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.

Commencement shines through showers

Rain showers and the threat of thunderstorms did not deter an estimated 25,000 people from gathering for Commencement on the National Mall Sunday. Organizers planned a shorter ceremony to account for the rain, which started falling about halfway through the ceremony during the presentation of honorary degrees to former University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and […]

Charlie Rose hosts architects in SMPA

Wednesday, June 4 Some of the most prestigious architects in the world gathered in the Jack Morton Auditorium Monday morning to share insight into their trade with talk show host Charlie Rose. The panel was taped for Rose’s show, which is slated to air on PBS Tuesday. French architect Jean Nouvel, a guest on the […]

Local alumni give Knapp feedback, advice

Wednesday, June 4 University President Steven Knapp held a small-group discussion with local alumni Thursday at Alumni House to discuss GW’s role in the larger D.C. community. The event marked the second in a series of “Colonial Conversations,” which attempt to reach out to graduates in the greater metropolitan D.C. area. “The conversations are a […]

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 […]