January 11, 2010

Volume 106, Issue 32

Stories from the January 11, 2010 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Expelled student’s lawsuit dismissed

A $500,000 lawsuit filed against the University by a former student, expelled in 2008 for alleged possession of LSD and other drugs, has been dismissed with prejudice, a final judgment that bars the student from reopening the case. The lawsuit, filed by former student Maximillian Jack, was dismissed on Nov. 19, less than a month […]

University offers buyouts to 39 SEAS professors

The University is offering buyout packages to 39 full-time professors in the School of Engineering and Applied Science as part of a move to increase the school’s research presence, top-level University officials said in December. All full-time faculty on active status were mailed letters on Oct. 22, and professors offered the package – those who […]

Class of 2014 connects online

Eight months before they will arrive in Foggy Bottom for their first semester, hundreds of the 570 accepted Early Decision I students are seeking out classmates and dishing about the District on Facebook. High school senior Chris Welch, from Massachusetts, admits that like most high school students in the U.S., he spends a good deal […]

Beloved political science professor dies

Political science professor Lee Sigelman passed away Dec. 21 after a two-year battle with colon cancer. He was 64. Sigelman is credited by peers with helping to transform the political science department during his time as department chair and after. He was a prolific author with five books and hundreds of peer-reviewed articles to his […]

Cold weather hampers alternative trips

The University’s annual Alternative Breaks Program had to contend with new challenges this winter – not because of participants or planners, but due to mother nature. The program, sponsored by the Office of Community Service, took students to Atlanta and New Orleans from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10 to work on reconstruction after natural disasters […]

Alum makes bid for Congress

A GW graduate and controversial anti-war advocate is making a bid for a Congressional seat in New Mexico’s third district. Adam Kokesh, a 2008 political management graduate, best known at GW for inciting a campus-wide controversy when he co-authored notorious posters regarding Muslims in 2007, launched his campaign in July. Kokesh said the posters – […]

On Hill, alumni battle over health care

There are seven representatives, five senators and a U.S. Virgin Islands delegate to Congress who can claim GW as their alma mater, but the similarities between the former Colonials end there as the alumni battled last fall over the controversial, but historic health care package. The bill passed on Dec. 24 in the Senate, and […]

District begins enforcement of fees on plastic bags, parking

This year, some D.C. residents may resolve to change their shopping and parking habits – if not, it will cost them. A fee on disposable shopping bags has been implemented, and increases to parking costs around the District will also start in January, according to The Washington Post. A law signed in July by Mayor […]

Pulitzer Prize winner will join English department

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones will join the English department faculty next year to teach creative writing, the outgoing department chair announced Tuesday. Professor Jeffrey Cohen noted on the department’s blog that Jones was the inaugural Wang Visiting Professor of Contemporary English Literature last spring, when he taught creative writing and hosted a month-long […]

Entrance exam to feature new questions, scoring scale

The Graduate Record Exam, the entrance test for many graduate schools, will be revamped and lengthened in 2011, the Educational Testing Service announced in December. Calling the changes “the largest revisions” in the history of the GRE, the Educational Testing Service said at the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in December that […]