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.

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 […]

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 […]