October 6, 2003

Volume 100, Issue 17

Stories from the October 6, 2003 issue of the GW Hatchet.

Column: City must improve H Street safety

Your front-page article Oct. 2 (“Vehicle hits student”), reporting the accident in which a student was hit by a car on H Street struck a raw nerve in me and the staff of Gelman Library. For several years I have attempted to get someone to do something about the chaos and dangerous conditions that exist […]

Early Hatchet staff makes history

“The University needed a newspaper,” Jesse Barrett said, reflecting on his role in founding The Weekly Columbian in 1902. When the Columbian University changed its name to the George Washington University in 1904, the fledgling newspaper followed suit, becoming The University Hatchet. On October 5, 1904, Editor-in-Chief F.S. Hemmick introduced the first Hatchet, a 24-page […]

Column: Open letter to Professor Manheim

Dear Professor Jarol B. Manheim, In response to the disruption that took place during one of your classes on Sept. 10, we are writing to express concern regarding your recent involvement in the labor disputes at Verizon. While workers at Verizon Wireless sites were trying to form a union with the Communication Workers of America […]

GW establishes first campus

Upon his appointment in 1910, University President Charles Stockton had a large student body and able faculty, but little else. GW had no endowment, little property and a massive debt. In 1912, the University bought the St. Rose’s Industrial building at 2023 G St. with borrowed money and moved the Columbian College to its new […]

Influenza epidemic infects GW Hospital

Washington could not have been less prepared for the Spanish flu epidemic in fall 1918. The city was already suffering through the difficulties presented by World War I. Nearly its entire military-age population was dedicated to the war effort when it found itself in the throws of an acute medical crisis. Doctors and nurses were […]

Prohibition taps the keg dry

Bootlegging, beer-flats, speakeasies and moonshine – all terms connected with the 15-year period beginning in 1918 when the federal government and the American people were engaged in a perpetual tug-of-war over drinking alcohol. Remembering this period in American history may make those old enough to remember it grimace, and the very idea is enough to […]

A closer look: “Hail to the Buff and Blue”

Daily at 12:15 and 6 p.m. the unmistakable sounds of the GW Fight Song are heard as the bells toll from Corcoran Hall. However, most students who walk through campus and hear the music do not know the song’s history. When the Columbian College became The George Washington University in 1904, the original colors changed […]

Women take strides to vote

It is said that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, and in 1913 the lion let out a very loud roar. On March 13, 1913, more than 6,000 woman suffrage supporters marched in a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue. Since Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the Seneca Falls Convention […]

Presidential Profiles

Charles Herbert Stockton brought some of the most significant changes to GW during his term as president from 1910 to 1918. Born in Philadelphia, Stockton graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1865 and saw active service in the Civil War. Eventually promoted to Rear Admiral, Stockton was recognized as an authority on international […]