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.

Adam Conner: Looking to the past

The challenge of a column about your impending graduation is that you inevitably have to choose between writing about the past or the future. Unfortunately, I can’t predict the future (except that the movie “Snakes on a Plane” will be in theaters everywhere on August 18) and frankly, I don’t have nearly enough life experience […]

University proposes cuts to balance FY07 budget

Administrators are finalizing details on how to fill an $8.2 million budget gap following a University budget proposal that reduces cuts to academic expenses. Earlier this month, the University announced that $5 million would be cut from capital spending and $3.2 million would be cut from administrative spending to make up for an $8.2 million […]

Task force recommends 4×4 plan

Following a year of deliberations, a task force investigating the four-by-four system voted to recommend the plan at its final meeting May 5. The task force, composed of administrators, faculty and students, ratified the plan in a 13-8 vote. In a four-by-four system, students take four classes a semester worth four credits each, opposed to […]

University yet to fill vacant deanship, directorship

While the School of Media and Public Affairs is close to appointing a new permanent director, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has just begun the process of searching for a new permanent dean. SMPA, which has not had a permanent director since 2002, began its most recent search for a director last December […]

Bush (41), other notable speakers to headline Commencement activities

This year’s Commencement speakers include a former U.S. president, a former GW president, manager of the hometown baseball team, a movie man and chairman of one of the largest media conglomerates in the world. This weekend’s featured Commencement speaker, George H.W. Bush, along with former first lady Barbara Bush, will receive an honorary Doctorate of […]

Faculty salaries rank in 80th percentile nationwide

GW faculty salaries are nationally ranked at the highest level they have been in more than 10 years, according to a report by the Faculty Senate. The ranking is due to a faculty pay raise that was delayed by the GW Board of Trustees last year, creating a percentage salary increase of about twice as […]

WEB EXTRA: Gallaudet students protest new university president

As GW begins its search for a new president, students at another D.C. university are staging a sit-in to protest the selection of their new university president. Some students at Gallaudet, an institution for the deaf, have been protesting the new university president, Jane Fernandes, by holding a sit-in since her selection was announced May […]

Greetings from Tibet

As a young boy growing up in Cologne, Germany, graduate student Thomas Lagner covered his miniature globe with small stickers to mark every destination he hoped to visit. At 12, he left home to study English through an exchange program in Ireland and by age 16, he had crossed the Atlantic solo to live with […]

New amenities, challenges highlight Commencement on Mall

For students, parents, faculty and staff who have attended a GW Commencement before, this year’s ceremony on the National Mall will look very different. Last June, the National Park Service informed GW that the Ellipse, which the University has used for the last 13 years as the Commencement ceremony site, would not be available due […]