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.

Annu Subramanian: Where have all the founding fathers gone?

People say the Democrats have no spine. People say the United Nations has no backbone. People say my favorite baseball team, the San Diego Padres, is a jellyfish for trading away our good players before giving them a proper chance. Well, if that’s the case, then much of society in general has a bad case […]

Square 54 stays on schedule

The multi-use complex being constructed at Square 54 is on schedule and finalizing negotiations with an unnamed grocery store chain. For many months, Square 54 was merely a large hole in the ground, but the underground parking garage has been completed and the building has risen three stories above street level in spots. In addition […]

Letter to the Editor

Web Exclusive The Hatchet’s story on commencement leaves a misimpression that is causing some confusion (“Smith Center, not Verizon Center, will be Commencement backup site,” Oct. 26, p. 1). First and foremost, The George Washington University plans to hold commencement exercises outdoors on the National Mall, a special and unique venue for commencement that gives […]

Water, energy use declines in dorms

A University environmental challenge has saved more than 300,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and more than 2.6 million gallons of water since the beginning of the year, according to data released earlier this month. Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 16, students living in University-owned housing used 6.6 percent less electricity and 9.6 percent less water […]

Corey Jacobson: Skip the second minor

Web Exclusive Your college degree ain’t worth what it used to be. Gone are the days when a college degree represented the gold standard of education – and students are looking desperately for ways to distinguish themselves. At the same time, students have developed a perception that modern careers require a diverse skill set. The […]

Suspect still missing from court

A woman arrested for breaking into an Ivory Tower residence hall room in August has been missing for more than a month and a warrant is still out for her arrest, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Shunita Ellerbe, a 29-year-old Southwest D.C. resident, arrived to court Sept. 15 for her status hearing. […]

Obama signs bill to extend hate crime protections

Web Exclusive President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday that would extend hate crime protection to victims of bodily harm based on their actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act was created after two separate bills extending hate crime protection were introduced in both the House and […]

Gelman benefactor dies at 83

Estelle Gelman, a former GW Board of Trustees member and the philanthropist behind Gelman Library’s renaming, died Friday at her home in D.C. Gelman, 83, was born Feb. 25, 1926. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Mount Vernon College and served on the GW Board of Trustees for 11 years. In 1980, […]

School of Business adds personal finance course

Web Exclusive In the midst of the recent financial crisis, the GW School of Business has added a new course to its curriculum aimed at increasing financial literacy among college students. The course, entitled “Personal Finance,” will be offered to juniors and seniors from any major and will cover topics such as taxes, investment and […]

Beer pong may pose flu threat

Swine flu has hit colleges and universities hard across the country, and the virus may make students think twice before participating in a beloved pastime – drinking games. Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a university in upstate New York, were recently advised by the head of the school’s student health center to refrain from playing […]