April 10, 2006

Volume 102, Issue 55

Stories from the April 10, 2006 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Thorpe, Lasky win SA elections

When the chair of the Joint Elections Committee announced that junior Lamar Thorpe would be the next Student Association president, Thorpe’s mother was just as excited, if not more so, than he was. “I’m just so ecstatic,” Dorita Thorpe said. “It made it all worth the trip, worth it all.” Members of Thorpe’s biological family […]

Universities consider rights of depressed students

Universities may be forced to reevaluate how they deal with depressed students after a recent settlement stemming from the death of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student. On April 3, the family of former MIT student Elizabeth Shin settled with the university for an undisclosed sum, ending nearly six years of controversy surrounding the circumstances […]

Students reflect on Trachtenberg’s legacy: the hippo

For some, University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg’s legacy will be the growth of GW or his testy relationship with Foggy Bottom residents. But many students said they will remember the president for bringing something else to GW: an unofficial mascot. Improving academic rigor and institutional prestige, construction of new buildings or even fostering a top-tier […]

Holy music hits Foggy Bottom

It’s a familiar sight: thousands of college students snaked around the Smith Center waiting to get inside. On Sunday night, however, it wasn’t for an athletic event, but rather a night filled with the lyrical and musical spectacle that is Matisyahu and his blazing band. “I thought it was a really great crowd,” said Matisyahu, […]

‘Porn studies’ on the rise

More and more college professors are looking at pornography. Some of them are even watching it with their students. But it’s not the latest student-teacher sex scandal – it’s an emerging phenomenon in academia and one that some say has an important future in university curriculums. A growing number of professors are examining the historical, […]

Tim Kaldas: A case for withdrawal

It is widely recognized that the situation in Iraq is highly problematic and the management of the occupation has, up until now, been exceptionally incompetent. Members of both parties have expressed discontent and frustration with the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq. With this broad acceptance that the situation in Iraq is abysmal, it is remarkable […]

With ‘coursecasting,’ professors making lectures portable

For many college students, iPods are an indispensable companion for those long walks in between classes. Yet at some universities, the popular music players are making their way into the classrooms themselves. Faculty at a number colleges are experimenting with various ways to allow students the chance to use their iPods for educational purposes, be […]

Robert Fishman: Unmask extremism

Last week, I forwarded a private e-mail asking students to voice their opposition to a divestment event sponsored by the group Students for Justice in Palestine. Regrettably, that correspondence included an unfortunate characterization of one of the lead activists, Fadi Kiblawi, and has overshadowed the issue. As Kiblawi pointed out, the issue at hand should […]

Foreign applications to U.S. grad schools rebound after two-year decline

The number of international students applying for admission into U.S. postgraduate institutions is on the rise, according to the Council of Graduate Schools. The group’s “International Graduate Admissions Survey” found that the number of international graduate school applicants rose by 11 percent between 2005 and 2006, after applications had dropped by nearly a third over […]