October 16, 2003

Volume 100, Issue 20

Stories from the October 16, 2003 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Poet headlines Honors Symposium

Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott spoke to more than 200 students about poetry in an “un-poetic age” last week, kicking off the University’s 25th Honors Symposium. “What is un-poetic about this age is brutality and conditioned indifference,” he said. “We can flip from a cereal ad to a famine in Africa on TV. Huge suffering […]

SA Notes

Senate upholds use of secret ballots The Student Association Senate defeated a bill which would have ended the practice of secret voting during Tuesday’s meeting. The bill, which required a two-thirds majority to pass, received 13 votes in favor, nine opposed and three abstentions. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Asher Corson (U-CCAS), proposed to “bring […]

Journalists discuss ethics

“What do you do when you’re trying to report the news, and the government says if you report that, it is unpatriotic?” asked Daniel Schorr, senior news analyst for National Public Radio. “I say, ‘Get lost.’” Schorr, a panelist at Monday night’s Kalb Report, debated “The Ethics of Journalism in War and Politics” alongside four […]

Frats receive violations

Two of GW’s largest fraternities will be unable to host parties this year after incidents with alcohol led the University to put them on social probation. Officials decided earlier this month to strictly sanction Sigma Phi Epsilon after the fraternity held an unregistered keg party and to extend Kappa Sigma’s social probation until May for […]

GW may mandate dorm printing fee

Technology officials are investigating whether to institute a printing fee in residence halls and increase GW’s 7-cent fee in laboratories around campus. Residence halls are currently the only place where students can print free of charge. A dormitory printing fee would probably equal the price for printing in other labs, said Alexa Kim, director of […]

University preps for Colonials Weekend

University officials are busily preparing for about 4,000 outside guests to arrive on campus for this year’s second annual Colonials Weekend. Last year about 3,000 people attended. Weekend events include a Beach Boys concert Saturday, a Whoopi Goldberg comedy routine Friday and several student organization and departmental reunions and activities. “Colonials Weekend is a time […]

Condos to replace local hospital

A new condominium complex being planned for the former Columbia Hospital for Women site will generate millions of dollars for the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods. Trammel Crow Company is finalizing plans to construct a 330,000 square-foot facility with 225 condominiums and ground-floor stores on the site, located at 2425 L St. near Pennsylvania […]

Metro ads spark debate

Posters advocating the legalization of marijuana are on display in several Metrorail stations, riling politicians and commuters who said the ads are misleading and promote drug use. Change the Climate, a Massachusetts-based group, sponsored the ads in an effort to persuade politicians and the public that decriminalizing marijuana would increase tax revenue and curb drug-related […]

Liquor-related arrests decrease

Liquor law violations dropped by 38 percent and alcohol arrests fell by 78 percent in 2002, according to crime statistics released last week by University Police. Brian Hamluk, director of the Center for Alcohol and other Drug Education, attributed the substantial decline to the parental notification system and promotion of alcohol awareness in campus programs. […]