February 16, 2012

Volume 108, Issue 42

Stories from the February 16, 2012 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Obama budget cuts Metro funding

The proposed White House budget released Monday slashes $15 million in funding to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for next fiscal year. The budget cuts will be taken from the annual $150 million that Metro receives through the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, which pays for long-term capital projects and maintenance, […]


Thursday Capital Perspectives: Tourism’s Economic Impact Listen as the senior vice president of research for the U.S. Travel Association sounds off on President Barack Obama’s plans to bolster tourism in America to aid the economy. Duques Hall, Room 553 – 2 to 3 p.m. Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace Still Possible? Learn about the secret negotiations between […]


This post was updated on Feb. 16, 2012 to reflect the following: The Hatchet incorrectly reported the Xi Jinpin is the Vice President of China. His named is spelled Xi Jinping.

Hatchet Expat: Savoring the mundane

“El Mundo o El País?” said the flight attendant, extending two newspapers out in front of me. “The World or The Country?” I asked myself, not thinking much of it at the time. I noticed a man in business attire across the aisle reading El Mundo. The world is larger, I justified. “El Mundo, por […]

Staff Editorial: University is increasing tuition at a fair rate

If you play a word association game with “George Washington University,” chances are many will automatically answer with the word “expensive,” or some similar sentiment. Indeed, for many years, the University was ranked as one of the most expensive private schools in the country. But it is this perception that University President Steven Knapp and […]

Staff Editorial: A clean slate for the UCC

The University Counseling Center ushered in a new era with the resignation of Associate Director Barbara Brown last week. Brown denied that her resignation is connected to the revelations about the supposed mismanagement, which led to high counselor turnover rates at UCC. And while the true reason for Brown’s resignation many never be known, what […]

Patrick Kennedy: Earn your voice in D.C. government

It has often been remarked that it is an ironic failure of justice that citizens in the capital of the world’s most powerful democracy are deprived of a voting voice in the federal government they host. Yet there is a similarly disenfranchised class within the city that has little to no representation in D.C.’s government: […]

New research fundraiser focuses on autism center

A fundraising blitz by the Office of the Vice President for Research’s first development director hopes to make a proposed autism research center a reality. The University has stayed committed to the autism and neuro-developmental disorder center since its conception in 2010, but Vice President for Research Leo Chalupa said the project cannot move forward […]

Computer glitch accidentally double-charges museum studies students

A group of students in the Museum Studies Program was double-charged for their classes due to a computer glitch, a University spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. All of the about 130 graduate students in the program – which moved off campus to a Metro Center office building from its Foggy Bottom townhouse in January – were affected […]

Trustees tell SA leader to take fee fight to administration

The top student leader’s fight for fee transparency came to a halt last week before the University’s highest governing body. Sidestepping traditional lobbying routes for student leaders, Student Association President John Richardson put forth a proposal to the Board of Trustees’ Student Affairs Committee to itemize tuition bills by including a list and brief explanation […]