December 8, 2003

Volume 100, Issue 33

Stories from the December 8, 2003 issue of the GW Hatchet.

Officials aim to curb cheating

Most GW classrooms feature a black and gold plaque on the wall warning students that “The right answer comes from you.” The signs were put there to make students think twice about cheating, plagiarizing or turning in work that is not theirs. Tim Terpstra, director of the Office of Academic Integrity, said that of the […]


The year 2003 was all about catch phrases, rooting for the underdog and celebrities on trial; getting arrested, being mauled by a tiger and running for governor. While no single moment seems to have defined the year, many of the season’s most popular gifts represents the various trends of 2003. Anything “Ugg” – While Ugg […]

Losses force Aramark cuts

Aramark officials considered closing Big Burger and Provisions Market Too, among other significant schedule and staffing changes, earlier this semester as the on-campus food provider copes with a 30 percent decrease in revenue. Faced with the loss in business, Aramark, which operates most on-campus food venues, also proposed changes that included the reduction in some […]

Study abroad numbers rise

Although a recently enacted study abroad policy limited the number of foreign destinations at which students can study this year, more GW students spent the fall semester abroad, and officials said they expect a participation increase for next semester. Director of Study Abroad Lynn Leonard said about 230 undergraduates studied abroad this semester, up almost […]

Rizzo murder trial nears end

A federal trial is scheduled to end this week for the confessed murderer of GW student Jonathan Michael Rizzo. After a nine-day break for Thanksgiving, a Massachusetts federal jury began to hear arguments in defense of Gary Sampson, who will either get the death penalty or life in prison for the killings of Rizzo and […]

Women sloppy in blowout wins

GW Head Coach Joe McKeown said the women’s basketball team needed some “feel good wins” after returning home from a tough trip to the Bahamas. But while the Colonials beat Syracuse Thursday and Howard Saturday, each by more than 20 points, the games were not exactly “feel good.” Against Syracuse, GW struggled shooting the ball, […]


Sex offender arrested in dissappearence of U. North Dakota Student (U-WIRE) GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., a convicted sexual offender and a suspect in the kidnapping of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin, appeared in Grand Forks County Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing on kidnapping charges. In a short appearance before […]

2004 presidential hopeful speaks at MVC

Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun discussed the spontaneity of her decision to run for president and criticized a remark by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean at GW Thursday. Speaking to about 30 students from the Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program at the Mount Vernon Campus, Braun said she originally planned to restore her […]

Zags overpower GW in BB&T final

Gonzaga senior Blake Stepp caught everyone’s attention Saturday with a 27-point shooting display in the Bulldogs’ win over Maryland, including the GW coaching staff, which challenged point guard T.J. Thompson to shut down Stepp on Sunday. And Thompson responded, holding the 2003 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year to just five points. Unfortunately for […]