GW Briefs

Some dorms may get benches, bike racks

University officials will consider installing bike racks and benches outside residence halls as part of the ongoing Residence Hall Renewal Project, but they have not yet decided if the fixtures will be put in place.

Nancy Haaga, GW’s director of Auxiliary and Institutional services, said Residential Property Management has received requests for these items, but would not comment on which residence halls would potentially receive bike racks and benches. Several dorms already have benches.

Junior Daniel Balke (ESIA-U) said he and three other Student Association senators decided to contact Residential Property Management last month after several students asked them if it would be possible to get bike racks placed in front of their dorms.

“These people (who requested bike racks) hadn’t been confident about the SA in the past,” Balke said. “That drove me to want to work on this issue.”

-Marissa Levy

Elliott School dean discusses global security

Elliott School of International Affairs Dean Michael Brown outlined his views on global security Thursday night. In a 90-minute speech, Brown analyzed current political concerns such as the influence of United States’ military power, the growing role of international governing organizations and the plight of third-world countries.

“I spent the first half of my career studying nuclear weapons, but that was too depressing. So I switched to ethnic conflict,” Brown said during his speech, titled “Grave New World: International Conflicts in the 20th Century.” “Fortunately the two are still separate fields of study.”

Brown spoke about ongoing international issues and dangers in a post-Cold War world. He also criticized prevalent economic inequalities across the globe.

The only way that international relations will continue improving, he argued, is if politicians adopt a long-term view to solving global conflicts.

“It’s important not just to look back, but also to look forward,” Brown said. “The challenge is getting political leaders to think ahead and take action now to deal with problems twenty years from now.”

-Andrew Breza

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