October 3, 2005

Volume 102, Issue 15

Stories from the October 3, 2005 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Katrina aid would benefit online students

A new bill meant to ease the burden of New Orleans-area college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina is drawing controversy from some within higher education. In response to the destruction caused by Katrina, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., introduced the Hurricane Katrina Education Relief Act two weeks ago to provide immediate relief to schools in Louisiana, […]

AIDS walk raises $127,000 less than last year

The 19th annual AIDS Walk Washington, held downtown on Saturday, raised $127,000 less than it did last year, a decline organizers attributed to the amount of money being donated to Hurricane Katrina relief. More than 10 student organizations represented GW at the five-kilometer walk, which brought at least 3,350 people to Freedom Plaza at 12th […]

Education Dept. to simplify college financial aid

The government has big, new plans for postsecondary education. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced the launch of a federal higher education commission during a speech at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on September 19. The commission, she said, will develop strategies to inform the public about new efforts being made to […]

Adjunct quits quits mid-semester over pay

After working for seven years at GW, part-time professor Thomas O’Keefe quit teaching this semester because of the administration’s refusal to give him a pay raise during the past five years, he said. On Sept. 26, O’Keefe informed his students via e-mail that he would no longer be teaching his course because “unfortunately the GWU […]

WEB UPDATE: Ex-sex professor says GW let him go because of academic standards of class

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:47 a.m. Former human sexuality professor Michael Schaffer, who met with University officials Monday, said they told him he was dismissed because his course wasn’t “academically rigorous” enough for University standards. Schaffer said Ruth Katz, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services, told him school officials decided that […]


Monday Is the U.S. winning the war on terror? Dr. James Robbins of the National Defense University discusses the implications of Sept. 11 and the war in Afghanistan and Iraq 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Marvin Center rm. 310 Sponsored by Students Defending Democracy Tuesday Employer Information Session: CIA Join employers from the Central Intelligence Agency […]

WEB UPDATE: Mall a serious option for Commencement

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4:20 p.m. University officials said Wednesday that the National Park Service has informed them the Mall area between 4th street and 7th street in front of Capitol Hill would be available for the 2006 Commencement ceremony. National Park Service officials would not comment on the discussions with the University, saying only […]

GW Briefs

Hatchet a finalist for national honor The Associated Collegiate Press named The Hatchet a top finalist for the 2005 newspaper Pacemaker award. The Hatchet joins more than 50 publications from universities around the country vying for the ACP’s top honor. This is the first year The Hatchet is up for the award, which is given […]

Editorial: Money helps underfunded UCC

GW deserves kudos for its efforts in seeking and securing a $74,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services earmarked for suicide prevention. After a tragic string of at least three suicides from 2003 to 2004, University efforts to improve suicide-prevention training and provide adequate resources to the student body have been steady, […]

Businesses spend hundreds on new GWorld machines

Some on-campus GWorld partners are complaining about the new GWorld machines they bought, arguing that the University makes it costly for commercial business to offer the Colonial Cash service to students. Blackboard, the educational technology company that runs the Colonial Cash service, forced all of the merchants accepting the card to switch to a new […]