April 21, 2008

Volume 104, Issue 57

Stories from the April 21, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

The Thurston trash toss

The effects of gravity are often studied in GW physics labs, but they are also tested most nights at Thurston Hall by some less-than-sober experimenters. The disposal of objects such as alcohol bottles and even vacuum cleaners from Thurston’s windows into a courtyard has been a persistent problem for years, but the frequency of disposal […]

Thousands attend Earth Day concert on Mall despite stormy weather

Web Extra Torrential downpours did not stop thousands of people from attending a free concert on the National Mall Sunday in support of this week’s Earth Day. Lightning did cut the Green Apple Festival short, however. Before organizers cancelled the concert because of impending thunderstorms, large crowds watched as rock bands O.A.R., Gov’t Mule and […]

Grad student sentenced for fraud

A federal court sentenced a graduate student to 36 months of probation Wednesday for falsifying a bank transaction to pay off thousands of dollars in gambling debts. The court convicted Joseph Covelli, a 2006 GW alumnus, this January on federal fraud charges after he pleaded guilty. His sentence last week also included a $1,000 fi […]

GW medical school students raise money for clinic

Web Extra Soccer tickets and meals at local restaurants were among the items available to the highest bidder at Thursday night’s HEALing auction, held in Columbian Square. HEALing – a medical student-run clinic that offers patients free primary and prevention care – raised more than $15,000 by auctioning outings with School of Medicine and Health […]

Duo enters Microsoft contest

Saving the environment is not an easy task, but it can be done with several clicks of a mouse in a video game created by GW students for a national competition this Tuesday. Graduate students Mark Aoyama and Martin Smith are vying against 20 other student teams for the U.S. finals of the Microsoft Imagine […]

Sean Redding: Are GW students making the grade?

Last week, the entire GW community discovered the sad truth about our school: It’s getting dumber. Well, maybe. Members of a committee in the Faculty Senate recently released a report entitled “The Decline in Elite Freshmen Admission” which highlights an enrollment decrease for students with strong academic records. Of course, high levels of intelligence do […]

Student election leader derides SA

The coordinator of this year’s Student Association general election denounced the governing body for being hypocritical and lacking transparency, in a strongly worded letter to student leaders Thursday. Joint Elections Committee Chair Ben Balter, a junior, said these major problems hindered this year’s election. The letter represented rare public criticism of the SA from a […]

Wild Art: Dueling Bands

Anne Wernikoff/Hatchet staff photographer Famous Corners performs at the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority’s Battle of the Bands Thursday night in the Marvin Center’s Continental Ballroom. The event raised money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Student leaders: Ignorance does not excuse discrimination

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, when people were asked for the single word that best describes their impression of Islam, far more Americans mention negative words than positive ones (30 percent versus 15 percent); roughly a quarter (23 percent) characterize the religion with neutral words; about a third (32 percent) […]