January 22, 2007

Volume 103, Issue 34

Stories from the January 22, 2007 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Thieves hit four Greek townhouses over break

Four separate Greek-letter organizations in University-owned townhouses reported a total of 21 thefts over winter break. Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Phi Epsilon, which all have townhouses on 23rd Street between F and G streets, reported stolen items such as TVs and laptops, an X-box 360, a stereo, jewelry, Northface jackets, […]

UW program to evaluate first graduates

The first students to participate in GW’s school-wide writing curriculum will graduate this semester, prompting a comprehensive evaluation of the program’s performance. Three hundred papers were evaluated last summer to gauge the progress of the four-year-old UW program, which is nearing full implementation this year. GW launched UW in 2003 with the goal of ensuring […]

WEB UPDATE: Gas smells cause evacuation of three buildings

Posted Monday, Jan. 22, 4:12 p.m. The smell of gas caused the evacuation of two separate building complexes on campus early Monday afternoon. At about 1:30 p.m. the fire alarms sounded in Funger Hall and the connecting Duques Hall. About 10 minutes later Ross Hall, which is home to the medical school, was also evacuated […]

WEB UPDATE: Thorpe proposes drastic restructuring of SA

Posted Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2:30 a.m. Student Association President Lamar Thorpe proposed an overhaul of the SA’s structure starting in the 2008-2009 school year during his State of the SA address Tuesday night on the Mount Vernon Campus. The plan – which is outlined in a proposed constitution – would keep the SA Student Court, […]

Campus Calendar

Monday Free Chair Massages in the Marvin Center Massages available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marvin Center First Floor Lobby Sponsored by GW Campus Recreation Warm Up the Winter Blues Come enjoy hot chocolate in Kogan Plaza and receive information about depression and anxiety. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kogan […]

Foggy Bottom resident sues to block Marriott construction

An active Foggy Bottom community member is suing the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment to block the construction of a Marriott hotel adjacent to the 1959 E Street residence hall. The BZA and the developer’s contractor, Tyler and Associates, are defending the proposal. In February, Tyler and Associates applied to build a Courtyard Marriott Hotel […]

Engineering School gets grant for advanced computing center

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has become a home for some of the world’s most advanced computer systems. The National Science Foundation announced last month that it would award GW with the funding to create a Center for High Performance Reconfigurable Computing in Tompkins Hall. The initiative is helping pave the way for […]

D.C. leaders consider lessening bar, nightclub smoking ban

Less than a month after a smoking ban in D.C. bars and nightclubs came into effect, city leaders are considering easing the ban on businesses that may lose money from the changes. The law follows an April 2006 prohibition of smoking in District restaurants. The new ban affects businesses that rely on alcohol sales, but […]

Sophomore admits to marijuana possession, distribution

A second sophomore in two months is facing charges of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Sophomore Isa Madyun pled guilty to his charge and is awaiting sentencing this week. He admitted to selling and consuming marijuana and has agreed to a misdemeanor charge. Madyun did not respond to interview requests from The Hatchet […]

Staff Editorial: Incrementalism is the key to 4×4 success

As GW’s academic departments near the full implementation of the University Writing program, students and faculty have mixed feelings about these initiatives. The actual phasing in of the new writing curriculum, however, provides a strong model for the implementation of future academic programs, most specifically the move to a four-class, four-credit semester. The University Writing […]