October 10, 2011

Volume 108, Issue 17

Stories from the October 10, 2011 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Japan reconsiders academic calendar

Japanese educators are considering shifting their academic calendar to align with Western universities to ease the exchange of students. Most Japanese universities begin in April, throwing their calendar out of sync with most colleges in the northern hemisphere, limiting education, employment and internship opportunities for students and faculty. Discussions on standardizing the Japanese academic calendar […]

Mexican cuisine returns to J Street

Thyme began offering Mexican-style dishes last week to attract more students to one of the healthiest venues in the revamped dining hub. Thyme, which replaced Chick-Fil-A during this summer’s dining overhaul, will begin serving quesadillas for lunch and burritos for dinner. “The thing we heard over and over was that we don’t have any Mexican […]

Staff Editorial: A different tone at commencement

GW has been blessed with having premier politicians send off graduating Colonials over the past few years. Against the backdrop of the Capitol Building on the National Mall, the University’s history of political leaders addressing graduates has been a meaningful tradition. But just as these speeches have brought famous figures to address graduates, they have […]

Letter to the editor

Being GW-centric isn’t an endorsement prerequisite It was with great surprise that I read Andrew Pazdon’s misguided attack of the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research in the column, “GW’s skewed endorsement criteria” (Sept. 29, p. 4). Director Paul Hoyt-O’Connor’s team works tirelessly to encourage students who wish to pursue what are often very competitive […]

Unafraid to occupy

Angered by perceived economic greed, Bhaskar Sunkara is standing up to corporations in D.C. and New York City. Emboldened activist and native New Yorker, Sunkara has joined hundreds of others in Occupy D.C. and Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. Last weekend, Sunkara got his first taste of the movement, joining the thousands of protestors who watched […]

Business ethics expert to lead course reform

A top ethics professor at the GW School of Business will steer the school’s curriculum overhaul as the interim associate dean of undergraduate programs, a move signaling the school’s continued push for more interdisciplinary and ethics-based courses. Tim Fort, a chaired business ethics professor, will assume the temporary position to lay the groundwork for the […]

University not affected by security holes in Blackboard software

Australian research firm Securus found security flaws in Blackboard, the online classroom system used by GW and many other institutions, according to a report. The software has “holes that allow students to change grades and download unpublished exams, whilst allowing criminals to steal personal information,” SC Magazine alleged in September, although University administrators insisted no […]


Monday A conversation with David Keyes The executive director of the nonprofit Advancing Human Rights will discuss women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, on the heels of the government’s decision to extend suffrage to women. Marvin Center, Room 403 – 6 p.m. LGBT interfaith panel The LGBT Resource Center invites students to join in a conversation […]