April 13, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 54

Stories from the April 13, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

John Beers: To each their own god – or not

Last Tuesday, I read in The Diamondback, the student-run newspaper at the University of Maryland, that the university senate has decided to remove the prayers from the general graduation ceremony in light of the secular nature of the university and the diversity of its students. I’d spent so much time working toward graduation here at […]

Staff Editorial: Refocusing input on guns

Do you have an opinion about the University Police Department having guns? Good luck offering up those views to anyone who matters. Consultants from James Lee Witt Associates are still analyzing the need for guns on campus and are currently conducting focus groups to get student opinion. The students have been chosen to represent a […]

Campus Calendar

Monday Occupation 101 Watch a documentary about the causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The event is free and hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine. 6 p.m. Marvin Center, Room 310 Pops in the City Watch former GW basketball player Pops Mensah-Bonsu and his team, the Toronto Raptors, take on the Washington Wizards for $5. […]

Joe Laliberte: Tweet this

What am I doing right now? Well, Twitter, I’m trying to understand how such a trivial concept has become this truncated soap box used by more than 10 million “tweeters” across the world. Why do people think I would care what they are doing at every moment throughout the day? MollyJean is “having a cup […]

Letters to the Editor

Gun amendment is appropriate Ms. Claire Autruong makes some good points but also has some very idealistic hopes in her argument. She refers to Sen. John Ensign’s amendment to S.160, the D.C. Voting Rights Act of 2009 as something he threw into the bag to derail voting rights for District residents. We always hear how […]

John Banzhaf: Defending transgender students

The Hatchet recently reported that because a female-born transgender student was allegedly “harassed” by sisters of a sorority and forced to withdraw because he dressed and acted like a man, the Faculty Senate will be asked to “add the words ‘gender or identity expression’ to GW’s Student Code of Conduct nondiscrimination policy.” There are many […]

Service corps applications continue to rise

As the national unemployment rate rises, some top community service organizations have continued to see a large jump in applications this year – many of which come from GW students. Americorps, a federal program that focuses on service within the country, had a 400 percent increase in applications and Teach For America, an organization that […]

Senior hopes to end invocation

Graduating senior John Beers is on a mission to remove the prayer from GW’s Commencement ceremony because he feels it is unnecessary and alienates atheist students. Beers spoke up during last week’s SA senate meeting, saying he finds the University’s practice of conducting an invocation and benediction during Commencement “extremely disheartening.” “It doesn’t seem right […]

Weather does not dampen regatta

The parking lot attendants grimaced as the early morning rain stung their faces, but men’s crew head coach Greg Myhr was smiling from ear to ear as he walked around the Thompson Rowing Center along the Potomac River Saturday. GW’s rowing teams hosted the 22nd annual George Washington Invitational Regatta last weekend, finishing sixth out […]