January 10, 2011

Volume 107, Issue 32

Stories from the January 10, 2011 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

The power of language

“I never dreamed that I’d have the opportunity to attend a university, especially in the U.S.,” Makwei Mabioor Deng said. “It was like something out of the movies.” Deng was selected to receive a full scholarship to GW as part of the Banaa Scholarship Program because of his academic talent and his desire to bring […]

Study: Neanderthal diet only slightly different from human diet

A new study by a team of GW researchers found that Neanderthal diets incorporated cooked and raw vegetables and did not rely exclusively on meat-based food sources for sustenance. This find refutes theories that Neanderthals’ demise resulted from a primitive, meat-dependent lifestyle. Dr. Amanda Henry, the lead researcher involved in the discovery, said Neanderthals might […]

Obama taps adjunct for special counsel

President Barack Obama nominated a GW Law School professor last month to lead the Office of Special Counsel for his administration. Carolyn Lerner – an adjunct professor working at GW since the spring of 2007 – must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before her five-year term as special counsel can begin. The OSC is […]

Sports in Brief

Winter Break Recap Men’s Basketball at Oregon State Dec. 18 W, 87-79 vs. East Carolina Dec. 22 W, 82-80 at Alabama-Birmingham Dec. 27 L, 79-44 vs. Holy Cross Dec. 31 W, 58-57 at Howard Jan. 2 W, 85-50 vs. La Salle Jan. 5 W, 72-67 Women’s Basketball at American University Dec. 18 L, 64-60 at […]

Alumna’s new book reveals drama in Madoff scandal

After a career covering Wall Street scandals, Diana Henriques – an alumna and investigative financial reporter for the New York Times – is seeking to unravel the story of one of the financial world’s greatest villains: Bernie Madoff. “Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust,” Henriques’ book about the financial con man, […]

GW strengthened Gray through hardships

GW was not Vincent Gray’s first choice. In fact, he almost dropped out his freshman year due to the tough racial climate permeating the campus in 1963. But Gray stuck it out and has said he is a better man for it. Forty-seven years later, GW is celebrating Gray. The day before his inauguration, alumni […]

GW mourns deaths of alumnus, law student

Steven Smith was known for his passion for sports Alumnus Steven Smith – a 2008 graduate and former sports broadcaster for WRGW Radio – was killed in New York Dec. 13, when his car slid off an icy road. <div style="float:right; display:inline; width:220px; margin:10px;" Smith got out of his car to check his vehicle and […]

Early Decision I admit rate drops by 2 percent

After dropping dramatically in 2009 from the year prior, GW’s early decision 1 acceptance rate remained steady this year. About 36 percent of prospective students apply early decision were accepted during the fall 2010 admissions process. The rate is 2 percentage points lower than last year’s, and is barely a blip on the radar compared […]

Graduation rate rises to 81 percent

GW’s graduation rate rose 6 percentage points between 2003 and 2008, bringing the rate above 80 percent. In 2008 GW’s graduation rate was 81 percent, up from 75 percent in 2003, according to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education that analyzed graduation rates among students who complete their degrees within six years. Between […]

Foggy Bottom Metro to close for MLK weekend

The Foggy Bottom Metro station will be closed during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. From 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, to closing time Monday, Jan. 17, the station will be closed while Metro works to replace track switches, escalators and elevators, as well as improve cell phone service. Metro employees will be available […]