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MVC dedicates campus additions

About 30 students, faculty and alumni gathered Friday for the dedication of the Dorothy Williamson Clock Tower and Sally Hurlbut Tennis Court on the Mount Vernon Campus. University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Mount Vernon Executive Dean Grae Baxter and junior Logan Graham spoke at the dedication.

The tower and tennis courts mark the end of the first phase of Mount Vernon campus plan. Renovations included the Somers Hall addition, new soccer and softball fields, the Mount Vernon Pub and Grill, the gym, the clock tower and the tennis courts. Work on the tennis courts and the clock tower was completed this past spring. The next phase of the project will involve the renovation of the Acheson Science Center.

“In the three years I have been here, I’ve seen big changes and I know that Mount Vernon is better for them,” Graham said.

The new athletic fields at Mount Vernon was part of the University’s response to Title IX, a law giving all students equal educational and recreational opportunities. The new fields allowed GW to start a varsity women’s lacrosse team and softball team.

Money for the project came from bond funding, contributions by Mount Vernon alumni and an anonymous donor, who wanted the clock tower dedicated to Dorothy Williamson, the former Registrar and Director of Admissions for the Mount Vernon Seminary and Junior College.

Trachtenberg said he hopes the additions to the Mount Vernon campus will offer students an option that “enriches what the University has to offer to undergraduates.”

“This campus has always been a special community, but due to lack of resources it could not blossom. Being a part of GW has allowed it to do that,” Baxter said.
-Kelsey Kurt

Anti-terrorism group hosts Israel expert

Students Defending Democracy will host Dr. Yossi Olmert, a member of the Board of the International Policy Center for Counter-Terrorism in Israel, to speak to students about terrorism in the Middle East Tuesday.

Olmert served as an adviser to the Israeli government.

A leading expert on Syria, Olmert will lead the discussion, titled “A Micro Look at Terrorism in the Middle East.”

This is SDD’s first event, and the Student Activity Center approved the group’s charter earlier this year. Its goal is to facilitate education and discussion about world terrorism and anti-terrorist efforts.

Dr. Olmert’s presentation is open to all students.

The event is scheduled for the Elliott School Commons at 7 p.m. Students should arrive ten minutes early. A reception will follow the discussion.
-Brett Levanto

GW hosts Korean art

The ninth annual Hahn Moo-Sook (HMS) Colloquium in the Korean Humanities will provide a forum for academic discussion of Korean arts, history, language, literature, thought and religious systems.

Topics of discussion will include the making and success of Korean cinema.

The event will take place Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Media and Public Affairs building. It is free and open to the public. Call (202) 994-7106 or email for reservations.

Music Dept. presents faculty art series

Music professor and artist Elizabeth Field, joined by guests Tina Chancey and Steven Silverman, will perform in a faculty concert featuring works by Leclair, Bach, Ysaye and Brahms.

The performance is Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Western Presbyterian Church at 2401 Virginia Ave. Tickets cost $5 for the general public and $2 for students and senior citizens. For more information, contact the GW Department of Music at (202) 994-6245.
-Helen Wei

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