October 19, 1998

Volume 95, Issue 24

Stories from the October 19, 1998 issue of the GW Hatchet.

Madness sets in at Smith Center

Smith Center bleachers rocked under the weight of more than 1,500 GW students Friday night, as Colonials fans celebrated the opening of the 1998-’99 basketball season. For the first time in eight years, GW held Midnight Madness, a celebration of the first hours college basketball teams are allowed to practice under NCAA rules. It was […]

Grad fee increase will hurt students

As part of the ongoing debate regarding the increase in continuous enrollment fees, we in the English Graduate Student Association want to voice our collective opposition to the administration’s change in policy. We feel a clear statement of our position is necessary because the University recently has tried to impose compromises unfavorable to graduate studies. […]

News briefs

Symposium will cap March on Washington exhibit GW’s Colonnade Gallery exhibit, “Looking Back . Moving Forward: The March on Washington 35 Years Later,” will close with a symposium featuring civil rights activists Oct. 28. The exhibit, which opened Aug. 28 and is sponsored by Gelman Library, commemorates the 1963 March on Washington and the Walter […]

Trachtenberg speaks about education issues

GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg outlined some of the tough decisions higher education administrators face in running a successful university at a meeting of the Higher Education Association Thursday at Strong Hall. “Suppose there is a terrific student that requires $15,000 a year (in financial aid) and then there are three darn good students who […]

Student volunteers fight rape

GW student Ruthie Vishlitzky said she was tired of complaining about violence against women and chose to take action. Disturbing statistics about the number of women sexually assaulted prompted Vishlitzky to join a group of GW student volunteers at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center this year. “I just feel the problem is unbelievably huge,” she […]

`Lightning girl’ produces CD to benefit local hospital

Lysa Selfon ended the summer of 1998 with an appearance on MTV, a visit from the Beastie Boys and the launch of One Little Corner, an album she helped produce. For someone who was considered legally dead for seven minutes after she was struck by lightning at the Tibetan Freedom Concert June 13, Selfon is […]

Quality time during Family Weekend

Torture. Pain. Irritability. Boredom. Disgust. Frustration. These words can describe many things. The sex life of a lonely sadomasochist. The Starr report. Watching either the “UPN” or “WB” television networks. Reading this column. All are activities that invoke some form of intense discomfort. But they are nothing – nothing – in comparison to what fate’s […]

Letters to the editor

User error As I happened across the article “Outdated computers bewilder students” in the Oct. 13 issue of The GW Hatchet (p. 1), my interest was piqued. I wondered what computer could be so outdated that it managed to bewilder anyone? It’s not like we have a functional clone of ENIAC still running punch card […]

New legislation will not stop violence

The GW Hatchet’s Oct. 13 editorial regarding the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University at Wyoming, struck me with a mixture of both gratitude and dismay (“Death in Wyoming,” p. 4). The Hatchet took the path most newspapers are taking – the 20/20 hindsight, pro-tougher legislation stance. How weak. I imagine […]

Hate crime laws will do nothing to stop hate

Matthew Shepard was a soft-spoken, 21-year-old freshman at the University of Wyoming who aspired to a career in diplomacy and human rights. After being lured outside a popular bar in the 27,000-person town of Laramie, Wyo., he was beaten with the butt of a .357 Magnum. He suffered a dozen cuts around the head, face […]