August 31, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 5

Stories from the August 31, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Participation in summer reading program doubles

The number of essays submitted to Dean of Freshmen Fred Siegel’s summer reading program more than doubled this year, Siegel said last week. Challenged to read Thomas Friedman’s “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” more than 300 responses from the class of 2013 flooded Siegel’s inbox this summer. About 30 students have been chosen, based on their […]

Chernak sends letter to basketball fans

After two tumultuous seasons that saw GW’s men’s basketball team fall from postseason regular to Atlantic 10 cellar dweller, Senior Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services Robert Chernak has a message for the team’s supporters: hang tight, we’re working on it. Chernak, who oversees the school’s athletic department, sent a letter last week […]

Jobs abound for statistics majors

Students around the country are facing a sluggish job market, but the field of statistics might be the saving grace for students willing to brave a math major. Students with a doctoral degree in statistics can earn $125,000 a year after graduation, the New York Times reported earlier this month, and the field is one […]

Women’s soccer wins on Eiritz free kick

Senior Misa Eiritz lined up to the right of the penalty box 24 minutes into Sunday’s game at Mount St. Mary’s, aimed, and set to send a left-footed free kick up and toward the goal. Her shot went toward the goal just fine, but never left the ground, skipping past the wall of defenders and […]

New events highlight Welcome Week

The Student Activities Center has come up with a way to make the transition from beach bags to backpacks a bit easier. Welcome Week, which started on Saturday and ends Sept. 7, features a multitude of events designed to build a sense of community and ensure the school year gets off to an enjoyable start, […]

Sports in Brief

Men’s soccer opens Wednesday The GW men’s soccer team will open its season Wednesday against American at George Mason as part of the D.C. College Cup. The Colonials will also play Howard on Saturday as part of the event. GW, which won its lone preseason contest 3-2 over VMI Thursday, is led by senior Andy […]

Grad school grabs new leader

The University announced Kathy Newcomer will lead the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in July. But don’t be fooled by her name. Newcomer has been a familiar face around the University for 28 years. Even in her new role, Newcomer is no, well, newcomer. She previously held the position from 2003 to […]

Students participate in health care debate

Debate over President Obama’s proposed health care plan exploded over the summer, and while politicians debated health care reform in the halls of Congress, GW students were joining the discussion, voicing their opinions on blogs and receiving a behind-the-scenes look at the issue through internships. Sophomore Conor Rogers founded, a political blog with a […]

University spends $2 million on Web redesign

The University has spent more than $2 million on creating the new University Web presence so far, University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said last week. The first phase of the project, launched Aug. 10, is part of the University’s multi-year endeavor to create an integrated design for all GW Web sites across schools, departments and programs […]

GW welcomes students back to campus

With the help of 1,200 student and staff volunteers, including University President Steven Knapp and his wife, the University welcomed 7,400 students to GW residence halls on Saturday. Seth Weinshel, director of GW Housing Programs, said this year’s volunteer staff was the largest yet. “As freshmen see that there is help, as they become sophomores […]