May 16, 2011

Volume 108, Issue 2

Stories from the May 16, 2011 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Elliott graduates hear from NASA

The deputy administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration likened graduates of the Elliott School of International Affairs to the missions and history of NASA in her keynote address at the school’s graduation ceremony Friday. Lori Beth Garver delivered her remarks in the Smith Center, sharing lessons from her career path with the graduating […]

Copes requests release from Letter of Intent

Men’s basketball recruit Erik Copes has asked to be released from his National Letter of Intent to play at GW, and is headed to play ball at District-based competitor George Mason. The Department of Athletics is processing Copes’ paperwork, University spokeswoman Candace Smith said. She was not sure when the 6-foot-8 center asked to be […]

Nationals owner said passion is key

Baseball team owner Mark Lerner told graduates at the School of Business’ graduate and doctoral ceremony May 13 that he still gets the chills every time he walks onto the Washington Nationals’ field. “After five years of ownership, my greatest passion is still my day job,” Lerner said. Lerner, who graduated from GW with a […]

Justice Kagan to judge moot court contest

Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan will judge the GW Law School’s longest-running moot court competition next year. Kagan will be the first justice to preside over the annual Jacob Burns Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court competition since Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in 2009. Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito also […]

Graduates honored at Athletics commencement

As Craig Helmstetter’s peers walked across the Smith Center’s stage May 14 to receive their degrees, the senior was in Worcester, Mass. preparing to compete in his penultiamte race as a Colonial. Helmstetter, the captain of the men’s rowing team, was honored along with nine other student athletes May 10, all who missed their own […]

International students honored

Senior Ingmar Waterloh’s father once told him he should be able to make it in the world with nothing but a toothbrush in his pocket. After completing his undergraduate education at GW, the international student from Aachen, Germany finally feels he can live up to that advice. Waterloh is one of 545 international students graduating […]

Board officially removes graduation fee

The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to stop charging seniors a $100 graduation fee at the governing body’s May 13 meeting, a highly expected move after student leaders lobbied for the much-maligned fee’s removal throughout the spring. The Class of 2012 will be the first class to have a graduation without fees. The charge is […]

On exit, seniors relive years as ‘Vernies’

Graduating seniors who lived on the Mount Vernon Campus freshman year boarded the Vern Express Tuesday to rekindle old friendships and say goodbye to the campus they once called home. In a room furnished with portraits of former presidents of the Mount Vernon College for Women, the school GW acquired in 1996, students reminisced about […]

BloomBars cultivates and grows D.C. arts

The arts are blossoming at BloomBars in Columbia Heights. Started three years ago by Howard University alumnus John Chambers, BloomBars offers a welcoming space for artists to learn, grow and share their work with the D.C. community. With a background in social marketing and communications, Chambers said he has often sought to build a community […]