Kierran Petersen

Appeals for more aid do not decrease

For the first time since the U.S. officially pulled out of the recession in 2009, the number of students who appealed their financial aid packages did not shrink. Associate Vice President of Financial Assistance Dan Small said GW is still feeling the aftermath of the financial downturn, with between 10 and 15 percent of students […]

Push for students to take more Vern classes fails

The University launched a campaign this fall to push students to take more courses on the Mount Vernon Campus. Advisers, administrators and professors are encouraging undergraduates over email and in person to take multiple classes on the Vern as part of a “Two Two” campaign, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Planning Forrest Maltzman. […]

GPS program becomes optional for freshmen

The University is downsizing its one-on-one mentorship program, allowing freshmen to opt in to it, but also adding more expectations for guides. In past years, volunteers for the Guide to Personal Success program were assigned to all incoming students, who were then responsible for setting up meetings throughout the year. This year, guides are required […]

Fundraising breaks record but slows rate of growth

GW shattered its fundraising record in fiscal year 2012 by tallying $120 million in donations, but saw a slower growth rate for money-raking than the year before. Administrators broke the $119 million goal for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2011 and ended June 30, after the previous year brought in $113.5 million – […]

Kappa Delta to begin recruiting in late October

Kappa Delta will return to campus after nearly 50 years and recruit its first pledge class more than two weeks after the other 10 sororities pick new members. The new sorority will hold recruitment from Oct. 25 to Oct. 29, after the campus-wide recruitment starts Oct. 5. Kappa Delta will begin holding open house events […]

100 incoming freshmen pull out of GW

The number of freshmen who submitted deposits to the University but chose not to attend remained steady for the third straight year, the head of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions said Friday. About 100 freshmen – about 20 more than last year’s summer dropoff rate – chose to pull out of GW this summer, forfeiting […]

GW nears unveil of new logo

Two years of work by two top-notch branding agencies will culminate Sunday when GW releases its new logo. The University brought on FutureBrand and 160over90 – companies that have headed up high-profile branding and marketing campaigns for clients like the London 2012 Olympics and Mercedes Benz, respectively – to craft a new “visual identity.” It […]

Physics major turns to tech at Wired magazine

Chris Anderson was at the perfect vantage point to witness the unfolding force of the Internet in 2001. Being editor in chief of Wired magazine taught him the Web would not be a short-lived fad, and Anderson said it was then that he figured out it was a sound move to drop physics at the […]

Finding a future in Facebook

Correction appended After working for two failed presidential bids, Adam Conner was done with campaigning and ready to break into the business world. But politics followed Conner, and just months later, he introduced the District to Facebook. Starting up the social media network’s outreach efforts in the capital after graduating in 2007, Conner worked largely […]

Long-serving librarian to step down

Jack Siggins will move out of his second floor office in Gelman Library just in time to miss its demolition. By the time the longtime University librarian steps down Aug. 31, the library’s second floor will be gutted – the start of the $16 million renovation project Siggins spearheaded. Siggins, 73, admitted the timing of […]