Dan Catchpole

GW students discuss pilgrimage to Mecca

Five times a day devout Muslims pray on their knees facing Mecca, the holiest place in the Islamic faith. But once in their lifetime, each Muslim is expected to make a Hajj, a pilgrimage to the Kabah. GW’s Muslim Students Association organized a seminar to discuss the significance of the Hajj Tuesday night in the […]

The Offspring bubbles with energy, little else

The Offspring was late, and the crowd was growing restless. “What the (expletive)?” asked one aging hard-rock fan. Finally, a half hour later, the lights in George Mason’s Patriot Center went dim, and guitar music started. A massive shout erupted from the audience, resembling a middle school dance gone awry and a 15-year reunion for […]

Student’s search for a pen leads to `real world’ vacation

This is the true story of eight strangers chosen to go on a trip. And GW student Greg Olson will personally find out what happens when people stop being polite and start being themselves as he takes an all expenses-paid trip to Milan, Italy, this weekend. The catch? The eight college students must find clues […]

Football’s foibles spurred final flop

On a sunny Thanksgiving Day in 1966, the GW football team played the last game of its career. Villanova University came out strong, holding the Colonials to only 88 offensive yards. The game, which the Wildcats won, typified the GW football program. Since football first came to GW in 1890, the Colonials amassed a losing […]

Fighting sexism with more sexism

Apparently radical feminist/theologian Mary Daly hasn’t learned anything from her long and arduous struggle against sexism. She recently took a leave of absence from Boston College, where she is an associate professor, rather than admit two men into a formerly all-female class. The two students tried to take a feminist ideology class, but allege that […]

Students debate future of African nations

GW’s Organization of African Students held a panel discussion Tuesday to find ways to save Africa from social, military and economic oppression in the 21st century. The panel, moderated by GW political science professor David Simon, was compromised of native African GW students, many of whom have witnessed war and revolution firsthand. They included Hanad […]

Habitat for Humanity volunteers build houses from the ground up

Fourteen students from GW’s Habitat for Humanity chapter traveled to Mount Rainier, Md., Saturday to help build a house, a project organized by the organization’s Prince George’s County chapter. Because the GW chapter lacks the trained architects, skilled carpenters and other artisans required to build a house from the ground up, they contribute to projects […]

Pinochet should go to Chile, not Spain

Britain should not extradite former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet to any country except Chile. Pinochet seized power from Marxist Salvador Allende’s democratically elected government in 1973 and began an extensive and bloody anti-communist campaign. During his 17 years as Chile’s head of state, more than 3,000 people died or “disappeared.” A Spanish court recently […]

Republicans take heart

The mid-term elections were not as bad for the GOP as many liberal commentators would have the public believe. Granted, five seats in the House were lost, but the setback and Newt Gingrich’s resignation of the speakership may serve as the slap in the face the GOP needs. That is only if Republicans take it […]