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.

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. […]

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 […]