March 5, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 46

Stories from the March 5, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Affordability, study abroad concerns voiced at town hall

Students complained about curriculum requirements and GW’s study abroad policies, among other issues, to top University administrators Monday night at a town hall meeting hosted by the Student Association. University President Steven Knapp and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Donald Lehman fielded questions from students along with four deans – Peg Barratt of the […]

Students rethink spring break plans

As drug-related violence near the Mexican border escalates, some students are rethinking their spring break plans. Though the State Department issued a travel alert on Feb. 20 warning about violence throughout the country, many GW students are planning on visiting popular resort areas like Cancun, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas. Nearly 100,000 students across the […]

Sociology chair’s intervention in robbery leads to arrest

The chair of the sociology department chased down a woman who tried to steal one of his employee’s wallets Wednesday, preventing her from fleeing campus until police officers could arrive. Executive assistant Octavia Kelsey reported that her wallet had been stolen around 2 p.m. Wednesday and alerted department chair Steven Tuch. Tuch then saw the […]

Senior Class Gift Committee raises $15,000 so far

The Senior Class Gift Committee has received donations from about 12 percent of the senior class so far – totaling more than $15,000. The committee hopes to eventually get donations from as much as one-third of the graduating class, but 361 seniors have already donated. David Anderson, coordinator of the Senior Gift Committee, said the […]

University seeks opportunities for stimulus bill funding

With close to $54 billion directed toward education, the recently signed stimulus bill may be cause for many students and teachers across the country to celebrate. But private institutions, like GW, may not be so lucky. Close to 75 percent of the education stabilization fund in the stimulus package has been designated for states to […]

Andrew Pazdon: Wait, I thought I was here to learn?

Last summer, when I mustered the inner courage required to view my first tuition bill without swooning or breaking something, I noticed a $50 library donation that I didn’t remember making. Being naive however, my initial reaction was not, “Where did this extra charge some from?” Rather it was, “Cool, does this mean I get […]

Staff Editorial: Gelman should be functional, not flashy

How many flat-screen televisions does one school need? Apparently, between J Street and the lobby of Duques Hall, we don’t have enough of these around campus yet, because the plans for the Gelman Library first-floor renovations include an Information Hub decked out with a number of these flat panels. Any GW student who has ever […]

Evan Schwartz: Online is great. Personal is better.

GW is looking to implement an online advising system, but in digitizing an already impersonal process, the University must take care not to alienate students. The problem with advising here is twofold, and an online system would only solve one of those problems. It goes without saying that accomplishing simple tasks at GW can be […]

Justin Guiffre: GCRs aren’t all bad

The other day I was sitting in World History 038, and after a cold trek across campus to the Elliott School, I was less than ecstatic about the exchange of people, plants and animals from the Old World and New World after Columbus landed here. But after a surprisingly interesting lecture, my professor raised his […]