September 6, 2007

Volume 104, Issue 6

Stories from the September 6, 2007 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Textbook trading struggles on the Web

Online textbook trading organizations continue to struggle for business, even when increased attention is paid to high prices. In May, a report by Congress’s Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance encouraged the use of book trading Web sites as a solution to high textbook prices. The committee also recommended college bookstores guarantee they will buy […]

Man dies at stoplight

While the GW community was in the throws of move-in day Saturday, an elderly man died in his car idling in traffic less than a block from campus. Nadim Makdisi, 86, died of natural causes on the corner of 21st Street and Pennsylvania Avenue at about 11:40 a.m., according to a police report. The medical […]

PBS to feature student on new engineering reality series

Dwight “Dewey” Hahn didn’t spend his summer like a normal GW student. While most students slaved away at internships or typical summer jobs, Hahn participated in a reality television show. Hahn, a freshman from Stow, Mass., competed on the PBS show “Design Squad,” which pits two teams against eachother in construction and technical challenges. The […]

Nina Pedrad: Embrace the college hookup

I love the first month back at GW. I love that everyone still has their summer tans, that for the first two weeks I actually do all my readings and that the kids smoking outside of Gelman have fresh new back-to-school cigarette packs. And of course, who doesn’t love seeing that first EMeRG van of […]

Trachtenberg urges public service

University President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg recently chaired an American Jewish Committee task force that issued a report urging young adults to commit a year of their lives to public service. Although some members of the task force lobbied to make mandatory service a recommendation, the final report proposes a system of voluntary service, Trachtenberg […]

Student organizations celebrate diverse cultures

International students and first-generation Americans at GW often feel strong ties to a cultural center somewhere far from Foggy Bottom. Culturally-based student organizations allow these individuals to meet other students like themselves and design ways to show other GW students what their culture is all about. These organizations are not just safe havens for those […]

University wins technology award

Computer World magazine recognized GW for its secure wireless networking practices and its efforts to protect the network from external intrusions with a “Best Practices in Mobile & Wireless,” said Alexa Kim, executive director of ISS Technology Services. “GW’s requirement for VPN (virtual private network) usage is unusual for a wireless deployment,” Kim wrote in […]

Software company sues University

A software development company is suing the University because the school failed to pay more than $200,000 for an extensive, year-long project to digitize school records. The University contracted Richmar and Associates, a D.C.-based company, in early 2006 to create a code that would facilitate the virtual storage and retrieval of important, often confidential documents, […]

Professors worked as government officials

Professor Karl Inderfurth takes the same route into work every day, but that is where the similarities end between his old job as assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs at the U.S. Department of State and his new one teaching Elliott School students. Inderfurth is one of many GW professors who have served […]

Mourning from a distance

Peers and family members gravitated to a familiar site to grieve the deaths of two GW students this summer. Used as a way to spread the news, and then to share memories of the deceased. Facebook became a way to memorialize Phill Grosser, 22, and Anna Orthwein, 19. Grosser was killed in a motorcycle accident […]