May 5, 2005

Volume 101, Issue 63

Stories from the May 5, 2005 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

The ivory tower power with a sense of humor

Steve Trachtenberg did not go to the Graduate School of Education and Human Development’s council meeting last Friday with crowd-pleasing news. The group of administrators and faculty had submitted a proposal for GW to erect a new building for their school, and Trachtenberg was telling them to get in line. Many schools within the University […]

Club helps shy speakers

It is often said most people fear public speaking more than death. In spite of this, a group of 15 students is meeting twice a month to make their mortality a higher priority. The GW Toastmasters, founded by sophomore Ben Meiselas, is one chapter of an international organization claiming more than 200,000 members in 80 […]

Column: The man who saved Mount Vernon

He turned a small girls’ seminary into a four-year accredited college for young women. For fifteen years, Peter Pelham held the reins of power at Mount Vernon College – today the Mount Vernon Campus of the George Washington University, where, as president and visionary, he meticulously constructed a great institution from very little. Although President […]

Crime Log

<b.Assault 4/30 – Off Campus – 12:25 a.m. – open case University Police officers escorted a student into his girlfriend’s apartment near campus after the male student said she hit him several times. The male quickly gathered his belongings and left. He did not press charges. Destruction 5/1 – Health and Wellness Center – open […]

No need to travel far to cool off

Students planning to stay in the city over the summer are in for plenty of D.C.’s hot, humid weather. Fortunately, those looking for a break from the heat will not have to go far to cool off. There are two swimming pools open on campus throughout the summer that many students said they did not […]

Study finds e-mail a major distraction for students

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – One of the biggest threats to a student’s concentration may have to do with how often he or she checks their e-mail, according to a new report. A survey of 1,100 people carried out by researchers at King’s College in London, commissioned by Hewlett Packard, found that distractions from a barrage of […]

Course rating surveys not taken seriously

Some students view semester-end course evaluations as an opportunity to praise their favorite professor or criticize their not-so-favorite professor. But many students rush through the evaluations, skeptical of whether their opinions make a difference. “Many of the cases where students don’t take the evaluation process seriously are because students are under the illusion that professors […]

Greek Briefs

Fraternity sponsors book sales in Kogan The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity raised more than $7,000 for Turning the Page with its third annual Carpe Librum, a three-day book sale held last week in Kogan Plaza. Organizations, businesses and individuals donated the books. The fraternity started the book collection in the greater D.C. area a few […]

ROTC enrollment down nationwide, D.C. units stay strong

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Cadet enrollment in Reserve Officer Training Corps programs remains strong at Washington area universities, despite the downward trend in nationwide enrollment, according to ROTC officials at Georgetown and the University of Maryland. Over the past two school years, ROTC enrollment at schools all over the country has fallen more than 16 percent […]