January 15, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 33

Stories from the January 15, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Daughter of history professor will deliver inaugural poem

The inaugural poet speaking at next week’s event will be the first to deliver such an address in more than a decade, but she is also notable for her ties to Foggy Bottom – her mother is a GW history professor. Elizabeth Alexander will recite an original poem at Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, […]

A humble opinion on tribute bands

The stages leading to the formation of a tribute band seem natural enough. Obsess over a band. Learn all of their songs. Play their music in your basement (or garage, or whatever) with like-minded individuals. Finally: Witness said band’s break up, and in response, become the defunct band. This final stage is the most difficult […]

A front row seat to history

Plenty of GW students are planning to battle the unprecedented inauguration crowds to take advantage of their proximity to the historic events taking place around the city. Sophomore Kimberly Davis was one of the lucky 240,000 people to win a ticket to the swearing-in ceremony in a lottery from her congressman’s office. Davis said her […]

Staff Editorial: Two points for Knapp

Just over a year ago, GW had an inauguration of its own. Although it wasn’t quite as grand as Tuesday’s ceremony promises to be, the school celebrated the inauguration of its 16th president, Dr. Steven Knapp. One year later, we are finally seeing movement from President Knapp on one of his main goals. Among other […]

Law professor threatens lawsuit over inauguration toilets

With inauguration crowds expected to exceed 1 million people and only 5,000 portable toilets on the Mall to accommodate them, a GW Law professor is threatening legal consequences for what he coined as the “potty parity.” John Banzhaf, a public interest law professor at GW, sent a legal notice to the Presidential Inaugural Committee on […]

Colonials rebound at home

For two years, redshirt sophomore Ivy Abiona sat. As a freshman, she wasn’t ready to contribute regularly, then she was forced to miss last season after tearing her ACL. So, it would be hard to blame the New Jersey native if she was frustrated after being taken out of the starting lineup for strategic reasons […]

Staff Editorial: Here come the crowds

Chances are, most students have their plans all set for the many events of Inauguration Day. Equally likely is the chance that most students haven’t thought out how they will deal with the extra masses that will be making themselves at home, in our city and on our campus. We have to remember that all […]

Matt Grifferty: Credit where credit’s due

After President-elect Barack Obama’s victory this fall, CNN political commentator Donna Brazile stated that his election was propelled by one constituency: the youth vote – the college kids who came out in numbers for Obama. Yet as the inauguration approaches, it’s becoming clear that this pivotal group will be underrepresented at the culmination of their […]

Alexander leaves Colonials

The athletics department announced Wednesday that sophomore basketball player Xavier Alexander had “voluntarily withdrawn” from the University – making him the fourth player to leave the program since last March. “I don’t think is the start of a trend, but I’ve been wrong before,” Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz said Wednesday, noting that the decision […]