October 10, 2005

Volume 102, Issue 17

Stories from the October 10, 2005 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Will Dempster: Collapsing under ineptitude

American democracy is rotting at its foundation. The efficacy of U.S. government is decaying to the point where it faces a severe crisis of legitimacy. While politicians of both parties toil in inside-the-beltway frivolity, Americans now suffer needlessly under the weight of their government’s sheer ineptitude when its help is needed most. Accordingly, American government […]

Softball collects two wins

On the coldest day of the school year to date, the GW softball team kept warm by running the bases and making plays in the field. The Colonials followed up an 8-0 win over overmatched Georgetown with a 5-1 victory over Howard on Sunday in the GW Fall Opener at Mount Vernon. The games took […]

Bill would allow DNA collection from non-convicts

A new bill could force suspects arrested or detained by federal authorities to give samples of their DNA for storage in a central database. Current law permits federal authorities to collect DNA samples from individuals convicted of crimes to store in an FBI registry. Law enforcement officials compare DNA in the registry to samples found […]

Hatchet’s new Web site debuts

The Hatchet launched a new version of its Web site this week, enhancing the site’s layout and design to help ease visitor navigation. The site, at the same address, www.gwhatchet.com, will feature a more organized, user-friendly look with drop-down menus and a redesigned masthead at the top of the page. The Hatchet also plans on […]

Natalie Zelt: The SA remains flooded with failure

In an ironic twist of events, Gulf Coast Culture Day – an event created by the Student Association and Program Board to raise funds for hurricane victims – rapidly dissipated after five minutes of light rain. After weeks of planning, the legacy of Gulf Coast Culture Day is the SA’s ignorance in failing to utilize […]


Due to an inappropriate substitution by an editor, a sentence in the Oct. 6 crime log (p. 5) said University Police escorted a student claiming “diplomatic immunity” at the Hall on Virginia Avenue to his “embassy” at Thurston Hall. UPD Chief Dolores Stafford did not use the word “embassy.” The student was escorted to his […]

GW one of five finalists for Semester at Sea sponsorship

Six representatives from the Semester at Sea program came to campus Thursday to discuss GW’s potential affiliation with the ocean-bound study abroad program. University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and several other administrators sat down with the members of the Institute for Shipboard Education, which runs Semester at Sea, to address the program’s academic, financial and […]

Plane-spotting: At Gravelly Point park, people stop to spot

On a recent warm fall day at Gravelly Point Park in Northern Virginia, Steve VanMetre is crouched on a grassy field with his two young daughters and a camcorder, tracking a tiny dot in the sky coming his way. “Here it comes, girls,” he says. “Cover your ears.” As the object draws closer, VanMetre, a […]

GW Briefs

University to take part in cab meter study GW is set to participate in a study to find out how meters would affect cab fare rates across the city. Last week 24 D.C. cabs equipped with meters hit the streets to compare cab fares between the current zone fare system and metered costs, said Kathryn […]