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.

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 […]

What’s it like to be… An Aerobics Instructor

Most people see only novelty in 1980s aerobics videos. But in high school, senior Melinda Pearl saw an opportunity. Pearl, who now hosts a televised workout show on GWTV, first encountered the videos when a high school cross-country coach cancelled practice because of the weather and instead had her and the team exercise to the […]

Six offices ransacked in Law School break-in

Metropolitan Police Department officers are searching for a male suspect who broke into Building E of the Law School Tuesday and stole several items and cash from locked offices, according to police reports. Facilities personnel called the University Police Department shortly after 12 a.m. Wednesday to report the burglary in the building on 20th Street […]

Columbian College votes to reduce number of GCRs

Faculty in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences voted to cut the school’s General Curriculum Requirements nearly in half Friday afternoon, a decision that will significantly alter the course load for future students in the University’s largest college. CCAS students are now required to take 42 to 44 credit hours in seven different areas […]

A pure solution

Residents of the new 2135 F Street building can check one thing off their shopping lists this fall – a water purifier. Each suite in the new residence hall will come outfitted with a Brita pitcher and several replacement filters due to the efforts of a GW graduate student who is striving to raise awareness […]

Grad school applications up 16 percent

Graduate applications continue to rise, with the University reporting an average increase of 16 percent over this time last year. Kristin Williams, assistant vice president for Graduate and Special Enrollment Management, said the largest increases have come from domestic students from outside the D.C. area and international students, which posted increases of 25 and 17 […]

Students, officials celebrate Pelham Hall renovations

Students, staff members and neighbors came to the site of Pelham Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus on Friday for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the residence hall’s renovation – which is expected to bring a slew of amenities to the campus. Several University officials spoke at the “Building Rising” event before the ceremonial concrete pouring. […]

GW gives full rides to 9 D.C. students

Correction appended University President Steven Knapp surprised nine D.C. public school seniors with full-ride Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarships Friday morning, an unexpected gift for the students, many of whom would not been able to attend college otherwise. The scholarships, which include full tuition, room and board, books and fees, are valued at over $200,000 each. […]

Hatchet elects Byers editor

The Hatchet staff elected junior Alex Byers to lead the paper as editor in chief for the 2009-2010 school year last month. Byers, The Hatchet’s metro news editor and a former assistant sports editor, said he plans to improve the publication’s strong news reputation with an increased online presence. “The Hatchet as an organization has […]