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Tuesday morning, DPS emailed the Georgetown University community with a public safety alert, explaining how, at approximately 10:52 the night before, a student standing in front of the Tombs was stabbed twice and taken to the Georgetown Hospital. The victim told DPS that a tall, blond, white man stabbed him twice before running off into the neighborhood with the knife.
Just hours later, however, DPS sent out another emailing explaining that the supposed victim had recanted his entire story, and that “no assault occurred.”
From what Vox has gathered from Tombs staff, the student who reported being stabbed was enjoying his time at Tombs until he began acting unreasonably rowdy and was thrown out. After being outside in front of the Tombs, this patron called DPS and began to explain to both DPS and Tombs staff that he was injured on an elbow and knee by a random assailant, pictured left.
Joe Madsen (COL ’14) was working a shift as a waiter at the Tombs when the stabbing was reported and saw the student who reported it. “He had a pretty vivid description of the stabbing,” Madsen said, noting how strange the patron had been acting. “The injuries didn’t seem like a stabbing though. Knee and elbow? Who gets stabbed there? Amateur hour.”
Other Tombs staff confirmed that the victim was thrown out of the Tombs prior to his report to DPS for being rowdy.
One Tombs waiter, who asked to remain anonymous and knows the victim personally, said that the patron was high on Xanax when he started acting up and saying he was stabbed. This Tombs waiter refused to reveal the patron’s name out of respect for his privacy. Vox just finds it hard to believe that getting crossfaded on Xanax at the Tombs is enough of a thing that someone actually did it.
DPS remained all but silent on the incident. “Well, there’s really not a whole lot to say about it,” Chief Jay Gruber said, his only official comment on the matter. “We thought it was one whole thing and it turned into another.”
That’s one way to put it. Another way to put it is that DPS spent its Monday night trying to chase-down a stabber who was made up by a high student with a skinned knee and elbow.
Additional reporting by Madhuri Vairapandi and Julia Tanaka.
Photo: erikki via Flickr.
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Bradley Cooper, Georgetown player?
Last night, Georgetown’s favorite alum-hearthrob Bradley Cooper was seen visiting the Tombs with a previously unseen woman. As Carol Joynt reported earlier today, the woman could possibly be Cooper’s newest girlfriend:
Cooper seems to have a new girlfriend almost quarterly. Previously he was linked to Zoe Saldana, while of late he’s been making the rounds with British model Suki Waterhouse. But our sources say on Sunday night he was with someone else, a woman named “Alex.” No one else joined them at their corner booth in the pub’s wood-paneled and cozy main room.
2011′s sexiest man was in Washington today for a mental health conference at the White House, an event Georgetown’s President Jack DeGioia also attended. The photo above was taken at a previous White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Photo: Carol Joynt
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While Georgetown students know the Tombs goes hand in hand with the true “Georgetown Experience,” it seems that various travel and leisure guides are finally recognizing the magnificence of Georgetown’s quintessential college bar.
Actually, Yahoo! Travel+Leisure recently ranked the Tombs one of America’s best college bars. The article highlights the plaque with the names of the 99 Days Club Members (who celebrate their last 99 days of senior year by visiting the Tombs and purchasing a drink or dish each day until graduation), the varied customer base, ranging from professors to students, and, of course, the classic comfort bar food, which has been noted a “gastronomical experience” of its own.
The Tombs has previously received a fair amount of press, most significantly for its diversity in regards to customers and menu items. U.S. Airways magazine commended the Tombs for providing an atmosphere for families, professors, and senior college students alike to enjoy, relax, and dine. In terms of food, the Tombs menu can meet the tastes of most palates, ranging anywhere from Mediterranean to American with items like quinoa tabbouleh with falafel, Shanghai Rolls, and classic Chicken wings.
At the same time, the college bar enthusiasts over at Yahoo! probably didn’t know that Tomb’s lamb ragu was so good because it came from upstairs.
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In middle school, we all learned about the Native American custom of not wasting a single part of a slain animal. Apparently, 1789′s relatively new executive chef Anthony Lombardo subscribes to that same idea, and is sticking parts of the animal not classy enough for 1789 into your Tombs menu.
According to an article posted yesterday on Washington City Paper‘s food blog Young and Hungry (where we also got that delightful photo to the left), Lombardo sends the “scraps,” or pieces of meat not classy enough to make it into 1789′s $36 lamb shank, downstairs to the Tombs’s kitchen, where head chef Frederick Valentin repurposes them for less expensive bar food. The Tombs’s lamb burger, lamb ragu, and bratwursts (made from, as described by WCP, nondescript “pig parts”) are all part of these waste-not options.
Although the restaurants expect to see some reduction in costs with this system, it was by no means a purely financial decision. It’s also enhancing what Lombardo describes as Tombs eaters’s “gastronomical experience.” Because personally, that’s what comes to mind when I think of beef scraps.
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So we forget to write about Tombs trivia names last week. We were there — promise! — but in the midst of hand-wringing about what’s offensive, what’s not, and a sudden need to try on habits, it slipped our mind. To make up for it, here’s a photo of a potbellied pig.
First place (the “fighting the pussification of America” memorial trophy): The number of times I thought my cab driver was Osama or Are you sure it wasn’t Cat Stevens? or Any of the other dozen bin Laden-themed names, really Like Jeff Dunham’s career, these should be buried far away from society forever and ever. It’s a good thing that the world’s less one scumbag, but that doesn’t excuse tired stereotypes.
Second place (the “whiny little bloggers” silver medal): If a tree falls on a woman and there’s no one there to hear it … wait why was a tree in the kitchen? The minds behind this name should go into advertising.
Runners-up (the “it’s called dark humor” consolation ribbon) How many drinks does it take to abort this baby? Is there anything particularly funny about this name? Or is just it a lazy ploy to get people to laugh at an uncomfortable topic? Call the exterminator this place is full of WASPs It’s a Catholic school, goof. My couch pulls out but I don’t Classy.
The “four years later and we’re still drinking in a basement” moment worth celebrating: A Tombs trivia night without any rape jokes. (Assuming, you know, you ignore the other crude names.) Progress!
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Vox returned to Tombs trivia for a third time this week to see if Hoyas were still yukking it up with cheap jokes about horrible things that happen to other Hoyas. We were not disappointed … which is to say we were deeply disappointed. Who “won” this round?
First place (The “whiny little bloggers” memorial trophy): It’s not rape if you say, “Surprise!” Surprise! Week after week, Hoyas who can’t come up with clever team names decide to make fun of rape instead.
Second place (The “fighting the pussification of America” silver medal): Is it too tsunami for Japan jokes? Have experts likened its nuclear crisis to Chernobyl? Then … probably, yes.
Runner-up (The “it’s called dark humor” consolation prize): Hit your baby one more time. Failing that, push her down the stairs, right guys?
But we’ll be the first to admit that last night, team names were on the whole more hilarious than nasty. So after the jump, find out which team won the inaugural “Four years later and we’re still drinking in a basement” medal of honor:
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The Tombs may have taken a break from tired rape and abortion jokes to watch an awful basketball game last week, but came back strong during yesterday’s trivia night. Some of the team names veered into the world of lazy shock humor. Others were funny. The suggestion that the two aren’t the same will inevitably start another flame war in the comments. So let’s get started!
First place (The “fighting the pussification of America” memorial trophy): Number of girls I’m going to cuddle tonight. Nothing says funny like mocking the girls who found creepy men in their rooms last weekend. Or mentioning a nickname that makes assholes who sexual assault women sound like teddy bears. If you don’t think this name is funny, you obviously don’t understand humor.
Second place (The “inescapable fact of reality” silver medal): Number of sluts who blew Tiger Woods even after he blew the Masters and She told me it was razor burn. Slut shaming is truly a cornerstone of comedy. The women — they can’t help themselves!
Third place (The “it’s called dark humor” consolation prize): Generic offensive team name, suck it Vox Populi. We’re famous!
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Or, “The most shameful Tombs trivia team names that the Georgetown community should be ashamed of but probably isn’t.” But that wouldn’t fit in the title. Either way, today we present to you Vox‘s newest feature, designed to celebrate the lowest common denominator of Hoya humor as exemplified by the most stellar team names juniors and seniors selected for Monday night Tombs trivia.
So, without further tongue-clicking:
The winner: No means yes, and yes means anal. Among the high forms of comedy—satire, parody, irony—cracks at rape surely rank as the highest.
Second place: Number of stairs I kicked my girlfriend down when she told me she was pregnant. The lily-livered, PC wimp seated beside me said he hoped that this was a seriously misguided reference to Gone With the Wind. Psssh! If there’s a joke about relationship abuse that isn’t funny, I haven’t heard it.
Runners up: Will someone please change the channel from women’s basketball. Capitally hilarious, especially since the Georgetown women’s basketball team sadly, yet inevitably, lost during the NCAA tournament. Number of guys you have to blow to be a Miller Lite girl. A winning compliment to the hosts of the game, Bud Light. More like Gay-daffi. It’s funny because … gay!
If I missed a real zinger, please share in the comments. And until next week, Hoya Saxa!
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Or, at least Complex thinks so.
Described as an ordinary college bar “with a far better menu,” the Tombs just barely slid into the magazine’s “50 Best College Bars in America” rankings. Why only 50th best? Probably because Complex thinks that everyone in the bar “seems to wear flip flops and collared shirts.”
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A couple of weeks ago, Vox got the Freedom of Information Act itch and decided to FOIA the Food Establishment Inspection Reports of some local restaurants. We obtained the two most recent health inspection reports from the D.C. Health Regulations and Licensing Administration for 13 area food establishments and perused them over Spring break to see if Georgetown students were eating safe.
What’d we find? Well for starters, you’d better lay off the Epicurean sushi.
The 13 restaurants we looked at netted 30 critical violations and 29 non-critical violations of the health code. Four establishments, Leo’s, Epicurean & Co., The Tombs, and Bangkok Bistro were listed on at least one report as “high-risk” establishments. All of them had critical violations and were given five days to correct their violations or else their licenses would not be renewed.
These four establishments accounted for 20 of the critical violations and 14 of the non-critical violations in all 26 inspections reports. Six critical violations that cannot be corrected on site result in the automatic closure of the food establishment. Owners are usually given five days to rectify critical violations and forty-five for non-critical violations or they risk closure.
Because of the volume of information our FOIA requests turned up, we’ve divided the results into two posts. Tomorrow, we’ll give you the details on the restaurants that were identified as a medium risk or had clean bills of health. And today, we’ll run an accounting of the high-risk establishments, including startling information on Dean & Deluca that the Washington Examiner turned up in their review of health code violators.
EPICUREAN & CO.
Epicurean & Co., shown above, was the biggest violator, and was the only restaurant listed as a “high risk” violator on both of the inspection reports Vox obtained. In late August of 2009, Epicurean earned five critical and four non-critical violations, all of which were corrected on site. They included:
- Food was not properly “segregated, separated, [or] protected.” At the sushi station, eggs were stored in a way where they might contaminate other foods.
- The restaurant was cited for unclean and unsanitized food contact surfaces.
- The restaurant’s food marking and disposal methods were cited.
- Food and non-critical surfaces were not properly maintained.
Earlier in the year, in February, Epicurean had fared even worse, and inspectors discovered 13 critical health code violations, only nine of which were corrected on site.
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