May 21, 2012

Volume 109, Issue 2

Stories from the May 21, 2012 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Board approves four new members

The University’s top governing body elected four new members Friday as six positions were vacated by retiring trustees. The new members said they will make diversity one of their priorities as they begin their service on the board starting July 1. Roslyn Brock, Michael Hoffman, Madeleine Jacobs and Titilola Williams-Davies were sworn in unanimously for […]

Military leader to new officers: ‘Our nation needs you now’

The country’s second-highest-ranking military leader emphasized the weight of service in a world marred with conflict to more than two dozen officers joining the Navy and Marine Corps on Friday. “Our nation needs you now,” James Winnefeld, Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the 27 Naval Reserve Office Training Corps graduates […]

Journalist calls for students to lift nation

With degrees in hand, graduates on the National Mall are on track to fix the troubled nation they have inherited from previous generations, longtime anchor of NBC Nightly News and college dropout Brian Williams told the Class of 2012 Sunday. At a time when young Americans are “hearing the generation just in front of you […]

Yogis get physical on National Mall

More than a thousand yogis stretched and posed Saturday on an array of colorful mats spread across the National Mall. D.C. Yoga Week began May 13 and culminated Saturday with Yoga on the Mall, bringing more than 20 yoga instructors to the Sylvan Theatre Stage, near the base of the Washington Monument, encouraging participants of […]

Plans set in motion for dorm merge

The University will spend $2.5 million over the next year designing a residence hall that will merge three buildings at the center of campus and house more than 800 students. The Board of Trustees approved funding Friday for the design of the project, colloquially known as the “superdorm,” which will turn sophomore halls West End […]

Radio host stresses personal communication at public health graduation

National Public Radio broadcaster Diane Rehm told graduates of the School of Public Health and Health Services not to get caught up in technology and to focus instead on in-person communication as a way to network with the world. At the school’s ceremony Saturday, Rehm touted the importance of face-to-face conversations in an increasingly globalized […]

Law graduates advised to volunteer legal services

In his first graduation ceremony as dean of the GW Law School, Paul Schiff Berman called on graduates to serve communities in need and exhibit passion in their pro bono work.   Bringing attention to individuals who cannot afford legal services, such as unjustly accused prison inmates, Berman told graduates to advocate for justice.   […]

Design competition winners bring ideas to Washington Monument

The two winners of a GW-sponsored design competition to upgrade the National Mall want to add features like a 3,000-seat amphitheater and a circular pathway with raised steps surrounding to the Washington Monument. The winners’ designs in the international competition, which were announced Thursday, put forth plans that would drastically reshape space around the Washington […]

Provost calls on graduates to help the broader community

Provost Steven Lerman praised the more than 275 doctoral degree recipients at a hooding ceremony Thursday, calling on graduates to sustain a powerful thirst for knowledge. Lerman touted ethical obligations paired with earning the University’s highest degree, including continued academic curiosity and a commitment to public service. “The doctoral degree you get carries with it […]

Former ambassador promotes tolerance

A former ambassador to Jordan, Australia and Kuwait encouraged graduates of the Elliott School of International Affairs to promote tolerance at the school’s graduation ceremony Friday. Edward Gnehm, an Elliott School alumnus turned professor, said the world is lacking individuals who can speak to others with “clashing ideologies,” but graduates can develop that skill if […]