Monday, September 19, 2005

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Monday Interview preparation session 4 to 5 p.m. Marvin Center 302 Sponsored by the Career Center Monument Walk A social event to raise awareness about issues surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the military and how they affect political policy.

GW Briefs

Students can stop into photo booth In addition to soda, vending and automatic teller machines, students can now buy photo strips on the ground floor of the Marvin Center in a new picture-taking kiosk installed last month. Nancy Haaga, director of GW Auxiliary and Institutional Services, said administrators decided to install the "Foto Fun Strip" booth, from Fantasy Entertainment, Inc.

It ain't Long Island: Sin City living

by Sarah Fellman

Forget the first 10 people you met at GW -- not everyone is from Long Island. Or New Jersey, for that matter. Or even Pennsylvania. Though many times you may hear students asking one another "Nassau or Suffolk County?" GW really does attract students from interesting locales all over the country and the globe.

An Egyptian greeting

by Geoff Bendeck

Junior Geoff Bendeck will spend the next two semesters studying abroad in Cairo and - Office of Study Abroad permission pending - Beirut, Lebanon. Twice a month, he will share his experiences and observations from the Middle East as one of GW's many expats.

What's the deal with... the Wheaton Metro station escalator?

Maybe it's not quite the stairway to heaven, but after getting on the Wheaton Metro station's escalator, you might start to wonder about the light at the end of the tunnel. D.C.'s Metro system is home to the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere - spanning 508 feet through a concrete tunnel.

Displaced students experience impromptu CI

by Prerna Rao

With two tubs of ice cream, free pins and decorative balloons, GW welcomed displaced New Orleans students to Washington, D.C., Friday at the University's impromptu Colonial Inauguration. Organized in just a few days, the mini-CI featured more than 20 booths in the Marvin Center's Hippodrome, manned by representatives from several University departments.

University considering options for HOVA's future

by Leah Schloss

Beginning in fall 2006, the city will no longer permit GW to house hundreds of freshmen in the Hall on Virginia Avenue, but as of yet, the University has not finalized its plans for the future of building. Sherry Rutherford, GW managing director for real estate, planning and development, said potential uses for HOVA include renovating the hotel-like rooms into small efficiency apartments to accommodate graduate students or faculty; demolishing and rebuilding HOVA; or even keeping it vacant until the University can decide how to use it.

GW Trails expanding programming

by Elise Kigner

A group of 10 GW students fled from the city last weekend in rented minivans to venture into Shenandoah National Park in West Virginia to experience surviving in the wilderness first-hand. The overnight trip, sponsored by the student-run outdoor group GW TRAILS, is part of an effort by the group to double its programming by introducing a new Weekend Adventure Series.

Men top GMU in Va.

by Joanna Shapes

FAIRFAX, Va. - As the sky darkened and the lights glared, the men's soccer team took the field in front of 383 energetic fans at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax, Va. The Colonials continued their strong play and stayed undefeated with a 2-1 victory over George Mason, in the first of two evening games GW will play this season.

Volleyball wins one on the road

by Jeffrey D'Onofrio

Starting the season on the road is always hard for a team. Competing away from home against top-level opponents is part of the college volleyball world, head coach Jojit Coronel said. The Colonials have not been able to adjust in past years and before this weekend at the State Farm Bearcat Invitational, it looked like this year would be no different.

Column: History, glory only miles away at Camden

by Jake Sherman

BALTIMORE - At some point during my schooling I learned that that history cannot be written less than two decades after the fact. Certainly, 13 years is certainly out of the question. Maybe it was luck, or maybe those pesky teachers were wrong, but since 1992, Camden Yards has hosted more than its fair share of memorable events and is one of the most beautiful and well-run parks in Major League Baseball.

Crowded field readies for mayoral race

by Catherine Villnave

Even though the city's Democratic primary is a year away, the D.C. mayoral race is already heating up. Five candidates, from City Council members to a corporate executive, have registered to compete for the District's top office. Current Mayor Anthony Williams, who is in his second term, has not yet announced whether he will run.

219 women offered bids at sorority rush

by Rony Rothken

Greek-letter recruitment began last week as GW's eight recognized sororities attempted to lure students to their organizations. Despite apprehensions by two sororities to start recruitment on the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Panhellenic Association, which oversees sororities on campus, saw a comparable turnout to previous years', hosting 400 possible recruits.

Leaders discuss D.C.'s emergency preparedness

by John Trybus

Four years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in Washington and New York, and weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, D.C. officials are questioning whether the city is adequately prepared for emergencies or disasters.

700 pounds of meat highlight Greek festival

by Niketa Brar

Traditional Greek music, dancing and 700 pounds of lamb highlighted the 45th annual Greek festival this weekend at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia Heights. "One of the things that makes a festival work is food," said Bernie Thornberg, who oversaw the preparation of the classic Greek lamb dish sold at the festival.

Pagans come out in full force at week's festival

by Emma Cosgrove

Pagan groups across the D.C. area spent the past week celebrating their different traditions and trying to get the word out about their faith. A week of events, including worship services, faith discussion sessions, drum circles, moon rituals and a healing and divination fair, culminated Saturday with the fifth annual Washington D.

Editorial: Thumbs Up Thumbs Down

SJT: businessman of the year The D.C. Chamber of Commerce named President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg "Businessman of the Year." The perception of President Trachtenberg as a businessman does not often play well with local residents. An urban university with large real estate holdings and a small endowment, however, needs a leader with a great business sense.

Column: Exploring the class of 9/12

by Adam Conner

Over the last few years there has been much written about "the class of 9/11," a title given to the recently graduated class of 2005 whose entrance into college coincided with that tragic day. The class of 9/11 seems an apt description for that particular generation of young Americans who have found themselves forever connected to and defined by that Tuesday morning.

Cartoon

by Jake Young
Hatchet Cartoonist

College Democrats, Republicans campaign in Virginia

by Sandra Perez

This fall, more than 400 students in the College Democrats and College Republicans are scheduled to become foot soldiers for their respective candidates in Virginia's gubernatorial race.

Katrina refugees say move to Armory is 'will of God'

by Katie Rooney

There are about 4,000 Gulf Coast evacuees staying in the D.C. metro area, with a little less than 200 staying at the Armory.

The old man and The Schenley: Sitting in the morning sun

by Zach Ahmad

It's just after 9 a.m. on a Tuesday and the sun is shining, which is about all it takes to make Eddie Bieber happy. Wearing a scruffy pair of Reeboks, khaki shorts and - at least for the moment - a thin white t-shirt, the 93-year-old resident of The Schenley has been sitting on a wooden bench outside the residence hall since dawn, just glad to be outdoors.

Death of two GW students may be solved

Police believe they have identified the murderer of two GW athletes who were killed in December 1988, FOX 5 reported. Alfredo Prieto, who has been on death row in California since 1992 for an unrelated killing, has been linked to the murders of GW baseball player Warren Fulton and soccer player Rachel Raver, FOX 5 reported Friday.

Photo essay: Crossing paths in Mexico

by Sam Sherraden

One rainy afternoon in Mexico, I ran into a church to take refuge - just as the rain started to clamor hard against the tin roof. I said hello to a few girls arranging flowers under the cross and I sat quietly in the back, happy to be out of the rain.

BREAKING NEWS: Seniors will not graduate on Ellipse

by Brandon Butler

Posted Monday, Sept. 19, 5:40 p.m. The May 21 graduation ceremony will not be held on the historic site because it will be under construction through summer 2006. Tracy Schario, director of media relations, said GW "has been aware for quite some time that we may not have the potential to use the site."

WEB UPDATE: Main GW Web site goes down

by Ryan Holeywell

Posted Monday, Sept. 19, 11:45 p.m. The University's homepage, www.gwu.edu, has been offline due to a "major hardware problem" since 10:20 p.m. Monday night, according to a message posted on the site. MyGW, GWeb, Blackboard and CMail all appear to be functioning normally.