January 29, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 36

Stories from the January 29, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Sodexo prevails over grievance

A union representing a group of J Street employees recently lost a complaint filed against their employer, Sodexo, which alleged that the food service provider lied about subcontracting services at WoW Café and Wingery to another company, an attorney for the employees said this week. The union, Unite Here Local 25, alleged in a grievance […]

Grad school applications increase

Correction appended Applications to GW’s graduate programs have increased 7 percent from this time last year, but opinion is split on what effect the country’s recession will ultimately have on graduate admissions. In addition to the 7 percent master’s degree application increase, doctoral applications are up by three percent. This follows last year’s five percent […]

Russert hosts panel on new media, election

Luke Russert, son of the late NBC News correspondent Tim Russert, led a young panel of political experts and activists in a discussion about the role of youth in politics Tuesday night in the Jack Morton Auditorium. The GW Graduate School of Political Management hosted the event, which focused on new media and how politicians […]

Maintenance workers get pay raise

Despite a deepening financial recession, the University’s 200 housekeeping and groundskeeping workers can rest a little easier after receiving a 3 percent pay raise this week. After successful negotiations between their union and GW, the wage hike brings their total hourly wage to $15.58. Lou Katz, executive vice president and treasurer, said he hopes the […]

Lt. Col. recalls hunt for Saddam

Correction appended More than four years after he helped catch one of the most wanted men in the world, Lt. Col. Steve Russell gave a first-hand account of the investigation and ultimate capture of Saddam Hussein at the Marvin Center Tuesday night. Russell was the commander of the 1st Battalion of the 122nd Infantry, a […]

Women breeze by Dayton

The GW women’s basketball team continued its winning ways Wednesday night against Dayton, beating the Flyers 64-52 and running the Colonials season-high win streak to five games. The Colonials (12-8, 5-1 Atlantic 10) were led by freshman Tara Booker who had five rebounds to go with her team high 15 points. Freshman Tiana Myers and […]

Students cut dorm energy use

Students have used 12.7 percent less electricity in residence halls since September compared to the same time last year, organizers of a University-wide conservation contest said. Halfway through the University’s “Eco-Challenge,” which runs through April, the University is reporting that residence halls are making significant progress reducing their energy use. “It’s excellent news and especially […]

Week off couldn’t come at better time for team

With its loss to La Salle Wednesday night, GW’s men’s basketball team fell to 0-6 in the Atlantic 10, making them the only one of the conference’s 14 teams not to win a game. The Colonials have lost 10 games in a row overall and sit at the bottom of the standings by itself. Karl […]

Education leaders debate policy on Capitol Hill

“In the 21st century, countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow, and America is already in danger of falling behind.” With that quotation from President Barack Obama, Dr. Watson Scott Swail opened the National Capitol Summit on Education sponsored by GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the Hyatt Regency Hotel […]

D.C. resident pleads guilty to murder of alumna

A D.C. resident pleaded guilty in a Maryland court this week to the murder of a GW graduate student last spring. Gary T. McKinley, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 2008 death of his girlfriend, 24-year-old preschool teacher Sheena Marie Day. Day was a graduate student at GW in spring 2008, and […]