February 19, 2013

Volume 109, Issue 42

Stories from the February 19, 2013 issue of the GW Hatchet. View a PDF version of this issue.

Affinity housing sign-ups nosedive

Applications for GW’s affinity housing program dropped 67 percent after the University announced this spring that only registered student organizations could be part of the program. Thirty-three groups applied for the housing option – a drop from about 100 groups last year, GW Housing Programs Director Seth Weinshel said. The themed housing option boomed after […]

Translating research findings for laymen

Part-time professor Caitlin Schrein wants the work of her graduate anthropology students to go beyond an audience of academics who read leather-bound journals and obscure research papers. Schrein, who leads a graduate course called “Public Understanding of Science,” teaches aspiring scientists to relay complicated research findings for laypeople – a concept the University wants its […]

Refunds denied for mandatory insurance

The University will not refund hundreds of students who were forced to pay for a full year of GW’s health insurance even though they will graduate three months before the plan expires. As part of a mandatory insurance plan, about 4,000 students were automatically charged $2,200, plus additional thousands for dependents, last July. Senior Associate […]

GW spends millions to renovate aging halls

Correction appended GW will spend several million dollars to gut and replace kitchens in Fulbright Hall this summer, part of a five-year plan to renovate outdated residence halls. About 75 kitchens in Fulbright will receive fresh countertops and cabinetry as part of the renovation process, with some rooms also receiving new appliances. Rooms in the […]

Disability studies gets boost in English department

The English department is looking to build a stronger cadre of professors in disability studies – a relatively new field that looks at how people with disabilities perceive and are perceived in society. The English department will hire an associate or full-time professor in for the cross-disciplinary field that spans several departments, including education, law, […]

GSPM to show off political stripes

Clarification appended The Graduate School of Political Management wants students to know it can help them thrive in a culture of partisan sniping, shifting its marketing focus after a year of declining student interest. Director Mark Kennedy, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota who took over last January, said the school will highlight lessons in […]

Letter to the editor

GW offers a flexible dining plan I am writing in response to the article “The hidden costs of campus dining” (Feb. 4, p. 1), in which The Hatchet reported that J Street is unlikely to turn a profit. The University has, over time, developed what we believe to be the most flexible university dining program […]