February 1, 2010

Volume 106, Issue 38

Stories from the February 1, 2010 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Staff Editorial: Provost priorities

Most people have probably given little thought to the role of a university provost. Even Webster’s description of the title affords only six words: “a high-ranking university administrative officer.” This short phrase is egregiously inadequate in describing the true importance of the provost position. As Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Lehman prepares to […]

Benefits committee for professors may return

The Faculty Senate is in talks with the University to reinstate the Benefits Review Committee after a six-year hiatus, a move that is expected to jumpstart conversations about benefits during current troubled economic times, members of the Faculty Senate said this week. The committee would be responsible for reviewing faculty benefits and policies that originate […]

Josh Akman: On the art of disagreement

As the new decade has officially begun, and the countless retrospectives commemorating the last one have mercifully finished, please forgive a final brief observation on the decade that was – it was disagreeable. Flying under the radar among the more exciting descriptions and portrayals of our culture is the undisputable fact that we seem to […]

Alumnus arrested in phone-tampering plot

The arrest of an alumnus charged with allegedly attempting to bug the office of a United States senator is garnering national media attention, and the story landed on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times. GW alumnus and former editor in chief of The GW Patriot, Stan Dai, 24, was one of four men […]

Evan Schwartz: Paper, plastic and taxes

Americans have always bristled at the introduction of new taxes. We are taught that the American Revolution started as a result of unfair taxes imposed by our colonial overlords across the Atlantic, and such taxes gave birth to the concept of “Taxation without Representation.” Most of us see that phrase every day – emblazoned on […]

Alumna stranded in Peru is evacuated

Web Exclusive A recent alumna and her journalist mother have been successfully evacuated from the isolated Peruvian town of Aguas Calientes after landslides and massive flooding stranded them along with 4,000 other tourists. A 2008 GW graduate, Lisa Francavilla, had recently started a 3-month trip in South America with her mother-CBS News journalist Donna Francavilla-when […]

Andrew Pazdon: Marijuana should be a medicine

If my 93-year-old grandmother lived in a state where medical marijuana wasn’t verboten, she would be able to use medical marijuana to help with her glaucoma and her chronic arthritis. My father told me this not that long ago because of pending legislation in the New Hampshire General Court. Apparently, when he told my grandmother […]

Students participate in D.C. entrepreneurial challenge

Correction appended Web Exclusive GW students teamed up with peers from seven other D.C. area universities this weekend at the StartUp Scramble Challenge, a three-day event in which college-aged entrepreneurs created business plans for sustainable ventures. Plans that address such global social issues as poverty and underfunded education were awarded the $1,000 in seed funding, […]

Bahrain has interest in peace process, ambassador says

The ambassador from the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States spoke about the difficulties of her country’s geographic location and Bahrain’s role in the Arab-Israeli conflict at an event Thursday night in the Elliott School. Ambassador Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo – who is Bahrain’s first Jewish ambassador – cited Bahrain’s Crown Prince Shaikh Salman […]

Truth in a tabloid scandal

Mike Tyson has threatened to throw him down the stairs. Cher discovered him in her closet. Madonna has invited him behind closed doors to give him the first glimpse of her in chains on tape. And most recently, his organization helped expose the secrets of a former presidential candidate. Barry Levine, the executive editor of […]