February 9, 2012

Volume 108, Issue 40

Stories from the February 9, 2012 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

University Police Department union to resume talks after first deal falters

The University will return to the bargaining table with union leaders for two days of negotiations next week, after unionized University Police officers rejected Monday a proposed contract with GW. In a 45-9 vote, officers in the International Union, Security, Police, Fire Professionals of America nixed a deal reached late last week with the University, […]

Students seek interfaith intervention

Five months after the University hosted the kickoff to President Barack Obama’s nationwide interfaith service challenge, the student championing GW’s efforts said campus participation has fallen flat. Shivam Gosai, leader of the Student Interfaith Executive Board, said not enough students are getting involved and interfaith dialogues are not happening in tandem with community service. The […]

Counseling policy change sparks spike in visitors

The number of visitors to the University Counseling Center last semester swelled 15 percent compared to the previous fall. Mark Levine, who took the helm in early December, attributes the center’s increased use to a policy implemented in September that lowered appointment costs. Starting this fall, students were allotted six free sessions yearly that previously […]

Social fraternities continue growth with 117 new men

The number of men pledging fraternities swelled for the fourth-straight spring this semester, as the new pledge classes help to close the gap between smaller and larger chapters on campus. Eight of GW’s 17 chapters that participated in recruitment saw at least a 10 percent boost in membership, with a total new pledge class for […]

Crime Log

Panhandling/Fugitive from Justice 2/4/12 – 9 p.m. – Location: 22nd and I streets – Case closed The University Police Department responded to a report of a woman who had been featured in a crime alert as a fraud suspect for asking people for money. The woman was detained and the Metropolitan Police Department was notified. […]

A new chapter for war stories

Senior Joe Mancinik has attended plenty of writing workshops to help fulfill his dream of becoming a novelist. But it wasn’t until last year, when the former Navy service member attended a seminar in D.C. for fellow veterans, that his past and future clicked. The University Writing Program will encourage more veterans to share their […]

Mix of drug, alcohol led to death of law student

Graduate student Benjamin Gupta died from a lethal mix of drugs and alcohol, according to the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The 28-year-old died in his sleep Dec. 19. Beverly Fields, chief of staff at the medical examiner’s office, said Gupta’s death from “acute mixed drug intoxication” was deemed accidental, and the drugs […]

Study shows District’s integration lags behind other cities

American cities are at their highest point of integration in the last 100 years, a recent study found, but the District’s racial makeup is desegregating more slowly. The study, released Jan. 30 by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, analyzed patterns of segregation across the country from 1890 to 2010 and found all-white neighborhoods have […]

Business leaders underwhelmed by recent grads

Recent college graduates are not prepared for success in the corporate world, according to a Jan. 26 survey of 500 business leaders.   The study found that graduates did not possess the collaborative skills necessary to work in a professional environment or cooperate among various employees and departments.   “Workers at every level in businesses […]