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      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

                                                                                                                         "Publishers should
                                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                                                                  John Negroponte.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      “(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
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                                      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.”
  2 p.m.
                                        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 news@gwhatchet.com                                                         The sorority has 260,000 members
                                                                                                                                                                                                            –Nathan Grossman
News                                                                                                 The GW Hatchet                                                                        Thursday, September 4, 2008   | A3

                                                                                                                         CRIME LOG
                                                                                                                         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. –
                                                                                                                                                          case closed
                                                                                                                                                          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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of things."
                                                                                                                                                                         –Political science undergraduate coordinator Susan Wiley explaining
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  editorial                                                                                                                g
                                                                                                       The Not-So-White Flag
                                                                              Cartoon                  Robbie LeGrant

  Real change needed in
  CCAS advising.
        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-
                                   lem.”       After
                                   apparently re-
    Shouldn’t the iden- viewing all the
                                   options, Duff
    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
                                   way to
    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
environmental crisis.
                                         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

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    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
                                                               involuntary manslaughter.
                          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

                                                                                                                                  On involuntary
          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.
            –Alex Carusillo
                                                               Did your improv work translate into this project

                                                                                                                                   and humor
                                                               at all?
                                                                   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

                      equals attendance
                      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.

    Ryder Haske/
      senior staff
                                                                                                               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.

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                                                                            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-
                                     lumbian College.
                                                                        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
                                     last year.
                                                                        Kuipers said he also takes pric-
                                                                        es into account when ordering
                                                                                                             on sites, turning the plan into real-
                                                                                                             ity, while maintaining a cohesive
                                                                                                                                                     Nicaragua government.
                                                                                                                                                          “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
                                                                        purchased used.
                                                                                                             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
early 1990s.
    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-

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                                                                                                                                                                                   NUMBER CRUNCH

Andrew Alberg – Sports Editor (aalberg@gwhatchet.com)
Alex Byers – Asst. Sports Editor (abyers@gwhatchet.com)
                                                                                                                                                   18                    The national ranking of the men's water polo team.
                                                                                                                                                                     The recognition is the program's first national ranking in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     11 years.

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
                                                                                                                                                                                   Women's soccer:
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.
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