Elise Kigner

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 […]

University plans major overhaul of GWorld

The University is planning to drastically change GWorld technology for the first time in the campus card’s 10-year history, a senior administrator said this week. For about three months, administrators have been analyzing upgrades to the GWorld system, and could make major changes as early as next fall, Executive Vice President and Treasurer Lou Katz […]

Security guards get wage increase

Security guards who patrol GW-owned buildings are now earning several dollars more per hour after four security guard contractors and a union negotiated a pay increase this month. Representatives of the local Service Employees International Union announced last week they signed four-year contracts with D.C. security guard contractors Securitas, Admiral Security, AlliedBarton and Guardsmark. The […]

GW accepted 36 percent of applicants

The University accepted nearly the same percentage of applicants as last year, a stark contrast to a nationwide trend of lower college admission rates. The admissions office sent its decisions to thousands of high school seniors last week. Kathy Napper, the executive dean for admissions, said GW received more than 19,300 applications and admitted 6,750 […]

What’s in a class name?

Jennifer Joyce Kissko saw the term “homeless chic” in People magazine a few years ago in reference to the fashionably shabby, urban garb of Mary Kate and Ashley Olson. She put the term to use when she used it to name a University Writing course about poverty, privilege and identity in American democracy. It caught […]

Professor resigns without notice

Correction appended A popular speech and hearing science professor resigned abruptly last week and later sent an e-mail to a student indicating discrimination influenced her decision. Linda Bland Stewart, known to her students as “Dr. LBS,” indicated she could not divulge specifics about her departure but that she “can no longer tolerate discrimination.” “I regret […]

Students pay tribute to hate-crime victim

More than 50 people huddled around the Civil War memorial in Dupont Circle Monday to pay tribute to Lawrence King, a gay California teen who was allegedly murdered because of his sexual preference. “In schools across the country it can be very, very hard to be who you are and Lawrence was no exception,” said […]

Knapp to invest millions in research infrastructure

The University will invest $5.4 million in research and hire a vice president to oversee it, University President Steven Knapp announced at the Board of Trustees meeting on Friday. “We look forward to being the premier research University in the nation’s capital,” Knapp said. The $5.4 million in research funding will be distributed over a […]

Margaret Truman Daniel, GW alumna and former first daughter, dies at 83

Web Extra Margaret Truman Daniel, a GW alumna whose father was inaugurated as U.S. president during her junior year, died in Chicago Tuesday at the age of 83. A singer and the author of Washington-based murder mysteries, she was much more than a president’s daughter. Her family will not release the details of her death, […]

Union, University agree on contract

Web Update Saturday, Jan. 5, 12:25 p.m. Part-time professors at GW will receive pay raises as high as 50 percent per course after eight years in a new collective bargaining agreement between adjunct faculty and the University. “We have now established direct communications with the folks in Rice Hall,” said Kip Lornell, a music professor […]