October 24, 2005

Volume 102, Issue 21

Stories from the October 24, 2005 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Stewart at Colonials Weekend: This time he killed crowds, not a TV show

There was no group that wasn’t at Jon Stewart’s mercy during his Friday night Colonials Weekend performances – Jews and Catholics, Republicans and Democrats, Boy Scouts and Scientologists, GW students and, of course, George W. Bush’s administration. Stewart, an equal-opportunity satirist, mocked them all. But first on his agenda? The decorations at the Smith Center. […]

Demand rising for professional “future scholars”

Abraham Lincoln once said that “the best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.” That may have been true in the 18th century. Yet with an emerging academic discipline geared towards predicting future events, businesses, organizations and governments do not have to consult Miss Cleo to find out […]

Aaron Connelly: A Hatchet ombudsman would promote greater transparency

Hatchet editor in chief Michael Barnett’s column (“‘No comment’ doesn’t mean no story,” Oct. 10, p. 5) successfully defended The Hatchet’s policy of running a story without University comment. But it did little more than scratch the surface regarding the paper’s editorial choices in running a story about dismissed sex education professor Michael Schaffer. Barnett […]

What’s the deal with … the German church sale?

It might be the only place you can find sauerkraut and stilettos for sale in the same place. The United Church-Die Vereinigte Kirche on 19th and G streets, more commonly referred to on campus as “the German church,” has a rummage sale once a year where assorted items spill onto the sidewalk that students walk […]

Landmark privacy decisions expected from Supreme Court

In just the next few years, advances in technology could raise new privacy questions that the U.S. Supreme Court – and new Chief Justice John Roberts – will have to answer. Just a few weeks ago, before John Roberts was sworn in as the 17th chief justice, he faced some tough questions. Conservatives and liberals […]

Stewart, Boston Pops highlight Colonials Weekend

More than 10,000 students, parents and friends attended the Smith Center on Friday and Saturday nights for two shows of comedian Jon Stewart and a performance by the Boston Pops at Colonials Weekend 2005. Considered a success by University administrators, the annual weekend welcomes parents to visit their students and alumni to come back to […]

Wanted: The perfect egg donor

Alongside “for rent” and “help wanted,” college classifieds make room for a different kind of ad: “egg donors wanted.” In campus newspapers across the country, egg donor agencies and infertile people seek out the best and brightest females with announcements that resemble singles personal ads. Most specify physical characteristics such as height, build and eye […]

Colleges revamp plans for emergencies

Colleges across the nation are quickly revamping security plans for natural disaster emergencies following the closings of several universities in the Gulf Coast area prompted by Hurricane Katrina. While many schools have detailed plans for terrorist attacks and man-made disasters, the recent hurricane season has forced university officials to reevaluate plans for natural disasters. D.C. […]

Vollyeball loses in five to A-10 newcomer

The 2003 season was the last time the GW volleyball team compiled a season worth referencing. The Colonials ended that season 21-11, finishing third in the Atlantic 10, losing in the first round of the tournament to eventual champion Dayton. GW started off the season 10-0, capturing the George Mason Invitational and beating out-of-conference teams […]

Synchronized stepping: Students embrace ballroom dancing

It’s almost midnight on a Wednesday, and the Health and Wellness Center second floor multi-purpose room is packed. But there’s not a sweaty T-shirt in sight. No spandex shorts. Not a mat or exercise bike either. Three boys stand close to the full-length mirrors lining the walls in garb not traditionally seen in the campus […]