January 22, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 34

Stories from the January 22, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Company admits Facebook flub

Shady marketing practices by a publishing company geared toward colleges have raised questions about online security for incoming freshman on social networking sites. College Prowler, the company that produces “Off the Record” guidebooks about colleges across the country, created “Class of 2013” Facebook groups for more than 400 universities – including GW – to create […]

Joint Chiefs dine at Knapp home

After the swearing-in ceremony concluded on the National Mall Tuesday afternoon, University President Steven Knapp dined with President Barack Obama’s Joint Chiefs of Staff at his home on F Street. Commandant of the United States Coast Guard and GW alumnus Thad W. Allen contacted the University last week about a venue to hold the Joint […]

Staff Editorial: What were the odds of a successful inauguration?

Much like the Y2K scare of nearly a decade ago, despite the hype of Inauguration 2009, we have survived mostly unscathed. For GW, the inauguration boiled down to security, the parade float and the GW Inaugural Ball – success on two out of three of these isn’t that bad. Given that the GW administration had […]

Mraz, Folds to perform at Smith Center

Musicians Jason Mraz and Ben Folds will perform at the Smith Center on Feb. 13, Program Board and WRGW announced Wednesday. Tiffany Meehan, PB executive chair, said tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster on Jan. 26 and will cost $33 each. “We have been wanting to have a concert since I’ve been a freshman,” […]

Andrew Clark: A conservative’s take

Amid the two million people crowded on the National Mall to watch President Barack Obama’s inaugural address, I promise that there was at least one Republican there. I’ll spare you the melodramatics and I won’t launch into some somber soliloquy of reflection and history. It truly was an incredible moment for me, though not because […]

Celebs rock MTV’s Youth Ball

One would be hard pressed to find more appealing entertainment for Democrats under the age of 35 than Barack Obama and Kanye West. At the Youth Ball held at the Washington Hilton Tuesday night, both the new president and the rap star made appearances before an adoring crowd. “It’s a pretty tough act to beat,” […]

Patrick J. Ford: Mandatory library fee is not the solution

It has come to my attention that Student Association Executive Vice President Kyle Boyer, with the approval of several senators, is considering a major initiative to reduce the library fee from $50 to $25 dollars and to transform that fee from an opt-out donation to a mandatory fee added to each student’s tuition bill. The […]

SA’s first black president pens book

As the country celebrates the inauguration of its first black president, the first black president of GW’s Student Association, who held office in the early ’90s, is making accomplishments of his own. Kyle Farmbry, now a professor at Rutgers University, will soon publish a book titled “Administration and the Other: Exploration of Diversity and Marginalization […]

Logan Dobson: Set library fee is the way to go

Our library fee system is in definite need of a change in almost any form. The current format, an opt-out “voluntary” donation of $50, is far and away the most dishonest way that we could fund our library. And any alternative, including recently proposed $25 mandatory fee, is a good one. The opt-out system is […]