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.

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 […]


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 […]


Avril Lavigne “Goodbye Lullaby” (RCA Records) Self-respect is a recurring theme that appears in several of the songs on Avril Lavigne’s fourth album, “Goodbye Lullaby.” The music is a mixture of the powerhouse pop vocals Avril is known for (“What the Hell,” “Smile”) and more mature music that shows how she’s grown as an artist […]

Law School narrows dean candidate pool

The GW Law School dean search committee narrowed the candidate field from eight to five Tuesday, one day after the only candidate from GW withdrew from the process. Law professor Lawrence Mitchell, who is still seeking deanships at other law schools, declined to say why he withdrew from GW’s candidate pool, but said he thought […]

Alleged assault case goes to D.C. Superior Court

Ross Richardson, the senior who allegedly attacked another student in Ivory Tower residence hall this month, will face a hearing at D.C. Superior Court Monday, where a judge will determine if there is probable cause behind his charge to move forward with the case. University Police Department officers arrested Richardson March 6 after he kicked […]

GW adds anthropology Ph.D.

The Anthropology Department will begin accepting applications for a new Ph.D. program in the fall, expanding the discipline’s scope as other universities’ anthropology departments face cutbacks. Richard Grinker, a professor of anthropology and international affairs who will develop the doctorate program, said threats to programs at other colleges makes the addition of a Ph.D. program […]

Colonials find new attitude with Schramm

Spectators for softball use a newly built plywood walkway to make their way to the newly installed right-field bleachers. Behind them is a construction site, a crane extending over their heads to shadow the field. It’s clear the land itself is undergoing renovation, an apt visual metaphor for the team. The Colonials took the field […]

Feces found on sixth floor of Gelman Library

Gelman Library staff reported two separate instances of defecation on the floor of the library’s 6th floor men’s restroom Monday to the University Police Department. UPD Chief Kevin Hay said these are the only two reported instances of defecation at Gelman this year. Last April, The Hatchet reported an uptick in lewd activities in University […]