September 18, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 10

Stories from the September 18, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Top-paid professor brings GW overseas

The University’s highest-paid professor earns more than most administrators and hundreds of thousands more than most faculty. But Shahram Sarkani is not your average professor. Sarkani, a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, spends up to 200 days a year on the road, crisscrossing the world to teach engineering courses to a […]

Site offers pirated books

While soaring textbook prices have sent some students to discount online retailers, other students across the country are opting out of paying for textbooks altogether. Textbook Torrents, a Web site that allows users to illegally swap digital copies of textbooks with one another, has about 95,000 members and is growing by close to 1,000 members […]

Secretaries of state meet in Lisner for historic event

The words “Obama” and “McCain” remained unspoken until the end of the program, but the five former secretaries of state assembled in Lisner Auditorium Monday afternoon had a lot of advice for whichever candidate becomes the next president. Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell shared their decades of foreign policy […]

School of Business will record classes

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Project Management program will soon be able to watch a professor’s lecture without having to leave their homes or residence halls. University officials in the Graduate School of Business announced their plan last week to integrate a “TiVo” style system called “Lecture Capture” into their program in […]

CDs celebrate kick-off with Minnesota senator

Web Extra A last-minute vote in the Senate forced the College Democrats to alter their plans to have Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., address their organization for their kick-off event Wednesday night. Instead, Klobuchar scheduler Abigail Collazo facilitated a speakerphone discussion with the senator while students called out questions on a variety of topics. Klobuchar, a […]

SA president presents plan for fund allocations

The Student Association executive released a formal recommendation for initial student organization allocations Tuesday night at the first official SA senate meeting of the year. In conjunction with sophomore Shawn Dejbaksh, SA vice president of student activities, SA President Vishal Aswani recommended that the senate finance committee allocate a large percentage of student funds to […]

Career Center, Disability Support Services co-host fair

Navigating the ins and outs of the workplace can be tough for any college student. But for American University junior Yazan Khalaf, professional life will entail extra challenges because he relies on an electric scooter for mobility. Khalaf was one of many students with disabilities who attended a disability job fair on Monday at the […]

Officials: senior administration never discussed hippo phase-out

Sunday, September 21 Administrators rebuffed reports this week that the University was phasing out its unofficial hippo mascot, saying it was never discussed by the senior administration and that the bookstore stopped ordering hippo apparel because of a “misunderstanding.” The Hatchet reported Thursday morning that the University was phasing out the hippo in merchandise and […]

D.C. City Council investigates voting malfunction in primary

The D.C. City Council launched an investigation on Tuesday into the District’s bungled primary election last week to prevent further errors in the November general election. During last Tuesday’s primary, the D.C. Board of Elections misreported voter tallies and the number of write-in ballots. They determined that the final outcomes of the races – including […]