This is the first in a two-part staff editorial series reviewing GW’s fall semester and evaluating the state of campus morale. First up: faculty and research.
Two opinions writers chat about “It’s On Us,” the sexual assault awareness campaign that just wrapped up its National Week of Action. They look at the campaign using a wider lens and analyze its potential impact on this campus and beyond.
I want to avoid getting bogged down in work then entering that inevitable spiral of shame after I wind up not doing any of it. That’s why I've designed a to-do list to help all GW students make the most of their Thanksgiving – outside of schoolwork.
Media Credit: Cartoon by Jay FondinLast week, administrators announced a change in how GW will pay for the construction of the $275 million Science and Engineering Hall as a result of the untimely failing of an originally planned source: fundraising.
In a community that is constantly pressuring students to go overseas, we aren’t always informed about the negatives. I’ve come to realize that we only get a few years at GW, and this is not the time to leave.
GW’s starters, health permitting, have the capability to take this team far, but if the starting five’s production goes uncomplemented like it did for most of last season, the Colonials will struggle against the country’s better teams.
GW's housing department needs to show the RHA that it will look to them as more than just a student organization that gives out free food in the lobbies of buildings. It should see the RHA as the single, major go-between for students and the University.
After about a year and a half of tentatively wading into MOOC offerings, it should be clear to GW that the drawbacks outweigh the positives – and it’s time to get out of the game.
Now that the University is tasked with finding a leader for the University Police Department, officials can learn from their most recent administrative search.
If you choose to participate, there will be moments when you will cringe, laugh awkwardly and probably – at least once – feel a pang in your stomach because a scene is just oh too real.
For someone in a wheelchair, getting an internship is not as simple as signing up for a campus internship fair and picking up the business cards of companies that are hiring. I have to be far more practical, diligently examining the internship requirements to make sure I’m capable of fulfilling them.
We’re left feeling positive about GW’s remedies for the graduate enrollment drop. So far, we’ve been able to weather the storm relatively well, and we can rest assured knowing the future doesn’t look too rocky either.
While I feel proud to attend the most politically active school in the country, it baffles me how having opposing views doesn’t tend to spark discussion. More often, in my experience, it tends to incite personal attacks.
Students should be more willing to write and share their work, exploring how creative writing – poetry, short stories, screenplays or spoken word – can inform and engage their other passions.
If the University needs to fundraise more, obscuring information is not the way to build trust with potential donors.
Media Credit: Cartoon by Jay Fondin
Central to the desire to become a research powerhouse is Gelman Library. Yet it continues to be, for the 10th year in a row now, grossly underfunded and underappreciated, on any level other than cosmetic
Obviously, stories about crime and security are always going to be more prominent than positive stories, both in the news and minds of students. But at GW, I'm thinking about safety more than ever before.
It’s the University’s job to inform us when serious crimes – the kinds of incidents that make us nervous to walk down a street alone – are reported on campus. And our school has let us down.
While it’s all well and good that these big names seem to think the hotline is a nice idea, in order to make any progress, we need a clear, tangible commitment to making the program happen.
GW does not offer a baseline course that exclusively covers the history of the LGBT rights movement. That’s a big gap we must fill.
If you want to get the most out of your time here, consider these less-than-conventional suggestions. I’ve had luck with them, and there’s still a chance to get them all in before Commencement.
It shouldn’t take dozens of complaints to get the University to understand that unannounced construction on a residential building is unacceptable. And you can’t undo the two months of annoyance residents have already endured.
The Hatchet's editorial board looked at some of the biggest news from the past week, including the departure of fundraising chief Mike Morsberger, the University's $20 million budget shortfall and the possibility of some standardized rules and regulations across GW's 10 schools.
You may be great at keeping in touch with your parents with phone calls, Skype and email. But there’s nothing quite like having them physically visit campus to experience your lifestyle here, to roam your turf with you.
From my experience, being apart from a sibling can be just as, if not more, difficult than being apart from your parents. Colonials Weekend is a time for all of your people, not just mom and dad, to come visit.
You can sign up for as many parents listservs or follow as many GW Twitter accounts as you want, and attempt to pry bits of information from your kids, but you may still feel like you’re just getting scraps of news rather than the full picture. That’s our job: to provide context to the stories that call for it.
But when even I, the daughter of a cop, don’t have complete confidence in a police force, there’s a problem – and now we might have a way to fix it.
There’s no reason for students in the business school – or any other school – to panic over this news. The idea of buyouts may seem scary, but ultimately, it looks like the University does have students’ best interests in mind.
The best Commencement speaker would be a person many of us have never heard of who can more accurately reflect the type of lives 99 percent of us will lead.