October 13, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 17

Stories from the October 13, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

New contest promotes community

A campus competition to encourage participation and class community will launch during Spirit Week later this month. Colonial Challenge, formerly dubbed Olymapthon, will help promote existing events like Colonials Invasion and Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week by giving away prizes such as laptops, Inaugural Ball tickets and charity donations to groups with the most attendees, […]

Report identifies voting problems

After weeks of investigation, a special committee of the D.C. City Council blamed problems in the District primary elections on both the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics and Sequoia Voting Systems, the firm that provides the city with its voting machines. The investigation began after a malfunctioning voting machine and an inordinate amount of […]

UPD warns of sex assault spike

The University Police Department has seen a rise in the number of sexual assault cases reported over the past two weeks. Campus police received reports of eight sexual assaults in the last two weeks, with at least three of the incidents occurring on campus, according to a crime alert sent to the University community Friday. […]

Armed man robs FB Grocery

A man robbed the Foggy Bottom Grocery at gunpoint Friday afternoon and left with more than $500, police and witnesses said. At about 1:35 p.m., a black male in his thirties attached a note to the door that said “Be Back in 10 Minutes” before placing a handgun on the counter and demanding money, said […]

Few protest IMF and World Bank

The Metropolitan Police Department prepared exhaustively for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings this weekend based on several violent protests last year, but they found the Foggy Bottom area surprisingly quiet. Officers restricted vehicle and pedestrian access for several blocks around the IMF and World Bank buildings near campus during the annual meetings […]

Buddhist club exhibit brings peace to GW

It seems that everywhere you turn lately, everyone is either talking about the election or the economy. Yet GW Buddha Nature Club members don’t want to talk about any of that. They want to talk peace. The club worked with Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist organization, to hold an exhibit on the third floor of […]

University to boost financial aid in response to economy

The University plans to add millions of dollars to financial aid for continuing students and provide extra accommodations for families having trouble paying for GW during the economic crisis, senior administrators said last week. Ensuring that students can afford to stay at GW should be the University’s top priority, said Robert Chernak, senior vice president […]

Half do not complete CCAS Ph.D.s

Undergraduates might complain about a heavy workload and tough classes, but their chances of getting a degree are far better than those of doctorate students. Only half of all Ph.D. candidates entering the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences in 1998 had earned a Ph.D. eight years later. Of those that did not, 5 percent […]

Admissions office not using Facebook or MySpace

Good news for high school Facebook and MySpace users looking to attend GW: The University’s Office of Admissions does not monitor social networking profiles to decide admission into the University, the executive dean for undergraduate admissions said last week. Test preparation company Kaplan, Inc. released results from a study last month that said one in […]

Joining the ranks

Freshman David Perry said he experienced more than “grueling mental and physical training” during the 18-hour days he spent training at the Quantico Marine Corps Base this summer. The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program taught him how to respect and be respected, but most of all it connected him with his mentor, senior Elliot […]