October 29, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 22

Stories from the October 29, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Queens dazzle despite drizzle

In a night of raindrops, glitter and feathers, thousands of cross-dressers and their fans gathered in Dupont Circle Tuesday for D.C.’s 24th annual High Heels Race. The event, which occurs each year on the Tuesday before Halloween, features men extravagantly dressed up as women – high heels and all – who sprint down the block […]

Sarah Silverman makes people laugh

Lines snaked around both sides of V Street Sunday night as the 9:30 Club packed in a capacity crowd to see Sarah Silverman headline The Bentzen Ball’s closing show. The Bentzen Ball, a four-day comedy festival fundraiser for Walter Reed Hospital, featured more than 60 comedians playing at venues along the U Street corridor. The […]

Endowment fund up from end of fiscal year

The University’s endowment is on the rise, a University financial officer said Wednesday. Don Lindsey, the University’s chief investment officer, said the endowment has seen a 6.2 percent increase since June 30, the end of the fiscal year. The endowment now stands at $1.054 billion, up $46.6 million from this summer. The news comes after […]

On ghosts and glamour

No matter that it’s Halloween – if you’re looking for a fright or want to admire couture costumes, check out sophomore Josh Hock’s reviews of what’s playing in District movie theaters this weekend. “Paranormal Activity” Georgetown Loews – (Horror; R) Roger Ebert once alleged that he considered himself and audience members to be “smarter than […]

South Hall works out maintenance kinks

The University’s newest residence hall, South Hall, has had its share of maintenance issues since its opening this fall, but a University official said this week such problems were common with new buildings. The Office of Facilities Management received more than 50 work requests per week after move-in, Director of Facilities Management James Schrote said. […]

Staff Editorial: A problematic backup plan

One of GW’s biggest selling points is Commencement on the National Mall. Brochures for the University are covered with dramatic imagery of cap-and-gown-clad students sitting at the steps of our nation’s government. Of course, the pictures chosen often downplay the sometimes inclement weather of the Commencement ceremonies. It is true that holding such an event […]

Missing student returns safely

Senior Royal Gethers returned to campus early Monday morning, after lack of contact with friends prompted them to file missing persons reports with both city and University police over the weekend. Gethers said Monday evening he had gone with a girl to Virginia, but that he stopped at a friend’s house in Maryland and left […]

Staff Editorial: A completely wireless campus

A University official announced this week that the Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon and Virginia campuses will all be completely wireless by November. We applaud the University for following through on its plans and for nearly completing this multi-year effort. The transition to wireless is somewhat behind schedule – it was projected to be finished by […]

Fewer students report flu-like symptoms

Nearly 600 students have reported flu-like symptoms to the Student Health Service this semester, but the number of sick students reporting symptoms has dramatically decreased in recent weeks, an SHS official said this week. SHS screened 23 cases of influenza-like illness during the week of Oct. 19, SHS Director Dr. Isabel Goldenberg said. This number […]

W. Russell Ramsey: A great time to be at GW

The happenings of this academic year, now only in its ninth week, should remind us all of why it is a great time to be at GW. The dynamic speakers and other events that fill our campus venues, the engagement of our faculty in teaching and research, and certainly the enthusiasm and energy of our […]