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.

Staff Editorial: President Knapp must improve GW relations with community

On the heels of former GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg’s tumultuous relationship with the Foggy Bottom/West End community, University President Steven Knapp must work to rebuild elements of a strained connection. Knapp should embrace the opportunity to revamp the relationship between GW and its neighbors for the sake of moving forward. A willingness to communicate […]


In “Student Association: Summer filled with SA successes” (Sept. 4, pg. A1), The Hatchet mistakenly reported that the Student Association stopped co-sponsoring events such as the FRIENDS Block Party in order to cut its budget. The SA still cosponsors events like this. However, the funds come from fundraising and not the organization’s budget.

Renovation plans approved for Alumni House

The D.C. Commission on Fine Arts has approved plans to renovate Alumni House so University President Steven Knapp can advance with plans to move in. The commission approved the plans to revamp Alumni House “in concept.” University spokespersonTracy Schario said these renovations will begin in the next few months. Alumni House, located on the corner […]

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 […]