May 21, 2007

Volume 104, Issue 2

Stories from the May 21, 2007 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Commencement runs smoothly, despite inclement weather

Graduates and their families assembled on the National Mall on a slightly rainy Sunday for Stephen Joel Trachtenberg’s last Commencement as University President. Seating on the Mall spanned three blocks in between the Capitol and the Washington Monument. Twenty-five thousand metal chairs and four sets of large screens and speakers were set-up so attendees seated […]

$5 – $10 – $20: An entertainment guide for the cash-strapped college student

If you have $5 Save your money for refreshments and go check out the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, which features free live performances each day. On May 29th, the Thomas “Whit” Williams Jazz Quintet will play improvisational jazz, and on May 30th, local hip-hop dance group The First Rays will perform, featuring breaking, […]

Class of 2007 has final celebration in Union Station

Some graduates and their families opted for a bit of added pomp and circumstance Saturday night at the annual Monumental Celebration in Union Station. Members of the GW community packed the main atrium of the 100-year-old train station to drink, eat and dance to covers of classic songs such as “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. […]

Alluring academic accoutrements from head to toe

Graduating students were not the only ones dressed in cap and gown during Sunday’s commencement ceremony. Professors, deans and other members of GW’s faculty who have master’s or doctoral degrees were also covered from head to toe in academic regalia. Rather than just a black on black robe and mortarboard cap adorned with buff and […]

Campus Calendar

May 22 Post-conflict nation-state rebuilding panel Participate in a panel discussion on rebuilding fragile states with GW professor Derick Brinkerhoff and seven other experts. 12-2 p.m. Lindner Family Commons, 1957 E. St. Co-sponsored by the Elliott School’s Institute for Global and International Studies and RTI International. May 29 An Evening with Al Gore The former […]

WEB UPDATE: Sen. Clinton tackles health care at Jack Morton Auditorium

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2:06 p.m. Health care premiums are set to double in the next decade unless serious reforms are taken, said presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) in a statistics-packed speech at Jack Morton Auditorium Thursday morning. Speaking to a standing-room only crowd, Clinton laid out a seven-point plan to transform a system […]


In “Alumni Update: A not-so-traditional look at becoming an expatriate,” (May 14, p. A6) Beth Monkarash wrote that she interviewed to be a copy editor at The Washington Post. She interviewed to be a copy aide. The article “SJT protests lose momentum” (May 14, p. B1) incorrectly identified senior Ashley Testa as Robert Testa. In […]

WEB UPDATE: GW student Phill Grosser dies in Colorado motorcycle accident

Posted Wednesday, May 30, 3:15 p.m. Known to many as “Feather Phill,” Phillip Grosser, 22, had a distinct presence on campus, both spiritually and visually. Many of Grosser’s close friends remember him as someone passionate about celebrating and sharing his Christian faith. But even those who did not know Grosser personally could identify him by […]

Board of Trustees point to problems with University Writing

Members of the Board of Trustees criticized the University Writing classes at its meeting Friday. UW classes, which the University requires all freshmen take, were first introduced in the fall of 2004. The classes range in topic from nature writing to the definition of “cool” in the 20th century. According to the UW Web site, […]

WEB UPDATE: Obama, Clinton and Edwards discuss faith at Lisner

Posted Tuesday, June 5, 1:00 a.m. Three of the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination discussed the intersection of faith, values and politics on a CNN program aired live Monday evening from Lisner Auditorium. Sen. Hillary Clinton (N.Y.), Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and John Edwards answered questions posed by anchor Soledad O’Brien as well […]