Thursday, March 25, 2004

Editorial: Protect students and musicians

The introduction and proliferation of Internet file sharing programs has crippled the music recording industry. The software has enabled thousands of students to download nearly any song on demand. This ability has also drastically reduced the commercial sale of CDs.

Column: Protect student rights

by Sarah Levin

Students on this campus feel threatened. Civil liberties such as the right to privacy and free speech are at stake - and we have the chance to do something about it. At 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, the Student Association Senate will vote on a resolution seeking to protect the rights of all students on this campus by expressing concerns in light of civil liberties restrictions in the USA PATRIOT Act.

Column: Hart Murmurs: One last job

by Ben Hart

Note to Reader: Here follows a brief explanation of the extended absence of "Hart Murmurs" from this newspaper: I relocated to Grand Forks, N. D., after the stress of writing an extremely sporadic humor column combined with last year's devastating Red Sox playoff loss put me in the emergency ward one too many times.

Column: Letter from Iraq: A profile in courage

by Rich Murphy

ABU GHRAIB, IRAQ My 11 months in Iraq have taught me that courage is a relative thing, relative to situation and circumstance. In America, courage comes easy. Just flip through the channels and you'll likely catch canned human drama and death-defying bravery on one of the myriad "reality" TV shows.

Column: The terrorist iceberg

by Zej Moczydlowski

Less than three years ago, most Americans were blessedly blind and ignorant to the affairs of the world of terrorism. Most could have cared less about the happenings in far away places they still cannot find on a map; places like Afghanistan or Kabul that were about as relevant to everyday life as Antarctica.

A light that's forever: Interviews with the cast of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

by Chris Ingui

What if you received a card in the mail stating that you had been erased from your lover's memory and that you should under no circumstance attempt to contact her? Written by Charlie Kaufman, directed by Michel Gondry and starring an eclectic cast including Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Wilkinson, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (Focus Features) asks just this.

Bar Belle: Lauriol Plaza

Where: 1835 18th St. N.W. Getting in: Carded at bar/table Cover: None Dress: NYC restaraunt opening Specials: nada, so be ready to whip out those 20s Over spring break I indulged in one of my greatest vices - fashion magazines. For seven glorious days my mind was swimming with visions of Prada's fall/winter line, the whip-crack editing of Anna Wintour and photographs of beautiful socialites in even more beautiful clothing.

Life, death and aftermath

by Christopher Correa

Horizons Theatre Company is the longest running women's theater company in the country. Established in 1977 by (among others) artistic director Leslie Jacobson - chair of GW's Department of Theatre and Dance - and the film and stage actor Robert Prosky ("Mrs.

Switching brothers

by Nora Leerhsen

Marlon Wayans stars with Tom Hanks in the upcoming comedy "The Ladykillers" (Touchstone Pictures). He plays Gawein, the "inside man" of a heist, taking on the job of janitor at a casino. Wayans recently sat down with The Hatchet to discuss his latest film, what he has learned from working in the entertainment industry and what it's like to be a member of the comedic dynasty of the Wayans family.

Beyond Bob: An Interview with Kevin Smith

by Jeff Frost

Kevin Smith. His name alone can ignite passionate hatred or fanatical fanboy-ism, depending on who you talk to, so he must be doing something right. Sadly, his name can also evoke a blank stare. That is, at least, until you say, "You know ... Silent Bob?" That's when people will smile and nod.

Tapping The Rock

by Jesse Stanchak

The Rock is actually much smaller in person. And friendlier than you'd expect after his days with World Wrestling Entertainment and his tough-guy roles in recent films such as "The Rundown" and his new release, "Walking Tall" (MGM), which hits theaters next Friday.

Smith powers offense

by Joshua Meredith

Strong offense and just enough starting pitching over the last two weeks has helped the GW baseball team get back on track after a rough start to the season. After beginning the year 2-7, the Colonials have won four in a row and 11 of their last 14 games to post a record of 13-10.

Varsity Roundup

VARSITY ROUNDUP Water polo stops Terrapins The GW women's water polo team defeated Maryland 16-4 at the Smith Center Wednesday night. Senior Kira Canon had five goals for the Colonials and junior Kendra Shanley also had a strong match offensively.

Sports Brief: Penders hired at Houston

Penders hired at Houston The University of Houston hired former GW men's basketball coach Tom Penders this week, the Associated Press reported. He is replacing Ray McCallum, who resigned March 8 after compiling a 44-72 record in four seasons. "If (Roger) Clemens and Andy Pettite think (Houston) is a good place to finish up their careers, it's good enough for me," Penders told the AP.

Snapshot: A new economic world

Spring Break in Review: Students face Madrid bombing, Kerry speaks at GW

Sen. Kerry speaks at GW Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry called for a military family bill of rights in a speech at GW's Jack Morton Auditorium last Wednesday. Kerry is also set to speak alongside former Vermont Governor Howard Dean at a campaign rally in Kogan Plaza Thursday morning.

SMPA task force looks to cut EMDA major

by Natalie Gontcharova

A School of Media and Public Affairs report released last week recommended phasing out the electronic media major and offering only two majors - either political communication or journalism and mass media with various concentrations. An implementation committee, consisting of nine faculty members and professionals, will consider whether to use suggestions made by a task force studying the school since first semester.

Armed robbers strike GW area

by Rachel Zavala

Armed robbers held up a student and local restaurant Sunday night in separate incidents that Metropolitan Police officials said appear to be unrelated. A male sophomore was the victim of a robbery at the corner of 21st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, according to a University Police crime report.

Alumnus dies in N.Y. fire

by Julie Gordon and Gabriel Okolski

A GW alumnus perished in a fire in his parents' Long Island home Friday. Mark Bernetti, who graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in history, was the only member of his family to die in the blaze. Friends of Bernetti remember a man who loved life and lived each moment to its fullest.

Munson Hall bomb scare causes evacuation

by Michael Barnett

A pipe bomb scare led Metropolitan and University Police to evacuate Munson Hall and cordon off several campus streets for about a half an hour Monday night. At 10:15 p.m., UPD officers found what they thought was a pipe bomb in the plastic bag of a black male in the basement of the University Parking Garage, UPD Inspector Ross Trimarchi said.

Crime log

Burglary II 3/20 - Crawford Hall open case A female student reported that her laptop was stolen from her room during spring break. Disorderly Conduct 3/18 - Gelman Library 7:56 p.m. - case closed A male alumnus became "irate" after library staff asked him to produce identification.

Senate to begin training

by Tiago Forte

The primarily new Student Associate Senate will undergo intense training in the coming weeks to prepare for its transition in April. Although senators typically have some training, Anyah Dembling, executive vice president-elect, said she plans to make the process more formalized this year.

Media students travel to London

by Katie Considine

GW sent its first Living and Learning Community abroad this spring break, allowing 18 freshmen to study international media in England. The Press Room community, which studies different types of media, spent the week visiting various news organizations and tourist attractions.

Birth control advocates rally on campus

by Caitlin Carroll

Student activists gathered in Kogan Plaza Monday afternoon to call for easier access to emergency contraception at colleges nationwide The event recognized Back Up Your Birth Control Day, a national effort to make emergency contraception pills more accessible.

New York protestors march against war

by Gabriel Okolski

NEW YORK -Thousands of protesters marched through Manhattan Saturday, calling for the withdrawal of foreign armies from Iraq a year after American-led troops invaded the country. The rally and march were organized by ANSWER - Act Now to Stop War and End Racism - and United for Peace and Justice as part of a global day of action against the U.

Campus Calendar

Thursday Campaign rally with Sen. John Kerry and former Virginia Governor Howard Dean 10:30 a.m. Kogan Plaza Student Leaders Date Auction 8 p.m. Hippodrome "Transformations in 21st Century Religio-Ethnic Identity: The Comparative Case of U.S. and Israeli Jews" 3:30 to 5 p.

Kerry to rally on Kogan Plaza

by Ryan Holeywell and Gabriel Okolski

Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry will address the GW community for the second time in a week and officially receive the support of Howard Dean at a Kogan Plaza rally Thursday. With Dean's support, Kerry will seek to show that the Democrats are united in their effort to take back the White House in the November election.

Students face file-sharing lawsuits

by Michael Barnett

GW community members are being targeted in the recording industry's latest wave of lawsuits against online file-sharers. The Recording Industry Association of America announced Tuesday that it will bring legal action against an unidentified number of GW students and staff in its effort to curb illegal file-sharing on networks such as KaZaA.

University to test water for lead

by Mosheh Oinounou

The University will be testing all campus water for lead in the coming weeks after officials discovered at least one on-campus building has a lead service line. While an initial check found that residential buildings on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses are not supplied by lead pipe lines, GW inspectors found a lead service line leading to the Judaic Studies Department townhouse at 2142 G St.

GW cancels softball season

by Alan Siegel

The University canceled the GW softball team's season Monday after seven games due to multiple injuries that have kept the team off the field since Feb. 29. Amid allegations that head coach Shaunte' Fremin mentally and physically abused players, the University also hired an independent investigator this week to look into Fremin and the athletic department.

Review: "Jersey Girl:" A perfect fit

by Jeff Frost

Let's get one thing straight. Everyone should stop hating Ben Affleck for no reason. He wrote one of the greatest screenplays of the '90s - yes, I'm referring to "Good Will Hunting." And we all saw "Armageddon" and thought to ourselves at least once, "Hey, that's pretty bad ass.

Review: Buzzkill: "The Ladykillers" not funny enough

by Nora Leerhsen

Joel and Ethan Coen have teamed up with Tom Hanks to remake the 1955 classic "The Ladykillers" (Touchstone Pictures). The comedy tells the story of charlatan professor Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, Ph.D (Hanks), and his attempt at an extravagant casino heist that he hopes will make him and his fellow criminals very wealthy. After placing an ad in the paper, Higginson assembles a group of mismatched men to perform the deed. All of their meetings take place under the roof of an unsuspecting, church-going old lady, Mrs. Munson (Irma P. Hall). In order to use her home as headquarters, the quirky bunch must pose as musicians who need her basement to practice their church music.

Web Extra: MPD investigates student drowning

by Michael Barnett

Posted 12:20 p.m., Sunday, March 28 -- Metropolitan Police are investigating the apparent drowning of a male GW student in the Tidal Basin late Saturday night.

D.C. youth turn to art

by Vanessa Maltin

Posted 4:00pm March 28

Dean endorses Kerry

by Aaron Huertas

Posted 4:01pm March 28