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.

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 […]

Transportation to Commencement

Metro Service Guests may take the Metro to the Smithsonian or L’Enfant Plaza station (near the Smithsonian Castle) on the Blue and Orange lines, and then walk to the Capitol to the seating. The Metro opens at 7 a.m. on Sundays. Guests may also ride the Metro to the GW – Foggy Bottom station and […]

Varsity Roundup

Baseball gets two of three in Richmond, contends for championship bid The GW baseball team won the first and third games of a three-game set against Richmond at Pitt Field in Richmond, Va. The Colonials took the game Sunday 4-3 on a seventh-inning explosion. Pat Lehman picked up the win for GW, his second of […]

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 […]