April 20, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 56

Stories from the April 20, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Letter to the Editor

Opportunity Wasted It was refreshing to read Josh Akman’s pragmatic analysis of the Student Association and President-elect Julie Bindelglass’ electoral challenges (“A new era for the SA?” April 16, p. 4). Unlike most incoming SA Presidents, Bindelglass will need to win over many constituencies who don’t know her, never voted for her, and worse, voted […]

Sodexo responds to J Street thefts

The University’s food service provider, Sodexo, is ramping up security at J Street in response to recent thefts in the Marvin Center facility. Sodexo has told its managers “to make their presence known,” said Sam Ramos, Sodexo director of operations at GW. This security increase comes on the heels of catching numerous students stealing from […]

Vigil honors Virginia Tech victims

A small group of students gathered in Kogan Plaza Wednesday evening to commemorate the 33 people who died in the Virginia Tech shooting two years ago. Candles glowed in the outline of the Virginia Tech logo as Student Association President-elect Julie Bindelglass spoke at the SA-sponsored ceremony, calling the event an opportunity to “stand in […]

Ex-Clinton aide heads communications

New Vice President for External Relations Lorraine Voles has tapped a former colleague from Capitol Hill to oversee the University’s communications operations. Sarah Baldassaro, former director of communications for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, will join Voles, a former co-worker in Clinton’s office, as assistant vice president for communications. She will oversee the communications end of the […]

Greek-letter organizations honored

Correction appended Members of the Greek-letter community packed the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom Sunday night for the 5th annual Greek Night of Achievement. The event honored fraternities, sororities and individual members of Greek-letter organizations for achievement their achievements on campus. The Order of Omega, a selective honorary society for fraternity and sorority students, sponsored the […]

J.L. Asher: Why I Gave

“I already pay GW $50,000 a year, why would I give them any more money?” This is a common response that I receive when I ask seniors about giving to our senior class gift. What most seniors don’t understand is that giving to our senior class gift is not the same as paying tuition. Giving […]

Knapp to decide on arming UPD by end of school year

University President Steven Knapp will make a final decision about arming the University Police Department before the end of the academic year, he told The Hatchet last week. A consultant hired to conduct focus groups and weigh the pros and cons of equipping UPD officers with guns will present a report and recommendation to Knapp […]

Successful fundraiser starts breast cancer club

Web Extra When Samantha Shames learned that her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer, she knew she couldn’t control the illness. She could, however, control her actions – and she directed all her energy toward finding a cure. The sophomore has been fundraising for breast cancer research for some time, but this year she […]

Preparing for the worst

A rogue Pakistani general has a nuclear weapon. You have less than five hours to diffuse the crisis. What do you do? It’s not a new, hardcore, version of a choose your own adventure book. Instead, this type of scenario confronts members of a new student organization who take on roles as players in simulations […]

Grad students make up majority of Finance Committee

Three-quarters of next year’s Student Association Senate Finance Committee are graduate students, a figure that has some worried about the group’s ability to fairly allocate hundreds of thousands of dollars to student organizations. The Finance Committee is tasked with allocating student fee money to student organizations, a majority of which are run by undergraduates. The […]