Ben Hart

Hart Murmurs: Seinfeld on campus?

Anyone hoping to pursue a career in comedy would do well to study the many comic gold mines that dot GW’s landscape. From the abundance of cell phones to the abundance of people from New York and New Jersey to the abundance of accessorizing, GW is a comic gold mine! In fact, the administration recently […]

Column: Metro camera sees all

The Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 13: “Washington police are building what will be the nation’s biggest network of surveillance cameras to monitor shopping areas, streets, monuments and other public places in the U.S. Capitol, a move that worries civil libertarians.” Foggy Bottom Metro station camera inaugural Feb. 15 log entries: 8:30 a.m. – Large […]

Hart Murmurs: Reject military tribunals

Even President George W. Bush’s harshest critics have to admit that thus far the military operation in Afghanistan has run surprisingly smoothly. Luckily for those who still would not trust Bush as far as they could throw him, there is plenty to complain about concerning security measures taken since Sept. 11. Hints of a South […]

In Memory of George Harrison

A fourth of the Beatles, the most powerful force in rock and roll history, George Harrison, died of cancer at 58 on Nov. 30. Harrison was a quiet, soulful-lad from Liverpool, England. He grew up imitating the guitar styles of Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins. Despite his quiet presence, Harrison wrote some of the Beatles’ […]

Hart Murmurs: Bureaucracy bogs down GW students

Ask GW students what they think of the administration under Stephen Joel Trachtenberg – the growth of the school, the policies, GW administration in general – and you will invariably hear, “Well, he definitely knows how to run a business.” Is that the kind of response the administration should seek from students? I have been […]

Hart Murmurs: Gagging dissent wrong reaction

Since Sept. 11, a debate has been raging over the limits of political criticism in a time of crisis. Bill Maher, host of television’s “Politically Incorrect,” commented Sept. 17 that President George W. Bush’s labeling of the terrorists as “cowards” was inaccurate because they were willing to die for their cause. He also said the […]

Eleanor depicts the early life of favorite first lady

Nearly 40 years after her death, Eleanor Roosevelt remains the most beloved first lady in American history. It was not only her tenure in the White House during the Depression and World War II that made her popular, but her continuing role in world affairs after the death of her husband. Eleanor: Her Secret Journey, […]

Run DMC fails to keep old school credibility

In the early to mid 1980s, Run DMC was rap royalty. Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell burst onto the burgeoning New York rap scene in 1981, and, along with other pioneers, brought rap to the masses starting with their home, Queens. Run DMC’s 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith on […]

Blow plays on America’s love affair with crime

Americans have long had a fascination with and even a closeted admiration for that antihero of the American dream – the criminal. From their love affair with John Dillinger to their fascination with the portrayal of mafioso characters in The Godfather, Goodfellas and currently “The Sopranos,” Americans yearn for a glimpse of the underworld. Although […]