August 24, 1998

Volume 95, Issue 7

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

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 amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com 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 […]

GW springs back into U.S. News’ top 50

GW won’t be printing any pins this time. After a second-tier rating last year, GW rose into the 50th slot on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 50 national universities in the nation, released last week. But GW administrators are taking a lower profile about the rankings than they did two years […]

Tabloid sex causes mass blindness

(U-WIRE) MINNEAPOLIS – It is clear: This country has gone blind from too much sex. President Clinton finally has testified before both a grand jury and the nation about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. However, the news the nation has been waiting to hear is far from over. The president still can be impeached, but […]

Foggy Bottom resident attacked

Intruders tied up and attempted to sexually assault an elderly Foggy Bottom resident in her F Streer home during a burglary early Wednesday morning, Metropolitan Police said. The 77-year-old victim, whose name is not being released because she was the victim of a sex crime, said the attack occurred while she was sleeping in her […]