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Crawford Hall has card reader difficulties

Crawford Hall residents were locked out of their residence hall Tuesday after Y2K-related maintenance caused troubles with the GWorld card readers, an official said.

GWorld Program Manager Michele Neyers said her division performed maintenance services to prepare for potential Y2K glitches the night before the Crawford Hall door got stuck, which prevented students from entering or exiting the building. Other residence halls experienced similar difficulties.

Neyers said the readers dropped off-line at about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning and the problem was fixed. But the cards that had been swiped while the readers were out of service were stored. Neyers said the computer has to go through each of the stored transactions, which takes a long time.

This is odd, she said. It’s going in fits and starts.

As a result, Neyers said some of the residence halls experienced technical difficulties Tuesday afternoon. She said this was an isolated incident and the officials worked quickly to solve the problem.

Trachtenberg to receive an award

GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will receive the Tree of Life award from the Jewish National Fund Dec. 2.

The fund awards an individual who has advanced the community in which he lives or works.

This year it was appropriate for Steve Trachtenberg to be the recipient of the Tree of Life award because of what he has done to transform GW and for the tremendous impact he has made on Washington, D.C., Executive Director Bob Chertock said.

Marvin Kalb, executive director of the Washington office of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, will speak at the dinner honoring Trachtenberg.

-Francesca Di Meglio

Commissioner initiates campus plan town hall

Commissioner Richard Sheehey of the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission is hosting a town-hall meeting about GW’s campus plan Wednesday Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Dorothy Marvin Betts Theatre.

Sheehey said the town-hall meeting will include a variety of GW administrators who will answer questions from the audience. He said he hopes GW students and Foggy Bottom residents attend to find out answers regarding the campus plan and how it affects them.

I really want to get people to get up there and ask `How is this going to effect my tuition?’ he said.

Sheehey said he will moderate the town hall, which he said will be the first dialogue that students will have with administrators about the campus plan. He also said he hopes administrators answer questions on how they plan to follow through with the ideas in the campus plan.

SA President appoints EVP, others

The Student Association Senate confirmed SA President Caity Leu’s appointment of Kim McGraw as executive vice president Tuesday.

The Senate also approved other executive appointments. Former SA Sen. Ben Getto (SBPM-Undergraduate) was appointed vice president for Financial Affairs. Shaun Koenig, who served as vice president of Judicial and Legislative Affairs last year, was reappointed to the position. Mistique Cano was appointed vice president for Public Affairs.

McGraw was unavailable for comment

–Steven Postal

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