May 15, 2006

Volume 103, Issue 1

Stories from the May 15, 2006 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Alumnus plays ball in his backyard

Mike O’Connor looked like a rookie. A euphoric, somewhat childish look overtook his face after the hours of batting practice and pre-game workouts when he realized what was about to transpire. Clad in a pristine, white Washington Nationals jersey, red undershirt noticeably protruding from his sleeves, the 2002 GW graduate did what many baseball players […]

Senior Stories: The Hatchet’s intriguing grads of 2006

Each of the almost 2,000 undergraduate seniors participating in Commencement on the National Mall next weekend has a story – whether it deals with academic or personal achievements, social life or post-GW plans. The Hatchet spoke to faculty and students in order to uncover 10 especially intriguing graduating seniors. -photos by Ben Solomon, Nick Gingold […]

University requires questionairre for athletes from suspect schools

The Faculty Senate committee charged with examining athletic admissions recommended that coaches recruiting from suspect schools complete a questionnaire detailing the academic rigors of the institution for admissions officers to examine. The committee, chaired by law professor Jack Friedenthal, said the form will “require answers to a number of simple questions regarding the recruit’s experience […]

Entertainment guide for grads

Sure, you may have spent the past four years at GW enjoying many a weekend of escapades around the city, but graduation weekend is a whole new ball game. One weekend of entertainment has to sum up your entire college experience with the appropriate amount of nostalgia, novelty and of course, food and drink. The […]

Golf makes NCAA Tournament

Sixty years ago, Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states and University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was eight years old. Sixty years ago, the GW men’s golf team qualified for the NCAA Tournament, an accomplishment that was not again repeated until last Monday, when the Colonials received an at-large bid as the 23rd seed in […]

Trachtenberg and Chernak: GW’s “Batman and Robin”

University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and his right-hand man Robert Chernak have worked together as higher education administrators for 32 years across three universities. “I’m Batman and he’s Robin,” said Trachtenberg, who announced his decision last month to retire in July 2007, ending more than three decades of the pair working side-by-side. “We just make […]

Softball coach steps down

Second-year softball coach JoAnne Ferguson will resign and take the head coaching job at Division III Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., beginning next season, she announced at the team’s final meeting Monday. Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz said Ferguson made it clear when she was hired at GW that if the Pomona job – her […]

Carrie Warrick: Help support our parting gift

The Senior Class Gift Committee has spent the last year asking seniors to give money to GW, but that is not an easy task at a school where many students have already paid more than $100,000 in tuition. However, it is important to leave something for our soon-to-be alma mater. Our goal is to commemorate […]

SJT: Pro-development since Hartford

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg has a reputation for advancing a university by constructing buildings, improving academics and, in the process, agitating some members of the academic and residential community. And that is from his time as president of the University of Hartford. Before assuming GW’s top post in 1988, Trachtenberg served 11 years as president at […]

Coggins’-Potbelly lawsuit may be settled

After a threat of being shut down by court order, Coggins’ Sandwich Manufactory may be nearing the end of its legal dispute. Shortly after Coggins’ moved into its Ivory Tower location in August 2004, the Illinois-based Potbelly filed suit against Coggins’ in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., alleging similarities between the two sandwich […]