Aaron D. Graff

Harold Gray, 55, helped D.C.’s ‘invisible people’

The writer, a Hatchet reporter, knew the Rev. Gray personally and often joined him and other GW students to feed the homeless on Monday nights. The Rev. Harold Gray, 55, a mentor and leader to many GW students who volunteered to feed the homeless, passed away from a heart attack over winter break. His organization […]

Teaching the dream

JuDonn DeShields spent his downtime last spring dreaming about closing the education gap in America. Now the GW alumnus is achieving that goal as a special education teacher at a charter school several blocks from campus. DeShields is one of 65 GW graduates who joined Teach for America this year. The nonprofit organization places college […]

Alum and patient become ‘blood relatives’

When Jillian Roth allowed a donor registry to swab her mouth in Hillel four years ago, she never expected it to amount to anything. But this July, Roth got a call that changed her life. The 2005 alumna heard from the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, who had matched her bone marrow to a […]

Ben’s Chili Bowl turns 50

For Bill Cosby, life is simple. “All a man needs is a good woman and a half-smoke,” he told a crowd of about 150 people at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Aug. 21. A good woman may be hard to find, but anyone can easily get a half-smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street. […]