October 2, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 14

Stories from the October 2, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Memo: SA leader instructed staff to mislead reporter

Student Association President Vishal Aswani’s chief of staff instructed the executive cabinet to mislead a reporter about who paid for an August executive cabinet retreat, according to an internal memo given to The Hatchet. Document: E-mail memorandum from Aswani’s chief of staff (pdf) Aswani, a senior, spent $315 of his personal funds on Washington Nationals […]

Groups aid Haitian storm victims

Several student organizations banded together this weekend to gather food and clothing for Haitians affected by Hurricanes Fay, Gustav and Ike as well as Tropical Storm Hanna. The GW Saves Initiative, a collaboration between the Black Men’s Initiative, Caribbean Student Association and Black Student Union, set out to raise awareness about the urgency of the […]

Knapp addresses local residents

The Foggy Bottom Association gave University President Steven Knapp a warm reception Tuesday night as GW’s top official began his second year working to improve relations with the surrounding community. When Knapp spoke at his first FBA meeting a year ago, the mood was one of hostility and hesitation. After a year, many in the […]

Crash kills man near campus

Police are investigating a crash between a Metrobus and a taxi that killed one person near campus Friday evening. The Metrobus was traveling west on Virginia Avenue when it hit a minivan taxi on 19th Street at about 8:15 p.m. The taxi spun in circles before it came to a full stop. The Metrobus continued […]

Economic woes touch students

Many students interviewed on campus this week said they feel removed from the deepening financial crisis on Wall Street, but those who work on Capitol Hill are at the center of the storm. The Dow Jones industrial average fell almost 800 points Monday afternoon when the House of Representatives failed to approve a landmark bill […]

New Ocean Hall reels in tourists

Take two breaths. One of those breaths came from the ocean’s oxygen. This and other bits of aquatic information can be found at the Sant Ocean Hall in the National Museum of Natural History. The new hall is the result of the largest renovation effort in the museum’s history, and its completion drew an estimated […]

Locals weigh in on arming UPD

Part of a continuing series. Monday, campus police at other schools. Thursday, reactions from students. Several community leaders expressed hesitation this week at the University’s proposal to arm campus police officers, and many said they hope it will be discussed further with Foggy Bottom residents. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Asher Corson, Foggy Bottom’s top elected official, […]

The Hatchet’s guide to absentee voting

With 33 days until the election, there is still time to get an absentee ballot. Check out absentee ballot deadlines in some popular home states below. Original graphic. New York, 15 percent of GW population, voted blue in 2004. Registration deadline Oct. 10. Absentee ballot deadline Nov. 3 (mailed by). New Jersey, 12 percent of […]

Public Health dean resigns

The dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services resigned abruptly late last month to become a full-time faculty member at the school. Ruth Katz, who served as the dean of SPHHS for five years, was replaced temporarily by Associate Dean Joseph Reum. Katz e-mailed members of the school in September to say […]

Pell Grants could face cuts

Pell Grants, one of the most important federal funding programs for higher education, may face a budget shortfall of more than $6 billion next year, the White House announced late last month – making the Department of Education the latest victim of the current economic crisis. The program, which affects nearly 1,000 students at GW, […]