November 10, 2005

Volume 102, Issue 26

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

Staff editorial: Sigma Delta Tau case requires full disclosure, hazing clarification

The events surrounding the suspension of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority are hazy at best. At this point, it appears that the sorority members engaged in practices and activities which put them in violation of their national organization’s standards, meriting a suspension and a removal of some members. Because the sorority has been engaged in […]

Letters to the editor

PETA versus people Freedom of speech is a marvelous right, ranking as one of the most precious of our American democracy. It affords each citizen the privilege of saying almost anything in public in large part free from retribution or legal consequences. But when used in the absence of common sense and good judgment, this […]


Thursday Senior class gift announcement and Senior Night Head over to Cabanas on the Georgetown Waterfront to party with fellow classmates. The first 75 people get free drink tickets. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sponsored by Class Council Friday Film: “Mad Hot Ballroom” This inspiring documentary follows 11-year-olds from some of the toughest neighborhoods as […]

Commencement to be held on the Mall

The May 21 Commencement ceremony will take place on the Mall, University officials announced late Wednesday afternoon. The announcement ends a month and a half of uncertainty about where the University’s annual graduation ceremony would be held. In September, National Park Service confirmed to The Hatchet that the Ellipse, the site of every graduation ceremony […]

SA Notes

Executive’s top two advisers resign Two of the Student Association executive branch’s highest non-elected officials announced their resignations Tuesday night. Senior Ellen Wexler, the executive chief of staff, and junior Will Donovan, the executive chief administrative officer, both left SA President Audai Shakour’s cabinet over what Shakour termed a difference in the vision of the […]

Eye of the beholder: Colleges using Facebook to punish students

Editor’s note: This article is the first in a two-part series on who may be reading students’ Facebook profiles. Read Monday’s edition for part two. Almost a year and a half after the creation of Facebook, some students may be surprised to learn that they can be punished for having their picture or personal information […]

WEB EXTRA: Mayoral candidates speak at forum

The five candidates running for the D.C. democratic nomination for mayor fielded questions from journalists and residents before a full auditorium at the University of the District of Columbia Wednesday night during the first of many forums to come before next year’s primary. Sponsored by the D.C. Bar Association, the event allowed the candidates to […]

Sigma Delta Tau suspends GW chapter

The Sigma Delta Tau sorority’s National Council suspended last week all activities of its GW chapter, the University said Wednesday. The sorority’s president is also no longer with the group. The National Council enacted the suspension on Nov. 4 to address concerns related to “general chapter operations and reports of risk management violations,” said Tracy […]

WEB EXTRA: Historians and writers discuss tight-lipped Bush administration

Historians and an investigative journalist discussed the history of secrecy within the executive branch and called the Bush administration one of the most secretive in U.S. history at a panel discussion Tuesday night. Moderator John Friedman, who compiled and edited the recently released book “Secret Histories: Uncovering the Past and Influencing the Present,” said Americans […]

Campuses prepare for lethal flu outbreaks

Universities across the country are preparing for the possibility of an avian flu outbreak on their campuses, though some question whether it’s necessary. Last month, George Washington University created a task force to work with an ad hoc committee on infectious diseases established by its medical center to prepare for an avian flu outbreak. Not […]