August 24, 1998

Volume 95, Issue 7

Stories from the August 24, 1998 issue of the GW Hatchet.

Sigma Chi seeks to prove itself after losing GW recognition

The members of GW’s chapter of Sigma Chi will spend the year attempting to redeem themselves to their international headquarters after losing University recognition last month. Sigma Chi lost GW recognition this summer after hosting a party during the first session of Colonial Inauguration, a violation of the GW and Interfraternity Council rules. The GW […]

In a nation yearning for peace, the shame of violence rears its head

BELFAST, Northern Ireland – President Clinton will encounter a precarious political climate when he visits Northern Ireland next month. But it will a less dubious atmosphere than the one he experienced on his last trip here in November 1995. After a summer of standoffs and stalemates, what holds the historic Good Friday agreement together today […]

Smith wants to mend fraternity system

An Interfraternity Council member breathlessly awaited his turn to speak at an IFC meeting last May. When he got finally got his chance to speak, he said he was concerned the new IFC rules were too formalized and structured. That IFC member was President Neil Smith. Now, a few months later, he said he would […]

GWorld card freezes during busy weekend

Students faced problems paying for books with debit dollars and entering their residence halls when the GWorld card periodically stopped processing transactions this weekend. Services added to the “one card” GWorld system have caused the AT&T software to hiccup as the onslaught of returning students placed heavy processing loads on the technology and its operators, […]

Homecoming keeps its name after battle with alumni office

Homecoming planners and administrators in the University’s alumni affairs office agreed Friday to call this winter’s event “Homecoming,” concluding a months-long discussion that began when an alumni affairs official suggested the designation confuses alumni. After last year’s events, Keith Betts, executive director of alumni relations, raised concerns that the name implied the week offers alumni […]

Marvin Center undergoes $20 million facelift

GW students returned to campus this weekend to find the Marvin Center and J Street under construction, a project that will cost $20 million and take two and a half years to complete. “(The renovation) will impact everyone on campus,” said Mike Gargano, director of the Marvin Center. Limited space will be the most significant […]

Campus mail handling may break postal laws

The University’s system of mail delivery to on-campus residents is marked by a lack of communication between departments that may have led to illegal handling of mail this summer. One of the most often-cited student complaints about campus mail is the University’s failure to forward magazines addressed to students who have moved or left campus […]

Tuition hike inequity riles new students and parents

GW freshmen and transfer students will pay $270 more than continuing students for tuition this year – a change that evoked mixed reaction from parents who moved their children into residence halls this weekend. When GW’s Board of Trustees announced the tuition increase six months ago, it instituted two different increases – continuing students would […]

Waiting Online

College textbook vendors are popping up in cyberspace just in time for the book-buying spree that comes like clockwork each semester. Virtual bookstores like and are the better-known alternatives for students who want to avoid long lines at the GW Bookstore. And VarsityBooks, a fledgling online company in Dupont Circle, is poised to […]

Memories of the first day of school

<IMG ALIGN=LEFT ALT=Luke Strosnider BORDER=1 SRC=images_upload/824.lukecolumnpic.jpgDo you remember your first day of school ever? Springing out of bed at the crack of dawn with a toothless grin a mile wide, sliding into your brand-spanking new clothes and thinking, “First grade – at last, I am emancipated from the drudgery of kindergarten!” No more hours spent […]