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.

UDC students fight tuition increase

Armed with fluorescent signs, whistles and makeshift bucket drums, a group of students from the University of the District of Columbia gathered Tuesday night for a sleep-in to publicly protest a drastic tuition increase they say would greatly limit accessibility to the city’s only public college. The proposal, made by UDC President Allen Sessoms, would […]

Suspect arrested in Ethiopia for murder of alumnus

Ethiopian authorities have arrested a man in connection with the suspicious death of alumnus Brian Adkins, a Foreign Service officer found dead in Ethiopia last week, State Department representatives said Wednesday. The State Department would not release the name of the suspect nor add further comment, citing an ongoing homicide investigation. Adkins worked for the […]

Former South Korean presidential candidate speaks at ESIA

Though his address touched on such weighty issues as reunification of Korea and containing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the second-place finisher in the South Korean presidential race began his address at the Elliott School of International Affairs Tuesday by expressing empathy for a fellow politician. “I did not naturally support Sen. McCain’s policy. However, I […]

RIAA sues student, alumnus

More than a year after they sued anonymous GW students for illegal downloading violations, representatives of the recording industry recently advanced their federal court battle by filing new suits against a senior and an alumnus. Court documents filed by the Recording Industry Association of America allege that Richard Fowler, a 2008 graduate, and senior Heidi […]

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, […]