March 24, 2011

Volume 107, Issue 50

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

Richard Ashman: Echoes of NOLA in Japan

For New Orleans residents like myself, whose memories of?Hurricane Katrina?are indelible, the tragic aftermath of?Japan’s tsunami?seems eerily similar.?Waves washed homes off their foundations, piled cars on top of houses and dumped large boats inland as if they were children’s toys.? After Katrina, Japan’s government and citizens came to our aid right away. Within 24 hours […]

District recommends Science and Engineering Complex for approval

The District’s Office of Planning recommended last week that the Zoning Commission approve the plan for the Science and Engineering Complex, but encouraged GW to revise its design to accommodate another Foggy Bottom Metro entrance. The approval is conditional and will be reevaluated if GW fails to provide a detailed drawing illustrating the streetscape before […]

Katrina Valdes: Join Relay for Life, be a superhero

As members of one of the most politically active universities in the country, GW’s capacity to help goes far beyond political campaigns – we’re capable of so much more. Every day, we each make a difference to change something about the world we live in within our own interests, jobs, internships and academics. But for […]

Councilmember seeks to repeal food truck tax exemption

Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans introduced legislation last week that, if passed, would nix the sales tax exemption for all District street vendors, including the popular food trucks that frequent GW. The bill would require food trucks and street vendors to pay the same 10 percent sales tax as brick-and-mortar restaurants. “I’m concerned with two […]

Staff Editorial: Vote ‘yes’ on the bill, Clark and Costigan

Today marks the final day of the Student Association runoff elections. Students must choose between two candidates vying for the position of SA president, and two candidates running for executive vice president. Seeing as the candidate pool has dramatically decreased since we printed our original endorsements, The Hatchet’s editorial board reiterates its endorsements for Chris […]

Nine D.C. high schoolers receive full scholarships to GW

The Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship, now in its 22nd year, provides full four-year scholarships covering tuition, room and board, books, and other fees, amounting to more than $200,000, to area students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Knapp, joined by admissions office director Karen Felton and mascot Little George, went to different high schools across the […]

NSA study says Freedom of Information Act response slow

President Barack Obama pledged to improve government agencies’ responsiveness to Freedom of Information Act, but a study by GW’s National Security Archives found that despite a presidential memo, barely half of the federal agencies have made strides to improve the FOIA process. Obama issued a memorandum in 2009 promising his administration would “disclose information rapidly […]

National Cherry Blossom Festival begins Saturday

The National Cherry Blossom Festival begins Saturday, kicking off spring by celebrating the blossoming trees that draw more than 1 million visitors to the District annually. The 16-day event, a tradition that spans nearly a century, marks Japan’s 1912 donation of more than 3,000 cherry trees to the District. The trees are planted along the […]

Student Health Service launches after-hours hotline

Students seeking help from the Student Health Service after the office’s regular business hours can now utilize an after-hours hotline for medical advice, potentially helping students avoid costly trips to the emergency room. Health care call center Fonemed began serving GW Monday, with nurses on hand to take students’ medical history, answer questions and advise […]

Calendar

Thursday Commencement Fair 2011 Order your cap and gown, and pick up a Commencement packet at the fair. Marvin Center, Ground Floor – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday Buzz around the Bee Hives Learn about the bees on the Vern and help build new homes for them. Mount Vernon Campus, Hand Chapel – 3 […]