February 16, 2010

Volume 106, Issue 42

Stories from the February 16, 2010 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Graduate student publishes novel about life in Saudi Arabia

Web exclusive One GW graduate student has already done what many professionals only dream about doing. Tariq Al Haydar is a published author. The PhD candidate, originally from Saudi Arabia, published “Hallat al Abeed” last year – which in English translates to “The District of Slaves.” The novel – not yet translated to English – […]

CDs and CRs debate immigration issues

Web exclusive Members of the GW College Democrats and College Republicans debated the push and pull factors that lead to illegal immigration and solutions to the problem Thursday night in the Marvin Center Amphitheatre. In the debate moderated by Alex Shoucair of the University’s Enosinian Society, the CDs and CRs tackled issues of border security, […]

Board approves 3 percent tuition hike

The Board of Trustees approved a 3 percent tuition increase at its meeting Friday, alongside a $10 million boost to financial aid funding. Tuition for enrolled students does not change under GW’s fixed tuition program, so the new pricing of $42,860 applies to the incoming class of 2014 and transfer students. The change marks the […]

Knapp creates council to expand GW’s diversity

University President Steven Knapp announced the creation of a President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion at the University’s Board of Trustees’ meeting last Friday, in an effort to expand GW’s attractiveness to potential students and employees of diverse backgrounds. Knapp also announced the creation of a senior administrator position, the associate provost for diversity and […]

Admissions gaffe confuses applicants

GW mistakenly sent an e-mail letter of acceptance to a number of Early Decision II applicants last Wednesday – after the students had already received a letter of rejection – a top University official said last week. Executive Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Kathy Napper said Wednesday the mistake affected a “very small number” of applicants. […]

Staff Editorial: GW’s diversity umbrella

Every once in a while, people find themselves caught in a rainstorm without an umbrella. Occasionally, we forget to adequately prepare for a problem before we are caught in a downpour. By creating the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, the University is proactively addressing a non-pressing issue before it escalates into a full-blown crisis. […]

Six professors accept SEAS buyout

Six faculty members in the School of Engineering and Applied Science have accepted the University’s buyout packages, and the University’s top academic officer said last week employees in other schools and departments might face a similar option in the future. The SEAS buyout packages, which were offered by administrators to free up resources for more […]

Staff Editorial: Knapp on the front lines

On Wednesday, through the cold and bitter winds of a dark February night, students marched into battle, flags, shields and all, against a long-time foe. At the frontlines of the epic snowball fight was University President Steven Knapp, leading GW through the assault. It was a watershed moment in the tenure of President Knapp. In […]

University reports slight endowment recovery

The University’s endowment is continuing to recover from an 18 percent drop from 2008 to 2009, growing slightly more than 10 percent since the end of the fiscal year, a University official said this week. As of Dec. 31, GW’s endowment stands at $1.064 billion, up from $1.008 billion on June 30, 2009, Chief Investment […]

Annu Subramanian: A new, nearly nude tradition

In the fall of 2001, Eric Whitehead strummed his guitar and roamed around the University of California at Los Angeles’ campus wearing nothing but short shorts. The almost-nude guitarist was protesting heightened police security on campus, and garnered a great deal of attention from the UCLA student body. Enough attention, in fact, that a group […]