Salma Khalil

DCD: Black, white and furry

January 26, 2001 The National Zoo 3 p.m. Everyone talks about the giant pandas at the National Zoo. Even my six-year-old nephew can spew out a five-minute oration worth of information on the zoo’s most recent additions Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. And it only took him two of those minutes to teach me how […]

Lacking all the answers

It is the kind of book that is discretely taken off the shelf and quickly skimmed through in a desolate corner of the bookstore. It is the type of book people buy online to save the embarrassment of being seen holding it in front of others. Few people like to admit they need help, especially […]

Magical make-believe

T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. An age-old tradition, children have been told of the existence of a magical man dressed in red with […]

To buy or not to buy

Deciding whom to buy presents for during the holiday season can be a daunting task. Of course parents, siblings, significant others, relatives and close friends go on the list, but what about casual acquaintances? Is it possible to ever go back to the hairdresser without the fear of them chopping off all your hair because […]

The glitz of the Ritz

Most campus resident halls have cable TV and high-speed Ethernet access. Some even have built-in washers and dryers and weekly maid service. GW ranked high among competition in a Nov. 11 Wall Street Journal article, Luxury Learning, which analyzed resident halls at 15 universities around the nation. Some students are awed by the perks offered […]

Can I get your autograph?

Celebrities are a fascinating phenomenon. Mobbed by hordes of autograph-seeking fans, celebrities have a hard time living private lives. But what happens when common, everyday people are mistaken for celebrities? Some student celebrity look-alikes say they would play along and claim their 15 minutes of fame. Students tell senior Marc Braunstein he looks like Matthew […]

A taste of the real world

Some students are taking the time before committing to college to travel or work. The real life experiences these students gained helped many of them expand their understanding of the world before they entered an academic environment. Freshmen Neal Drew decided to take a year off after high school to work before coming to GW. […]

The legend of Jack o’ Lanterns

As trees begin shedding their leaves, the foliage indicates it is autumn and almost time for Halloween. Costume parties, candy, trick-or-treating and, of course, pumpkins, all come to mind. Lots and lots of pumpkins and Jack o’ Lanterns. Pumpkin picking is a seasonal tradition that starts in October and continues through Thanksgiving. October 31 is […]

Freaky to Fashionable

Piercings. Whether on the face, ears, stomach, nose or just about anywhere else, body piercing has become very fashionable. The trend, once deemed as freaky by society, has become mainstream among younger generations and GW students. Sophomore Jeff Nestler had his ear lobe, upper ear cartilage and tongue pierced, all on a whim last year. […]

Could a long distance relationship work for you?

Dean Martin once sang, absence makes the heart grow fonder. But songwriter Badabing Badaboom writes, absence makes the heart go wander. So which one is it? Relationships are a part of everyday life and take a lot of effort to maintain. Some people choose to pursue long-distance relationships, which tend to be more difficult to […]