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.

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 […]

Bookstore launches digital textbook program

A new eTextBooks program offered by the GW Bookstore lets students buy a digital version of a limited number of textbooks and save an average of 40 percent over the hard copies, GW Bookstore manager Bob Blake said last week. Through the program – which began this semester for about 100 textbooks – a student […]

Josh Akman: A collegiate identity crisis

In the months leading up to my freshman year at GW, I experienced something of an identity crisis. The crisis, though, wasn’t with my identity – it was with the identity that I was encouraged to create. I was an 18-year-old diehard sports fan who enjoyed sarcasm, politics, Will Ferrell movies and Mexican food. The […]

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. […]