September 30, 2010

Volume 107, Issue 14

Stories from the September 30, 2010 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

D.C. tax to apply to sweetened drinks

D.C.’s 6 percent general sales tax rate will be extended to soda and other sweetened beverages beginning next month, but students purchasing these drinks from Sodexo-run dining venues will not see a price increase. When the D.C. Council voted to approve the Districts’s 2011 $5.3 billion budget in May, the sales tax extension was approved […]

Men’s soccer drops fifth straight at Navy

The GW men’s soccer team looked to end its four-game losing streak Wednesday night on the road at Navy, and the Colonials were in a good position to earn a win, tied at zero going into the half. But as it has often played out this season, the Colonials struggled mightily in the second half, […]

Community garden documentary screens on campus

D.C. residents are growing fresh produce side-by-side in community gardens, according to a film shown at an Office of Sustainability-sponsored event Tuesday night. Through the words of children, retirees, immigrants, volunteers and educators, the documentary “A Community of Gardeners” explores the impact of seven community gardens on the lives of the people who tend to […]

Town hall focuses on Israel, Palestine

In the wake of recent negotiations in Washington between Israeli and Palestinian leaders earlier this month, students gathered in the Marvin Center for a town hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss the conflict in the Middle East. Hosted by GW Interfaith Action and the grassroots OneVoice Movement, the event featured Israeli speaker Danny Shaket and […]

Former University President Trachtenberg joins NBC panel on education

Former University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg participated in an education panel Monday, moderated by NBC News correspondent Ann Curry and introduced by second lady Dr. Jill Biden. The session was one of 12 during NBC’s two-day Education Nation Summit held in Manhattan, which also featured a town hall meeting with teachers. The events were televised […]

Volleyball starts slow, tops VCU in four sets

In its 3-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth Tuesday night, the volleyball team at times struggled, falling behind in each of the first two sets before making comebacks that resulted in wins. It’s been a standard pattern for GW (12-6, 1-0 Atlantic 10) for much of the year: Trail early, come back late for the win. […]

QuickTakes

La Roux “La Roux” (Polydor) La Roux’s self-titled debut album is like a synth-pop ’80s dance party. Catchy lyrics combine with techno beats that are neither cliched nor obnoxious, and make the 50 minutes you spend listening to it worthwhile. La Roux’s voice is a beautiful soprano that floats on top of the rhythms to […]

University debt breaks $1 billion mark

Correction appended After hovering near the milestone for more than a year, the University’s debt crossed the $1 billion threshold this summer when officials borrowed an additional $50 million. The debt now stands at $1.01 billion – nearly double what it was 10 years ago, at $533 million. Executive Vice President and Treasurer Lou Katz […]

Senator Roland Burris speaks to College Democrats

Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., briefly spoke to the College Democrats Wednesday evening before rushing out to take part in congressional vote, possibly the last of his Senate career. “I have to go vote now,” Burris said. “This may be my last time on the Senate floor.” Before the event, Burris waited in the Marvin Center […]

Analysis: Blue light system underused

The widely touted emergency blue light phones across GW’s Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses remain underused, according to an analysis by The Hatchet. The lights – which allow students to signal the University Police Department to respond to on-campus emergencies – were activated 463 times during the last fiscal year according to University data, […]