April 16, 2007

Volume 103, Issue 55

Stories from the April 16, 2007 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

BREAKING NEWS: UPD on “heightened alert” after Va. campus shooting

Posted Monday, April 16, 6:02 p.m. Last updated Monday, April 16, 11:30 p.m. The University Police Department is on “heightened alert” in response to a mass shooting at Virginia Tech Monday morning, a University official said. The University sent a campus-wide e-mail Monday afternoon encouraging students to “exercise appropriate caution” and report any suspicious activity […]

Wolf Blitzer, academics, politicians to receive honorary degrees

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will speak at Commencement in addition to keynote speaker University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, GW announced Thursday. Blitzer is one of five honorary degree recipients who will address graduates and families at the University-wide event May 20, according to a University news release. Other recipients include Ralph Cicerone, president of the […]

Gunman kills 32, self at Virginia Tech

At least 33 people are dead and 29 more injured after a gunman opened fire Monday morning at Virginia Tech residence hall and classroom building in the worst mass shooting in US history, police said. According to police, the carnage started at 7:15 am when two students were shot in the west Ambler-Johnston residence hall. […]

Ben Kweller to headline MVC’s Fountain Day

The Mount Vernon Campus’ annual Fountain Day concert and festival will feature singer Ben Kweller. The theme for the April 28 event, “Turning to Awareness,” will focus on international issues such as the crisis in Darfur and the environment, its organizers said. “There are going to be activities that have a true impact on the […]

Snapshot: Slippery Sunday

Construction crews repair a water main break on 22nd Street between F Street and Virgina Avenue Sunday afternoon. This is the second water main break on 22nd Street in the last month. Credit: Alex Ellis/Hatchet staff photographer

Letters to the Editor

Steven Knapp: free speech crusader John McCormack wrongfully attacks GW President-elect Steven Knapp in his column “Steven Knapp v. the First Amendment” (Apr. 12, p. 4). The writer must understand that the First Amendment offers no protection for racist speech. It only protects reasonable speech that promotes democratic change. Knapp and Johns Hopkins University have […]

Student group buzzes hair for cancer in annual event

Buzzing 4 Change held its annual event Sunday attracting nearly 200 participants to buzz or cut their hair for charity. The event raised an estimated $15,000 to promote awareness for cancer, organizers said. Although the event was moved from Kogan Plaza to Marvin Center Continental Ballroom due to rain, it still received support not only […]

Staff Editorial: Use appropriate channels for protest

While the GW student body often shows fleeting interest in controversial issues on campus, the announcement of University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg as the keynote speaker at Commencement has continued to draw student ire. The announcement of additional degree-receiving speakers, including CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, will provide more diverse voices at Commencement. Still, members of […]

Jake Sherman: Imus shouldn’t be the issue

The real issue in sports is not Don Imus calling a group of women on the Rutgers basketball team “nappy-headed hos.” Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson shouldn’t be calling for Imus’ head. Instead, it may be a good idea to look into what’s really wrong with the social aspects of sports today. Imus’ comment […]

Gabriel Okolski: Commencement speaker angst

Over the past couple of days I have been wondering whom the senior class would least want to speak at Commencement – University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg or U.S. President George W. Bush. Of course this dichotomy is just a thought exercise proving how difficult GW students are to please. While the administration has made […]