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.

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 thepoliticizer.com, 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 […]

Campus Calendar

Monday Student Performance Showcase Watch students sing, dance and act at this Welcome Week Event. Betts Theatre | 8 p.m. Tuesday Student Organization and Services Fair Enjoy free food while learning about the various clubs and activities around campus. University Yard | 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday Free Coffee and Condoms The Student Health […]

Financial aid applications, appeals increase

The University has received 11 percent more applications for financial aid compared to last year and the total percent of students receiving aid from GW has risen to 64 percent, the University’s top financial aid officer said last week. Daniel Small, executive director of the Office of Financial Assistance, said his office worked closely with […]

Ames to become academic building

The University has saved $10 million from construction costs at Pelham Hall and will use part of the money to transform Ames Hall into an academic building, administrators said last week. The project – currently in the planning stages – is slated to begin in the fall of 2010 and will be the first project […]