Michelle Pliskin echoes the sentiments of countless bleary-eyed students crawling to class on the Monday after Homecoming weekend. The seldom-truthful phrase, “never again” echoes the halls of Healy.
Vox respectfully disagrees with Megan Schmidt. Witnessing 1,000 freshmen slipping on pizza slices and spilling “non-alcoholic” beverages on their classmates at the Homecoming tailgate is the primary reason why college students and CSP employees lose their faith in humanity.
This week, Homecoming and Traditions Day are featuring a series of probably fun events that will also have free food. Here’s the breakdown of the events, and which ones can provide you with your free food fix.
Friday, September 28th – Traditions Day (hosted by The Office of Advancement and the Senior Class Committee)
9 a.m. Bagels and Coffee from The Corp (Red Square): Start your morning off the way it usually does with bagels and coffee from The Corp – except for free.
12 p.m. GUGS burgers (Copley Lawn): You know it’s Friday when the smell of GUGS burgers is in the air, you know it’s homecoming weekend when you eat them for free.
– Local food traditions (Red Square): Enjoy the best of Georgetown and M Street restaurants without the usual heavy price tag. We recommend taking a food break to dunk fellow Hoyas in the dunk tank. [Voice Sports Editor Kevin Joseph will be in the dunk tank for those of you who disagree with any of his latest Sports Sermons.]
1 p.m. Wingo’s Eating Contest (Copley Lawn): This wing joint is so well loved by Hoyas that it has become a tradition in itself. Prove that you’re a true Wingo’s fanatic by winning this eating contest.
Other Traditions Day events (sans free food, but still very awesome) include Powderpuff games, Georgetown trivia, and performances by your favorite a cappella groups and other student groups.
We learned two things about Vox readers this weekend: They have a knack for Japanese poetry, and they really, really like free stuff. Although it was hard to choose, here are our five favorite Homecoming-themed haikus.
Homecoming, not I
The library calls my name
Think twice re: law school
The poets snagged themselves tickets to see an advance screening of Freakonomics, a film co-directed by Georgetown alum Heidi Ewing (SFS ’00), tonight at the E Street Cinema at 7 p.m. See the rest of the winners after the jump.
If you’ve been lamenting the lack of singing, dancing, Speedo-wearing, joke-telling Georgetown males in your weekend plans, you’re in luck. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. in Gaston Hall, 19 of the bravest men on campus will take the stage in the annual Mr. Georgetown Pageant to strut their stuff and compete for the honor of beingchosen as Mr. Georgetown 2010.
But, the competition is fierce. This year’s pageant has nearly doubled in size, and its contestants hail from as far apart as the verdant lawns of Ultimate Frisbee to the warm breezes of the South Asian Society. And to make things more complicated, the contestants boast varying levels of experience.
While Mr. EcoAction, Matt Buccelli (COL ’11), was unknowingly entered as a joke by friends, Mr. Groove Theory, Sedric Nesbitt (COL ’11), brings to the stage his years as a child model and his experience on the GPB catwalk. Both are putting in their bid to defeat Club Filipino’s Juan Ricafort (SFS ’11), the pageant’s two-time reigning champion.
Vox has a bundle of tickets for an advance screening of Freakonomics, a documentary adaptation of the best-selling book, that we want to give to our readers. So, we stole one of New York Magazine‘s recurring gimmicks: the haiku contest.
The screening is next Monday, September 27, at 7 p.m. at the E Street Cinema.
To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you’re doing this weekend during Homecoming—in five-seven-five syllabic form, of course.
Submissions are due on Sunday at noon; we’ll post our favorites on Monday morning. (And don’t forget to leave an email address where we can reach you if you win.)
To get things started for all you bards and troubadours, here’s an example:
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On September 23, you’ll start seeing banners up. On September 24, there’ll be balloons all over and a whole lot of Hoya spirit. By Saturday, September 25, 5,000 Hoyas will have descended upon the Hilltop for GU’s biggest event of the year. It’s time for Homecoming again!
This year’s festivities will include more chances to enjoy Georgetown’s traditions, to meet and to network with alumni, to get involved in the community, and to have a great time with all your fellow Hoyas.
Highlights of the weekend include:
MUSIC: Chimes Night at the Tombs, performances by the Pep Band, a capella groups, student bands, and Friday Music
FOOD: Taste of Georgetown with food from around the globe, Corp Coffee and Bagels, Mimosas and Resumes, Networking Brunches, and Spanish Cooking Lessons
SPORTS: Varsity Volleyball, Football, and Soccer games, Hilltop Challenge 5K, Kayaking to Roosevelt Island, and College Democrats vs. College Republicans Flag Football
LECTURES: Classes without Quizzes featuring your favorite professors, Millenials and the Digital Age, Cybersecurity, Russian Modernization, and the Philodemic Society’s Hamilton Alumni Debate on Immigration
TRADITIONS: Seeing all your favorite Hoyas, taking pictures with Jack(s) (dog, mascot, AND inflatable!), Trivia, Copley Lawn Movie Night and the Mr. Georgetown Pageant
The Annual All-School Tailgate in McDonough Parking Lot, featuring unlimited food and drink, the return of The Reflex and their 80s tributes, and SweetFlow!
You can find the full schedule, buy your Tailgate ticket, and RSVP for events at http://homecoming.georgetown.edu. Save $10 by getting them in advance, and be sure to join your fellow Hoyas for the biggest and best weekend of the year!
As you probably know from the giant “Welcome Home Alumni” banner hanging outside Healy, this weeking is Homecoming. Yes, there will be a football game and yes, there will be copious amount of alcohol, but did you know there will also be over 60 other events this weekend?
That makes for a pretty packed schedule, but don’t feel overwhelmed: Vox has gone through and picked out the most promising events of the bunch.
Library Book Sale (Healy Lawn, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.): Reinvigorate your bookshelf on the cheap.
Traditions Day (Copley Lawn, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.): The Corp and Hoya Blue bring you a celebration of all things Georgetown. The event promises to include GUGS burgers, inflatables, SweetFlow, Georgetown Cupcake, performances by student groups, Tombs Trivia and a pep rally.
Mr. Georgetown Pageant (Gaston Hall, 8 — 10 p.m.): Watch 12 senior guys from campus organizations try to pull off Groove Theory-choreographed dance routines and compete for the title of Mr. Georgetown.
Saturday: Of course Saturday marks the annual football blowout game and tailgate, but there are also some other promising possibilities.
Yoga on Copley Lawn (8 a.m.): Start your day of revelry off right with a free yoga class.
Post LSAT Madness (Alumni House, 2 — 4 p.m.): If your Saturday morning is going to involve more logic questions than drunken revelry, you’ve got quite the consolation prize. Get over your standardized test blues with free Wisey’s sandwiches—just bring a copy of your LSAT confirmation sheet.
Georgetown Goes Green: Campus Sustainability Initiatives (Room 340 in the Hariri Building, 3 p.m.): Learn more about Georgetown’s environmental efforts and get a chance to meet the ever-elusive Vice President for Facilities and Student Housing, Karen Frank.
Kayaking on the Potomac (Meet at Healy Gates at 10:45 a.m.): What better way to top of Homecoming weekend than with $15 kayaking?