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Book party brings debt discussion to Georgetown

July 19, 2011

Conversations about debt and global economic turmoil came to Georgetown Monday as authors David Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale were hosted at the home of John Makin and Gwendolyn van Passchen for a lively discussion of What's Next: Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy (Yale University Press).

Authors David Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale signing books and talking with Scott and Jane Evans (Photo by: Gwendolyn van Paasschen) Authors David Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale signing books and talking with Scott and Jane Evans
The book gathers the thinking of twenty leading economists and experts whose scholarship focuses on individual countries, how important current global issues will impact them, and what economic scenarios they most likely will face in upcoming years.

This kind of discussion can be missed in our soundbite-driven media culture. But the Hales aren't content to let scholarship get ignored by the blogosphere. They've started their own blog that bats around ideas like "the death of the dollar" and efforts to roll back new financial regs called Dodd-Frank.

And there is tweeting, too. David Hale is a Chicago-based global economist who serves as the Global Economic Advisor to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and was formerly chief economist for Kemper Financial Services and Zurich Financial Services.

But he didn't start out in far-flung locales. Hale graduated in international economic affairs from the Georgetown.

Editor Lyric Hughes Hale with Georgetown resident Teresa Burt of Sotheby's and Jonathan Rauch, contributing editor of the National Journal and the Atlantic (Photo by: Gwendolyn van Paasschen) Editor Lyric Hughes Hale with Georgetown resident Teresa Burt of Sotheby's and Jonathan Rauch, contributing editor of the National Journal and the Atlantic


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Why aren’t better restaurants coming to Georgetown?

July 14, 2011

"Georgetown long ceased to be the buzzy must-be place for the next hot new thing," and the restaurants are mostly forgettable. That's the take of Washington City Paper's Lydia DePillis, writing about Wednesday's Georgetown Business Association/BID forum on nightlife. 

"You rarely hear of an edgy, new concept planning to put down roots in Georgetown, which is loyal to its stuffy standbys," writes DePillis.

Linda Greenan, a vice president at Georgetown University, points out that 14th Street and Penn Quarter are filled with people from the neighborhood, while Georgetown's restaurants are more often filled with tourists."I think it has a Rodeo Drive image," said D.C. Nightlife Association president Skip Coburn, according to DePillis' thoughtful blog.

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Georgetown students ranked "most annoying" in D.C.

July 13, 2011

According to the blog called D.C. Shitlist, Georgetown University has the "most annoying" student body of any school in the District.

"Big ups to the Hoyas for absolutely destroying the competition in this poll," says the blog. Georgetown received received 216 of the 346 registered votes.

"The 216 votes were good for just over 62% of the total.  GWU and American finished a distant 2nd and 3rd respectively; Howard, Catholic, and UDC were mere afterthoughts in the poll of most annoying student body in D.C."

"To those college kids involved in the poll: Remember, we still love you," says the blog. "You’re just kind of annoying."

D.C. Shitlist describes itself as "a blog about shitty things in the nation's capital." Other things that have earned a place on D.C. Shitlist include:

#1: Taxi Drivers That Try To Screw With Locals Thinking We’re Tourists

#2: Old Men Who Stay At Bars After Happy Hour and Hit On Young Girls

#5: The Fact That The Metro Delays Are Announced By Such an Overly Kind Voice

#6: Downtown Not Having Any Recycling Bins


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