Staff Editorial: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

The Hatchet’s monthly wrap-up of GW’s ups and downs:

Thumbs Up: Twombly follows up on prior promise by resigning

On Friday, Greta Twombly, chief of staff to Student Association President Vishal Aswani, resigned from her post. At the end of last semester, Aswani’s cabinet threatened to resign if he did not “shape up.” It is admirable of Twombly to follow up on that promise, although it certainly could have been done in a less dramatic fashion than her lengthy resignation letter. Even though resigning is usually not a very productive measure, at this point the most productive thing that you can do with Vishal Aswani’s presidency is end it. Let the impeachment begin.

Thumbs Down: Vandalism in CD/CR office unacceptable

After last year’s bout of hate crime instances, it is disheartening to see such a senseless and detestable act of vandalism as the defaced crosses found in the CD/CR office in the Marvin Center. The student responsible must be held accountable and should face the harshest consequences under the Code of Student Conduct.

Thumbs Up: Program Board’s spring events impressive

GW students are losing out on a lot of valuable study time this semester. Between the upcoming Jason Mraz and Ben Folds concert, the upcoming Muhammad Yunus presentation and last weekend’s PostSecret event, Program Board is providing many welcome distractions. PB has redeemed itself for last semester’s failed Fall Fest – we hope this encouraging programming trend continues through Spring Fling.

Thumbs Down: GW men’s basketball team loses yet another player

In addition to the 10-game losing streak that the men’s basketball team is currently on, Xavier Alexander recently left the team, saying, “GW was just not a good fit for me.” Alexander is the fourth player to leave the team for various reasons since last March. There is no way that the basketball program can build credibility with players leaving. Clearly, something is not working and the athletics department needs to address the state of our basketball program in the near future.

Thumbs Sideways: Anticipated Web site redesign delayed

Revisions are in the works for a new University Web site, which will be a welcome change. However, plans have been delayed until later in the spring because of logistics and because administrators are worried about the incoming class, saying that “we don’t want class of 2014 students to be confused.” A new Web site will be great, but let’s hope that the incoming class is a little more computer-savvy than administrators give them credit for.

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