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.

Basketball team misses NCAA mark

After an NCAA report released last week found that the GW men’s basketball team failed to meet academic standards, the University announced it will create a committee to evaluate the program and implement new oversight policies, a top administrator said Friday. Robert Chernak, senior vice president for Student and Academic Support Services, said a committee […]

Lyndsey Wajert: The study zone Band-Aid

Eckles Library on the Mount Vernon Campus is usually packed with visiting students from the Foggy Bottom campus two times each semester: during midterms and during the reading period for finals. Study rooms, desks, computers and even spaces on the floor are all occupied in the typically commodious Eckles, indicating that many Foggy Bottom residents […]

GPS program gets mixed reviews

Administrators are calling a new program to bring freshmen in contact with often high-ranking officials at the University a success, though students interviewed report their experience varied widely, depending on the commitment of the advisor they were matched with. The Guide to Personal Success program, part of the Student and Academic Support Services department, is […]

Men’s recruit released, trio signed

Kinley Branch, a 6-foot-5 high school senior from Georgia who had signed a National Letter of Intent to play for GW next season, has been released from his commitment, his high school coach said last week. Andrew Sullivan, men’s basketball head coach at Branch’s Stone Mountain High School in Georgia, said that it is his […]

D.C. moves to recognize gay marriages

The D.C. City Council approved a bill to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states last week, setting the stage for a possible debate of the issue in Congress. The council voted 12-1 on Tuesday to pass the bill, introduced by councilman Phil Mendelson, D-At Large, which would allow already-married gay couples from states that […]

Alex Shoucair: This semester’s epic fails

No, they can’t all fit into one column. This semester was full of excitement, controversy and a ton of Infomail e-mails. It also provided us with plenty of reminders of what GW does wrong and what it needs to change in the future. The semester got off to a really great start. All that excitement […]

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 […]