October 31, 2005

Volume 102, Issue 23

Stories from the October 31, 2005 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Kyle Spector: Something happens here … and no one cares

You’ve met these three before. One is the girl from who-cares-where in the Northeast, so concerned with designer purses and ridiculous shoes (Uggs, pink rainboots, etc.) that she doesn’t have time to involve herself in anything of substance. Another, the guy who always wants to pick a fight with you because you accidentally looked at […]

Graduate entrance exam faces changes

By next October, the Graduate Record Exam will have completed its biggest makeover in 55 years. Students around the country take the Graduate Record Exam, or GRE, each year as they apply to graduate schools. Admissions officials use scores from the test to predict how applicants may perform in graduate school. Based on data gathered […]

Michael Barnett: Inside our (Web) pages: Here’s blogging at you

College newspapers are rarely on the cutting edge of journalism. Innovations are introduced at major publications, and eventually trickle down to the college scene. So it is with blogs, the medium first pioneered by closet extroverts that has proliferated on the Web sites of media outlets hoping to attract more online readers. In our own […]

Administrators target marketing of drinking games

Beer companies promoting drinking games have recently been accused by college administrators of targeting college students and marketing the dangerous and potentially fatal habit of binge drinking. According to a recently released study, out of a surveyed 6000 students, 50 to 80 percent of college students play drinking games. “Drinking games are so popular because […]

Trick-or-treat with Trachtenberg

Another trick-or-treating destination is an Embassy Row neighbor – the home of University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. With a few neighborhood children and about 10 GW students stopping by each year, trick-or-treating traffic at the Trachtenbergs isn’t normally very heavy. “We have a couple of buckets of candy bars,” Trachtenberg said. “You know, the mini […]

“What’s the deal with” … slutty Halloween costumes?

A nurse. A French maid. A Catholic schoolgirl. A bunny. It’s not what you put on that makes these costumes. It’s what you take off. These costume concepts, which are often accompanied with the pre-fixes “slutty” or “sexy,” are some of the most popular on college campuses. Why? Because Halloween is the one time a […]

The ghost trackers

Who are you going to call? Try a ghost watcher. The D.C. Metro Area Ghost Watchers is a volunteer organization, founded in 2002, that provides free ghost-hunting services to clients. Ghost watchers travel to suspected haunted sites and use scientific equipment to determine if there is a ghostly presence, said Lawana Holland, the group’s historian […]

Loss hurts men’s soccer’s A-10 tourney chances

Carrying an Atlantic 10 Conference record of 1-4-1 going into the weekend, the GW men’s soccer team knew it probably had to win its three remaining games to successfully defend its A-10 championship. After a 2-0 upset over Saint Louis on Oct. 28, it appeared as if the Colonials could pull it off, but a […]