April 29, 2002

Volume 98, Issue 64

Stories from the April 29, 2002 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Experts debate Africa’s fate

Post-Cold War civil wars and the increasing spread of AIDS are two major problems African countries still face. GW’s Organization for African Students co-sponsored a daylong conference Saturday to address these and other issues with the GW community and consider solutions to the continent’s problems. Instead of focusing on the negative, speakers at the first […]

Student leaders win top honors

About 400 students, faculty and staff members gathered at the 17th annual Excellence in Student Life Awards Thursday night at the Smith Center to honor student leaders and organizations. “Tonight celebrates a very important component of our University community,” President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg said in his welcoming address. He said GW is not exclusively committed […]

30 Piece: Snapshots of a college experience

My adventure began when the airport shuttle carrying my parents turned the corner and disappeared from sight. I began my walk back to Thurston, knowing that a great four-year journey lie ahead. All that I had known and experienced in Seattle became a distant reality three time zones away. My new reality became the streets […]

Officials consider cameras

University Police and the Music Department agree on a plan to heighten security in the Academic Center basement, where more than $20,000 in student instruments have been stolen since January. While administrators said no plan has been finalized, Associate Vice President for Academic Planning Craig Linebaugh said “cost is not an issue” in the decision. […]

30 Piece: leaving it all behind

Lauren Silva and I usually finish with The Hatchet between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Sometimes later if, say, the server crashes, the computer freezes, the internet connection fails or plain old late news breaks, requiring the undivided attention of our editor in chief. Either way, the first comment we usually pass between each other […]

Busta fires up H street

The more than 1,500 students gathered on H Street Saturday afternoon for Spring Fling were all “niggas,” according to performer Busta Rhymes, who rapped for longer than an hour mixing in messages of love for all races. Rhymes was a crowd-pleaser as he quipped with students in the audience and acted out skits to show […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Students have mixed reactions to speaker

Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will keynote GW’s Commencement May 19 on the Ellipse, GW announced Monday. Simmons became the first black president of an Ivy League school when she took over at Brown University last year. Simmons, a child of Texas sharecroppers and great-great granddaughter of slaves, wrote a 1993 report that became […]

Ross calls for negotiations

Ambassador Dennis Ross mostly blamed Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat for the Palestinians’ plight and denounced Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s military tactics before a crowd of about 75 students Sunday in the Marvin Center. Students in attendance said they were disappointed the event was not more of a forum on the issues. “Palestinians are […]

A different kind of game

GW’s basketball teams didn’t have much of a postseason this year, but non-sport organizations have created a stir in national competitions. GW’s Kendo club, ballroom dancing, mock trial and trivia bowl teams are some of the student groups that brought national attention to GW this spring. The Kendo Club won second place at the Harvard […]

Malik awarded teaching prize

Professor Arun S. Malik called on professors to spend more time mentoring students as he accepted the annual 2002 Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Teaching Award Friday in the Media and Public Affairs building. In his acceptance speech, Malik, a tenured associate professor of economics, explained to the sparsely filled auditorium that his teaching philosophy is […]