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Home is on the Hilltop: Welcoming Georgetown’s Next Class

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The days of being a prospective or accepted Georgetown student may seem like forever ago to those of us who know what a Hoya is or who can rattle off an impressive list of Georgetown-related acronyms. But, most Hoyas distinctly remember how influential their Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program weekend was in deciding to attend Georgetown or how one tour guide made them feel like Georgetown was the right school for them.

Famous for their balloon arches, bright smiles and welcoming words, GAAP volunteers make it their job to answer the question, “What is Georgetown?” for prospective students. GAAP staff and Blue and Gray tour guides are passionate about presenting the true Georgetown experience and giving prospective students the chance to explore Georgetown. GAAP weekends and tours of campus are a time to view Georgetown from a new perspective and give admitted students the opportunity to discover what Georgetown means to them.

Note: All video was captured on an iPhone 4s, using FiLMiC Pro. Final editing was done with Final Cut Pro X.

Pampering the Posh Pups of Potomac

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Peter Drake has been grooming for seven years, but he just recently made the move to Potomac, Md. when Doggie Styles Inc. opened seven months ago. With his bedroom located just up one flight of stairs from the shop, it’s clear that he just can’t get enough of his job. The royal treatment involves numerous stages of brushing, shaving, shampooing and final trims. However, it’s no spa day for Peter, as dog grooming is a long, detailed process that involves a lot of precision and patience.

Peter has dedicated clients willing to make an hour-long commute to the shop because they say he’s the best at calming their dogs during the anxiety-producing ordeal. So what is Peter’s special touch? He explains that it’s a combination of his authoritative attitude and experience as a master dog trainer. While a background in dog training is not a requirement to become a groomer, Peter believes it should be, as it makes the experience better for the dog, the owner and the groomer. He often consults with clients about a pet’s health during the groom and finds that as a groomer he not only helps animals, he also helps people.

Note: All video was captured on an iPhone 4s, using FiLMiC Pro. Final editing was done with Final Cut Pro X.

Room Raiders: LXR Residents Reveal Secret Stashes

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Tucked away on Georgetown University’s East Campus, LXR Hall has a bit of a mysterious air to it. Far enough to deter its residents from eating at Leo’s, the residence hall forces students to form its own version of a secret society. While ghosts may not haunt the site of the former Georgetown University Hospital, what your roommate is hiding under his or her bed may be more than enough to shock you.

So what’s your hallmate hiding behind closed doors? Three LXR residents were brave enough to spill their secrets. I stopped Margit Westerman, Emmy Falvey and Mark Troianovski as they walked through the LXR lobby. Each agreed to show me their dorm rooms and answer one question: “If another student knocked on your door, what would they find in your dorm room that might surprise them?” Margit, Emmy and Mark all chose items they couldn’t live without. You’ll never guess what some Georgetown students consider dorm room must-haves.

Note: All photos were taken on an iPhone 4S, using 6×6 and Hipstamatic. Adobe Photoshop Express was used for final edits. All audio was captured using Voice Memos on the iPhone 4S and edited in Audacity. Photos and audio were compiled using Soundslides.

Following the Steps to Freedom

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Have you ever wondered if there are faces carved into the back of Abraham Lincoln’s messy hair, if his hands are American Sign Language for his initials, or if the number of steps it takes to reach the memorial chamber is equal to Lincoln’s age when he died? These are some of the myths that visitors of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. find most memorable. Oftentimes, the sheer size of the marble chamber and statue dwarf the memorial’s true hidden meanings.

On President’s Day, Feb. 18, 2013, Park Ranger M. Ragan keeps his post to the left of President Lincoln’s statue, as he guides visitors, answers questions, and debunks such myths. A 26-year veteran of the National Park Service, he explains that the entire memorial is dedicated to the ideals of union and freedom, from the origins of the marble to Lincoln’s hand placement. It is for this reason that the memorial steps were the most fitting site for Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream Speech.” A must-see on visitors’ first trips to the nation’s capital, the Lincoln Memorial stands tall as a U.S. landmark of patriotism, liberty, and democracy.

Note: All photos were taken on an iPhone 4S, using 6×6 and Hipstamatic. Adobe Photoshop Express was used for final edits. All audio was captured using Voice Memos on the iPhone 4S and edited in Audacity. Photos and audio were compiled using Soundslides.