Melissa Turley

Back to rock’s softer side

For three weeks this year, intimacy is becoming the pillar of Hawthorne Heights shows, as the rock band sheds its harder sound and embarks on an acoustic tour. The four-member group sat with guitars in their laps Friday for 40 cross-legged fans on a carpeted floor in West Hall, playing the acoustic-only set, which featured […]

A father’s philosophy becomes a son’s album

“The stars are indifferent to astronomy” means more to Matthew Caws than his father’s philosophical musing. It’s the namesake of his band’s latest album, too. The album from indie-pop band Nada Surf, in which Caws is the lead singer and guitarist, is influenced by his father, philosophy professor Peter Caws. “It’s an expression of his […]

Federal Reserve head delivers history lesson

Thirty students huddled Tuesday on the top floor of Duques Hall, eagerly awaiting a history lesson that only GW has been able to offer. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke led the hand-selected class of undergraduate students through a four-century overview of central banking both in the U.S. and around the world, marking his first of […]

Waiting for the sirens: A Friday night with EMeRG

At 6:26 p.m., the first tone of the night dispatches the five-person EMeRG crew. The “D shift” begins, lasting from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. – a period of waiting punctuated by five calls Friday. A female student with difficulty breathing set the team into a familiar motion – lacing up their bulky combat-style boots, […]

Competing for a spot in outer space travel

Sara Cook is competing to have an out-of-this-world experience – literally. The alumna is a finalist in the Seattle Space Needle Space Race 2012 contest to win a free trip into space. “Most little girls want to be a princess or rock star when they grow up, and I wanted to be an astronaut,” Cook […]

Getting down and derby

A swarm of helmets, kneepads and sparkly shorts sped around the D.C. armory track Saturday. Ladies with names deriving from political figures to sexuality skated into each other as part of the city’s most vicious sport.