September 15, 2003

Volume 100, Issue 11

Stories from the September 15, 2003 issue of the GW Hatchet.

From the front lines of Iraq: Media preoccupied with negative coverage

HILLAH, Iraq The portraits are haunting, unshakable and impossible to ignore. Myriad pictures of missing men dot the urban landscape of Hillah, Iraq, a predominately Shiite Muslim city 60 miles south of Baghdad. Some of the subjects look distinctly western – a suit, tie and mustache – others have a traditional Middle Eastern appearance – […]

Officials debate credit change

GW administrators and faculty are questioning the academic merits of a new credit system that would decrease the number of classes a student takes each semester. The University is currently accepting feedback on an alternative academic calendar proposal that could change GW’s credit system and mandate a summer term for rising juniors. A move to […]

Viral meningitis hospitalizes freshman

GW officials breathed a sigh of relief Friday when medical tests from a Thurston Hall resident who possibly contracted a deadly form of meningitis came back negative. Despite initial University concern and safety precautions, the male freshman is not contagious or a threat to public health, officials said. The student, who was taken to the […]

GW wins short-term court victory

A Thursday court ruling will give GW an additional four years to comply with a city order that requires the University to house 70 percent of undergraduates on campus. The order also prevented GW from constructing nonresidential facilities such as a new business school building. The order initially required GW to house 70 percent of […]

Blackboard replaces Prometheus system

The University is in the process of replacing its web-based learning system, Prometheus, with one that offers students a wider variety of online features and options. The new system, Blackboard, will completely replace Prometheus by June. Both programs will be accessible this year while GW phases out Prometheus, and professors can use either system for […]

Students shave heads for charity

More than 150 students shaved their heads in Kogan Plaza Sunday as part of a charity event to raise money for children with cancer. The event, organized by student group Buzzing for Change, lasted all day and raised more than $15,000. Students got their heads shaved throughout the day, in between relaxing and listening to […]

Rainy weather moves Fall Fest indoors

Saturday’s chance of showers and hazy morning forced the Program Board to move its annual Fall Fest to the Smith Center for the first time in eight years. The event attracted almost 900 fewer students this year, which PB leaders attributed to the location change. PB advertised the venue switch early Saturday morning by sending […]

Breaking News: GW cancels Thursday classes

Posted 8:25 p.m. The University canceled Thursday classes after Metro officials announced that bus and rail service would stop at 11 a.m. as Hurricane Isabel barrels towards D.C. University officials are bracing the campus for possible flooding and power outages and are urging students to stay indoors for the storm’s duration. Robert Chernak, senior vice […]

Varsity Sports Roundup

Cross country places second, fourth at Mount St. Mary’s Invite The GW women’s cross country team finished in second place overall at the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational last Saturday in Emmitsburg, Maryland, while the men’s team squeezed out of a tight race for fourth. The women tallied 37 points at Mount St. Mary’s, placing them […]

President wants expanded Patriot Act

Posted 10:58p.m. September 17 by Ilana Weinberg U-WIRE Washington Bureau On the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush rallied Congress to implement new provisions to the Patriot Act, expanding power to the Justice Department and other government agencies over individual citizens and suspected terrorists. “The Patriot Act imposed tough new penalties on […]