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Media Credit: Nicole Radivilov | Hatchet Staff PhotographerMembers of the Pi Beta Phi sorority participate in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity's tenth annual Fireman's Challenge, a philanthropic event.

Hundreds of student groups benefit from SA budget upswing

by Nicola Licata | Hatchet Reporter

A majority of the 300 groups that applied for a slice of the Student Association’s $900,000 pool will receive more cash next year, the result of an overall budget upswing that will mean bigger programming across campus.

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Student groups' budget cut after buying Google Glass

by Sta Kowalski | Hatchet Staff Writer

The Student Association finance committee slashed the MBA Association’s budget by 21.6 percent this year after the organization used its funding last year to purchase Google Glass for its members.

Top leaders defend counseling services in front of admitted students' parents

by Brianna Gurciullo | News Editor

Administrators defended GW’s counseling services Friday after the parents of newly admitted students used the bulk of an hour-long session to ask about the recent string of suicides on campus.

Split between campuses and coping with suicides, honors program seeks stronger identity on Vern

by Mary Ellen McIntire | Assistant News Editor

Media Credit: Elise Apelian | Senior Staff PhotographerAssistant philosophy professor Mark Ralkowski teaches "Heidegger's Being and Time" to honors students. The University Honors Program is looking to pair each freshman with an upperclassman mentor as part of programming overhaul to strengthen ties among students in the bi-campus program.On many afternoons in the University Honors Program townhouse this past year, students have watched marathons of "The West Wing", studied alongside their professors and spent hours talking with their advisers about course schedules, careers and life.

Can a former Fortune 100 president lead the business school?

by Mary Ellen McIntire | Assistant News Editor

John Hofmeister, the former chief executive of Shell Oil, stands out from the pile of C.V.s that list advanced degrees and research published in peer-reviewed journals. Hiring a former CEO poses a risk at a University where faculty have resisted top-down leadership styles.

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Third business dean candidate would bring engineering, research background

by Mary Ellen McIntire | Assistant News Editor

Panos Kouvelis, 52, has spent nearly two decades teaching at the Olin Business School, which is ranked No. 22 by U.S. News & World Report.

Next year's priciest student-run events

by Sarah Ferris | Managing Editor

For the first time this year, the committee decided each organization's budget based on specific funding requests – which means a clearer picture of where student fees are going.

After student killed by car, officials tackle road safety in College Park

by Zaid Shoorbajee and Colleen Murphy | Hatchet Staff Writers

Since the incident that killed Pacanins on April 11, the city has stationed officers on street corners and installed temporary lights.

College Democrats' budget cut by half after botched paperwork

by Allison Kowalski | Hatchet Staff Writer

Both the CDs and the Organization of Latino American Students earned some money back after leaders appealed the decisions last week. But the groups still lost a combined $24,000, likely forcing the groups to cut back on programming for their thousands of members.

Faculty vote on academic freedom will offer symbolic changes

by Hanna Willwerth and Mary Ellen McIntire | Hatchet Reporters

The Faculty Senate will vote next month to protect freedom of speech for the growing number of professors who teach online courses or conduct research at GW, permitting them to speak out about even the most controversial ideas.

Former Shell Oil executive is finalist for business school deanship

by Mary Ellen McIntire | Assistant News Editor

A former oil executive and the dean of a rising New York business school are two of the five finalists the lead the GW School of Business deanship.

Administrators still weighing potential launch dates for $1 billion campaign

by Colleen Murphy and Chloe Sorvino | Hatchet Editors

The launch date for the University’s largest-ever fundraising campaign could still be a year away, hinting at a slower-than-expected pace of donations to hoist academics, research and construction over the next decade.

GW puts off-campus policing issue back on the agenda

by Rachael Gerendasy and Zaid Shoorbajee | Hatchet Staff Writers

University officials again laid out a plan for GW police to patrol beyond campus borders at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday, renewing a contentious fight that had lost steam across the city over the last year.

Family, friends gather to remember senior's humor and 'giving' personality

by Colleen Murphy | Assistant News Editor

More than 100 family members, close friends and fraternity brothers in Tau Kappa Epsilon packed the Newman Center chapel to honor Carlos Pacanins Tuesday, who died after being struck by a car in College Park, Md. last weekend.

After fleeing Iraq, senior reflects on opportunities at GW

by Chloé Sorvino | News Editor

Marwan Sulaiman left Iraq in 2007 to make sure he had a safe passage to school every day.

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Media Credit: Nicole RadivilovAaron Carter, whose songs "I Want Candy" and "Aaron's Party" became anthems of the early 2000s, performs at the National Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday. The parade stretched about 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue and drew thousands of spectators.

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Panhellenic Association releases guide on mental health

by Benjamin Kershner | Hatchet Staff Writer

Leaders in the Panhellenic Association are teaching members how to recognize signs of suicide and depression in the wake of three student deaths this year.

GW launches first in-depth survey about sexual assault on campus

by Allison Kowalski | Hatchet Staff Writer

GW will use the 10-page survey on sexual harassment, stalking and dating violence to help mold resources for victims of those crimes. The effort to better understand sexual crimes on campus is part of GW’s recent campaign to encourage students to come forward about sexual assault and prevent future incidents.

Schools plan new online degrees to help offset graduate enrollment drops

by Jacqueline Thomsen | Hatchet Staff Writer

GW will rely on new online degree programs to make up for the loss of tuition revenue from fewer students seeking graduate degrees.

$100,000 donation from Koch brothers supported research fellowships, internships at GW

by Nicola Licata | Hatchet Reporter

The Charles Koch Foundation donated more than $100,000 to support research fellowships in the GW School of Business and to the University's policy center in 2012, marking one of the largest donations to a university that the billionaire-backed organization gave that year.

Deal to acquire Corcoran College delayed, stoking uncertainty

by Rachael Gerendasy | Hatchet Staff Writer

Big questions remain in GW's negotiations with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its design college as talks between the schools are delayed until April.

Tragedy-stricken Mount Vernon Campus to get permanent counseling services

by Brianna Gurciullo | News Editor

Counseling will become a permanent fixture of the Mount Vernon Campus next fall, officials announced Monday, as part of an effort to bolster mental health services for a campus where three students have died in three months.

Student's 'heartbreaking' testimony shapes city's response to sexual assault

by Colleen Murphy | Assistant News Editor

It took months for junior Silvia Zenteno to feel comfortable talking about her rape and she never reported it to police, but this winter she spoke in front of the D.C. Council to advocate for a sweeping sexual assault bill in the hopes that a fear of MPD will no longer keep victims from reporting their attacks.

Board of Trustees slows down talks to rework faculty code

by Mary Ellen McIntire | Assistant News Editor

The task force created this year to revise the faculty code will disband this spring, creating working groups to create resolutions about topics like reshaping tenure policies and dean searches over the next year.