April 4, 2005

Volume 101, Issue 54

Stories from the April 4, 2005 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Column: Relax, the game will go on

“The one constant through all the years,” Terence Mann says in “Field of Dreams,” “has been baseball.” Since last autumn, baseball has constantly made headlines – at times for uplifting and emotional reasons, and at times for simmering realities that have made us question the game’s morals. The absurd cycle began last October, when the […]

City officials seek to close clubs following violence

Metropolitan Police officials are stepping up their efforts to shut down some nightclubs following a recent spate of violent incidents in and around local hangouts. Last week’s fatal stabbing near the GW Bhangra Blowout after-party in the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue (see Univ., p. 1) was only the latest in a series […]

Stabbing may lead to Bhangra Blowout changes

University officials are evaluating a stabbing that occurred outside a student organization-sponsored party March 27 to determine if any changes will be made to the event next year. Twenty-year-old Ranjit Singh died and two others were injured near the Old Post Office Pavilion at 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue about one hour after the Bhangra […]

Overcoming rough area’s challenges

Bruce Johnson, a high school sophomore at the Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast D.C., put the finishing touches last week on an identity box project assigned by his English teacher. “I want to make a difference in society after I make money,” Johnson said as he put a pen symbolizing his love for writing in […]

Thurston blaze prompts calls for more fire safety

When Secret Service officers spotted a fire in freshman Kevin McLaughlin’s ninth floor room in Thurston Hall two weeks ago, the blaze was not being stopped by the building’s hallway sprinkler system. Now, some are questioning whether in-room fire suppression systems could have prevented the severe burns that have left McLaughlin in critical condition since […]

AMBER Alert aids with locating missing children

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The remains of Jessica Marie Lunsford, the latest juvenile victim of kidnapping and murder, were found last week after John Evander Couey, 46, confessed to committing the crime. This case is the most recent to bring to light the AMBER Alert Plan, which has been in effect since 1997 when 9-year-old Amber […]

Historically black colleges diversify

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – When the country’s first black universities were established in the late 1800s, they were essentially the only option for African Americans to attain a college education in a segregated society. Yet new social realities are gradually changing the nature such institutions altogether. Though enrollment at historically black colleges and universities has increased […]

NASA to send space shuttle back into orbit

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The Space Shuttle Discovery took the next step toward returning to space as it was rolled out to Vehicle Assembly Building early Tuesday morning. NASA plans to launch the first shuttle flight since the Columbia orbiter broke up during reentry killing all seven crew members in February 2003. “It’s been a tough […]

Legislation introduced to protect children from abuse

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fl., introduced a bill earlier this month to allow government social service officers access to federal criminal databases. The move, he said, would aid the social workers in protecting parentless children from abusive foster and adoptive guardians. But the proposal to make sensitive criminal information to an entire new […]

Nearly two-thirds of adults overweight

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The freshman 15 has made its way to Congress. However, this freshman is not in college yet, he is just about to have his 16th birthday. According to the U.S. Department of Health, over 60 percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. However, one senator from Iowa is […]