Campus in Brief

Marvin Center lobby will close for construction

The Marvin Center first floor lobby will be closed Nov. 18-25 for workers to remove the existing floor in preparation for the placement of the new surface over winter break.

Food venues will remain open, and students will be able to access the elevators from the ground and second floors, GW officials said. The projected completion date for the renovations is April 2002.

–Mosheh Oinounou

GW mailrooms test negative for anthrax

Mailrooms at GW’s Loudon, Va., campus, in Ross Hall and in the GW Hospital tested negative for the presence of spores, GW officials said. They await results of tests at GW’s main mailroom on F Street and the Mount Vernon Campus.

The sites were tested by a private firm two weeks ago, but results have been delayed because of high demand around the city.

–Kate Stepan

Urine in stairwell disgusts residents

New Hall residents and other individuals have become disgusted by urine in stairwells between the first and third floors of the building.

New Hall Community Director Jed Frei sent an e-mail to New Hall residents expressing his concern for what he called a “re-occurring problem.”

In the e-mail, Frei said urinating on the stairwells is a problem for housekeeping staff and a “desecration” of the community. Frei asked for information regarding the urination and encouraged residents to respect where they live.

New Hall resident Josh Greenbaum said he found the stairwell incidents disgusting.

“For $7,000 a year, they might want to try using a bathroom,” Greenbaum said.

–Trevor Martin

ROTC to hold charity toy drive

ROTC members collect toy donations for Toys for Tots Nov. 27 to Dec. 7 to benefit D.C. children.

Students can donate money so ROTC members can buy the toys. For students with meal points, ROTC member Kathleen Caughlan suggests buying batteries at Provisions Market.

The joint effort between Navy and the Marine Corps ROTC involves about 100 members, plus help from Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. Uniformed members will have a table on the H Street platform and at basketball games. For more information, call
Caughlan at 242-7784.

–Katie Warchut

Group teaches about Sikhism

The Sikh Student Association will sponsor “Discovering Sikhism” as part of Religion Week Tuesday evening. The event, which includes a free Indian cuisine dinner, will feature speakers about Sikhism and discussion about attitudes toward Sikhs following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“I think it’s actually more important for other students (who are not Sikh) because we pretty much know what happened,” said SSA president Jaspal Singh, referring to recent attacks on Sikhs.

The event will be held in Marvin Center room 310 at 7 p.m.

GW education panel features Trachtenberg

The Public Diplomacy Institute will host a forum to discuss “The Future of International Educational Exchange” at 12 p.m. Thursday in the Media and Public Affairs auditorium.

Speakers will include Geza Jezensky, ambassador to Hungary, University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and Harriet Mayor Fulbright, widow of Senator J. William Fulbright, founder of the Fulbright Program for international exchange. Panelists will discuss how international educational exchange is impacted by terrorism.

The panel is also sponsored by the Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Hillel hosts former Ambassador

GW Hillel will host Martin Indyk Monday as part of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly conference in D.C.

Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and current head of the Brookings Institution, will speak at 7 p.m. to about 190 student delegates including 60 from GW.

The GA includes five days of programs for about 4,000 participants Nov. 9-13. Hosted this year by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the conference features the following speakers:

o Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres

o Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge

o Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.)

o John Bridgeland, Deputy Assistant to the President for Policy and Chairman, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee

o Rabbi Michael Melchior, Deputy Foreign Minister, State of Israel

o New York Times reporter and author Judith Miller.

–Kate Stepan

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