Calder Stembel

From books to blogs, English dept. breaks the mold

What department at GW is most comfortable using the Internet, blogs and Facebook to connect with its students? Computer science? Wrong. Political communication? Wrong again. It’s the English department. And its chair, professor Jeffrey Cohen, is leading the march to technology. About two years ago, Cohen created the “GW English News” blog, hosted by Google’s […]

Calder Stembel: Politics versus arts? Diversify the GW education

Every two years in D.C., some offices in Congress are renewed. Every eight years a new president takes office. These electoral cycles are widely celebrated by GW students, many of whom have contributed time or money to political campaigns. I am more interested in another District cycle, however: the seasonal rotation of actors and directors, […]

Calder Stembel: Don’t punish IB students

In the coming weeks, high school seniors in the U.S. and abroad will receive an ornate acceptance letter from GW. While completing their applications, some students might have been surprised by the request for “AP/IB scores,” unaware of the International Baccalaureate alternative to Advanced Placement exams. AP students are well represented at GW, while IB […]

Blind Date: An awkward goodbye

Two freshmen from so-called different worlds – Madison Hall and Thurston Hall – met up at Miss Saigon in Georgetown on Thursday night. Andy Russo and Angela Markovic bonded over their love of the New York Giants while fending off text messages from curious friends. Date Bios Name: Angela Markovic Year: Freshman Age: 18 Hometown: […]

Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussair drum it up at Lisner

It would be a mistake to judge the Global Music Project on its Grateful Dead pedigree. Though organized by former Dead drummer Mickey Hart, the world music performance appearing at Lisner Auditorium would appeal more to students of ethnomusicology than to students of Jerry Garcia. This does not mean, that only someone who can tell […]

Fourth annual D.C. Shorts Festival highlights artists

Like many of the films it features, the D.C. Shorts Film Festival has a fantastic director and an intriguing story, breaks new ground and reaffirms old friendships – and is over all too soon. The festival, which screened 89 short films over the competition weekend of Sept. 13, culminated in an awards brunch Sept. 16. […]