February 4, 2013

Volume 109, Issue 38

Stories from the February 4, 2013 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Librarians trove through Twitter for social media researchers

Correction appended While hashtags and tweets seem to disappear amid the endless torrent of Twitter conversations, the staff at Gelman Library is preserving them for history. Laura Wrubel and Daniel Chudnov, who help run the library’s technology arm, developed a tool, now in its early stages, that gathers data from Twitter to simplify social media […]

GW funds transitioning veterans

GW’s veteran services office earned a grant this week to help teach professors how to transition soldiers-turned-students from the war zone to the classroom. Veteran services coordinator Michael Ruybal, an 11-year U.S. Army veteran, will help create training sessions and webinars teaching professors how to connect with veterans and understand military culture. Ruybals’ project was […]

Financial aid shopping sheet is far off for GW

The University’s chief financial aid officer said he remains hesitant to adopt a government-backed tool for comparing schools’ aid packages and total price tags. More than 500 colleges and universities nationwide have adopted the financial aid “shopping sheet,” which shows students a school’s total price tag, the type and amount of aid available, graduation rates […]


Monday Hatchet Coffeehouse Join Hatchet editors for coffee to learn more about GW’s independent student newspaper, share story ideas or offer constructive criticism. The Hatchet, 2140 G St. – 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Space: Interests at play Listen to SMPA fellow Linda Billings discuss the intersection of science, media and politics as it relates […]

The hidden costs of campus dining

A senior who spent months probing J Street’s finances concluded in his economics thesis that the dining hub is unlikely to ever turn a profit – and will continue to burden students with extra costs. Economics professor Donald Parsons, who oversaw John Bennett’s thesis, verified his student’s “solid arguments” that J Street is a money […]

GW defends security after burglary string

After a string of daytime burglaries in residence halls over the past two weeks, the University’s top security officials defended GW’s relatively light security procedures compared to other city schools. The burglaries of at least 10 electronics in three residence halls have prompted GW’s top security administrator and University Police Chief Kevin Hay to say […]

New admissions model stays in strategic plan

When the Board of Trustees votes to approve the University’s 10-year strategic plan Friday, it will decide whether students will eventually be admitted to the University as a whole, delaying their entry into specific colleges by up to two years. Administrators floated the contentious proposal – which some schools worry could overflow their enrollments, dilute […]

New question considered for LGBT law applicants

Correction appended GW Law School applicants already face questions about writing samples, transcripts and letters of recommendation. But next year, they could confront a new question: Are you gay? The school might join only four top 20 law schools to add LGBT status to its applications by tracking the number of gay and transgender applicants […]