March 28, 2005

Volume 101, Issue 52

Stories from the March 28, 2005 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

The virtue of snap judgments

AUSTIN, Texas, March 13 – Malcolm Gladwell steps on stage, his gently receding hairline overshadowed by the large Afro hovering above it. Sleek, stylish jeans and a track jacket hug his small frame, and his comically oversized fingers begin twitching while a volunteer attaches a microphone to the collar of his jacket. The South by […]

Cherry Blossom festival begins

As part of an annual testament to the conclusion of winter, millions will journey to the banks of the Potomac tidal basin between now and April 10 to gaze in wonder at a sea of pink blossoms adorning Washington’s legendary Japanese cherry trees. This year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, which will mark the 93rd anniversary […]

Column: Election analysis

The votes are in, the ballots cast, the posters taken down, and yet the three-ring circus also known as the Student Association election continues. With continuing violation hearings being held for Audai Shakour and Ben Traverse after the ballot count, it seems that the final curtain has yet to be drawn. Instead of the candidates […]

Editorial: Stick to the rules

Even though this year’s Student Association election is over, the Joint Elections Committee continues its work in investigating alleged violations by both candidates involved in the run-off. Both Ben Traverse and the winner of the presidential runoff, Audai Shakour, racked up campaign violations during the regular election and moved closer to the seven-vote threshold for […]

Column: Fighting against ourselves

I once thought the war on drugs was the United States’ most self-defeating policy – until recently, when the war on terrorism stole that prize. The effectiveness of the war on drugs is not entirely stunted by the government’s own hypocrisy, unlike the war on terrorism. This newer war circuitously spends money on fighting terrorists […]

Editorial: Unfair burden

For most GW students, living on campus is a foregone conclusion. Citing relative convenience and impressive new facilities, students continue to return to GW residence halls despite being charged above-market value for a competitively inferior product. The University cannot continue supplementing its tuition by charging outrageous prices for students to live on-campus when they are […]

Condition improving for frosh severely burned in fire

The father of a freshman severely injured in a Thurston Hall fire last week said his condition is improving ‘very slowly.” Kevin McLaughlin, 19, was severely burned after an electric grill in his ninth floor room made contact with his sheets. He is listed in critical condition and underwent a tracheostomy last week. A tracheostomy […]


Monday “Travel the World: It’s Easier Than You Think” Information session on how to travel on a budget 7 p.m. Marvin Center Continental Ballroom Sponsored by STA Travel “Where is the Love? Ideas of Hate in America” Discussion about issues in diversity 7 to 9 p.m. Multicultural Student Services Center Sponsored by R.E.A.L Conversations Tuesday […]

Officials look to build new MVC residence hall

More students may be calling Mount Vernon home in future years. In May, University officials will seek approval from the Board of Trustees to build a new residence hall housing freshmen and sophomores on the Foxhall campus. Executive Vice President Louis Katz stressed that the facility is still in the early design stages, with its […]

GW Briefs

Trachtenberg says restrictions hurt foreign students University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg said a “suspicion of foreigners” after the September 11 terrorist attacks has hurt international students in America at a Washington International Trade Organization discussion last week. Trachtenberg was the first speaker at “Accessibility vs. Security: Are We Shutting the Doors on Tomorrow’s Leaders?” He […]