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.

Panel tackles graduate student debt

Web Extra A panel of higher education policy experts spoke about the explosion of student debt and advised students on how to pay for a graduate-level education in the Jack Morton Auditorium Wednesday afternoon. With more than 40 percent of students burdened with an “unmanageable” amount of debt – defined as more than 8 percent […]

Green lobbying event draws thousands

Web Extra More than 50 GW students joined 12,000 young activists from across the country in D.C. over the weekend for the annual Power Shift environmental summit. The conference, based at the D.C. Convention Center, focused on training environmental activists to lobby Congress on green issues. Organizers also hosted a Capitol Hill rally, demanding bold […]

They call it … XANADU

Recalling last year’s Forbidden Planet Productions’ musical cabaret, junior Samantha Dercher remembers that when the show sold out, the company had to turn away nearly 100 people. She said this year – which marks her directorial debut – the company added additional shows so those interested could see the company perform the collection of music […]

District Mixtape: SA presidential candidates

What better way to pass judgment on the quality of candidates for SA president than with a face-off of taste-making proportions? Boyer and Bindelglass will go head to head in a runoff election on March 11 and 12. They offered up their choice tracks for your judgment this week: Julie Bindelglass 1. We The Kings […]

Jewish literature lives

For English professor Faye Moskowitz, putting students in contact with authors meant bridging the connection between reader and writer. Moskowitz teaches Jewish Literature Live, a new course that brings contemporary Jewish American authors to campus. Anya Ulinich will read from her novel “Petropolis” this Thursday, and later in the semester, contemporary writers Michael Chabon and […]

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 […]