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.

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) […]

Locals celebrate Record Store Day

Two local record stores championed their independent ownership on Saturday as part of a nationwide initiative to celebrate the culture of record stores. Crooked Beat Records in Adams Morgan and CD Warehouse on Georgetown’s M Street were among participants handing out free CDs, posters, stickers and special seven-inch vinyl releases created just for the national […]

Underdog sailors defy the odds

It almost sounds like a riddle. What happens to a sailing club with no coach and no tryouts that has never won a regatta when it competes against established teams at College of William and Mary’s trademark event? It wins. And thus, the underdog story of the GW sailing club is born. Entirely student-run, the […]

Letters to the Editor

Regretting a lack of research I would like to thank Josh Akman for encouraging research on campus (April 17, p. 4). I appreciate his insight on the value of education, thinking and the overemphasis on interning. As a senior, I regret spending too much time “copying, stapling and sorting” at my internships rather than taking […]

Greek Brief: Alpha Delta Pi sorority wins big at Greek Excellence Awards

The Alpha Delta Pi sorority will need to make more room in their trophy case after taking home the majority of awards last week at the fourth annual Greek Excellence Awards ceremony. The Greek Excellence Awards recognize individuals involved in Greek-letter life who have been strong members of their organization, as well as various exceptional […]

Professor advises government leaders in Iraq

When GW professor Steven Livingston visited Iraq two months ago, he became the first American professor to visit the nation under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy in Iraq’s American visitor program. In the next several weeks, he plans to return to the war-torn country. Livingston, a professor of media and public affairs and international […]

Staff Editorial: Correlation is not causation

Have GW’s undergraduate programs reached a glass ceiling of intellectual talent? Or, in the spirit of last Thursday’s Hatchet front page, are we getting dumber? The glaring headline “Intelligent students decrease” greeted the GW community and the throngs of admitted high school seniors and parents here last week for spring visits. These three words likely […]