April 9, 2007

Volume 103, Issue 53

Stories from the April 9, 2007 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Admissions rate expected to be best in GW history

This year’s acceptance rate is expected to be the lowest in University history, officials said last week. Out of the 19,450 applicants, GW has admitted 6,960, a 36 percent acceptance rate. Kathryn Napper, executive director of Undergraduate Admissions, said even if some students are admitted from the waitlist, she expects that the acceptance rate will […]

Student Service Center to occupy Marvin Center’s vacant ground floor space

A student service center will occupy the vacant ground-floor space in the Marvin Center next year, officials told student leaders last week. Administrators met with student leaders Thursday to discuss how several departments located across Foggy Bottom will be moved to the 5,000-square-foot location in the Marvin Center, which has been vacant for nearly one […]

President-elect Knapp may move into Alumni House

University President-elect Steven Knapp will likely live on campus in the Alumni House when he takes office this summer, University officials said. The building, located at the corner of 20th and F streets, houses work space for alumni relations staff and has a common area for receptions and group events. Officials said the incoming president’s […]

Inside the 20-year campus plan

Corrections, clarifications appended In the last 30 days, GW has gained D.C. approval for two ambitious development projects: Square 54 and the 20-year Campus Plan. Both community members and University officials agree the two projects will drastically change GW and Foggy Bottom. Square 54, the 2.6-acre vacant lot across from GW Hospital, will hold a […]

Staff Editorial: Knapp in Alumni House brings benefits, questions

While nothing is official, it is likely that next year’s crop of drunken freshmen will have the opportunity to shout or throw eggs at the University president’s house on their way back to Thurston if a plan for incoming-president Steven Knapp to move into Alumni House moves forward. At its most basic level, Knapp’s potential […]

Colleges prepare students for post-graduation

Going back to Chicago to work for a year is what Alyce Horowitz plans to do after college. Like many graduating seniors this year, the Illinois native said she is moving back home because she doesn’t have any money. Horowitz, who is graduating in May from the University of Maryland, College Park, also hopes to […]

Diana Kugel: Unmasking GW

The just-planted flowers are in full bloom, and the recently retouched paint is glistening on the railings. It must be that time of year again: April visit days, when GW puts on its Sunday best in an effort to woo the droves of prospective freshmen that descend on campus. Last year I was one of […]

Top education officials implicated in loan scandal

An ongoing investigation into the student loan industry has turned up a number of higher education executives and top officials who accepted money from and owned stock in loan companies, various news sources reported this week. A general manager in the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid, Matteo Fontana, was put on administrative […]

Stine Bauer Dahlberg: Hope for the power-hour generation

College students today are lazy, unmannered, hedonistic and, above all, they drink too much. Indeed, this is the same complaint voiced by every older generation since the invention of alcohol. Yet members of our generation are not just heavy drinkers, we are binge drinkers. We have reached an unexplored low by taking drinking to a […]

BREAKING NEWS: Trachtenberg to headline Commencement

Updated Wednesday, April 11, 2:01 p.m. Posted Wednesday, April 11, 11:50 a.m. Outgoing University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will be this year’s keynote speaker at Commencement, he confirmed Wednesday. The University-wide ceremony, which will be Trachtenberg’s last, will take place May 20 on the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets. Trachtenberg has addressed graduates […]