Rachel Barker

Officials work to green shuttle service

If you want to get from Foggy Bottom to Mount Vernon, the always-running Vern Express is your best bet. But with the round-the-clock schedule for a fleet of large vans, how much does the transit service contribute to the University’s carbon footprint? Very little, Mount Vernon officials say. GW’s shuttle made up 0.44 percent of […]

Hard times change plans for alums

In the midst of one of the most dismal job markets the U.S. has seen in decades, several GW alumni have created their own success. Three recent alumni who started public relations firms in New York and Washington, D.C. say they are finding success, despite an economic climate that has decimated companies from the multi-billion […]

Lafayette to close next year for upgrade

Lafayette Hall will be closed for more than a year starting this May while the University completes major renovations to the residence hall, a University administrator said this week. The planned upgrades will cost $10.5 million and will completely overhaul the interior of the building, which was built in 1926. “The renovated facility will be […]

Gelman fails to fundraise for upgrade

Planned large-scale renovations to Gelman Library’s first floor are currently on hold because the library has only raised $150,000 of the $5 million needed for the project, the University librarian said this week. The $5 million project will be funded entirely by donations, but in the last six months of fundraising, only $25,000 has been […]

GW cancer researchers receive Avon Foundation grant

Web Extra A new grant worth hundreds of thousands of dollars is helping GW researchers discover new information about cancer. Last month, the Avon Foundation gave $300,000 to a group of GW cancer researchers, led by Dr. Patricia Berg, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, to aid in breast cancer research. “Dr. Berg’s studies possess […]

GPS program gets mixed reviews

Administrators are calling a new program to bring freshmen in contact with often high-ranking officials at the University a success, though students interviewed report their experience varied widely, depending on the commitment of the advisor they were matched with. The Guide to Personal Success program, part of the Student and Academic Support Services department, is […]

Admissions steady in rocky times

Recently released acceptance figures for GW’s incoming class of 2013 are on par with previous years, but the size of next year’s incoming class is far from certain due to the widespread financial turmoil. The University sent out regular decision acceptance letters to 6,200 students last week, meaning total selectivity remained almost unchanged at 37 […]

University considering advising system

Figuring out whether that history class fulfills a requirement or exploring a potential second major may become easier if an online advising system that the University is considering comes to fruition. Administrators say GW is in the process of researching and developing an online degree audit system, where students would be able to enter courses […]

Applicant SAT scores rise despite drop in merit aid

The SAT scores of high school applicants to GW rose 10 points this year, despite the fact that less money is being allocated to attract “elite” applicants with merit scholarships. University officials said in October that due to the worsening financial crisis the school would shift its admissions focus further away from using merit scholarships […]

University buys $16M building in Virginia

The University recently purchased a $16.6 million office building in Ashburn, Va., that will increase the size of GW’s Virginia campus by about 25 percent. The Virginia campus, which is roughly 25 miles from Foggy Bottom, is currently home to three GW buildings, two of which are used mainly for administrative offices and a third […]