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.

Alum dies in Ethiopia, officials suspect homicide

A GW alumnus working for the State Department was found dead in Ethiopia this week and U.S. government officials say his death is being investigated as a homicide. Brian Adkins, who graduated in 2007, worked for the State Department as a Foreign Service officer stationed in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Representatives from the State […]

Diggs stepping out into new role

PHILADELPHIA-For the last three years, senior forward Rob Diggs has been the GW men’s basketball team’s go-to man in the post. Possessing a rare combination of agility, fluidity and touch, the 6-foot-9 Maryland native has sometimes been the only source of points for a Colonials team that has struggled to score for much of the […]

Students call for new transgender policy

The Student Association joined an LGBTQ student organization last week in demanding explicit protection for transgender students in the University Code of Conduct. Members of the Allied in Pride student organization have been fighting to alter the University’s anti-discrimination policy to include transgender students – and won a major victory on Jan. 27 when the […]

Nobel Peace laureate packs Lisner

Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, detailed his lifelong efforts to end global poverty to a captivated audience of D.C. residents and students in Lisner Auditorium Wednesday night. The Bangladeshi economist and professor has received numerous awards for his philanthropic works, but Yunus received the highest recognition, the Nobel Peace Prize, in […]

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 […]