September 8, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 7

Stories from the September 8, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

A race where votes don’t count

It is safe to say that most Americans have wondered what it’s like to be the president of the United States. I’m here to tell you that it’s hell on the back and shoulders. In fact, I was ready to tender my resignation about 20 minutes after I put on the large Styrofoam suit at […]

Working the Colonial network

All that rising senior and Class Council president John Estrada wanted to do this summer was intern for Anderson Cooper. But when his resume alone didn’t get him a call back from the silver-haired anchor, he turned to Plan B: his network. When Estrada helped out the GW Alumni Association with their “How Do I […]

Seeing war through a new lens

Bobby Fraser’s view on Iraq is different from what it was two months ago. That’s because two months ago he didn’t know any Iraqis. But this past July, Fraser got to know 16 Iraqis on a personal level when he traveled to Amman, Jordan, for a conference aimed at bringing Iraqi and American youth together […]

Booking it for the future

Tanzania is not a typical vacation destination. Roughly double the size of California, it is one of the poorest countries in the world. But for one GW student, it was the perfect place to make a difference. What started as a summer of volunteering for junior Jessica Schwartz evolved into a full-scale nonprofit organization benefiting […]

Ten alumni up for re-election

Ten GW graduates in the 110th U.S. Congress are vying for voters’ approval this fall in re-election campaigns across the country. The alumni office indicated that the already-strong political presence of GW graduates on the national stage may be growing. There are currently 14 alumni holding congressional offices. “There’s always been sort of a political […]

Students leave GW to campaign

At least a dozen politically inclined students have left Foggy Bottom for the semester to ensure that several red states, including Florida, Georgia and Texas, vote Democratic in November’s election. Junior Alexa Feldman took the semester off from her studies in the School of Media and Public Affairs to work in her hometown of Austin, […]

Gas prices drive growth in ‘slugging’

Because high gas prices have made it too expensive for him to take his own car to work every day, Ed Repa now waits at the corner of 19th and F streets for a complete stranger to drive him home. Repa is one of the many commuters using the carpooling method known as the “slug […]

University holds contest to redesign recycling trucks

Student artists have a new canvas where they can express their creativity this month: GW’s recycling trucks. The University is holding a contest to find a new design for recycling trucks on campus, seeking images that show the school’s pledges to environmental initiatives. “President (Steven) Knapp’s commitment to sustainability has set the framework for thinking […]

Schoolwide competition will not launch this fall

<!– ORIGINAL LEDE The University scrapped the launch of a schoolwide competition it had planned to implement this fall. –> Correction appended The University delayed the launch of a schoolwide competition it had planned to implement at the start of this semester. Olympathon, a community-building initiative between underclassmen and upperclassmen, has not launched because the […]


Due to an editing error, The Hatchet misquoted undergraduate coordinator Susan Wiley in the Quotable on Sept. 4’s Opinions page. Wiley said, “The disgruntled students are the ones not on top of things,” not “The disgruntled students are the ones who are not on top of things.”