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.

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” […]

Police say construction worker assaulted MVC bus driver

A man working at a campus construction site last week allegedly assaulted and threatened the life of a Mount Vernon shuttle bus driver, according to a police report and interviews Wednesday. James McCartney allegedly propositioned and, upon being rejected, struck the 25-year-old female bus driver early Friday morning, a Metropolitan Police Department report stated. The […]

New council to pay for say in athletic department

If you have $45,000 to spare, you could have unprecedented access to athletic administrators to advise them on departmental policy. Within the next two weeks, the University is planning to launch its largest athletic pledge drive in school history that will ask donors for an unprecedented financial commitment of $15,000 in three consecutive years, several […]

Bar Belle: Urbana

Urbana 2121 P St., N.W. Graduation looms, which means that it’s crunch time to find a job, a husband, and the youth, beauty and self-respect you’ve wasted away in your time here at George Washington. It’s also time for you to convince your parents that you’ve been doing more than just drinking beer for the […]

Colonial blogging: Prospective students visit GW-sponsored blogs

From his temporary home in Ghana, more than 5,000 miles away from Foggy Bottom, junior Chris McLaurin writes to prospective applicants about his favorite GW professors. “Classes at GW are not just boring lectures with stuffy academics,” he wrote from the coastal African nation. “GW has what we call ‘Professors of Practice.’” McLaurin, who is […]

Rookie hurler on the rise

The only professional softball player that freshman Amanda Gabriel can name is Olympian Jennie Finch. But in the past 14 games, Finch’s trademark pitch has been successful for the GW rookie pitcher. The riseball, a pitch that rises as it moves toward the batter, has led the young pitcher to 14 strikeouts in two games […]

Excerpts from memorandum about Commencement speakers

From Media Relations Director Tracy Schario to Vice President of Communications Mike Freedman, with other officials carbon-copied “Traditionally, the official announcement of the Commencement line-up is released in late April or early May – approximately four weeks before the event. The GW Hatchet has confirmed and published this information prior to the official announcement several […]

Multi-phased Smith Center renovations to begin next year

The University is planning a $7 million, two-phased renovation plan to Smith Center that is slated to begin after next basketball season, administrators told The Hatchet. The first phase will include a complete renovation of the lower level, which houses locker rooms, training facilities and a media room, Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz said. The […]