Marissa Levy

Controversial sex professor gets the boot

For 17 years Michael Schaffer taught GW students all the touchy details of human sexuality. It was his honesty that endeared him to hundreds of students, but that same candidness may have cost him his job. In his time at GW, Schaffer taught more than 4,500 students in a class that is usually filled five […]

University may make waves with Semester at Sea program

Call it the Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-Ocean Campus. GW is among a handful of universities vying to affiliate with the Semester at Sea program, after the University of Pittsburgh announced it will cut its ties with the program next spring. University administrators said they are researching the study abroad program to see how it would fit into the […]

GW, union prepare for court battle

GW will face the National Labor Relations Board in a federal hearing in October, after administrators this summer refused to recognize a part-time faculty union on campus. On July 29, the NLRB filed a complaint against GW on the grounds of unfair labor practices on behalf of part-time professors who narrowly voted to form a […]

SMPA begins new search for director

University officials will conduct a new search for a permanent School of Media and Public Affairs director this fall, after the search stagnated this summer with neither of two candidates being given the school’s top slot. The new search has not yet begun, and University officials would not give a timetable as to when the […]

WEB UPDATE: Freshman dies in skateboarding accident

Posted Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7:45 p.m. Incoming freshman Jonathan Sisto was killed Aug. 11 in a skateboarding accident, only three weeks before he was set to begin his first semester as a GW student. Sisto, a native of Orindo, Calif., died from head injuries after he fell off the skateboard he was riding while holding […]

WEB UPDATE: Union organizers say GW administrators trying to undermine vote

Posted Friday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. Part-time faculty union organizers leveled an unfair labor practice charge against the University July 1, the day after administration officials said they refused to recognize a collective bargaining group. Part-time professors narrowly voted to unionize in October. On May 6, the National Labor Relations Board concluded that adjunct faculty […]

WEB UPDATE: SMPA to renew stagnated search for director

Posted Wednesday, July 13, 11:01 p.m. University officials will conduct a new search for a School of Media and Public Affairs director after neither of two finalists for the position were selected. GW administrators were set to choose between media personality Marvin Kalb and Robert Entman, an author and professor of communications at North Carolina […]

The best of the crime report

Each week, The Hatchet meets with University Police officials and compiles a crime log listing student crimes and misdemeanors that UPD and other authorities respond to throughout the week. Some are bizarre, others serious – perhaps you’ll make it in the log as the freshman who entered Thurston covered in vomit. To introduce new students […]

Ten tips for a useful CI

Colonial Inauguration is GW’s jam-packed freshman orientation for the class of 2009. With almost 40 events planned over a three-day schedule, the CI Web site asks “Fact or fiction: It doesn’t matter if I skip CI events.” The site says fiction, but The Hatchet says fact. This is The Hatchet’s top-10 tips on what to […]

Board delays faculty and staff pay raises

GW’s Board of Trustees approved a six-month delay in faculty and staff pay raises Friday, making it the second time in three years that employees must wait 18 months for a salary increase that used to come every year. Some professors’ concerns about the raise delay were not assuaged by an administration plan to allocate […]