May 18, 1998

Volume 95, Issue 2

Stories from the May 18, 1998 issue of the GW Hatchet.

Former dean convicted of molestation

GW counseling professor Eugene Walter Kelly Jr. pleaded no contest to two felony molestation charges in Virginia late last month and received a three-year suspended sentence. Kelly, 62, maintains his innocence and entered an Alford plea of no contest, meaning he pleaded no contest to speed up the trial but did not admit guilt, said […]

After year of battles, grads revel on Ellipse

Student workers waded through thousands of empty Aquafina water bottles to stack 22,000 folding chairs in the aftermath of Sunday’s Commencement on the Ellipse. Thousands of newly-graduated GW students celebrated with family and friends, reveling under hazy skies. It was, in the words of one administrator, “a great day of fun in the sun for […]

News Briefs

Law School awaits dean appointment The University has not made a decision about who will replace current dean Law School Dean Jack Friedenthal, who resigns in June to take a one-year sabbatical. The Dean Search Committee recommended three candidates for the position to GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in May, said Scott Mory, Student Bar […]

SA scrutinizes funding process

Student Association leaders said they hope to inject more responsiveness and accessibility into the student group funding process, after students at several recent Senate meetings complained the process was unfair. The initiative comes in the wake of recent debate over next year’s SA finance bill, and a general concern about the allocation of funds to […]

Gender discrimination case settled

A sexual discrimination suit brought against the University and an associate dean has been settled out of court, GW Director of Public Affairs Mike Freedman said. Former international communications Professor Eileen Mahoney sued the University and Columbian School of Arts and Sciences Dean Christopher Sterling, claiming the school denied her tenure in 1995 because of […]

SA EVPs argue over expenses after $7,000 Senate reception

Student Association Executive Vice President Jesse Strauss accused his predecessor, Tony Sayegh, of an inappropriate and possibly illegal use of SA funds after he threw a $7,000 party for SA members. “The event essentially was a reception for the Senate and a lot of members of the SA that were not recognized at the (official […]

Residence hall wiring disturbs students

Residence hall technology upgrades disrupted students during the final weeks of the semester, despite attempts by the administration to minimize the disturbance from construction, Residence Hall Association members said. Academic concerns induced the RHA executive board to withhold its endorsement of the University’s proposal to prevent installation of cable and Ethernet connections in residence hall […]

Commencement ’98

Sunday’s Commencement ceremony on the Ellipse was picture-perfect. Students’ long battle to keep the Ellipse tradition alive was rewarded as graduates and their families were treated to a well-planned ceremony on a sun-soaked Ellipse – more proof that Commencement should continue to be held in the backyard of the White House. The success of the […]

Money and the SA

You’ve got to hand it to last year’s Student Association Senate. The SA threw a party at the University Club to recognize members of the student government, but afterward, some people still felt their contributions were not properly acknowledged. So, to soothe hurt feelings, former Executive Vice President Tony Sayegh organized a second dinner for […]

Why the world is going to hell

I have come to a conclusion about where the world is headed. After much research and observation, I can safely say the world is going to hell. Nothing else could explain why things that were not thought possible a few years ago are now routine. First, how is it that the “Jerry Springer” show scrapes […]