September 29, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 13

Stories from the September 29, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

A dream come true

Makwei Mabioor Deng says he is in the midst of a dream, one he hopes he will never wake from. The University awarded a full scholarship to the Sudanese 22-year-old who began his freshman year this month. Banaa, a student organization that began working to bring a Sudanese student to GW in 2006, helped coordinate […]

National Book Festival brings authors, literary enthusiasts to Mall

Web Extra Threatening storm clouds shifted ominously over the National Mall on Saturday, but the National Book Festival carried on as a celebration of literature and creativity. More than 70 authors, poets and illustrators were scheduled to attend the festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush. Marc Brown, […]

When dinner becomes breakfast

This past month, Manalle Mahmod has been eating breakfast after 6 p.m. But the senior, one of many students observing Ramadan, uses the word “breakfast” a bit more literally. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims cannot eat or drink during the daylight hours, which are reserved instead for religious […]

Weekly Check-up: The dangers of texting

Web Extra An expensive phone bill is not the only pain caused by texting. Fervent texters also have to watch out for strained thumbs and other injured body parts, health experts said. As the thumbs of GW students flicker across their Blackberrys, flip phones and iPhones, two problems can occur. First, rather than looking both […]

Slice of Life: Proud to be an American

Scattered throughout the Metro system, nondescript white posters celebrate the friendship between Germany and the United States and mark the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, when the U.S. saved West Berlin from starvation at the hands of the Soviet blockade in 1948. I’ll admit that my American pride has suffered a bit over the […]

Joining forces for ‘soul work’

Collin Stevenson is a cross-country runner, an international affairs student and an ROTC cadet. He also spends his Monday nights shaking awake D.C.’s homeless to deliver them a meal. The senior is involved in a ministry group called the Bethlehem Rebounders. The Rev. Harold Gray, who doubles as a professor at Howard University, started the […]

‘Google Bus’ helps students switch to GWMail accounts

Despite rainy weather, representatives from Google Mail arrived in the “Google Bus” on Friday to show students and alumni how to operate the e-mail service. The event, hosted in the Marvin Center, featured free demonstrations on how to utilize new Google applications, such as documents, sites and calendar. Representatives from Student Technology Services were on […]

From GW to Hollywood

Judging by the number of students who attended a lecture on how to become a screenwriter Friday, GW students aspire to be more than just senators. Speaker Jason Filardi, a Hollywood screenwriter and 1993 graduate, has worked on such movies as “Bringing Down the House” and the upcoming “Seventeen Again.” The former English major said […]


The Hatchet erroneously reported in “Admins address local noise” (Sept. 25, p. 1) that University Police Department officers will be more likely to knock on a townhouse door, as long as the townhouse is within UPD’s jurisdiction. Since they are not exercising police authority, UPD’s jurisdiction is irrelevant.

Family donates $10 million for cancer research at SMHS

A $10 million donation will expand cancer research, care and education at the GW Medical Center, University officials announced Wednesday. The contribution from Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen is the largest individual gift in the history of the University and its medical center. “This is an extraordinary gift from Dr. and Mrs. Katzen which we hope […]