November 16, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 27

Stories from the November 16, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Corey Jacobson: Banning laptops does not ban boredom

I’ll never forget the first piece of gum I chewed in high school. For the first time in my education, school policy allowed me to chew gum in the middle of my Spanish class without getting a detention. Since that day of liberation, I have entered college and gained even more freedoms in the classroom, […]

Volunteer hour-tracking site launches

For eight weeks after first lady Michelle Obama challenged GW students to complete 100,000 hours of community service, there was no official way to track those hours. Now, there is VolunteerMatch. The University will launch VolunteerMatch, an online service that will allow members of the community to electronically log service hours they have amassed over […]

Peter Konwerski: Surviving on food stamps

For the past 15 years, I have taught a course, titled Empowerment for Social Change, in the GW Human Services Program. This year, as students planning Hunger Week worked to apply Saul Alinsky’s practical primer, Rules for Radicals, to their campus and community organizing, they encouraged me to take the Food Stamp Challenge. The concept […]

Popular professor, director dies at 65

Gene Cohen, professor and director of GW’s Center on Aging, Health and Humanities, died Nov. 7 at his home in Kensington, Md. He was 65. Cohen’s cause of death was metastatic prostate cancer, according to an obituary in The Washington Post. Cohen researched age and health issues, eventually being appointed the director of the Center […]

Letters to the Editor

Choosing to give I’d like to comment on a few facts Andrew Pazdon neglected to mention in his poorly researched column, “This little piggy goes too far” (Nov. 9, p. 4). I agree with him that not all students are going to embrace giving with open arms. But that’s not what the “piggy bank initiative” […]

University receives 500 swine flu vaccinations

After months of anticipation, the University received its first shipment of 500 H1N1 vaccinations and began distributing the vaccine on Friday, a University official announced last week. Dr. Isabel Goldenberg, director of the Student Health Service, said the University received the H1N1 vaccines Thursday morning, totaling 200 nasal sprays and 300 injections. SHS began distributing […]

Health sciences department may break from medical school

After nearly a decade of informal planning, the Department of Health Sciences may be separated from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and potentially form a new school for the next academic year, University officials confirmed last week. Senior Associate Dean of Health Sciences Jean Johnson said establishing a separate School of Health Sciences […]

Three minutes to pitch and win

The second annual Pitch George contest was held Saturday in Duques Hall, giving GW students the opportunity to pitch original business proposals in the hopes of winning a $2,000 cash prize. A total of 60 individuals among the graduate and undergraduate tiers participated, with some working as partners. After six finalists were selected from each […]

Georgetown group aims to raise campus police salaries

A group at Georgetown is calling for an increase in wages for the school’s public safety officers, after two recent anti-gay assaults on campus. In an open letter to Georgetown President Jack DeGoia, the Georgetown Solidarity Committee, which was established to support the struggles of people working on Georgetown’s campus, said that low salaries “hinder […]

Record number apply early decision

Early decision applications increased dramatically for the second year in a row, growing 24 percent to more than 1,600 Early Decision I applications. The increase in applications reflects the highest number of early decision applications ever for the University, which had 1,290 applications last year and 946 in 2007, said Kathryn Napper, executive dean for […]