October 7, 2004

Volume 101, Issue 18

Stories from the October 7, 2004 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Defending the District’s vitality

During the last weeks, I’ve heard more complaints about the lack of excitement in D.C. than I had all last year. To readers from the City – being New York – Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta or Miami, let me start by saying, “I’m sorry.” No matter what I say, no matter […]

McNamara addresses Elliott School

Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara addressed a packed GW lecture hall Tuesday night, answering foreign policy questions after screening a documentary detailing his controversial involvement in the Vietnam War. About 350 people, mostly students, went to hear McNamara speak, and spilled into the aisles and front area of an Elliott School of International Affairs […]

D.C. protest draws smaller then expected crowds

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Fewer protestors then expected gathered at a park in Washington, D.C., last weekend for the biannual World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings. The 27-hour vigil, sponsored by the 50 Years Is Enough Network, was to “honor the victims of 60 years of tragic policies and crippling debt,” the organization said. The […]

Dan Flavin: A Retrospective

Dan Flavin’s brand of minimalism is the kind people love to hate. His installation pieces, which are created from store-bought fluorescent light fixtures mounted on walls and floors, at first inspire the groan that every art aficionado hates to hear from fellow gallery-goers: “Why is he so special? I could do that.” No, you couldn’t […]

I heart huckabees

Why does life exist? And what does it all mean? (That is, if it means anything at all). Can such questions produce a fresh and funny film? With his endlessly inventive trip through the Big Picture of human existence, “I Heart Huckabees” writer-director David O. Russell (“Three Kings”) answers with a resounding ‘yes.’ In a […]

The bar belle

51st State Tavern, 2512 L Street NW I’m not really sure to what the name 51st State Tavern is referring. Is it a political cry for statehood for the District? Or perhaps a humorous attempt at declaring itself an official entity of drinkers and booze? Honestly, last Friday night I didn’t really care what the […]

Voters, rappers and indie rock

Thursday, Oct. 7 Chords For John Kerry Madams Organ This free concert is an effort to support John Kerry and the MoveOn political action committee, said GW law school student Sean Crowley, who is putting on the event featuring performances by Mara Levi and the Avant Garde Disasters. Donations accepted. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. […]

Standing outside the fire

In 105 minutes, “Ladder 49” (Touchstone) covers a lot of ground: life, death, love, friendship, hate, pain, happiness and loss. Director Jay W. Russell (“Tuck Everlasting”) poignantly captures the story of a Baltimore fireman by exploring the very best and the very worst parts of life itself. Through the film’s beautiful photography, the viewer is […]

Sci-fi rock opera & GW’s Menagerie

In GW Jazz Studies professor James Levy’s new science fiction rock opera, Joan of Arc is reincarnated into the body of a do-gooder pop star who uses her wealth to try to change the world. After she fails, the aliens show up. Sound crazy? Much of the opera is set in a mental institution. “When […]

Editorial: Responsibility with recognition

Our View: GW basketball’s emergence on the national stage requires both the players and the athletic department to be wary of their conduct off the court. Last Thursday, three members of the GW men’s basketball team were involved in a scuffle at Lulu’s Mardi Gras, resulting in the hospitalization of two bouncers. While rumors permeate […]