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.

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 […]

Staff Editorial: Grading the graders

Attention Student Association President-elect Julie Bindelglass: We have a summer project for you. Next year, students must be able to sign up for classes and know what they are getting themselves into. This page has called for improved advising numerous times in the past, and last fall, we advocated for the results of student course […]

Law School ranking drops

The GW Law School dropped eight spots last week in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s best law schools, falling from 20 to 28. The drop is a significant setback to one of the University’s most prestigious programs. The Law School has produced notable alumni such as John Foster Dulles, […]

GW improves in recycling contest

The University improved this year in every category of an annual government-sponsored recycling contest, according to the program’s results announced earlier this month. Recyclemania, a contest sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency that runs each year for 10 weeks, is designed to encourage recycling at universities and colleges across the country. GW saw an improvement […]