September 26, 2011

Volume 108, Issue 13

Stories from the September 26, 2011 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

@GWPeterK takes student engagement online

In almost seven months, Dean of Students Peter Konwerski has tweeted 3,937 times. For the last week, he averaged 34 tweets a day. The 42 year old has tweeted about everything from City Hall’s unkempt pool and broken elevators in South Hall, to University President Steven Knapp playing the bongo drums at Alumni Weekend and […]

University travel costs below peers

The University spent $15.1 million on travel expenses in fiscal year 2009, financial disclosure documents show, significantly less than peer instutions. University Treasurer Lou Katz was unable to provide specific information about the exact number of trips, the most frequent destinations or most common travelers, due to the way records are kept, as much of […]

SEAS hiring boom focuses on research profile

The School of Engineering and Applied Science hired 32 faculty members in the last four semesters, part of a long-term plan by the school’s dean to make the school more competitive across the research-heavy field. The school continues to hire the highest proportion of new faculty compared to any other school within the University as […]

Students urged to ditch small events

Administrators are pushing student groups to partner up on more events this year, cutting down on the number of smaller, more exclusive events in favor of larger, University-wide functions. Dean of Students Peter Konwerski said “collaborative programming” is especially important this year as there is a growing number of student organizations that continue to fight […]

Hall on Virginia Avenue residents protest aging building

When first-year nursing student Amy Zhang turns on her shower, the water flows out yellow. “I put in a request for FIXit a month ago and there’s nothing,” the Hall on Virginia Avenue resident said. A group of residents are signing a petition to improve what they call “poor living conditions” at the 46-year-old graduate […]

University beats peers for female faculty rates

The University employed 488 full-time female faculty members last year, slightly less than the national average, data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows. Among all public and private two- and four-year Title IV degree-granting institutions, 42.9 percent of full-time faculty are women, Michael Solomon, the manager of editorial promotion at The Chronicle of […]

Books come alive on National Mall

More than a dozen white tents welcomed readers to the National Mall this weekend for the 11th annual National Book Festival. The event, sponsored by the Library of Congress, was a two-day affair for the first time in its history, hosting 112 authors, poets and illustrators Saturday and Sunday. Louis Bayard, a part-time professor of […]

Warhol makes headlines

Andy Warhol created icons out of the mundane: a bottle of coke, a soup can and even a banana. His inspiration also stemmed from another commonplace item, tabloid news – a routine, often unnoticed fixture in everyday life. This inspiration soon became an obsession and, now, an exhibition. “Warhol: Headlines” opened at The National Gallery […]

Men’s soccer exits weekend with loss and draw

Less than six minutes into the Colonials (2-3-2) match against Jacksonville on Friday, GW found itself in a hole that would only grow as the first half played out. The Dolphins headed a ball into the back of the net, taking an early 2-0 lead. By the 20th minute, the Colonials found themselves down 3-0. […]

Student leads fight to restore papers

A student leader is pushing back against the University’s decision to cut its free newspaper service, arguing that the program is important for students. Rohan Batra, the vice president of academic affairs for the Student Association, is lobbying University administrators to reinstate the program in main campus areas like the Marvin Center and Ivory Tower. […]