January 16, 2001

Volume 97, Issue 35

Stories from the January 16, 2001 issue of the GW Hatchet.

GWMail, GWeb revised over break

Over winter break, computer technicians worked around the clock to upgrade internal systems and install a new internet server for the 30,000 students and faculty who access the Web through GW’s computer server, University officials said. The GWeb machine, which provides student services for registration, grades and other personalized information, was upgraded over winter break […]

News Brief

Underground fire causes explosions, residence hall evacuations GW officials evacuated Munson, JBKO and Madison halls Dec. 17 after an underground electric cable caught fire and caused at least two manhole covers to explode, said Bob Ludwig, assistant director of Media Relations. Power company officials did not know the exact location of the fire. Munson and […]

BZA postpones campus plan vote

The Board of Zoning Adjustment postponed its vote on GW’s campus plan and asked for more details about how the University will house students on campus and suggested that the plan may pass with a stricter enrollment cap at a Dec. 12 meeting. The board also asked the mayor’s Office of Planning to provide a […]

Students travel to Israel

More than 60 GW students joined Hillel’s free 10-day Birthright Israel trip during winter break despite outbursts of violence that have continued throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since late September. The students joined groups from other universities to explore historic sites and learn about their Jewish heritage. Students on the trip did […]

Graduate student dies of cancer

GW graduate student Christa Thornhill died of lymphoma in her Alexandria, Va. home Dec. 30. Thornhill, who was pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational psychology, was diagnosed in December 1999 with Hodgkin’s disease, a strain of lymphatic cancer. Family members said Thornhill, 22, had a bright outlook on life, despite the uncertain fate of Hodgkin’s disease. […]

Staff Editorial: Abominable behavior

GW’s men’s basketball program finally made national headlines this season, but not for any on-court performance. Instead, an altercation after the Colonials lost to the University of Tennessee in a Hawaii tournament was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter and ran on the national newswire of the Associated Press. Through its off-court actions, the men’s basketball team […]

Staff Editorial: SMPA almost finished

The new building that houses the School of Media and Public Affairs is not ready for the start of classes despite administrators’ previous assurances that the Jan. 16 deadline would be met. While students will wait two weeks to take advantage of the high-tech facility, they should not have to be shuffled to temporary quarters, […]

Senate should deny Ashcroft position

The Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings Tuesday on the nomination of former Missouri Sen. John Ashcroft, the man President-elect George W. Bush has chosen to serve as Attorney General. Senators should scrutinize Ashcroft and his record on such important issues as civil rights, including protections for gays and women, abortion and gun control. Ashcroft is […]

Reform Jews reject BSA

(U-WIRE) EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Jewish Reform movement should be commended for calling its members to break ties with the Boy Scouts. In a letter to Reform congregations earlier this month, the Joint Commission on Social Action said the Boy Scouts of America’s stance on gays is “incompatible with our consistent belief that every […]

Letter to the Editor: Call to arms

Hello everybody. This is what I call a confessional letter. I used to have a real fire in me. I wanted a revolution, I really did. I saw how our institutions were stacked, filled by power hungry overachievers or family members from the day I set foot in public school. I wanted to end that. […]