September 17, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 10

Stories from the September 17, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

University Writing Program pushes blogging

The University Writing program is embracing blogging as part of its curriculum for first-year students. Heather Schell, director of the first-year writing program, said the UW classes have begun teaching students how to write for blogs as well as for traditional research papers. Schell said blogs can provide students with a new perspective on writing. […]

Letter to the Editor

Having all the facts Alex Shoucair raises some valid points in the study abroad debate. Students must carefully consider cost and quality, and we want to make sure they have all the facts. Mr. Shoucair rightly notes that GW – like American, Tufts, Georgetown and numerous other private universities – charges home tuition for study […]

Campus Calendar

Thursday Constitution Day Free ice cream and copies of the Constitution will be given out during a celebration for the country’s founding document. Mount Vernon Campus Quad | 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Why They Killed: Security, Authority, and Opportunity in Rwanda’s Genocide Omar McDoom from Oxford University will discuss Rwanda’s genocide during this Elliot […]

Student organization condemns Obama’s challenge

A conservative group on campus is asking the University to deduct their service hours from the 100,000 hours first lady Michelle Obama challenged students to complete this year. Obama said she would speak at Commencement May 16 if students meet the goal, but the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative group that has hosted commentators such […]

Sorority recruitment sets record

Almost 400 women clad in brightly colored T-shirts took over University Yard with their future sisters Tuesday afternoon, shouting, singing and celebrating their bids to ten Panhellenic Association sororities in the largest recruitment session in GW history. Sarah Sutton, president of Panhel, said there were more women offered bids in part because of the addition […]

New farmers’ market to begin near White House

Starting Thursday, fans of fresh, local produce will have another option when it comes to buying food. A new farmers’ market is set to take over part of Vermont Avenue between H and I streets every Thursday until Oct. 29, said Bernadine Prince, co-director of FreshFarm Markets. The market will feature everything from produce and […]

Reported flu cases near 200, officials say

The Student Health Service has diagnosed 172 students with influenza-like symptoms since the beginning of school, University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said Wednesday. That number only reflects students diagnosed by SHS, Sherrard said, and does not include “anyone who went to the hospital, was seen by another health provider or didn’t seek medical attention.” “Students are […]

Some elevators to get upgrades

The University is projected to spend nearly $15 million in renovations on three on-campus buildings over the academic year. The Academic Center, JBKO Hall and Lafayette Hall are all slated for renovations, and work on the Academic Center elevators has already commenced. One elevator has been upgraded and two are expected to be finished this […]

Housing Programs launches mentorship program

GW Housing Programs is launching a new mentorship program, pairing undergraduate seniors with graduate students who can provide advice about living in “the real world” and graduate school. Seniors will be able to consult with graduate students on how to prepare themselves for the last months of college, and the future ahead both in graduate […]