September 14, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 9

Stories from the September 14, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

At conference, Kerry calls for environmental action

Thursday, September 10 The United States is ill-prepared to handle the potential impact that climate change could have on the country, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said Thursday morning at the Jack Morton Auditorium. Loosely comparing climate change to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Kerry argued that the U.S. is no more prepared today than it was […]

Setting their sites

It used to be that students wanting to spread the word about something had to use a corkboard and a thumbtack. Swap those out for an Internet browser and a URL, and you’ve got a world in which students can ignite a flame with the flicker of a loading Web page. Now more than ever, […]

Congressman says veterans deserve better treatment

Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., discussed his “pro-veteran, anti-war” views on veterans’ affairs with around 90 College Democrats on Thursday night. Filner, a six-time elected representative from San Diego, shared his background working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and spoke of the responsibility of the country to provide for its men and women in uniform. […]

Leaving the bubble behind

Last week, the Office of Study Abroad announced a change in its financial policies – one that may end up saving students a few hundred dollars. If you’re thinking about taking advantage of the possible lower costs, check out this list of some of the most popular hotspots for those looking to expand their horizons […]

Metro ramps up police presence

Now that summer vacation is over, Metro riders can expect to see more students, as well as police officers, during their weekday commute. Since Washington-area students returned to classes, police presence around Metrorail and buses has increased to prevent any unruly behavior that may come from minors. Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato said more officers from […]

First lady issues challenge on day of service

Correction appended Usually, GW seniors have to endure nearly eight months of school before finding out who their Commencement speaker will be. This year, they may have only had to wait two weeks. University officials said Friday that First Lady Michelle Obama has promised to be the 2010 Commencement speaker if the GW community completes […]

Trendy majors mirror current issues

Correction appended Unlike most fads, popular college majors do not often come and go. In fact, the three most popular majors – business administration, social sciences and education – have been the same since 1985, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But with the advent of new technology and the need for a […]

More than 1,000 freshmen help out in service event

About half the freshman class volunteered for GW’s first annual Freshman Day of Service, working in the community at 13 different sites across the District on Friday. The event’s theme focused on “serving those who serve us,” organizers said, and was highlighted by first lady Michelle Obama’s promise to be this year’s commencement speaker if […]

Schools add study abroad locations

Business and engineering students will have new study abroad options starting this spring, officials said last week. Dean Susan Phillips said the School of Business has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, for a summer program. The School of Engineering and Applied Science also signed a MOU with Hong […]

Debt plagues GW graduates

The average student graduates from GW more than $30,000 in debt – 13 percent higher than the national average at private universities – according to the most recent data from GW and a recent study on collegiate debt. GW’s Office of Institutional Research reported the average member of the class of 2008 graduated with nearly […]