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UPD arrests Colonial Computers shoplifter

A University Police officer arrested a female suspect at Colonial Computers April 12 after she was caught shoplifting, a UPD official said.

A Colonial Computers employee stopped the officer and alerted him that the person was stealing several computer disks, said Dolores Stafford, director of UPD.

Stafford said after the officer searched the woman’s bag, he found that she had stolen five inkjet cartridges as well as several Zip-disks.

The officer arrested the suspect, and she was taken to Metropolitan Police for processing.

The suspect, who is not a GW student, was ultimately charged with shoplifting.

-Jason Steinhardt

Recess sponsors D.C. college improv festival

Recess, a GW improv comedy group, will sponsor an improv festival at Metro Caf?, 1522 14th St., Saturday night with groups from the University of Maryland and American University.

Recess will do its long-form sketch comedy, known as Armando Diaz or Chicago style. They will take suggestions from the audience and perform monologues and skits off the one-word suggestion.

The more professional troops tend to do long-form, so we’re trying to stretch ourselves, sophomore Recess member Sam Sklaver said. We find it more interesting than the short game.

This is the first time this year’s group has performed off campus in D.C., and members hope to draw a diverse crowd while still attracting GW students, Sklaver said.

The D.C. crowd’s very receptive to improv comedy, sophomore Stephen Siddell said. We’re trying to get out into the District.

The festival marks first meeting between this year’s comedy group, Maryland’s erasable Inc. and American’s Mission Improv-able. Six members of the 10-person group will perform. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $5.

GW MBA student wins case competition, $10,000

Bradley Keare, a GW MBA student from Bethesda, Md., received the 2000 Bernard J. Ness/Washington Mutual Investors Fund Award for Excellence in Finance.

Keare, a 2000 graduate, won a case competition held by the GW School of Business and Public Management’s finance department April 15. He took home $10,000 with the prize. Runners up were MBA students Urairat Lieoprasertporn and David Malmgren.

Keare argued that General Motors suffers from conglomerate discounting, which forces the market value of the entire company to be lower than the value of its parts.

The award was created in honor of Bernard Nees, a founder of the Washington Mutual Investors Fund.

To be considered, students must be in their final semester, eligible for membership in Beta Gamma Honor Society and must demonstrate characteristics personified by Nees – integrity, leadership, vision, ability and dedication to work, community and family, according to a University press release. The award will be presented May 20.

-Russ Rizzo

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