Elise Kigner

D.C. homeless struggle for housing

In the heat wave of 2006, David Pirtle watched a man die 20 feet away from him in a homeless shelter. It was then that he knew he needed to find a home. Pirtle, a balding man who suffers from schizophrenia, received a rent-subsidized apartment through a pilot program for Housing First, a city-funded initiative […]

Getting their attention

GW dropout Joel Levinson has dressed up as a penguin to pose with the birds of Antarctica and belted out lyrics declaring his love for glue. He knows what it takes to grab someone’s attention. That skill, combined with a total lack of inhibition, helped him launch a homemade commercial writing career. The 28-year-old makes […]

Univ. offers mobile mammograms

Cecilia Salinas and her husband, Jaime Galdames, have no money to pay for her mammograms. They send some of their earnings to their son in Chile and pay for the treatment of Salinas’s uterine cancer and thyroid problems, leaving nothing for the recommended annual screening. The couple received help on Friday from the GW Mammovan, […]

Sedaris shares stories at Lisner

Best-selling author David Sedaris advised aspiring writers to move to foreign countries for inspiration during a Lisner Auditorium show Saturday night. In his most recent collection of stories, “When You are Engulfed in Flames,” Sedaris uses candid humor to chronicle his decision to move to Tokyo to quit smoking. “When you don’t speak the language, […]

City closes local homeless shelter

As the sun rose on Friday, crews moved in to load beds and tables onto trucks and board up the doors of the only homeless shelter in Northwest D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty ordered the shutdown of the all-male Franklin Shelter at 14th and K streets amid massive resistance from residents and the D.C. City Council, […]

Rhee-thinking D.C. schools

Myeisah Petty, a seventh-grader at Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Northeast D.C., chatted with friends on the school steps after the bell rang at 3:15 p.m. Monday. She was late to school that morning, but when a new initiative debuts at her school next month that pays students for good grades, attendance and behavior, she said […]

Study faults University for academics

University officials said last week that GW scored below average for academic involvement in a prominent higher education survey from 2007, though the school was rated highly for study abroad and internship work. GW performed far above the national average in the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement for levels of involvement in activities like […]

Knapp forms graduation speaker advisory committee

University President Steven Knapp announced the creation of a Commencement speaker advisory committee last week in an effort to bring transparency to the search process for the annual keynote speaker. Both the selection of NAACP Chairman Julian Bond as keynote speaker this year and former University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg last year, drew criticism from […]