December 8, 2008

Volume 105, Issue 31

Stories from the December 8, 2008 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Tom Braslavsky: Take advantage of the GLN

Ahlan! That’s Arabic for hello. But how would I know? I didn’t have room in my schedule to take the language this year. And I don’t have the time for too much independent language study with school, work and student life. Luckily, this semester I have been able to pursue extracurricular study in my language […]

Campus Calendar

Monday Midnight Breakfast Take a break from finals and enjoy the annual free breakfast and other activities. 10:30 p.m. J Street, Marvin Center Third Floor and the Hippodrome Screening of “Sometimes in April” Watch a film about the Rwandan genocide, sponsored by Books for Africa. 7 p.m. Marvin Center Amphitheater Tuesday Gift of Life Bone […]

Inauguration hours may not apply to local bars

Many Foggy Bottom bars and restaurants may not be able to extend their hours during inauguration weekend because of previously signed agreements – despite actions from the D.C. City Council to allow venues to remain open longer. Bars, nightclubs and restaurants will not be allowed to stay open later and serve alcohol till 4 a.m. […]

Will Leaf: Hallway cameras unnecessarily threaten privacy

On Thursday, columnist Amanda Crowe criticized the efforts of Thurston residents who want to remove cameras from their hallways (“Thurston cameras not a privacy violation,” p. 4). She argued that cameras protect students and raised the question, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, then why does it matter that there are security cameras?” Her argument […]

D.C. homeless struggle for housing

In the heat wave of 2006, David Pirtle watched a man die 20 feet away from him in a homeless shelter. It was then that he knew he needed to find a home. Pirtle, a balding man who suffers from schizophrenia, received a rent-subsidized apartment through a pilot program for Housing First, a city-funded initiative […]

Basketball: Men return from break with dismal record

Those who have not kept a close eye on GW’s men’s basketball team during break may be surprised when they check the Colonials’ record. After beating American University 63-50 at the Smith Center Dec. 17, GW had a 5-2 record and looked to be headed in the right direction, back to respectability. A little more […]

Fostering friendship on and off the field

Razor? Check. Chair? Check. Testosterone? Always. It was a Tuesday night in November and members of the men’s Ultimate Frisbee team were prepping for their end of the season tournament by getting Mohawks in a friend’s apartment. Taking style to a new level, the close-knit G-Dub Ultimate team has created a subculture on campus. All […]

City, GW prepare for inauguration

As Jan. 20 quickly approaches, federal, city and GW officials are beginning the arduous task of planning President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, which is expected to draw millions of visitors. As many as four million people are expected to attend the event. With most of the District, including GW, observing Inauguration Day as a holiday, locals […]

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As the District prepares for the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, The Hatchet is keeping you informed with security updates, event listings and much more. Visit for the latest on GW’s inaugural float, the Inaugural Ball and vital information about campus and city operations on Jan. 20.

Swimming copes with injuries

Despite a litany of injuries and illnesses, GW’s swim and dive teams believe they are ready to make an impact in the Atlantic 10. With six swimmers out for the Colonials’ Saturday meet against Old Dominion, head coach Dan Rhinehart’s teams still had three first-place finishes and 14 second-place finishes. Senior David Zenk won two […]