September 4, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 6

Stories from the September 4, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.


The Music Tapes Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes (Merge) Complete with banjo, a singing saw and an orchestra straight out of a New Orleans funeral precession, Music Tapes maestro Julian Koster’s 9-years-in-the-making sophomore album paints him as a young child in an old, twisted world. Actually, that may not be too far from the […]

Picking apart Palin, McCain’s wild-card VP

If you had bet someone a week ago that a young, unknown governor of Alaska would become the Republican vice-presidential nominee – and that her 17-year-old daughter would be pregnant and marrying the father – you would have been laughed off the Hill. Lesson learned. As far as bets go, nothing is off the table […]

Staff Editorial: Real change needed in CCAS advising

Everyone agrees that academic advising in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is a problem – students, parents, administrators, faculty, everyone. The question has always been asked, what is going to be done about it? Apparently, the answer is “nothing.” Last fall, a committee released a report identifying major issues with advising in CCAS […]

DistrictMixtape: Hooters

Hatchet Arts is exploring D.C. culture at large through a series of mix tapes provided by groups on and off campus. We asked the girls at Hooters on 7th Street how to have fun in September. Here’s what they offered: 1. SOS – Rihanna 2. Irreplaceable – Beyonce 3. Put a Smile on Your Face […]

Book prices hit Congress

Many students who wanted an escape from unprecedented increases in textbook prices shopped at online retailers and secondhand bookstores to save money this semester, but they might soon find relief from the federal government. A report from the Government Accountability Office found that the cost of textbooks nearly tripled from 1986 to 2004 and prices […]

CCAS advising changes stalled

After spending more than a year identifying a range of problems in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences advising system, administrators said they remain unprepared to make any significant changes this fall. The school created a committee last year to investigate advising in response to student and parent complaints and presented the findings to […]

Former professor becomes diplomat

Former School of Media and Public Affairs professor Robert Callahan recently transitioned to his new role as the U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua and said his time at GW helped him prepare for the diplomatic post. Callahan worked as a Public Diplomacy Fellow at SMPA before receiving his ambassadorial appointment on July 24. He said his […]

On involuntary manslaughter and humor

The Hatchet spoke with Darren Miller and Kevin Mead of GW’s improv comedy group receSs about the upcoming release of their 25-minute short film, Charlie on Parole. The film was written and produced by beast.films, a group started in New York with Paul Briganti, who attends the School of Visual Arts. The short will premiere […]

City to change Mall area

Proposed plans for Northwest D.C. Connect the Kennedy center to the White House with parks down E Street Decking over the Potomac Freeway creating new riverfront space Link the Kennedy Center to the Lincoln Memorial Opening new areas for parks, offices, shops and residential use An expansive and ambitious new city plan could lead to […]