December 4, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 30

Stories from the December 4, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Campus Calendar

Thursday Elliott School Book Party Come join a wine and cheese reception for 12 Elliott School of International Affairs faculty members who published books this year. 4:30 p.m. 1957 E St., Room 602 Friday Friday Night Live Party all night long at the WRGW free concert. The night will feature bands such as The Dance […]

Alum murdered in Northwest D.C.

A GW alumnus and his wife were brutally murdered in Northwest D.C. late last month, and police have charged two people with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths. Michael Spevak, who graduated from GW in 1961, and his wife Virginia were found dead in their home on Nov. 22. Police found their bodies bound […]

Gates urges Obama to invest in service

Bill Gates urged President-elect Barack Obama and his administration on Wednesday morning in the Marvin Center to continue funding education reform projects and to reduce global poverty despite the economic downturn. In his first public speech since September, the co-founder of Microsoft said the United States needs to be optimistic and must continue to fund […]


In “Colorful chaos” (Nov. 24, p. 6), The Hatchet misspelled the name of the masks used by the Virginia Commonwealth University dancers. They are Jabbawockeez masks, not Jaberwocky masks.

Report: GW students active in abroad programs

GW students are among the most involved in study abroad programs, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education last month. The IIE Open Doors Report, an annual publication on international education and study abroad programs, ranked the University eighth in student participation for semester-long programs and 10th in the number of […]

Early Decision I applications rise by 50 percent

The final number of Early Decision I applications increased substantially this year, after the University extended the deadline by two weeks last month. Kathryn Napper, executive dean for undergraduate admissions, said there was a 43 percent increase in the number of Early Decision I applications, which are binding, after the application deadline closed on Nov. […]

Escalator problems persist at Foggy Bottom Metro stop

Escalator outages at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station have caused headaches for commuters since this summer, and complications in the repair process have prolonged the ordeal. For the past few months, intermittent malfunctions and repairs have caused some – and occasionally all – of the three escalators to be out of service or cordoned off. […]

Amanda Crowe: Thurston cameras not a privacy violation

GW is not Big Brother. It’s doubtful that the University is interested in every aspect of students’ lives, watching them tirelessly until they slip up and maybe break a rule. The University and the University Police Department aren’t out to get you into trouble. They’re trying to make your time on campus safer. William Leaf’s […]

Snapshot: Study Hall

Michelle Rattinger/Hatchet photographer Freshmen Nick Cianciaola, Rachel Ganz and Lindsey Orlofsky study in the hall in front of the stacks at Gelman Library. Study space in the library has been in high demand this month due to final exams.

Letters to the Editor

Time is right to build science center I enjoyed reading Lindsey Wajert’s op-ed on the proposed construction of the new GW science center. Her column was well-written, well-reasoned and well-argued. However, I disagree with Ms. Wajert on three basic premises. First of all, despite the shrinking economy, GW remains financially strong, as reported by Lauren […]