Monday, December 8, 2003

R U IN2 IM?: How Instant Messenger is changing the way we communicate

by Joseph Gidjunis

By day, Kim Kass is a senior double majoring in political science and Latin American studies, but by night, "LuvKassanova" is a self-described addict who can't live without one of the most popular pastimes, instant messenger, commonly known as IM. Using six screen names ("SNs" in IM speak) on America Online, the Microsoft Network and Yahoo!, Kass estimates she spends more than five hours each day talking to more than 300 friends, family members and random people she has yet to meet face-to-face.

Putting your best foot forward

by Paula VanLaningham

Woody Allen once quipped, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." He may not have meant showing up at the GW Career Center, but he would have been right if he had. Allen's comment sums up the Career Center's mission fairly well. Figuring out when and where one should start looking for employment opportunities is one of the greatest challenges college students face, whether they're freshmen or graduate students.

Battle of the sexes

Question: I've been single for a while now and I'm really starting to get impatient. I don't like dancing, however, and I never really feel comfortable in bars or at large parties. Are there any other really good ways to meet women in D.C.? Chick: As a girl who never fails to compliment someone's cute puppy, I can tell you that all you have to do is purchase a pooch (something classic and small enough to fit in an apartment, like a Jack Russell terrier) and continually take your dog for walks all over campus and through Georgetown.

Hatchet Holiday Gift Guide

by Liz Bartolomeo

The clock is ticking - the start of Hanukkah is just 11 days away and Christmas is in two weeks - but luckily for you, sales at the mall never seem to end. No matter if your shopping list is long or short, filled with people naughty or nice, consult this gift guide to find the perfect present this holiday season.


The latest in technology is always a popular gift for the holidays. While you might not be able to afford that $3,000 plasma television, there are plenty of price-conscious options available. Cell phones      Sprint - Samsung VGA1000 picture phone, $259.

Quick Gifts

For the folks: Tie for Dad or wrap for Mom from Banana Republic For the siblings: Scarf, gloves and socks from H&M For the chef: Cookbook and kitchen gadget from Williams-Sonoma For the sweet-tooth: Assortment of fine chocolates from Lindts For the spa-goer: Kiehls hand cream from Saks For the significant other: Wool or cashmere sweater from J.


The year 2003 was all about catch phrases, rooting for the underdog and celebrities on trial; getting arrested, being mauled by a tiger and running for governor. While no single moment seems to have defined the year, many of the season's most popular gifts represents the various trends of 2003.

Home Entertainment

Choice CDs ?????Missy Elliott, This is Not a Test (Goldmind/Elektra) ?????Jay Z, The Black Album (Roc-a-Fella) ?????Outkast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista) ?????Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen (Legacy Recordings) ?????Johnny Cash, Unearthed (Lost Highway) ?????Ryan Adams, lloRnkcoR (Lost Highway) ?????Blink 182, Blink 182 (Geffen) ?????The Strokes, Room on Fire (RCA) ?????Belle and Sebastian, Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Rough Trade) ?????Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers (Virgin) ?????Harry Connick Jr.

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by Bryn Flager

GW law professor fights for restroom rights GW law professor John Banzhaf is lobbying on behalf of a bill introduced Wednesday in New York that calls for more women's than men's restrooms in public facilities. Banzhaf said the bill shows women are standing up for their rights "even if they can't stand up while exercising those rights," according to CNN.


by Marcus Mrowka

Sex offender arrested in dissappearence of U. North Dakota Student (U-WIRE) GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., a convicted sexual offender and a suspect in the kidnapping of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin, appeared in Grand Forks County Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing on kidnapping charges.

McKeown's path to success: How he made it to Foggy Bottom and the times he almost left

by Jeff Nelson

From an up and down playing career thats ending involved Dick Vitale, to working as a steel salesman in Arkansas before finally making it as a coach, to tougher times in recent years that almost saw him leave GW, Joe McKeown's path to succes has been quite the odyssey.

Journalists discuss radio history

by Andrew Siddons

A group of revered radio journalists gathered at GW Sunday to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and discuss the relationship presidents have had with radio. More than 200 people attended the event, which featured journalists Richard C.


by Bryn Flager

D.C. funds arts program The District granted the Shakespeare Theater $20 million for a new stage last week. The money could be the beginning of $100 million worth of funding for D.C.'s art community. Historically, D.C.'s total annual contribution for the arts has been under $1 million, but Mayor Anthony Williams hopes to make funding for such venues more of a priority throughout the next year, The Washington Post reported.


In the article "GW to fund external SA audit" (Dec. 4, p. 1), The Hatchet reported that the Student Association Senate rejected a bill to call for "independent financial review of the (SA)." The bill was referred to committee for review. A photograph of the band Hot Hot Heat was mistakenly identified as a picture of The White Stripes (Dec.

Column: SJS must revise hookah policy

by Timothy Kalidas

University policy states that if a hookah is discovered in your room, it may be confiscated by University Police for testing. If it turns out that you were using it for its intended purpose - smoking flavored tobacco - you get it back. However, if they realize that you still have your hookah, they can re-confiscate it, re-test it and return it to you after they realize once again that you're using it for what it's made for.

Staff Editorial: A good first step

The Office of Housing Services recently released its guidelines for the housing selection process for the 2004-05 school year. These guidelines represent many positive departures from the controversial plan Housing Services presented to students last year, but officials must still address chronic problems in this year's housing selection process.

Column: Action needed to save historical GW

by Andrew Novak

"Here in Spartan splendor strolled the faculty in black silk robes; here waited the carriage of President John Quincy Adams as he attended a new professor's opening lecture; here Stephen Chapin presided over the institution that was to become The George Washington University," wrote the late Elmer Louis Kayser of a section of town not far from Howard University, once known as College Hill, where Columbian College was founded in 1821.

Letters to the Editor

Business as usual In the Dec. 4 Hatchet, Zej Moczydlowski gave readers a lesson in "Business in the real world"(p. 4). I must first point out that Aramark, the AFL-CIO and the Progressive Student Union have been dealing with business in the real world long before he or I gave our two cents.

Column: Workers rights are human rights

by Rob Penney

In the fall of 2001, facing pervasive harassment from management including threats to their immigration status, sexual abuse and intimidation as well as ethnic and racial slurs, workers at a small bakery tried to form a union for their facility. The company responded by firing workers engaged in the campaign and with further sexual harassment and abuse, threats to close the factory if workers voted to form a union, and by physically assaulting and threatening pro-union employees.

From the right A discredited mantra

by Gary Livacari

Just browsing through Paul Begala's conservative smear tirade, "It's Still the Economy, Stupid," is a truly painful experience. The book is widely revered in the usual Democratic circles as the definitive, "must have" guide for exploiting the supposedly flawed economic policies of the Bush administration.

From the left: Only one touchdown

by James Scott Gilbreath

There is one aspect of football that always fascinates me the few times I watch it. No matter how badly the team is getting beat, a player will always celebrate a touchdown as if he just saved the game. While pretending to enjoy a football game this Thanksgiving, I couldn't help thinking about Republicans when observing this phenomenon.

ESIA concentration cut stirs concern

by Aaron Huertas

A semester after the Elliott School of International Affairs cut its international media and communications concentration, students and professors said GW suffered an unfortunate loss. The concentration combined ESIA and School of Media and Public Affairs classes and was the only program of its kind at GW.

Campus Calendar

Emocapella show and CD release Free show, group will be selling new CD, I'm Sorry, for $10 9 p.m. Marvin Center Continental Ballroom A debate on slavery reparations moderated by attorney Johnnie Cochran 8 to 9 p.m. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building Young Women of Color - D.

Students perform holiday concert

by Ashton Tebbe

The gothic-inspired style of The United Church stands out amidst the commercial buildings of 20th and G streets. Inside, GW's Chamber Choir performed its holiday concert Friday and Saturday nights. The 31 members of the GW Chamber Choir, led by conductor and Director of Choral Activities Matthew Mehaffey, sang Hanukkah and Christmas.

Officials aim to curb cheating

by Brad Honigman

Most GW classrooms feature a black and gold plaque on the wall warning students that "The right answer comes from you." The signs were put there to make students think twice about cheating, plagiarizing or turning in work that is not theirs. Tim Terpstra, director of the Office of Academic Integrity, said that of the approximately 100 cases the office receives in a calendar year, roughly half involve plagiarism.

Study abroad numbers rise

by Andrea Nurko

Although a recently enacted study abroad policy limited the number of foreign destinations at which students can study this year, more GW students spent the fall semester abroad, and officials said they expect a participation increase for next semester. Director of Study Abroad Lynn Leonard said about 230 undergraduates studied abroad this semester, up almost 10 percent from fall 2002.

CADE reviews alcohol campaign

by Ellaine Gelman

Although GW's alcohol-related hospitalizations dropped slightly this semester, the University may discontinue its three-year-old anti-binge drinking campaign at the end of the spring. There were 39 alcohol-related hospitalizations since September, down from 44 at this time in 2002, according to Student Judicial Services.

Brief: IFC elects new president

by Aaron Huertas

The Interfraternity Council elected Ben Block, a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, as its new president Thursday. The IFC is the governing board of on-campus fraternities and is made up of members of the various organizations. Block, a junior, will be taking over for outgoing president Norman Pentelovitch, a member of Kappa Sigma.

Intramural Roundup

by Jeff Nelson

Floor hockey nears completion The 2003 Floor Hockey league opened its playoffs Friday with men's quarterfinal action that saw no game decided by more than three goals. Monday's games include the women's and men's semifinals, with the league championships for men's, women's and co-rec set for Tuesday.

Club Roundup

by Jeff Nelson

Kendo takes first at Cornell The Kendo club A-team took first place at Cornell University's 4th Annual Kendo Tournament Nov. 15 and 16. At the All Hallows Tournament the next week, Summerlin Walker was promoted to Nidan and the status of instructor, while Jaewoo Kim was promoted to Sandan.

Women sloppy in blowout wins

by Joshua Meredith

GW Head Coach Joe McKeown said the women's basketball team needed some "feel good wins" after returning home from a tough trip to the Bahamas. But while the Colonials beat Syracuse Thursday and Howard Saturday, each by more than 20 points, the games were not exactly "feel good.

Zags overpower GW in BB&T final

by Alan Siegel

Gonzaga senior Blake Stepp caught everyone's attention Saturday with a 27-point shooting display in the Bulldogs' win over Maryland, including the GW coaching staff, which challenged point guard T.J. Thompson to shut down Stepp on Sunday.

Losses force Aramark cuts

by Michael Barnett

Aramark officials considered closing Big Burger and Provisions Market Too, among other significant schedule and staffing changes, earlier this semester as the on-campus food provider copes with a 30 percent decrease in revenue. Faced with the loss in business, Aramark, which operates most on-campus food venues, also proposed changes that included the reduction in some venues' hours of operation, according to a document obtained last week by The Hatchet.

GW alters housing options

by Ellaine Gelman

Rising juniors and seniors will be able to return to live in on-campus housing, and GW will offer co-ed housing in Scholars Village townhouses next year - part of several changes the University will implement for students living on campus in the fall. Housing Services officials said last week that they have preliminary plans to allow "selected" upperclassmen to keep their current rooms for a second year and that they are adding Greek-letter-specific residence hall floors and more townhouses around campus.

Rizzo murder trial nears end

by Gabriel Okolski

A federal trial is scheduled to end this week for the confessed murderer of GW student Jonathan Michael Rizzo. After a nine-day break for Thanksgiving, a Massachusetts federal jury began to hear arguments in defense of Gary Sampson, who will either get the death penalty or life in prison for the killings of Rizzo and two other men in July 2001.

2004 presidential hopeful speaks at MVC

by Katie Rooney

Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun discussed the spontaneity of her decision to run for president and criticized a remark by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean at GW Thursday. Speaking to about 30 students from the Elizabeth J. Somers Women's Leadership Program at the Mount Vernon Campus, Braun said she originally planned to restore her family's farm in Alabama after her three-year stint as ambassador to New Zealand ended in 2001.

Column: Some questions answered, others raised

by Brian Costa

A year ago, the BB&T Classic turned out to be a pretty accurate snapshot of the season for GW. The Colonials played well enough to win against two Top 25 teams, as they would in nearly all of their games against top Atlantic 10 opponents, but did not have the defensive toughness late in the games to finish the job.

ISS attempts to repair e-mail system

by Mosheh Oinounou

Posted 8 p.m., Dec. 8: Information System Services officials are attempting to repair a software issue which brought down GW e-mail service around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

E-mail service remains stable

by Julie Gordon

Posted: Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. -- Technology officials are monitoring GW's e-mail system after more than a day of sporadic service.

Bush visits troops in Iraq on Thanksgiving

by Vanessa Maltin

Posted 8:00pm December 4

Women's basketball upsets Boston College in overtime thriller

by Jeff Nelson and Joshua Meredith

Posted Thursday, Dec. 11, 12:15 a.m. The GW women's basketball team blew a 13-point lead over Boston College in the last six minutes of regulation Wednesday at the Smith Center, but senior Marsheik Witherspoon's lay-up with ten seconds remaning in overtime gave the Colonials a 76-75 victory over the previously undefeated and 23rd-ranked (Associated Press) Eagles.

Men's basketball loses fourth in a row at No. 10 St. Joseph's

by Alan Siegel

Posted Saturday, Jan. 3, 11:15 p.m. St. Joseph’s guard Jameer Nelson could not do much last January in his team’s 74-68 loss to the GW men’s basketball team. Almost a year later, Nelson got some payback by racking up 29 points in his team’s 90-81 win over the Colonials Saturday afternoon in front of 3,200 fans at Alumni Memorial Field House in Philadelphia.

Students nosh on free food at Breakfast

by Kyle Stoneman

Posted Friday, Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. Students in midst of studying for finals got a break Wednesday night, as faculty members and staff served them an assortment of free food at Midnight Breakfast.

Louisiana Democrat could be youngest in Congress

by Marcus Mrowka

Posted 4:30pm December 15

Gore endorses Dean

by Melissa Kronfeld

Posted 4:45pm December 15

Women pull off second straight upset of Top 25 team

by Jeff Nelson

Posted Friday, Dec. 19, 12:57 a.m. To find the origin of why the GW women's basketball team dominated the University of Oregon at the Smith Center Thursday night, you actually have to look back more than 15 years. At that time, GW head coach Joe McKeown was at New Mexico State University, and he was learning the intricacies of a special zone defense from Fred Litzenberger, then an assistant men's coach at Colorado State University.

Interview with Ben Affleck

by Nora Leerhsen

In his upcoming film "Paycheck" (Paramount Pictures), Ben Affleck plays a genius whose work for high tech corporations requires that his memory be periodically erased. "Paycheck" is directed by acclaimed action film director John Woo ("Broken Arrow", "Face/Off") and has a cast that includes Uma Thurman and Aaron Eckhart. In a recent Hatchet interview, Affleck discussed his relation to this character, working with director John Woo, and even a little bit about being at GW.

Women's basketball falls short of upset over No. 5 Lady Volunteers

by Joshua Meredith

Posted Tuesday, Dec. 30, 11:35 p.m. The GW women's basketball team played its closest game yet against No. 5 (Associated Press) Tennessee Tuesday night at the Smith Center but still could not find a way to beat the Lady Volunteers, losing 65-51 and falling to 0-4 in the all-time series between the two teams. The game marked the Colonials' last game of 2003 and the last before Atlantic 10 play begins next week.

BREAKING NEWS: Jury sentences Rizzo's killer to death

by Gabriel Okolski

Posted Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m. After ten hours of deliberation, a federal jury sentenced the confessed murderer of GW student Jonathan Michael Rizzo to death Tuesday.

BREAKING NEWS: GW student found dead

by Michael Barnett

Posted: Friday Dec. 26, 5:30 p.m. -- The lifeless body of GW Law School student Chris Bartok was found in the Potomac River last weekend, University officials said.

Big Fish, Big Fun

by Jesse Stanchak

"Big Fish" may be the strangest, most dazzling, whimsical, downright gorgeous film of the year.

BREAKING NEWS: Authorities investigate student's death

by Michael Barnett

Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. -- D.C. officials are still investigating the death of GW Law School student Chris Bartok, whose lifeless body was found in the Potomac River two weeks ago.

Women's basketball opens Atlantic 10 play with two wins in Ohio

by Joshua Meredith

Posted Monday, Jan. 5, 11:40 p.m. The GW women’s basketball team continued its dominance over Dayton in an easy 71-51 victory Monday night in Dayton, Ohio. The Colonials moved to 16-0 against the Flyers all-time, 8-4 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10.