November 10, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 25

Stories from the November 10, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Letters to the Editor

Support for nonvoting argument Kudos to Bill Flanigen for his interesting and provocative piece on nonvoting (“I didn’t vote. Leave me alone.” Nov. 6, p. 4). Seeking to dispel the widely held notion that voting is an obligatory civic duty, he makes a cogent case in favor of those who believe that not voting is […]

Administrators plan to map volunteerism

GW students, faculty and staff performed more than 52,000 hours of community service in the District last year, and University officials are brainstorming ideas for a database that maps such volunteerism in the area. Administrators plan to create a comprehensive program that will combine data to produce a map showing where GW has engaged in […]

Elliott School alum becomes U.S. ambassador to NATO

A graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs was named the 19th U.S. ambassador to NATO this month. Kurt Volker, a 1987 graduate of Elliott School’s graduate program, said he attributes much of his success to the experiences he had while at GW. “I chose George Washington University for my master’s degree because I […]

Coca-Cola executive to teach at GSPM next semester

One of Coca-Cola’s highest-ranking officials is slated to join the faculty at the Graduate School of Political Management next semester. Thomas Mattia, a senior vice president of worldwide public affairs and communications at Coca-Cola, will retire from his post and begin teaching a course at GW on management and crisis communications as part of the […]

Dealing with disabilities

Sophomore Cece Black is a typical student: She enjoys hanging out with her friends, she lived in Thurston Hall last year, she is part of a sorority and, like any good Colonial, she participates in a number of student organizations. But one aspect visually sets her apart: a wheelchair. When Black was 16, she and […]

GW honors late-night staff

Correction appended At around 2 a.m., when most students are packing up their homework from the night, Joyce Doziero takes her lunch break. Doziero works in housekeeping, part of the facilities and maintenance department. Hardly seen by students, late-night workers like her clean up after thousands of students and staff, usually without much in return. […]

A helping hand in student court

Everybody makes mistakes. That’s why Brian Schepis became part of the Student Judicial Advisors, a group of students who serve as pseudo-lawyers for students who find themselves facing Student Judicial Services. “It kills me to hear stories of people losing their housing or being suspended because they didn’t properly present their case to the University […]

Ten alumni earn spots in the U.S. House and Senate

Ten GW alumni won seats in the 111th U.S. Congress in Tuesday’s election, including nine out of ten incumbents who held on to their seats. Matt Lindsay, director of GW alumni communications, said University President Steven Knapp is preparing to send congratulatory letters to the winners. He said he is impressed by the strong presence […]

Soccer kept out of playoffs

This was it. With just 30 seconds left in their final home game against St. Bonaventure, the GW men’s soccer team had one last chance to even the 2-1 score line. A draw would put them in the A-10 tournament. A loss, and the season was over. Even goalkeeper Matt Scheer sprinted forward, looking for […]

The price of tanning

Brittany Myers does not frequent tanning salons. But the freshman, who will soon return home for Thanksgiving break, said she is worried about being “the pale one” among her group of friends. It’s enough to get her to overlook safety concerns and lie down for a few bronzing sessions before heading home for the holidays. […]