April 26, 2012

Volume 108, Issue 59

Stories from the April 26, 2012 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Politicians pump up student loan support

Correction appended Student debt remains in the political spotlight this election year, as national leaders jockey for support among young voters. President Barack Obama launched a two-day tour of universities Tuesday to urge Congressional leaders to stop interest rates on Stafford loans from doubling this summer, petitioning them to keep the rates at the current […]

Student group growth outpaces funding

The University’s student life arm is worried this year’s record number of student organizations might mean future budget crunches and over-extended advisers. If the number of registered organizations continues to grow as Associate Dean of Students Tim Miller predicts, advisers may be re-assigned based on the time required by each organization. A record 471 student […]

Cell phone donation drive ends with final push

Dozens of students collected used cell phones outside 15 Metro stops Wednesday, marking the end of the University’s electronic devices drive. The University began collecting digital devices in October, after it was first selected in September to host last month’s Clinton Global Initiative University conference. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary […]

Trustee donates $1 million

An alumnus and member of the University’s Board of Trustees pledged $1 million to the Elliott School of International Affairs this week, a gift that the school will use to extend its global reach through research and fellowship grants. The donation from David Nadler, who joined the board last July, will establish the Nadler Endowment […]

Blasting to begin for science hall

The months-long phase of controlled blasting will begin Thursday at the Science and Engineering Hall construction site, more than a month after the University first announced blasting would begin. The once-daily blasting will start up just as the academic year draws to a close and exam week starts. Last fall, University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said […]

Burglaries continue to drop

Burglaries on campus fell by 76 percent compared to last academic year, while the number of on-campus crimes remained consistent with past years, according to data from the University Police Department’s crime log. Liquor law violations increased by about two dozen this year, reaching a total of 414 cases, with incidents of theft climbing from […]

SMPA, Google join forces to thwart political spin

The School of Media and Public Affairs will partner with Google to ensure the average Americans have their facts straight in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. The project, called Face the Facts USA, will employ staff from the school’s Center for Innovative Media and Google, along with a line-up of media companies to […]

Foreign programs under fire for growth

As universities like GW dive deep into global expansion, one higher education group wants them first to take a breath. The increasing number of universities setting up programs around the world need to consider “potentially adverse unintended consequences” to foreign students and cultures, the International Association of Universities said in an April 20 memo. The […]

CEO to speak at GWSB graduation

The leader of one of the D.C. area’s largest construction companies will speak at the May 18 graduation ceremony for the GW School of Business. Alumna Linda Rabbitt, founder and chief executive officer of Rand Construction Corporation, will deliver a message about entrepreneurship to graduates. “I’m honored to have been chosen for the commencement address […]