May 11, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 1

Stories from the May 11, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Obama lawyer gives ethics talk

The special counsel to President Barack Obama for ethics and government reform spurred a lively debate about communication between government officials and lobbyists in the Jack Morton Auditorium last week. Obama’s special counsel, Norman Eisen, spoke about an executive order by the Obama administration that prevents lobbyists from having oral communication with government officials regarding […]

Trachtenberg portrait unveiled

A portrait of University President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was unveiled Wednesday afternoon at a ceremony honoring his service to the University and his larger than life personality. Administrators, students and current University President Steven Knapp attended the event held in the School of Media and Public Affairs to commend Trachtenberg on his 19 years […]

University to renovate residence halls over the summer

The University plans to use about $1.5 million to upgrade or renovate several University buildings and residence halls over the summer, Executive Vice President and Treasurer Lou Katz said last week. The most extensive renovations will occur in Francis Scott Key Hall, a sophomore dorm on 20th Street, and will include updating the building with […]

Scientology founder’s writings honored at event

Aliens, brandy and guns were the key components of a comedic adaptation of an L. Ron Hubbard novel performed by Emmy-award winning actors in the Jack Morton Auditorium last week. Hubbard, whose writings became the founding documents of the Church of Scientology, attended GW for two semesters before leaving without a degree in 1931. The […]

University will review Treanor death

The University will conduct an additional review of sophomore Laura Treanor’s death after learning she died of alcohol poisoning, University President Steven Knapp said in a statement May 1. The announcement came just days after the D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Treanor, who passed away Jan. 23, died of acute alcohol intoxication. The death […]

University will not arm UPD officers

After nearly a year of review, GW has decided not to arm University Police Department officers, University President Steven Knapp announced last week. Knapp said he made his decision two weeks ago after an exploratory study by the security consultation company James Lee Witt Associates found “no compelling justification for providing firearms to the University […]

2009 Commencement Speakers

Commencement Speakers White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is the keynote speaker and will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree. Known as an aggressive politician, Emanuel reportedly once sent a dead fish to a pollster he disagreed with. Emanuel cut off his finger while working at Arby’s and infected it while swimming […]

Passing the ball

Nate Andorsky, Kevin Meehan and Andy Ritter became friends due to their common interest in sports. But this spring they also became business partners, forming a program that turned their passion into service. That’s why they started Fair Catch, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of local athletes. Formally commenced in March, Fair Catch […]

Senior Stories: Laura Henry: Combining theater and academics

Many GW students would say that they are most comfortable walking the halls of Congress or taking time to intern on a political campaign. But for Laura Henry, the place where she excels the most is the theater. A senior graduating with a double major in dramatic literature and English, Henry differs from most of […]