Thursday, August 26, 2010

Live it up before four years fly by

by Maria Shanahan
Hatchet Reporter

There are a lot of exciting firsts that come with freshman year, but you definitely don't want May to come around without these being some of them. Don't wait until senior year to get to know your city. There's a lot more to D.C. than Foggy Bottom and Georgetown.

Gourmet meals on a student budget

by Katherine Hayes
Hatchet reporter

Gathering friends around a table to chow down on homemade eats is a great way to kick off the school year and catch up after a summer apart. Here are four easy recipes that all cost less than $10 to make.

Best of the Crime Log

by Erica Obersi

As the relaxing days of summer come to an end, students return to campus ready to party. Here is a look at some of the best crime logs from past first weeks back.

Economy forces student budgeting

by Shaeera Tariq
Hatchet Staff Writer

Mariah Kimpton won't be returning to GW this fall. The sophomore said a disappointing financial aid package forced her to discontinue her education.

Mastering the hook up

by Ana Buling
Hatchet Reporter

By Saturday night a crowd of freshmen will be teeming outside Thurston Hall, nervous energy palpable and sexual curiosity surfacing. And Sunday morning the first walk-of-shamers will return, filled with stories of upperclassmen, clubs and hook ups they may or may not regret come Monday.

Turn your room into a home

by Gabrielle Marush

The first day of the fall semester comes with the challenge of settling into your new home.

Deciphering GWorld 2.0

by Dimple Mirchandani
Hatchet Reporter

Larger photos allow for easier identification of each card holder. Holograms make it harder to create duplicates of a GWorld card, providing authenticity and increasing campus safety. Randomly generated card number provides security and privacy for each individual on the GW campus.

Discovering D.C. after midnight

by Hyacinth Mascarenhas
Hatchet Reporter

As students descend on campus and resume their nocturnal lifestyles, exploring the District after dark becomes a priority equal to prepping for midterms.

Welcome Back Events

Take a quick look at all the events happening at GW during your first week back. Don't miss out!

Events you don't want to miss

by Nicolas Diaz
Hatchet Reporter

The Hatchet's list of can't-miss events are guaranteed excitement in your first months back to school, and are sure to show you a great time, both on campus and off. 1. D.C. Fashion Week For the couture-obsessed, check out the District's largest fashion exhibition during fashion week, Sept.

Roommates paired online

by Jamie Blynn
Hatchet Staff Writer

Gone are the days of anxiously waiting to meet your new roommates on the first day of college, wondering what they'll be like and if you'll become friends. Now, with websites like Facebook and, you'll probably show up knowing where they went on vacation this summer, their dog's name and whom they took to prom last year.

Justin Guiffre: Defy conventions, do what you want

by Justin Guiffr?

I hate writing welcome back columns, they are inevitably cheesy and cliche. Yes, you should study harder this semester. Yes, you should make sure to have a social life. Yes, you should balance a life of fulfilling work with equally fulfilling play. On and on columns that preach the above unfold in predictable and uninspired ways.

While you were gone . . .

by Emily Cahn

Over the past three and a half months, those of you not in and around Foggy Bottom missed out on some exciting events.

Maintenance problems plague summer residents

by Kara Dunford

Residents in City Hall and Ivory Tower encountered several maintenance issues during their summer stay, but the University said the problems have been fixed and preparations for fall move-in have been underway for nearly a year.

Square 54 Whole Foods hopes to accept GWorld

by Samantha Stone
Hatchet Reporter

The upscale Whole Foods Market supermarket chain has signed a lease to open up a store in Square 54, the development across from the Foggy Bottom Metro, and a spokeswoman for the company said the store hopes to accept GWorld as a method of payment.

Sigma Chi receives prestigious national award

by Kara Dunford

GW's Sigma Chi fraternity was awarded the prestigious J. Dwight Peterson Award this year, making it one of three Sigma Chi chapters nationwide to be awarded the distinction this year.

Staff Editorial: An open letter to the new University Police Chief

While we don't presume to know more than your new department, The Hatchet's editorial board considered your plan and has compiled a list of areas in which UPD should improve.

Spotlight On: Ding Ren

by Caroline Bowman

Hatchet arts puts Ding Ren, a local artist and GW teaching assistant, under the spotlight after her most recent performance where she observed visitors to the gallery in real time.

Kelsey Rohwer: Sometimes it's nice to hear no

by Kelsey Rohwer
Hatchet Columnist

I distinctly remember the first time that I was told no after returning home from college.

Phillip Ensler: Will the real D.C. please stand up?

by Phillip Ensler
Hatchet Columnist

I incredulously tuned into the highly anticipated "Real Housewives of D.C.", and doing so had a very unexpected effect on me.

Logan Dobson: Stop whining about rankings

by Logan Dobson


It's hard to get the GW community united. But if there is one thing that students and administrators alike can agree on, it is this: the people who rank colleges are out to get us.

Freshmen sans housekeeping

by Sara Fischer

Alumnus leads Fenty in mayoral race polls

by Priya Anand

Less than one month before the Democratic primary for D.C.'s highly anticipated mayoral race, GW alumnus Vincent Gray has a 5 percentage point lead over incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty, a poll by Clarus Research Group shows.

Women's soccer sets lofty goals for 2010

by Louis Nelson

It didn't seem to matter to women's soccer head coach Tanya Vogel that her team fell 1-0 last Saturday at George Mason in its final pre-season exhibition match.


Smith Center wrapping up renovations

by Louis Nelson

Phase three of the Smith Center renovations are scheduled to reach "substantial completion" in time for Freshmen Convocation.

Sports In Brief

by Louis Nelson

Kelliher wins award for defense in summer league GW men's baseball outfielder Brendon Kelliher was named the 2010 New England Collegiate Baseball League Defensive Player of the Year on Aug. 19. Kelliher played for the Newport Gulls in the NECBL this summer, hitting .

Campus Calendar

Thursday Graduate Student Services Fair Learn about the resources available to graduate students. Marvin Center Grand Ballroom 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday G-Dub First Night Colonial NightCap and GWise host a kick-off event for students with free food, bowling, billiards, laser tag and dancing.

The District's artistic hotspots

by Kendra Poole

Hatchet arts gives you a whirlwind tour of different artistic hotspots in the D.C. area, from galleries and and music venues to pastry shops and cinemas.

University bans medical marijuana on campus

by Gabrielle Bluestone
Special Contributor

Students who are prescribed marijuana under the new D.C. law permitting the drug for medicinal use will not be able to possess or use the drug on campus under the current GW student conduct policies, a University official said in August.

GW ranks 51st in U.S. News & World Report

by Madeleine Morgenstern

GW broke through a two-year plateau in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, moving up two slots to take the No. 51 spot.

Greek-letter life director leaves University

by Amanda D'Ambra

After five years, Director of Greek-letter life Dean Harwood will leave the University to become the director of fraternity and sorority programs at Eastern Illinois University.

A presidential summer: Knapp travels country, world

by Chelsea Radler

While most students were well into their summer vacations, University President Steven Knapp was spending his three and a half months off traveling, speaking and organizing, often on behalf of GW.

New police chief to seek community input

by Priya Anand and Amy D'Onofrio
Metro News Editors

New University Police Department Chief Kevin Hay said he hopes to increase both his and UPD's visibility on campus and the surrounding community when he assumes the position next month.

GW study rates U.S. Senators' 'Digital IQ'

by Madeleine Morgenstern

In a world of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Republican Senators have an edge over their Democratic counterparts, a joint study by researchers at GW and New York University found.

Students trade classroom for campaign trail this fall

by Gabrielle Marush

Caught up in the campaign fervor surrounding the November midterm elections, senior Moses Weisberg made a choice.

Proposition 8 fight continues for junior

by Shannon Reilly
Hatchet Staff Writer

Colin MacDonald was in tears. Sitting at home in the suburbs of Los Angeles he realized Proposition 8, an amendment to California's State Constitution recognizing marriage as a union of man and woman, had passed and tears were all he could muster.

Incoming law school class has highest mean GPA in history

by Amy Rhodin

The incoming GW Law School first-year class came from the most selective applicant pool the admissions committee has ever considered, an official in the school said in August.

Student Association spends summer in outreach

by Jamie Blynn
Hatchet Staff Writer

Student Association President Jason Lifton and Executive Vice President Rob Maxim say they're already off to a successful year, thanks to a "student outreach plan" to facilitate contact with the student body.

Arrest made in string of iPhone thefts

by Tenay Tewani
Hatchet Reporter

The Metropolitan Police Department said it made a key arrest in late July concerning an uptick in iPhone thefts, and police said the suspect could be linked to other iPhone thefts in the area.

Graduate student defrauded online

by Ariel Feldman
Hatchet Staff Writer

A person claiming to own a unit in a popular apartment complex fraudulently advertised an apartment on a housing website in an attempt to get payment from a prospective GW graduate student, according to a University Police crime alert.

Tickets still available for Jimmy Fallon

by Amy Rhodin

Half of the tickets for Jimmy Fallon's upcoming Colonials Weekend performances have been sold, but a University official said he expects sales for the comedian's show to pick up as the event nears.

GW study surveys adoptive parents

by Shaeera Tariq
Hatchet Staff Writer

There is no developmental difference between children adopted by homosexual couples versus those adopted by heterosexual couples in the U.S., a recent landmark study featuring a GW professor found. Over the past four years, psychology professor Stephen Forssell worked with two researchers from the University of Virginia to study whether children adopted by homosexual couples would develop similarly to those adopted by heterosexual parents.

New VP works to grow University fundraising

by Emily Cahn

Over the past five years, the Board of Trustees has been directing resources to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in hopes of exponentially increasing the number of philanthropic contributions both alumni and others make to the University.

Wale, Travie McCoy returning to campus for Fall Fest 2010

by Madeleine Morgenstern

Rapper Wale and Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travie McCoy will headline this year's Fall Fest.

Former UPD officers file discrimination complaints

by Amy D'onofrio
Metro News Editor

Two former University Police officers have filed discrimination complaints against the University Police Department, alleging mistreatment based on their race.

Financial aid appeals lessen as aid pool increases

by Madeleine Morgenstern

GW has awarded more financial aid to an increased number of students this year, a University official said earlier this month.

Sodexo catering contract irks organizations

by Ashley Larkin
Hatchet Reporter

Despite pleas from student organizations across campus, the University has granted Sodexo an exclusive contract to cater all of the events that will take place in West Hall - the newest residence hall on the Mount Vernon Campus - a University spokeswoman confirmed this month.

Son of Russian spies is enrolled for fall classes

by Amy Rhodin

A GW student whose parents were convicted of being Russian spies in the largest revealed espionage plot since the end of the Cold War is enrolled in classes for the fall semester, a University spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

Sex offenders live, work in Foggy Bottom

by Priya Anand

Nineteen convicted sex offenders live and work within a half-mile radius of the Foggy Bottom Campus, according to a Hatchet investigation.

Best of the summer crime log

by Priya Anand

Receiving Stolen Property 7/01/10 - Ivory Tower - Time unknown - Case closed A Health and Safety inspector found a GW "employees only" sign in a room. The sign was confiscated Referred to Student Judicial Services Drug Law Violation 7/01/10 - Public property on campus - 11:35 p.