January 26, 2006

Volume 102, Issue 36

Stories from the January 26, 2006 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Panelists debate NSA wiretapping

Everything from Bush-bashing to anti-liberal rhetoric to blasting politicians in general bellowed through the halls of 1957 E Street Tuesday evening at a discussion about National Security Agency wiretapping. The Elliott School of International Affairs and the non-partisan group Americans for Informed Democracy sponsored an at-times heated roundtable discussion with three prominent speakers who sparred […]

Staff editorial: Student Association, make us care

Before most students were even thinking about coming back for the spring semester, Student Association presidential hopefuls were busy planning campaigns that will cover GW in a bevy of election posters but will probably catch the attention of few. There is a serious problem with student government when the only thing that students uninvolved with […]

Globetrotter comes home: Ambassador who resigned during war back at GW

In more than 30 years of working for the U.S. State Department, former-ambassador-turned-GW-professor Edward “Skip” Gnehm has not had very good timing. In the 1960s, his semester in Cairo was cut short by the Six Day War between Israel and several Arab states. While working to open up U.S. relations with Syria, a bomb went […]

Law professor John Banzhaf: End GWU’s smoking gauntlets

It’s time to ban smoking around all GWU building entrances so that students and others will no longer have to run a gauntlet of dangerous as well as unpleasant tobacco smoke every time they enter or leave. Here are a few of the reasons why: Actual measurements near doorways at the University of Maryland show […]

Letters to the editor – In response to Hatchet textbook editorial

Sensitive publishers I was puzzled by The Hatchet’s recent editorial on textbook pricing (“Make textbooks affordable, Jan. 19, p. 4), which neglects to explain several important facts about the higher education textbook market. I want to emphasize that publishers are extremely sensitive to the financial pressure that rapid increases in tuition, student fees, room and […]

T. Neil Sroka: Lincoln’s lesson on depression

Working with historian Joshua Shenk, author of Lincoln’s “Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness,” Vikram Jayanti’s documentary, “LINCOLN,” which premiered last week on the History Channel, reveals a side of our nation’s 16th president that too few of us ever saw in school. While the Lincoln we know and love battled […]

Colonials paying a high price for free throws

In a youth’s first days of playing basketball, it is not uncommon to sit at the free throw line, 15 feet from the hoop, shooting the unguarded shot. With this being the case, one would think that making free throws would be all but guaranteed at the upper levels of play. For numerous reasons, however, […]

Letters to the editor

More CLLC change needed I am one of the unfortunate students who have been negatively affected by the decision to change housing from a credit-based system to one based on class status (“CLLC makes big changes,” Jan. 23, p. 1). As a rising junior going into last year’s housing lottery, I was in the position, […]

Men get big road win in Pa.

Anyone who thought that senior Pops Mensah-Bonsu was having a down season will need to reconsider after Wednesday night. Mensah-Bonsu had a breakout game in GW’s 94-78 win over Duquesne with a career-high 29 points at the A.J. Polumbo Center in Pittsburgh. “I think (GW head coach Karl) Hobbs emphasized getting me the ball coming […]

WEB UPDATE: Colonials’ huge second half unravels Rhode Island

Start the slideshow! Posted Saturday, Jan. 28, 5:20 p.m. If you look up the term “statement game” in a basketball dictionary, Saturday afternoon’s 81-62 win over Rhode Island may show up. The No. 14/15 GW men’s basketball team bolstered its ranking after erasing a six-point halftime deficit to top the Rams 81-62 in front of […]