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.

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 […]

Peace Jam concert rocks Lisner

A student organization raised $20,000 for Invisible Children Inc. at Peace Jam ’09, a benefit concert featuring bands, dance teams and spoken word artists Saturday in Lisner Auditorium. Ahimsa, the host of the event, is a student organization that promotes peace and nonviolence through the principles of the Indian religion of Jainism. From the word […]

Francis headlines green concert

Pete Francis, singer and songwriter of the former rock band Dispatch, helped students kick off Earth Month at Sunday night’s environmentally themed concert, “Reduce, Re-Use, Rock Out,” in the Marvin Center’s Hippodrome. Francis and acoustic folk band Barefoot Truth performed songs from their recently released collaborative album, “Wake the Mountain.” The group is currently touring […]

CDs lobby for affordability

With the cost of higher education rising across the country, the GW College Democrats visited Capitol Hill on Friday to lobby on behalf of policies that would make college more affordable. Students met with representatives from the offices of the Speaker of the House, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Rep. Chaka […]

SPJ honors The Hatchet with 14 regional awards

The Hatchet took home more newspaper and online honors than any other student publication in the region at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards last month. The Mark of Excellence Awards recognizes the best in collegiate print, radio, television and online journalism. Anyone enrolled in a college or university working toward a […]

GW institute releases game to aid first responders

GW’s Homeland Security Policy Institute recently launched “Zero Hour: America’s Medic,” a video game that simulates emergency situations, to help emergency medical technicians better prepared for large-scale crises. The Department of Homeland Security approved “Zero Hour” nearly a week ago and 250 people have already signed up to utilize the software, said Gregg Lord, director […]

Alumni discuss female leadership

At the annual Women’s Leadership Conference on the Mount Vernon campus on Friday, three GW alumni discussed their successes as women during a panel called “Stepping Up for Change: Personal Stories.” The panel consisted of Theresea “Memphis” Holland, principal at Holland Development Group, Cynthia Frye Wilson, former mayor of Granbury, Texas, and Gillian McHale, a […]