April 5, 2010

Volume 106, Issue 53

Stories from the April 5, 2010 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

University cancels Wednesday classes before Thanksgiving

A University official confirmed last week that no classes will be held on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving during the fall of 2010. University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said classes the day before Thanksgiving will not be held this year, but said she did not know specifically why the decision was made. The announcement was a long […]

Compared to national average, GW grade inflation slows

Grades at GW have remained relatively stable over the last several years, in contrast to a national trend of continuing grade inflation, according to data from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning and a recent national study. Grade-point averages at GW jumped more than 0.2 points during the 10 years from 1992-1993 to 2002-2003, […]

For SMPA students, the winner’s circle awaits

Receiving an A on a paper or test may be the highest level of achievement for many students, but for senior Victoria Riess, senior Mark Abramson and sophomore Haley Lesavoy, national recognition and a Beverly Hills gala are the upcoming events on the horizon. This May, the trio will be honored at the 2010 Gracie […]

Uncovering the secrets of Scientology

In a sleepy beach town in the Bible Belt, a 22-year-old journalist found himself in the middle of what was then considered by some a cult – and is now known as the Church of Scientology. That young journalist was adjunct professor Richard Leiby, one of the first to unearth religious leaders’ clandestine activities during […]

University official: Au Bon Pain overcharged GWorld users

The Au Bon Pain in the Shops at 2000 Penn has been overcharging some GWorld users since early January, a University official said Friday. Some students, faculty and staff making purchases on GWorld cards were mistakenly charged up to twice the cost of their orders from January 2 to March 15, University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard […]

Task force finds $2.8 million in savings

The University’s Innovation Task Force has generated and saved $2.8 million – roughly 5 percent of the task force’s five-year goal – since its inception in November, a University official said Friday. The $2.8 million came from energy savings, moving the forensic science program to the Mount Vernon Campus, and moving the doctorate of psychology […]

Acceptance rate hits historic low

The University’s acceptance rate has hit an all-time low, an official said Wednesday, dropping 5 percent over the last year. Executive Dean for Undergraduate Admissions Kathryn Napper said GW accepted a record-low 31.5 percent of applicants this year, down from 36.5 percent in 2009. Napper added that the acceptance rate has hovered between 36 percent […]

Club teams unite in fight for more funding, space

Leaders of club sports teams have formed a council to lobby the University for additional funding and practice space. The Club Sports Council, founded by senior Katie Easter, who also serves as the president of the club field hockey team, said the 32 club sports teams experience common frustrations from dealing with multiple campus offices, […]

GW reaches Obama service challenge goal

The GW community completed the 100,000 community service hours needed to secure first lady Michelle Obama as GW’s Commencement speaker, the University confirmed Sunday night. University President Steven Knapp will make the formal announcement Monday at 1:15 p.m. in Kogan Plaza, University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said late Sunday night. The announcement will be followed by […]

Vincent Barbieri: Facing the futility of Earth Hour

On March 27 GW students were asked to participate in Earth Hour, an event aimed at reducing electricity consumption. For an entire hour between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., students were encouraged to join a worldwide movement and shut off their lights to reduce energy consumption. But while the goals of Earth Hour may be laudable, […]