Monday, October 17, 2005

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Monday REAL Conversations A discussion on the decline of men on college campuses 7 to 9 p.m. Mount Vernon Campus Pub Sponsored by the Student Activities Center Tuesday Discussion of the war in Colombia, negotiations for peace and implications for the 2006 election Noon to 1 p.

GW Briefs

GW continues collaboration with XM Radio This month marks the one-year anniversary of GW's partnership with XM Satellite Radio and Tony Bennett's Exploring the Arts foundation in producing "GW Presents Beyond Category," a weekly two-hour radio series showcasing the music of songwriters and musicians.

Staff Editorial: Health and Safety intrusions foster student contempt

Attempting to mitigate potential fire and safety risks in residence halls, GW hired an outside contractor to conduct health and safety inspections in students' rooms. During the check, the inspectors have a mandate to confiscate items such as candles, weapons, halogen lamps and other items the University lists as prohibited.

Adam Conner: Don't expect funny from Jon Stewart

by Adam Conner

On Friday, a year and six days after his now-legendary appearance on CNN's now-defunct debate program, "Crossfire," Jon Stewart will mark his return to GW with two appearances during parents and alumni weekend. Last year, on Oct. 15, Jon Stewart traveled to Washington for a special appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," which he was fond of criticizing on "The Daily Show" with segments such as "great moments in punditry . as read by children" and constantly referring to "Crossfire" co-host Bob Novak as a "douchebag.

Cartoon: Republican downfall

by Jake Young

Pulling away at the polls: Some students don't vote like their parents

by Abe Lubetkin

Cindy Norden was chatting with a family friend at a party in September when the topic of conversation turned to Cindy's daughter, Megan, a GW freshman. "Is she involved with any school organizations?" Cindy recalls her friend, a Democratic Massachusetts state representative, asking.

Escapes: Potomac sunsets

by Dan Kirkwood

D.C. might not be an outdoorsman's paradise, but this big city has more to offer than concrete jungles and asphalt gardens. The nation's capital is actually an extremely outdoor-friendly city, with miles of trails, parks and waterways. So, interested in crossing a stream rather than 23rd Street? Or want to ditch the cab for a bike? Here is the fourth in a series of stories profiling some of D.

GW Expat: Face to face with Hezbollah

by Geoff Bendeck

Junior Geoff Bendeck, an international affairs major, will spend two semesters studying abroad in Cairo and Beirut, Lebanon. Twice a month, he will share his experiences and observations from the Middle East as one of GW's many expats. "I not member of Hezbollah, but I support very much," the manager of the restaurant said.

Download dealings: students skirt music piracy regulations

by Zach Ahmad

Like many college students, Jason Sterlacci has a lot of music stored on his computer. Also like many of his peers, he hasn't paid for much of it. Sitting in his dorm room in Ivory Tower, the senior uses a program called myTunes Redux to browse through nearly 50,000 songs from more than 100 people in his building.

What's the deal with ... no J Street in D.C.?

The only J Street in the District is at the corner of 21st and H streets. In a salute to one of D.C.'s left-out letters, GW named its food court J Street when the place was renovated in 1994. Students, however, may not know the real reason Washington's alphabet-ordered street plan jumps from I Street to K Street.

Karen Hughes defends Middle East trip at SMPA

by Clayton McCleskey

Amid rising public opposition to the war in Iraq, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes asserted that "freedom is a universal desire" in a speech at GW on Friday. Hughes, who had just returned to America from a trip to the Middle East, reiterated that Iraq's constitution vote this past weekend offered evidence that "on an even playing field, freedom will triumph over tyranny.

Gelman to add 300 graphic novels

by Eric Roper

A graphic novelist and a scholar of comics gave keynote speeches Friday night at an event commemorating the addition of more than 300 graphic novels to Gelman Library. Over the next year, the University will be adding the graphic novels, which are defined as comics of at least 48 pages that tell a story.

Facebook rival already has 500 GW members

by Elisabeth Best

While facebook.com has become an essential to college campuses, this year the most popular college networking Web site has a new rival. Last month a group of students launched XuQa.com - a racier alternate social directory that has sparked competition between the two Web sites.

Frisbee causes sprinklers to flood New Hall

by Angel Castaner

Students were forced to evacuate New Hall Friday afternoon after students playing Frisbee in one of the hallways hit either a fire alarm or sprinkler head, causing the sprinklers to go off. Witnesses on the ninth floor said a fire alarm began to sound and the sprinklers began to spray water all over the hallway.

Building the University: Freemasonry, SJT and GW

by Aaron Huertas

It's been traced back to orchestrating the Jack the Ripper killings, concealing the true identity of Jesus' children and secretly running the world. Closer to home, this semi-secret organization has ties to GW through University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg.

University confiscates student property deemed unsafe

by Jenette Axelrod

Changes to inspection procedures have left some students missing their private property and calling confiscation of prohibited items unreasonable and invasive. GW has contracted a private company to conduct health and safety inspections previously performed by CLLC employees.

Student charged with aggravated assault claims self-defense

by Katie Rooney

A GW student is being held without bond until a Wednesday court hearing after he struck and kicked another GW student in the face during an altercation outside of a downtown nightclub in the early hours of Oct. 9. Junior Chad Harris Dauman, a transfer student from the State University of New York-Albany, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, which was later changed to aggravated assault by the U.S. District Attorney's Office for D.C.

Softball shuts out two local squads

by Andrew Alberg

Instead of playing one game the length of two normal ones, like the Astros and Braves' 18-inning marathon two weeks ago, the GW softball team played two games half as long as normally scheduled Saturday. In the final games of their fall season, the Colonials won both parts of their doubleheader via the eight-run "mercy rule," first against Catholic 8-0, then against Villa Julie (Md.

Colonials Invasion jump-starts basketball season

by Adam R. Tannenbaum

Throngs of students jammed the sidewalks of 22nd and G streets to check out Colonial Invasion 2005, the official start of what senior forward Mike Hall predicted will be "a special season." The doors of the Smith Center opened at 7:45 p.m., and thousands of eager students shuffled in to the band's rendition of the GW Fight Song.

Men's soccer splits with Philly foes

by Joanna Shapes

After losing two games on the road at Dayton and Xavier, the GW men's soccer team returned to the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex for a weekend of soccer, defeating St. Joseph's 6-1 Friday before falling to Temple 1-0 Sunday afternoon. Temple 1, GW 0 The Temple Owls returned to Washington in a rematch of last year's Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, where the Colonials defeated Temple 2-0.

Water polo drops two to ranked teams

by Andrew Alberg

For the GW water polo team, beating 11th ranked Princeton is difficult to begin with, as evidenced by its 0-2 record versus the Tigers this season entering Sunday. Beating them without ejected coach Scott Reed, the Colonials found out, was impossible. GW lost both games of its doubleheader, first 11-9 to No.

WEB EXTRA: Creative force behind Coggins competes on "Iron Chef"

by Jayme Schomann

Students know him from contributions to works such as "The Guido," "Brawny Beef" and "Turkey Cool Ranch." He had his own television show on the Food Network. He owns two restaurants. And now Michael Symon has another accolade under his belt: a competition against the Iron Chef.

WEB EXTRA: Katrina relief raises $6,200

The Student Association-organized Katrina relief week raised about $6,200 from Oct. 6-10, said sophomore Casey Pond, the SA executive's vice president of public affairs. "We are very pleased with both the turnout of students at these events as well as the funds raised for this tragedy," Pond said.

WEB EXTRA: Sorority hosts fourth annual "Miss Freshman Pageant"

by Evelyne Freiermuth

Toochi Ngwangwa was crowned Miss Freshman 2005 out of a group of 11 contestants Sunday night during a pageant ceremony emphasizing students' academic achievements, community service participation, creativity and personality. The Miss Freshman Pageant, which focused on the theme "Excellence: Unified through Purpose and Poise," was hosted by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and was open to all freshmen.

Federal proposal targets opinionated profs

by Zach Ahmad

Bush aides illegally bought positive news coverage, say officials

by Alexandra Aaron

Students overestimate peer alcohol use, study finds

by Matthew Johnson

Public colleges losing state support

by Alex Abnos