February 5, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 38

Stories from the February 5, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

New dorm likely most expensive

Close to 500 juniors were chosen last week to live in GW’s newest and most expensive dorm, 2135 F Street, next year. The five-year project, slated for completion in June, is the first GW building with singles and suite-style living, said Seth Weinshel, director for GW Housing. “We haven’t done a building like this ever […]

Obama taps alumna for Veterans Affairs post

Tammy Duckworth, a graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs, was nominated by President Barack Obama on Tuesday to serve as an assistant secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her duties will include supervising the department’s public affairs operations, internal communications and intergovernmental relations. Duckworth, who graduated from GW with a master’s degree […]

Letters to the Editor

Hardly a satellite campus A recent Life story (“Vern Express supervisor keeps shuttles running smoothly,” Feb. 2, p. 1) described GW’s Mount Vernon Campus with a phrase about which many readers probably didn’t think twice: “satellite campus.” The Mount Vernon Campus is not a satellite campus; it is a fully integrated part of GW’s main […]

Professors limit laptop use in classes

Facebook, video-chatting and instant messaging may soon be a thing of the past – at least in some GW classrooms. A growing number of professors are banning or restricting the use of laptop computers in their classrooms in an attempt to get students to pay attention and engage in classroom discussions. “It’s a question of […]

Where the art is

In the Smith Hall of Art, students lay stake to the claim: Art does, in fact, exist here. The University’s Presidential Arts Scholars will be showcasing wall drawings, photography and sculptural work in a newly installed exhibition, “Crowded Spaces,” this weekend. “Crowded Spaces” will be displayed in the ground-floor gallery in Smith Hall, which opened […]

SA senate supports budget increase to improve 4-RIDE

The Student Association voted Tuesday night to support a $300,000 increase in the University Police Department’s budget, in hopes of expanding and improving UPD’s 4-RIDE service. The SA’s Student Life Committee reported that 35 percent of calls made to UPD for 4-RIDE dispatch service went unanswered in 2008 because the service has not grown in […]

Destinations close to home

Thinking of staying in D.C. for spring break this year? It doesn’t mean you have to spend the week sitting around your dorm or apartment. Take a spin and visit some local destinations. Note: a Zipcar membership would be helpful for most of these trips. Colonial Williamsburg How to get there: Car (about 2.5 hours) […]

Staff Editorial: A risky venture for SA elections

Brace yourselves, GW. It’s election season again. This time, it’s not the White House that is up for grabs, but the much coveted and sometimes controversial presidency of the Student Association. Whether you love, hate or refuse to acknowledge the SA, it is hard to ignore the frenzied campaigning that grips Foggy Bottom each spring. […]

Campus Calendar

Thursday Flamenco Dance on Stage…Starring You! Learn to Flamenco dance while enjoying wine and cheese at the ninth annual Flamenco Festival. Tickets are $20 7 p.m. Lisner Auditorium Friday South African Project Benefit Performance Youth performers from the Bokamoso Youth Center of Winterveldt, South Africa, will showcase traditional African song and dance. 7:30 p.m. Betts […]