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.

Most students receive top housing choice

Correction appended About 80 percent of students received their top housing choice for the fall semester and 85 percent received one of their top three, University officials said this week. The number of third- and fourth-year students on the nonguaranteed waitlist has already been reduced from 400 to 200, said Seth Weinshel, director of housing […]

Some students included in UPD arming study

The consultants from James Lee Witt Associates continue to study the issue of arming the University Police Department, and they have recently been holding focus groups with students on campus, a University official said this week. University spokeswoman Tracy Schario said the consultants held a series of meetings in which students were asked multiple-choice questions. […]

GW Cancer Gala to honor Sen. Ted Kennedy

The University will honor Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and two others at the Sixth Annual Cancer Gala hosted by Wolf Blitzer on April 25 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Kennedy, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, will receive the Cancer Compassion Award for his involvement in pushing for affordable health care on Capitol Hill. Additionally, […]

LGBTQ group lobbies for marriage equality

Charged up by recent marriage equality victories in states like Iowa and Vermont, members of Allied in Pride – GW’s LGBTQ student organization – are pushing to make the District allow same-sex marriages. On the heels of Vermont’s vote to approve gay marriage in the state on Tuesday, the D.C. City Council voted unanimously last […]

Court hears arguments in appeal of GW’s campus plan

Attorneys for both the Foggy Bottom Association and the University presented arguments this month in a pair of FBA appeals that challenge GW’s plans to construct more buildings on campus. In the complaints – which were originally filed in the D.C. Court of Appeals last summer – the FBA seeks to overturn a pair of […]

D.C. tourism highlights Obama

Web Extra At least one D.C. tourism company has shifted its focus from solely hailing the city’s architecture and government institutions to advertising the life and local interests of the president himself. In attempts to ride the coattails of President Obama’s popularity and the hype surrounding his inauguration, Destination D.C., the District’s official tourism corporation […]

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. […]