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.

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 […]

Pakistani ambassador talks security

Husain Haqqani, the Pakistani ambassador to the United States, asserted his country’s commitment to counterterrorism and touched on Pakistan’s tumultuous relations with India in the Marvin Center on Friday as part of a roundtable discussion organized by the GW Homeland Security Policy Institute. The roughly 150 guests ranged from government officials with the Department of […]

Juicy Campus closes down

Juicy Campus, the controversial Web site that allowed students to anonymously post gossip about their college campus, officially shut down on Thursday. Juicy Campus founder and CEO Matt Ivester said financial problems led to the forum’s demise. “Juicy Campus’ exponential growth outpaced our ability to muster the resources needed to survive this economic downturn, and […]

Mint produces D.C. quarter

The D.C. quarter officially went into circulation last month after a year-long debate over what the coin should look like. The quarter features jazz legend Duke Ellington, whose likeness won a public contest over depictions of Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Banneker. It also bears the inscription “Justice for All” – the District’s official motto. Many […]

Law eases penalty for bars serving minors

D.C. bars will receive lighter penalties for serving alcohol to minors as a result of a new law that went into effect last month. Bars caught selling alcohol to patrons under 21 will now only face a warning for their first offense, instead of the previous punishment of a two-day liquor license suspension and a […]

Men’s basketball rolls past Fordham

The streak has been snapped. After more than six weeks, a change of calendar years, a presidential transition a few blocks east and a string of 11 defeats, the GW men’s basketball team no longer finds itself mired in a lengthy skid thanks to an 87-62 win over Fordham Saturday afternoon at Smith Center. “A […]

Historic building robbed near Thurston

A building less than a block from Thurston Hall was robbed last Sunday at around 11 p.m. and witnesses told police the suspects may have carried guns, according to a police report. A caretaker told police he saw three men leave the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired Bacon House building on 18th and F streets […]