September 15, 2011

Volume 108, Issue 10

Stories from the September 15, 2011 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

University debt peaks at $1.1 billion

The University’s debt increased by $100 million in the last year, more than twice the average annual increase in debt over the last decade. The debt now stands at $1.1 billion, more than double the $533 million it was 11 years ago, but steady with the levels reported in April. The jump is hardly the […]

Metro to hire contractors for escalator upkeep

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will hire outside contractors to oversee escalator maintenance across the rail service. The contractors would handle day-to-day maintenance on Orange Line stations, potentially including the Foggy Bottom Metro station, Dan Stessel, chief spokesman for the transit agency said. Bringing on outside contractors would “allow us to redeploy our inhouse […]

Top-scorer picked as ‘most underrated’ in A-10

Senior guard Tony Taylor was picked as the Atlantic 10’s “most underrated” player by, which described him as “one of the league’s toughest matchups.” Taylor was the top-scorer for the men’s basketball team last season, when he averaged 14.8 points per game and was third in the Atlantic 10 in assists per game with […]

GW makes national list for veteran support

The University is one of the most military-friendly institutions in the country, according to an armed forces magazine that cited the institution’s support of veteran counseling and finances. G.I. Jobs magazine pointed to the programming offered by GW’s Student Veteran Services, GW Veterans and the GW Career Center to assist previously deployed students’ transition to […]

Taryn Dietrich’s drive and dedication

Senior Taryn Dietrich’s appreciation for the subtleties of soccer was fine-tuned last season when she found herself in the last place she wanted to be: on the bench. After taking the field for the Colonials in 15 games as a freshman and developing into one of head coach Tanya Vogel’s key reserves as a sophomore, […]

Nutritionist adds a new focus on wellness

When Kelley Vargo walks around campus, athletes like to pull her aside and show her their plates. It’s an experience that couldn’t make the Department of Athletics graduate assistant in nutrition happier. “I was walking through Ivory last week and one of the players grabbed me and said, ‘look, look what I’m eating,’ and pointed […]

GW ranks among top 50 colleges

The University inched up one spot to the coveted No. 50 rank on U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s colleges after remaining on the cusp of the common cutoff point for several years. The University has not been in the top 50 since 1998, when it was ranked 50th. Robert Morse, […]

Record fundraising beats goal

The University raised a record-breaking $113.5 million in the 2011 fiscal year – a 21-percent increase from the previous year. The boost was a result of increased alumni programming and outreach to students, staff, alumni, parents, administrators and hospital patients, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Michael Morsberger said. “Our goal over this decade […]

University expands asset holdings in Brazil

The University’s endowment grew to include significant asset holdings in Brazil over the past four years, financial disclosure documents show. The endowment, which totals about $1.3 billion, includes $65 million in publicly traded Brazilian stocks as of June 2011 when the last fiscal year ended. The growing South American country represents the endowment’s largest financial […]

Volleyball completes D.C. sweep over Hoyas

As sophomore Jamie Armstrong headed to serve late in the third set, Georgetown needed only one point to take a 2-1 lead in overall sets. Armstrong’s serve jump-started a Colonials rally, and seven points later, the game was tied. But following a service error and a Georgetown ace, the Colonials’ comeback ended, and the volleyball […]