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.

January 20 will be a tough trek for employees

There is no doubt that getting into Foggy Bottom will be a challenge on Inauguration Day, but preparations are being made to ensure all GW employees whose services are crucial can get to work safely and on time. Like all nongovernmental citizens entering the city for festivities, University Police Department officers, doctors at the GW […]

Students accelerate inaugural float construction

With only a few days before GW sends a float down Pennsylvania Avenue in the inaugural parade, student leaders are working around the clock to finish the project and stay on budget. The cost of the actual float is roughly $58,000, but more than $30,000 has been spent on related costs, said Tim Miller, executive […]

GW and the inauguration: Did you know?

Correction appended In 2005, President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush did not walk the majority of the inaugural parade route, choosing only to go on foot in the final steps to the White House, for fear of being injured by protesters staked out near the Willard Intercontinental hotel. The Metropolitan Police Department […]

D.C. may soon have House vote

District residents could be granted long-awaited voting representation in the U.S. Congress within the next month, according to a local advocacy group. “We are reeling here from how quickly things are moving,” said Kevin Kiger, communications director for D.C. Vote, a local organization dedicated to getting a voting representative from D.C. in Congress. After the […]

Student to march in parade

One GW student did not need to secure a spot on the University’s float to have a role in the inaugural parade. Junior Joe Lewis is in his sixth year playing the baritone in the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, which is similar to a marching band but contains only brass and percussion instruments and […]

Election detracts from study abroad

A historic election season made last fall an exciting time to live in D.C., and the number of GW students who chose to leave the country and study abroad during that time was notably lower than in past years. Director of Study Abroad Rob Hallworth said that 351 undergraduates went abroad last semester, lower than […]

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 […]