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.

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 […]

Gabrielle Friedman: Speaking out against the war on youth

Throughout history the youth of this nation have rarely shied away from the opportunity to lead progressive cultural movements. Ten years after D.C. voters approved the use of medical marijuana by a substantial 69 percent, the District has finally seen movement on the legislation. This makes it the perfect time for the youth to go […]

Gallery Market reportedly robbed

The manager of the Gallery Market in Ivory Tower said Saturday that the man who allegedly stole took $88 in cash may have been the same man who stole from the market previously. Though manager Inseon Choi said the store’s cameras did not properly record when the $88 was stolen, she told The Hatchet that […]

Letter to the Editor

The real economics of engineering I find it highly discourteous and shortsighted of Donald Parsons in his recent op-ed to recommend that the University should do away with its engineering school. An economics professor should know better; engineers drive innovation and technological change, and the United States needs more engineering research and trained graduates to […]

Gelman to forgive late fees for service

Gelman Library is offering to forgive late fees for students who complete at least eight hours of community service for first lady Michelle Obama’s service challenge. Library officials launched the “Community Service for Fines” program last week, which gives students, staff and faculty the opportunity to reduce library fees in exchange for eight or more […]