenty of others to choose from of Bieber showing his Hoya love. Be as creative, ridiculous, and Blingee’d out as you see fit—and if you can make one that somehow doubles for an advertisement/banner for something Georgetown related, all the better. Link your pictures in the comments, or email them to email@example.com, and we’ll pick our favorites and post them.
To celebrate the impending start to Georgetown basketball, we’re throwing another haiku contest!
You know the drill: Submit your best Georgetown basketball-related haiku in the comments, then we’ll pick two favorites on Friday before the men’s team tips off against Old Dominion. (Don’t forget to include your email address in the comment.)
The winners will get pairs of tickets to see Enter the Void, courtesy of West End Cinema. Enter the Void is a “psychedelic melodrama,” which probably means the film will have a whole bunch of drugs, bright colors, and dream sequences.
Get started writing those syllabic-specific poems, gang.