October 16, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 18

Stories from the October 16, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Alumna aids at-risk women

On Jan. 27, 1992, Octavia thought about putting an end to her life. At 23 years old, her mother had been stabbed repeatedly by her second husband and placed on life support. Octavia was forced to drop out of college, take care of two younger siblings, pay the mortgage and make a living. Nearly two […]

Lucas Hagerty: Back to the kid in us

Welcome, GW parents. By now, your child’s room has been frantically cleaned, with racy posters and beer cans shoved behind the dirty clothes hamper in the back of the closet. They have put on their cleanest clothes and met you with a big hug. But it’s a different hug than the ones you’ve received before. […]

Accrediting body puts Medical School on probation

Friday, Oct. 17 An academic accreditation organization has put GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences on probation for failing to meet several regulations, university officials announced Wednesday. After an accreditation review, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education said the school had problems in several areas, “including curriculum management, lounge and study space for students, […]

Recruiting Web sites report men’s basketball commit

Multiple basketball recruiting Web sites reported Wednesday that the GW men’s basketball team has landed its first verbal commitment for the 2009-10 season. Kinley Branch, a senior at Stone Mountain High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., has committed to play for the Colonials next year, according to rivals.com and scout.com. ESPN’s basketball recruiting and a […]

$5 – $10 – $20: An entertainment guide for the cash-strapped college student

If you have $5 Catch campus a capella groups perform A Capella-Palooza this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on 23rd Street. Tickets are $5; proceeds will benefit the Ngabolo Primary School. If you have $10 Cart your parents over to the Marvin Center Betts Theater for the New Plays […]

Cheney visits GW Hospital for heart procedure

Vice President Dick Cheney was treated for an abnormal rhythm in the upper chambers of his heart, called an atrial fibrillation, at the GW Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. White House doctors discovered the atrial fibrillation when Cheney met with them on Wednesday morning. As a result, he cancelled a fundraising appearance for Republican congressional candidate […]

Economic woes alter admissions strategy

A senior administrator wrote a letter to Faculty Senate members last week outlining an admissions strategy altered by recent turmoil in the financial and credit markets. The letter emphasized providing more financial aid to continuing students rather than allocating funds to attract new “elite” freshmen. Robert Chernak, senior vice president of Student and Academic Support […]


Oasis Dig Out Your Soul (Reprise) Memo to all rock critics: It is OK to compare Oasis’ sound to the Beatles now. Doesn’t it feel so good to be able to say that and be right, after 15 years of being wrong but saying it anyway? All it took was Ringo’s son playing drums, I […]

New Columbian College institute to study solar energy

The University is in the early stages of establishing an Institute of Solar Energy Analysis within the Columbian College, officials announced earlier this month. The new CCAS institute will research the economic and technological advantages solar power. Its creation reflects the national and international emphasis on alternative energy sources and environmental challenges. “Our goals are […]

Representing the unrepresented

Democracy can be ironic sometimes. This November, D.C. residents will elect two people to represent a district on Capitol Hill that is, by law, unrepresented. D.C. residents cannot elect a voting senator or representative next month, but they will pick two unpaid, nonvoting members of D.C.’s “shadow” delegation. Shadow senator Paul Strauss and shadow representative […]