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Sunday, May 10, 2015 7:27 p.m.

Video: Yoga on the Mall

by hrogers

Hundreds flocked to the Washington Monument to attend three hours of free yoga Saturday at Yoga on the Mall, an annual event hosted by D.C. Community of Yoga.

Yoga on the Mall celebrated its 10th anniversary as the final event of Metro D.C. Yoga Week, where studios in the area hold free yoga classes.

“I was doing a [pose] with a backbend and you just look behind you and the Washington Monument is right there,” said Liz Moses, a senior at GW. “You don’t get to do that anywhere else.”

Started in 2005, D.C. Community of Yoga is a non-profit organization with over 50 member studios, including CorePower Yoga and Down Dog Yoga in Georgetown.

Video by Halley Rogers.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015 5:31 p.m.

Video: PAWS your stress

GW hosted “PAWS Your Stress” in University Yard on Saturday where 11 cuddly puppies from Canine Companions for Independence offered students some stress relief as they prepare for final exams.

Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit that raises and trains assistance dogs to work with children and adults that suffer from disabilities.

“It’s great for their socialization and it’s great for the students to relieve a little bit of stress as they’re going in to the busy exam season,” said John Rogers, president of the Capitol chapter of Canine Companions for Independence.

Video by Christopher Saccardo and Blair Guild.

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The Asian Student Alliance hosted a day market in the mid-campus quad on Thursday as part of the 2015 Asian Pacific Islander heritage celebration.

Participating student organizations included the Korean Cultural Organization, the Vietnamese Student Association, the Philippine Cultural Society, Kappa Phi Lambda, Pi Delta Psi and Sigma Psi Zeta.

“An event like this is open to everybody, and it’s a really fun way to get a little cultural awareness and meet new people,” said Jay Yang, president of the Asian Student Alliance.

Video by Yara Bishara.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 5:49 p.m.

Hidden Gems: The Fridge

by kpayne

The Fridge is an art gallery found on Barracks Row in Eastern Market that showcases local artists. Opened in 2009 by owner Alex Goldstein, The Fridge displays modern art and street graffiti.

If you’re looking for an edgy new art gallery to check out, The Fridge creates a vibrant environment by fusing art and musical performances.

“My focus the whole time [has been] helping to develop younger artists,” Goldstein said.

Video by Halley Rogers.

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Casal Català of D.C. hosted the first annual World Book Day, also a traditional Catalonian festival known as Sant Jordi, on Saturday in Dupont Circle.

“This year, we thought that we wanted to bring it to Washington for all the Washingtonians to enjoy,” said Mar Tarrés of Casal Català.

UNESCO adopted April 23 as World Book Day, and it is now celebrated in more than 50 places across the world.

Video by Haley Lloyd.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:38 p.m.

Video: GW Battle of the A Cappellas

Updated: May 17, 2015 at 1:12 p.m. 

Seven a cappella groups performed in GW Class Council’s Battle of the A Cappellas. The GW Vibes took first place this year, beating last year’s winner, the Sons of Pitch.

Each group performed two songs and were judged by an administrator, a student and a guest judge from the national organization Chorus America.

Video by Sara Amrozowicz.

This post has been updated to reflect the following correction: 

The Hatchet incorrectly identified the GW MotherFunkers as the winner of last year’s Battle of the A Cappellas. Sons of Pitch had won the event. We regret this error.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:09 p.m.

Take a two-wheeled tour of the city

The Capital Crescent Trail is one of the most popular biking routes in the country with 11 miles of rail trail that extend from Georgetown to Silver Spring, Md. Lydia Francis | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Capital Crescent Trail is one of the most popular biking routes in the country with 11 miles of rail trail that extend from Georgetown to Silver Spring, Md. Lydia Francis | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Christina Carpenter.

The hordes of tourists have dwindled post-cherry blossom bloom so now’s your chance to snag a Capital Bike – or your roommate’s – and explore the District. Capital Bikeshare offers a number of membership fees ranging from $7 a day to a year-long pass for $75.

The first 30 minutes of each trip are free and each additional half-hour adds an extra fee. If you’re looking to make a long-term investment, you can purchase a bike at local shops like The Bike Shop on 24th Street.

Once you’ve picked your ride, abandon that boring path you bike every day. D.C. has more than 100 miles of bike lanes and trails you may never have cruised before.

Capital Crescent Trail winds from Georgetown to Silver Spring on an old railroad track. Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Lady Bird Johnson Park is located alongside the Potomac River, making it a picturesque destination for bikers, runners and walkers during the spring and summer months. Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Capital Crescent Trail 3500 K St. NW
This 11-mile sightseeing trail follows an abandoned railroad from K Street in Georgetown to Silver Spring, Md., crossing through downtown Bethesda. The old rail was once used to transport lumber and provide coal for power plants. The trail is popular among walkers, joggers, bikers and rollerbladers. In fact, it’s the most heavily used rail trail in the U.S., according to its website. The last portion of the trail, which is still unpaved, will be rebuilt along with the Purple Line.

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens 1703 32nd St. NW
You don’t have to go to Versailles to see a garden that National Geographic ranked in a list of the top 10 in the world. Dumbarton Oaks, located at the North end of Georgetown, is often compared to The Secret Garden with its fountains, mosaic tiles and rose bushes.

In the spring, the gardens are open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is $8. The Dumbarton Oaks Museum is free and open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is located two blocks from the museum. If you have a bike of your own, park it in the bicycle racks at the entrances of the garden and museum.

Lady Bird Johnson Park George Washington Memorial Parkway
Located along the Potomac River, Lady Bird Johnson Park is about three and a half miles from Foggy Bottom near the Pentagon. Although it is technically in the borders of D.C., it is closer to the Virginia side of the river.

In the spring, the island is covered in blooming daffodils, tulips and cherry trees. The park is also home to two memorials: the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove and the Navy and Marine Memorial.

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D.C. residents had a smoke-in at the Capitol on April 20 to celebrate the legalization of marijuana in the District.

Although things may have changed in D.C., not much will be changing for GW students.

“For them, nothing’s really changed,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “They’re still going to be buying marijuana illegal from peers.”

Video by Bo Erickson and Clare Hymes.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:42 p.m.

Holi festival 2015

The GW Hindu Student Association hosted Holi on Sunday to celebrate the arrival of spring.

More than 800 people were planning to attend this year’s event in Square 80 and throw colored powder in the air for the South Asian holiday.

“It’s really liberating to run around with people you don’t know and throw stuff at them, in a nice way,” freshman Alison Oksnard said.

Video by Sarah Mann.

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Gwen Stefani, the lead singer of No Doubt, performed during the Global Citizen Festival on the National Mall on Saturday. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Gwen Stefani, the lead singer of No Doubt, performed during the Global Citizen Festival on the National Mall on Saturday. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Victoria Sheridan.

The National Mall attracted more than just the typical tourist crowd Saturday as thousands attended the fourth annual Global Citizen Festival near the Washington Monument.

Part-music festival and part-environmental rally, the free event, hosted by Will.i.am and journalist Soledad O’Brien, featured celebrities and politicians promoting initiatives to end poverty by the year 2030 and reduce climate change.

Fall Out Boy performed during the six-hour show, which was also an environmental rally. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Fall Out Boy performed during the six-hour show, which was also an environmental rally. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

In spite of the 80-degree heat, headliners like Mary J. Blige, Train and Fall Out Boy kept the audience on its feet with electrifying performances throughout the six-hour show, which also commemorates the upcoming 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.

In between musical performances, activists and world leaders took to the stage urging spectators to support various causes by pressuring elected officials, donating money and signing petitions. They touched on topics like clean drinking water and sustainable living. Celebrities who delivered speeches included actors Don Cheadle, Freida Pinto and Bonnie Wright.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde appeared after their policy meetings to thank the crowd for its efforts.

“This morning, 188 ministers of finance and governors of central banks were at the IMF, and they heard a big noise and it was you,” Lagarde said, “Because they heard you and because they will continue to hear you, they are committed to the cause of ending poverty and financing development.”

Usher was recovering from a broken foot, and used a golden crutch during his performance. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Usher was recovering from a broken foot, and used a golden crutch during his performance. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Although he was recovering from a broken foot, headliner Usher still performed his signature dance moves to pop hits like “OMG” and “Yeah.” His set also featured performances from rapper Common and EDM artist Martin Garrix.

“One foot don’t stop no show,” he said. “I wouldn’t miss this for anything in the world. This is all about love, hope, togetherness, peace.”

Limping on a golden crutch in between songs, he reminded the audience to work together while trying to end poverty, before delivering soulful covers of The Beatles’ “Come Together” and U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

The final act of the evening was No Doubt, re-energizing the crowd with its upbeat reggae-infused tracks like “Just a Girl,” “Hey Baby,” and “Sunday Morning,” during which lead singer Gwen Stefani leapt into the crowd to greet screaming fans.

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