October 3, 2011

Volume 108, Issue 15

Stories from the October 3, 2011 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Slice of Life: Greeking out: The saga of sorority life

Professor: “Did you just come from Bid Day?” Me: “Yup! We did so well!” Professor: “So you still pay for your friends?” Bubble. Burst. Perhaps arriving late to my Middle Eastern politics class wrapped in letters and covered in silver glitter wasn’t the most unassuming of arrivals. While the sarcasm is something I’ve come to […]

Lauren French: Inside our pages: Advertisements never reflect editorial support

Advertisements are never endorsements. It is with this firm belief that I approved an advertisement from the David Horowitz Freedom Center to run in The Hatchet’s Sept. 29 issue. We seldom reject ads at The Hatchet because we are committed to an open conversation on campus. As journalists who press for transparency, openness and the […]

Adopt-a-doc program seeks to expand personalized aid

Dr. Russell Libby was born in the GW Hospital, raised in the District and attended the School of Medical and Health Sciences. Since graduating in 1979, he has wanted to feel more connected to his alma mater. Looking for a way to give back to the University that defined his academic career, Libby and his […]

University announces endowed CCAS chair

A 17-year veteran in energy research will be the University’s first Gus Weiss Chair of Theoretical Physics and Energy Studies, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences announced last week. Andrei Afanasev, who is originally from Ukraine, will be working on energy sustainability solutions as part of the GW Energy Institute, a multidisciplinary research team […]

Graduate programs continue to grow

Graduate student enrollment at the University increased by 2.3 percent last year, as graduate programs continue to expand across the institution. The enrollment boost at GW comes on the heels of an only 0.1-percent increase between 2008 and 2009, significantly less than the 5.5-percent increase nationally at the time. A September report by the Council […]

Small fraternities see chapter growth

Fewer men accepted bids during the Interfraternity Council’s rush this year, but the population of men in Greek life still reached an all-time high after the invitations were accepted. The participating 15 chapters welcomed 276 new members after last week’s rush process, just slightly down from the 285 men that accepted bids last fall. The […]

GW remains need-blind while others become need-aware

The University’s admissions process will remain need-blind despite an increase nationwide of colleges targeting students who can pay full tuition. Nearly 21 percent of private doctoral universities that were surveyed conceded that a student’s ability to attend without financial aid became more important after the financial downturn, according to a September report by Inside Higher […]

Metro sensors monitor escalators remotely

The Metro, often criticized for perpetually out-of-order escalators throughout its stations, is testing enhanced sensors to notify the agency of breakdowns. The 24 sensors across different Metro stations will allow the agency to remotely monitor an escalator’s status in real-time and respond more swiftly if the system malfunctions, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokesman Dan […]

Students frustrated with backlog of FIXit requests

A boost in facilities requests this fall has resulted in a month of waiting for students facing problems with their residence halls. Senior Associate Vice President of Operations Alicia Knight said there has been a “slight” increase in the number of requests due to the hurricane and early move-in, which prevented facilities from resolving issues […]