This week’s best and worst

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“GW is the largest private landowner in the District:” Usually a snappy line that’s tossed out on campus tours, but this fact is beginning to carry more weight as GW’s stake in D.C. property has skyrocketed.

Over the past decade, the University’s real estate investments have tripled, totaling more than $800 million. Projects such as The Avenue and planned renovations to 2100 Penn carry significant financial weight that helps GW.

Some credit rating agencies, however, have been softly warning against GW putting all of its eggs in one basket. They say GW’s significant investments in real estate could be risky if real estate prices tank.

But as GW continues to pledge itself to costly projects such as the $275 million Science and Engineering Hall, this revenue gain is exactly what the University needs. The University’s real estate has fueled growth, and that only helps the value of students’ degrees.

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Thursday was a solemn day for D.C.’s macaroni and cheese lovers.

After nearly four years of visits to GW’s campus, the famous mac and cheese truck CapMac has laid down its serving spoon. The orange, noodle-emblazoned truck rode off into the night, leaving behind hundreds of devoted followers.

CapMac seemed to create its own sort of dairy cult, a dedicated group of GW students and D.C. residents who would follow CapMac’s twitter, traveling to the farthest reaches of Northwest D.C. for a box of Marco Bolo.

Luckily, the truck’s two owners say that we haven’t seen the last of CapMac. It may even pop up as its own restaurant, as co-owner Brian Arnoff suggested to The Hatchet.

However, until that time comes, something will be missing from GW’s belly during Thursday lunches. Something that Tasty Kabob could never fulfill.

Whenever we microwave some Easy Mac or squeeze out a gelatinous tube of Velveeta, we’ll think of you, CapMac.

You’ll always have a special place in our cheese-clotted hearts.

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