Eric Katz

Housing nixes freshman housekeeping

Freshmen will no longer receive housekeeping services in their residence halls, the director of GW Housing Programs confirmed in June, much to the irritation of some incoming freshmen students. Seth Weinshel, director of GW Housing Programs, said cutting the service ensured housing rates in many first-year residence halls would not increase, adding that the decision […]

Hip-hop artist, film producer discuss new documentary

Lupe Fiasco had just one request for his interviewer, School of Media and Public Affairs Director Frank Sesno: an honorary degree from GW. The pre-show joking at the event Monday night in the Jack Morton Auditorium preceded a serious discussion between Sesno and the hip-hop star. Fiasco and Chris Moore, producer of “The People Speak” […]

University pays travel costs for Diane Knapp

The University pays for Diane Knapp’s travel expenses when she goes with her husband, University President Steven Knapp, on fundraising trips, Executive Vice President and Treasurer Lou Katz said last week. Mrs. Knapp does not receive a salary from the University, but her travel expenses are covered when she accompanies her husband on fundraising trips. […]

GWClassNotes business increases

With influenza-like illness spreading through campus, GWClassNotes – a student-run, note-taking business – has seen an increase in student purchases, the president of the company said this week. GWClassNotes has increased business by 15 percent since last semester, according to Corey Cohen, co-founder and president of the company. Repeat customers have also increased by 18 […]

Greek-letter groups get a taste of charm school

Web Exclusive Members of Greek-letter life got a lesson in etiquette Thursday night, learning things like how to properly hold a fork at the dinner table and how to sit in a chair at a job interview. Professional etiquette speaker Nonnie Cameron Owens was invited to speak to members of Greek-letter life for the first […]

Grad school grabs new leader

The University announced Kathy Newcomer will lead the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in July. But don’t be fooled by her name. Newcomer has been a familiar face around the University for 28 years. Even in her new role, Newcomer is no, well, newcomer. She previously held the position from 2003 to […]

Planet Forward debuts on PBS

Friday Planet Forward, a unique Web-television hybrid program created by GW professor Frank Sesno, premiered on Wednesday night both in Funger Hall and nationally on PBS. The show included a discussion panel, originally taped in the Jack Morton Auditorium, comprised of several experts in environmental issues, including President Obama’s chief energy adviser, Carol Browner. The […]

Doctor pushes science over religion

Fifty years ago, rather than stand up to defend his constitutional rights, Ellery Schempp sat down. In 1956, Schempp, then a junior at Abington High School in Pennsylvania, refused to stand and recite the Bible verses and prayer that were mandatory at public schools in the state. His actions eventually led to a famous Supreme […]

University saves money with lower construction costs

The University has saved an average of 10 to 20 percent on construction costs this year because of falling energy and material costs, as well as a quiet construction market. In recent years, the cost of petroleum-based building materials – including energy, steel and cement – rose as the thriving construction market was busy with […]

A new green challenge

University President Steven Knapp has recruited a former corporate adviser to lead the newly established sustainability office. Before taking her current position at GW, new Office of Sustainability Director Meghan Chapple-Brown worked with a consulting firm aptly named Sustainability, where she advised corporations such as Nike, Wal-Mart and Ford on issues related to climate change, […]