Opinions

Kirby Dzurny: Don't give in to the pressure to study abroad

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.

Sean Hurd: Colonials can only go as far as their bench allows

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.

Staff Editorial: GW must enable the RHA to think bigger

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.

Justin Peligri: It's time for GW to abandon the MOOCs experiment

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.

Staff Editorial: Transparency, collaboration and input in the search for a police chief

Now that the University is tasked with finding a leader for the University Police Department, officials can learn from their most recent administrative search.

Sydney McKinley: 'Dear White People' screening is a chance to talk about race at GW

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.

Jaggar DeMarco: As a student with a disability, coping with the pressure to intern

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.

Staff Editorial: Rest assured, GW is weathering graduate enrollment declines

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.

Melissa Holzberg: Busting the myths about Republicans

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.

David Meni: Embracing our own creativity will strengthen GW's writing scene

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.

Kinjo Kiema: GW only hurts itself by keeping SEH fundraising details in the shadows

If the University needs to fundraise more, obscuring information is not the way to build trust with potential donors.

Cartoon: Overcome Halloween's after-effects and get to the ballot box Tuesday

Media Credit: Cartoon by Jay Fondin

Robin Jones Kerr: Inadequate library support shows a contradiction in GW's research goals

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

Elinoam Abramov: GW needs to tone down its campus safety rhetoric

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.

Sarah Blugis: Students can only keep themselves safe with more information from GW

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.

Staff Editorial: Plans for peer counseling must now come from the University

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.

Justin Peligri: Add an LGBT history course to reflect the changing times

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.

Justin Peligri: Make a pre-graduation to-do list that counts

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.

Jonah Lewis: With City Hall, GW missed an opportunity to be proactive

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.

Staff Editorial: An administrator departs, a budget falls short and a faculty code is up for review

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.

Robin Jones Kerr: Even cynics should buy into Colonials Weekend

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.

Melissa Holzberg: Colonials Weekend is for more than just parents

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.

Staff Editorial: Welcome to Colonials Weekend

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.

Sarah Blugis: UPD should wear body cameras to boost student trust

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.

Staff Editorial: Faculty buyouts seem backed by good intentions

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.

Jaggar DeMarco: For a Commencement speaker this spring, go small: Pick an Average Joe

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.

Jonah Lewis: To support advocacy groups, the University needs a women's center

A physical space would enable women's organizations to nurture a community through workshops, study hours, networking events and more – which they can’t accomplish working out of separate offices.

Staff Editorial: Cheer for GW athletics' commitment to sexual assault prevention

We’re thrilled our Colonials are taking up the issue of campus sexual assault. It will be important, though, that the University carries this momentum through the rest of the season, the school year and beyond so the message reaches as many people as possible.

David Meni: The University should expect more from the CSE

At a school where we often pride ourselves on student involvement, the CSE could do a much better job serving as a boon to student organizations instead of a burden.

Robin Jones Kerr: The contradiction of a 'fully-integrated' campus

A limitation to the ability to leave the Vern, get food while studying there or going shopping on the weekends is just one more strain on an already-tense relationship between Foggy students and the suburban campus.