May 16, 2005

Volume 102, Issue 1

Stories from the May 16, 2005 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

GE CEO unveils policy

The Jack Morton Auditorium hosted General Electric’s Chief Executive Officer as he announced the company’s new environmental initiative and spoke on corporate environmental responsibility. Jeff Immelt, who heads up the largest company in the world by market share, spoke in front of a packed hall filled with business school students, press and corporate investors and […]

Brick, book or both?

During this weekend’s Commencement ceremonies, graduates will be praised for their achievements. Soon, they will be memorialized in bricks – or books, if the sentiment strikes them and they fill out the necessary form. Every year, GW commemorates its students by etching the name, degree and graduating year of all graduates, free of charge, on […]

Fate of faculty and staff pay raises rests with board

In the wake of a contentious emergency Faculty Senate meeting last week, GW’s Board of Trustees will meet Friday to determine if faculty and staff pay raises will be put off six months until January 2006. At last Monday’s meeting in the Marvin Center, University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg led a discussion concerning the proposed […]

Monumental sales still low despite discounts

Ticket sales indicate that GW’s annual gala at Union Station on the eve of Commencement will be sparsely attended for a second consecutive year, despite a well-advertised decrease in admission prices. Monumental Celebration, a traditional bash for graduating seniors, their families and friends, was attended by about 3,000 people last May, a 1,500-person drop from […]

WEB UPDATE: It’s official: ‘Crossfire’ to end June 3

Updated Thursday, May 19, 7:32 p.m. Months after its cancellation was announced, CNN’s “Crossfire,” which has broadcasted from the Jack Morton Auditorium for three years, will end its 23-year run with its final show June 3, a Friday. Michael Freedman, GW’s vice president for communications, said Thursday night that he remains “absolutely confident” that CNN’s […]

Graduation is a family affair

When senior Michelle Lee graduates on Sunday, most of her family will not be in the audience cheering for her – they will be graduating as well. Michelle is the youngest member of what is believed to be GW’s first group of four family members to graduate together. As she receives her bachelor’s degree in […]

All this, and Andy Rooney

Graduates can look forward to meeting CBS’s “60 Minutes” correspondent Andy Rooney at Sunday’s Commencement ceremony – they should just remember not to ask for his autograph. Rooney, who said his decision to speak at Commencement was influenced by the fact that his granddaughter will be part of the 2005 graduating class, said he refuses […]

Hippo Video glitch leads to overcharges

When freshman Audrey Levandowski decided to rent “Chocolat” from Hippo Video on May 2, she expected to pay the typical $3 charge for a one-night rental. What she did not expect was being billed $30 a day for the next three days after she already returned the movie. Upon receiving a receipt from a separate […]

Undergrads help prep for weekend

The University began executing arrangements for 22,000 students, guests, faculty and administrators Monday, preparing for Sunday’s Commencement ceremony on the White House Ellipse. Approximately 300 students have been hired to work the week’s festivities, which will see some changes from previous years. The School of Business will have two celebrations this year, as opposed to […]