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.

Sophomore faces contempt charges

A sophomore arrested for assault was also charged with contempt of court last week, after he allegedly tried bribing another student to provide false testimony. Ryan Skolnick, 20, was arrested for simple assault Oct. 5 after allegedly punching another student in a fight outside Thurston Hall, according to police documents. The alleged victim, freshman Bryan […]


In “Dean to leave his post in August” (Jan 17, p. A1), The Hatchet erroneously reported the average age of students in the College of Professional Studies. The average age is 38 years of age. In “Living in Bhutto’s wake” (Jan 14, p. 5), The Hatchet erroneously described Pakistan’s geographic location as the Middle East. […]

SA has $110,000 for student orgs.

The Student Association co-sponsorship fund for this semester is larger than any second semester co-sponsorship fund in GW history. Approximately $110,000 will be available in the fund, which is used by student organizations to offset event costs, said SA Sen. Matthew Cohen (SoB-U), chair of the finance committee. “My plan from day one was to […]

Saving the world, one whale at a time

For Heath Hanson, using a GW undergraduate degree means living on the ocean, combating Japanese hunting boats and trying to save the humpback whales. A 2002 graduate, Hanson majored in international affairs and interned on Capitol Hill – yet six years later he finds himself far from the desk of an average political junkie. Hanson […]

Campus Calendar

Tuesday Ambassador’s Forum: Perspectives on the EU Presidency A discussion on European Union politics featuring His Excellency Joao de Vallera, Ambassador of Portugal, His Excellency Samuel Zbogar, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia and His Excellency Dr. Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, […]

Volunteers celebrate MLK

Two-hundred GW students painted, cleaned and organized the largest homeless shelter in the United States in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Monday. Sponsored by the Office of Community Service and the Multicultural Student Services Center, students helped renovate the Community for Creative Non-Violence, a center in Northwest D.C. that houses […]

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.