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Zeta Beta Tau hosted “Green Light, Go!” in University Yard on Saturday to address consent.

The event – a giant game of red light, green light – is part of Zeta Beta Tau’s campaign on sexual assault prevention.

While the event did not break any records, it is an example of “fraternities, greek life is coming together to make a positive impact in our community,” said Juan Pablo Rivera Garza, member of Zeta Beta Tau.

Video by Georgia Lawson

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Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 7:37 p.m.


What’s better than beer and puppies? Beer and puppies in the same place, and “Barktoberfest” had just that. Now in its second year, Barktoberfest participants brought their costumed canines to participate in a costume contest and other festivities.

The crowd favorite was a dog dressed as Tobias Fünke from “Arrested Development” (and yes, he was dyed blue). Those in attendance could also enjoy food truck snacks, local brews and live music with all proceeds benefiting The Washington Animal Rescue League.

Video by Justine Coleman

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Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 4:42 p.m.

Momofuku Milk Bar opens in D.C.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Brigid Godfrey.

Crack pies and cereal milk have arrived in D.C.

Momofuku Milk Bar, the New York-based bakery known for its creative concoctions like $2 compost cookies – loaded with chocolate chips, pretzels and potato chips – and $4 birthday cake truffles opened on Friday, The Washington Post reported.

The eatery, which is located at the CityCenterDC development near Metro Center, announced on its Twitter page that it would be serving desserts daily from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Momofuku will also offer seasonal treats, including a Thanksgiving-themed croissant that’s available on the menu until the endof November.

New menu items include breakfast parfaits made with ingredients like passion fruit jam, compost cookie crumble and Thai tea granola.

In addition to the pop-up cafe, Momofuku’s noodle bar, which serves up ramen and pork buns, is set to open at CityCenter at a later, unannounced date.

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Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 9:33 a.m.

A Baked Joint keeps it in the family

by hrogers

The owners of Georgetown’s Baked & Wired opened a sister restaurant, A Baked Joint, on K Street.

The restaurant is larger than the intimate Baked & Wired, with more coffee, tea and food options, including freshly baked bread.

“We still offer a lot of the [same] things as Baked & Wired, but we wanted it to be a little bit different,” Operations Director Tessa Velazquez said.

Velazquez’s parents opened Baked & Wired 14 years ago and A Baked Joint is also a family-owned business.

Video by Kellie Bancalari, Bo Erickson, and Halley Rogers.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Katrina Kagan.

On Monday at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design’s 17th Street building, students joined Pixar’s lead lighting artist Jonathan Pytko for a behind-the-scenes animation presentation.

Pytko offered a sneak peak into the animation world of Pixar for their upcoming film “The Good Dinosaur,” which hits theaters Nov. 25.

The film’s premise explores what would have happened if an asteroid never struck Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. The main character, an Apatosaurus named Arlo, loses his father in an accident and becomes separated from his family. On his journey home, Arlo befriends a cave boy named Spock and the two travel together to return to their homes.

While Pixar films often involve sophisticated story lines and emotional complexity, the role of light and animation takes center stage in “The Good Dinosaur.”

“In this movie we’re trying to use weather and time to help move the story forward,” Pytko said in an interview.

Pytko’s team has spent about two and a half years developing “The Good Dinosaur,” sometimes working up to 80-hour weeks. To capture the landscapes seen in the film, Pytko and his team embarked on research trips by white-water rafting, ranching and hiking in the Teton range in the Rocky Mountains.

“We would go outside and watch the sunset, we’d go outside when there were clouds in the sky, and we’d just take thousands of pictures, the whole team, and share them,” Pytko said. “And that is the seed that sprouts what’s in the film and how it looks.”

He added that the landscape is “its own character in a way.”

Pytko explained that his team uses multiple layers of lighting and colors to build a complete scene. Using a shot from Pixar’s “Wall-E” he showed the audience how, without lighting, the image of a junkyard looks more like a crayon-colored “Where’s Waldo” page. Once the lighting comes in, the scene comes to life.

The lighting, he said, could underscore and enhance the characters’ emotions. For example, Pytko could direct light around Arlo to convey happiness. Placing Arlo in the shadows could allow the audience to understand when the character was feeling sad.

“We wanted it to be something that shows why Arlo is so afraid of his world, but then also why he finds it so beautiful at the end of the movie, after he finds his courage,” Pytko said. “He starts to see how gorgeous it really is so we tried to put that into the lighting, mirroring growth over the film.”

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Seven of GW’s a cappella groups performed in Acappellapalooza on Saturday in Lisner Auditorium.

The annual charity concert raised about $3,500 to be donated to Miriam’s Kitchen. Located in Foggy Bottom, Miriam’s Kitchen provides free meals and support services to D.C.’s homeless men and women.

Proceeds from the event will support about 10,000 meals, said Tae Min Kim, ESIA ’13 and manager of kitchen operations and volunteers at Miriam’s Kitchen.

Video by Sarah Mann and Georgie Lawson

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GW Trails brought a taste of the wilderness to Kogan Plaza with their annual Outdoor Adventure Festival.

“Get outdoors. Explore outside of D.C. because we live in an amazing city but there are places elsewhere where you can see the outdoors, which is nice because being trapped here you can get a bit fogged and congested,” said Ethan Young, a newly inducted Trails guide.

Attendees could enjoy pumpkin carving, custom trail mix making and s’mores.

Video by Kellie Bancalari and Justine Coleman

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Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 7:23 p.m.

GW celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Students at GW have spent the last several weeks celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Included in the festivities was “Fiestasa” a party celebrating Hispanic culture with food, music and dance.

“Settings where Latinos are not a majority, Latinos can feel like their culture is not appreciated, or they can feel very isolated. And I think celebrating Latino Heritage Month gives them a chance to express themselves and really settle into their culture,” said Yessenia Gonzales, Captain of GW Fuego, the Latin dance student organization.

Other celebrations throughout the month, such as “Café con Leche,” a Latino-focused spoken word open mic, created a space for students to appreciate Hispanic culture at GW.

Video by Randy Santana Hidalgo

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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:02 a.m.

Celebrate Day of the Dead at Oyamel

You can celebrate Day of the Dead with live music and authentic Mexixan cuisine at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana starting Oct. 19. Emma Hillman | Hatchet Photographer

You can celebrate Day of the Dead with live music and authentic Mexixan cuisine at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana starting Oct. 19. Emma Hillman | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sarah Jurinsky.

When you’re greeted by a server with an intricate painting of a skull on her face, you know to prepare yourself for a lively party.

For two weeks, José Andrés’ Mexican eatery, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, on the corner of 7th and D streets in Penn Quarter will host a festival celebrating Day of the Dead, which kicks off with a party on Oct.19. The festival showcases authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment for a cost of $49.

I went to a preview this week to see what it was like. The dim lighting and live music transforms the eatery to an evening in Mexico. A woman sitting near the entrance paints customers’ faces using an array of brushes and colors, a traditional custom from the holiday.

Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrating and honoring the dead. General Manager Jason Wiles said that the party “celebrates the things these people loved when they were alive.”

More specifically, this party honors Pedro Infante, an actor during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. Formerly an amateur pilot, Infante died in a plane crash at the age of 39.

Wiles said that Oyamel integrates “the flavors of where he lived and where he passed” in the food and drinks served at the party.

Food available includes a variety of dishes including raw sea urchin, duck, quail, rabbit and staples like chips with fresh salsa and guacamole. One special dish available for the party is Tacos de Castacan – fried pork belly, liver and kidney tossed with cabbage and habañero salsa.

The homage to Infante is shown in a cocktail called “The Soldier,” named after Infante’s first recorded song, which consists of tequila, aperol, grapefruit and a kick of onion-infused honey – which Infante used to season his stews.

Another drink available for the festival is called “Funeral in Yucatán,” which consists of tequila, liqueur, espresso, cava and lemon espuma.

Chef Colin King described the food as being authentic and said that the food is not too spicy, but it has many spice variations instead.

“The flavor rotates,” he said. “It takes at least 10 seconds to experience the flavor.”

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Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 12:49 p.m.

Drink your way through the Democratic debate

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Wesley Nappen.

If you’ve been enjoying Donald Trump’s rants at the past two Republican presidential debates, don’t expect the Democrats to be quite as exciting when they take the podium tonight.

But you can still make things interesting by heading to the nearest liquor store and stocking up for the Democratic debate drinking game.

Drink if…

– Any of the Democratic candidates mention Trump.

– Someone brings up Planned Parenthood.

– You hear President Barack Obama’s name mentioned.

– Any of the candidates say “middle class.”

– The candidates discuss climate change.

Take a shot if…

– Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is questioned about her email scandal or Benghazi.

– Someone calls Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., a socialist.

– Clinton talks about her husband.

Finish your drink if…

– You learn anything about former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley or former senators Lincoln Chaffee, D-RI, and Jim Webb, D-Va., who are, indeed, also running for president.

– Vice President Joe Biden makes an unexpected appearance.

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