February 2, 2004

Volume 100, Issue 40

Stories from the February 2, 2004 issue of the GW Hatchet.

Column: Triumphant Western ideology

The amazing storytelling of J. R. R. Tolkien and the masterful cinematography of Peter Jackson have captivated millions of Americans. But if one examines the background of Tolkien’s classic, he will catch the undertones of World War II, when the world and civilization were under siege by the dark force of totalitarianism. The situation parallels […]

Greek orgs. prepare to recruit

Fraternity leaders said they are optimistic about recruiting new members this week, despite a decrease in some groups’ rush numbers this fall. Recruitment for the Interfraternity Council’s 13 recognized organizations begins Monday in the Marvin Center Great Hall at 6 p.m. Activities throughout the week include mingling with Hooters restaurant employees, poker, cigar smoking and […]

Letters to the Editor

Excitement and civility This is a wonderful time to be a student and a college basketball fan. The early-season games are over and the quests for conference championships begin. The Atlantic 10 Conference has always prided itself on providing the very best in intercollegiate athletics. Not just on the basketball court, not just on a […]

Honors Program weighs changes

When junior Megan Greer was accepted to the University Honors Program two years ago, she adjusted to college life while taking what was then a requirement of three Honors classes per semester. “It was initially a little scary, being a freshman,” Greer said. “But I loved it.” The Honors Program’s curriculum requirements have changed since […]

What’s Luigi famous for, anyhow?

Famous Luigi’s 1132 19th St. N.W. 202-331-7574 www.FamousLuigis.com What makes Famous Luigi’s famous? Well, fame is a funny thing. Celebrities like Jessica Simpson are only famous because they say so (and because they can create their own reality television shows), and when it comes down to it, Luigi’s is just “famous” because the owners say […]

Teaching on the side

Most students can’t take a swing at an administrator and be commended for it. But most students are not in Rodney Johnson’s racquetball class. Johnson, GW’s director of Freshman and Parent Services, teaches students in the basement of the Health and Wellness Center Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. “I would be exercising in (the Health and […]

Book Review: “The Dive from Clausen’s Pier” by Ann Packer

“Is a person an accumulation of past selves, or made new over and over again?” This is the question that plagues 23-year-old Carrie Bell, the narrator and protagonist of Ann Packer’s riveting debut novel, “The Dive from Clausen’s Pier.” Carrie and Mike have been sweethearts since high school. Now engaged, they can easily envision their […]

Editorial: Our choice: John Edwards

The past four years have been the nadir of the modern Democratic Party. After losing the closest election in American history and subsequently being humiliated in the midterm congressional elections of 2002, the party has hinged much of its hope on the 2004 presidential election. Aiming to take back the White House, Democrats have seen […]

Battle of the Sexes

Q: My best friend Leslie, my then-boyfriend Stephen and I went to Hawaii over spring break last year. We all got drunk together, then when my back was turned, Leslie and Stephen hooked up. I was furious with them and they apologized, saying they were drunk and never meant to hurt me. But after we […]

Column: On both sides of the wall

At midnight a few days a go I received a call from my mom. She called to tell me that New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman’s documentary on the Israeli “security fence” would be on. One hour after I convinced my roommate to shut off “Tiger Woods 2004” to watch the documentary, we […]