November 12, 2007

Volume 104, Issue 25

Stories from the November 12, 2007 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Kesem fights cancer

Freshman Heather Niemetscheck remembers what it feels like to need a break from home – especially when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. The experience prompted her to start working with students to create a sleep-away camp for children who have parents with cancer. “It’s good to separate yourself from that tense atmosphere,” Niemetscheck said. […]

Technology listens for gunshots

Law enforcement in northwest D.C. will soon implement a new technology designed to identify any gunshots in the area. ShotSpotter is a fine-tuned audio recorder which can identify the sound of a muzzle blast and then instantly alert the Metropolitan Police Department. The technology is already used in MPD’s 7th District, located across the Potomac […]

Undersecretary of state condemns isolationism

Web Extra The third-ranking official in the State Department stressed the importance of engaging with the rest of the world and avoiding isolationism while addressing students and faculty at the Elliott School Friday. “After 9/11, every American should reject isolationism” said R. Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs. “It doesn’t serve our […]

Professor doubts human trafficking

The buying, selling and transporting of more than half a million women and children each year has garnered the attention of the international community, but one GW professor doubts human trafficking is as serious a problem as many claim. Ronald Weitzer, a faculty member in GW’s sociology department, said he believes the actual number of […]

GW prepares for first inauguration in 18 years

Past presidential inaugurations at GW have seen their share of pomp and circumstance, but only University President Steven Knapp’s half-million dollar celebration this week will involve two sheep. The University’s 16th president and successor to Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will be honored throughout this week in a series of events culminating in his inauguration ceremony on […]

A night of African culture

About 200 people enjoyed a night filled with African dance, fashion and food in the Grand Ballroom of Marvin Center Friday for A Taste of Africa. Selemawit Worku, co-president of the Organization of African Students, said the event is a chance to educate others through entertainment and humor. “This event was a cultural showcase but […]

STREATS: Starring D.C.’s homeless

“No smoking on the set! No smoking on the set!” yelled director Greg Wragg in McPherson Square Park Saturday morning. It’s a tough gig for a young director, especially when your actors are homeless. Wragg is the creator of STREATS TV, a television series about the District’s homeless. The program was developed earlier this fall […]

Culture cha-cha

Learning about another culture can sometimes be as time consuming as studying a new language, cooking a new food dish and traveling to a new country – or it can be as easy as one, two, three, kick. GW dance groups such as the Chinese Performing Arts Troupe, GW Bhangra, GW Ballroom and the GWU […]

Local business owner shows appreciation for veterans

When Froggy Bottom Pub owner Hien Bui was growing up in South Vietnam, American troops were risking their lives to fight the communists attempting to take over her country’s government. Thirty-two years after the conflict’s conclusion, she is showing her gratitude toward Vietnam veterans at her Pennsylvania Avenue pub. Two-hundred Vietnam veterans, family members and […]

LLCs form college ‘niches’

Paying for GW housing does not just mean paying for a room. It also means paying for some students to dine at nice restaurants and go on mini-vacations with friends in their Living and Learning Cohorts. Students feel more connected to niches at GW rather than the University as a whole, according to preliminary findings […]