Helder Gil

Hate crime laws will do nothing to stop hate

Matthew Shepard was a soft-spoken, 21-year-old freshman at the University of Wyoming who aspired to a career in diplomacy and human rights. After being lured outside a popular bar in the 27,000-person town of Laramie, Wyo., he was beaten with the butt of a .357 Magnum. He suffered a dozen cuts around the head, face […]

ASEAN to deal with financial crisis

Rodolfo Severino, secretary general of the Association of South East Asian Nations, addressed financial and ecological issues that affect Asia at a packed discussion held by the Elliott School of International Affairs Tuesday. Severino told the 60-person audience not to believe everything it reads in the papers about ASEAN. “There has been some tendency in […]

The death of a child

Imagine how you would feel if you found out someone in class with you played a part in the murder of a seven-year-old. At the University of California at Berkeley, students are experiencing just that. On May 25, 1997, Jeremy Strohmeyer, an 18-year-old from suburban Long Beach, Calif., befriended seven-year-old Sherrice Iverson at the Prima […]

Exhibit honors 1963 civil rights march

Civil rights era luminaries helped cut the ribbon Friday on a Marvin Center exhibit that marks the 35th anniversary of the March on Washington. The exhibit, “Looking Back-Moving Forward: The March on Washington 35 Years Later,” features personal letters, maps and programs from the march donated to GW by Walter Fauntroy, coordinator of the 1963 […]

Clinton’s address leaves Americans scratching their heads

Last week the president gave a four-minute address to the nation that was supposed to explain his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Most pundits and analysts were predicting the president would issue a mea culpa and ask for the nation’s forgiveness. But instead of telling everyone exactly what happened with the former White House intern, he […]

Reagan National could service West Coast

GW students from the West Coast may soon be able to fly home from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport instead of departing from two other D.C. area airports that are farther from the city. Legislation approved Thursday by the Senate Commerce Committee could add 24 new takeoff and landing slots between 7 a.m. and 9:59 […]

James Hormel and the hypocrisies of election-year Senate politics

Because the D.C. area is flooded with interns working hard to make the world safe for democracy one fax at a time, I am devoting this diatribe to the topic of James Hormel. Hormel was nominated months ago to serve as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. He was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 16-2. […]

Have no life? Watch someone else’s

What’s with the fascination with voyeurism lately? With the recently-released Truman Show at the top of the box office charts, a live birth broadcast on the Internet last week and Web sites like Jennicam getting tens of thousands of hits per day, people seem increasingly fascinated with watching other people. Have no life? Watch someone […]

MPD teams up with GW to open policing center

The Metropolitan Police Department will cut the ribbon Thursday on the Foggy Bottom/GW Community Policing Center in a University-owned storefront at 2331 Virginia Avenue. MPD officers will use the center to call in reports to department headquarters and for lunch and restroom breaks, but will not be stationed in the building. Volunteer staffers will operate […]