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.

WEB EXTRA: Regina Spektor dispels tension

“This is how riots start,” Regina Spektor laughed. This is probably an overstatement of her effect on campus arts dialogue (or not a statement at all- she was actually talking about mic difficulties), but some tension did surround her set. Logistical problems, eg rain, conspired to keep people away from this year’s event, and for […]

Letters to the Editor: GW weighs in on Commencement

Will not attend It is extremely disappointing to hear that University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is this year’s Commencement speaker. Although I have the utmost respect for him, the University made a huge mistake in choosing him to give the keynote speech. The problem with this decision is that Trachtenberg has a speaking role in […]

WEB EXTRA: Faculty Senate discusses research funding

A Faculty Senate report presented at Friday’s meeting found that, on average, sponsored research loses GW money. The report states that the University and the Medical Center combined spent $54 million on research, which is not completely recovered in direct financial benefits. But it states that research has non-financial benefits, like attracting better quality students […]

Student dissent against SJT speech surges, but officials take no action

With just more than four weeks until Commencement weekend, senior Natalie Wessel said she feels “cheated” by the conclusion to her four years at GW. About the selection of University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg as Commencement’s keynote speaker, the soon-to-be-graduate said, “I think because President Trachtenberg has spoken at every graduation prior, it feels like […]

WEB UPDATE: NIH official to assume deanship of Columbian College

Updated Tuesday, April 17, 9;43 a.m. Posted Monday, April 16, 11:30 a.m. Peg Barratt, an official with the National Institutes of Health, will begin as dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Aug. 1, officials announced Monday. After an almost 10-month-long process, the CCAS Dean Search Committee selected Barratt following a series of […]

Clinton, Gates, Pelosi turn down offers to speak at Commencement

Updated Monday, April 16, 5:20 p.m. Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and Nancy Pelosi declined to speak at this year’s Commencement after the University invited them to participate in the University-wide event on the National Mall, GW officials said. Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, and Gates, founder of Microsoft Corporation, turned down honorary […]

WEB UPDATE: Maureece Rice enters NBA draft

Posted Monday, April 16, 6 p.m. Junior Maureece Rice is entering the NBA Draft but plans to keep his NCAA eligibility options open, according to a GW athletic news release. Rice, a Philadelphia native, has not retained an agent and has until June 18 to withdraw his name and keep his collegiate eligibility. “If in […]

News Analysis: Schools’ search for a speaker

Last December, Emory University’s student newspaper, The Wheel, reported that university president James Wagner would be the school’s keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony. Within two weeks, 600 Emory students signed a petition and had convinced the University to start a search to find a new keynote speaker. By late March, Emory announced that global […]

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 […]