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.

After-hours quizzing sessions

By day, senior Bren Belovarac spends his time taking classes to graduate with a major in Japanese language and literature. But by night he is hard at work learning facts that won’t help him pass his Japanese midterm – but that is exactly why he does it. Belovarac is the president of the GW Quiz […]

Soccer finishes with heated win

It was a game about pride, rather than points. The GW men’s soccer team was looking to finish on a high note, despite being eliminated from postseason play. And with a 2-1 win over the LaSalle Explorers on Senior Day, the Colonials finished at 9-8-2 overall and 3-4-2 in conference play. But for the 11 […]

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 […]