November 23, 2009

Volume 106, Issue 29

Stories from the November 23, 2009 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Journalism enrollment stays strong, despite grim outlook

The world’s oldest wire service, the Associated Press, laid off 90 employees last week. The Washington Post plans to lay off parts of its news staff before Dec. 31, and BusinessWeek is letting go a third of its staff as Bloomberg prepares to buy the magazine. But despite a grim employment outlook for journalists to-be, […]

University will verify half of service hours

Administrators will verify at least half of the community service hours logged by community members on the newly launched VolunteerMatch Web site, a University official said last week. More than 8,000 hours were logged on the VolunteerMatch site as of Friday afternoon, but University spokeswoman Emily Cain said these hours will not be added to […]

Global health professor and AIDS activist dies at 49

Gilbert Kombe, a global health professor and international leader in the fight against AIDS, died Nov. 6. He was 49. His wife, Karin Theophile Kombe, said the cause of death was a cerebral stroke. Kombe received his master’s degree in public health from GW in the 1990s, spending his nights in the classroom and his […]

Facilities battles Foggy Bottom rat issues

The Facilites department’s head reported actions taken over the summer to curtail the number of rats on campus have resulted in fewer reports of rodents in GW buildings, but some students say rodents remain a nuisance. Facilities took special precautions over the summer to fight rats, Associate Vice President for Facilities Juan Ibanez said, like […]

Officials: More funding needed to sustain aid

Without a significant increase in fundraising, the University’s financial aid model will become unsustainable, University officials said last week. Last year, the University announced a 10 percent increase in the amount of aid allotted to both current and future students for the next four to six years. But “without corresponding success on fundraising,” the current […]

Discrimination not an issue, Muslim students say

In the face of national attention on religious issues that surfaced after the Fort Hood shootings early this month, Muslim students on campus said discrimination is not an issue at GW. Azra Hyder, president of the Muslim Student Association, said being Muslim in America is different, but she feels no discrimination because of her faith. […]

Josh Akman: Relishing the irrelevance

The Student Association is trying to pass a new constitution. I hadn’t thought much about it before last week, when a harried, frazzled SA representative came up to me in J Street. The exchange went something like this: Harried, Frazzled Rep – Can you sign this petition? Me – What’s it for? Harried, Frazzled – […]

Transfers find footing in Foggy Bottom

Cameron Smither is on a Dean’s Advisory Council and is a member of both the College Democrats and Green GW. He has a work study job with D.C. Reads, gives campus tours for the Office of Admissions and is a member of his residence hall’s Residential Advisory Council. He also just transferred to GW in […]

Homeless share stories

Three homeless or formerly homeless people told their stories Thursday at a panel co-sponsored by the Office of Community Service and the National Coalition for the Homeless. The event was part of a larger OCS effort to increase awareness during the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The speakers sought to break stereotypes about the […]

Sex Column: Healing the breakup

I had an interesting conversation the other day with my best friend from home and my reliable hookup, 007. He called me up to say hi, and to tell me that he was “seeing someone,” meaning, sleeping with someone else. Although 007 will always hold a special place in my heart, my heart didn’t drop […]