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Halley Rogers
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 9:46 a.m.

How to bake election cake

Celebrate Election Day Nov. 8 by baking an Election Cake – a naturally leavened fruit cake that contains fruit, rum and spices.

The recipe dates back to the U.S.’s early years. Women would bake the cakes and use them to entice men to vote.

Video by Halley Rogers

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Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 2:28 p.m.

Hidden Gems: Pansaari

Pansaari, located in DuPont Circle, serves up authentic Indian food.

Unique for its chai bar, Pansaari uses natural ingredients to make chai – something you won’t find at your everyday coffee shop.

Owner, Rano Singh, said Pansaari “began with an effort to support sustainable agriculture [in D.C.]”

Video by Iliana Hagenah

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Local artists gathered at the White House to participate in a “I Want a President” reading – a public art project to challenge the expectations society holds for politicians.

The text participants read was developed in writing workshops in New York and D.C.

“I Want a President” is the culminating event of the Creative Time Summit D.C. held in partnership with the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design this weekend.

“All of us have a right to be respected and our representatives should represent the full breadth of we the people,” Saisha Grayson, I Want a President Co-Organizer, said. “That’s what this project is about.”

Video by Kellie Bancalari

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Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 1:52 p.m.

Nap, meditation studio opens in D.C.

Recharj is D.C.’s first nap and meditation studio. The business offers its customers meditation and 20-minute power naps.

“Our mission is to bring some mindfulness and some reprieve from the day-to-day grind,” Christine Marcella, the operations and studio manager, said.

Video by Raquel Nassor.

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Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 8:32 p.m.

Yoga on the Mall celebrates 11 years


D.C. Community Yoga Association celebrated their 11th annual Yoga on the Mall event.

Yoga on the Mall celebrates the culmination of Metro D.C. Yoga Week, which involves studios in the D.C, Virginia and Maryland area.

“Living in Washington can be stressful sometimes, so it’s a great way to destress,” attendee Luke Ventura said.

Video by Nam Tran

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Freshmen visited more than 50 sites in Washington, D.C.,  Maryland, and Virginia as part of GW’s annual Freshman Day of Service Saturday.

Students furnished apartments at A Wider Circle’s North Capital Commons, a mixed-income housing property for formerly homeless veterans. Students served alongside University President Steven Knapp.

“To set the example of service I think is one of the critical ways of educating [students] as citizens and leaders,” said Knapp.

Video by Georgie Lawson

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Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 12:30 p.m.

Students sell artwork at holiday sale

Students could showcase and sell their artwork during a sale in the Smith Hall of Art on Friday.

“I thought it sounded like a great way to showcase my artwork and also see other artwork of GW students,” said senior Hannah White.

Video by Sara Bugaighis and Halley Rogers

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Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 7:01 p.m.

A tour of D.C.’s Tiny Houses

Rhode Island Avenue’s tiny house community hosted tours yesterday.

The Matchbox house was on display, which is described as D.C.’s smallest and most self-sustaining home on the event’s Facebook page.

“I wanted something that would be fully off-grid and self-sustaining that I could move around. … Just something that would be simple,” said Jay Austin, who built and owns the Matchbox house.

Tiny houses require less material to construct the home and require less energy to heat and cool it, making tiny houses conducive to environmentally-friendly living, according to the owners.

Some cities are even looking at tiny houses as a type of affordable housing, said Lee Perra, a tiny house owner.

Video by Sara Bugaighis and Luca Silveira.

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GW students performed at an open mic night on Thursday to raise money and awareness for genocide prevention in Sudan and the Congo.

Funds benefited Jewish World Watch (JWW), an organization that combats genocide, and Usumain Baraka, a Darfur genocide survivor seeking financial assistance for his education.

“I think music is a really powerful tool to bring people together, ” sophomore and event organizer, Abri Bernstein said.

Bernstein also worked with fellow sophomore Ally Harris, to put on the event, which was held at Bourbon Coffee on L Street.

Video by Luca Silveira

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Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 11:12 a.m.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha raises $2,500 for St. Jude

Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a community service sorority, hosted its annual Gobblefest fundraiser on Thursday, raising more than $2,500.

Students ate Thanksgiving food in a relay race where 33 team competed to finish their plates first. Proceeds benefit the sorority’s national partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Video by Georgie Lawson and Nick Andricola

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