July 6, 2004

Volume 101, Issue 5

Stories from the July 6, 2004 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Record freshman class attends CI

With a record number of students and parents on hand, Colonial Inauguration started off smoothly last month despite a decrease in available space. GW hosted four of its five freshman orientation sessions in June and will hold the last from July 7-9. About 510 students and 380 parents attended each of four June CIs, an […]

Iraqi president took GW classes

GW officials ended confusion last month over whether the Iraqi interim president is a former student by concluding that Ghazi al-Yawer took engineering classes here during the 1980s. After failing to find al-Yawer’s name in University records in May, officials said the Associated Press and other news organizations were erroneously reporting that the Iraqi leader […]

Family claims law student was arrested in Israel

he Israeli military arrested GW law student Fadi Kiblawi during a protest of the West Bank security fence last month, his family and friends said. The second-year law student was allegedly released the following day. Kiblawi, a vocal Palestinian rights activist who is working as a researcher in East Jerusalem this summer, wrote in an […]

Professor becomes head of Organization of American States

Former professor Miguel Angel Rodriguez landed a new job last month that will not keep him far from his former office in the Elliott School of International Affairs building. The former president of Costa Rica was elected secretary general of the Organization of American States. Rodriguez, who had been the Elliott School’s J.B. and Maurice […]

Metro hikes fares

Students returning to campus this fall may get an unwelcome surprise when they board a train. Passengers began paying at least 15 cents extra for each Metro trip on June 27 after the city’s new price hikes took effect. The city raised the base fare from $1.20 to $1.35. The maximum peak rail fare, which […]

D.C. extends Health and Wellness Center hours

Students will be able to exercise in the Health and Wellness Center until 11:30 p.m. starting this fall after the city’s Zoning Commission granted GW approval to extend the facility’s hours last month. Although the University originally requested to have the center’s hours extended until 1 a.m., the commission ruled on June 14 that it […]

D.C. in Brief

Murder decreases in D.C. The District is shedding its reputation as one of the most violent cities in the nation, with homicides in the city falling by more than 25 percent this year. Eighty-eight murders were recorded through June 25, compared to 121 killings through the same date in 2003, representing a decline of 27 […]

GW in Brief

Ivory Tower venues to open in August As the Ivory Tower nears completion, four dining venues are being installed on the residence hall’s ground and basement floors and should open to students in August. Occupying the facility’s ground floor will be a sandwich shop accessible from the street. Louis Katz, the University’s executive vice president […]

Ferguson hired to bring stability to softball team

New head coach Jo Anne Ferguson hopes she can bring to Foggy Bottom what the GW softball program has lacked in its first two years of existence. “Stability,” she said. “To be successful, the program needs stability. That means somebody who can come in for more than one or two years.” Ferguson, who GW hired […]