GW in brief

Elliott School to house Starbucks

Students will no longer have to go to the Marvin Center to get a Frappuccino on campus when Starbucks opens a new shop at 1957 E Street this fall.

The University will not incur any cost for housing the chain coffee conglomerate, which, along with Subway will be paying rent to occupy the residence hall’s first floor, said Louis Katz, executive vice president and treasurer.

Construction on the Starbucks started last week, while workers began installing the Subway last month. Both venues are expected to be open when fall classes begin.

“If you look at who we put in (1957 E Street) … these are the vendors students are familiar with, the kinds of services students need.”

The presence of Starbucks, Subway and a convenience store on the Elliott School’s first floor will allow GW to fulfill a zoning order that required the University to provide a certain amount of retail space in the building.

Although there already is a Starbucks in the Marvin Center and University officials are considering housing one in Gelman Library, Katz said the coffee chain would likely remain very popular among students.

He also said that Starbucks has seen its sales increase when it locates stores in the same area.

“The more Starbucks they put in,” he said, “the more sales they have.”

-Michael Barnett

Cheney comes to GW Hospital for checkup

Vice President Dick Cheney visited the GW Hospital Tuesday for a regular heart checkup and received good news from his doctors, Reuters reported.

Cheney, who has had four heart attacks in the last 30 years, underwent an ultrasound examination of his heart, an echocardiogram and a stress test during his checkup.

Cheney received urgent treatment at the hospital in March 2001 due to complications with an artery that had been damaged from a previous heart attack. In June 2001, he visited the hospital to have an electrical device implanted in his chest to regulate his heartbeat.

The hospital, which is the closest to the White House, has treated numerous government officials, including President Reagan after he was shot in 1981. Doctors there performed gall bladder surgery on U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in March.

Former U.S. ambassador to teach at GW

Edward Gnehm, a former U.S ambassador to Jordan, Kuwait and Australia, will teach at the University as a Shapiro Professor and co-director of the international affairs undergraduate program in the Elliott School of International Affairs this fall.

Gnehm, a GW alumnus, was U.S. ambassador to Kuwait during the Gulf War and raised the American flag over the U.S. embassy following the 1991 liberation of that country.

During his two-year appointment as a Shapiro professor, Gnehm will teach courses on the politics of the Persian Gulf region and the management of an embassy. The Elliott School names individuals who are distinguished in the field of diplomacy or international affairs as Shapiro professors.

Gnehm, a former Student Association president, graduated from GW with a bachelor’s degree in 1966 and a master’s degree in 1968. He has held several posts in the State Department since he started working for the federal government in 1968.

Honor society celebrates 10 years

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars celebrated its 10th anniversary April 30 and announced an upcoming scholarship drive that will take place this fall.

The society honors first- and second-year college students for their academic achievements and encourages community leadership among its members. The NSCS was founded a decade ago at GW and now has active chapters on more than 200 campuses nationwide.

At its 10th anniversary dinner, which was held last month, Stephen Loflin, the society’s founder and executive director, announced the GW-NSCS alumni scholarship drive. The NSCS national office will match the funds raised by members and alumni of the society’s GW chapter for the scholarship.

GW displays invention at technology fair

GW displayed a wired glove, able to translate sign language to text or audio, at a technology fair in San Fransisco last weekend, the Mercury News in California reported.

GW doctoral candidate Jose Hernandez-Rebollar developed the invention, dubbed Acceleglove. The glove uses motor sensors to translate sign language to non-speakers.

The fair, NextFest, was sponsored by Wired Magazine and included displays from private corporations and universities.

Other inventions at the fair included a flying scooter, an Internet browser powered by brain waves and a camouflage cloak that gives the illusion of invisibility.

– Caitlin Carroll

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