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.

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. […]


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, […]

The Vern’s new creative outlet

Students recording rough demos on their laptops this semester may not be aware that they now have free access to a brand-new recording studio at West Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus. Senior Martin MacAlister, who has run a smaller recording studio at Mitchell Hall since 2008, is excited to explore his vision for the […]

Obama officials discuss global development

In a discussion punctuated by questions of governmental accountability and financial feasibility, senior officials from the Obama administration explained the importance of a non-partisan and cross-agency approach to global development Tuesday afternoon. As part of the 2010 U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Washington Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary […]

Staff Editorial: Don’t wait for the smoking gun

Walking home from Gelman late at night, one may not feel in danger per se, but the situation can be somewhat unnerving. The occasional passerby, car or UPD officer provide a comforting feeling, but a commonly recognized symbol of campus safety among many college students is the blue light system. The blue light system is […]