August 29, 2011

Volume 108, Issue 5

Stories from the August 29, 2011 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Bookstore eyes bump in textbook rentals

The University bookstore’s manager is projecting an increase in the popularity of its Rent-A-Text service this semester, after nearly 5,000 textbooks were rented before move-in weekend. The store, currently in the midst of an aggressive new marketing campaign for the book rental program, is battling tougher competition with online rental and e-textbook companies. To compete, […]

University climbs in green ranking

GW vaulted into the top quarter of the nation’s environmentally friendly schools, according to an August assessment by the Sierra Club. The University ranked No. 30 on Sierra magazine’s annual America’s Coolest Schools list for 2011, a 27-spot leap from its position last year. The magazine ranked 118 schools based on their answers to a […]

Men start sexual assault awareness group

When a student advocacy group against sexual assault hosted the nonprofit Men Can Stop Rape for a training session last year, Kostantinos Skordalos realized his organization lacked male voices. Skordalos, a sophomore, is a second-year member of the campus group Students Against Sexual Assault. He explained that its makeup is predominantly female, and he feels […]


Monday Student Performance Showcase Watch GW’s finest dancers, singers, actors and comedians on stage. Lisner Auditorium – 7 p.m. Tuesday Student Organization Fair Learn about opportunities to get involved with student organizations, club sports, theater groups and more. University Yard – 7 to 9 p.m. Hypnotist at Marvin Center Bring your friends to see GW’s […]

Hurricane causes only minor damages

Hurricane Irene spared both campuses critical damage but left a path of toppled trees, forcing the University to shut down Gelman Library Sunday when one tree collapsed into the building. Thousands of students opted to move in Friday, amid showers, after the University opened residence halls early in anticipation of Irene. About 3,000 students moved […]

University garners praise from LGBT group

Campus Pride – a non-profit organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues – gave GW an overall rating of 4.5 out of five stars for the intuitions positive approach to the LGBT community. In five of the eight categories that Campus Pride used to rate GW – support and institutional commitment, student life, […]

Tracking technology added to Vern Express

Students can now track Vern Express shuttles online and through text messages to receive estimated arrival times. International Limousine – the company that runs the fleet – installed the GPS tracking technology to improve students’ experience with the Vern Express, Wendy Martino, interim director of transportation and parking services, said. “We believe that providing additional […]