February 9, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 39

Stories from the February 9, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Hardship and hobos: A look back at the Great Depression

I don’t know about you, but this whole economic crisis is starting to hit home. Did you hear? Starbucks is slashing 7,000 jobs and shuttering a bunch of its stores. Let’s hope and pray the Gelman and E Street branches aren’t on the chopping block. That’d be a real crisis. But while the economic situation […]

Lyndsey Wajert: A stimulus cut we can’t afford

For the past few months, GW students have not been exempt from feeling the burden of the worsening nationwide economic crisis. Had Congress passed President Obama’s originally proposed stimulus package, part of that weight might have been lifted from the shoulders of both the University and its students. Recently, the stimulus package passed in the […]

Hatchet Checkup: Loud Music

Freshman Julianne Barto knows that if she listens to her iPod too loud, she won’t be listening for long. “My room, and even my hallway, they’re always pretty noisy,” Barto said. “I used to listen to my iPod to drown it out. Now I go to the library when I have to study.” When a […]

Andrew Clark: Way past last call

The farce that is President Obama’s wasteful economic stimulus bill still (even after the compromise) has dozens of provisions that need to be seriously reconsidered. However, cutting out much of the billions of dollars in new education funding from the bill was a good place to start and I say we should cut out even […]

Nearly half of Folds/Mraz tickets remain unsold

A little less than half of the tickets remain for this Friday’s Jason Mraz and Ben Folds concert, sponsored by Program Board and WRGW. Tickets for the Feb. 13 concert in the Smith Center are on sale at the Ticketmaster Box Office in the Marvin Center for $33. When tickets went on sale on Jan. […]

Andrew Alberg: For men, a step in the right direction

Upon exiting the Smith Center, those in attendance at the GW’s men’s basketball team’s 87-62 blowout win over Fordham Saturday were met with a delightful combination: an unseasonably warm day and Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days,” which was blasting from Tau Kappa Epsilon’s townhouse on the corners of 22nd and G. Whether the members of the […]

A new green challenge

University President Steven Knapp has recruited a former corporate adviser to lead the newly established sustainability office. Before taking her current position at GW, new Office of Sustainability Director Meghan Chapple-Brown worked with a consulting firm aptly named Sustainability, where she advised corporations such as Nike, Wal-Mart and Ford on issues related to climate change, […]

Kung fu champ kicks it in the classroom

Ron Wheeler, a former martial arts national champion with training in taekwondo, kung fu and tai chi, now teaches college girls how to uppercut, right hook and roundhouse kick. Wheeler’s cardio-kickboxing class has become famous among GW students. Trained in martial arts, Wheeler is responsible for pushing students to their max while educating them about […]

Thurston residents report disrepair

After rowing practice on Feb. 1, Ivan Soto-Wright tried to relax by taking a shower in his Thurston Hall room. Moments later, the freshman narrowly avoided serious injury when the ceiling collapsed. “I heard a crack sound, and within a split second, I moved out of the way and half of the ceiling above the […]

Bedbugs force dorm fumigations

Students reported a bedbug infestation on the ninth floor of New Hall last week, prompting the second series of fumigations in residence hall this semester. New Hall residents Nik Alexoff and his three roommates were notified Wednesday afternoon of the infestation on their floor and that bedrooms would have to be treated. Previously, at least […]