September 30, 2002

Volume 99, Issue 18

Stories from the September 30, 2002 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

GW community works to enhance campus safety

“Be alert. Walk with confidence and purpose. Be aware of your surroundings – know who’s out there and what’s going on. Trust your instincts – if a situation or place makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave.” These tips are just a few suggestions of ways to avoid becoming a crime victim from the Metropolitan […]

Photographers abused and arrested

Police Academy, SW Saturday, Sept. 27 1:13 p.m. They removed my handcuffs. My hands are free to slip the laces back into my shoes. I grab my wallet out of the clear police evidence bag and stick it into my back pocket. I just spent 26 hours in police custody, handcuffed – just for doing […]

She’s got rhythm, she’s got music

*Beep* “Hi, my name is Myrna, and I have money for you. I know you want to buy Middle C Music, I’m interested too. Call me.” A few hours earlier, GW classical guitar professor Myrna Sislen had been working out in Tenleytown, part of her daily routine. She ran into a fellow musician on her […]

Staff editorial: MPD arrests limit freedom

Using protesters’ threats to shut down the city as justification, the Metropolitan Police Department used questionable tactics and reasoning in arresting nearly 650 protesters, onlookers and reporters near Freedom Plaza on Friday. While MPD can be credited for a relatively peaceful protest, a smooth IMF/World Bank meeting and keeping D.C. open despite protester threats, officers’ […]

Letter: Is UPD big brother?

As one of the first residents in the new Elliot School of International Affairs building (1957 E St.), I was thrilled to be spending my senior year in what is now claimed as the best dorm on campus. I was impressed with the accommodations when I moved in, despite the fact I was forced to […]

Letter: Defending Jimmy

“All I want is a big headliner,” complains Ahmadu Garba in his letter to the editor “Eat Something Else” (Sept. 23, p.4). Let’s clear something up. Jimmy Eat World’s platinum self-titled album has been in the Billboard’s top 100 for the last 51 weeks (52 weeks is a year). Their Pollstar performance index is higher […]

Arrests mark protests

Metropolitan Police arrested at least 654 people including at least 10 GW students in a weekend which saw heavy police presence and fewer demonstrators than expected for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings. Protesters, who planned to shut down the city, supported issues like debt relief for Third World countries, global justice and […]

Column – Inside our pages: Respect the student press

By 10 a.m. Friday everything at Franklin Square had quieted down. Bike messengers on walkie-talkies and pigeons slowly filtered back into the area around 14th and I streets. Police in black chest pads and helmet-visors flipped back drank bottled water and munched breakfast bars on the sidewalks. A dreadlocked protester was lecturing a reporter furiously […]

Volleyball splits conference road trip

The good thing about opening up conference play in Ohio is getting games against conference powerhouses Xavier and Dayton out of the way. The bad thing is having to play Xavier (10-5, 1-0 A-10) and Dayton (12-4, 1-1 A-10). But the GW volleyball team (10-5, 1-0 A-10) met the challenge, splitting its road trip with […]

On the streets: A protester’s story

Fordham junior Sarah Jensen has permanent marker all over her left arm. Written in thick black ink is a ten-digit number. It takes up almost her entire forearm. “This is the legal number,” she says at about 9 a.m., heading toward Freedom Plaza. “If we get arrested we call this number. Because when you are […]