January 22, 2008

Volume 104, Issue 34

Stories from the January 22, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Cracking skulls

It was in 1936 at the GW Hospital that Dr. Walter J. Freeman attempted to cure mental illness with his secret weapon: an ice pick. On Monday night PBS aired the documentary, “The Lobotomist,” which chronicles Freeman’s signature surgery- known as the “ice pick” lobotomy – in which he would insert an ice pick into […]

Women’s basketball to bring in Wake Forest guard Lavender

After announcing earlier this month that it has signed six freshmen to its ranks for next season, the GW women’s basketball team appears set to welcome a seventh new face to its roster next year. Wake Forest junior Yolanda Lavender has transferred to GW, and said in an e-mail she will start practicing with the […]

GW Expat: Germany’s academic autonomy

BERLIN, Germany Once the pride and joy of Germany, the universities here are now facing a massive shortage of funds, overcrowded classrooms and an antiquated system leaving them unable to compete in a globalizing world -and me longing for GW. “Germany’s universities are completely broke,” one of my advisers at the Humboldt University admitted when […]

Snapshot: Metro Jam

Ryder Haske/assistant photo editor Metro riders wait for a delayed train on the Red Line at Metro Center. Construction over the weekend caused congestion across the city’s public rail system.

What’s the deal with: …Adopt an Officer?

You may recognize Ben Volpe. He is a native of New York, enjoys football, soccer, hockey and candy – and all of this is posted on a bulletin board in Ivory Tower. That is because Volpe – a University Police officer – is a member of the UPD program, adopt-an-officer. The adopt-an-officer program, created by […]

Market troubles affect loans

Mounting market woes are squeezing brokers, making it more difficult and more expensive for students to find loans to pay tuition. GW financial aid officials said they are concerned about this growing trend. Most student loans are guaranteed by the federal government through the Stafford and PLUS loan programs, but funding for these programs is […]

Sean Redding: Confession of a Student Association reporter

Last week, the GW Joint Elections Committee announced Feb. 27 and 28 as tentative Student Association election dates, officially starting the end of the Nicole Capp and Brand Kroeger administration. At this point, it is impossible to know who their successors will be, but one thing is for sure: they have a tough act to […]

GW gymnastics takes second at home

The final results were a little misleading at the GW/Lindsey Ferris Invitational Sunday afternoon at Smith Center. While the GW gymnastics team finished second with a score of 190 in a field of six teams, they did not place any individuals in the top three in the floor exercise, beam or uneven parallel bar events. […]

Joe Laliberte: Taking a chance with time away from GW

Last Monday, a day when most GW students were starting their classes in Foggy Bottom, I was 1,758 miles away in Colorado. It was actually about two more miles if you judge for the 10,000 feet of elevation. Instead of taking introduction to political communication or principals of economics, I was at the top of […]

More students are asking for help to deal with depression

More GW students are seeking depression screenings, both online and in person, according to officials at the University Counseling Center. John Dages, senior associate director of the UCC, said 30 percent of the 6,000 students who used UCC counseling services last year had issues related to depression. He said the late fall is typically the […]