April 6, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 52

Stories from the April 6, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Women’s studies professor takes revenge

Clarification appended Some have called them “feminazis” or suggested they are not real scholars. But these false impressions only inspired Bonnie Morris to tell what women’s studies professors have to offer academia. Morris, a GW women’s studies professor, recently published “Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor” to combat the myths surrounding the discipline. Formed around […]

Staff Editorial: More freedom, fewer requirements

For all you sociology majors, what would your GPA look like if you hadn’t had to take that calculus class freshman year? And for all you biochemistry majors, what would you give to have one less WID class to take? Future generations of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences students are about to find their […]

Donald Parsons: S&E Complex will benefit the highest bidders

When the humble and the wealthy of Cologne contributed to their magnificent cathedral, there was little controversy over what activities would be conducted within – souls would be saved according to the guidelines of the Church. Such is not the case with GW’s cathedral (“Cologne Cathedral on 23rd Street?” Feb. 2, p. 4), otherwise known […]

Alex Shoucair: Snuff out the smoking ban

Spiraling tuition costs. Plummeting endowment value. Student Association turmoil. Deteriorating library. Heinous dining services. Secondhand smoke. Which one of these is not like the other? If you guessed secondhand smoke, you’d be right. Nevertheless, a small but vocal contingent of students has launched a campaign to fight the campuswide epidemic of secondhand smoke because apparently […]

A family affair

Working and studying at GW is not the only thing shared by sophomore Brian Barbera’s family. They also share kidneys. A few months ago, Barbera discovered his kidneys were failing and that a transplant would be necessary. He has Alport Syndrome, a genetic disorder that leads to kidney failure in early adulthood. His older brother, […]

Tom Braslavsky: Protesting Fred Phelps

Having grown up in Kansas, my home is only about an hour’s drive from homophobic and anti-American pastor Fred Phelps’ Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, which last Monday picketed the White House and several other targets in the D.C. area. The White House protest was a demonstration against America – an “evil” and “rebellious” land, according […]

Letter to the Editor: How to abolish the SA

How to abolish the SA Two months ago we wrote to the editor advocating the abolishment of the SA, and we are pleased that GW students are taking up the cause at www.abolishthesa.com. We write to express our support to the Web site organizers and offer them advice. Abolishing the SA requires a three-pronged approach. […]

Sigma Alpha Mu hopes to return

Sigma Alpha Mu, an unrecognized fraternity that was kicked off campus 15 years ago, is on a quest rejoin the official GW Greek-letter community. Better known as “Sammy,” the fraternity was booted out in 1994 due to a risk management and alcohol violation. A group of 25 freshmen restarted the fraternity in 2002 – but […]

Swinging into the circus

Alumna Shana Kennedy used to ride a unicycle around campus as a freshman majoring in international affairs. And after graduating in 1998, she dropped politics and swung into the world of circus arts. Now Kennedy runs a circus performing arts school in Philadelphia, which she founded last year. She teaches trapeze and high-wire acts as […]

Law, film experts to address grads

A former U.S. solicitor general, an Academy Award winner and the U.S. ambassador to NATO will be among the keynote speakers at graduation ceremonies for individual schools this spring. Most of the schools and colleges will have an outside or high-profile speaker address the graduating class – with the exception of the Columbian College of […]