Monday, April 3, 2006

Staff Editorial: Vote for Thorpe

The Student Association run-off election presents students with a clear choice between two polar opposite candidates. Morgan Corr represents the so-called SA insider camp while Lamar Thorpe brings some SA experience with a fresh outlook and enthusiasm for student government.

Staff Editorial: Lasky for EVP

The two candidates left in the executive vice presidential race are competent and committed. Josh Lasky's experience navigating the University bureaucracy and his grasp of how to pragmatically address student issues, however, separates him substantially from Angela Chang.

Tim Kaldas: Stop the games with adjunct union

by Tim Kaldas

In October 2004 the adjunct faculty voted to form a union affiliated with SEIU 500 and engage in collective bargaining with the University. The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board, the federal body meant to oversee and arbitrate disputes surrounding unions and unionization.

Susan Goldstein: Don't forget Mississippi

by Susan Goldstein

Ever since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, I have been consumed with thoughts about the well-being of the people who live there. I read about Katrina and saw the news reports, but to see the situation first-hand, six months later, you wouldn't believe that so many people's lives are not even close to being "normal.

John Bennett: Let immigrants in

Half a million people protested in Los Angeles over immigration March 25. It was the largest demonstration in the history of LA. A year ago, few beyond the Minutemen - an anti-illegal migrant vigilante group - and Hispanic activists were discussing immigration.

Will Donovan: In defense of University Counseling Center

by Will Donovan

It occurs to me that several people I know might be reading this letter, and as we all know, it's pretty hard to mask identity and protect privacy when it's your own. In the words of Bon Jovi, "Well it's all the same, only the names are changed ." But look, my name is Will Donovan and I have battled with depression all my life.

Calendar

Monday The Proliferation Crisis in Iran: A Failure of Global Governance? Join a panel of State Department officials and international affairs scholars to discuss the current situation in Iran. 6 to 8 p.m. 1957 E Street Rm. 602 Sponsored by the GW Center for the Study of Globalization Wednesday Reading from "My Body Politic" Simi Linton, prominent activist and founder of Disability/Arts, will be sharing her latest work.

GW Briefs

GW graduate programs got higher marks The GW Law School is the 19th best in the country, according to the "America's Best Graduate Schools" edition of U.S. News & World Report that will hit newsstands Monday. This year's ranking is one spot higher than last year's among the 180 accredited law schools nationwide.

Corrections

In the March 23 Greek Brief ("Omicron Delta Kappa begins application process," p. 2), the group was erroneously identified as a community service organization. It is a leadership fraternity. Also, the organization will be sponsoring a leadership symposium for high school students this month.

Pinnock to declare for NBA

by Jake Sherman

With the success of the GW men's basketball team comes recognition, and for fans, it may bring anxiety about players jumping ship early to go professional. Those fears were realized last week: Junior Danilo (J.R.) Pinnock told The Hatchet Thursday afternoon that he will declare for the NBA draft taking place in June.

Not your average aerobics class

by Nicole Wetherell

The University's K gym on 23rd Street looks like a traditional school gymnasium, but on the eastern-most wall, there is a big, parchment scroll. "It's not best to win a hundred out of a hundred battles, rather the highest level of skill is to defeat the opponent without engaging in battle," the scroll says in Chinese characters.

Ask the Hatchet Geek: Locked, but not loaded

Senior Kunal Johar, The Hatchet Geek, is a computer science major and co-founder of www.computerhelpdc.com. Twice a month, he will solve typical computer problems students face. E-mail The Hatchet Geek your computer queries at hatchetgeek@computerhelpdc.com.

Dancing kings and queens

by Maura Judkis and Priya Ramanathan
Hatchet Reporters

The South Asian Society's 13th annual Bhangra Blowout went off without a hitch Saturday night, but the fatal stabbing at last year's celebration was still on the minds of many at DAR Constitution Hall. Thirteen teams from across the country competed for prizes of up to $4,000 in the style of dance and music that originates from the Punjab region of India.

GW, DCPS release plans for F Street dorm and high school renovations

by Katie Rooney

The GW dormitory to be built directly behind the School Without Walls at 22nd and G streets will include apartment-style rooms with four single bedrooms and two bathrooms to each suite, according to building plans released by the University and D.C. Public Schools in late March.

GW scientist develops sign-language glove

by Angel Castaner

A GW research scientist is working to change the way those who use sign language communicate with the world. A device, developed by Jose Hernandez-Rebollar and funded by the federal Department of Education, features a glove that reads hand motions and arm elevation to determine what a deaf person is signing with his hand.

Former SA president will likely decline Senate seat

Just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in. With two write-in votes, former Student Association President Omar Woodard won a seat in the SA Senate last week. But don't expect him to take office. Woodard, a first-year graduate student in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and presidential administrative fellow, said he does not plan on taking the seat because he has "a whole lot of other things going on.

General Election Winners

General Election Winners Note: Runoff election for SA President and Executive Vice President will occur this Wednesday and Thursday. President Runoff: Morgan Corr (Real GW): 904 Runoff: Lamar Thorpe: 727 Elliot Rozenberg (GWUnited): 675 Nick D'Addario (The College Party): 391 Casey Pond: 320 Daniel Mittelberger: 69 Nate Hayward: 30 Executive Vice President Runoff: Josh Lasky (GWUnited): 914 Runoff: Angela (Angie) Chang (Real GW): 844 Kirk Haldeman: 826 Kristen Walker (The College Party): 470 Program Board Executive Chair Bea Querido: 1346 Program Board Vice Chair Dustin G.

UPD earns elite certification

by Robert Parker

GW's University Police Department joined an elite group of less than 1 percent of campus police departments late last month after it received national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. CALEA is a voluntary accreditation agency that assesses law enforcement agencies across the country at all levels.

Hatchet named region's best non-daily college paper

For the third year in a row, The Hatchet won the Society of Professional Journalists' award for regional best non-daily college newspaper at the organization's awards conference Saturday. The Hatchet and its staffers won a total of 13 Mark of Excellence awards, including seven first-place awards, in the mid-Atlantic region that includes college publications in D.

EMeRG event discusses Homeland security

by Iris Somberg
Hatchet Reporter

For 10 years the GW Emergency Medical Response Group has been giving students medical care free of direct charge. Last week the student organization sponsored two events in celebration of its 10-year anniversary and to raise its campus profile. On Friday in 1957 E St.

Controversial feminist Paglia addresses honors students

by Paloma Ellis
Hatchet Reporter

The perceived weakness and disintegration of the American humanities education was the topic of discussion at the biannual honors symposium held Friday night. Camille Paglia - a noted author, university professor of 30 years and controversial orator - spoke to an audience of approximately 90 students, teachers and guests Friday about her concerns with what she termed the faltering of the humanities department at the American university.

Admissions office says SAT mistakes won't have major effects

by Reed Cooley
Hatchet Reporter

About 150 GW undergraduate applications were affected by the grading problems that plagued nearly 5,000 SAT test-takers this year, but the mistake will have little or no effect on the admissions process, University officials said. Kathryn Napper, director of Undergraduate Admissions at GW, said she received the names of affected students shortly after the College Board investigated the problem.

New Verizon antenna set to be built on Funger by late summer

by Elizabeth Kamens

Students using Verizon cell phones next year should have drastically better reception on campus. The University and the cell phone carrier agreed to a contract after seven months of negotiations that will place an antenna atop Funger Hall. The contract was signed last week, and the University expects the new Verizon antenna system to be up and running by late summer, said David Swartz, vice president and chief information officer for University Information Systems & Services.

GW Law student threatens lawsuit against Hillel over terrorist allegations

by Eric Roper

A student accused of having links to terrorists is threatening to sue two prominent Jewish organizations if allegations against him are not dropped immediately. Fadi Kiblawi, a third-year law student, continues to deny claims made in an e-mail sent last week over the Hillel listserv that he is a terrorist.

GW loses A-10 opener

by Michael Loeb

Momentum swung back and forth. The GW women's lacrosse team fought hard but lost to ninth-ranked Richmond 16-14. Junior attacker Laura Hostetler found the net four times in the Colonials' Atlantic 10 opener at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex Sunday. Midfielder Kristin Karcsh, attacker Annie Howley and defenseman Katelyn Honeyford chipped in two goals each.

Colonials drop two in league series

by Drew Rifkin

ARLINGTON, Va. - Against Rhode Island in a weekend series, relief pitching was the trump card. The Colonials dropped Friday's contest 7-0, lost Saturday 9-6 and won Sunday 4-2. On Sunday, GW baseball coach Steve Mrowka used relief pitchers in the first two innings before bringing in junior Derek Haese for three and two-thirds innings.

Runoff to feature Thorpe vs. Corr, Lasky vs. Chang

by Brandon Butler

The Real GW slate, led by Student Association presidential candidate Morgan Corr and Angela Chang for executive vice president, almost pulled off an election sweep last week. But for the sweep to be complete, Corr and Chang will have to win this week's runoff on Wednesday and Thursday.

SA elections see 11 percent increase in voting

by Brandon Butler

About 375 more students voted in this year's Student Association general election compared to last year - an 11 percent increase that people close to the election attribute to better placement of online voting stations and the presence three slates this year.

Lulu's celebrates its final party Friday night

by Prerna Rao

Hundreds of college students swarmed Lulu's Club Mardi Gras Friday to celebrate its last night after a more than 30-year run.

Jake Young Cartoon: College Life

by Jake Young

Business students team up with real world partners

by Jayme Schomann

Editor's note: This article was originally published online, on March 30. Next time Donald Trump is looking for contestants for his show, he may not have to travel much farther than the School of Business. Three of the school's classes are having students gain real-world experience in their field of study, mostly from inside the classroom.

Incoming freshmen to register for classes before CI

by Katharine Malone

Editor's note: This article was originally published online, on March 23. Remember being a pre-freshman sitting down at Colonial Inauguration for hours trying to select classes you knew little or nothing about? Those days are over. This year, the University has made changes to the way the students in the class of 2010 will register for their first semester of classes.

WEB UPDATE: Trachtenberg to leave GW presidency July 2007

by Michael Barnett and Ryan Holeywell
Hatchet Editors

Posted Tuesday, April 4, 11:00 p.m.
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, the good-humored Brooklynite who has left his imprint on every facet of The George Washington University, announced Tuesday night his retirement effective July 2007, when his contract expires. By that time he will have been president for 19 years, making him the third longest-serving leader in the University's history.

WEB UPDATE: In deciding to depart, SJT displays signature traits: confidence and humor

by Michael Barnett

Posted Wednesday, April 5, 2:23 a.m. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg got a lot of advice from his food Tuesday. On the day he announced his retirement from GW after nearly 20 years in Rice Hall, the cap to his soda told him "You're doing the right thing." A late dinner at a local Chinese restaurant yielded a fortune cookie that said, "Overlook not your own opportunity."

Spring break debauchery a debatable pastime

by Leah Weinstein

Most colleges give their students a week off from classes in the spring to forget about the stress of schoolwork and blow off some steam after midterms. As many students packed their bags in March to spend Spring Break 2006 at exotic vacation destinations, some were also planning to leave their inhibitions back at school, along with their textbooks.

Student environmentalists urge car-makers to cut pollution

by Maya K. Francis

For most students, Apr. 1 is a day of jokes. But for some environmental activists, it was a chance to raise some important questions. This year, energy conservation advocates have dubbed the date Fossil Fools Day, and they say the joke is on American consumers and corporations at the expense of natural resources.