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.

Muppets wow Lisner’s young crowd

Local children and families got a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the most beloved Muppets on the popular television show Sesame Street come to life Sunday afternoon, at an event at Lisner Auditorium. Characters Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Zoe, along with puppeteers Kevin Clash, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and Fran Brill spoke about how they became […]

Students complain of slow FixIt responses

Recurring problems in City Hall, the aging former hotel-turned-residential hall, have caused some students to question the capability of the University to maintain its housing. The residential hall, converted from the former St. James Suites hotel, is composed of 189 units and houses more than 500 students, including many who said they have had major […]

More students seek counseling

The GW counseling center has seen a record number of students this year, and the increase has been mirrored across the country, according to a recent study of mental health care. Dr. John Dages, the director of the University Counseling Center, said scheduled individual appointments at the counseling center increased by 34 percent in the […]

Women’s basketball readies for first game

His team may be an underdog this season in the Atlantic 10, but women’s basketball head coach Mike Bozeman says he and his players are ready to begin the season. The Colonials travel to Denton, Texas to kick off the season Tuesday night against the Mean Green of North Texas. It will be the first […]

Staff Editorial: Gender-neutral GW

Student Association Senator and President of Allied in Pride Michael Komo has announced plans to introduce an SA bill in support of gender-neutral housing at GW. Having the ability to choose roommates regardless of gender – allowing men and women to live together in campus housing – is not a new idea, as it has […]

SA bill for gender-neutral housing to be introduced

A student organization is pushing for students’ rights to choose their roommates – regardless of gender. The president of Allied in Pride, junior Michael Komo, serves as the senator-at-large for the Student Association and plans to introduce a bill to launch gender-neutral housing, a policy that would allow male and female students to room together. […]

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 […]