February 17, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 41

Stories from the February 17, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Sex Column: Losing your virginity

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you went to high school. And if you went to a high school, especially a public one, you may have had to sit through some kind of seminar where you were asked to make a pledge to hang on to your virginity until you were married. […]

Ifill tackles race and politics

Her book may be called “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” but bestselling author and journalist Gwen Ifill said she started her project thinking Barack Obama was going to lose the election. “When I started writing it, it was with the premises that Obama was not going to be president,” Ifill […]

Professor under fire for water study

Editor’s note (Aug. 21, 2009) A June 2009 report from The Washington Post said that an investigation into the matter showed Guidotti did not intentionally try to deceive NIH journal readers. The sentence “There appears to have been no identifiable public health impact from the elevation of lead in drinking water in Washington DC in […]

SMHS accreditation plan approved

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences announced the details of a corrective action plan last week that they hope – once implemented – will convince their accrediting body to overturn the school’s probation. The plan includes creating an electronic database to overhaul curriculum management and adding thousands of square feet of study space. The […]

Pelham Hall to include recording studio, gym, theater

Only bulldozers and construction trailers are visible today, but Pelham Hall will soon be one of the school’s most innovative residence halls, boasting single, suite-style rooms and a slew of student amenities. Pelham, one of Mount Vernon’s six residence halls, is scheduled to reopen in 2010 after being torn down last year to make way […]

Tuition rises 3 percent

The Board of Trustees approved a 3 percent tuition increase at their meeting on Friday, as well as a $13 million boost to financial aid in response to the worsening economic climate. Tuition for enrolled students does not change under GW’s fixed tuition program, so the new pricing of $41,610 applies to the incoming class […]

Student court rules to eliminate Student Association signature requirements

After a two-week battle over registration requirements for the upcoming Student Association elections, the SA Court ultimately had the final say last week – ruling to eliminate signature requirements for all candidates wishing to run for office. In a 2-2 decision – ties rule in favor of the defendant – the Student Court ruled that […]

Board OKs Kennedy for degree

The Board of Trustees approved Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., as eligible to receive an honorary degree during their meeting Friday, a possible indication that the 76-year-old legislator could play a role in the spring Commencement ceremonies. University spokeswoman Tracy Schario said the nomination does not guarantee that Kennedy will receive a degree, noting that the […]

A burning passion

Where there’s smoke there’s fire. But last Wednesday, when senior Imran Faruqi smelled smoke, neither he nor the three fire engines that responded to the 6 a.m. call could find the fire. Someone had called the Capitol Heights fire station in Prince George’s County, Md., where Faruqi works, and deliberately given emergency responders the wrong […]