February 22, 2010

Volume 106, Issue 44

Stories from the February 22, 2010 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Columbian College to double advisers

Correction appended In an effort to improve its widely criticized academic advising system, the University announced plans Friday to double the number of undergraduate advising staff in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences; create an advising committee with representation from all undergraduate schools; and speed up the implementation of a degree auditing system. The […]

Locals push for park to be named after jazz legend

Web Exclusive Community members are putting their support behind a movement to re-name a triangle-shaped park located in the West End after jazz legend Duke Ellington. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A passed a resolution Feb. 17 in support of giving the now-unnamed park on New Hampshire Avenue, M and 21st streets an official name: Duke Ellington […]

Alumnus named president of Baylor

Kenneth Starr, a GW alumnus famous for his role as a special prosecutor in the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals, was named president of Baylor University last week. The Baylor Board of Regents elected Starr unanimously Feb. 12, according to a news release from the University. Starr, 63, is the 14th president and first non-Baptist […]

Firm shares floor plans for SEC

The company charged with programming the Science and Engineering Complex presented three floor plans to GW’s Faculty Senate Friday, but neither the firm nor the administration could offer a price for the project, eliciting concerns from faculty over the project’s feasibility. Since November, Ballinger – the Philadelphia-based architectural company hired to program the SEC – […]

Alumnus relives rebuilding Pentagon after attacks

Web Exclusive A GW alumnus who led the effort to rebuild the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 attacks chronicled how the team finished under budget and ahead of schedule in a presentation at Jack Morton Auditorium Thursday. On Sept. 11, Allyn Kilsheimer was immediately called to the destruction site and began emergency stabilization, recovery assistance, […]

Andrew Pazdon: Another year, another 3 percent

To quote the poet-philosophers Three-6 Mafia, “another day, another dollar,” and to paraphrase the George Washington University Board of Trustees – with enhanced street flair – “another year, another couple thousand dollars.” Without fail, the time of year when budgets across the world are unveiled is once again upon us. This year, the GW community […]

Man charged with threatening University

A former GW employee was arrested last week after he allegedly called a University office and made threats to “kill faculty and students,” according to court documents and a Metropolitan Police Department report. James Ripley Markley Jr., a former mailroom employee who has not worked at the University for several years, was arrested Feb. 15 […]

University apologizes for faulty South Hall elevators

Web Exclusive A University official apologized to residents of the University’s newest residence hall in an e-mail Friday, after elevator issues have continued to plague the building throughout the year. Mechanical issues have caused elevators in South Hall to be out of commission for several days at a time, resulting in long wait times, late […]

Lyndsey Wajert: Storm on the horizon

In November 2008, the University was dangerously moving forward with building a Science and Engineering Complex projected to cost up to $350 million at a time when the nation was spiraling into a recession. In a column titled “Checking the State of the Pequod,” I warned GW to “keep a weather eye on the horizon” […]

‘King of polling’ plans to donate personal polls to GSPM

Mark Penn, an influential politico who has been dubbed the “king of polling,” announced his plans Friday to gift a portion of his personal collection of polls to establish the Society of Presidential Pollsters within GW’s Graduate School of Political Management. In an interview with The Hatchet from his office in downtown D.C. Friday afternoon, […]