May 20, 2002

Volume 99, Issue 2

Stories from the May 20, 2002 issue of the GW Hatchet.

2002 grads celebrate Commencement

Graduates couldn’t have asked for a better day to spend their last moments as GW students on the Ellipse Sunday- organizers said the Commencement ceremony was “blessed” with breezy, mid-50 degree weather. “I give 80 percent of the credit to God,” University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg said after the ceremony, which honored the 4,200 graduates […]

Simmons calls on grads to embrace diversity, education

Brown University President Ruth Simmons opened her keynote address to the class of 2002 Sunday by responding to criticism from students that she was chosen as the Commencement speaker, rather than a well-known political figure. Simmons said she was “apprehensive about coming to the podium” after reading critical student comments in The Hatchet, but after […]

Students get down one last time

Fortune-teller G.A. Orndorff took a sip of wine and studied the cards placed in front of graduating senior Marla Scriffignano. “You like to relax as much as you work,” she told Scriffignano. “But you have a very good fortune.” Orndorff told the fortunes of dozens of soon-to-be graduates and their families at Monumental Celebration in […]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Mitchell urges graduates to make good use of education

Posted 1:35 p.m. May 30-Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell charged Law School graduates to use their education to promote peace and end injustice at Commencement in the Smith Center Sunday. The United States, Mitchell said, is the most free, just and open society in the world, but with those benefits come responsibility. He […]

Summer sounds of the great outdoors

Volkswagen buses line up outside the gates of a wide grassy expanse, where barefoot girls in calico dresses whirl and hemp-clad guys kick around a hackey sack. Circles of people beating bongo drums or passing a joint dot the field, awaiting the next act. A guitarist, drummer and occasionally a fiddle or mandolin player take […]

Zoning Commission gives ESIA green light

GW won a decisive victory last Monday when the Zoning Commission approved the new Elliott School of International Affairs building, allowing the facility to house students in August. The Zoning Commission will meet again in mid-June to vote on the wording of the final order requiring the University to provide benefits to the neighborhood, such […]

Students win fellowships

Sunday was not the last day of school for four seniors who will call the University home for at least a few more years, after receiving full-tuition scholarships to GW graduate schools this month. Emmanuella Duplessy, Madeline LePage, Alicia O’Neil and Nicolas Vikstrom were named the 2002 Presidential Administrative Fellows. The fellowship includes 42 free […]

Around Campus

Alum donates $5 million to SBPM GW officials announced Saturday that Henry “Ric” Duques and his wife, Dawn, donated $5 million for the new business school building, set for completion in fall 2004. The building will be named after the Duqueses. School of Business and Public Management Dean Susan Phillips announced the donation at the […]

Baseball stays alive in conference playoffs

Jeff Fertitta’s eighth-inning RBI single edged the GW baseball team over second-seed Saint Bonaventure 5-4 in the final preliminary round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Sunday. With the win, the third-seeded Colonials advance to the championship final of the conference playoffs, where they will face top-seeded Richmond in a best of three series Thursday, May […]

McKeown withdraws name from Vanderbilt pool

GW women’s basketball head coach Joe McKeown was one of seven coaches to turn down the head coaching job for the women’s program at Vanderbilt University, withdrawing his name from consideration last Wednesday. The spot, left open when 11-year veteran coach Jim Foster took a job at Ohio State in April, remains open. McKeown, named […]