May 17, 2010

Volume 107, Issue 2

Stories from the May 17, 2010 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

King spends Commencement with first lady Obama

Like most seniors getting their diplomas over the weekend, Travis King was excited for University-wide Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, the final event of his GW career. King’s experience on Sunday was a little different than that of most seniors, however. While his classmates jockeyed for seats in the early morning hours on Sunday, King already […]

Sophomore dies after fall from window

Sophomore Taylor Hubbard died Sunday morning after falling from a fifth-story window in Guthridge Hall. He was 20. Hubbard, a biomedical engineering student from Lexington, Md, was taken off life support and died shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday morning, Hubbard’s father told The Hatchet. Hubbard was brought to the GW Hospital at 4:25 a.m. Saturday […]

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg: Does it take all kinds?

GW has and deserves a top-notch faculty with superb academic credentials and, frequently, experience in the professional realm that few schools can match. But when seeking faculty, we need to leaven the academic bread more than we currently do, and more than most institutions do. At GW, faculty perform research, they seek knowledge and they […]

Obama addresses class of 2010

Against a picturesque backdrop on the National Mall, in front of 5,000 graduates and their families, first lady Michelle Obama challenged the graduating class to “keep going” with the University’s dedication to community service Sunday morning at the University-wide Commencement ceremony. Obama – who received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from the University […]

Evan Schwartz: Why GW can’t do what Kagan did

Solicitor General Elena Kagan will likely be confirmed to the Supreme Court in the next few weeks, making her the fourth female Supreme Court Justice in history. But Kagan is under scrutiny as the confirmation process progresses, and she is facing backlash thanks to a decision she made while she was Dean of Harvard Law […]

Class of 2014’s yield rate highest in recent history

The incoming freshman class of 2014 will boast the highest yield rate in recent memory, a University official said last week. The University’s yield rate – or the percentage of admitted students who submit deposits to attend GW – increased to 37.4 percent this year, with 2,500 of the 6,670 admitted students submitting deposits, Kathryn […]

Staff Editorial: Remembering Taylor Hubbard

Even as GW seniors eagerly accept their diplomas and experience a once-in-a-lifetime sense of opportunity and elation, the GW community is not immune to the deep sadness of the loss of sophomore Taylor Hubbard. Hubbard, who fell out of a fifth floor window in Guthridge Hall early Saturday morning, passed away at GW Hospital on […]

Phillip Ensler: How ‘Thirsty Thurston’ won’t dry up

After reading about GW Housing Program’s plan to house a variety of student communities in Thurston Hall next year, I could not help but laugh at the absurdity of having substance-free students living in the place unofficially dubbed “Thirsty Thurston” by GW students. The decision to place such a community in Thurston is obtuse for […]

Lehman bids farewell to doctoral recipients

Thursday night’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony marked a milestone for GW’s outgoing Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. After 38 years at GW – 14 of which were spent as one of the University’s highest academic officers – Donald Lehman addressed the nearly 300 doctoral candidates at GW for the last time. In his final charge […]