FALL FEST PAGE A3 HOOTERS MIXTAPE PAGE B7
Event moved inside due to hurricane Resturant waitresses share top jams
THURSDAY The GW
September 4, 2008 ALWAYS ONLINE:
Vol. 105 • Iss. 6
AN INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER - SERVING THE GW COMMUNITY SINCE 1904
CCAS advising Staff donations to Obama rise
GW employees give one
changes stalled donation to McCain since May
by Sarah Scire the same advisers throughout by Bryan Han Cain in 2008 and about $15,000
Campus News Editor their ﬁrst year. However, Duff Senior Staff Writer during the entire cycle.
said many of the most signiﬁcant “Most universities have a
After spending more than a problems identiﬁed in the report University employees do- generally liberal democratic
year identifying a range of prob- were unﬁxable. nated overwhelmingly to Ba- tendency,” said Steven Billet,
lems in the Columbian College “We can never solve that rack Obama’s presidential cam- director of legislative affairs at
of Arts and Sciences advising problem,” Duff said, referring to paign this year, with the Illinois the Graduate School of Politi-
system, administrators said they the discrepancies between facul- senator receiving more than 68 cal Management. “So when it
remain unprepared to make any ty advisors. “Some faculty aren’t percent of all GW contributions, comes to presidential elections,
signiﬁcant changes this fall. going to be good advisers.” a Hatchet analysis of campaign it’s somewhat common for uni-
The school created a commit- Duff highlighted several oth- ﬁlings found. versity campuses to be more
tee last year to investigate advis- er serious problems brought to Faculty and administrators Democratic and, in our current
ing in response to student and
parent complaints and presented
light by the committee’s report
– including not enough advis-
who listed GW as their employ-
er in federal election documents
environment, Obama support- Key:
the ﬁndings to CCAS Dean Peg ers in large departments and the donated $41,795 to Obama in Altogether, University
Barratt this May. The group lack of a comprehensive way to 2008 – about twice the amount employees donated $115,052
Barack Obama | $41,795 | 68%
found that students were most advise undeclared sophomores – he received last year. During to presidential campaigns
concerned about impersonal ad- but said the University had not the entire election cycle, GW throughout the election cycle, Hillary Clinton | $11,462 | 19%
vising from faculty advisers and yet begun to test other options. staffers sent the candidate more with only 13 percent going to
receiving inconsistent informa- “That’s not going to change,” than $60,000. Republican candidates. Only John McCain | $7,900 | 13%
tion, said Paul Duff, associate Duff said of the lack of faculty Former presidential candi- donations of $200 or more are
dean for undergraduate studies advisers in large departments date Sen. Hillary Clinton (D- reported to the FEC.
in CCAS. like political science and psy- N.Y.), the next-largest recipient, Contributions to Clinton Mitt Romney | $300 | .4%
He noted several small im- chology. “There’s no easy way to received $11,462 in 2008. stopped after May 7, a month
provements this semester, in- solve that.” University employees do- Alex Abnos/Hatchet staff
before she ofﬁcially closed her
cluding additional content on the Other GW schools such as nated $7,900 to Republican Above: GW staff donations in 2008. Employees donated
CCAS Web site and an initiative presidential candidate John Mc- See DONATIONS, p. B3 $115,052 to candidates during the entire election cycle.
designed to keep freshmen with See ADVISING, p. B3
Book prices hit Congress Former
Students face professor to soften the blow of rocketing
prices. Chad Rector, assistant
professor of political science
“Publishers should become
more aware of student price
sensitivity and, when pos-
unprecedented and international affairs, said sible, modify their materials to
textbook costs becomes that teachers understand their
students’ textbook troubles.
“Professors are generally
quite sensitive to students’ con-
be more cost efﬁcient,” Ewert
wrote in an e-mail.
He added that the GW
Bookstore should not have to
by Husna Kazmir
Hatchet Staff Writer
Many students who wanted
cerns and make an effort to use
buy the bundle packages asso-
ciated with certain textbooks,
which package multimedia and
workbooks with the required
an escape from unprecedented textbook.
increases in textbook prices
become more aware of “Neither bookstores nor
by Nathan Grossman
Campus News Editor
shopped at online retailers and student price sensitiv- students should be required to
secondhand bookstores to save purchase bundles, some com-
money this semester, but they ity and, when possible, Former School of Media and
ponents of which may serve a Public Affairs professor Robert
might soon ﬁnd relief from the modify their materials to limited academic purpose,” he
federal government. Callahan recently transitioned to
wrote. “We support the con- his new role as the U.S. ambas-
A report from the Govern- be more cost efﬁcient." cept that each component in the
ment Accountability Ofﬁce sador to Nicaragua and said his
bundle should be available sep- time at GW helped him prepare
found that the cost of textbooks arately and at a reasonable cost,
nearly tripled from 1986 to 2004 CLIFF EWERT for the diplomatic post.
including access to required Callahan worked as a Public
and prices are still rising at an VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC electronic components.”
average of 6 percent per year. AND CAMPUS RELATIONS AT Diplomacy Fellow at SMPA be-
Sophomore Kristen Suver fore receiving his ambassadorial
These ﬁgures, coupled with FOLLETT decided to forego the campus
high tuition costs, prompted appointment on July 24. He said
store altogether this semester his time conducting research and
Congress and 34 states to intro- and use Amazon.com in an ef-
duce legislation to curb prices teaching a class on foreign policy
textbooks efﬁciently – if at all,” fort to save some money, but she and public diplomacy allowed
for students already feeling the Rector said. said she still spent hundreds for
pinch of an economic down- him to reﬁne his knowledge of
Cliff Ewert, vice president of her books. diplomacy.
turn. public and campus relations at “My total bill ended up be-
Josh Wolf/Hatchet photographer While students wait for the Before coming to GW in 2005,
Follett, blamed publishers and ing about $600 for ﬁve classes,” Callahan spent 25 years in U.S.
Freshman John Lesser opts to shop at the GW Bookstore this legislature to weigh in on the not the GW Bookstore, which is she said.
year despite the rising cost of textbooks at the store. legislation, some GW professors Foreign Service – a career that in-
operated by Follett, for the exor- cluded stints in Costa Rica, Hon-
are making conscious efforts bitant cost of books. See TEXTBOOKS, p. B3
duras, Greece and Italy. In 2004,
he was the U.S. embassy spokes-
man in Iraq, before returning to
City to change Mall area NATIONALSPOILER
Washington and working for
Director of National Intelligence
“(At GW) I was able to appre-
ciate and study diplomacy from
a distance with an objectivity
Plan will link Kennedy Center with monuments that the daily demands of work
abroad never allow,” Callahan
said. “When in an embassy, dip-
by Ian Jannetta down the E Street and the water- lomats usually respond to events,
Senior Staff Writer Proposed plans for front areas. many of them unforeseen, and
Northwest D.C. The plan notes that the area rarely take a step back to under-
An expansive and ambi- around Foggy Bottom has a lot stand the larger context. My time
tious new city plan could lead • Connect the Kennedy of open space but suffers from at GW provided that broader
to drastic changes in the areas center to the White “the intrusion of disruptive context.”
surrounding GW, including in- House with parks down highways, the absence of street He said he especially enjoyed
creased green space and many E Street life and the lack of a clear unify- interacting with colleagues, ad-
more pedestrian walkways. ing vision to knit the fragmented ministrators and students.
The National Framework • Decking over the Poto- parcels together into a coherent “I found the ambience to be
Plan, released this July by the mac Freeway creating ensemble.” conducive to an easy exchange
National Capital Planning Com- new riverfront space Miller said improvements of ideas and opinions and, at the
mission, focuses on improve- to parks along E Street would same time, intellectually stimulat-
ments to areas on and around • Link the Kennedy Center create an attractive space for ing,” he said, adding that he was
the National Mall in order to to the Lincoln Memorial studying and recreation along always “genuinely impressed”
increase pedestrian access to cul- • Opening new areas for the edge of campus. She added by the maturity and dedication
tural attractions and minimize that pedestrian-friendly parks of his students.
congestion in overused areas.
parks, ofﬁces, shops Michael Posada, a senior in
connecting the E Street corridor
Elizabeth Miller, project man- and residential use to the Kennedy Center, George- SMPA, took Callahan’s class this
ager for the plan, said their key town and the Lincoln Memorial spring and said he enjoyed when
goal is to change the perception would also be a bonus for stu- the professor related his past ex-
of the National Mall from the monuments and public spaces dents living in Foggy Bottom. periences to the topic of the lec-
“edge of the city” to the “heart of beneﬁt residents and visitors Implementation of the plan ture.
the city.” alike.” will depend on interest and will “We learned about the reali-
“(Since its founding) Wash- The Kennedy Center is set to require a long process involving ties of public diplomacy instead
ington has faced the challenge of be the cornerstone of improve- both the city and federal govern- of just the textbook version,” he
balancing its roles as a showcase ments, which planners intend ments. It is currently in a public said.
for the nation and an appeal- to connect with other national review period, and the city is ac- Posada recalled how Calla-
ing home for its residents,” the monuments. Plans include link- cepting feedback until October. Alex Ellis/Photo Editor han told the class about his nomi-
NCPC Web site said. “Today, ing it to the Lincoln Memorial Some aspects of the plan, like Nationals pitcher Odalis Perez threw five innings nation as ambassador by passing
federal planners are working and the White House through a improving parks along E Street, out a critical editorial from The
Wednesday night in a 9-7 victory over the Philadel-
harder than ever to ensure that series of pedestrian walkways
and through a string of parks See PLAN, p. B3
phia Phillies in Nationals Park. See AMBASSADOR, p. B3
improvements to the capital’s
The GW Hatchet | Thursday, September 4, 2008
Newsroom: Star of 'The Ofﬁce' to visit campus
Nathan Grossman – Campus News Editor (email@example.com) Newsroom: Hurricane may hit D.C. this weekend
Sarah Scire – Campus News Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alexa Millinger – Metro News Editor (email@example.com)
Danielle Meister – Assistant News Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Podcast: Program Board leader discusses Fall Fest »
Washer and dryer Chi Omega sorority
CAMPUS fees increase by SNAPSHOT Clean Cab returns to campus
CALENDAR 25 cents after 40 years
THURSDAY The price to use washing and The Chi Omega sorority will
HIGH 92 | LOW 69 drying machines in most residence colonize at GW next month after a
SA WELCOME WEEK KICK-OFF halls rose by 25 cents this August, 40-year absence from campus.
Join the Student Associa- due to the mounting cost of water The Panhellenic Association,
tion for a night of music and electricity in the District, a Uni- which is the primary umbrella or-
and snacks. versity ofﬁcial said this week. ganization for sororities, said last
7:30 p.m. Students must now pay $1.50 to fall that Chi Omega could reorga-
Marvin Center Ballroom use each appliance in all residence nize on campus. The sorority dis-
halls except 1957 E Street, 2109 F continued its GW chapter in 1968
LARGE GROUP WORSHIP Street, The Dakota and Townhouse during a period when there was a
Show your faith with the Row, said Nancy Haaga, managing waning interest in campus Greek-
Agape Campus Christian director of Campus Support Ser- letter organizations.
Fellowship. vices. “Chi Omega is thrilled to re-
7:30 p.m. “This cost increase … is directly join the Greek community and
Marvin Center 403 attributed to signiﬁcant increases in looks forward to making positive
the cost of overall utilities,” Haaga contributions,” Chi Omega Com-
wrote in an e-mail. munications Director Ann Boar-
FRIDAY She added that the price for man said.
laundry machine repairs has also Boarman said there are many
HIGH 86 | LOW 96 gone up. The University uses beneﬁts for joining Chi Omega
COLONIAL QUEST Caldwell and Gregory, Inc. for the during its colonization this year.
Have an evening adventure maintenance of its laundry facilities “The founding members of Chi
with GW staff by following in the 32 residence halls affected by Omega will be pioneers,” Boarman
clues and creating your the laundry price increase. said, noting that there will be “im-
own path. The last increase was in 2003 for mediate leadership opportunities”
7 p.m. 25 cents, when the University in- Anne Wernikoff/assistant photo editor
for all new members. “They will
stalled new laundry machines that Universiy President Steven Knapp takes a ride around University Yard Wednesday in a
Kogan Plaza shape and mold the identity of Chi
could accommodate more clothes Swiss-made Solar Taxi, an entirely solar powered car, with the initiative director Louis Omega at GW. There will be im-
D.C. IN A DAY and use water more effectively, she Palmer. mediate leadership opportunities
Tour the D.C. metro area said. in Chi Omega as the colony begins
with GW faculty and staff. Before the University raised to establish itself on campus.”
1 p.m. the cost to wash and dry, they con- Chi Omega will hold two in-
ducted a survey of laundry prices at
Marvin Center Great Hall
local universities and laundromats. Bedbugs reported in 2034 G Street and other residence halls formation sessions on Oct. 20 and
21 for any women interested in
Haaga said that the University’s joining. The new colony will of-
new rates are among the lowest in Bedbugs are reportedly the woods before the start of at 2034 G Street would be
SATURDAY the D.C. area and among colleges in several residence halls on school. cleaned on Thursday. “The ﬁcially be established on Sept. 25.
campus, and officials said “We believe it’s confined good thing is that the cause Boarman said the new chapter
HIGH 83 | LOW 69 nationwide. would quickly begin electing ofﬁ-
–Danielle Meister they likely originated from to a small group of students,” of this was identified in a
FALL FEST 2008 a group of freshmen who at- Schario said. “But the prob- short order of time,” Schario cers, holding weekly meetings and
Kick off the year at the tended an engineering trip lem with bedbugs is that they said. participating in social and philan-
2008 Fall Fest, featuring last month. multiply, so we are going to The University recom- thropic events.
Virginia Coalition and The University spokesperson be monitoring this situa- mends that students who Boarman said she was certain
Canon Logic. Correction Tracy Schario said only one tion.” suspect they have bedbugs that a new sorority could compete
2 p.m. student was confirmed to Schario said she could — with symptoms including on a campus with nine other Pan-
University Yard Due to a editing er- have been bitten by the in- not specify all of the resi- a red, itchy rash and welts — hellenic organizations.
ror in “Graduate School sects, but about a dozen may dence halls where bedbugs should visit Student Health “The University and Panhel-
of Business responds to have been exposed to them. had been reported out of con- Services and contact Residen- lenic invited Chi Omega to recolo-
SUNDAY GMAT cheating scandal” The freshmen were part of cern for the privacy of those tial Property Management to nize because there is a growing
(Sept. 2, p. 2), The Hatchet a School of Engineering and infected, but she confirmed have their room inspected. interest among women on campus
HIGH 86 | LOW 68 misattributed, “We hope Applied Sciences retreat in that the SEAS residence hall –Sarah Scire to go Greek,” she said. “(We are)
GW BAZAAR (students) use their own conﬁdent that there are plenty
Enjoy henna tattoos, a common sense and judg- of women interested in starting
fortune teller and foreign ment in deciding what re- something new and making it
food among other cultural sources to use in preparing their own.”
the exam,” to Chris Privett. Got a news tip? Call us at 202.994.7550 GW will be the 174th college
with a chapter of Chi Omega.
Murat Tarimcilar said the
Mount Vernon Campus
quotation. or e-mail us at email@example.com The sorority has 260,000 members
News The GW Hatchet Thursday, September 4, 2008 | A3
Drug Law Violation having difficulty swiping Fire/EMS was contacted
his GWorld card to enter to treat the complainant
8/31/08 – City Hall – 1:13 the residence hall. Officers at the scene, and he re-
a.m. – case closed performed field sobriety fused to go to the hospital
An anonymous complain- tests, and determined that for further treatment. UPD
ant called the University the student was impaired and the Metropolitan Po-
Police Department to re- but not a danger to him- lice Department swept the
port a suspicious odor self or others. area but could not find the
coming from a room in –Referred to SJS four subjects.
the residence hall. Of- –No identifiable
ficers responding to the suspects
call smelled marijuana, Public Drunkenness
and the room’s five occu- Soliciting without a
pants denied smoking or 8/31/08 – Public property permit
possessing the drug. UPD on campus – 3:00 a.m. –
contacted the community case closed 8/30/08 – Thurston
director on duty to search A 4-RIDE van driver ob- Hall – 1:24 p.m. – case
the room, and an officer served a male subject closed
found a broken marijua- vomiting in his vehicle, A resident reported to
na pipe in the courtyard and he drove the subject UPD that two male sub-
below the room’s win- and other passengers to jects were selling tickets
dow. The subjects denied Woodhull House. EMeRG and wristbands in the
knowledge of the pipe, was contacted and all five residence hall for a local
which tested positive for passengers were given nightclub. Officers made
marijuana. field sobriety tests. The contact with the subjects
–Referred to Student subject, who was of age, and confiscated their mer-
Judicial Services was transported to GW chandise. One of the sub-
Hospital for further medi- jects was a GW student
Liquor Law Violation cal attention and barred but not a resident of Thur-
from campus. Three of the ston, and the other sub-
8/31/08 – 1900 block of other passengers were ject was his brother who
photo illustration courtesy of the U.S. Institute of Peace F Street – 12:12 a.m. – GW students. does not attend GW.
The United States Institute of Peace will cost almost $200 million and is slated to open in 2010 at case closed –Referred to SJS –Referred to SJS
23rd Street and Constitution Avenue. It will be the ﬁrst permanent headquarters for the institute. A UPD officer on patrol
observed an intoxicated Robbery Theft II
underage male individual
U.S. Institute of Peace sitting on the steps of the
Alumni House adjacent to
Thurston Hall. The subject
was slumped over, and
when officers tried to help
8/31/08 – 2000 block of
F Street – 4:15 a.m. –
An employee at the front
desk of Potomac House
8/29/08 – Off campus
- time unknown – case
A female complainant con-
to open near campus him up, he fell backward
and vomited on the steps.
EMeRG was contacted to
transport the student to
GW Hospital for further
contacted UPD about a
male student who entered
the building with a bloody
nose. The student told of-
ficers he was walking into
tacted UPD to report that
her wallet was missing.
She told officers that she
had last seen it during a
bus trip from West Virginia
by Molly Curtis tion's close proximity to campus ters will be so close to monu- medical attention. The Dakota when he was to D.C. in which she had
Hatchet Staff Writer might promote student presence ments that memorialize con- –Referred to SJS punched from behind and left the wallet unattended
at USIP events because it is one ﬂicts like Korean and Vietnam his glasses were knocked on her seat. She only no-
One of the last available spots of the only places a student can Wars. 8/31/08 – Thurston Hall - off. He said the assail- ticed that it was missing
along Constitution Avenue will “walk up to the mike and ask the “It is appropriate for us to be 2:22 a.m. – case closed ants stole his wallet, and when the bus reached its
be the new home of the multi- secretary of state a question.” located there as a reminder of the UPD officers observed an he saw four black males destination.
million dollar headquarters for The institute already has nu- consequences of not being active run away from him. D.C.
the United States Institute of
intoxicated male subject –Off-campus incident
merous ties to the University. peacemakers,” she said. “Our job
Peace. George E. Moose, USIP board is to prevent memorials like those
The USIP building, which member and former ambassa- from needing to be erected.”
is funded by $100 million from dor, is an adjunct professor of The new building’s
Congress and $85 million from international affairs, and Pamela 20,000-square-foot Public Educa- Fall Fest moves to Smith Center due to hurricane
private sources, is set for comple- Aall, vice president for domestic tion Center will offer visitors the Fall Fest will be in the expected to make landfall like there are light showers.”
tion in 2010. The institute is a programs at the USIP Education opportunity to learn more about Smith Center this Satur- near the Carolinas on Friday This is the first time in
nonpartisan, federally funded and Training Center, is a part- the Institute of Peace. Future mul- day due to the possibility of night, is predicted to hit the five years that the annual
organization devoted to prevent- time lecturer at the Elliott School timedia exhibits include “wit- heavy rain and strong winds city on Saturday with high welcome-back celebration
ing and resolving violent interna- of International Affairs. ness stations,” which will play from Hurricane Hanna, Pro- winds and torrential rain. will be held indoors. The
tional conﬂicts. Construction of Alhough the USIP is not per- ﬁrst-person narratives of people gram Board officials said “We tried our hardest to festival is set to include co-
the building began this summer mitted to have interns or volun- affected by conﬂicts, interactive Wednesday night. try to keep it outside,” said headliners Virginia Coalition
at 23rd Street and Constitution teers, they do hire graduate stu- touch-screen maps, a “peace lab,” Alert DC, an emergency PB Chair Tiffany Meehan. and The Canon Logic along
Avenue. dents as research assistants and where visitors can decide which warning system for the Dis- “We were trying different with several other activities
The new building, which will visiting fellows. paths they should take for con- trict, notified residents that things.” like jousting, a tug-of-war
replace their temporary ofﬁces at Already operating in some of ﬂict resolution and a space for Hurricane Hanna, which is She added, “There is a and T-shirt making.
1200 17th St., will house a train- the world’s most tumultuous ar- silent reﬂection. over the Atlantic Ocean and hurricane coming. It is not – Andrew Ramonas
ing facility for conﬂict managers eas – including Iraq, Afghanistan “So many museums are about
and a public education center and Sudan – USIP will use this the past, with static pictures on
with interactive exhibits. It will central location in the nation’s the wall passively presenting you
be the ﬁrst permanent headquar- capital to raise awareness for with information,” Sucher said.
ters for the USIP since its incep- their programs and further their “We want to produce concepts in
tion in 1984. research. (visitors’) minds.”
Lauren Sucher, a USIP Sucher said it was ironic yet Admission to the Public Edu-
spokesperson, said the new loca- ﬁtting that the new headquar- cation Center will be free.
Class returns from Olympics
Students will Students also met with
Olympic ofﬁcials including Pe-
who plan their biannual vaca-
tions around the games. Webbert
ter Ueberroth and Jim Scheer, the spoke with one family who reﬁ-
share findings chairman and CEO respectively
of the U.S. Olympic Committee,
nanced their home to pay for the
cost of watching their son play in
as well as Lilo Ljubisicm, Ath- the Olympics.
with IOC letes’ Committee chairperson for
the International Paralympics
Students blogged about the
Games during the trip, posting
by Amanda Dick Athletes Council and Governing videos and interviews with ath-
Senior Staff Writer Board. letes, as well as reﬂections about
While in Beijing, the class the atmosphere in Beijing.
While most of America had to conduct 50 surveys, which “You really catch the fervor of
watched the Olympics on tele- will be entered into a database the Olympic spirit,” said Lila Mei
vision this summer, 28 GW stu- and shared with the Interna- Lee, a graduate student. “You
dents had the opportunity to see tional Olympic Committee. The are excited to go out and meet as
the Games ﬁrsthand, hobnob class is also expected to write many people as you can. I also
with Olympians and blog about term papers, which will include felt a level of national pride unri-
their experiences. information from lectures, ob- valed to any prior experience.”
Undergraduate and gradu- servations, surveys and research This marked the ninth time
ate students in Lisa Delpy Nei- conducted prior to departure. Neirotti took students to the
rotti’s sports management class Initial surveying revealed Olympics. SportsEvents maga-
traveled to Beijing this summer that most spectators are either zine recently named her one of
to study the managerial and ad- family members of athletes, the top 25 “Innovators and Inﬂu-
ministrative aspects of the Olym- sports enthusiasts or tourists encers” in the sports industry.
pics. They conducted a variety of
surveys and met many current
and past Olympians as well as
the family of swimmer Michael
“As magical and engrossing
as the Olympic can be on TV, be-
ing there in person is just that
much more special,” said Lex
Butler, a graduate student. “You
tend to lose a perspective of size
and grandeur during the conver-
Members of the class said
they enjoyed meeting with ath-
letes and their families.
“(The Phelps family was)
so down to earth and interested
and helpful in making sure our
students made contact with the
right people, such as Michael’s
marketing agency,” Neirotti
Maggie Webbert, a gradu-
ate student, said her perspec-
tive of track and ﬁeld athlete
Willie Banks, who competed in
the Olympics during the 1980s,
changed when she met him in
“While I was growing up,
the media had always portrayed
him as a ﬂamboyant athlete, so
I was pleasantly surprised to
learn that he is very friendly and
down to earth,” Webbert said of
the former world-record holder
in the triple jump. “Now to me
he is more than an American
legend, he is an exceptional role
The GW Hatchet | Thursday, September 4, 2008, page A4
"The disgruntled students are the ones who are not on top
–Political science undergraduate coordinator Susan Wiley explaining
Claire Autruong – Opinions Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) that students are satisﬁed with advising in her department.
Diana Kugel – Contributing Editor (email@example.com)
The Not-So-White Flag
Cartoon Robbie LeGrant
Real change needed in
Everyone agrees that academic advis-
ing in the Columbian College of Arts and
Sciences is a problem – students, parents,
administrators, faculty, everyone. The ques-
tion has always been asked, what is going to
be done about it? Apparently, the answer is
Last fall, a committee released a report
identifying major issues with advising in
CCAS (“CCAS advising may change,” April
28, p. 1). CCAS ofﬁcials vowed to take a close
look at the problems and improve the situa-
tion, especially for freshmen and undeclared
One semester later, the administrators
who acknowledged the serious problems
with CCAS advising have decided they can-
not be solved.
Associate Dean for undergraduate stud-
ies Paul Duff stated in April that the low stu-
dent/adviser ratio in populous majors such
as political science was “obviously a prob-
Shouldn’t the iden- viewing all the
tiﬁcation of a major is now saying,
Reality or rhetoric . . . you choose!
“That’s not go-
problem in advis- ing to change.
ing, a fundamental There’s nosolve easy McCain offers real, substantive policies
part of academics, that.” h y MINNEAPOLIS America. Taxes? Cut ‘em. McCain will con- plished? When has he reached across the
W College Democrats President Cory So, let’s talk substance. tinue to keep taxes low in order to help aisle? What are his policies? Where is the
initiate more than the change Struble made a great case for you to On Iraq, Sen. McCain took on his empower businesses and entrepreneurs substance?
in attitude? vote for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). In party and his president, calling for a to explore opportunity and investment How do Democrats feel about
a callous, defeatist Shouldn’t the Struble’s op-ed this Mon- new strategy. Now, even to help generate the jobs Americans de- Obama? Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.)
identification day (“Obama will get the Obama says the surge of serve, while keeping government spend- said, “Senator McCain will bring a life-
attitude from top of a major U.S. back on track,” p. 4), troops McCain supported ing low. There is no doubting his creden- time of experience to the campaign . . .
problem in ad- substance was in short BRAND KROEGER is working in Iraq. tials as a ﬁscal conservative. and Senator Obama will bring a speech
administrators? vising, a fun- supply, but his rhetoric To solve our energy The selection of Gov. Palin, another that he gave in 2002.” His own running
damental part rivaled that of his beloved crisis, McCain takes an ﬁghter and a maverick in her own right, mate Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) said, “I
of academics, initiate more than a callous, Sen. Barack Obama (D- “all of the above” ap- as McCain’s vice presidential running think (Obama) can be ready, but right
defeatist attitude from top administrators? Ill.). Like other Democrats, Cory is hop- proach. He wants domestic drilling, mate sends a strong message to all Amer- now I don’t believe he is. The presi-
Does this mean CCAS is ﬁnished examining ing the American people are too daft to wind energy, solar energy, biofuels and icans about John McCain’s character. No dency is not something that lends itself
this issue? know the difference between John Mc- more. His energy plan consists of rapid ceiling is too high, and two mavericks in to on-the-job training.” And let’s not
GW students are often independent in Cain and our current president. production of renewable energy resourc- Washington will be unstoppable. forget that former President Bill Clin-
their various collegiate pursuits, but when a Democrats will try to make this elec- es for the long term and drilling now in Only McCain has the experience to ton asked, “When is the last time we
student cannot solve a problem on their own, tion about George W. Bush. I know the America for the short term. lead in these trying times that are testing elected a president based on one year
advisers should be readily accessible and American people are smarter than that. The only candidate with a proven the will and determination of our nation. of service in the Senate before he started
knowledgeable. Political science undergradu- They know the Democrat-controlled record of bipartisanship is John McCain. He has served his country since his youth. running?”
ate coordinator Susan Wiley alleged that “the Congress has the lowest approval rat- From McCain-Feingold to McCain-Ken- As a Navy pilot, McCain was shot down The American people aren’t igno-
students who are disgruntled are the ones not ing of any Congress in American history. nedy, there’s no question. John McCain, over Vietnam and held as a prisoner of rant. They will elect John McCain. As
on top of things,” when in fact, it is the am- They can see through the buzzwords and a staunchly bipartisan member of the war. When he left the Navy in 1981, he Americans scream for change, remem-
bitious, double-majoring, double-minoring, false promises of Barack Obama. They Senate's "gang of 14," is the only candi- went to Congress to take on special inter- ber this: Barack Obama wants you to
take-charge students who are often the most can tell the difference between soaring date in whom Democrats and Republi- ests and government spending. He has hope for a better America. John McCain
frustrated with the spotty advising system. rhetorical language and John McCain’s cans can both have faith. His bipartisan traveled the world to meet with foreign wants you to vote for one.
University President Steven Knapp was straight talk. The American people will appeal is evident in a convention speech leaders and has an unrivaled knowledge –The writer, a senior majoring in politi-
heralded as a reformer who would improve choose a president with a proven record by Joseph Lieberman, the Democratic of national security concerns. cal science, is the chairman of the College
the overall quality of GW’s academics. A year of bipartisanship and a clear vision for vice-presidential nominee in 2000. What has Barack Obama accom- Republicans.
into his administration, many other changes
are in the works, but it is unacceptable and
discouraging to students when the Univer-
sity’s largest school decides its obvious advis-
ing problems cannot be solved.
While an overhaul may be needed, stu-
Picking apart Palin, McCain's wild-card VP
dents are not expecting earth-shattering f you had bet someone a week ago that a young, ploded with adrenalin. James Dobson, a famed leader She’s appealing and attractive – both politically
changes – just more than a simple acknowl- unknown governor of Alaska would become the of the evangelical movement, ﬁnally endorsed John and physically – to undecided voters. Her demeanor
edgment of the problem. The issue is about Republican vice-presidential nomi- McCain. The campaign was ﬂooded on stage allows many soccer moms to instantly relate,
more than a lack of advising personnel, and if nee – and that her 17-year-old daughter overnight with almost $10 million in do- and her biographical story closely resembles that of
it is apparently not possible to hire more pro- would be pregnant and marrying the nations from enthusiastic conservative many working-class voters and women with whom
fessional advisers, there are more options. father – you would have been laughed donors, a record for McCain. Barack Obama has not yet sealed the deal. Mayor of a
Something as small as a more accessible off the Hill. The stories of her son with Down syn- small Alaskan town, mother of ﬁve kids, an outdoorsy
University Bulletin could help students better Lesson learned. As far as bets go, drome and her pregnant eldest daugh- type – this proﬁle could attract many undecided vot-
answer simple questions. A Web site where nothing is off the table in the 2008 elec- ter speak volumes about her views on ers, particularly in the rural battleground states of
students could enter in their prospective tion. abortion and family values. Hundreds Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
classes and a simple program would com- Many liberal blogs and pundits are of thousands of the young evangelicals But Sarah Palin brings some negatives as well.
pare it against the requirements, letting stu- attacking Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) as who worked hard for George Bush in She is inexperienced in foreign affairs. Domesti-
dents know what they lack or what double- a poor choice for the vice-presidential 2004 – and who are essential to any Re- cally, as a two-year governor, she actually has more
counts, could free up professional advisers slate. Too inexperienced and not seri- publican victory – now have a reason to executive experience than all three of the other can-
for more complicated queries. Streamlining ous enough, they say, adding that she volunteer this year. Palin can recharge didates, but having never served on a national stage,
an inefﬁcient system would go a long way in was selected for the job as a gimmick ANDREW CLARK the powerful Republican political ma- she knows little about foreign policy. This is mildly
improving attitudes toward advising and the because of her gender. chine that has won the party so many alarming, especially considering that John McCain is
University in general. But is this criticism valid, or is the elections in the past. 72 years old. It’s hard to imagine Sarah Palin taking
Shoddy advising is not a backburner left attacking out of fear? There are both She can steal some of Barack on Vladimir Putin or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, even
problem. It seriously affects students’ aca- positives and negatives with the Alas- COLUMNIST Obama’s reformist thunder. Obama though we have yet to see her in action. However, we
demic experience at GW, and the issues have kan governor, but can a McCain/Palin talks about “change” rhetorically. With probably won’t be hearing much of this kind of criti-
been identiﬁed and enshrined in a committee ticket defeat Obama and Biden in No- a reputation as a strong and successful cism from Obama, who himself has few foreign policy
report. vember? reformer in Alaska, Palin talks similarly about the “old credentials.
The question remains – what is going to Let’s start by looking at the positives Palin brings politics.” She took on the Republican bosses in Alaska, What Palin can bring to the Republicans still re-
be done about it? “Nothing” is an unaccept- to the Republican campaign. stared down the oil executives and tightened budget mains to be seen. Critics shouldn’t write her off this
able answer. As a staunch pro-life conservative, Sarah Palin ce- spending. Americans have long asked Barack Obama fall – she promises to be full of surprises.
ments the base. Hours after McCain announced his exactly what his change would mean. After looking at –The writer, a sophomore majoring in political
vice-presidential pick, the conservative movement ex- her history, no one needs to ask Sarah Palin. communication, is a Hatchet columnist.
letters to the editor
GW needs a green to form an Living and Learning introducing one environmen- to help educate the GW commu- ested in what will happen at people who were psyched to see
Cohort addressing these issues. tally friendly change every two nity. The union of our long- and Fall Fest or Spring Fling, but Gym Class Heroes perform. Un-
revolution Three months later, the Sierra weeks. One of our largest goals short-term goals exempliﬁes our the Program Board fails to give fortunately, since none of them
Club has ranked GW second- is to purchase solar panels for passion for conservation. students advance notice of basic knew when Spring Fling would
Sustainability is an issue that
to-last in the nation on sustain- our residence hall, Building JJ. Reduce, reuse, revolt! things like when the event will take place until the Saturday be-
touches everyone. There is no
ability. We were disappointed Extensive funds aren’t read- Kelsey O’Boyle, Jordan Phillips take place. As an employee of fore, they were unable to cancel
denying that our planet is in an
but not surprised. We knew the ily available and solar panels are and Sam Rioux the Marvin Center and Universi- obligations like work or club
movement was lacking and this pricey right now. Therefore, Rev- Members of Revolution Green LLC ty Conferences, I know that they tournaments to attend.
Last year, as freshmen at
has motivated us to further our olution Green has turned to the have booked and conﬁrmed the Not ﬁnalizing a headliner
the GW, one thing that we all
ambitions. idea of a revolving energy fund, g
Program Board should date months ahead of time. De- until a week before the concert
noticed was that the Univer-
Our goal is to lead GW’s en- a ﬁscal device that encourages spite this, the earliest I’ve ever is certainly not good, but some-
sity’s attempts at sustainabil-
vironmental movement, educat- eco-friendly projects while com- advertise Fall Fest, Spring seen posters hung up to adver- times things beyond one’s con-
ity and green living were poor. Fling in advance
ing ourselves and our peers. Part pletely eliminating their start-up tise the events is 10 days prior. trol happen. I can understand
Crammed into the halls of Thur-
of our initiative is to calculate the costs. Currently existing only at I understand not wanting to that. What is beyond my com-
ston, we questioned where the Program Board gave us a
carbon footprint of our LLC and Harvard University and Macal- advertise without a conﬁrmed prehension is why the Program
green movement was and who last-minute notiﬁcation once
to measure the amount of money ester College, these funds grow headliner or line-up. Even so, is Board Advertising Committee
was leading it? again. Is the University commu-
we’re saving by living more ef- with every project by returning it so laborious to send out a blast cannot fulﬁll its purpose until
We realized that someone nity truly surprised? I thought
ﬁciently. the energy savings, which allows e-mail reading “Save the Date: two weeks before a big event.
must take a stand. that late-hour announcements
Our plan includes making for more “green” projects in the Fall Fest is Sept. 6!” to the stu- Jessica Maloney
Green living connected us, were Program Board’s MO.
signiﬁcant changes to our hous- future. We will also be publish- dent body a month in advance? Junior
and our excitement prompted us Students are always inter-
ing during the ﬁrst semester, ing our experiences this spring Last semester, I knew many
Eric Roper, editor in chief
Andrew Ramonas, senior news editor Kyle Cannon, special projects manager* Howard Marshall, general manager Martha Lee, ad designer
Claire Autruong, opinions editor* Joanna Shapes, special projects editor Arron Elkins, ad manager Jessica Giannone, senior account executive Deadlines for submissions are Friday
Tim Gowa, development director Alex Abnos, assistant production manager Molly Fried, sales director m
Kathryn Hatam, sales manager 5 p.m. for Monday issues and Tuesday
Alex Ellis, photo editor Alex Byers, assistant sports editor Kieran Wilde, classifieds manager Elizabeth Kamens, assistant sales manager 5 p.m. for Thursday issues. They
Alexa Millinger, metro news editor Caitin DeMerlis, contributing arts editor David Mitrani, accounting manager Jessica Giannone, sales representative must include the author’s name, title,
Nat Grossman, campus news editor Viktors Dindzans, assistant photo editor Danielle Montag, marketing manager Krystal Garvin, account executive year in school and telephone number.
News Tips • (202) 994-7550 The GW Hatchet does not guarantee
Fax • (202) 994-1309 Sarah Scire, campus news editor Diana Kugel, contributing opinions editor* Ryan Geraghty, circulation assistant Kaitlyn Funk, sales representative
publication of any submissions and
Web site • www.GWHATCHET.com Andrew Alberg, sports editor* Danielle Meister, assistant news editor Amanda Roach, circulation assistant Azziza BenSaid, sales representative reserves the right to edit all submis-
Retail ads • (202) 994-7682 Brittany Levine, life editor* Erica Steinberg, production assistant Anna Flatow, business production manager Sarah Conner, sales representative sions for space, grammar and clarity.
University ads • (202) 994-7080 Amanda Pacitti, arts editor Laura Treanor, contributing life editor Ricker Rollins, assistant manager Electronic submissions are preferred.
Natalie Kates, production manager Anne Wernikoff, assistant photo editor
Classifieds • (202) 994-7079
Andrew Nacin, web director The GW Hatchet
Jennifer Easton, web editor * denotes member of editorial board t
Policy Statement – The GW Hatchet is produced by Hatchet Publications Inc., an independent, Opinions Editor
non-profit corporation. All inquiries, comments and complaints should be addressed to the Board of
ALWAYS ONLINE: Ryder Haske, multimedia editor
Andrea Korte, copy editor
Directors, which has sole authority for the content of this publication, at the paper’s address. Opinions 2140 G St. N.W.
expressed in signed columns are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of The Washington, DC 20052
WWW.GWHATCHET.COM firstname.lastname@example.org • (202) 994-3416 email@example.com • (202) 994-1312
GW Hatchet. All content of The GW Hatchet is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without writ- firstname.lastname@example.org
ten authorization from the editor in chief. Distribution – The GW Hatchet is distributed to more than
email@example.com • (202) 994-1312 firstname.lastname@example.org • (202) 994-1311 70 locations on and off campus. A single copy is free to each reader; additional copies cost 50 cents
email@example.com • (202) 994-7550 firstname.lastname@example.org • (202) 994-1312 each in the business office. Mail subscriptions are available for $50 per year.
The GW Hatchet Thursday, September 4, 2008 |A5
A6 | Thursday, September 4, 2008 The GW Hatchet
Amanda Pacitti | Arts Editor | email@example.com
Caitlin DeMerlis | Contributing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Music Tapes he Hatchet spoke with Darren Miller
Music Tapes for Clouds and Kevin Mead of GW’s improv
comedy group receSs about the up-
and Tornadoes coming release of their 25-minute
(MERGE) short ﬁlm, Charlie on Parole. The ﬁlm was
Complete with banjo, a written and produced by beast.ﬁlms, a group
started in New York with Paul Briganti, who
singing saw and an orches- attends the School of Visual Arts. The short
tra straight out of a New will premiere Oct. 11 at Betts Theater in the
Orleans funeral preces- Marvin Center. Check the arts blog for the
trailer, along with absurdly hilarious infor-
sion, Music Tapes maestro Julian Koster’s 9-years-in- mation on their next project – which involves
the-making sophomore album paints him as a young thrill-seeking, identity and sandwiches.
child in an old, twisted world. Actually, that may not How was the project conceived?
be too far from the truth. DM: We’ve been going to New York for
–Alex Abnos the past two summers. We started a comedy
group there called beast. and out of that we
started beast.ﬁlms. Originally Kevin started
The Game working on the idea for the short with Paul
Briganti, the third person in beast.ﬁlms. The
L.A.X. two of them started work on the script, I then
(GEFFEN) joined the project and it’s been a little over a
Named for the intersec- year now.
tion of travel in Los Ange- So what is the ﬁlm actually about?
les, L.A.X. hits every mark DM: Charlie is this nice awkward guy
of West Coast wannabe who means well, and he just got out of jail for
gangsta album. It includes KM: He’s basically trying to live a normal
the voices of Lil Wayne and Travis Barker, and fea- life after having been a convict. No one wants
to sleep with him.
tures a track performed from the perspective of Tu-
pac, Biggie and Eazy-E. And would it be Cali without DC Pierson of New York-based improv group
a sample of “She Works Hard for the Money?” I think Derrick Comedy is a part of the project. How did
you get him involved?
not. KM: Everyone at beast. is a student at the
–Chloe Popescu Upright Citizens Brigade. You just sort of get
to know everybody – it’s a pretty tight com-
munity. We have (GW alumnus) T.J. Miller on
Slipknot the project. He was in Cloverﬁeld, an ABC se-
ries called Carpoolers, he’s going to be a voice
All Hope is Gone in a new DreamWorks animated movie. Joe
(ROADRUNNER) Wengert, who plays Charlie’s boss, is also in
This album has a legiti- Upright Citizens Brigade.
DM: Bobby Moynihan is also in it. He’s
mate power ballad. And the newest cast member on Saturday Night
Creed-inspired choruses. Live, which is big.
Did your improv work translate into this project
KM: I’d say in the writing stages of it a lot
of the dialogue was written based off just im-
provisations that we would do. Also in shoot-
The Verve ing, almost all of the leads were improvisers,
Forth so that’s sort of kind of the whole feel on set
(ON YOUR OWN)
– taking the story and improvising around it.
So I’d say it was a pretty good portion of it. ReceSs members Kevin Mead and Darren Miller
Things in your life a little
too sugary? The Verve’s
How do you fund a project like this?
DM: We did a lot of fundraising, and
prepare for release of short ﬁlm
friends and family helped out. We ended up Amanda Pacitti | Arts Editor
Forth is an oh-so-Bitter- raising $12,000 to shoot it, and it’s probably
sweet Symphony. The long the hardest thing I’ve ever done. There’s this
company called Fractured Atlas that is like red and had a bunch of overdraw fees on our this movie. A lot of the crew did it for free.
tracks, mellow guitar and occasional falsetto will bank account. Pretty bad. Yeah. None of the actors were paid.
this service company to artists. We were able
bring your aspartame concentration right back to to ask for donations and make them deduct-
where you want it. ible. We got a lot of small donations that way Jukebox the Ghost is doing some of the music for How’d you go about getting T.J. Miller to be part
–Ani Mamourian and they added up. Charlie on Parole. Why’d you decide to include of the project?
KM: We started with a little under $9,000 them in the project? KM: T.J. Miller went to GW. He was a
when we started shooting, and then we went KM: We’ve been friends with those guys member of receSs. When we got close to the
over budget. We got three (speeding) tickets since we met them two or three years ago. second draft of the script, it was when the
Ten and broke a mirror on our rental van.
DM: Normally, it’s like, “Oh yeah, that
sucks,” but when you’re budgeting a movie,
you don’t write a broken mirror into the bud-
We got (GW alumnus) Ben Thornwell’s mu-
sic too. What’s convenient is that they were
making music that felt like it could match the
tone of what we were making.
Cloverﬁeld trailer had just come out and I re-
member I was just sitting around with Paul
and we were up really late and I just threw
A weekly entertainment guide for the get. And that’s a huge deal, so we went in the DM: We called in every favor we had for See COMEDY, p. B2
cash-strapped college student.
Ron Browz anticipates release
If you have
One paper Lincoln
to The Wag, the ‘60s
garage and soul night
Rap producer will released a remix of solo track featuring Missy Elliot and Jim
at the Black Cat this
by Bhavna Sakhrani
Jones are the tracks I create. Me as an artist, I like to
Saturday, Sept. 6 at 9:30 p.m. Hatchet Reporter do different kinds of music. I like to do party
records and girl records and feel-good records.
People are always like, “Oh, well, ‘Ether’ was
If you have New York-based rap producer Ron Browz a hot track; your song should be like ‘Ether.’”
Check out New has worked with Nas, 50 Cent, Ludacris and the No, “Ether” was “Ether” for Nas. That wasn’t
late Big L. This month he will release the remix a record for Ron Browz. Ron Browz likes to
York-based indie of his ﬁrst solo track, “Pop Champagne,” which do other kinds of music, but I can create these
boasts collaboration with Jim Jones and Missy kinds of beats for other people.
rock group Silver Elliot. On the track – both the original and re-
mix - Browz experimented with Auto-Tune, a What would you say your inﬂuences are?
Jews at the Black type of audio processing often associated with I listen to everything. Latin music, African
Cat this Wednesday, Sept. 10. Tickets are rap artist T-Pain. He plans to drop Etherboy – a music, Arabian music. I was in drumline, so my
solo album, still without a set release date – as beats are very drum-driven.
$13. soon as he locks down a recording company.
So basically you try to use different styles?
Tell me about your new track “Pop Champagne.” I’m just like a chemist. I try to put that with
If you have “Pop Champagne” was an experiment. that, this with this and try to create one big
You know Auto-Tune? Auto-Tune is the ef- thing.
Support fect that T-Pain uses. So you know everybody
was using it, so I was like, “let me try to do So apart from “Pop Champagne” and making
Obama (or it” – make a Harlem version of Auto-Tune. So yourself known as a solo artist, are there any other
I was kind of in the house playing around and projects you are working on?
music?) at I came up with that record. I’m from Harlem I’ve got three tracks on Jim Jones’ album
and a lot of my friends got locked up this year that comes out Dec. 2. I produced the beats on
Baltimore’s and a lot of violence is going on in Harlem, so there.
Sonar for the Old 97’s Rock Obama I felt like we needed a chance to have a happy
party tune. What’s it like making money as a producer versus
beneﬁt concert Monday, Sept. 8. Pro- as a solo artist?
I hear Missy Elliot is going to be on the track? Producing, you get money for the beat and
ceeds for the tickets ($25) go to the Yeah, on the “Pop Champagne” remix, with courtesy Purple Throne then if the album sells you get money for resid-
me and a lot of artists. I want to keep it a sur- uals. As an artist, you might get the residuals,
Ohio-based campaign. prise, so I’m just going to let you guys know but you also get paid for shows immediately.
Missy and I have somebody else – another big If you got 10 or 20 shows a month, you do the
artist – that I’m going to have on it. And Mya’s Champagne”? math.
on the album. People don’t understand records are due
for other artists, you know. “Ether” (the legend- Want to listen? Check out the arts blog to
What’s the challenge of producing a battle-rap track ary battle-rap track) is Nas so he had to make it hear “Pop Champagne.”
like Nas’ “Ether” as opposed to a track like “Pop different for Jay-Z. That’s not me, though, those –Interview condensed by Amanda Pacitti.
1. SOS – Rihanna
7. Swing Your Rag – T.I.
Hatchet Arts is exploring D.C. culture at 2. Irreplaceable – Beyonce
large through a series of mix tapes pro- 8. She’s Like a Star – Taio Cruz
3. Put a Smile on Your Face – Vitamin C
vided by groups on and off campus. We 9. Miss Independent – Ne-Yo
asked the girls at Hooters on 7th Street 4. Greased Lightning – Grease Soundtrack
10. Cupid Shufﬂe – Cupid
how to have fun in September. 5. I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
Here’s what they offered: 11. The Booty Call Dance – Baltimore Club Music
6. Buy You a Drink – T-Pain
B2 | Thursday, September 4, 2008 The GW Hatchet Arts
DM [laughing]: I’m not em- for what you can do and what
COMEDY barrassed that we showed that
version but … almost.
you can do outside of school.
So that’s when we decided we
wanted to take the time and
from p.B1 What were your parts in the the effort to get a job, sublet
it out there – what if we got film? an apartment for two summers
T.J. Miller to do it. The second DM: The three of us played in New York and make it work
weekend we shot was when T.J.’s old friends in a flashback out there – to set up a new
Cloverfield was released, and that shows how he killed the group out there in addition to
that’s like his first major film. guy. We snuck onto the subway what we have here.
He was doing 10- and 12-hour in New York and illegally shot KM: You’re a creative
days with us. the whole scene, and it was re- writing minor, I’m a creative
DM: He’s sort of on his ally cool to do that. writing major. That’s a help.
way to fame now, but when I KM: I want to qualify that. There’s teachers that are in to-
was a freshman, one of the first The reason we had to do that tal support of what we’re do-
things I learned about in receSs is because it costs two million ing – what we’re trying to do
was there’s an alumni in our dollars for insurance to shoot – but those same teachers are
group, T.J. Miller, and he’s in on the subway. So we didn’t do working professionals them-
Chicago at Second City Main- it illegally by choice, we did it selves, so it’s almost like being
stage, which is big in Chicago by necessity. in the same boat. It’s not simi-
comedy right now. And that DM: I would have done it lar to something like political
year and every year since then by choice. I like breaking the science or whatever where you
he comes back to D.C. for the law. have a network of people you
dccomedyfest and he takes re- can contact and as soon as you
ceSs out to dinner and hangs Final points on the project? step out the day of graduation
out with us and gives advice DM: Production-wise, be- you have a job.
and is really supportive. Hav- ing connected to the School of DM: There are a lot of pro-
ing someone like that as a men- Visual Arts helped a lot. And fessors here who have been re-
tor has been really incredible. then on the other side of it, this ally supportive of what we’re
all came from our education doing and have been such a
How long did the editing process and our involvement with im- huge help, but a lot of the time
take? prov – with Upright Citizens it’s like, yeah, I want to help
DM: Paul Briganti lives in Brigade and that community you, I want to be really sup-
New York all year-round and there – and it all stems from re- portive – about doing it out-
we had to be in school, and ceSs here. Being a part of receSs side of school.
since we shot during school is where we learned everything KM: From academics to
we had to coordinate prepro- about improv and everything practicality at GW, what we’re
duction, postproduction and about comedy at first. interested in is completely
production itself for when we KM: It’s kind of like the cul- circuitous to actually accom-
were in New York. We had to mination of everything we’ve plishing it. Say we were try-
work on it while we were in done up to this point. ing to make this movie for the
two cities at once. DM: Meeting T.J. Miller school. We never would have
KM: Like I said, a good por- through receSs was the first been able to do it. We just kind
tion of the filming was improv. time when it was like this could of went out on our own and
People say that for whatever be something that’s actually did it.
you’re shooting you should real. I just remember listening
have five times more than you to this conversation (T.J. Miller Catch Miller and Mead per-
use – I’ve heard that. We had and a student) were having form with receSs for the group’s
like 15 hours of footage. The about actually doing comedy first improv show Sept. 11 at
first cut we showed – it’s just in a career-oriented way. And I midnight in Betts Theater.
not the same movie at all. guess from that point on it was –Interview conducted and
like – this is a base but it’s not it condensed by Amanda Pacitti.
Donating to The
Hatchet really makes ce
every little bit adds up.
A special opportunity to donate the Hatchet’s
future, exclusively for our alumni.
Contribute now: www.gwhatchet.org
News The GW Hatchet Thursday, September 4, 2008 |B3
While she acknowledged
that students received vastly PLAN DIPLOMAT
from p.A1 from p.A1 different advising experiences
within the department, Wiley from p.A1 from p.A1 Podcaasts
campaign. McCain received only the School of Business have maintained CCAS advising
hired full-time professional Street, could be just a few years Guardian newspaper.
one contribution from GW staff was “excellent.” away. But Miller said some of the “I thought it was a unique and
after that date. advisers, but Duff said this is “I haven’t had anyone come most dramatic proposals, like the humble way of telling the class,”
Billet, who contributed $100
to Obama last week, said he pre-
not a viable option for the Co-
to me to complain,” she said.
Wiley added, “The dis-
pedestrian walkways and decks
over the Potomac Freeway, could
Posada said. “It shows that he
knows what he’s up against.”
dicts that GW staff will continue “Where would we put gruntled students are the ones
them? What would they do be 20 years or more in the mak- The editorial, written by Ste-
to support the Obama campaign not on top of things.” ing. phen Kinzer, criticized Callahan’s
as the general election wears on. when it’s not the week before
“It will happen over time and work with Negroponte, the am-
registration?” Duff said.
He added that people become
more interested in the campaign
after making a contribution be-
With more than 600 majors,
political science is the largest
as opportunities arise,” Miller
said. The plan is intended to
bassador to Honduras in the 1980s
while Callahan was his spokes-
CCAS department and was jump-start the development pro- man. Kinzer disparaged U.S. aid
cause they feel as if they have from p.A1 cess by attracting museums and to the Contra rebels, which helped
more of a stake in the election. singled out as a problem spot
by an advising study conduct- other cultural sponsors to build the group wage a war against the
GW Law School staff con- Anthropology professor Joel
tributed about $31,000 to cam-
paigns – more than any other
ed by the Student Association
Kuipers said he also takes pric-
es into account when ordering
on sites, turning the plan into real-
ity, while maintaining a cohesive
“This episode stirs old memo- Slideshows
The department’s under- vision for the future of the city. ries of the Contra War, and of the
area of the University. School of books for a class but added that
graduate coordinator, Susan Plans to build parks on top role Negroponte and Callahan
Public Health and Health Policy sometimes the best books for a
Wiley, said she has to focus of the Potomac Freeway in front played in helping to organize it,”
employees donated the second class can be pricier than alter- of the Kennedy Center have been Kinzer wrote.
most – $14,750 – throughout the
election cycle. University admin-
solely on administrative duties
like helping students declare
“It’s tricky. On the one hand,
discussed in the past but ulti-
mately failed to get the necessary
As the top U.S. ofﬁcial in Nica-
ragua, Callahan said that he hopes
istrators contributed only $4,200 their major or minor and re- I try to order books that are up
to presidential campaigns.
Billet said law professors are
moving registration holds be-
cause of the sheer number of
to date, current and cutting-
edge scholarship,” he wrote in
federal funding, said John Dow,
a spokesman for the Kennedy
to “cooperate and communicate”
with the Nicaraguan government everything
Center. In 2002, a bill went before and President Daniel Ortega, a
more likely to donate for several
“I’m the gatekeeper,” Wiley
said. “I make sure everyone
an e-mail. “Such books tend to
be more expensive than older
Congress allocating $400 million
for the development.
former leader of the Sandinistas
who fought the Contras.
in this issue
“The law faculty is large, “It would have created a He said, “Our biggest chal-
much larger than other faculties, has the same information in To help keep costs down,
the same format.” verdant plaza over the Potomac lenge is to convince the current
and are probably more politically however, Kuipers said he tries
Wiley, who said she receivs Freeway,” Dow said. The funding government that our policies here
attuned to the political world,” to find books available in pa-
he said. “A large percentage of
people who study law see it as a
50 to 60 advising e-mails per
day, recommends students
perback or those that can be
was subsequently denied, leaving
the Kennedy Center without any
are intended to support the Nica-
raguans as they continue to build 24/7
seeking more personalized plans for large-scale construction their democracy and develop their
segue into the political world.” David McAleavey, a pro-
help or course recommenda- projects, Dow said. economy.”
He added that lawyers and fessor in the creative writing
tions look elsewhere. The plan will evolve based
other legal professionals are ex- program, said he “definitely”
“I think students need to on suggestions from individuals
tremely active in the campaign considers price when choosing
take the initiative for that,” and organizations until the public
world because of the threats of books for a class, but admitted
Wiley said, adding that “every comment period ends in October,
tort reform and other issues. quality still trumps affordabil-
At least 10 GW employees
gave the maximum-allowed
member of the department is
willing to meet with students
to discuss graduate school, re-
ity in his decision-making.
He said, “I normally opt for
the best book rather than the
Miller said. The National Capital
Planning Commission will host a
public comment meeting on Sept.
$2,300 donation to a presidential 25.
candidate. Half of them contrib- search projects and other top- cheapest.”
uted to Obama, with the rest split
between Clinton and McCain.
History professor Adele Al-
exander, who donated $2,300
to Obama in the primaries and
continues to donate to his gen-
eral election campaign, previ-
ously told The Hatchet she met
Obama while he was teaching at
the University of Chicago in the
She said she and her family
donated to Obama because they
are “convinced of Obama’s in-
tegrity, vision and inspirational
ability to lead the country and
wanted to support his candida-
The GW Hatchet, Thursday, September 4, 2008
Kieran Wilde, Classified Manager
GW MARKETPLACE email@example.com or call 202-223- COOKS, PM LINE COOKS AND The GW Hatchet is seeking a circulation assistant to join our street team.
Phone: (202) 994-7079 CAMPUS LIFE 6444. PREP COOKS/bread and pastry
specialist. All back-of-house candi-
Responsibilities include delivery of the paper Monday and Thursday morn-
ing as well as administrative work in our ofﬁce. Conveniently located on
Fax: (202) 994-1309 SHARP.SEforA.org.
dates should be articulate in kitchen campus, The GW Hatchet is the 104-year-old independent newspaper of
Volunteer math and reading tutors
needed at Beacon House, Monday, language. GW. This position in the best way to advance within the ofﬁce quickly,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org especially for students interested in sales, marketing and design. Must be
Web: www.gwmarketplace.com Tuesday OR Thursday, 6-8 p.m.,
September 29 through mid-May. The vision we have for all team- available for at least 2 hours before noon on Monday & Thursday. Work-
Training provided, parking and FOUNDING FARMERS: SERVERS mates is not to only learn, but to study is required. Compensated at $13/hour. To apply, email Arron Elkins,
GW Hatchet classifieds are shuttle to Metro available. Contact: EARN $1000 + A WEEK AND FEEL grow with us. Check out or flash- advertising manager, at email@example.com.
now The GW Marketplace. firstname.lastname@example.org or GREAT (FOUR BLOCKS FROM THE page and the “Weekly Harvest” at
WHITE HOUSE) www.wearefoundingfarmers.com
Classfied ads are available FREE 202-529-7376. If you’re a high performing server
to all students and faculty online. with a sharp mind, we want to talk Apply in person Monday through
Non-GW clients pay a small fe for to you. If you want a restaurant Friday 10-6 at 1924 Pennsylvania
online posting. JOBS that is: Ave. Washington, DC 20006. Any
inquiries please call 202-822-
Print ads begin at $10 for the first Customer Relations Rep. Great 1. In a great location 8783(TRUE)
25 words, and $.30 per word Pay, Flexible Hours! Small 2. Has a high check average ($35-
beyond that. $55 per person)
financial firm near Bethesda !Bartending! $250/Day Potential.
3. Has an amazing design and
All classifieds should be placed Metro. Excellent communication layout No Experience Necessary. Training
online. If you cannot access the skills. $13/hour. E-mail resume 4. Is in a great location on Available. (800)965-6520 x 171.
internet, ads may be placed via bethesdafinancialfirm@gmail. Pennsylvania Avenue (20th/Penn
email, fax or in person at our office. com NW)
An extra fee may apply. 5. Has a stable, professional, expe- STUDENT HOUSING
On-campus health organization rienced management team
The Hatchet accepts Visa, seeks enthusiastic student to 6. Great schedules
Mastercard, American Express and expand and maintain its award- 7. Fun, fast-paced environment
Discover, as well as cash and check winning web site and add new fea- 8. Opportunities to EARN and
through our office. tures. Some work can be done from LEARN
home. Email resume to: jbanzhaf@
law.gwu.edu Then talk to us.
Would you like to write for
The Hatchet? Maybe you We’re projecting to do more than
Intern this Fall at Scientists and $8,000,0000/year in sales—if you’re
want to sell some ads? Engineers for America and help See even more ads online:
ready to be a part of that, and earn
change the role of science and you +20% in tips or good wage, www.gwmarketplace.com
join.gwhatchet.com technology policy in government.
For more information, e-mail con-
then call us NOW! Currently we
are looking for servers/AM PREP
Edited by Will Shortz No. 0731
36 O of the four 3 S
Support, at a 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1 Temple activity
briefly 4 Tear out 15 16
8 Tex-Mex treats 5 Radio ___
39 Many Latin 17 18
15 Wedding gown compositions (onetime
material 43 Come up propaganda
source) 19 20
16 Distinguished 44 Shot (off)
45 Yes, in 6 Footnote word
17 Dean Martin, for 21 22 23 24
Yokohama 7 Locale for Che
one Guevara in “The
18 Bach work 46 Let go Motorcycle
25 26 27 28 29
19 1979 Bee Gees 47 Author of a Diaries”
once-popular 30 31 32 33
chart-topper 8 Computer whiz
21 Civvies quotations 9 Menotti title 34 35
23 ___ change 48 Devil
10 Harbor danger 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
24 QB’s stat.
25 Great Plains
50 1979 AC/DC
seven-time 11 Architectural pier
12 Michael ___, 43 44 45
Play another Sudoku
26 County of St.
55 Blow up
of health and 46 47 48 49 online DAILY at Advertise
59 Smaller than
small 13 Accord 50 51 52 53 54 www.gwhatchet.com/puzzles
60 Where the buoys 14 Suffragist
55 56 57 58
28 Part of a seal are? Elizabeth Cady
30 Professor Lupin 61 Puts under ___
in Harry Potter 62 Takes over 20 One that’s
books, e.g. “perky” in the
33 Creator of the Down
Bennet family 21 Shorten, in a
1 Fighters’ org. way Puzzle by Allan E. Parrish
34 Band with the 2 1967 N.H.L. 22 Multipurpose
1970 hit “Get rookie of the truck 37 Drill instructor’s 47 Patrick ___, 52 Judicial directive
Ready” year charge 1996 Tony
26 Chess tactic that
involves recipient for 53 Killer whale
38 Got around at a “Marat/Sade”
ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE
S O O S g
attacking two get-together
pieces at once 48 Q45 or Grand 54 Violin virtuoso
B O G I E K I A P E C O S 27 Spot in la mer 40 Military wing Hilary
E A R N S N O N T I A R A 28 Half-and-half, 41 Eggs Benedict
maybe ingredient 49 “Walkin’ After 57 Gadget for 58-
T H E D E C E N T G A T S B Y Midnight”
29 Department of Down
H U G E L E E Z A H E S S Labor agcy. 42 Hardly a chug hitmaker, 1957
B A R R
R R E E F
31 Post-Civil War 44 Football Hall-of- 51 Mandlikova of 58 Golfer dubbed (202) 994-7682
Reconstruction Famer Gale tennis fame g
“the Big Easy”
U P N S K E I N C O R A L and others email@example.com
E R O S S H A R P R I T A 32 Pottery
S A N Y O A T E S T C U R
For answers, call 1-900-285-5656, $$1.49 a minute; or, with a
33 Unimaginative credit card, 1-800-814-5554.
T H E N O T B A D E S C A P E 35 Koko who Annual subscriptions are available for the best of Sunday
O P E U K R communicates crosswords from the last 50 years: 1-888-7-ACROSS.
M O W N R I G I D A R A L through
American Sign Online subscriptions: Today's puzzle and more than 2,000
O K A Y B A L L S O F F I R E past puzzles, nytimes.com/crosswords ($39.95 a year).
P R I M E K E N I T A L O
36 Lingerie drawer Share tips: nytimes.com/puzzleforum. Crosswords for young
S A L S A S E T N Y L O N items solvers: nytimes.com/learning/xwords.
The GW Hatchet | Thursday, September 4, 2008, Page B5
Andrew Alberg – Sports Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alex Byers – Asst. Sports Editor (email@example.com)
18 The national ranking of the men's water polo team.
The recognition is the program's ﬁrst national ranking in
Men's water polo set for success News & Notes
Men's soccer freshman Yoni Berhanu has been
Experience, team chemistry create positive outlook for Colonials named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week.
Volleyball freshman Alyssa Valentine has been
by Gabrielle Bluestone gerous threat against the other named the Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week.
Hatchet Staff Writer teams,” head coach Scott Reed
The dream team is back. Or In addition, GW’s depth Hadley Zeavin was named the women's basketball
at least the G W men’s water gives the Colonials an edge director of basketball operations on Wednesday.
polo team version of it. over the other programs.
Last year when the Colo- “We’re returning a lot of
nials took third place at the players. And while the other The GW men's basketball game against Dayton has
Collegiate Water Polo Associa- teams have weakened, like been moved to Jan. 22 to alleviate presidential inaugura-
tion’s Eastern Championship, Navy and St. Francis, who
it was a cause for celebration. lost some of their main goal- tion conﬂicts, according to the Dayton Daily News.
It was the best season in the scorers, we’ve stayed strong,”
history of the program, and it Shev said. “Basically, we’re just
left the team ranked No. 18 in
the nation this season, the ﬁrst
national ranking the program
a very experienced team with a
lot of leaders, and we’ll be able Upcoming Games
to take that against our weak-
has picked up in 11 years. ened opponents.”
And now, the majority of But the Colonials are not re-
the team is back – older, wiser lying on experience alone. Both Volleyball:
and more experienced. goalies are freshmen, meaning
This year coaches and play- a rookie will start “for the ﬁrst 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 vs. Villanova in
ers alike say the team has the time in a long time,” Reed said. University Park, Pa.
chops to take it one step fur- An upcoming game against
ther, thanks to improved game St. Francis (N.Y.), the second- 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 vs. Penn State
experience, hard work and a place ﬁnishers at the Eastern in University Park, Pa.
camaraderie between players Championships last year and
that, according to several se- the current No. 12 team in the
niors, allows them to react to nation, will likely reveal what
plays wordlessly. the Colonials are capable of.
“Our team chemistry is one “We’re playing a ranked
of our strengths,” said ﬁfth- team, so this should be our ﬁrst
year senior Nick Eddy. “We’ve good test,” Zenk said. “We had 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 vs. Wake Forest
been playing together for a a tough preseason. Coach has in Blacksburg, Va.
while now, and we have the Anne Wernikoff/assistant photo editor been working us hard this year,
little things – the glances and which is good.” 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 vs. Virginia
Senior Sergei Shev takes a shot in a match against Johns Hop-
knowing what our teammates And St. Francis will likely Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
kins last year. No. 18 GW will take on No. 12 St. Francis (N.Y.)
are going to do before they do this Saturday in Annapolis at the Navy Open. be prepared. Whereas GW has
them. You can anticipate what been relatively unknown in re-
they’re going to do in the pool cent years, Reed said that is no
and you can adjust your game vid Zenk, junior John-Claude blocks. longer the case.
accordingly.” Wright and Eddy – appear to be Shev has not missed a game “We’re not going to have the
And this year, both coach the team’s keys to success. in the three seasons he’s played ability to kind of sneak up on Men's soccer:
and players predict the team Zenk became the program’s for the Colonials. Eddy, who is people,” Reed said. Everyone
will take it one step further – to ﬁrst player to be named an the second-highest point-scorer knows who we are now, and in- 7 p.m. Friday. Sept. 5 vs. Longwood in
the NCAA Final Four, a desti- All-American selection by the on the team with 74 points, stead of us going after people, Farmville, Va.
nation only reached by winning Association of Collegiate Wa- also tossed in 49 goals in 2007. everyone’s going to be coming
the Eastern Championship. ter Polo Coaches and set GW Wright made 55 goals and 57 after us. This is probably the
The four returning start- single-season records last year steals. ﬁrst time in a long time we’ve
ers – seniors Sergei Shev, Da- in swim-offs, steals and ﬁeld “They make for a very dan- been in this position.”
Volleyball looks to revisit A-10 tournament
Syverson said an A-10 East di- dication,” Coronel said of his fresh-
Team has hopes vision title would be an important men. “They’re going to make a con-
stepping stone toward the ulti- siderable impact on our program.”
to avenge last mate goal: an A-10 championship.
An East Division title gets GW a
GW currently sits at 2-1 after
the ﬁrst weekend of play, beating
ﬁrst-round bye in the postseason American and George Mason be-
year's early exit tournament, inching the Colonials
closer to the conference title.
fore falling to Georgetown. Their
next test will come this weekend at
That may sound like a lofty the Penn State Invitational, where
by Dan Greene goal for a program only one year they will meet the defending na-
Senior Staff Writer removed from having a senior class tional champion hosts and Villano-
without postseason experience, but va. Syverson said the meeting with
One year ago, no one on the head coach Jojit Coronel thinks this the Nittany Lions has the team the
GW women’s volleyball team had season’s team has advantages over most excited.
any Atlantic 10 tournament experi- the 2007 incarnation. “There’s a lot of motivation
ence, and the Colonials had failed “I think this year’s team has a because no one is expecting us to
to qualify for the conference post- lot more depth,” said Coronel, who win,” Syverson said. “We can just
season for three consecutive sea- is in his ninth year as the program’s go out there and play as hard as we
sons. But that drought ended last head coach. “We’re very athletic in can and give it everything and just
year with an appearance in Char- the middle.” see what happens.”
lotte, N.C. as the tournament’s That strong middle contingent Coronel said the team’s non-
sixth seed. is headed by Syverson, who is conference tournaments are sched-
Their stay in the South did not joined by junior Katie Butz, sopho- uled to prepare for the conference
last long, as the Colonials were more Katie Zulandt and freshman schedule. That portion of play ends
ousted by Saint Louis in the ﬁrst MacKenzie Knox. Knox is one of when the Colonials kick off their
round. But with last year’s run ﬁve ﬁrst-year players, along with regular season with a Sept. 26 trip
under their belts, junior co-captain Anna Ioﬁn, Alyssa Valentine, to Duquesne before traveling to
Abby Syverson said, the current Jenny O’Brien and Alex Coward. Saint Louis to meet the preseason
Colonials are setting themselves Knox and Valentine played exten- conference favorites.
up for a deeper tournament run. sively in this past weekend’s D.C. “I think we stack up pretty
“(Last year) gave us the con- Challenge event, with the latter well,” Coronel said. “We just have Viktors Dinzdans/assistant photo editor
ﬁdence that we could at least get already earning A-10 Co-Rookie of to be mindful of injuries and be Freshman Alyssa Valentine sets the ball during Aug. 30 action against George Mason. The Co-
there and know what it’s like to be the Week honors. mindful to take it one game at a lonials defeated the Patriots and American last weekend but lost to Georgetown. Valentine was
there,” she said. “This past weekend is a good in- time.” named an Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week on Tuesday.
B6 | Thursday, September 4, 2008 The GW Hatchet