February 12, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 40

Stories from the February 12, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

New student group seeks to highlight Cuban issues

A new student group is doing their part to bring attention to the issues of Cuba, a country that has been largely shrouded in mystery for almost a half-century. Students for a Free Cuba was founded last month by junior Brittney Arroyo Morrett and sophomores Rudolfo Mayor and James Tanner. Tanner, the organization’s treasurer who […]

Inept offense plagues men in loss

College basketball games take 40 minutes to play, but depending on who you ask, they can be decided as early as the first two. An inauspicious start set the tone for the Colonials Wednesday night, as bodies became tangled, fouls racked up and La Salle seized a hold on the game en route to handing […]

Hippo items remain sparse

The University has sought to distinguish the hippo as an unofficial mascot of the school by not restocking some hippo inventory at the GW Bookstore and scaling back the mascot’s presence at televised events. In September, after reports that the University was phasing the hippo out of its merchandise, administrators denied that the school had […]

Univ. begins Smith Center renovations

The University recently commenced long-awaited renovations to the Smith Center, and has raised almost $9 million of the $25 million that they will eventually need for the project. Individual donors have contributed about $4.5 million since fundraising began last spring, a figure that is being matched on a rolling basis by the Smith-Kogod foundation – […]

Reporting the recession

At the National Press Club on Monday night, four top business journalists detailed their role in keeping the country informed on the year’s top story – the financial recession. Alexis Glick of FOX Business Network, Diana Henriques of The New York Times, Steve Pearlstein of the Washington Post and Ali Velshi of CNN convened for […]

Board approves $13 million aid boost, 3% tuition increase

The Board of Trustees approved a $13 million boost to financial aid at their meeting in the Elliott School this morning in response to the worsening economic climate. The body also approved a 3% tuition increase, about equal to the past three years. Tuition for enrolled students does not change under GW’s fixed tuition program, […]

Officials identify education problems

More needs to be done to close the achievement gap in the United States, a former Bush administration U.S. secretary of education said during a presentation at the Marvin Center Tuesday night. About 40 students gathered to listen to Rod Paige, Allen Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia, and James Bryant, […]

Colonials fall to 49ers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Valentine’s Day was not exactly sweet for the GW men’s basketball team this year, getting no love from a rowdy homecoming weekend crowd at Charlotte in a 69-51 blowout loss to the 49ers. The game escaped the Colonials’ (7-15, 1-9 Atlantic 10) grasp quickly, as the 49ers took off on an early […]

Staff Editorial: How big was your last paycheck?

Recently, President Obama announced that the government will mandate that officials working for companies receiving government aid cannot make more than $500,000 a year. Along those same lines, Washington State University President Elson Floyd just took a $100,000 pay cut in response to the current economic situation. University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann gave back […]

What is the real purpose of love?

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, and as people scramble to make dinner reservations or find a way to get that teddy bear delivered just in time, all this lovey-dovey stuff makes me wonder, is love really necessary? Do we really need Valentine’s Day? “Valentine’s Day has no meaning. It’s just another excuse to […]