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Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 10:13 p.m.

GW for Hillary heads to New Hampshire

Students from GW for Hillary spent the weekend in New Hampshire canvassing before the primary. Photo Courtesy of GW for Hillary

Students from GW for Hillary spent the weekend in New Hampshire canvassing before the primary. Photo Courtesy of GW for Hillary

GW for Hillary drove nine hours to New Hampshire last weekend to rev up support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the second presidential primary.

While there, they met up with some household names at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, N.H. – Sen. Cory Booker, D–NJ, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Bill and Chelsea Clinton.

“We were hopeful that we’d be able to meet one of them, but we weren’t expecting to. That’s why it was phenomenal,” said Alex Barbieri, vice president of the GW campaign.

The 33 GW students joined 80 students from the University of Maryland, Hood College and Georgetown, George Mason and American universities. The groups participated in phone banks, passed out literature about Clinton and canvassed.

Clinton narrowly edged out Bernie Sanders, I-VT in the Iowa primary last Tuesday.

“It’s kind of annoying that people say Hillary doesn’t have support from students and Bernie Sanders has support from students,” Barbieri said.

Barbieri said the group worked closely with Clinton’s official campaign and other local universities to pick a primary where they could make the most impact.

While traveling to Iowa would have been “really exciting,” Barbieri said that the trip would have been too expensive for their members and that the official campaign needed more help on their New Hampshire efforts.

“Lots of students in the Midwest go to Iowa,” Barbieri said.

The group will participate in a dorm storm for Clinton on the Mount Vernon Campus this semester. The New Hampshire primary occurs on Tuesday.

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Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 1:54 p.m.

Nab a free Chipotle burrito before 3 p.m.

This post was written by Contributing Culture Editor Regina Park.

Are you a broke and hungry college student?

Score a free burrito from Chipotle by texting “raincheck” to 888-222 by 3 p.m. today and they’ll text you back with a redeemable coupon within the next few days.

This offer applies at the Chipotle in the Shops at 2000 Penn. The nationwide chain will shut down today for meetings about food safety, following an E. coli outbreak earlier this year.

Whether or not a free burrito makes up for E. coli is up for debate, but the gesture is most definitely appreciated.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 5:16 p.m.

Q & A with Nag Champa

Nag Champa, the pet project of  Jamal Gray, brings a mix of funk, jazz and African rythyms to the local music scene. Photo Courtesy of Jamal Gray

Nag Champa, the pet project of Jamal Gray, brings a mix of funk, jazz and African rythyms to the local music scene. Photo Courtesy of Jamal Gray

This post was written by Contributing Culture Editor Regina Park.

Jamal Gray, the up and coming D.C.-based musician behind the futuristic funk act Nag Champa, talked to the Hatchet about inspiration, creating exciting live shows and his plans for the future. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Hatchet: What was your inspiration for starting Nag Champa?

Gray: I wanted to hear something different in the D.C. scene. I’ve been going to a lot of shows like indie, rock, hip hop, even avant garde, but I felt like there were some elements that were missing and i wanted to add my voice.

Hatchet: Nag Champa’s music is very experimental and truly like nothing else on the scene today. How do you come up with Nag Champa’s style?

There are elements of eastern spirituality and african music. That’s actually where the name comes from – Nag Champa is a type of incense.

I have two very progressive parents that are deep into African culture, Eastern culture and very deep into the jazz scene. My mother worked with a lot of of independent record labels around D.C. I was around a lot of real performers when I was young.

Hatchet: What other projects aside from Nag Champa are you working on right now?

Gray: Right now I’m working on CMPVTR CLVB, a multimedia collective. It started as a group of friends of DJs and producers including myself, Saint Clair Castro, Exaktly, Jamal Zuniga aka SexxGod and Txny Kill. Essentially we were renting a studio in the Union Art Space.

At the time, I was the booking agent for the event space there. We were throwing weird shows, melding elements of progressive electro and local hip hop, trying to push the limits of music in the D.C. area in general. We kept the synergy and creative energy amongst us and from there we transformed it into CMPVTR CLVB about one year and a half ago.

Since then, we’ve done a bunch of shows in New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Va. and Charlottesville, Va. among others. We’re still mostly DJs and producers, but as of late we’ve transformed into a multimedia collective so we’ve added visual mapping, projection mapping and a lot of weird video warping and glitch effects.

Every show that we do includes a performance element and music element. We have seven to eight TV screens that we’ll bring out and we’ll have different video clips playing. We’re trying to get deeper into the performance. Whatever installation we’re presenting there’s usually an underlying message: idolatry, political messages, social commentary. We’re trying to create a full sensory experience for listeners.

Hatchet: Where do you see Nag Champa going in the future?

Gray: I want to see D.C. become a global destination to culture, music and art. We can be akin to Paris, New York and London for how our art is received around the world. I want Nag Champa to be global ambassadors, just like the jazz musicians in the past were in the 60s and 70s.

So far we are in a space where we’ve been really well received by the art world.

Love to be playing internationally, playing at festivals, playing alongside some of the biggest artists. That’s the role I feel like we play: we usher in a new sound and protect elements of D.C. sound like go-go that’s getting pushed out. D.C.’s indigenous music is really powerful and represents the people well.

Hatchet: If people could only listen to one song, which Nag Champa song do you recommend they listen to?

Gray: We have a song called “Escapism 002,” and I think that’s a sign of where we’re going with this music because it has elements of African music and electronic music placed on top of it. That’s the juxtaposition of the music that we were raised on and music of the future.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Dana Pilotti.

Between Mardi Gras and Superbowl events, there are plenty of reasons to have fun and go a little crazy this weekend. Midterms aren’t for another few weeks after all.


Fresh to Death

Throwback! Get your groove on to your favorite 90’s jams in a “Funky Fresh” way as DJ Carrie Nation and DJ Jennder welcome back 90s hip hop/pop/R&B.

Black Cat. 1811 14th St NW. Doors at 9:30 p.m. Tickets $5, available night of show.

Chinese New Year: Shenzhen Pop Music Show

Celebrate Chinese New Year all weekend long with various events at the Kennedy Center. The festivities kick off Friday night with a pop music show featuring artists like Jam You and Too Phat. The Chinese New Year celebrations continue throughout the weekend with family-oriented activities on Saturday and a performance from the Shenzhen Lily Girls’ Choir on Sunday evening.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 2700 F St NW. 6:00 p.m. Free admission.


Mardi Gras Fest

Transport yourself to Bourbon Street for this four-day New Orleans-style festival. Guests will experience carnival decorations, Cajun-style cuisine, a photo booth, and a funk band performance on opening day. The revamped menu and cocktails reflect all things NoLa with frozen Irish coffees, red beans and rice, hurricane slushies and of course, beads. The party carries through the weekend with happy hour all day on Sunday and live music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fat Tuesday.

Black Jack. 1612 14th St NW. Doors open 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy Show-queso

This local comedy show offers a unique incentive for you to get out there and view the performance: a complimentary cheese hour. Hosted by Michael Summers, this performance features some of D.C.’s favorite comics including Natalie McGill and Jamel Johnson as well as a cheese hour before and after the show.

DC Improv. 119 Bloomingdale Court NW. 9 p.m. show. $5 suggested donation.


Super Bowl Sunday Party

Cheer on the Panthers or the Broncos in this cozy hipster hangout – or just enjoy cheap food and drinks. DC9 offers five TVs and a big screen projector to view Super Bowl 50, and they’ll be running happy hour specials all night. Discounts include half-price appetizers and $3.50 Bud and Bud Light bottles. The event is ages 21+.

DC9 Nightclub. 1940 9th St NW. Doors at 4:00 p.m., Game at 6:30 p.m. Free admission. 21+

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 5:15 p.m.

FoBoGro starts delivery service

If you're feeling lazy, you're in luck. FoBoGro now offers delivery several days a week. Kiana Robertson | Hatchet Staff Photographer

If you’re feeling lazy, you’re in luck. FoBoGro now offers delivery several days a week. Kiana Robertson | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Crystel Sylvester.

If a late-night craving hits you, now you have a new delivery option.

FoBoGro began offering delivery options last week, owner Kris Hart said. The delivery will run Thursday – Saturday from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.. Students can order from the sandwich shop or the grocery store, owner Kris Hart said.

“Whether it’s a sandwich, snacks, salad, beer, wine; anything you want in the store, you can get delivered,” Hart, who is an alumnus, said.

Hart said most orders will take about 10 to 15 minutes to deliver, depending on the size of the order. Alcohol deliveries must be delivered before midnight, Hart said.

Hart has already hired one new employee for the service, and says all delivery will be done by bike. The delivery radius is about one mile – just far enough for Hart to order from his own home on M street.

“If the demand gets to be high, we’ll probably hire more bikers,” Hart said.

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Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 9:08 p.m.

The groundhog speaks: more political gridlock

On Tuesday, Potomac Phil predicted six more months of winter and political gridlock. The taxidermy rodent is a crowd favorite at Dupont Festival’s annual Groundhog Day celebration. But he’s no ordinary critter – he can predict the weather as well as the upcoming political climate.

“It’s fun to see people’s reactions,” Silvia Eberly said as she played her harmonika. “Early in the morning most people are thinking of school and work, most people have groundhogs in the back of their mind.”

Video by Matt Ley

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Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 5:06 p.m.

Porn viewing spiked during Storm Jonas

While you may have spent Winter Storm Jonas sledding or watching Speaker Paul Ryan’s blizzard live stream, lots of other D.C. residents were partaking in some more, um, adult entertainment.

Porn viewership spiked by 23 percent over the course of the weekend, and reached its climax of 25 percent on Sunday. In comparison, viewership increased 6 percent in New York City on Sunday, GQ reported.

The data was collected from the adult website Pornhub.

Traffic also increased in D.C. by about 65 percent at 1 p.m. on Sunday and again at 10 p.m. on Sunday. No wonder everyone wanted Monday off.

These statistics shouldn’t be too surprising. DCist reported in 2013 that D.C. residents watched more porn on a normal day than residents in any other city.

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Toli Moli, a Burmese dessert restaurant, was a featured pop-up at “EatsPlace” on Saturday.

The mother-daughter owned business specializes in falooda, a Southeast Asian treat composed of fresh fruits, sweet milk, ice cream and seeds.

“We decided to call it ‘Toli Moli’ because it means ‘a little bit of this and a little bit of that’,” chef Jocelyn Law-Yone said.

Video by Sara Bugaighis

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Sons of Pitch, an all-male a cappella group, has been preparing for their performance in an international a cappella competition.

The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal will be held at the University of Maryland on Saturday night. The tournament, which features a cappella groups from around the world, has been called “the real-life ‘Pitch Perfect.’”

“I think that we’re in a good place. I just hope that we can have fun and bring it on stage,” said Jonah Bannett, music director for Sons of Pitch.

Video by Justine Coleman

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 11:32 p.m.

250 students gather for challah bake

More 200 students gathered in the Marvin Center for the first annual Mega Challah Bake Wednesday night. Students were divided into groups to make one loaf of traditional Jewish bread for themselves and one for charity.

Aaron Goodtree, a board member of the L’Chaim Students Organization and an organizer of the event, said he hopes it will help students bring “a little bit of Jewish culture back into their own dorms.” Goodtree is a former Hatchet reporter.

Video by Deepa Shivaram

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