April 27, 2009

Volume 105, Issue 58

Stories from the April 27, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Cutting through the mind

Cheryl Stimpson carefully pulls a mechanical razor toward her, shaving off a bit of brain tissue. Next door, Muhammad Spocter places a glass slide under a microscope and observes purple dots suspended in white mass on his computer screen. This is GW’s Mind-Brain Institute, whose charter was approved only a few weeks ago. It is […]

Fountain Fling draws hundreds to Vern

Under clear skies and 85-degree weather, hundreds of students flocked to the Mount Vernon Campus for Program Board’s first-ever Fountain Fling this weekend with headlining band Spoon. Program Board and the Mount Vernon Programming Council combined efforts for the event, which combined PB’s Spring Fling and MVPC’s Fountain Day. Senior Liz Kramer, co-chair for PB’s […]

Lifting Spirits: The GW Cheer Team

Web Extra Armed with pompoms and ready to root for the team, cheerleaders are famous for their perky personas and ability to enhance school spirit. But what happens when the cheerleaders are left with little spirit to perk up? This is often the case at GW, where school-run events at the Marvin Center go largely […]

New student org to promote spirit

Losing his bid for the Student Association presidency taught Kyle Boyer at least one thing: He was good at bringing people together. Boyer said he plans to capitalize on this talent by launching the Colonial Impact Group, a student organization that will organize students to build a more spirited and unified campus. “There is and […]

At the top, a student perspective

When University President Steven Knapp’s tenure at GW began in August 2007, one of his goals was to remain closely connected to the student perspective. That’s where Kelly Leon comes in. A graduate student in the organizational management program with a degree in English from GW, Leon was awarded a Presidential Administrative Fellowship last spring. […]

Q&A with the man behind the George mascot

Although his real identity is sworn to secrecy, The Hatchet scored an exclusive interview with the man behind the George mascot. The student has been wearing the George costume for two years and plans to try out again next year. His climb to George-dom began his freshman year when he lived in Thurston and a […]

Child army protesters ‘abduct’ themselves

D.C.-area students and protesters symbolically abducted themselves on the White House Ellipse on Saturday as part of an international protest designed to draw attention to the plight of child soldiers in northern Uganda. The protest was organized by Invisible Children, a group against Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony’s child army. Participants gathered at the Ellipse […]

University selects two students to speak at Commencement

For the fourth time in its history, the University has selected two students to speak at Commencement in May, the school’s marshal said last week. Graduate student Cosmin Florescu and undergraduate student Naomi Rapp were chosen after a team of judges – including various University officials and one student – heard their speeches at an […]

Fenty tours local school

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty arrived on campus last Thursday to honor the transformation of the School Without Walls, a D.C. public high school on G Street that has undergone extensive renovations in the last year. The mayor took an informational tour of the semi-completed school, which is slated to receive LEED Silver certification, a […]

Ex-FBI head addresses security

The U.S. government must walk a complex and dangerous path to balance privacy with protection in a new era of technology, Former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh said during a speech Thursday at the Elliott School. Freeh, who led the country’s largest law enforcement organization from 1993 to 2001, gave an address titled “Policing in […]