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.

Julie Verratti: Don’t vote on my marriage

The evening of Nov. 4, 2008, was exhilarating. I stood with thousands of people in San Francisco celebrating the election of this country’s first African-American president. The emotion I felt overwhelmed me with a sense of justice, pride and redemption. The next morning I felt devastated because I woke up to the news that 52 […]

Stephen Glatter: The path toward unity

On Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Obama achieved the impossible – he united GW. Okay, so the 20 percent of campus who opposed him or didn’t care probably felt left out, but by our standards of unity, it was quite the accomplishment. After Obama was announced as the victor, scores of GW students poured into the […]

UPD gets mobile command unit

The University Police Department will soon deploy a mobile command unit vehicle to help them more effectively respond to incidents on campus, the department chief said last week. Mobile command units, which are van-sized and tall enough to stand inside, are used by many campus police departments to house various tools and resources in order […]

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 […]