Monday, December 11, 2006

Campus Calendar

Monday Bake Sale Take a study break, de-stress and enjoy some delicious baked goods. All proceeds go to help Habitat for Humanity rebuild New Orleans. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. H Street Entrance to the Marvin Center Sponsored by Alternative Spring Break Learning Enterprises Information Session Learn about spending this summer teaching English abroad for free.


In the article "GW gives free holiday housing" ( Dec. 7, 2006 p. 5), The Hatchet reported that any student with "a job" can stay on campus for free. GW Housing Programs evaluates each person's case and students who work with a department that has requested the student stay over break may be eligible.

Duques to stay open later during finals week

by Andrew Ramonas

Students will be able to study a little longer during this year's finals and avoid crowds at Gelman Library due to an extension of hours in Duqu?s Hall. Starting today, Duqu?s will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. every weekday until Dec. 20. Saturday, Duqu?s will be open from 6:30 a.

Hospital residents featured in diversity ad

by Kaitlyn Jahrling

Residents at the GW Hospital are featured in advertisements unveiled last month as part of the American Association of Medical Colleges new minority outreach program. The Web site-based program, called, targets "underrepresented minorities" like blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans.

Veterans featured in documentary on running for congress

by Elizabeth Kamens

A crowd of about 100 people filled the Jack Morton Auditorium Thursday for an advanced screening of "Taking the Hill," a documentary which follows four U.S. Army war veterans in their quest to become members of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 2006 midterm elections.

Women bounce back at home

by Joanna Shapes

For the No. 19/21 GW (AP, ESPN/USAToday) women's basketball team, trailing early before pulling out a win has become a trend this season. Three of GW's victories have come after trailing at halftime, while another saw the Colonials with only a two-point advantage midway through the game.

Slow to start but ahead at finish

by Michael Loeb

In a resilient 74-66 victory over Liberty University (Va.) Sunday, the GW women's basketball team rebounded from a loss to Tennessee on Thursday and an eight-point first half deficit to the Flames. The Colonials shot a dismal 30 percent from the field in the first half while its opponents scored nearly 52 percent of the time.

Layups trip up Colonials

by Jake Sherman

ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 9 -Tim Floyd said he doesn't know how his University of Southern California Trojans beat the GW men's basketball team Saturday afternoon in the Wooden Classic. His confusion is warranted. GW was up 13 points at halftime, a lead that quickly grew to 20 points after two minutes in the second half.

GW Expat: A welding nation

by Sam Sherraden

Senior Sam Sherraden, an international affairs major and former Hatchet photo editor, spent the summer studying abroad in Beijing, China and is spending the fall semester further north in Harbin, China. Twice a month, he will share his experiences and observations from East Asia as one of GW's many expats.

Weekly check up: Adderall abuse

In a society that values high grade point averages and thinks that everything, from hair loss to erectile dysfunction, can be fixed instantly by swallowing a pill, many healthy college students nationwide rely on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder medication, like Adderall, to get better grades.

Smokers' last night out

by Prerna Rao

It's a chilly night outside The Big Hunt, a bar near Dupont Circle on Connecticut Ave. Senior Sam Raker is bundled up; he can see his breath when he exhales, and it seems like he is already smoking the cigarette which he will light only after settling down in the warm bar.

Studying abroad in the U.S.

by Stephanie Robichaux

When GW students think of "study abroad" they think of traveling in countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia, but for some students, "studying abroad," means coming from those countries to GW's campus for a semester. Each semester, a handful of international students arrive in the U.

What's the deal with... fair trade coffee?

Fair Trade - you can't sip a venti mocha latte without hearing this trendy buzzword. As more and more coffee shops around the country begin offering this new type of coffee, some might wonder, what the beans does fair trade really mean? Products, like coffee, which are labeled as fair trade, are certified to meet international labor, environmental and development standards.

'Tis the season... for knitting

by Lindsay Garfield

In the spirit of the holiday season, GW is starting to get ready for Valentine's Day by partnering with an orphan non-profit group to help make care packages for college-age orphans. The GW Red Scarf Project, sponsored by the Orphan Foundation of America, GW's Office of Communication and Creative Services, and the Office of Community Service have started knitting scarves for a national program run by the Orphan Foundation.

An apple a day: GW's nutritionist bares all

by Leah Carliner

Chocolate milk is the power drink of choice for Kim Croteau, the nutrition counselor at GW's Lerner Health and Wellness Center. "I have this thing for bone density," said Croteau, referring to the reason she said she always talks about calcium. Croteau, 24, is currently getting her master's degree in exercise science at GW with a focus on eating behavior.

Mayor-elect hosts Ward 2 town hall forum

by Kaitlyn Jahrling

Mayor-elect Adrian Fenty hosted a town-hall meeting Thursday for all of the residents of Ward 2, which includes Foggy Bottom, at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Shaw. Ward 2 City Councilmember Jack Evans and Fenty's future City Administrator Dan Tangerlini assisted Fenty in running the forum.

Academic funding distributed to schools

by Elise Kigner

Despite signs last year that academic spending might be cut, the University has continued to secure funding for research programs this year and has set academic research funding as a goal for the future. Funds were allocated to strategic areas in the University this fall, using money from an endowment payout and $1 million that was taken from the schools last spring.

Young Alumni Network kicks off

by Megan Buerger
Hatchet Reporter

A new program launched last week is making a push to keep young alumni involved at GW. Last Wednesday, about 200 people attended the kickoff event for the Young Alumni Network, sponsored by GW's Alumni Association. The initiative plans to inform recent alumni in D.

Thumbs Up Thumbs Down

Presidential pick timing The selection of Steven Knapp as the next GW President last week surprised many who expected the announcement to come next semester. Knapp and GW should use this early pick to begin a smooth transition over the next several months.

Facilitate finals on Mount Vernon

by Diana Kugel

Hey, where are you living this year?" "The Vern." "Oh, I'm sorry." Via Facebook and cell phones, e-mail and texting, this kind of exchange was all too common amongst GW students throughout the summer. At the same time, during tours for prospective students, GW portrayed the Mount Vernon campus as a heaven on earth - with its tranquility, picturesque scenery and only a "short ride" away from the main campus - to those who would have to live there.

Nicholas Savio: How can we wear the GW logo with pride?

by Nicholas Savio

On Nov. 17, three students at Purdue University started a hunger strike demanding that their university adopt the Designated Suppliers Program, a system for protecting the rights of workers who sew University logo apparel. By Nov. 27, that number had risen to 15 students.

Andrew Siddons: Live it up for the last semester

by Andrew Siddons

Right now, I'm in full existential crisis mode. I have a feeling that if you're a senior; we're in the same boat. If you aren't, good for you, but right now who isn't overwhelmed with papers, presentations and exams and doesn't want to strangle the next person who asks you about an internship, writing a thesis or post-graduation plans? I can empathize.

Knapp to make Alumni relations top priority

by Leah Carliner

When Steven Knapp takes his seat as University president Aug. 1, alumni relations will be on the top of his to-do list. Knapp, provost of Johns Hopkins University, was announced as Stephen Joel Trachtenberg's successor to the University's top position last week.

Faculty senate approves construction priorities, sets science center as #1

by Elise Kigner

The Faculty Senate voted Friday to pass a resolution that prioritizes the University's academic building needs, putting a new science center at the top of the list. All construction is pending the approval of GW's 20-year Campus Plan, which will be voted on in January.

CEO shares career tips

by Sean Redding

Two GW alumni gave aspiring business leaders pointers Thursday night on how to become a CEO before age 40. Richard Crespin, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of The Delve Group, Inc., and Jon Klonsky, principal and partner with Something Digital, shared their experiences in the business world to an audience of about 25 in Funger Hall that included undergraduate and graduate students and GW alumni.

Students happy with academic leader as pick for next pres.

by Andrew Ramonas

Leaders of the Student Association said they are optimistic about GW's selection for the next university president. SA President Lamar Thorpe, a senior who was the only student member on the Presidential Search Committee, said that he was in line with the committee's unanimous decision to select Johns Hopkins Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Knapp as President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg's successor and GW's 16th president.

Bookstore company sued for overcharging

by Cory Struble

Two students in Florida are suing Follett, the book company which manages the GW Bookstore in the Marvin Center, for money they claim the chain has unrightfully earned from used book sales. Students Thomas Rebman and Danny Brandner of Daytona Beach Community College filed the lawsuit Sept.

Student bites cop

A freshman bit a University Police officer on the Mount Vernon Campus last week. UPD Chief Dolores Stafford said officers stopped the student for public intoxication at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. He was not wearing any shoes, and his clothes were disheveled, she said.

Search committee expresses unanimous consent for Knapp

by Nathan Grossman

At last week's press conference announcing Steven Knapp as GW's next president, the chair of the search committee said it was a unanimous decision. "It was absolutely unanimous that he was the top pick," said law professor Arthur Wilmarth of Knapp. Wilmarth was one of three faculty representatives on the search committee, which also included seven Board of Trustees members, the president of the GW Alumni Association Christopher Young and GW Student Association President Lamar Thorpe.

A changing of the guard: GW's leadership of the future

by Brandon Butler

The names W. Russell Ramsey and Steven Knapp may not be as familiar to the GW community as Charles Manatt and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, but soon they will be. With the Board of Trustee's selection of Knapp as the University's 16th president, GW's future leadership is almost set.

Professor's tenure appeal denied

by David Ceasar

A faculty committee last week denied the appeal of Debabrata Sana, a tenured engineering professor whom the University has been trying to fire for more than a year.

Beer pong bacteria

by Nour Hammour
Hatchet Reporter

Every college student who's ever been involved in a beer pong game knows that it isn't sanitary. But do you really want to know what kinds of bacteria are swimming around those slimy ping-pong balls and Solo cups? Seniors Aaron Heffner and Ben Morrissey did.

Local leaders optimistic of relations with GW after Knapp pick

by Kaitlyn Jahrling

Some community leaders said they believe GW's incoming president may help repair relations between GW and the Foggy Bottom community. D.C. Councilmember for Ward 2, Jack Evans, said he has not yet met Knapp but looked forward to working on improving town-gown relations.

Trampled by the Trojans

by Jake Sherman

ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 9 - Finals are this week in Foggy Bottom and a handful of men's basketball players are beginning with failing marks - on the court, at least. GW's 76-65 loss to the University of Southern California in the Wooden Classic Saturday won't count toward any classroom grade, but it was a final of sorts - one of GW's final opportunities to justify its early-season cupcake schedule.

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WEB EXTRA: Counseling center offers advice for finals week

by Tori Fodsal

In an effort to help alleviate finals week tensions, the University Counseling Center is providing students with stress relief and exam-taking tips. The UCC began its four-part Academic Success Series in early November, and the final event took place last Wednesday.

New airport security measures raise privacy concerns

by Alexandra Rush

International students and others traveling abroad this holiday season could be gravely inconvenienced if they are branded "high-risk travelers" by a new government security system unveiled at airports earlier this month. The "Automated Targeting System," put into operation Dec.

WEB UPDATE: GW bounces back with win over UMBC

by Andrew Alberg

Posted Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10:48 p.m. In between two of the biggest games of its season, the GW men's basketball team did not overlook University of Maryland-Baltimore County, beating the Terriers 72-51 at home.

WEB UPDATE: U.S. senator undergoes brain surgery at GW Hospital

by David Ceasar

Updated Tuesday, Dec. 26, 6:35 p.m. The balance of power in the legislative branch of the federal government is in the hand's of GW doctors.

U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) underwent brain surgery late Dec. 13 after being rushed to GW Hospital in the afternoon for experiencing stroke-like symptoms.Should Johnson not be able to continue his position in the Senate, South Dakota Gov. Mike Round, a Republican, would appoint a replacement. Doctors have called the surgery "a success" throughout the past few weeks.

WEB UPDATE: Former professor to get five months in federal lock-up

by Kaitlyn Jahrling

Posted Tuesday, Jan. 2, 11:32 a.m. A former engineering professor was sentenced to five months in federal prison in late December for embezzling $80,000 from the GW National Crash Analysis Center from 2002 to 2004.

WEB UPDATE: Gelman Starbucks to begin 24-hour operations during the week

by Brandon Butler

Posted Tuesday, Jan. 2, 11:30 a.m. Starting mid-January, students will be able to get coffee all night long in the heart of campus. The Starbucks coffee shop located in the ground floor of Gelman Library will be open 24 hours during the week in a 90-day trial period.

WEB UPDATE: Colonials beat Fordham in A-10 opener

by Andrew Alberg

Posted Thursday, Jan. 4, 2:22 p.m. Of Karl Hobbs' 100 career wins as GW's men's basketball head coach, this one was not the prettiest. GW's Atlantic 10 opener against Fordham was downright ugly at times, as both teams stumbled into 2007 with a sloppy, foul-plagued affair. The Colonials managed to come away with a 70-59 win at home.

WEB UPDATE: Computerized assignment system to take over housing selection

by David Ceasar

Posted Saturday, Jan. 6, 12:08 a.m. The New Year is bringing a new housing selection process for returning students that will more closely resemble the way rising freshmen receive rooms. The lottery system, whereby students chose available rooms during time slots governed by randomly assigned numbers, is being replaced by an assignment system called iHousing.

WEB UPDATE: CNN ends broadcast agreement with GW a year early

by Kaitlyn Jahrling

Posted Saturday, Jan. 6, 1:05 a.m. CNN announced Friday it is ending its six-year contract with GW a year early because of programming changes. "Reliable Sources" will no longer have its monthly, audience-interactive special taped in the Jack Morton Auditorium come February. Within the past two years, the 24-hour news network canceled the program's two on-campus predecessors.

WEB UPDATE: Paint it black

by Max Utzschneider

"The Good German," directed by Steven Soderbergh, is a noir thriller set in post-WWII Berlin during the Potsdam conference. It follows an American journalist named Jake Geismer (George Clooney) who gets drawn in to a murder investigation involving his former mistress Lena (Cate Blanchett) and driver Tully (Tobey Maguire).

WEB UPDATE:"I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me"

by Jake Hyman

Posted Tuesday, Jan. 9, 8:21 p.m. When you are the son of the most influential musician of the 20th Century (or ever), it has got to be hard to measure up to expectations. These expectations, of course, are far from fair or even reasonable, but no matter how hard you try, the similarities between Sean Lennon and his father - that's John Lennon for those of you who didn't get the "most influential musician ever" bit - are too striking to ignore.

WEB UPDATE: Children of Bodom

by Josh Grace

Friday night European metal bands Gorjia, Amon Amarth, and Children of Bodom demonstrated sheer metal excellence to a sold out crowd at DC's 9:30 Club. The gig kicked off with Sanctity, a metal band from North Carolina. Although Sanctity's guitar rifts and thrash vocal's somewhat imitated world famous Trivium, during their performance the crowd stood idly by in anticipation of the incoming harder European acts.

WEB UPDATE: Hendrix on bass

by Eric Walker

Posted Tuesday, Jan. 9, 8:48 p.m. An eclectic mix of funk, R&B, gospel, soul, and jazz, packed the walls of the 9:30 club on Friday night as Victor Wooten's solo show came to town promoting his latest album, "Soul Circus." Usually a member of the bluegrass/jazz jam band Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Victor Wooten has released five solo albums, and continues to tour with his solo group, amazing audiences all over the country, and letting them know exactly why he is considered arguably the best thing that happened to the bass guitar since its invention.

WEB UPDATE: Kaki King and the art of contradiction

by Jake Hyman

Haven't we all heard this before? An acoustic guitarist with incredible skill, an innovative style, and virtuosic musical ability.sounds like the same old story. Well, this time, it's not. After two solo-acoustic albums (one with Velour Records, the second with Sony Records), Kaki King is back for another go-round with ".Until We Felt Red" (Velour).

WEB UPDATE: Freeman, Lasme drop GW in Mass.

by Jake Sherman

AMHERST, Mass., Jan. 10 - After losing its first Atlantic 10 game since March 1, 2005, Karl Hobbs said he is having a tough time convincing his players that they are not the team they were last year. "For some reason (members of the media) seem to be stuck and think this is last year's team and I just cant get our guys to realize that this is a young basketball team," Hobbs said.

WEB UPDATE: GW bounces back with win over Bonnies

by Jake Sherman

Posted Saturday, Jan. 13, 5:42 p.m. For the GW men's basketball team's 22nd consecutive home victory over St. Bonaventure Saturday, the Colonials got a few things that were conspicuously missing Wednesday in a road loss to Massachusetts. A much maligned and somewhat thin frontcourt showed up and the team was able to execute fluidly.