September 15, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 9

Stories from the September 15, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Second power outage affects MVC

A power outage from an equipment malfunction kept residents of the Mount Vernon Campus in the dark for most of Sunday until Pepco restored power in the late afternoon. The electricity failure, which affected the Mount Vernon Campus and the surrounding Foxhall neighborhood, left many residents without air conditioning and food due to the closure […]

New law aims to cut college costs

The University lobbied for the comprehensive higher education bill signed into law by President George W. Bush last month that will make sweeping changes to universities across the country. The measure, the first full overhaul of the Higher Education Act in 10 years, was designed to control the cost of earning a degree by regulating […]

Crystallizing presidential politics

In a recent issue of Glamour magazine, presidential candidate John McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, can be seen wearing a large campaign pin. But it wasn’t just any regular campaign pin. It was bedazzled with Swarovski crystals. The pin is a creation of local designer Ann Hand, one of many on display in the windows of […]

Alpha Phi sorority wins SELF magazine challenge

SELF magazine named the GW Alpha Phi sorority chapter the winner of the SELF Challenge for their work in helping thousands of women begin to live healthier lives. The contest encourages women of all ages and backgrounds enroll online at the SELF magazine Web site to receive tips on healthy living, eating and exercise. Alpha […]

Vying for visibilty and unity

Correction appended SKEE-WEE! SKEE-WEE! EE-I-KEE! EE-I-KEE! OO-OO-P! OO-OO-P! These are the calls of the black sororities on campus. And they are calling for GW to take notice. The three black sororities at GW are known for being discreet. They do not hold formal recruitment like traditional sororities. They do not have townhouses on 23rd Street. […]

Finding happiness in the now

For a well-known expert on happiness, life is all about the present. Forget second-guessing your past mistakes. Dr. Shawn Christopher Shea, the author of a motivational book called “Happiness Is: Unexpected Answers to Practical Questions in Curious Times,” lectured a group of about 60 students and staff on what it is to be happy on […]

Claire Low: Go Greek: Add a chapter to your story

By now, you may already be overwhelmed with extracurricular activities and found your “BFFs” on your floor in Thurston (or Madison, Crawford or Somers), and you might think that joining a sorority is not for you. Think again. GW is home to a unique Greek community that combines all that the school and city have […]

GW video game simulates real emergencies

Treat the victims of biological attacks, triage patients in an earthquake and escort them to the hospital: This may sound like the typical job of an Army medic, but it is also what happens in a new video game designed by GW. GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute teamed up with Virtual Heroes Inc., a game-development […]

Alumni giving rises to new levels

Alumni donations increased significantly last year after University President Steven Knapp made it a top priority of his administration, but officials said the school is still far from reaching its fundraising goals. The University received about 16 percent more alumni contributions last year from only four percent more donors, said Adrienne Rulnick, associate vice president […]

MPD arrests local man in drug raid

Police and federal authorities found guns, cocaine, marijuana and an array of drug distribution supplies in an apartment near campus last month, as the result of an undercover investigation. Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested six people – who are unaffiliated with the University – during an evening raid at Potomac Park apartments on 21st and […]