GW In Brief

Becker named GW Hospital Chief Officer

Dr. Richard Becker will take over as interim Chief Officer of the GW Hospital Monday.

Becker will step in for Chief Officer Dan McLean, who will become Group Director of six University Hospital System hospitals in South Texas. McLean became the CEO of GW’s hospital in August 2000.

Becker is currently the associate professor of anesthesia and critical care medicine. He has also served as the hospital’s medical director since August 1998 and as assistant dean of clinical affairs at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Becker graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in obstetric anesthetics and critical care medicine. Becker also holds a masters degree in business administration from GW’s business school.

BU students can study at GW

Students from Boston University’s Washington Internship program will be able to take classes at GW this fall, according to BU’s Daily Free Press.

Students can take one of three classes while involved in the program.

Program coordinators have been working toward the expansion since 2002, according to The Daily Free Press.

BU students will have to verify acceptance of GW credits with their individual schools.

SJT speaks on local radio station

GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg addressed problems facing higher education last Monday on a WTOP radio program.

Trachtenberg noted an interest in higher education during the program, but other university presidents were less optimistic about the increasing numbers.

University of Maryland President C. Daniel Mote Jr. and George Mason University President Alen G. Merten joined Trachtenberg on the “Ask the University Presidents” program.

Mote said more people are attending college now than ever before. In 1980 about 12 million were in attendance and in 2000 about 15 million attended, Mote said.

Merten said his university will be forced to favor out-of-state applicants due to the rising costs of higher education and decreased government funding.

Seventy-five percent of the students at the University of Maryland are in-state students, and 90 percent of the students at George Mason are from Virginia.

Last year 11,000 high school seniors applied for 2,500 spots at George Mason University. At the University of Maryland 4,000 students applied for 25,000 spots ,and at GW 20,000 students applied for 2,200 spots.

Mote and Merten suggested that students who want degrees from their colleges but who are not immediately accepted should attend in-state community colleges and then transfer.

Circle K searches for talent

Circle K, a student organization dedicated to community service, will host a benefit concert in the Hippodrome March 27, and is looking for interested bands.

All proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Those interested in performing at the event should send an e-mail to

-Bryn Lansdowne

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