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@fakeStevenknapp’s run

Since 2010, the @fakeStevenknapp Twitter account has skewered and satirized administrators and students. But last week, 2010 alumnus Hunter Patterson announced that he would retire the account. We’ll miss the candid, snarky quips and jabs. It’s no exaggeration when we say we felt closer to him than the real University President Steven Knapp. RIP @fakeStevenknapp. You will be missed.

Men’s basketball season

The men’s basketball season ended with a narrow loss to the University of Massachusetts at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center for the Atlantic 10 tournament. And while the post-season ended just as it started, GW has a lot to look forward to next season, with young Colonial talent and local rival George Mason’s addition to the A-10. Here’s to many exciting games and match-ups next season. #RaiseHigh

Student Association election

GW might be known as a politically active school, but when it comes to Student Association elections, turnout has historically been abysmal. This year, a record 4,855 ballots were cast. While that number still only accounts for a small fraction of the student body, the higher participation rate is encouraging and hopefully an indication of future student involvement in campus politics. With this reassuring momentum, The Hatchet’s editorial board looks forward to seeing what President-elect Julia Susuni and Executive Vice President-elect Kostas Skordalos accomplish over the course of the next year.

Gelman Library

It’s a running campus joke to refer to Gelman Library as “GelHell.” But that joke took on new meaning this month when consultants sounded alarms that Gelman resources are subpar for a research library. Despite the fact that the library is undergoing major renovations, including a new entrance from Kogan Plaza, and additions to the first and second floors, the library is in desperate need of more funding for collections and staffing. As the University completes a review of the library this year, administrators must make Gelman a priority.

CARE Network

More than 81 percent of faculty surveyed by Hatchet reporters this month said they did not know about the University’s CARE network, a program that allows individuals to anonymously report the names of students who appear to be struggling emotionally, financially, academically or personally. The network is intended to be a resource to identify students who could be falling through the cracks, and it is alarming that few faculty are comfortable using it. GW should actively inform professors about the network, as they are the primary link to students.

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