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.

Most of freshman class attends Convocation

University President Steven Knapp urged freshmen to participate in public service and take advantage of GW’s extensive alumni network and accomplished faculty at Freshman Convocation Sunday afternoon in the Smith Center. A majority of the more than 2,500 freshmen attended the event, which was followed by a barbecue in University yard. “No matter what you […]

Cone E. Island’s 25 years

Some GW landmarks are such an integral part of student life that it can seem like they have been on campus forever. Cone E. Island, the go-to, “only at GW” ice cream parlor, celebrates 25 years on GW’s campus this November. While GW’s campus has seen a lot of additions over the years, Cone E. […]

Organizations launch political media

Less than a month after the Princeton Review ranked GW the most politically active school in the country, two student-led publications are looking to foster political debate on campus – albeit on different sides of the fence. The Blue Line and The Colonial Review are new liberal and conservative outlets, respectively. The Colonial Review, the […]

University improves green ranking

A top national environmental organization no longer considers GW as one of the least eco-friendly schools in the nation, according to the group’s annual rankings, which were released last week. GW climbed to the 81st spot – out of 135 schools ranked – after being named one of the five least sustainable schools in the […]

SA retreat focuses on basics, upcoming goals

Members of the Student Association’s executive and legislative branches spent their annual retreat discussing their plans for the upcoming year and volunteering with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation last week. Student Association President Julie Bindelglass said that the SA has had a productive summer meeting with administrators, launching their trio of Web sites, […]

Staff Editorial: Confronting the challenge

It’s not easy being green. GW jumped from being one of the nation’s five least eco-friendly universities to the middle of the pack last week, according to environmental group The Sierra Club. Earning a No. 81 ranking out of 135 is a positive step for one of University President Stephen Knapp’s favorite initiatives, but now […]

Jordan Phillips: Drying your way to a cleaner world

From freshmen to graduate students, no one can escape the chore of laundry. However, as we come back to school, one thing everybody should consider is the environmental impact of cleaning our clothes. Doing laundry can be banal and repetitive, yet our actions leave behind a sizeable energy footprint. When washing your clothes, for instance, […]

Local breweries compete for bragging rights

Put down that Keystone Light. Don’t touch that Miller. Or that Budweiser. It’s time to shift focus to a higher caliber of beers. Local craft beers. For those in the coveted 21-and-over age group, moving away from just trying to chug down whatever beer you can get your hands on can slowly turn into starting […]

Business professor writes mystery thriller

Rape. Murder. Lies. GW. Where can you find all four? Each of those terms takes center stage in Associate Professor Emeritus Charles Toftoy’s new novel, “It’s in the Eyes.” After teaching for 17 years at GW’s School of Business, Toftoy, who colleagues and students refer to as “Dr. T,” spent the past seven years writing […]

Pelham renovations nearly halfway done

Construction is almost half done for the University’s newest construction project, Pelham Hall, and the residence hall is set to reopen in time for the 2010 school year. The exterior is now more than 50 percent complete, and the roofing is more than 40 percent complete, according to building progress reports. When the entire building […]