January 12, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 32

Stories from the January 12, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

What’s in a name? The most popular names at GW

Correction appended “Is there a Michael here?” If you’re at GW, the answer is probably yes. That’s because Michael is the most popular name for George Washington undergraduates. The Hatchet gathered data from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning to break down the name game at GW. According to this data, 174 Michaels currently […]

Univ. advances toward research goal with new VP

The University took a major step toward its goal of expanding research opportunities with the announcement of a prominent neuroscientist as the first vice president for research last month. Dr. Leo Chalupa will be the University’s chief research officer – a position that administrators hope will launch GW into the competitive research market. The position […]

Harold Gray, 55, helped D.C.’s ‘invisible people’

The writer, a Hatchet reporter, knew the Rev. Gray personally and often joined him and other GW students to feed the homeless on Monday nights. The Rev. Harold Gray, 55, a mentor and leader to many GW students who volunteered to feed the homeless, passed away from a heart attack over winter break. His organization […]

Women lose in final moments

With the clock winding down in Richmond, Va., Saturday night, mere seconds separated the GW women’s basketball team from collecting their first road victory of the season and snapping a three-game losing streak. But the Spiders’ Danielle Belle delayed the former and extended the latter, banking a shot off the glass with less than two […]

Homeless death stuns FB residents

About two dozen people gathered Thursday evening to remember a quirky homeless man and familiar face around GW who was brutally slain near campus on Christmas Eve. The small vigil was conducted outside the Potomac Plaza Apartments at 24th Street and Virginia Avenue where Yoshio Nakada, 61, was found dead on Dec. 24. Nakada died […]

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of alumnus

A suspect in the murders of a GW alumnus and his wife pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday. Prosecutors charged Piero Fuentes Hernandez, 21, in the death of Michael Spevak – who graduated from GW in 1961 – and his wife Virginia after the couple was found murdered in their Northwest D.C. home in […]

Hobbs faces scrutiny after losing streak

Correction appended Since Karl Hobbs’ arrival in Foggy Bottom eight years ago, students have welcomed the head men’s basketball coach to the Smith Center court by bowing, an act of reverence usually reserved for royalty and deities. Even last season, when the team missed the postseason for the first time in more than 30 years, […]

Foggy Bottom bars seek extended inauguration hours

More than 200 bars, restaurants and nightclubs have registered with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to extend their hours and alcohol service during inauguration weekend, but some popular Foggy Bottom establishments still do not know if they will be permitted. While Lindy’s, TGI Friday’s and The 51st State are among the 129 venues in the […]

New VP is political veteran

The University announced last week that Lorraine Voles, an alumna with more than a decade of communications experience in D.C., will be the school’s first vice president of external relations – a new position that oversees both public affairs and lobbying activities. Voles, who graduated with a BA in journalism from GW in 1981, has […]