March 27, 2008

Volume 104, Issue 50

Stories from the March 27, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Staff Editorial: Bringing a new perspective to Commencement

The University announced Monday that storied civil rights activist and NAACP chairman Julian Bond will serve as this year’s keynote Commencement speaker on the National Mall. After considerable protests last spring due to the University’s decision to choose former University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg as the keynote speaker, this page applauds administrators’ efforts to select […]

CVS to open in 2000 Penn.

After months of shaded windows and widespread curiosity, CVS Pharmacy will move into the former Tower Records space at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue. The retailer is in the process of filing building permits and will likely open in late fall 2008, CVS spokesperson Mike DeAngelis said. They plan to begin construction in the late spring or […]

College Republicans: Grad speaker is a divisive choice

In selecting a Commencement speaker, a university should seek to choose an individual who stands above the divides that are too often visible in society. This individual should have the inherent ability to transcend the political, racial and socio-economic differences of a diverse graduating class in order to provide credible words of guidance, inspiration and […]

Ben Doak: Texas is where it’s at, baby

AUSTIN, Texas – For music, the four days of South by Southwest offer the breeding ground for the hype machine. Designed as an industry-based event, the festival allows for more than 1,600 bands from across the country, and the world, to gather around a few square blocks where they showcase their work for an audience […]

The Pulse: Gauging GW’s reactions to today’s issues

As students return from spring break, the end of the semester grows imminent and Commencement begins wearing on seniors’ minds. On Monday, the University announced the keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony – Julian Bond, the chairman of the NAACP. The Pulse hit the streets to gauge campus opinion regarding the University’s selection. “I think […]

Back to business as usual

After a women’s basketball team practice Wednesday afternoon, seniors Sarah-Jo Lawrence and Kim Beck and junior Jessica Adair appeared calm and poised as they made their rounds speaking with the media. The floor of Smith Center was largely silent save their interviews, muffled side conversations and a persistent background buzzing emanating from the rafters. It […]

SXSW Band Feature: Bowerbirds

AUSTIN, Texas – Debauchery hung in the Austin air like a clouting miasma, so when we stepped into Central Presbyterian Church for the Bowerbirds performance, we felt an equal hand of guilt and relief. Taking our seat among the pews, we were awed by the church’s beauty: lofted ceilings, luminous stained-glass windows, a towering crucifix. […]

South by Southwest: Best of the Best

AUSTIN, Texas – Of all the bands we saw at this year’s South by Southwest music festival, the following bands had the biggest impression on us. Sure, there were probably countless other shows that we missed and should have seen, but we’re only two people in the midst of thousands of bands that descended upon […]

South by Southwest: Born to ryhme live

AUSTIN, Texas – Bay Area hip-hop artist Lyrics Born embraces change. A gifted rapper with Japanese and Italian roots, Lyrics Born (whose real name is Tom Shimura) has seven albums to his name, not to mention numerous guest appearances, production spots and mix tapes. His latest project hits stores April 22, titled “Everywhere at Once,” […]

New ballpark gets mixed review

This Saturday I was one of about 2,000 witnesses to the first baseball game ever played at Major League Baseball’s newest venue, Nationals Park. GW’s baseball team hosted Saint Joseph’s in Southeast so stadium owners had a chance to test operations in the recently completed 40,000 capacity stadium. The Colonials defeated the Hawks 9-4, but […]