January 24, 2011

Volume 107, Issue 36

Stories from the January 24, 2011 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Lyndsey Wajert: We aren’t as dumb as this study is

Whenever someone releases a study criticizing the education system in America, it seems as though the media, politicians and parents all tend to overreact. Are college students lazier? Should the government step in and reform the system? Is my child partying too much instead of studying? While these questions may be legitimate, the most recent […]

Bookstore nabs alleged burglars

A GW Bookstore employee and an accomplice were arrested by the University Police Department Wednesday evening, after they were caught attempting to steal 75 books worth about $5,000. Bookstore staff alerted UPD to suspicions that a temporary employee was stealing textbooks, prompting officers to stake out the area and catch the subjects, UPD Chief Kevin […]

Andrew Clark: Bidding farewell to discourse?

Barack Obama’s health care reform took a brutal blow in the lower chamber last week, when a bipartisan majority voted to repeal the legislation. You may not have noticed, as there was little rhetoric or debate on the airwaves, and the “new civility” following the Tucson tragedy has taken hold of our political discourse. As […]

Panhel ups quotas for sororities

The GW Panhellenic Council voted last month to increase chapter quotas for sororities on campus, meaning four chapters will hold spring recruitment this semester, even as the Greek-life community finds itself under a cloud of hazing charges and investigations. The council voted to raise chapter totals from 114 to 130 in accordance with the National […]

Hatchet ExPat: Living like a star: Brits love ‘American Pie’

When coming to London I was warned of a few American stereotypes: We are closed-minded, we are loud (guilty) and we are easy. But what I didn’t expect when coming to London was that the British view college-aged Americans in another way – as celebrities. I have learned of differences between the American and British […]

Alumnus donates lotto winnings to University

GW alumnus Gilbert Cisneros always planned to give a substantial contribution to the University, he just didn’t know when. Then he hit the jackpot. Literally. After a $266 million lottery win in May, Cisneros offered the University a chunk of the change, more than $1 million, to fund financial aid to deserving GW students. “My […]

GW launches online high school

The University launched a private, online high school this month, becoming the second college in the nation to oversee a virtual secondary school for the college-bound. Since starting classes last week, The George Washington University Online High School joins a small but growing number of college preparatory schools that operate entirely online. Though other online […]

Knapp meets with Virginia governor

University President Steven Knapp offered support for a proposed Virginia higher education bill, and asked lawmakers to keep incentives provided by the bill open to private universities last week as he visited legislators in Richmond, Va. Knapp met privately with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to discuss the higher education bill, […]

Cheh encourages nonprofit payments

D.C. Councilmember and GW Law professor Mary Cheh is floating the idea of having nonprofits make payments to the city in various forms in lieu of taxes, to help boost the city’s profits and cut the budget shortfalls. Payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs, would offer the budget shortfall-facing District additional revenue and partially […]