January 29, 2007

Volume 103, Issue 36

Stories from the January 29, 2007 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Sophomore avoids jail time for marijuana dealing

Former sophomore Isa Madyun skirted jail time after his father swayed a judge to reduce the admitted marijuana dealer’s sentence to parole. The sentencing hearing Tuesday was postponed to Wednesday after D.C. Superior Court Judge Truman Morrison III heard Madyun’s father speak. The judge said he was swayed by the parent’s statement to give the […]

Campus Calendar

Tuesday American Red Cross Information Session Learn about the Red Cross and other aid organizations in this information session. Career Center Workshop Room 5 to 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Career Center Crisis in Darfur: A Conversation with Activist Steven Krieger Steven Krieger, a leading advocate fighting to end the genocide in Darfur, will explain […]

Weekly check up: Using diet pills

With late-night pizza and Hell Well packed at all hours of the day, it can be hard for college students to lose weight at school. Though diet pills may seem like an easy method to melt the pounds away, something so miraculous is usually too good to be true. “It’s a quick-fix thing. People feel […]

Middle East expert awarded Welling Visiting Professorship

William Quandt, a Middle East expert at the University of Virginia, has been named the James Clark Welling Visiting Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs. The position, which was created by University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and named in honor of GW’s president from 1871 and 1894, is a two-year term. The mission […]

Ringing in the Chinese New Year

Streaks of red and yellow, mythical dragons and heavenly maidens invaded Lisner Auditorium this weekend as GW helped ring in the Chinese New Year. GW hosted the traveling Chinese New Year Spectacular performance, which takes its audience back to the country’s legendary golden age, the Tang Dynasty, with singing, dancing and traditional music. The 300-person […]


In the article “UPD probes $25K in thefts” (Jan. 25, p. 3), The Hatchet mistakenly spelled the name of University Police Department Inspector Mark Balazik. In the article “Student activists join annual ‘March for Life’” (Jan. 25, p.1), The Hatchet inaccurately described the number of protesters at the march. “March for Life” Director Nellie Gray […]

Skype as a language-learning tool

Most GW professors would rather hear nails scraped across a blackboard than allow their students to talk on the phone or connect to the Internet during class, but professor Richard M. Robin lets his students do just that. Starting this week, students in Robin’s Intensive Basic Russian, course will be making some long distance phone […]

Omani ambassador discusses Free Trade Agreement

The first female ambassador from an Arab nation came to GW Thursday to speak about the benefits of a recent trade agreement between her country and the United States. The Elliott School of International Affairs hosted more than 100 students, faculty and visiting members of the State Department when Omani Ambassador to the United States […]

Staff Editorial: SA restructure has limited benefits

Last week, Student Association President Lamar Thorpe proposed what many fed up with student politics have wanted for years – a restructuring of the Student Association. Unfortunately, the SA president’s plan is too little at the wrong time, and it would likely counter his pragmatic efforts to change the group’s culture thus far. There is […]