Alexandra Aaron

Market growing for ‘serious games’

Military personnel, scientists, educators, policy-makers and medical researchers gathered near Washington, D.C. last month to see and play all the latest video games. But the games showcased at the second annual Serious Games Summit in Crystal City, Va. are more than just regular video games; their purpose is to educate. And according to the Serious […]

White House officials implicated in CIA leak probe

A federal grand jury indicted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, on five counts in the most recent development of the two-year investigation surrounding the leaking of the identity of a CIA operative. The investigation, led by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, is being conducted to determine whether presidential advisor […]

Administrators target marketing of drinking games

Beer companies promoting drinking games have recently been accused by college administrators of targeting college students and marketing the dangerous and potentially fatal habit of binge drinking. According to a recently released study, out of a surveyed 6000 students, 50 to 80 percent of college students play drinking games. “Drinking games are so popular because […]

Colleges revamp plans for emergencies

Colleges across the nation are quickly revamping security plans for natural disaster emergencies following the closings of several universities in the Gulf Coast area prompted by Hurricane Katrina. While many schools have detailed plans for terrorist attacks and man-made disasters, the recent hurricane season has forced university officials to reevaluate plans for natural disasters. D.C. […]

Bush aides illegally bought positive news coverage, say officials

Bush administration officials broke the law when they paid a reporter to favorably portray Bush education policies, according to a report released in October by the Government Accountability Office. The report is the first effort by the congressional agency to investigate the legality of the sponsored news coverage. The Bush administration paid conservative journalist Armstrong […]

Education Dept. to simplify college financial aid

The government has big, new plans for postsecondary education. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced the launch of a federal higher education commission during a speech at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on September 19. The commission, she said, will develop strategies to inform the public about new efforts being made to […]

Arafat’s death may pave way to peace, professor says

A post-Yasser Arafat Palestinian government may bring new hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Florida Atlantic University professor Walid Phares told students in the Marvin Center Thursday night. Phares, a doctor who has appeared on television as an expert on Middle East conflicts, told his 10-member audience that a new cabinet formed in the […]

Values a decideing factor in election, profesors conclude

During a lighthearted but fiery discussion at the Jack Morton Auditorium Thursday night, GW professors and campaign officials agreed that values played a large role in President Bush’s election victory. Graduate School of Political Management professors Peter Fenn, Joe Rothstein and Bill Greener hosted the discussion, which also touched on advertising for both parties, the […]

Debate party draws 500

Red, white and blue balloons adorned the Marvin Center’s Columbian Square Thursday night, transforming it into a political rallying space for the viewing of the first of three presidential debates. About 500 Republican and Democratic students came together to watch the foreign policy debate between President Bush and his Democratic rival, Sen. John Kerry. GW […]