February 23, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 43

Stories from the February 23, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

City Lights fade to dark

Eighteen-year-old Eric Fortune-Epps wants to go to GW so he “can get a good job and have a better life,” but he does not even know if he can make it through his senior year of high school. Fortune-Epps was a student at City Lights Public Charter School in Northeast. The school, founded three years […]

Candidates spar at debate

Between polite jabs at their opponents and subtle self promotion, candidates seeking positions in the Student Association executive detailed their designs on how to improve the University and defended their records at the third annual Hatchet-SA Debate Monday night. The pool of 10 candidates – seven seeking the presidential seat and three vying for the […]

Men smothered by Xavier in Ohio

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Coming into Sunday’s clash with GW, No. 15/16 Xavier (AP, ESPN/USA Today) head coach Sean Miller called his slumping defense a “warm fluffy blanket” against which opposing offenses found comfort. The Colonials found the Musketeers’ defense to be blanket-like, but not in the way Miller described it. Instead, GW’s offense found itself […]

Applicant SAT scores rise despite drop in merit aid

The SAT scores of high school applicants to GW rose 10 points this year, despite the fact that less money is being allocated to attract “elite” applicants with merit scholarships. University officials said in October that due to the worsening financial crisis the school would shift its admissions focus further away from using merit scholarships […]

Women come back from 20-point deficit

For nearly the entire first half of Saturday’s GW women’s basketball game against St. Bonaventure it was the Colonials, not the Bonnies, who looked like the inexperienced team, flustered by the pressure of late-season college basketball. Poor shooting and sloppy ball-handling by GW translated into a 20-point deficit midway through the fist half. Thankfully for […]

Mimicking minstrels

Correction appended With his face coated in black paint and his mouth encircled in red lipstick, Omari Daniels harkens back to an often-forgotten and racist practice in American history. As of late, the black freshman has made his presence known on campus by dressing in blackface for the entirety of Black History Month to spread […]

Zenk wows at A-10 swim championships

After a disappointing regular season, the GW men’s and women’s swim teams were encouraged by their ninth-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championship over the weekend, as senior David Zenk took home top performer honors for an unprecedented third time. “The team exceeded all expectations,” said head coach Dan Rhinehart. “The records […]

Group empowers black men

At the beginning of this academic year, 698 black men were enrolled in GW as undergraduates. That is about 3 percent of the undergraduate student population. And to black men, those figures can make the University seem daunting and full of insurmountable obstacles, said members of the Black Men’s Initiative, a group created to strengthen […]

University considering advising system

Figuring out whether that history class fulfills a requirement or exploring a potential second major may become easier if an online advising system that the University is considering comes to fruition. Administrators say GW is in the process of researching and developing an online degree audit system, where students would be able to enter courses […]

Basketball Notebook: Katuka steps in, steps up

CINCINNATI, Ohio – With senior frontcourt stalwart Rob Diggs taking a seat on the bench due to foul trouble in Sunday’s 71-53 loss to No. 15/16 Xavier (AP, ESPN/USA Today), sophomore Joseph Katuka got a chance to show what he could do against the big boys’ big bodies – and he capitalized. The 6-foot-11 center […]