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.

Three swine flu cases confirmed

Three GW students have tested positive for the H1N1 influenza – better known as the swine flu, the University announced in a statement Saturday morning. The positive tests represent no new cases of the virus at GW, but are instead confirmations of three of the five probable cases that were previously announced. University spokeswoman Tracy […]

Senior Stories: Philippe Chow: Engineering a passion for music

Correction appended Mechanical engineering might not be the most colorful major at GW. But leading your own eight-person band on the side might spice things up a bit. Just ask Philippe Chow, who became a mechanical engineering major after trying out two previous majors and another university before settling on his choice at GW. He’s […]

Adair hard at work

With finals wrapping up and graduation less than a week away, current GW senior and former GW basketball player Jessica Adair finds herself in the same position as many of her fellow seniors: trying to impress someone enough to get a job. The difference, of course, is that Adair will be trying out, not interviewing […]

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 […]