December 8, 2003

Volume 100, Issue 33

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

From the right A discredited mantra

Just browsing through Paul Begala’s conservative smear tirade, “It’s Still the Economy, Stupid,” is a truly painful experience. The book is widely revered in the usual Democratic circles as the definitive, “must have” guide for exploiting the supposedly flawed economic policies of the Bush administration. It is premised on the shallow notion that all elections […]

Gore endorses Dean

Posted 4:45pm December 15 by Melissa Kronfeld U-WIRE Washington Bureau At an early morning fundraiser in Harlem on Tuesday morning, former Vice President Al Gore gave his support to Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean. Gore told the crowd, “when I announced last year that I was not going to be a candidate for president myself […]


GW law professor fights for restroom rights GW law professor John Banzhaf is lobbying on behalf of a bill introduced Wednesday in New York that calls for more women’s than men’s restrooms in public facilities. Banzhaf said the bill shows women are standing up for their rights “even if they can’t stand up while exercising […]

BREAKING NEWS: GW student found dead

Posted: Friday, Dec. 26, 5:30 p.m. — The lifeless body of GW Law School student Chris Bartok was found in the Potomac River last week, University officials said. On Dec. 19, a jogger spotted Bartok’s body in the river near the Lincoln Memorial, said Bob Ludwig, GW’s interim director of media relations. Ludwig said the […]

Campus Calendar

Emocapella show and CD release Free show, group will be selling new CD, I’m Sorry, for $10 9 p.m. Marvin Center Continental Ballroom A debate on slavery reparations moderated by attorney Johnnie Cochran 8 to 9 p.m. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building Young Women of Color – D.C. study break Free food […]

BREAKING NEWS: Jury sentences Rizzo’s killer to death

Posted Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m. After ten hours of deliberation, a federal jury sentenced the confessed murderer of GW student Jonathan Michael Rizzo to death Tuesday. In September, Gary Sampson confessed to killing Rizzo and two other men in separate incidents in July 2001. The trial, which started earlier this year, revolved around whether […]


In the article “GW to fund external SA audit” (Dec. 4, p. 1), The Hatchet reported that the Student Association Senate rejected a bill to call for “independent financial review of the (SA).” The bill was referred to committee for review. A photograph of the band Hot Hot Heat was mistakenly identified as a picture […]

BREAKING NEWS: Authorities investigate student’s death

Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. — D.C. officials are still investigating the death of GW Law School student Chris Bartok, whose lifeless body was found in the Potomac River two weeks ago. Adrian Lavallee, general counsel for the D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office, would not comment on the circumstances surrounding Bartok’s death, but said it […]

Students perform holiday concert

The gothic-inspired style of The United Church stands out amidst the commercial buildings of 20th and G streets. Inside, GW’s Chamber Choir performed its holiday concert Friday and Saturday nights. The 31 members of the GW Chamber Choir, led by conductor and Director of Choral Activities Matthew Mehaffey, sang Hanukkah and Christmas. Students performed pieces […]

Big Fish, Big Fun

“Big Fish” may be the strangest, most dazzling, whimsical, downright gorgeous film of the year. Director Time Burton (“Batman”) returns to form with a quirky, delightfully impossible fable about Ed Bloom, (Albert Finney, “Erin Brockovich”) a dying old man who spun his whole life into an elaborate tall tale. The film deals with the attempts […]