May 19, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 2

Stories from the May 19, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Bond addresses race, social justice

Civil rights leader Julian Bond reflected on the legacy of race and slavery during his keynote Commencement address on the National Mall Sunday. Bond, the chairman of the NAACP and a prominent activist of the civil rights movement, addressed graduates and families after being awarded an honorary doctor of public service degree from the University. […]

Dignitaries break ground on Square 54 complex

An array of prominent city and University officials gathered for a rainy baptism of Square 54 Friday, and hailed the future commercial and residential center as the greatest development project in the District. The groundbreaking marked the end of a three-year controversy between the University and the community over the former site of the GW […]

GW hands over names of alleged illegal downloaders

Wednesday, June 4 The University handed over the names of several students targeted by the recording industry for illegal music downloading last month, prompting record companies to withdraw a federal lawsuit and seek settlements out of court. Liz Kennedy, a spokesperson for the Recording Industry Association of America, said it is normal procedure for the […]

Intelligence chief speaks to CCAS graduates

John Michael McConnell, U.S. director of national intelligence, called on the graduates of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences to help protect national security in their future endeavors. The intelligence czar, who received an honorary degree, regaled the more than 5,200 graduates and guests with lessons from his career in code breaking, intelligence analysis […]

Board discusses Smith Center plans

The planned improvements to the Smith Center were at the center of discussion during the spring Board of Trustees meeting Friday in Duqu?s Hall. The $43 million renovation to GW’s main athletic center – slated to begin in spring 2009 – will include new locker rooms and academic facilities; upgrades to seating, the swimming pool […]

Yearbook salesman who cheated GW convicted of fraud

Wednesday, June 4 A former seller of GW’s yearbook was convicted of mail fraud last week and sentenced to more than two years in prison for cheating GW and several other area schools out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a news release from the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s office. Joseph Wenzl, 41, was […]

GW to host Science Olympiad

More than 2,000 middle to high school students, teachers and family members will arrive on the GW campus for the Science Olympiad National Tournament at the end of this month. The two-day competition on the Foggy Bottom and the Mount Vernon campuses will include a series of hands-on science activities focused primarily on biology, earth […]

Snapshot: Bubble Blowing

Alex Ellis/photo editor Two graduating seniors blow bubbles at Commencement Sunday morning on the National Mall. More than 25,000 people gathered for the ceremony.

Timeline: Joe McKeown

Sunday, June 8, 2:20 p.m. Related: McKeown leaves GW basketball after 19 years 1979 – After finishing his playing career as an all-conference point guard at Kent State, McKeown takes his first coaching position as an assistant at the school, helping the Golden Flashes go 21-8 in his first season on staff. 1983 – McKeown […]


In “Republican senator says Dems can win in 2008” (April 24, Web extra), The Hatchet misattributed a quotation, “by any measure,” to Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.). Moderator Frank Sesno said the quote. In “Tickets not needed for Mall event” (May 12, p. B14), The Hatchet erroneously reported that Executive Director of University Events Kathryn Bugg […]