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.


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 […]

Alumna named 2008 CNN Hero

With more than a million votes cast online, GW alumna Liz McCartney was officially named CNN’s “Hero of the Year” for her work helping Hurricane Katrina survivors rebuild their homes. McCartney was among the top 10 vote-getters out of more than 3,700 nominations and was then chosen as the overall winner by a blue ribbon […]

Frank Broomell: Toughen up on study abroad academics

Everyone who goes abroad knows about culture shock, but returning home also offers its own speed bumps. My study abroad program had a re-entry workshop designed to prepare us for when we returned to America. What they didn’t really tell us is that the real culture shock happens not right when your airplane lands, but […]

Past press aides give Obama advice

To help President-elect Barack Obama prepare for his new job and the onslaught of media scrutiny that comes with it, three former White House press officials offered advice on the importance of media relations during a forum at the Jack Morton Auditorium on Monday. Former Gerald Ford press secretary Ron Nessen, former George W. Bush […]