Clayton McCleskey

Foggy Bottom’s little piece of Germany

Before GW had taken over Foggy Bottom, this area was the center of Washington’s German community, known at the time as Little Hamburg. There was even a beer brauerei where the Kennedy Center is. In the 18th century, a Swiss speculator bought up plots of land in what is now Foggy Bottom. The area soon […]

Clayton M. McCleskey: Down and Dirty at GW

Web Extra With the release of “State of Play” starring Russell Crowe as an intrepid investigative journalist, America’s romance with hard-hitting journalism has been reinvigorated. But not all stories require so much legwork. Some fall into your lap. Literally. Such was the case Thursday when a stripper showed up to my friend’s birthday party. Suddenly […]

Slice of Life: Reading the Future

Like most seniors, as I stare into the abyss that is the future, I am full of more questions than answers. Some folks turn to religion in uncertain times, but I decided to seek professional help. I went to see a psychic. I walked into the small wooden shed-like building at 20th and I streets […]

What is the real purpose of love?

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, and as people scramble to make dinner reservations or find a way to get that teddy bear delivered just in time, all this lovey-dovey stuff makes me wonder, is love really necessary? Do we really need Valentine’s Day? “Valentine’s Day has no meaning. It’s just another excuse to […]

Hardship and hobos: A look back at the Great Depression

I don’t know about you, but this whole economic crisis is starting to hit home. Did you hear? Starbucks is slashing 7,000 jobs and shuttering a bunch of its stores. Let’s hope and pray the Gelman and E Street branches aren’t on the chopping block. That’d be a real crisis. But while the economic situation […]

Clayton McCleskey: A return to a spiritual path

What do you worship? It’s an important question, but one we don’t think about often. Sometimes, however, life forces us to re-examine what is important, to ask ourselves what is worth worshipping. Laura Treanor, 1989-2009 Friends remember Treanor at memorial service, Catholic Mass Cause of student’s death remains a mystery Treanor was a positive and […]

Slice of Life: My Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, It’s been awhile since I last wrote to you. To be honest, I’ve been a little upset ever since you didn’t bring me the Thomas the Tank Engine model train set I asked for back in kindergarten. I know I’m a bit old to be writing you, but I’d like to ask you […]

Slice of Life: GW professor Merve Kavakci: A modern-day Pilgrim

At first glance, professor Merve Kavakci doesn’t appear to have much in common with the Pilgrims. She is a Turkish Muslim, not an English Puritan. And instead of landing at Plymouth Rock in the Mayflower, she landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in a jumbo jet. But like the Pilgrims we celebrate this week, Kavakci, […]