February 22, 2007

Volume 103, Issue 43

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

Sam Salkin: Ode to the loser

Somewhere in the Marvin Center tonight, there will be some disappointed Colonials. When the Joint Elections Committee releases results of this year’s Student Associations elections, there will be those candidates who wished they had not blown off that random endorsement hearing. Others will regret not coughing up an extra $50 for color campaign buttons instead […]

“The Astronaut Farmer”: a ray of light in trying times

A few weeks ago, NASA made a lot of news headlines, not by the virtue of any successes that these days are few and far between at the space agency, but because Lisa Nowak, a former astronaut, went crazy and tried to kidnap another pilot in a crime of passion. “The Astonaut Farmer” is the […]

The proof’s in the paper: Order of the Hippo documents prove existence

GW’s most public “secret” society is marking its 10th anniversary this spring, according to University documents, but the founder of the Order of the Hippo – University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg – is still mum about the organization’s existence. Administrators, faculty and student leaders founded the group in April 1997 as a “service organization” which […]

Bar Belle: El Paraiso

El Paraiso 1916 14th St. N.W. It was past midnight and we were huddled outside the Black Cat, cursing it loudly and shivering violently as we waited our turn in line. I served as human shield from the bouncer, leaning casually against the brick wall as three of my friends stood behind to upend beers […]

Disability Support Services sees rise in employees, students assisted

Signs litter the walls of Disability Support Services office asking for quiet to accommodate “exams in progress.” But the office is not quiet, it’s busy and it’s getting even busier. The number of students assisted by DSS is up 9 percent from last year and 21 percent from 2004. It’s an addition of 135 students, […]

Team eyes perfect conference run

GW women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown clearly recalls the last time his team went undefeated in the Atlantic 10 because the players on that team shaved it in the back of his head. A decade later, it could be time for another haircut. No. 9 GW (23-2, 12-0 A-10) will face a feisty Saint Joseph’s […]

News analysis: Fretting $50k, fixed tuition

When GW debuted its fixed-tuition plan in February 2004, the idea garnered praise from a number of outside observers. Newsweek, which listed the University as one of its “25 hot schools” in 2005, said that one “doesn’t have to be a policy wonk” to appreciate a flat tuition plan for four years of college. Boston […]

WEB EXTRA: iTunesU continues to expand class lecture podcasts

University officials hope to have nearly 30 classes using iTunes to broadcast lectures on students’ iPods by next semester. The Apple iTunes U program chose GW as a pilot school last fall for its new program to broadcast professors’ lectures on the portable music devices. University officials said the program will expand at GW, increasing […]

Early Decision applications down by about 200

Admissions statistics released this month show that about 200 fewer students applied to GW through early decision this year compared to last. For next fall, the University accepted 830 out of about 1,500 early decision applicants, 110 fewer students than were accepted for last fall when about 1,700 students applied through early decision. There was […]

Letters to the Editor

V-day does stand for more than just vaginas In her column, Meredith Jessup argued that V-day celebrations involving “The Vagina Monologues” and a giant papier-m?ch? vagina denigrates women’s accomplishments (“V-day should stand for more than just vaginas,” Feb. 12, p. 4). V-day is a global movement that aims to end violence against females everywhere. Thus […]