Kierran Petersen

Financial aid increases at half the national average

Private schools nationwide increased their financial aid pools by twice the amount GW did for this year, according to a survey released last week. The University increased its aid pool by 3 percent last May, while private universities across the country boosted their aid by an average of 6.2 percent this year, a survey by […]

Panhellenic recruitment turnout shrinks

Correction appended The Panhellenic community saw a 15 percent dip in recruitment turnout this year, after its population more than doubled in the last decade. A total of 610 women went through recruitment this year, 100 fewer than the previous year – a decline Panhellenic leaders say means that the involvement is leveling off after […]

GW Hospital hit by Medicare fee

GW Hospital will be forced to absorb about $335,000 in Medicare costs this year because an above-average number of patients returned for medical attention within a month of release. Six District hospitals – including GW’s – incurred the penalty, with only Sibley Memorial Hospital in Northwest D.C. dodging the cuts. The Medicare program docks hospitals […]

University spends less to raise more dollars

The University’s fundraising chief said this week that GW spends 21 cents for each dollar raised – an efficiency indicator that has dropped as GW intensifies fundraising efforts. While the University has hired more staff, hosted more events and paid for more marketing, the amount of money coming back in has paid off the investments […]

Admissions office launches ‘Only at GW’ website

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is latching onto a catchphrase from the Twittersphere as it completes a six-month social media project. The University launched an “Only At GW” website Wednesday – a flashy, interactive website using student stories to link the GW experience with D.C. The site allows prospective students to sort GW headlines, tweets […]

University Police Department cracks down on underage drinking

Clarification appended The University Police Department is increasing campus patrols this fall to clamp down on underage drinking. Officers will monitor parties on and off campus where they suspect students are drinking, and UPD Chief Kevin Hay told the Interfraternity Council last week that fraternities should expect a larger police presence at their events, several […]

Students urge GW to focus on business ethics

A campus organization that officially formed Friday is asking the University to examine its contracts and purchases from companies that students say have ties to forced labor and trafficked children. Free Project at GW, which includes six students, wants the University to become a “global leader” against what they call slavery, pointing out that everything […]

Slightly more students given Pell Grants at GW

About 6.5 percent more GW students received Pell Grants last year. About 1,480 GW students received Pell Grants, Associate Vice President for Financial Assistance Dan Small said. The University spent about $5.9 million on the aid program last year, Small said, adding that he expects similar figures for the 2012-2013 year, though numbers have yet […]

Fraternities given more leeway for rush events

The University’s fraternity council is loosening rush restrictions this fall to give an edge to smaller chapters. Fraternities will be able to hold unofficial events for potential new members recruitment and offer bids after rush ends, moves that smaller chapters say will attract more members. Colin O’Brien, president of Beta Theta Pi, said in past […]