October 9, 2006

Volume 103, Issue 15

Stories from the October 9, 2006 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

GW Briefs

Professor Entman receives distinguished career achievement award Media and Public Affairs professor Robert Entman received the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association. Entman, who came to the School of Media and Public Affairs last spring, is working on his next book, “Media Bias Scandals.” He has worked at universities […]

National Mall will probably host Commencement for second year

University officials are planning to hold Commencement on the National Mall for a second year. “The current plan is to hold Commencement on the National Mall, and we are proceeding along those lines,” said Michael Freedman, vice president of Communications, in an e-mail. Last year’s Commencement ceremony took place on the Mall due to planned […]

WEB EXTRA: Good ol’ fashioned fun at the fair

In 1854, Richmond hosted the first State Fair of Virginia, and over 150 years later, Virginians from all walks of life still flock to the capital city for the fair. Last week, I joined their ranks to participate in the event. Despite all the fun ways to blow cash at the fair, for me the […]

Univ. to move smoking areas farther from buildings

Soon smokers on campus may have to do more than just go outside to have a cigarette. A cross-departmental initiative to evaluate second-hand smoking on campus began this summer with representatives from the Offices of Risk Management, Residential Property Management, Facilities Planning and GW Housing Programs. The departments decided to relocate smoking areas further from […]

Staff Editorial: Plan for the future and the present

Following a year of budget reductions higher than those in past years, the vice president of Student and Academic Support Services said that cuts could be worse in the future. The amount and frequency of budget cuts fosters a negative perception about GW administrators’ ability to effectively plan for future students without adversely impacting our […]

More colleges dropping ‘early decision’ option

Harvard University’s Sept. 12 decision to end early admission, an acceptance policy that is thought to favor wealthier students, prompted a wave of repeat decisions throughout the collegiate world. Princeton University followed suit less than two weeks later and the University of Virginia joined the group on Sept. 26. Even though the University of North […]


Junior Dan Kirkwood was misidentified as a senior in the story “Fifteen miles on the C&O Canal.” (Oct. 2, p. 9). The column “Drink, vomit, hospital” (Oct. 2, p. 4) incorrectly stated that EMeRG instituted the new medical amnesty policy. EMeRG was not involved in the institution of the new policy.

Molly Gannon: Make space for a basketball celebration

Perhaps the most disappointing part of last week for me came when I read about the plans for George Mason and Georgetown universities’ preseason basketball celebrations in The Hatchet (“Area schools beef up baskteball events, Oct. 5 p.1). The story reported that as both of those schools expand their season-opening events, GW administrators had no […]

WEB UPDATE: ’05 alum kidnapped, released in West Bank

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8:13 p.m. A 2005 Elliott School graduate was kidnapped in the West Bank Wednesday and released later that day. A previously unknown group, calling itself Ansar Assuna, told Reuters it kidnapped Michael Phillips, 24, in Nablus, West Bank, as leverage for the release of imprisoned Palestinian women and minors. The news […]

Opting for “the Vern”

When freshman Simone Smith visited GW on a campus tour last spring, she decided almost immediately that Mount Vernon was the place for her. “Visiting the Vern is what made everything click for me,” she said. Smith is one of 376 students who listed Mount Vernon as a first or second choice for a housing […]