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.

Few attend Student Association town hall on diversity

A Student Association town hall on diversity Tuesday night drew fewer than 20 students to discuss obstacles facing multicultural programs on campus. The forum was held in Thurston Hall and a half-hour after the event’s scheduled start time of 7 p.m., only 13 people were present. Some students filtered in later, bringing the attendance to […]

Channeling angst and high school

For student directors, engaging with stereotypes presented the opportunity to overturn those stereotypes. The musical “bare,” presented this weekend by Forbidden Planet Productions, explores the conflicts of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school, centering on a romantic relationship between roommates Jason, a popular jock, and Peter, his more reserved boyfriend. Jason is played […]

QuickTakes: Holiday cheer on a budget

Hatchet Arts presents tasteful holiday gift options that make a statement with a low price tag. It’s the thought that counts? FOR HER: Amy Grant “Home For Christmas,” 98 cents used ( This album: #2 on the Billboard 200. In 1992. Mood ring, $3.99 ( Ideal for convincing that 1970s tween you’re after to go […]

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. […]