January 28, 2008

Volume 104, Issue 36

Stories from the January 28, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Work begins on Knapp’s home

Demolition is complete and renovations are beginning on a multi million dollar project to refurbish the Alumni House for University President Steven Knapp. Permits filed with the city estimate the total cost of construction to be about $1.5 million. Knapp made his decision to live in the 159 year-old building on 20th and F streets […]

Breaking down the elements

Early Saturday morning, middle school and high school students launched balloons off of Marvin Center, catapulted projectiles across Smith Center and designed a contraption known as the “boomilever” in the School of Media and Public Affairs building. It may have looked like revenge of the kids, but the 800 students and teachers were actually competing […]

SA to hold second election on student fee increase

The Student Association senate voted unanimously on Tuesday night to hold a University-wide referendum on a 50-cent per credit hour increase of the one-dollar student fee. The student fee fund, which is used to support student organizations, will receive an additional 50 cents per credit hour from University funds if the student fee increase goes […]

CVS may occupy vacant space in Shops at 2000 Penn

CVS pharmacy is in talks with the University to occupy the former Tower Records space at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue. The location at 21st and H streets has been empty since Tower Records, which rented the space since 1984, left last spring. University spokesperson Tracy Schario said other companies are interested in the space, but she […]

Weekly Checkup: “Beer Jackets”

On a cold winter night it may feel like a shot of alcohol is the next best thing to a warm coat – but research has proven that the opposite is true – and alcohol can actually decrease core body temperature. Dr. Randall Packer, the deputy chair of the department of biological sciences, explained how […]

City tackles rodent resurgence

Correction appended. Complaints about rodents increased in the District for the first time in seven years, and University and city officials are responding with increased pest control efforts. In 1999, Mayor Anthony Williams held a pest control summit to eliminate the city’s rodent population through public education. Since then, complaints have dropped significantly each year […]

Study Break: Murky Coffee Clarendon

When the workload is heavy and the library is packed, a frantic student might panic for the nearest Starbucks, but the smart ones know that Murky Coffee in Arlington, Va., is a practical alternative. Originally located in a tiny walk-up window in Georgetown, the new Arlington Murky Coffee is bigger, better and booming. With a […]

Snapshot: Boat Blues

Photo Credit: Nick Gingold /photo editor Fredric Truslow attempts to save his son’s remote control boat from the icy waters of a pond on the National Mall Sunday afternoon.

Evangelist leaders debate on panel

Web Extra Evangelical leaders gathered at Jack Morton Auditorium last week to discuss the qualities they hope to find in a 2008 presidential candidate. “There is a really interesting conversation going on in the Evangelical community,” said moderator Steve Waldman of Beliefnet.com. He opened the discussion by saying, “There is still a lot of stereotyping, […]

Taking a leap of faith in dating

When 30 students crowded into the basement of the Hillel building wearing bold numbers taped to their chests, it looked as if a marathon was about to start. These students were here for a very different game: speed dating. On Thursday night Hillel hosted its first speed dating night – complete with candlelit tables and […]