October 20, 2003

Volume 100, Issue 21

Stories from the October 20, 2003 issue of the GW Hatchet.

Analyzing trimesters: FB residents oppose summer session

Foggy Bottom residents said they are concerned about losing their “quiet summers” if the University adopts a mandatory summer session. Under a proposed calendar change, students would be required to spend the summer between their sophomore and junior year taking courses at GW. The change would keep more than 2,000 students on campus each summer, […]

Column: Not a path worth taking

With the trimester debate raging on campus, it seems that students, faculty and the administration, alike, are overlooking one crucial effect of this proposal. While administrators are already busy planning how they will spend additional revenue created by this system, they have failed to consider the dramatic effect these changes will have on student life. […]

Analyzing trimesters: Faculty wary of change

Although many faculty members said they oppose a University initiative to implement a mandatory summer session, several said they are eager to work with the administration to work out issues with the proposal or find better solutions. “It’s fair to say comments are generally unfavorable to the (proposals),” said professor Michael King, chair of the […]

Letters to the Editor

Bias in the A-10 I would like to respond to some of University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg’s statements in an article regarding the Atlantic 10 restructuring (“Atlantic 10 moves toward expansion,” Sept. 29, p. 16). I am specifically concerned with the statement that the A-10 should look beyond St. Louis and Charlotte as replacements. Also, […]

Trustees discuss boosting revenue

The University’s highest decision-making body is beginning to discuss the effects of implementing a mandatory summer session and altering GW’s credit structure. Although the Board of Trustees did not vote on specific proposals, members of the supervisory body are joining the year-old debate over altering GW’s academic calendar. GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg addressed the […]

D.C. launches investigation into GW Hospital

D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams ordered an investigation Thursday into reports that the GW Hospital refused to treat a patient because she is a black resident of Southeast D.C. The call for an investigation comes several days after paramedics told the city that the hospital arbitrarily closed its doors Saturday night to a 97-year-old woman who […]

Analyzing trimesters: GW investigates 4×4 course structure

Quietly hidden in a group study room in the Gelman Library, freshmen Ksenia Guvakova and Rydhwana Hossian pour over a set of densely highlighted biology textbooks, a familiar scene for most students preparing for midterms. “We’ve been doing bio for the past two weeks,” Guvakova said. Hossian described her approach to her work as “Finish […]

Analyzing trimesters: Term would raise extra revenue

The University could bring in an additional $12 million per year if it institutes a mandatory summer session currently under investigation for rising juniors. Since juniors would take either the subsequent fall or spring semester off from school, the University would be able to fill their spots by enrolling an additional 1,000 students. Tuition from […]

Analyzing Trimesters: Academic Calendar Changes timeline

Nov. 11 2002 At a Faculty Assembly Meeting, University President Steven Joel Trachtenberg proposes a 14-week trimester calendar in which students attend two of three terms. His proposal is an idea to increase GW’s revenue and “efficiency.” Trachtenberg also calls for the formation of an ad-hoc research team to explore the matter extensively. Janury 2003 […]

Analyzing trimesters: Session requires breaks

Implementing a mandatory summer will enable GW students to intern, travel or work during the fall and spring semesters when competition for opportunities is lower. But students may not be able to decide which term they take off, administrators said. Under a calendar change being considered, rising juniors would be mandated to study on campus […]