Campus Life, New Student Guide 2017

July 30, 2017

Georgetown Dictionary


n. Alternative Breaks Program, in which students spend their vacation on service-oriented trips run through the Center for Social Justice; used to be called Alternative Spring Break, and many still refer to it as ASB, which does not stand for Associated Student Body, you student government nerds.

Bill Clinton
n. Arguably our most precious alumnus, the School of Foreign Service ’68 grad returns to campus pretty often and is sometimes spotted by students at The Tombs or Dahlgren.

Booey’s (also Booeymongers)
n. A delicatessen on Prospect Street that serves a variety of sandwiches and pitchers of beer, making it a popular eatery among students.

Brown House
n. A student house that is brown on N Street, notorious for throwing huge parties. It escaped being taken over by Georgetown faculty in 2016.

n. The neighborhood to the north of Georgetown’s campus, located near the hospital and the medical school. Home to many upperclassmen in off-campus housing, a fair share of townhouses and cranky neighbors.

Cherry Tree Massacre
n. The largest intercollegiate a cappella festival on the East Coast, put on by the Georgetown Chimes annually in February and featuring performances from the hosts as well as groups from Georgetown and other schools.

The Corp
n. Students of Georgetown, Inc., the student-run business that operates The Midnight MUG in the library, Uncommon Grounds and Vital Vittles in the Leavey Center, More Uncommon Grounds in the ICC, The Hilltoss in the Healey Family Student Center and Hoya Snaxa in the Southwest Quadrangle, among other services.

n. Short for Syracuse University, Georgetown’s old Big East rival, whom we will once again face in the 2017-18 season. We still hate the Orange. Juice ’Cuse.

The Dirty D
n. An affectionate term for Darnall, one of the four freshman dorms.

n. Region comprising Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

DPS (also DoPS)
n. The popular nickname for the Georgetown University Police Department, which formerly went by the dystopian moniker Department of Public Safety.

East Campus
n. The area comprised of the Nevils apartment complex, the LXR dorms, the Walsh Building and Car Barn. Its RHO now services Village B in addition to Nevils and LXR.

n. Epicurean & Co. The buffet-style restaurant and sushi bar in the basement of Darnall Hall that is open almost 24/7. Quesadillas and the buffet are student favorites. It sometimes moonlights as a nightclub and hosts private events. It also opened a noodle bar this year.

The Esplanade
n. Located on the second floor of the Leavey Center, the outdoor area and popular study spot offers good views and seating areas. A great spot for picnics and a good shortcut to Yates Field House.

Exorcist Steps
n. The stairs next to Car Barn that connect M Street and Prospect Street, made famous by the climax of the film “The Exorcist.” Frequented by runners looking for an extreme workout.

Foggy Bottom
n. The neighborhood in which The George Washington University is located, about a 20-minute walk from Georgetown. Home of good food, fun bars and the nearest Trader Joe’s.

Georgetown Day
n. A campus-wide celebration that takes place on the last Friday of spring classes. The front lawn is transformed into a giant party with free food, inflatables, an outdoor concert and much revelry.

n. The student-run Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service acts as the ambulance system on campus. Call when you sprain an ankle, break a bone or are having severe alcohol-related issues.

Grab ‘n’ Go
n. A theoretically wonderful part of a meal plan under which students can get food to go as one of their weekly meals. There are two locations: Leo’s and the Leavey Center. The Einstein Bros. Bagels location in Car Barn also functions as a Grab ‘n’ Go with meal exchange.

n. Possibly the most complicated of Georgetown acronyms, the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union, a student-run bank, is most commonly referred to as simply “the credit union.” Pronounced “GUAF-skoo” or “GUAS-ff-koo.”

n. Pronounced “jugs,” this abbreviation stands for the Georgetown University Grilling Society. Can be found grilling its signature burgers in Red Square on Fridays throughout the school year.

n. Georgetown University Transportation Shuttles. Its most popular routes run to the Dupont Circle and Rosslyn Metro stops. Other routes go to Wisconsin Avenue, Arlington and the Georgetown University Law Center.

n. Officially the Edward J. Bunn Intercultural Center, the brick building in Red Square where most language, SFS and other government and economics classes take place.

n. The nickname for former men’s basketball Head Coach John Thompson III, who was fired and replaced with Patrick Ewing last season. The new Thompson Athletic Center displays the name of his father, a legendary former Georgetown basketball head coach.

n. 1. Joseph Mark Lauinger Library, the main library on campus. An ugly building where fun goes to die.
derivatives: Club Lau, n. The quiet room on the third floor of Lauinger Library transforms into a freshman-filled nightclub at the beginning of first semester for a scarring night of debauchery.
Lau 2, n. The second floor of Lau and the only floor on which talking is allowed. While theoretically perfect for group projects, productivity slows to almost non-existent on this level. Also home to The Midnight MUG, one of The Corp’s coffee shops.

n. Short for Leo J. O’Donovan Hall, the on-campus dining hall. Say its full name, and you’ll sound like a high-schooler touring campus.
derivatives: O’Donovan’s on the Waterfront, n. the technical name for the upper floor of Leo’s. Use when feeling #fancy.

Late Night
n. The time after dinner but before the dining hall closes when Leo’s serves up one last meal. Frequented by athletes and those with very busy schedules.

n. Nickname for “Map of the Modern World,” a pass-fail course that every SFS-er must pass to graduate. You’ll learn every country and every capital in the world, in addition to a surprising amount of plate tectonics. Sporcle quizzes make for great study tools.

n. A male undergraduate student in the McDonough School of Business who fits the stereotypes associated with the school. Often doesn’t have class on Fridays and gets the most out of three-day weekends. Spotted in button-downs, polos or bro tanks.

Prospect Crawl
n. The act of traveling up and down Prospect Street in search of parties. Most frequently performed by hordes of freshmen.

n. Residence Hall Office. Place where all your packages will be delivered and where you can go if you’re locked out or need to rent a blue cart, vacuum or other helpful room-cleaning appliances. Usually serves multiple residence halls.

n. The term used to describe the topmost Village A apartments that enjoy large rooftop balconies. They’re a frequent spot for parties in warmer weather.

n. A uniquely Georgetown tradition, this annual show organized by the South Asian Society brings together more than 500 Hoyas for a weekend of dancing in Gaston Hall.

n. Georgetown’s van service that picks students up in West Georgetown and Burleith from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Be warned: The service is safe but slow.

n. Student Neighborhood Assistance Program. A volunteer group of university officials and private security officers who patrol the neighborhoods surrounding the campus on weekends, breaking up revelry and loud noises.

Tombs Night
n. The night before your 21st birthday in which friends gather to toast your existence up until the stroke of midnight, at which point they escort you to The Tombs where you can have your forehead stamped by the bouncer and enjoy your first (legal) sip of alcohol.


n. The area on K Street down by the Potomac. Good for runs and romantic walks. Adjacent to the movie theater.

n. 1. What most students call Wisey’s is actually Wisemiller’s Grocery and Deli, the deli and convenience store on 36th Street. 2. Its second location, actually called D.C. Wisey’s, is on Wisconsin Avenue and is usually referred to as “Healthy Wisey’s.”

n. Yates Field House, the campus gym, is located at the top of a hill, providing students with a small pre-workout workout.

General College Terminology

n. Cheap champagne popular for making mimosas for brunch.

n. A drinking event often hosted by a club or organization in which members split up into “countries” and hold their own in a series of drinking games. Often features fantastic costumes.

n. Cheap vodka available in a mind-blowing number of flavors, from citrus to hot cinnamon.

n. A day party. A party during the day. Fairly self-explanatory.

n. Dance floor makeout, a makeout session that occurs at a party in the middle of a dance floor rather than in a private room. Typically, the participants are not dating, and they may even be strangers. Whether or not this constitutes a “hookup” is subject to contentious debate.

n. A pejorative term for a hookup between two floormates, making floor meetings awkward and tension-filled for both parties. Due to the close-knit nature of most freshmen dorms, these relationships are typically fodder for floor gossip.

n. Slang for frozen yogurt, which is a way of life at Georgetown. Without the Pinkberry location formerly on M Street, you can now only get it at Saxbys Coffee or Leo’s.

Jungle Juice
n. A homemade fruit-flavored punch with questionable ingredients, usually served in a plastic bin. A batch can be deceptively strong, causing you to become drunk without realizing it.

n. A party where (cheap) beer is served from kegs. These tend to “tap out” early, sending droves of freshmen off to the next “kegger.”

Kegs & Eggs
n. A morning party where beer is served with breakfast. These gatherings are most common as pregames before basketball games.

n. Colloquial for Natural Light, a low-cost beer of exceptional quality.

n. To drink before you go out, ensuring a baseline level of drunkenness.

n. To hang around with your friends after the party and continue to drink. May include cheap pizza.

adj. The state of being exiled from you room due to its being occupied. “Sexiling” is usually signaled via a late-night text from your roommate asking if the dorm will be free that night.

n. Teaching assistants. Graduate students, or sometimes undergraduates, who assist professors by grading papers and leading discussion sections. It’s in your best interest to get on their good side.

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