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.

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.”

Middle States approves GW for reaccreditation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education approved all of the University’s schools for reaccreditation this summer, administrative officials said. The nonprofit accrediting organization, which first certified GW in 1922, performs an examination of the school every 10 years to assess whether its programs are up to national standards. The University must meet all of […]

Donald Parsons: ‘Elite’ students at GW

Last spring, The Hatchet caused a stir with the front-page headline, “Intelligent students decrease,” (April 17, p. 1). The story was based upon a Faculty Senate report titled “The Decline of Elite Freshman Enrollments at GW,” undertaken by the Educational Policy Committee that I chaired. The Hatchet headline, though not the article itself, suggested that […]

Snapshot: Double Trouble

Jonathan Ewing/Hatchet photographer Senior twins Jeff and Aaron Shwom watch the Kansas City vs. New England football game Sunday afternoon in WOW Café and Wingery.