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Having it their way

Students waited in a line that stretched past the 1821 Deli to pick up burgers and fries at Burger King’s grand opening in J Street Monday.

“The line was pretty long, but it moved rather quickly,” junior Dusty Nichols said.

Jenn Holz said she waited in line for 35 minutes at dinner only to discover that Burger King was out of chicken.

Chris Voss, chair of the Student Association Dining Services Commission, said he is extremely pleased with the arrival of Burger King at J Street.

“I’m happy with bringing brand names to J Street,” Voss said. “It brings us a reputation of good food and good service.”

Students offered mixed reactions to Burger King’s opening, but the long lines persisted Tuesday.

Some students complained they did not get enough fries with their meals.

“They gyp you on the fries,” Ari Elon said. “If you’re going to get a value meal, you should get a value meal.”

Voss said Burger King will soon expand its menu.

-Heather C. Shaw

SA to fill vacant positions

Three vacant seats in the Student Association Senate were announced at the first meeting of the semester Tuesday night.

Two of the three seats became available when undergraduate Sens. Melanie Witte (at large) and Zach Radford (CSAS) transferred to Georgetown University this year. Undergraduate Sen. Ali Husain (SEAS) also resigned.

Previously unfilled graduate seats in the School of Public Health and Health Services, the School of Education and Human Development, the School of Engineering and Applied Science remain vacant, as well as three non-voting positions for one first-year graduate student and two freshmen.

“We just need to get these seats filled as quickly as possible,” said Phillippe Rosse, Rules Committee chair. Rosse also said the resignations caused two vacancies on the three-member Rules Committee.

The meeting included approval of Bryan Stoller’s appointment as the SA’s vice president of academic affairs.-Michelle McKenna

Peace Corps recruits GW studentsRecruiters from the U.S. Peace Corps will be at GW this fall to recruit students to join the ranks. Currently, 44 GW alumni are “working to make a difference as Peace Corps volunteers,” according to a Peace Corps press release.

In the Peace Corps’ 37-year history, 540 GW alumni have volunteered their time to fight hunger, bring clean water to communities, teach children, start new small businesses and stop the spread of AIDS, according to the press release.

Since its establishment in 1961, the Peace Corps has sent more than 150,000 volunteers to 132 countries around the world. This year, the Peace Corps expects to continue to send volunteers to assignments across the globe, including – for the first time – Mozambique and Bangladesh.

“Today, we are recruiting our `Millennial Volunteers’, people who will be serving in the Peace Corps when the 21st century arrives,” said Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan. “These future volunteers carry with them our country’s hopes for a more peaceful world. They are the future of the Peace Corps, the first heralds of a time when – we hope – all Americans who have the skill and desire will be able to serve their country as volunteers.”

Recruiters from the Peace Corps will be at the Business and Technical Career Fair Oct. 8 in the Marvin Center. A general information session will be held Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Marvin Center room 402.

-Theresa Crapanzano

GW professor works against school violence

Paul Kingery, director of GW’s Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence, was one of 11 people chosen by Secretary of Education Richard Riley to help teachers recognize violence in students.

“Our world today is so busy that we do not always pay enough attention to what our children are telling us until it’s too late,” Kingery said in a statement.

After a streak of recent school violence, President Clinton insisted Riley find a way to help teachers and principals. Kingery was among the experts chosen by Riley to develop strategies to prevent violence.

The guide, “Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools,” is intended to aid school administrators seeking to develop comprehensive safety plans.

“It’s important to note that we don’t always have all the answers,” he said. “We must continue studying the effectiveness of school violence prevention methods and developing more effective strategies.”

The Hamilton Fish National Institute on School and Community Violence was established in 1996 as a national resource to test the effectiveness of violence prevention methods, according to a University press release.

-Francesca Di Meglio

Leadership prize established

GW and the Dorothy G. Bender Foundation have established a new award designed to honor a person whose “leadership and dedication” have significantly benefited Washington and its residents.

The Bender Prize will be an annual honor. The awardee will receive $25,000 and a 15-inch stainless steel sculpture called “Hope,” which was created by artist John Safer. An original sculpture will be awarded each year.

“There are people who live and work in this city who, at great personal sacrifice, are making a difference for all of us,” said Morton Bender in a statement. Bender is president of the foundation, which is named for his mother.

The winner must be someone who has created a program or project in D.C. or who has led an endeavor in health, recreation, education, public safety, the environment or the arts.

Nominations must be made by filling out an application form available by writing to: The Bender Prize, The George Washington University, 2115 G Street, N.W., Room 302, Washington, D.C. 20052.

-Francesca Di Meglio

GW hosts forum for Democratic mayoral candidates

Democratic candidates running for D.C. mayor will face off Thursday evening in a televised debate in the Marvin Center Theater.

The forum, sponsored by the Student Association, GW Votes, the Washington Association of Black Journalists and NewsChannel 8, is part of a GW Votes-led campaign to get students involved in D.C. politics and registered to vote in the District.

Harold Brazil, Kevin Chavous, Jack Evans, Jeffrey Gildenhorn and Anthony Williams will answer questions from Gannett News’ Deborah Mathis, The Washington Post’s Michael Powell, The Washington Times’ Adrienne Washington and NewsChannel 8’s Hugh Thomas. Students also will have a chance to question the candidates.

Theater doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and audience members must be seated by 7 p.m. The debate is open only to GW students, staff and faculty. Tickets are available with a GWorld ID in Marvin Center room 204.

-Becky Neilson

Woodward and Bernstein to speak Thursday

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, known for their diligent reporting of the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post in the 1970s, will speak Thursday in the Hillel auditorium.

The lecture is part of political communication Professor Lanny Davis’ course “Scandal, Damage Control and American Politics.”

Davis, an adjunct professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs, formerly was special counsel to President Clinton, providing damage control during the early days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the campaign finance scandal.

He served on the Democratic National Committee for 12 years and worked for the D.C. law firm Patton Boggs.

Woodward and Bernstein are the authors of the book All the President’s Men and The Final Days, based on their investigation of former President Richard Nixon.

The lecture will be held in the Hillel auditorium at 2300 H St., N.W. and at 4:30 p.m.-Shruti Dat?

Church seeks volunteers

The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is seeking volunteers for a brown bag lunch program for the homeless on weekends.

The church, located at 2430 K Street, distributes 378 meals each weekend, preparation director Jeremy Bonner said in a release. Volunteers are asked to help in preparation and distribution.

Preparation takes place Fridays between 4 p.
m. and 7 p.m. and involves filling bags and making sandwiches. Lunches are distributed Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For further information, contact Bonner at 338-0193 or Tina Mallett at 965-9324.

-Matt Berger

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