September 8, 2003

Volume 100, Issue 9

Stories from the September 8, 2003 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Smell my purple pepper!

Eastern Market 7th and Pennsylvania avenues Sat., Sept. 6 9 a.m. The air outside is brisk, and as I step out into the sunlight I can already tell that it will be a beautiful day. Perfect weather, in fact, for shopping at an open-air market. I make the short trek from JBKO to the Foggy […]

Greek housing receives blessing

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting for Townhouse Row Thursday was symbolic of an anticipated expansion in Greek-letter life on campus, administrators and student leaders said. About 50 students, faculty and staff gathered for the ceremony outside the complex, which University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg called a “15-year dream.” “I suspect this expansion will contribute to the growth […]

Changing and moving

Sweatshirts, T-shirts, car decals and even woven blankets are sold at the University Bookstore reading, “GW 1821.” While the Columbian College was founded that year, the transition from the then-Columbian University to The George Washington University did not occur until 1904. Attempting to address severe financial problems and accomodate an improving academic reputation, University officials […]

District, campus plan to commemorate 9/11

With few public events planned to mark the second anniversary of September 11, observance of the date will be relatively low-key this year. The largest campus gathering is a candlelight vigil on the Quad scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Thursday. “It’s important for individuals to remember and think about it and deal with it in ways […]

Spotlight: University athletics

GW football dominated the pages of The Hatchet in the early-1900s. The Hatchet wrote in 1904 that “football is the most important of fall and winter athletics.” Head coach Alexander Rorke led the 1904 team, which trained at the Oxford Hotel downtown, to a 4-2-2 record. He spoke like a true football coach when interviewed […]

Munson Hall gas leak forces evacuation

More than 200 students evacuated Munson Hall Sunday night after a gas leak was detected in the building. After determining the residence hall would be closed until Monday, University officials told students to stay with friends for the night but said there were enough on-campus beds to accommodate anyone who could not secure alternative sleeping […]

Presidential Profile: Charles W. Needham (1848-1935)

During the late 1880s, the Columbian University made remarkable progress in expansion, outreach and academic quality. By the turn of the century, however, much of this progress was erased. The dishonesty of University administration officials created a financial and many believed it would not survive. In 1902, during these “dark ages,” Charles W. Needham became […]

University celebrates ESIA grand opening

Following U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s foreign policy address Friday, hundreds of students, professors and administrators packed the Elliott School of International Affairs building to celebrate its inauguration. University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and his predecessor, former President Lloyd Elliott, the school’s namesake, joined Powell in the ceremonial opening of the school in a […]

1904 to 1912: Events

January 23, 1904 Congress grants charter to the George Washington University. Baptist affiliation of Columbian University dropped as GW becomes non-sectarian. Trustees unanimously approve name change in May. June 22, 1904 Columbian College of Arts and Sciences incorporated; Professor William Allen Wilbur becomes first dean. Fall 1904 School year begins with 1,243 students in six […]

BSU, OLAS kick off year

Nearly 200 students gathered in the Hippodrome Saturday to start the year off in style at the Black Student Union and Organization of American Latino Students kickoff event. The organizations expanded their reach to students at American, Howard and Georgetown universities for the first time this year – a step group leaders acknowledged as positive. […]