January 25, 2010

Volume 106, Issue 36

Stories from the January 25, 2010 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

GW considers federal direct loan program

The University will decide in the next two months if it will switch from a private loan program to a federally administered direct loan program, a choice that may soon be mandated by Congress. Dan Small, executive director of the Office of Student Financial Assistance, said senior administrators will soon reach a decision based on […]

Medical marijuana may become legal in District

A D.C. councilmember introduced a bill last Tuesday that would open five medical marijuana dispensaries in the District. Councilmember David Catania, I-At Large, introduced the bill, which would implement a 1998 D.C. initiative that called for legalizing medical marijuana. The bill, Initiative 59, was approved by 69 percent of voters, but was prevented from being […]

Colonials stumble down stretch

The simplicity of sports can be cruel to preachers of process, as so immediate and binary are results of wins and losses. Karl Hobbs is not about to let his team’s season be so reduced. And so it was that after the men’s basketball team’s loss to Richmond Saturday, a 62-57 defeat, that the ninth-year […]

Alumni utilize Career Center

The job hunt is leading some former students back to Foggy Bottom. The Career Center has seen an increase in the level of alumni actively using its services in the hopes of finding employment, after the economic recession forced job cuts and froze hiring. In response, it has teamed up with the Office of Alumni […]

Five join hall of fame

President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg was one of five new members inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday night. The five inductees joined 131 other Colonials who have been inducted since 1959. Trachtenberg was honored alongside former men’s golf coach W. Scott Allen, ex-volleyball star Liu Li, and former basketball standouts Mike Battle […]

ANC votes ‘no’ for liquor license

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners declined to support a liquor license proposal Wednesday for a new nightclub that would be located just off campus, saying that the owner’s other club has plagued the neighborhood with noise, public urination and vomiting. Swaptak Das, who owns Shadow Room, a popular nightclub next to the Student Health Service offices, had […]

Staff Editorial: One man’s struggle

So it has come to this. Academic advising has become a problem so paralyzed by a lack of initiative that a parent is the most active proponent of reform. We are talking about Masood Vojdani, the incoming chair of the Parents Campaign Philanthropy Board who has already collected more than 70 e-mails from students describing […]

Without permanent leader, major fundraising continues

The University’s Office of Advancement is moving forward with several major fundraising campaigns this year despite the absence of a permanent director. The advancement office has been led by Interim Vice President John Kudless since former Vice President for Advancement Laurel Price Jones left her post in August. But experts interviewed said the lack of […]

Justin Guiffre: Revisiting GW’s shamnesty policy

Many of our campus’ problems are minor annoyances. Mandatory dining money is always a source of student complaints, 4-RIDE takes more than an hour to respond and, of course, that nail sticks out of the sidewalk in front of Ivory Tower. (Really, how hard is it to simply cut an inch-long screw?) But at least […]

Abortion rallies draw students

Protesters filled parts of downtown D.C. Friday, brandishing signs that read ‘I regret my abortion’ or ‘It’s my body, it’s my decision’ as demonstrators came from across the country to protest or celebrate the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On campus, multiple student and religious groups including Colonials for Life, Voices for Choices, Newman […]