May 18, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 2

Stories from the May 18, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Students inducted into highest honor society

Web Extra Proud parents crowded the stage at Lisner Auditorium Saturday for the induction ceremony for Phi Beta Kappa, an honor society that inducts only 1 percent of college graduates nationwide. The new members of Phi Beta Kappa joined the ranks of leaders in what Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Lehman said is […]

Josh Hock: Average Joes or Average Einsteins?

In the long-standing tradition of modern academics, the letters “A, B, C, D and F” have seemed to hold greater meaning alone than composing words. Yet, the phenomenon of “grade inflation” has forced some to question the value of letter grades and thus the merit of students’ academic records. Consistent and widespread reports featured in […]

SPHHS celebrates its largest graduating class

Web Extra Small bottles of hand sanitizer were handed out to family, friends and the nearly 200 graduates of the School of Public Health and Health Services at the school’s graduation ceremony Saturday, a gesture to prevent the spread of swine flu at GW, Interim Dean Josef Reum quipped. The graduating class is the largest […]

Notebook: Allbritton signs with Texas school

Men’s basketball transfer Matt Allbritton has signed to play for the University of Texas-Pan American, Allbritton confirmed last week. The school, located in Allbritton’s home state of Texas, is one of 16 independent teams in NCAA Division I. In online correspondence with The Hatchet, Allbritton said his new school’s location was a factor in his […]

Professor Frank Sesno approved to lead School of Media and Public Affairs

Professor Frank Sesno will be the new director of the School of Media and Public Affairs after being selected by the SMPA faculty and approved by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Dean Peg Barratt, University officials said Friday. Board of Trustees Chairman Russell Ramsey announced at Friday’s board meeting that Sesno would take […]

SMHS accrediting body will return in October

Web Extra The School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ accrediting body will return to campus and review the school’s progress in October, one year after the body placed the school on a two-year academic probation. In a letter to GW medical students, faculty and residents, SMHS Dean James Scott said the Liaison Committee on Medical […]

Celebrating faith at GW

Themes of service and togetherness resounded in the Western Presbyterian Church sanctuary Friday afternoon for the Interfaith Baccalaureate ceremony, a spiritual event that traditionally marks the beginning of Commencement weekend. Five graduating seniors and the head of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts spoke at the event, each highlighting the importance of supporting one […]

Staff Editorial: A welcome nomination

Last month, Lee Huebner, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, announced that he would not be back next year. On Friday, University officials announced that Frank Sesno has been named the new director after a unanimous vote from SMPA faculty and approval from the dean of the Columbian College of Arts and […]

A time for fun at Union Station

Graduating seniors traded their caps and gowns for cocktail dresses and suits, dancing alongside family, friends and administrators at the annual Monumental Celebration Saturday night. The 17th annual Monumental Celebration took place in the Main Hall of the stately Union Station and featured live music, food, drinks, balloon artists and free caricature portraits. University spokeswoman […]

Staff Editorial: Bright hopes on a cloudy day

Under the shadowy sky of this year’s Commencement, the bright theme of dedication to public service ran high. Being one of the top contributors to Teach for America and the Peace Corps, GW students have consistently displayed their commitment to public service after graduation. In early April, an editorial in The Hatchet called upon the […]