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.

Back from war, a new fight

Junior Kevin Blanchard was on patrol in the Iraq desert in June 2005 when a roadside bomb came up through the floorboard of his vehicle and took out his left leg below the knee. His injury resulted in an immediate airlift out of Iraq. He endured 30 surgeries and 13 months at Walter Reed Army […]

Actress returns to GW

Actress Kerry Washington had offers to attend several conservatory schools for theater, but wanted a liberal arts education that only GW could offer, she said at an Alumni Weekend event in the Marvin Center Saturday. The GW alumna – who starred in such films as “Ray,” “The Last King of Scotland” and “The Fantastic Four” […]

University sustainability grade improves

An environmental organization rated the University significantly higher in its College Sustainability Report Card last week, noting that the school’s biggest shortfalls now stem from its endowment. The Sustainable Endowments Institute, which surveys sustainability at 300 universities anually, gave GW a C+ in its third report card – up from last year’s D+. The news […]

City closes local homeless shelter

As the sun rose on Friday, crews moved in to load beds and tables onto trucks and board up the doors of the only homeless shelter in Northwest D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty ordered the shutdown of the all-male Franklin Shelter at 14th and K streets amid massive resistance from residents and the D.C. City Council, […]

O’Reilly confronts Kalb

Fox News Channel conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly discussed the rise of opinion journalism and its effects on society and democracy during The Kalb Report Saturday at the National Press Club. O’Reilly, who is famous for having vigorous debates on his show with guests from every political and philosophical group, said his style of journalism on […]

Greeks mark 150 years

Members of Greek-letter organizations from the past 60 years gathered Friday evening at the Elliott School of International Affairs to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Greek-letter life at GW. Mark Forrest, the associate director of clubs and groups for the Office of Alumni Relations, said the gathering was a time for alumni to network with […]

Joe Laliberte: Stopping the smart phone invasion

To: All BlackBerry and iPhone users at GW From: Those of us who do not have a BlackBerry or iPhone Subject: STOP! Your iPhone or BlackBerry might be in your pocket or on the table in front of you as you read this. Please, put it out of arm’s reach for the next two minutes. […]

Negroponte talks Iraq

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte addressed the state of U.S. involvement in Iraq in an event hosted by The Middle East Policy Forum at the Elliott School of International Affairs on Thursday. During his lecture Negroponte discussed U.S. progress in stabilizing Iraq and the Iraqi government’s progress in establishing a multi-ethnic government. He praised […]

Former professor sues University

A former professor of anesthesiology at the GW Medical Center is suing the University in federal court for $2 million over allegations of gender and retaliatory discrimination. Dina Soliman, who was an assistant professor for anesthesiology and critical care medicine, said several of her superiors in the Anesthesiology Department unfairly discriminated against her between 1998 […]

Letters to the Editor

Make a misstep into an opportunity Plenty of people are writing in to tell you how offended they are by the “Slice of Life” column in the Life section titled “Got Drunk? Who’s to Blame” (Sept. 22, p. 6)? They should be. I am also deeply offended by the author’s insinuation that sexual assault or […]