November 2, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 23

Stories from the November 2, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Police identify assault suspect

Police have identified a suspect in the assault on a graduate student in Duques Hall last month as 42-year-old Mohammed N. Niazi of Staunton, Va. Detective Neil Jones of the Metropolitan Police Department said Niazi has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon stemming from an Oct. 9 incident in which a man used […]

Arabian nights and adventures in Gelman

In a locked room on the second floor of Gelman Library sit hundreds of rare Middle Eastern books in brilliant jeweled colors of red, green and gold, with hand-sewn and individually stamped covers. Some are nearly 400 years old, filled with history, legends, adventure and some mystery. With titles like “Tomb of Senebtisi” and “Picturesque […]

Scheduling issues prompt space changes

The University was forced to add classroom space this fall, after space restrictions left the registrar in a scheduling pinch, University officials said. Two additional classroom spaces – Rome B104 and Phillips 306 – were added to help ease the scheduling strain for the fall semester, but with 155 general purpose classrooms and 4,500 classes, […]

Slice of Life: Demistifying the metrosexual

Metrorail? Innovative. Metrobus? Even better. Metrosexuality? Never. There are many things the city-savvy student body at GW is willing to try. But when it comes to metrosexuality, students seem less accepting. Sure, we have a fairly large gay and bisexual population, but when it comes to those guys who do not mind showing a little […]

Professors may switch to Gmail

Despite the student e-mail upgrade to Gmail more than a year ago, professors are still using the antiquated Colonial Mail e-mail system – though some said they’ve found ways to get around the problems the old system poses. The Colonial Mail system – an e-mail system that was phased out of student use before the […]

Staff Editorial: Solving space problems

Having to sit through a two-and-a-half-hour class can be difficult for any college student. Having to teach a two-and-a-half-hour class can be trying for professors as well. Having to do both in a classroom that is cramped, hot and under-equipped adds to the stress of such a long class, and the same is true even […]

Marvin Center hours extended

Parts of the Marvin Center will be open until 2 a.m. daily for study space starting Monday, the Marvin Center Governing Board and Student Association announced last week. The program, “Marvin Center Late Night,” will run on a trial basis through the end of the 2009-10 academic year. The ground floor, Great Hall, Columbian Square […]

Brian Hawthorne: A Veterans Day challenge

With Veterans Day only a week away, it’s important to remember what it means to be a veteran here at GW. After World War II, the troops came home to yellow ribbons, a GI Bill of Rights and the open arms of their communities, with parades, ceremonies, employment opportunities, and the chance for a better […]

Former president ranks No. 1 for compensation

Former University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was the top paid former officer of a private U.S. university for the 2007-08 academic year, according to a report from the Chronicle of Higher Education. From 2007 to 2008, Trachtenberg received more than $3.6 million in compensation from the University, The Hatchet reported in June. Trachtenberg – who […]

Evan Schwartz: Mary Jane’s getting older

Last week, the Obama administration pledged to stop cracking down on citizens using medical marijuana, as long as they were complying with state laws. Fourteen states have laws allowing medical marijuana, and more may follow in the coming years. The growing acceptance of marijuana as a legitimate medical treatment has directly resulted in legislative change, […]