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Hatchet a finalist for national honor

The Associated Collegiate Press named The Hatchet a top finalist for the 2005 newspaper Pacemaker award. The Hatchet joins more than 50 publications from universities around the country vying for the ACP’s top honor.

This is the first year The Hatchet is up for the award, which is given to several school newspapers.

“Everyone who staffed this paper over the last few years should be ecstatic about this award, because it serves as further acknowledgment of something we already knew: The Hatchet is one of the finest college papers in the country,” said Hatchet Editor in Chief Michael Barnett, a senior.

Judges select Pacemaker finalists based on the coverage, content, quality of writing, in-depth reporting, photography and design of a publication.

In 2004 The Hatchet was named the best non-daily student newspaper in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists, and it was one of three finalists for the award this year. Hatchet senior editor Will Dempster is a finalist for the ACP editorial-of-the-year award.

“This award is a wonderful complement to Will being an individual finalist and our national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists,” Barnett said.

ACP winners will be announced next month.

NFOTC participates in British museum event

Members from GW’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps greeted alumni of England’s Oxford University Tuesday at a benefit for the school’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Seven NROTC midshipmen were on hand to open doors and escort and mingle with guests at the lecture and reception hosted by the Oxford University Society, Oxford’s official alumni organization. Tuesday’s event honored museum director Christopher Brown at the private residence of British Ambassador Sir David Manning.

“It was a nice atmosphere with a military presence,” said senior Laura DiTillio, public affairs officer for GW’s NROTC unit. “It gives our midshipmen a chance to make connections, and it gives guests a chance to meet us.”

DiTillio said the University’s NROTC division has an ongoing relationship with the Oxford Society, and students often lend their assistance to events in the D.C. area.

-Marissa Levy

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