April 12, 2007

Volume 103, Issue 54

Stories from the April 12, 2007 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Former cabinet secretary discusses Asian heritage

Norman Mineta, former secretary of transportation for President George W. Bush and secretary of commerce for President Bill Clinton, spoke about his experiences as a Japanese-American in politics Jack Morton Auditorium Tuesday night. As a child, Mineta said he never imagined entering politics, but he remembered his father telling him, “Being a Japanese-American in politics […]

Sam Salkin: Embracing the corporatism so many detest

I suppose that being a columnist means that essentially, I get to complain to a large audience every two weeks. Some people probably read The Hatchet every issue just to see what people are complaining about this time around. With this great power of complaining at my disposal, I have decided to play my card […]

Joe Rogan opens up about sensory deprivation tanks

Joe Rogan is a multi-tasking comedian, perhaps most popularly known as the host of Fear Factor. He is an announcer for Ultimate Fighting Championship and once played a sarcastic handyman with prickly five o’clock gruff constantly on the sitcom classic “NewsRadio.” These days Rogan wants to be known as a stand-up comedian. His second comedy […]

Fire truck accidents up last year, review says

Accidents in the District involving fire trucks increased by 25 percent in 2006, and fire officials have responded with an updated driving course for city firefighters. There were 126 fire truck accidents this past year, according to an article in The Washington Post. Though most of the accidents were minor, 20 people were injured. Alan […]

Crime Log

Disorderly Conduct 4/7/07 – Potomac House – 1:00 a.m. – case closed The University Police Department responded to a noise complainant. Officers knocked on the door of the room, and a female individual answered. She said she was not a student, and she did not have an ID. She left the scene but was later […]

Umphrey’s McGee on why they’re not a jam-band

Umphrey’s McGee returns to the 9:30 Club Saturday night. Their rigorous touring schedule brought them to D.C. twice in 2006, and they’re back this spring in support of their brand new double album, “The Bottom Half.” The waking scratch of a muttered “Hello” greets me on the phone. Bassist Ryan Stasik reassures me that he […]

Trachtenberg slated to headline Commencement

University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will address graduates next month as the keynote speaker in his final Commencement ceremony as president of GW. The outgoing president confirmed Wednesday morning that he will headline the graduation event on the National Mall May 20. Chairman of the Board of Trustees Charles Manatt will be the keynote speaker […]

Todd Reynolds: innovative and overlooked

Popular culture leads us to see the world of music through filtered glasses. Oftentimes, these filters only let through the worst of the worst. In the fray, many artists and even entire genres of music go overlooked. In 1988, a young 23-year-old in Rochester, N.Y., made a name for himself as the principal second violin […]

Keynote speaker selection draws ire from faculty, graduating seniors

The news that University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will be this year’s Commencement keynote speaker drew mostly criticism yesterday from students, parents and faculty members. Trachtenberg has spoken at every Commencement in his 19-year tenure as president in a charge to the graduating class, but this will be the first time he will be the […]

Bringing the war home

The problem with making a film about the War in Iraq is getting people to actually watch it, filmmakers Richard Robbins and Tom Yellin say. With so much political debate surrounding the ongoing conflict, it is difficult to ask an audience to understand or sympathize with the human aspect of the war. In “Operation Homecoming” […]