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.

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 […]

FoBoGro wins battle over alcohol license, late hours

In a major victory for the new ownership of FoBoGro, the store’s management team has procured an alcohol license from the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and won the ongoing dispute with the West End Citizen’s Association over the store’s hours, which will be from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. The decision […]

Staff Editorial: SEAS and the buyout

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has taken on a new direction and as the old adage goes: out with the old and in with the new. For SEAS, research is definitely in. Last month, the school offered buyout packages to 39 faculty members. The letters to these professors cited a renewed emphasis on […]

SA dining chair resigns

The chair of the Dining Services Commission stepped down from her position before winter break, leaving the chair vacant at the start of the spring semester, Student Association President Julie Bindelglass said Friday. Sophomore Kim Neu told The Hatchet in December of her plans to resign and told Bindelglass before break that she would not […]

Basketball falls to Xavier in heartbreaker

With less than eight minutes left in GW’s men’s basketball game against Xavier Sunday, the teams headed toward their respective benches with the Colonials ahead by 10. When they re-took the floor, the Musketeers’ Jordan Crawford added a quick layup under the basket to cut GW’s lead to eight. The play seemed relatively innocuous at […]

Annu Subramanian: The ideal applicant

There are some achievements in life that cannot be attributed to grades. Scoring a game-winning goal, in the grand scheme of things, may go unnoticed. There’s no reward that accompanies earning the smile of a hungry child. And yet, it is often these events, and not an academic accolade, that compel us to act and […]

Students rank University services

In a survey conducted in the spring of 2009 that queried more than 4,000 students, respondents voted Eckles Library, the GWorld program, Colonial Central, Disability Support Services, and the Lerner Health and Wellness Center as the five best University services. The study, titled the Service Excellence Survey, also showed that perception of the University’s mail […]