Joanna Shapes

Joanna Shapes: Life no longer on the road

I came to GW for The Hatchet. There were other reasons too, like the fact that the school was just about the perfect distance from my home in southern Connecticut, that it was in the heart of a city, and that it had the kind of journalism program I was looking for. But perhaps the […]

Ways to enjoy the blossoms

In Washington, D.C., the arrival of cherry blossoms means that tourists are on the horizon. But don’t let the crowds prevent you from seeing one of the most beautiful sights in the nation’s capital. Below is a list of events happening during this year’s festival. Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Rides Date: Now through April 12 […]

On-campus housing options

There are a variety of residence halls on campus, from newer buildings with rooms that house five or six people together to smaller ones more appropriate for students who prefer privacy. Here’s a quick guide to what’s on campus. Ivory TowerComprised almost entirely of two-bedroom quads, Ivory Tower accommodates about 730 students. Quads also include […]

Destinations close to home

Thinking of staying in D.C. for spring break this year? It doesn’t mean you have to spend the week sitting around your dorm or apartment. Take a spin and visit some local destinations. Note: a Zipcar membership would be helpful for most of these trips. Colonial Williamsburg How to get there: Car (about 2.5 hours) […]

Your favorite spring break…

“When I was abroad in Sydney, some friends and I chose to go to Thailand for spring break. I loved it. I always wanted to go to that area. It’s the most different place I’ve ever been to.”Samara Lender, senior “We were in Barcelona, and we went to Dublin during spring break for St. Patrick’s […]

Looking for something different? Here are a few ideas.

Charitable gifts The holiday season is also about helping those less fortunate. Below are some places to pick out the perfect gift while benefiting others, too. (PRODUCT) RED A variety of companies like Apple, Converse and Starbucks are donating revenue from certain products, such as the red iPod nano, to benefit AIDS victims in Africa. […]

Landing the job: Some other things to watch out for

Letters of recommendation: Similar to college applications, many internships and jobs will ask for at least one letter of recommendation. For those new to the process, this might be the most challenging part of the application. Here are some things to remember. Select people……who know you well. It’s difficult for someone who has only met […]

Your guide to D.C. sports and venues

D.C. is one of just six cities with sports teams from all four major professional leagues (five, if you count Major League Soccer). Below is a selection of the different teams and what they offer: Nationals (baseball) Cost: Less than $10 for upper level seats. Location: Nationals Park, Southeast D.C. How to get there: Take […]

Things to do in Baltimore

If you are going to go see the Orioles, you might a well make a day of it. D.C.’s neighbor to the northeast is very accessible by the MARC and Amtrak train lines, which run almost hourly into the city. The MARC costs as little as $7 and Amtrak is about double that price. Baltimore […]

Bozeman takes over women’s basketball

Tuesday, June 24, 4:00 p.m. GW women’s basketball assistant coach Mike Bozeman was introduced as the new head coach of the program Tuesday afternoon. He replaces former coach Joe McKeown, who announced on June 9 that he had accepted the same title at Northwestern University. “This is a big moment for myself and my family,” […]