News briefs

Rosa Parks visits GW

Rosa Parks, one of America’s leading civil rights activists, was on campus Saturday to kick off a program to send more disadvantaged young people to college and educate them about career options.

Parks, who gained fame in December 1955 by defying a Montgomery, Ala., ordinance that forced African Americans to sit in the back of public buses, helped inaugurate the GW chapter of College for Kids, a program sponsored by the National Political Congress of Black Women Inc. and Toys `R’ Us.

“The program is meant to have children start thinking about careers and that they have options in life,” said Yolanda Sampson, executive director of College for Kids. “It is intended to get children to understand why they are studying so hard.”

College for Kids is a nine-week program that exposes children ages nine to 12 to a variety of academic and career avenues, including business, education, government, law and medicine. Each Saturday, the 52 students in the program come to GW and learn about a new career path.

The GW chapter of College for Kids is part of an expansion of a pilot program at the University of Pennsylvania that began five years ago. In addition to Washington, D.C., the program is being expanded to Akron, Ohio; Newark, N.J.; Richmond, Va. and Baltimore.

“The present expansion (of the program) will throw a broader net to children in need,” said Dr. C. Dolores Tucker, founder and chair of the National Political Congress of Black Women, Inc.

-David McDonough

Law School to discuss independent counsel

Five GW law professors will discuss the independent counsel statute in a panel Saturday.

The panel, part of Alumni Reunion Weekend, comes in the wake of reports released by independent counsel Kenneth Starr that accuse President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.

The panel will be moderated by Roger Transgrud, the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs, and will feature professors Jerome Barron, Mary Cheh, Peter Raven-Hansen and Stephen Saltzburg.

The event will be in the law school’s Burns Library Great Room from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The panel is free and open to the public.

Matt Berger

Technology conference planned

The GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development Conference will begin its public colloquia series Saturday.

The annual New Directions XXIII Conference and evening public colloquia will focus on “using technology to enhance learning and human development,” according to a press release. The series will be sponsored by GSEHD, its Alumni Association and the GW chapter of the Phi Delta Kappa fraternity.

Featured speakers for the night include Dustin H. Heuston, Ph.D., founder and chairman of Waterford Institute, director of the Online Innovation Institute Ferdi Serim, and William F. Lynch, Ph.D., associate professor of Distance Education Development and founding director of the Educational Technology Leadership master’s program at GW.

The event will be free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. For more information, contact Dr. John Rosser at 994-1449.

-Theresa Crapanzano

Students to learn leadership skills

The 1998 Student Leadership Conference will be held Saturday. The event, put on by the Student Activities Center, will combine workshops, speakers and seminars to help students deal with a variety of leadership-oriented issues.

Open to students of all backgrounds and leadership levels, the conference will deal with such topics as goal setting, event planning, public speaking, stress management and networking.

“It’s a great event,” said Gretchen Black, a graduate assistant with SAC who is helping to coordinate the annual event. “We usually get a couple hundred students, and it’s worked well in the past.

“We should even have some previous speakers, back by popular demand,” she said.

The event will be held at the Washington Marriott Hotel, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration for the event will be held throughout the week in the SAC office in Marvin Center room 427.

-Alex Le Fevre

Students celebrate Burger King grand opening

Students participated in Burger King’s official grand opening in J Street Wednesday afternoon with the opportunity to win free music and compete in an eating contest.

The event featured ’70s music as part of the official opening, weeks after Burger King started serving students.

A drawing was held for a CD pack featuring ’70s music used in Burger King television advertisements.

Six students competed in the Whopper eating Contest to see who could scarf down a Whopper and a Storm drink the fastest.

Storm is the newest soda creation from Pepsi.

The contestants in the Whopper eating Contest all were given a Burger King water bottle, an “I love Burger King” bumper sticker and a Burger King hat.

-Heather C. Shaw

College Democrats to attend DNC event

More than 100 members of the College Democrats plan to attend the Democratic National Committee’s convention this weekend at the Washington Hilton, CD Events Director Andrew Agetstein said.

The convention draws Democratic Party leaders from across the nation to discuss the party’s focus. Highlights include the opening reception Friday evening and Saturday’s speeches by keynote speakers Vice President Al Gore and Rainbow Coalition Founder Jesse Jackson.

Students interested in attending should contact Andrew Agetstein via e-mail at

-Seth Weinert

Four GW women receive fellowships from the AAUW

Four GW female graduate students have been awarded fellowships from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation in Washington, D.C. for the 1998-’99 academic year.

AAUW awarded $2.8 in grants and fellowships to 290 women across the country.

Fellows include Ranjita Cornett, who is pursuing a master’s degree in business management and administration; Eileen Finucane, pursuing a master’s degree in business administration; Elizabeth Leiner, working toward a master’s degree of forensic science in criminal justice and Inga Ugrumova, pursuing a master’s degree in hydrology.

-Stacey Felsen

Alpha Epsilon Pi to host `A Night at The Exchange’

The Greek-letter organization Alpha Epsilon Pi and its Psi pledge class will host “A Night at the Exchange” Friday at 10 p.m.

“We thought it would be great to invite GW to a GW tradition,” said Eli Gorin, social chair of Alpha Epsilon Pi .

Admission is free and open to all. Proper identification is required. The Exchange is located at 1719 G St. N.W.

-Stacey Felsen

National Physician Assistant Day to be celebrated at GW

National Physician Assistant Day will be celebrated by students, faculty and staff Oct. 6.

On that day in 1957, the first class of PAs graduated from Duke University.

The PA program at GW will attempt to educate the community about the purpose and role of the physician assistant today. A booth will be set up in the lobby of Ross Hall to distribute educational materials and answer questions. Members of the program also will provide baked goods for the public.

-Stacey Felsen

Career Center to hold Career Campaign `98

The Career Center will hold its ninth annual career campaign week Oct. 5 through Oct. 9. The theme is “Impact Your Future,” to encourage students to actively develop their careers.

The Campaign will be highlighted by a Fall Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Marvin Center Ballroom. The fair will host more than 60 organizations recruiting for business and technical positions.

Interview Day will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 on the Marvin Center fourth floor.

Other events include “How to Make the Most of Career Fair” workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in Marvin Center Room 402 and “R?sumania” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Marvin Center Ballroom, which offers on-the-spot r?sum? critiques for students and alumni.

Job skills works
hops include r?sum? writing from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Marvin Center 403 and effective interviewing from 6:40 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in Marvin Center 403.

For students who are opening Career Center files, a half-price sale will be in effect throughout the week.

For more information about Career Campaign ’98 events, visit the Career Center in Academic Center T-509, call 994-6495 or visit the Center’s Website.

-Stacey Felsen

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