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.

Staff Editorial: Thumbs Up – Thumbs Down

D.C. likes to read The District of Columbia is the most well-read city in the country. Considering our already immense workloads and reading assignments, we do not find this surprising. Everyone at the University loves D.C. and its opportunities, but this most recent study is further testament to the impressive environment that GW students have […]

Foggy Bottom Metro renovations to begin this week

Long-awaited renovations to the Foggy Bottom Metro station, including the installation of three new escalators, a staircase and a canopy to cover the station’s entrance, are slated to begin this week. The upgrades will begin Jan. 24, and will take place gradually over the next year, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced last week. […]

Finding time to perform

They could have been studying civil procedure and professional responsibility, but GW Law School students Andrew Satten and Kirk Anderson traded a night in the Jacob Burns Law Library for the stage of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hotel Thursday. With its first album launching in late February, RiverBreaks, which was formed a year ago, has […]

Letter to the Editor

Crime, punishment and Greek Life Tom Braslavsky is a friend of mine, but his column ‘Giving Greek life a chance’ (Jan. 20, pg. 4), is completely off base. These hazing infractions most likely have always existed to some extent (in some organizations, but not all), and this latest spat of embarrassing Greek-life behavior is not […]

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 […]