October 31, 2011

Volume 108, Issue 23

Stories from the October 31, 2011 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Freshman retention rate climbs as support systems strengthen

The freshman retention rate inched slightly higher this fall, continuing a decade-long trend of reaching a new high with each class. The 2,241 students from the Class of 2014 who returned to the University after their first year represent 94.3 percent of the original class, a slight increase from the 94-percent return rate the Class […]

Students ask for smoking ban

A group of graduate students are taking a stand against the billowing smoke outside of Gelman Library by lobbying for a smoking ban in public spaces. Colonials for Clean Air, comprised of seven students from the School of Public Health and Health Services, is pushing the University to ban smoking within 25 feet of campus […]


Tuesday The Internet, The Media and Terrorism Delpha Phi Epsilon is hosting professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor for a discussion on terrorism and technology in the 21st century. Cohen-Almagor, an expert in international affairs and journalism, is the chair of politics at the University of Hull in the U.K. Funger Hall, Room 103 – 7 p.m. Congressman […]

Mentor program seeks law alumni

The GW Law School will roll out a new alumni mentoring initiative over the next year to foster a more personalized experience for students. While an informal mentoring system already exists, a formal plan – expected to be implemented in the fall of 2012 – would match current students with alumni mentors based on their […]

Money-saving plan nears next phase

The Innovation Task Force, which funnels funds toward academics by cutting operating expenses across the University, outlined Thursday its seven latest cost-cutting options through showcases on the Foggy Bottom and Virginia campuses. In its first two years, the task force has identified $34 million in savings by 2015 – more than half of its target. […]

Financial need increases for freshman class

The University’s incoming freshmen demonstrated a significantly greater need for financial aid this year. The Class of 2015’s average projected family contribution – the amount each family is expected to pay in addition to financial aid – dipped $1,600 from the year before. “I don’t remember that much of a decrease in a single year,” […]

Staff Editorial: Oversight in Corcoran Hall

Safety during science labs is critical. That fact is amplified in aging buildings like Corcoran Hall. If an accident does happen during a lab or experiment in a science building, the hazard response infrastructure should at least be up-to-date and prepared. That’s why it’s so concerning that the fire extinguishers in Corcoran Hall are expired. […]

Staff Editorial: An athletics program with the tools to win

Athletic director Patrick Nero wants every team at GW to be a winning team. As trite as that might sound, he’s putting in place the infrastructure to make it happen. With the slew of conference realignments occurring across collegiate athletics, there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the future of all of the NCAA’s […]

Doug Cohen: A fix for student debt

The nation is currently grappling with a $1.1 trillion dollar debt. And that number has nothing to do with the federal deficit or government spending. Last week, USA Today reported that total outstanding student loan debt will break the $1 trillion mark, as students took out another $100 billion in loans over the past year. […]