January 23, 2012

Volume 108, Issue 35

Stories from the January 23, 2012 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

SA returns free New York Times to campus

A deal between student leaders and The New York Times will temporarily restore free newspapers on campus, after months of lobbying against the University’s decision to slash its daily delivery program last fall. The month-long pilot coordinated by the Student Association will deliver between 200 and 300 newspapers to the Marvin Center each weekday starting […]

GW targets pedestrian safety

Student leaders are stepping up their commitment to pedestrian safety, working with the University to assess the daily dangers of crisscrossing campus. Student Association Sen. Danica Brown, U-At Large, spent the fall campaigning for an official campus safety review with the D.C. Department of Transportation, which she hopes to see by the end of the […]

Midtown faces fine for underage drinking charges

Correction appended. The city agency responsible for governing alcohol policies slapped the popular nightclub Midtown with a fine last week after the bar was caught serving minors. In a 4-3 decision, members of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration board accepted the Dupont Circle nightclub’s offer to pay a $3,000 fine and serve out a three-day […]

University launches broad review of alcohol policies

The University’s alcohol policy will be put under a microscope this semester to more effectively address the needs of campus, a top administrator announced Friday. The policy overhaul will include a streamlined process for event registration and the first formal distinctions between undergraduate students and master’s students, Assistant Dean of Students Tara Pereira said. Pereira, […]

GW declines to pay extra medical tax for same-sex couples

Correction appended. The University has no plans to reimburse employees in domestic partnerships for extra taxes they pay for medical coverage, despite a flurry this month of colleges and businesses opting to cover the added expense. Domestic partnership health coverage is counted as taxable income by the federal government, making recipients of those benefits pay […]

Museum Studies’ move off Foggy Bottom helps satisfy enrollment restrictions

The Museum Studies Program moved from its townhouse in Foggy Bottom to an office building in Metro Center last week, part of the University’s ongoing effort to stay under a city-imposed population cap. By relocating several graduate-level programs and courses, GW hopes to mitigate enrollment concerns while offering new opportunities and resources for students who […]

Marissa Fretes: Before classes begin, a week to shop

The first day of class can be stressful. You’re scrambling around trying to memorize a new schedule, meet new professors and new faces. But most of all, you’re scared. Because the first day provides one of the best chances for students to walk into a classroom, sit through half of a lecture and realize they […]

Housing to levy $350 fee for canceled room assignments

The University will implement an automatic $350 cancellation fee for students who drop housing assignments starting this spring, as a way to curtail a housing waitlist that has swelled in recent years. Juniors and seniors will now receive an immediate $350 fine for letting go of an assignment in the first five days after receiving […]

Letter to the editor

Drawing focus back to JEC’s original goals The Student Association constitution lays out 10 specific charges for the Joint Elections Committee. The very first one listed is, “Publicize all elections, referendums, and recall votes.” But in recent years, the JEC has been woefully negligent in fulfilling this duty and has made only a minimal effort […]