April 3, 2008

Volume 104, Issue 52

Stories from the April 3, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Film Feature: “21”

Reflecting on his experiences in Las Vegas casinos, renowned card counter and inspiration for the new film “21” Jeff Ma said, “It’s sort of similar to someone having a high price buffet.” But instead of indulging in potato salad, Ma and his classmates at M.I.T. returned from casinos with myriad luxurious prizes and thousands of […]

Professor traces bipedalism

A GW scientist concluded that a six million year-old Kenyan fossil is the oldest human relative to have walked upright and on two feet. GW associate anthropology professor Brian Richmond and SUNY Stony Brook professor William Jungers conducted measurements of a the thigh bone of an Orrorin tugenesis fossil, which a French research team found […]

Sean Redding: Whining not always worth it

Every so often, it’s good to look at the big picture. Two weeks ago, when I first received an e-mail inviting me to participate in a luncheon with a team from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, I thought, “Hey, free lunch, why not?” But I’m happy to say the experience turned out to […]

First alternative Greek Week raises $140 for MS charity

The professional, honors and service Greek-letter fraternities have raised about $140 dollars in their penny war competition, an event held as part of the first annual Alternative Greek Week. The weeklong event began last Saturday and ends April 5 with a multiple sclerosis charity walk, an awards luncheon and an announcement of all the events’ […]

$5 – $10 – $20: An entertainment guide for the cash-strapped college student

If you have $5 There’s tons of free music right here on GW’s campus this weekend. Program Board’s annual Spring Fling celebration on the University Yard (21st & H St. N.W.) on Saturday, featuring headliners Gym Class Heroes, as well as Tyga & O’Neal McKnight and several student performances, starting at 2:30 p.m. Also, the […]

At St. Mary’s, elderly eating woes

GW students aren’t the only ones up in arms about their food options. Just because the lunch offered to elderly patrons of St. Mary’s Court is affordable and located in their building does not mean the diners are happy with their meals. Residents and day patrons of St. Mary’s Court, an affordable housing complex for […]

Jazz icon kicks off Jazz Appreciation Month

A three-time Grammy award winner told Jazz Appreciation Month celebrants in Jack Morton Auditorium that modern youth lack an appreciation and an understanding of jazz music. Ramsey Lewis, a musician and the host of the Smithsonian Institute’s launch of Jazz Appreciation Month on Monday, focused his discussion at GW on the declining popularity of jazz […]

From criminal to D.C. official

After his most recent release from prison, Rodney Mitchell began searching for a job. Though he trained for several months to become a certified bus driver, the District refused to hire him. Mitchell was a felon and his record included charges of robbery, burglary and weapons possession. When Mitchell applied for a job as a […]

University hopes to increase emergency text alert subscribers

The number of students that subscribe to emergency text alerts has doubled at GW since the shooting at Virginia Tech, but administrators at the University and local colleges said they want those statistics raised even higher. About 40 percent of the student body is subscribed to Alert DC, a text messaging service that warns students […]

Letters to the Editor

Avoiding controversy at Commencement The selection of Julian Bond as the 2008 Commencement speaker reflects the increasingly mobilized nature of the young generation today. This phenomenon happens when national and international circumstances have not gone according to plan (assuming there is one), resulting in the eschewing of tradition that defined the movements of the sixties […]