Library celebrates 2 millionth volume
The Gelman Library celebrated the milestone addition of a rare book Friday, borrowing a “Flintstones” vitamin slogan: “The Gelman Library System: 2 Million Volumes Strong and Growing.”
GW alumnus and professor emeritus James King donated funds for the library to buy an atlas of the United states by T.G. Bradford titled An Illustrated Atlas, Geographical, Statistical and Historical, of the United States, and the Adjacent Countries. Students, faculty and staff viewed the glass case display of the 1838 atlas – opened to a map of D.C. – at a reception to celebrate the 2 millionth volume.
“This is a great moment for the students, and they should be honored that GW has reached this level of recognition,” University Librarian Jack Siggins said. “It took us 17 years to go from 1 million to 2 million volumes, and I hope to reach 3 million in half that time.”
Siggins said GW’s library system is smaller than ones at Howard and Georgetown universities, but larger than ones at other D.C. schools.
Assistant Librarian Andrea Stewart said 400 to 500 people attended the reception, which included refreshments and music.
Gelman Library Student Liaison Corrie Bouma said students may view the new book anytime with permission from special collections in room 207 of Gelman.
“Now that I’m here I can see where my money is going,” said freshman Nyounti Tuam, who submitted the $50 voluntary library fee. “It makes me more appreciative (of the library) and it makes you want to donate more the next time.”
Alpha Phi finishes recruitment
Alpha Phi, a new GW sorority, accepted 65 out of 190 students after three days of interviews.
“We were looking for great leadership and women that would work hard and were dedicated,” said Shawna Menosky, the Alpha Phi representative on campus.
Menosky said she was expecting to accept 20 to 40 women, but the school put a cap of 65 on the new sorority (this doesn’t make sense).
Menosky said the decision was very difficult.
“We personally interviewed the women, and you want to give everyone the opportunity to succeed and to be an Alpha Phi,” Menosky said.
Alpha Phi accepted freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
“We thought that having older women would help the younger women,” Menosky said.
Alpha Phi will have a pledge process and will rush in the spring if there is room for more women to join.
Delta Tau Delta sponsors little league team
Three Delta Tau Delta members coached the Georgetown Red Sox little league baseball team to a 20-3 victory over the Pirates, another local team, Saturday afternoon.
Seniors Dave McCormack, Bob Simon and Brad Simon coach the team of 8- and 9-year-olds that practices every Friday and plays games every Saturday.
“We had actually been looking for something like this for quite a while for philanthropy projects,” McCormack said.
This is the second semester the fraternity has sponsored the team.
“It’s really great for the kids to have young people for role models and for fun,” said Susie Trees, mother of Red Sox player Laddie Trees.
“We’ve been doing baseball for years, and the past two seasons have been the best because of these guys.”
When asked what he thought of his coaches, Laddie gave a “thumbs up.”
The Red Sox are undefeated and have two games left in the season.
“These guys are a little more fun, a little less serious (than last year’s coaches), but they’re running a good team and it’s really valued by the parents,” said Rebecca Flood, mother of Red Sox player Grayson Flood.