December 6, 2010

Volume 107, Issue 31

Stories from the December 6, 2010 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Matt Ingoglia: Gender-neutral housing is a victory for GW

For most of us, last Thursday probably felt like any other weekday. With tests and papers demanding much of our time, it is hard to believe anything good could happen between now and winter break. But for some of our peers, Thursday couldn’t have been more exceptional. These students saw their college experiences change for […]

Larry Cohen: Answering questions and addressing concerns

I am writing on behalf of myself and my staff to address recent concerns about the Vern Express. Serving up to 1,000 students daily, the Vern Express is a vital link connecting our campuses and provides an important service for the GW community. For this reason, I would like to give some information to hopefully […]

Cost calculator will go online next fall

The University will add a “net-price calculator” to its website by the fall of 2011 to comply with a new federal law aimed at helping families decipher the cost of attending college. Colleges will be required to post the cost calculators on their websites, which will help students and their families average the cost that […]

Melissa Gindin: LGBT Resource Center left out in the cold

The LGBT Resource Center has been without a full-time director for 14 months, and for members of the community it remains uncertain when or if this issue will be resolved. Now the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is calling on the University to take action and provide its students with the support and recognition […]

College Republicans kick off annual dinner series

An Iowa congressman praised the GW College Republicans for campaigning against “freedom-restricting” and “socialist” Democratic lawmakers Thursday night. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, handed out advice to the politically active students, and told the dinner guests that if they believed in themselves, they “shouldn’t sit back smugly thinking someone else is going to understand.” “Every one […]

Donor gives $100,000 to financial aid

Alumni surpassed an anonymous donor’s challenge to give 9,000 donations by the end of the year, securing a gift to a financial aid fund. First seriously promoted in early December, the donor pledged $100,000 to the GW Power & Promise Fund if 9,000 alumni donated to the University by Dec. 31. Patricia Danver, a spokeswoman […]

Report: Undergrads are taking out more loans

Undergraduates are borrowing more money to fund their college education, according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center. Graduates who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 borrowed an average of $15,425, adjusted for inflation, which is 50 percent more money than students who graduated in 1996 borrowed. The study, released late last […]

GW sees uptick in neighbor complaints

The number of complaints community members logged against students saw a 16 percent jump last school year, an increase administrators attribute to a push for local residents to voice their concerns to University officials. But alumnus and president of the Foggy Bottom Association Asher Corson said the increased number of complaints reflects ongoing issues with […]

Becoming a ‘pageant girl’

Jennifer Beatty is proud to be a pageant girl. The sophomore juggles her school work with preparations for the Miss D.C. pageant next summer, but said she is excited to compete for the coveted title. “I guess I can’t say I’m not a pageant girl,” Beatty said. “I used to say that all of last […]

Eric Thibault: Giving to the Senior Class Gift this season

After paying $50,000 for four years, why should seniors give back to the Senior Class Gift? That’s the underlying question that makes my job challenging, but one that motivates me to help seniors see the value in their gifts. Surely everyone has had a unique GW experience. Even with ups and downs, there was something […]