Opinions

Sarah Blugis: Why you should take a women's studies class

Spotting male students in these classes is fairly rare. Most have at least one or two men, who are consistently asked for “the male perspective” or need substantial warning before discussion of the menstrual cycle.

Staff Editorial: Keep the fundraising campaign focused on students

Student voices need to be kept in mind throughout the University's ambitious $1 billion fundraising campaign. Without them, we're concerned that GW will fail to operate as a learning institution and put business before the desires of its students.

Justin Peligri: In college, learning happens where you least expect it

Freshmen, your next four years will include a great deal of time inside the classroom. But if you do it right, those hours will only represent a fraction of your intellectual development.

Kinjo Kiema: Put gun violence on the divestment agenda

By appealing to our schools, students can start conversations about how to reduce gun violence. It’s one of the best ways to pressure the federal government to take action.

Justin Peligri: At CI, University lacks clear messaging about sexual assault resources

The University has yet to replace Deputy Title IX coordinator Tara Pereira, who stepped down from her post in December. That’s not something campus leaders are telling freshmen at CI.

Op-ed: Four lessons from your Student Association president

All incoming freshmen should know that you have elected representatives who are charged with connecting you to resources and improving your overall college experience.

Staff Editorial: Class of 2018, meet the editorial board

One of the only permanent fixtures of The Hatchet is also one of the most important pieces of content we produce: the staff editorial. Each week, this piece communicates the position of the paper on a particular topic.

Robin Jones Kerr: New students should make friends out of co-workers

I never expected that my on-campus jobs would give me a community of friends. Not only do we have a great deal in common, but we bond by working toward the same goal, under the banner of an institution that we hold dear.

Sarah Blugis: For freshmen, a healthy level of commitment to clubs means striking a balance

Some students dive into too many activities, becoming over-committed and overwhelmed. Others are too intimidated to join a single group, which might sabotage their overall GW experience.

Justin Peligri: For women in media, prospects aren't all rosy

The double standard we apply in conversations about female leaders versus male ones is something that all alumni, regardless of gender, should feel compelled to change in the profession they are about to join.

Jonah Lewis: Graduates should consider a year of community service

Students should consider full-time service as an option after graduation. Taking an entire gap year allows full devotion to an act of social change, a far deeper commitment than a few hours here and there.

Staff Editorial: Stay tuned: Five stories to follow this summer

Students must stay alert as these issues develop over the next few months. If we have major news to catch up on when summer break ends, the only way our complaining will be justified is if we've paid attention.

Robin Jones Kerr: In times of upheaval, make GW your anchor

Even when nothing seems consistent or predictable, it’s possible to find comfort by looking back at the solid base you’ve already established and the people it has reliably featured.

Sunik Kim: Rally school spirit around club sports

The same things club sports have to fight for – facilities, funding, sheer respect – varsity sports take for granted.

Op-Ed: What we wish we had known

The following pieces were written by former Hatchet opinions editors, contributing opinion editors and senior columnists, who all graduated from GW at least a year ago. They share advice and what they wish they had known during their time at the University.

Justin Peligri: Student activism will help combat the District's HIV/AIDS epidemic

The story of HIV/AIDS activism calls to mind celebrity philanthropists like Elizabeth Taylor and Bill Gates. But students in GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health will soon add their names to the list of donors to this area of research.

Sarah Blugis: Alumni connections should make current students optimistic

Sometimes, in the midst of all of the complaining about the University, it’s easy to forget that there are thousands of alumni who dealt with the same issues long before we came here. Now, many are doing great for themselves, and they haven’t forgotten about us.

Staff Editorial: UPD must look inward before trying to expand its power

UPD needs to be controlled, contained and, above all, better managed, and in finding a solution, the University must not leave a single resource untapped. Something drastic needs to be done to repair one of the most important departments on campus.

Jaggar DeMarco: Real action must follow goals to offer "real food"

Did you know that about 90 percent of the food GW provides – the food you might have eaten in dining halls as a freshman – isn’t “real?”

Alex Schneider: A better strategy to gather student input

As students, we’re bombarded with surveys left and right – some scientific, and some very clearly not. I shudder to think that anyone would take the results of these less technical polls seriously.

Varun Joshi: Top faculty have a responsibility to pass on skills

The University should use the Trachtenberg award to showcase not only superlative teaching styles, but also methods that work. The winners have a duty to share their talents with professors who might be the subject of student criticism.

Staff Editorial:Create a freshman experience that endures

We see a great opportunity for GW to make a bigger impact on the health, safety and education of undergraduates: Create a year-long freshman experience that melds classroom time with residence hall life, and goes beyond what students learn in the three-day-long information dump that is Colonial Inauguration.

Jonah Lewis: Why some become 'sugar babies'

I decided to become the 130th GW student to venture into the world of Seeking Arrangement. Maybe I could get a few funny tweets out of the whole experience.

Justin Peligri: Why President Knapp should join Twitter

The most important leader – University President Steven Knapp – remains notably absent from the online conversation. That hurts Knapp’s and the University’s brand.

Ben Krimmel: Don't force student athletes to front their own health costs

If an athlete suffers an injury during an athletic contest in which ticket sales benefit the NCAA and GW, the unpaid college student and his or her family should not have to bear the burden of medical expenses.

Kinjo Kiema: A heightened need for transparency surrounding controversial gifts

Even if you don’t know exactly why the Koch brothers are famous, you’re likely aware of the negative connotation their name carries. That might give you pause, and you might wonder – rightly so – the consequences of our school’s connection to them.

Staff Editorial: Capitalizing on sexual assault survey's well-intentioned first step

The University must use the results of the sexual assault survey to enact real change. It should be the first step in a longer, more expansive process – not a good-intentioned missed opportunity.

Cartoon: Sculpting the GW-Corcoran merger takes longer than expected

Media Credit: Cartoon by Jay Fondin

Claude Khalife: Ignorance isn't bliss when it comes to marijuana's side effects

Sunday marked the high holiday of the stoner year: 4/20. And while the tide may be turning toward marijuana legalization in several states, even casual pot users need to be aware that the drug can take a toll on their minds.

Jacob Garber: Finding the real freshman experience

It is only after living through three freshman experiences – my own, and that of two years with freshman residents – that I realize that feeling of loneliness my first year wasn’t limited to me.