September 17, 2007

Volume 104, Issue 9

Stories from the September 17, 2007 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Journalism in an age of Wikipedia

As media conglomerates become more powerful and national newspapers continue to suffer, many amateur reporters are taking journalism into their own hands – online. Despite criticism about its credibility, Wikipedia remains the most widely read online encyclopedia. Since it was launched in 2001, the site has accumulated more than 8 million articles with thousands of […]

Campus Security: Defense class created in response to Va. Tech

Five months after America’s deadliest school shooting, GW is training staff and faculty on methods they can use to diffuse volatile situations before they become fatal. The Violence Awareness and Mitigation Program, created by the University Police Department, teaches community leaders how to detect threatening behavior, communicate important information and physically disarm attackers. It was […]

GW Brief: Congress increases maximum Pell Grants

Congress took an important step toward making college tuition more affordable for students in need of financial aid by passing the College Cost Reduction and Access Act earlier this month. Twenty billion dollars Congress previously allocated for student loan providers will now go toward students directly in the form of Pell Grants. The bill requires […]

Student paper printed in policy journal

The Roosevelt Institution has been an active student think tank at GW for more than two years, but sophomore Zach Hindin is the first of the organization’s members in Foggy Bottom to publish his work in the think tank’s national policy journal, the Roosevelt Review. The journal accepts submissions from universities across the country and […]

GW Brief: GW alumnus, former Va. governor runs for Senate

GW alumnus and former Virginia governor Mark Warner announced his plans Thursday to run for a seat in the United States Senate. Republican Sen. John Warner, no relation, recently announced he would vacate the seat when his term expires next year. Mark Warner graduated from GW in 1977, the first person in his family to […]

Popcorn fumes linked to disease

Fumes from a fresh bag of microwavable popcorn may be harmful to inhale, according to a study led by a GW professor. The main component in butter flavored popcorn, diacetyl, causes “deadly, irreversible lung disease,” said David Michaels, a research professor of environmental occupational health. The fumes from diacetyl are released when the popcorn is […]

University criticizes Tonic request for liquor license

QUICKTAKES: TONIC’S QUEST Tonic applies for first liquor license D.C. law prevents approval City Council amends law Tonic applies for second license University, community groups file formal protests with city Tonic currently negotiating hours of operation, “entertainment” options The University filed a formal protest in opposition of Tonic’s liquor license request, adding another obstacle to […]

SA Note: Capp vetoes GW F.E.E.D. legislation passed unconventionally last week

Student Association President Nicole Capp used the first veto of her presidency Thursday night to reject an SA Senate bill slated to provide $6,000 worth of promotional supplies for the GW F.E.E.D homelessness initiative. The SA Senate passed the bill on Monday night without going through the finance committee or following the normal legislative procedure. […]

Thefts highlight dorm security

On any given night, getting into a residence hall on campus is as easy as muttering “open sesame” at the doors. With a little luck, time and a friendly face, gaining access to a hall is alarmingly simple. Such simplicity in residence hall security seemed evident last week after a juvenile male was able to […]

Blasting off on space policy

From news on drunk astronauts to the severity of shuttle damage, GW’s Space Policy Institute is always available for knowledgeable comments on seminal debates in the world of space policy. Founded in 1987 as a scholarly reaction to the absence of think tanks dedicated to space policy, the institute has become a cornerstone to advancing […]