Asthaa Chaturvedi

ACLU may sue over Metro bag searches

The American Civil Liberties Union is mulling legal action against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority over the authority’s bag searches. WMATA implemented the bag-check policy in December, sparking controversy among riders and the civil liberties group. After requesting meetings and writing a letter to the WMATA board, the ACLU is now’ considering judicial action. […]

Undergrad default rate beats U.S. average

GW undergraduates default on significantly fewer federal student loans compared to their peers nationally, according to newly released government data. Fewer than 1.5 percent of undergraduates defaulted on their federal student loans in 2008, according to data from the Department of Education. The GW default rate is about 6 percent less than the national average […]

SCOTUS: Hospital residents must pay taxes

Full-time medical residents should be considered employees and will continue to have to pay Social Security taxes, a Jan. 11 Supreme Court case ruled. The case, Mayo Foundation v. United States, held that residents must continue to pay the Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax, which funds Social Security, complying with a 2005 decision by the […]

Law professor fights TSA body scanners

Correction appended Senior Heather Hachenburg stepped onto a yellow footprint and lifted her arms above her head. After being circled by a full-body scanning machine for one minute, she was permitted to board her flight to the District. Hachenburg was one of thousands of travelers this past week who underwent the Transportation Security Administration’s new […]

City Council considers anti-bullying bill

The D.C. City Council is reviewing a bill that bans bullying in public schools and D.C. agencies. The “Harassment and Intimidation Prevention Act of 2010” was proposed after Tyler Clementi, a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped to his death last month due to cyber-bulling. If the bill passes, D.C. public and charter […]

Professors donate heavily to Democrats

GW professors and administrators sent more than $43,000 in campaign donations to politicians and organizations over the last year and a half, financial disclosure reports show. Democratic candidates, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee were the top recipients of campaign contributions – totalling $32,205 – from 39 professors, faculty and others […]