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 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, […]

University unveils new GWorld cards as part of fall revamp

GW quietly revealed a new design for GWorld cards late last month, selecting fewer than 150 students, faculty and staff to receive the cards as part of the revamped system planned for next fall. GWorld 2.0 cards will eventually kick off a replacement of the antiquated servers currently running the GWorld program, but for now, […]

Dean of students will retire

After 31 years at GW, Dean of Students Linda Donnels announced last week that she will retire at the end of the academic year. Donnels, who began working at GW in 1979, oversees major departments ranging from Student Judicial Services to GW Housing Programs. She has her hands in a variety of aspects of student […]

Staff Editorial: Reviving a past partnership

The School of Media and Public Affairs’ Jack Morton Auditorium has played host to conferences, film viewings and the occasional Kalb Report. But for years it was also known as the studio of the CNN show Crossfire, a political debate-oriented program ultimately canceled in 2005. Given the 40 percent drop in prime-time viewers since 2009 […]

Professors: The SEAS of the future

Professor Donald Parsons wrote an op-ed piece March 25 in The Hatchet that asks a fundamental question of interest to the GW community: Should GW have an engineering program? At no time in our nation’s history has technology been so deeply connected with our lives. Yet, as many have observed, the supremacy the U.S. has […]