February 19, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 42

Stories from the February 19, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

University debt reaches new heights

The University secured a three-year, $90 million loan from PNC Bank in September, increasing GW’s overall debt by more than 11 percent, according to a report presented on Friday to the Board of Trustees. The loan, which University officials said was needed to ensure access to cash during turbulent economic times, brings the school’s overall […]

QuickTakes

M. Ward Hold Time (MERGE) Lusher, cleaner and more orchestrated than any of his previous works, Ward’s latest album seems the next logical step in his progression from croaky-voiced wandering troubadour to croaky-voiced NPR god. That’s not an indictment – with the exception of a HORRIBLE collaboration with Lucinda Williams midway through, Hold Time stands […]

Complaint cites medical school problems

A former student in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences has filed a complaint with the school’s accrediting body alleging that they violated at least 26 accreditation standards, the worst of which include using a rotting cadaver in an anatomy class. Brad Honigman, who graduated from GW as an undergraduate in 2006, filed the […]

Engineers Week exhibits the fun side of science

If you’ve noticed random eggs dropping out of the sky or students playing laser tag in Kogan Plaza, don’t be alarmed. These are just some of the events celebrating Engineers Week at GW. The annual event highlights the work and research of students and faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Senior Murrad […]

Fan group fails to rally troops

In a season when the men’s basketball team needs the most support, its primary fan organization has largely fallen off the map. The Colonial Army, which was formed in 2003 to rally students at GW basketball games, has remained largely inactive this year – despite collecting $15 membership fees from more than 100 members in […]

Hundreds call for more financial aid

Hundreds of parents and students are calling the University’s newly created financial aid call center to voice concerns about financing a GW education in the worsening recession. The call center was created by the financial aid and student account offices last month as a pilot program to answer questions from people concerned about paying for […]

Crime Log

Destruction 2/15/09 – Thurston Hall – Open Case An individual reported that photos in his room were defaced with black pen. Harassment 2/09/09 – off campus – case closed A female student reported to the University Police Department that she received a harassing text message from her former roommate about property that the roommate wanted […]

Beating the job market

Adrian Fontecilla is in his third and final year of GW Law School. But unlike many other graduate students these days, he does not have to worry about securing future employment in the sparse job market. Thanks to his previous participation in a summer associate program, he and many of his fellow law students already […]

Facebook backs down on privacy policy after uproar

After a public outcry about a change in Facebook’s privacy policies, the company conceded to the vehement objections and reverted back to their old guidelines Wednesday. Earlier this month, Facebook changed its Terms of Service to give the company exclusive rights to all user content, indefinitely – even if a user decides to delete their […]