Students to vote on new University policies
Students will vote Dec. 11 whether to change the Code of Student Conduct, review Student Judicial Services policies and add a third freshman senator.
Two senators and Student Association Vice President Josh Singer force the referendum with a petition after losing a Senate vote. Senators who voted it down said the vote would cost thousands of dollars to set up.
Singer wants to send the Code of Student Conduct to the Joint Committee of Faculty and Students for review. Possible changes include residence hall eviction policies and a more lenient appeals process, said Sen. J.P. Blackford.(G-SEAS).
The second referendum would create an oversight committee to examine SJS policies and procedures for better service to the students. Students will also decide whether to add a third non-voting freshman senator.
GW to host “Any Questions?” with Newt Gingrich
GW will host the BBC’s “Any Questions?” radio program, featuring Newt Gingrich, Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Media and Public Affairs auditorium. Panelists will discuss the war on terrorism with audience participation.
Panelists include Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Hafez Al Mirazi, Al Jazeera Washington Bureau chief; Ted Halstead, president of the New America Foundation; and Dr. Amanda Foreman, historian and author of “Georgia, Duchess of Devonshire.”
The “Any Questions?” program seeks to give audience members a chance to influence international debate on a variety of social, economic and moral issues. It is hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby.
ESIA group to discuss future of Afghanistan
The International Affairs Society will hold a community forum called “Afghanistan: What’s Next?” Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the Media and Public Affairs auditorium.
A panel of experts will speak on the future of Afghanistan relations, and the political, economic and social status of the nation. A period of question and answer will follow the panel discussion.
The panel includes Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, director of the Global South at American University, Arthur Helton, director of Peace and Conflict Studies for the Council of Foreign Relations and Robert Templer, Asia program director for the International Crisis Group.
WRGW’s Holiday Buzz
GW’s radio station WRGW will raise money for the United Way and the World Trade Center Orphans Fund at a “Holiday Buzz” party next weekend. The event will take place Friday night from 8 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
“Each year we like to do at least one concert for charity,” said graduate student and WRGW general manager Jason Cohen. “We hope to do another similar event in the spring.”
The party will include free food, concerts, trivia contests, a bowl-a-thon and a pool tournament, as well as a comedy hour provided by D.C. Improv. Performers will include Cactus Patch, Combination Lock, Prosolar Mechanics and Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. There will be a free breakfast on Saturday morning, and late-night pizza on Friday night.
Iranian Cultural Society celebrates Shabe Yalda
The Iranian Cultural Society will host a Shabe Yalda celebration Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m in the Marvin Center third floor ballroom.
The Silk Roads Dance Company will perform along with the ICS Dancers. A Persian dinner will also be served. The after-party will be held from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission for students is $10, and adults $15.
GW releases survey on privacy
GW’s Democracy Online Project will release new national survey results and sponsor a debate and roundtable discussion about online privacy issues Thursday. The debate will examine privacy issues and online politics, including electronic profiling, and release survey results about current attitudes about these issues.
The roundtable discussion features former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel (R-Alaska), Jerry Berman of the Center for Democracy and Technology and Evan Hendricks, editor of the Privacy Times.
The Democracy Online Project is administered through the Graduate School of Political Management, and seeks to promote democratic values online. The Debate will be held at the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club.