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March 10, 2008
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AN INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER - SERVING THE GW COMMUNITY SINCE 1904
UPD reports are
closed for public
by Jake Sherman
Editor in chief
Woodhull House does not look like a typical
police station. The G Street headquarters of the
University Police Department is surprisingly
non-descript. A color-splashed art-deco sculp-
ture sits on the lawn and only one sign identifies
it as the offices of the University’s law enforce-
And UPD, an agency whose officers are
Anne Wernikoff/Hatchet photographer commissioned by the Metropolitan Police
EMeRG coordinator Marc Berenson speaks at a Thurston town Department, has little governmental oversight
hall meeting held to clarify the University's judicial policies. and is not held to the same standards as a
municipal police department.
Despite its unbridled jurisdiction on GW
EMeRG calls owned, operated and leased land, and its ability
to arrest and carry weapons, the department’s
records remain under lock and key. MPD’s inci-
dent reports are available to anyone for viewing
hit record high
by Nicholas Profeta school’s judicial policies.
at police stations. But UPD’s policy is to keep
reports completely private – creating a layer of
privacy between the department’s inner work-
ings and the community it serves.
And the policy, which has gone wholly
Nick Gingold/photo editor
The University Police Department, whose headquarters are seen above, keeps its records
completely private. Metropolitan Police Department records are available to the public.
Hatchet Staff Writer EMeRG has taken 218 stu- unchallenged at universities nationwide, is
dents to the hospital this beginning to get attention. The Freedom of The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University’s nobody is denying that,” said University Police
The number of students academic year, as compared Information Commission in Connecticut ruled daily newspaper, failed in its lawsuit to force Chief Dolores Stafford, a 16-year veteran of
brought to the hospital by to 201 students last year and last month that since the Yale Police Department the police department to open its records but the department. “But our records are incident
EMeRG has hit an all-time 168 students in 2005-2006 can exercise “full police power” in New Haven, appeals could overturn that decision.
high this academic year, and academic year. Conn., it is the equivalent of a public agency. “The bottom line is we are police officers, See UPD, p. B3
there are still two months “Thurston Hall has just
left in the semester. about half of the number of
Last week, several Uni-
versity administrators met
with residents of Thurston
Hall, the most highly popu-
EMeRGs among freshmen,
and it houses about half the
number of freshmen,” said
Tara Pereira, director of Stu-
Colonials out of A-10 tournament
lated dorm on campus, to dent Judicial Services. “We by Alex Byers positioning for rebounds, but when
address the University’s are still tremendously con- Contributing Editor junior Jessica Adair picked up her
growing concern for stu- cerned, but it’s not like ‘Oh third and fourth fouls within the
dent well-being and to clear my god, Thurston has 90 PHILADELPHIA, March 9 — In second half’s first two minutes (four
up any confusion students the last decade of the GW women’s seconds apart) and had to take a seat
might have regarding the See EMERG, p. B3 basketball team’s series with Xavier, on the bench, it was apparent that
neither team has won more than “playing small” would spell trouble
two consecutive games. So while for the title-seeking Colonials.
SoB rank not the Colonials surely appreciated
their victory over Xavier in January
of 2007 and again this season in
January, they might have wished
Without GW’s twin towers in
the game, Phillips (6-foot-6) and
Harris (6-foot-5) were able to own
the paint, scoring 30 points down
altered by e-mail history favored buff and blue for
their Atlantic 10 semifinal match-up
Unfortunately for No. 13/12
low compared to GW’s 16.
“Definitely getting away with
a lot of hard hits,” Phillips said
of the game's rough play. “(There
by Danielle Meister Week’s student survey, remind- (AP, ESPN/USA Today) GW, it were) hard fouls, really high inten-
Hatchet Staff Writer ing them that the survey inﬂu- didn’t. The Xavier big bodies of sity rebounds, but sometimes you
ence’s the school’s rank and that Ta’Shia Phillips and Amber Harris have to suck it up and do what you
Business Week ranked the rankings affect the value of scored a combined 37 points and know how to do.”
GW’s undergraduate business their degrees. had 17 rebounds in a winning effort, Even when head coach Joe
school 51 out of 96 schools in “I think originally I was as the Musketeers withstood the McKeown put Jazmine Adair onto
2008. The jump – two-notches kind of upset that that whole Colonials, 63-59. the floor with four fouls and much
higher than last year’s rank – issue had occurred because I Usually, it is GW’s low post play- of the game still to play, she seemed
was not signiﬁcant enough that thought that it would somehow ers Jessica and Jazmine Adair run- a bit more tentative and aware that
magazine ofﬁcials considered it convince students to respond ning up the score in the Colonials’
tainted by a suggestive e-mail in a more positive way than favor. On Sunday, they were only See XAVIER, p. B1
sent by the school to its seniors they would otherwise,” Busi- able to get a combined 36 minutes
last year. ness Week Staff Editor Geoff of play out of the two sisters, as each Ben Solomon/senior staff photographer
In November, School of Gloecker said. “As that came ran into foul trouble. The physical Seniors Sarah-Jo Lawrence (32)
Business deans Susan Phillips in, we kept a close eye on GW’s game saw players from both teams and Whitney Allen ﬁght Xavier's
and Larry Singleton sent an e- responses to make sure nothing diving after balls on the floor and Ta'Shia Phillips during GW's 63-59
mail to all seniors encouraging muscling each other in search of loss in the A-10 tournament.
them to participate in Business See RANKINGS, p. A5
Scalpers near Smith Center: 'We just do this for fun'
Ticket scalping is illegal in the District, but takes place at GW
by Sarah Biggart WG said most of the people who “We see the police some times,”
Hatchet Staff Writer buy their tickets are from out of town said WG. “But they wouldn’t dare
and do not realize they are actually mess with us – both of us have got
As hail fell outside Smith Center getting ripped off. lawyers.”
Saturday evening, two inconspicuous “The only people who buy from One pedestrian sold a ticket to
men in black coats began their sales us are idiots who don’t know the real WG and his partner for $15 after bar-
pitch. price of tickets,” he said. gaining the price up from $10.
“Tickets! Selling or buying tick- Ticket scalping is illegal in the Ticket scalpers make a profit by
ets!” they shouted to passersby headed District if done in a public space buying tickets on the street and resell-
to the men’s basketball game against near where the event is occurring, ing them for a higher price. WG said
Atlantic 10 rival Massachusetts. according to the Metropolitan Police he has a lot of friends who make
The pair paced up and down the Department. Scalping is defined as money at more trafficked events
street outside the entrance to the selling or reselling a ticket at face around D.C.
building, approaching groups of peo- value or a greater value. “We just do this for fun,” said
ple entering the arena. An MPD spokesperson said offi- WG, who is currently attending nurs-
In an hour, they made three sales. cers will arrest scalpers if they see ing school. “It’s just something to do.
“There’s no profit in it,” said WG, them at sporting events, but do not go Sometimes we’ll do this and then go
one of the two scalpers who would out specifically looking for them. to the games.”
not give his full name, for fear of They said this was their third time Ron Schneeberger, a frequenter
arrest for scalping – a crime in the scalping tickets outside Smith Center of men’s basketball games, said there Ryder Haske/assistant photo editor
District. “This place almost never sells and that they had yet to encounter A man who would only identify himself as WG scalps tickets outside Smith
out and tickets are only 12 bucks.” police. See SCALPERS, p. B3 Center last Saturday.
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
HIGH 54 | LOW 38 HIGH 56 | LOW 37 HIGH 60 | LOW 39 HIGH 64 | LOW 47
Elise Kigner – Campus News Editor (email@example.com)
Andrew Ramonas – Campus News Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Eric Roper – Metro News Editor (email@example.com)
Alexa Millinger – Assistant News Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
campus will further develop the
CAMPUS GREEKBRIEF Greek community and maintain SNAPSHOT Big Fall
the “sense of sisterhood” culti-
CALENDAR Chi Omega will return to GW vated by the sororities at GW.
after 40 years of absence Currently about 19 percent of
Monday the undergraduate population
The Panhellenic Association at GW is involved in Greek life.
Aromatherapy Yoga announced Friday that the Chi Recruitment for the Phi
A free yoga class as part of Omega sorority will return Alpha chapter of Chi Omega
Lerner Health and Wellness to GW after a 40-year hiatus, will begin in October, follow-
Center’s Mind and Body beginning in fall 2008. ing the regular fall recruitment
Week, that combines essen- The Panhellenic Extension for the other nine Panhellenic
tial oils and yoga poses. Committee chose Chi Omega Association sororities.
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. over Kappa Alpha Theta and –Simone Perez
Lerner Health and Wellness Delta Delta Delta. The three
sororities up for consideration
Center Multipurpose Room
Sponsored by Lerner Health each gave presentations on cam- GWBRIEF
and Wellness Center and pus and Chi Omega was subse-
quently chosen. Students accept plea bargains
“We could all tell that (Chi on marijuana charges
Tuesday Omega) had done their research
and were fully aware of GW’s Five students arrested on mari-
Safe Spring Break Kits unique Greek life and would be juana charges last month accepted
Giveaway able to provide the support a plea bargains at a status hearing
Come pick up a free spring new chapter needs at an urban Friday.
break kit and other free campus,” said Olivia Fay, presi- Sophomores Chuong Nguyen
giveaways. dent of Kappa Kappa Gamma. and Xavier Van Meerbeek, who
Noon to 2 p.m. The decision to add another were initially charged with posses-
Marvin Center Great Hall chapter to the Greek-letter com- sion with intent to distribute mari-
Sponsored by Health Out- munity came last year when juana, pled guilty Friday to pos-
reach Peer Educators “sororities voted in favor of session of marijuana. The charges
expansion and invited anoth- Joshua Wolf/Hatchet photographer
were dismissed for the other three
er chapter to join GW,” said individuals. Hurricane-force winds blew down a large tree located on the northwest corner of 21st and
Wednesday Amanda Gancayco, vice presi- The students, one of whom is G streets late Saturday afternoon, halting all trafﬁc and knocking a street lamp into the Uni-
dent of marketing and public unaffiliated with the University, y p q g
versity Police Department headquarters. There was no damage to the UPD building. g
Fair Growth: Economic Policies
for Latin America's Poor and relations for the Panhellenic were arrested on Feb. 14 after
Association. “We are always police found 6.3 ounces of mari-
Middle Income Majority
A discussion with Augus- interested in expanding Greek
life and getting more of the stu-
juana in a Fulbright Hall room. GWBRIEF operations before they host
their first professional game at Corrections
tor de la Torre, the World Omar Aena, a Rutgers University
dent population involved,” she student, had allegedly traveled Univ. offers free tickets to GW the 41,000-capacity venue on
Bank’s chief economist for March 29.
Latin America and the Carib- added. to the District to sell them seven game at Nationals Park
Chi Omega established itself ounces of marijuana valued at On March 12, students can The Hatchet erroneously
bean as part of the Poverty pick up a free ticket at Smith reported in "School for deaf
and Inequality in the Global at GW in 1903 but left campus in more than $2,000, according to The University will give
1968 – a slow period for Greek court documents. Center ’s box office between 10 keeps pres." (March 6, p. 1)
Economy out 200 free student tickets a.m. and 2 p.m. A valid GWorld
life on college campuses. A community director who to see the GW men’s baseball that Gallaudet would keep
Lecture Series. card is needed per ticket and its interim president without
4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. “GW was heavily involved performed a search of the room team play the inaugural game
in the Civil Rights movement found a digital scale, Ziploc bags, will be distributed on a first- a formal search process. The
Lindes Family Common, in the brand-new Nationals come, first-serve basis.
and anti-war protests. The envi- a notebook, a marijuana cigarette Park. president's contract has been
Room 602, 1957 E Street The University will also extended, and there is no of-
Sponsored by the Elliott ronment was not good for fra- and a box with more bags, police The Washington Nationals
ternities and sororities,” wrote reports state. compile a waitlist, and requests ﬁcial timeline for a search.
School and the Institute for provided GW with 1,500 tick- should be sent to gwcoltix@
International Economic Policy Director of Greek Life Dean Sophomores Sam Yenigun, Eric ets to the game against Saint
Harwood in an e-mail. “Due Tilden and Aena were charged with gwu.edu. In "Feeling the squeeze"
Joseph’s University on March Even though the game will
to a lack of interest, and other possession of marijuana, but Judge 22. The remaining tickets will (March 6, p. 1) The Hatchet
Love in the Club take place over spring break, erroneously reported that 10
Find out how date rape can issues related to GW policy, 10 Bruce Beaudin dismissed their be allocated to parents of play-
sororities including Chi Omega charges Friday. University spokesperson Tracy new vendors became part of
affect you. Learn the skills ers, donors and friends of the Schario said she expects “tre-
and most of the sororities now Both Nguyen and Van Meerbeek University. the GWorld card program this
needed to protect yourself. mendous interest from stu- year. One-hundred-ﬁfty-three
Food and games will be on campus, closed down during were sentenced to six months of Tickets will not be sold to
that year.” supervised probation, 30 hours of dents, as well as the entire GW vendors participate in the
provided. the general public, as the GW community.”
Harwood added that, “From community service and counseling. game is a test-run for stadium program in total.
8 p.m. to 9 p.m. –Molly Curtis
Potomac House that point until the early 1980s, They will have all charges expunged
Sponsored by the Health Greek Life was pretty much from their criminal record under
Outreach Peer Educators and non-existent on campus.” the Youth Rehabilitation Act, which
the Center for Alcohol and
other Drug Education
Representatives for the
Panhellenic Association said
bringing Chi Omega back to
clears the records of all defendants
under the age of 22.
News The GW Hatchet Monday, March 10, 2008 | A3
Society will intiate new members
director of development events booked the of Conduct defines hazing as “any action
Officials linked to Order events, according to Law School Conference taken or situation created intentionally,
Coordinator Natalie Fields. Hilleary could not be with or without consent, whether on or
of the Hippo deny its reached for comment.
Senior Chris Brooks, chairman of the College
off campus, to produce mental or physi-
cal discomfort, embarrassment, harass-
Republicans, is listed as the sergeant-of-arms of ment or ridicule.”
upcoming ceremony the Order and the contact person for the dinner.
He declined involvement with the organization
Trachtenberg has repeatedly denied
that the Order exists and said he was
and the upcoming dinner. not aware of the upcoming gathering in
by Andrew Ramonas “If I was involved, I wouldn’t mention any April.
Campus News Editor involvement,” Brooks said. “I haven’t heard anything about any-
He added, “I find it interesting that an anony- thing,” Trachtenberg said. “I’m just a
GW’s pseudo-secret society, The Order of mous source tipped (The Hatchet) off to some- poor retired pensioner.”
the Hippo, will reconvene for its 12th Annual thing that may or may not be true.” He added, “I never had a comment
Initiation Dinner in April at the Law School, In 2007, The Hatchet uncovered a speech on this when I was president and I don’t
according to documents provided to by The by Trachtenberg, a roster and other documents, have one now.”
Hatchet. which chronicled the Order’s early years. The
The black-tie, $75-per-person event will organization, which was founded in 1997, meets
welcome new members to the organization, at least two times a year and participates in ser-
according to an invitation given to The Hatchet. vice activities.
The Order was founded by former University The current membership of the Order and the
President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and includes group’s initiation rituals are secret. Justin Neidig,
top GW administrators and student leaders. who was “closely associated” with the Order,
“We hope you are able to join us for this said in 2007 that any initiation is “done in accor-
momentous event!” the invitation read. “Please dance (with) University guidelines.”
help us celebrate the induction of the Hippo In 2005, Student Judicial Services charged
Class of 2008 and continue our traditions with 12 members of the Order for violations in the
old friends and new at our Twelfth Annual Student Code of Conduct for participating
Initiation Dinner.” in hazing and underage drinking after sev-
The dinner will be held at the Michael K. eral members of the organization were seen
Young Faculty Conference Center in the Law on campus with blindfolds on their eyes and
The invitation to the event.
School at 7 p.m. on April 11. Jennifer Hilleary, mud or face paint on their bodies. The Code
film on campus
by Amy Rhodin the coming month. GW recently
Hatchet Reporter granted the crew permission to use
the Hall on Virginia Avenue roof-
Early Saturday morning, the top to ﬁlm a scene at the Watergate,
area outside the World Bank was the shooting for which will likely
home to production for the ﬁlm take place over spring break.
“State of Play,” a political thriller Despite the morning’s rain and
being ﬁlmed in the District, with foggy weather, several District resi-
Academy Award winners Russell dents came out to catch a glimpse
Crowe and Helen Mirren. More of the Hollywood actors in an area
than 30 extras and a large crew usually dominated by politicians
ﬂooded Pennsylvania Avenue be- and diplomats.
tween 18th and 19th streets for the “Any time you can be a part
shoot. of something like this is exciting,”
“It’s really exciting to be here. said Julia Runte, a GW alumna
Just to be 500 feet away from Rus- who came out to see the celebrities
sell Crowe is an experience,” who were on set. She and a friend
said Jamie Cheng, an actor from heard about the shoot that morning
Alexandria,Va., who was working and planned to watch as much of it
as an extra on the ﬁlm. as they could.
Crowe sat in a light blue 1980’s “I want to see the Oscar win-
Saab for much of the shoot as the ners,” Runte said.
scene involved him driving down The many extras who were
Pennsylvania Avenue. As part of dressed in long trench coats and
the scene, Crowe’s car stops run- holding black umbrellas, arrived
ning in the middle of the street. on set at 6 a.m. Despite the gloomy
About 20 other vehicles, including weather and long hours, most were
a bus, were driven simultaneously, thrilled to be part of the project.
on cue, to allow Crowe’s car to “It’s better than doing some
blend into the scene. temp job,” said Matthew Gard-
The ﬁlm’s director, Kevin enees, an extra dressed in an army
MacDonald, sat under a tarp and uniform. Though his last job was as
watched the shoot through a play- a background actor in the ﬁlm “Step
back screen. up 2,” Gardenees hopes the high
The ﬁlm revolves around a po- proﬁle “State of Play” could be a
lice detective and a team of inves- stepping-stone into the industry.
tigative reporters who try to solve Sandra Ferony, an extra and a
the murder of a congressman’s Screen Actors Guild member from
mistress. Alexandria, Va., explained that
“State of Play,” which also stars there is a lot of downtime (while
Ben Afﬂeck, Jason Bateman and Ra- ﬁlming), but that it could get really
chel McAdams, had ﬁlmed Friday exciting.
on E Street between 18th and 19th She said, “It’s also great to meet
streets and will continue to shoot in people. You sometimes see the
various parts of the District during same actors from set to set.”
Univ. joins org. to promote sustainability
Last week the University joined the Association for the
Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in an effort to
continue promoting sustainability on its campuses.
The AASHE will serve as a way to connect campus sustainability
directors and professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a
member of the AASHE, the entire GW community will have access
to online tools and resources supporting and promoting sustainabil-
ity that include networking, information sharing and professional
Joining the AASHE is one of many steps the University has taken
recently to increase awareness of and create solutions for sustainabil-
ity on campus. This past fall, University President Knapp created the
Presidential Task Force on Sustainability to develop recommenda-
tions to improve the University’s environmental efforts. In June, the
task force will submit a report outlining measures the University can
take to make its campuses more environmentally efficient.
The GW Hatchet | Monday, March 10, 2008, page A4
't heard anything about anything. I'm just a poor retired
– Former University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg on
Lizzie Wozobski – Opinions Editor (email@example.com) the Order of the Hippo's upcoming meeting.
Niketa Brar – Contributing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
editorial Continuing to shape a legacy
GW must be Don't forget about Bush's last months in office, or what you can do to shape them
proactive in Political excitement fills the air vor three weeks ago. This week, a lifetime once we walk out these and he can be pressured to change
dealing with in Washington today. The general
elections are still months away
the people of Darfur are seeing
firsthand the failure of an under-
doors. What do you want to do
his Iraq policies. Dissatisfaction
with the war does not need to be
and yet, people just can- manned and under- It’s time for us to ask the presi- solely focused on the candidates.
alcohol on campus not help themselves from funded peacekeeping dent the same question. Lame duck or not, the president
focusing constantly on the force. This week, the His recent trip to the African can effect a great deal of change.
With news of the number of stu- next president’s adminis- government of China continent proves that Bush is think- Bush is clearly focusing on his
dents being taken to the hospital by tration. In fact, all over continues to supply ing hard about what his legacy legacy, and, as the most politi-
EMeRG at a record high, GW officials the country people can- the genocidal govern- will be when he leaves office. The cally active school in the nation,
must examine their treatment of al- not stop focusing on ment of Sudan with president’s Africa policy is widely we have a responsibility to think
cohol and alcohol education on this November, on next year, weapons to commit considered one of his most success- about what that legacy will be.
campus. on the future. the murders. ful, as he pointed out in countries Groups like STAND and the
Over the 2007-2008 academic year Of course the future’s I speak about Sudan like Rwanda and Benin throughout Student Global AIDS Campaign
thus far, 218 students have be taken by
EMeRG to the hospital – and the year
important. And it is defi-
nitely exciting. But what
SEAN because of my work
with GW STAND: A
his trip. But that does not mean
he has done enough. He has not
aren’t taking their eyes off the
president, but it is important that
is far from over. Compare that to 201
students for the 2006-2007 year and
about this year?
This week at GW, the
REDDING Student Anti-Genocide
Coalition. But my point
stopped the genocide that he cor-
rectly labeled for the first time
everyone is aware of the potential
for accomplishment that remains
168 the year prior. “(EMeRGs) have talk is all about Barack COLUMNIST is not limited to the four years ago, even though he in the next 10 months. I like elec-
been increasing across campus ... but Obama, Hillary Clinton genocide in Sudan. All could help fund the peacekeeping tions, too. I believe that we need
quite frank- and John McCain. It was over our country, and force on the ground in Darfur and to vet the candidates thoroughly
ly, we’ve had about Ohio and Texas, it is now all over the world, there are issues use diplomatic pressure to apply a to ensure that any one of them is
more truly about Pennsylvania and the next that will not stand still as the election solution that addresses all regions ready to effect real change on Jan.
scary be- seven weeks. This week in the season wraps up. of the country. And members of the 20, 2009. I believe in knowing what
The University havior that U.S., primary season continues As important as the primaries Student Global AIDS Campaign to expect from our next leader in
is out in the full-force. are to our country, it is time to might tell you that the President’s terms of policy, and I believe in
should open … there But this week in Sudan, elec- realize that this week, George W. Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief holding the candidates to commit-
are more stu- tion talk was confined to silenced Bush is still the president of the (PEPFAR) is offering only marginal ments made during the campaign.
examine taking dents stag- complaints about a rigged census United States. Maybe it’s not the increases in funding that do not But the fact is, we don’t know
gering down that could result in the marginal- most scholarly of examples, but correspond with the spread of the what the next president will have
more the street ization of thousands of Southern in the sixth season of my favorite devastating pandemic. to do next January. That’s all up
aggressive in public, Sudanese. This week, the gov- show, “The West Wing,” Leo says On Iraq, the focus is on what to the man still living in the White
which is far ernment of Sudan continued its to the staff in a classic inspirational the presidential candidates will House for the next 10 months.
steps to curb more scary scorched-earth campaign against moment: “We have the ability to do to end the war if they become –The writer, a sophomore major-
than a kid innocent civilians of Darfur, which effect more change in a day in the president. But for Bush, there is no ing in history and political science, is
dangerous just sitting was revived with terrifying fer- White House than we will have in if; he is the president of the U.S., a Hatchet columnist.
in his room,”
drinking. said Tara
rector of Stu-
dent Judicial Getting voters to the polls, and the party
Since the implementation of
GW’s relatively new policy of medi-
cal amnesty, which permits drinkers
How a little creativity can get young adults to the voting booth
who are underage and ill to receive Every modern election cycle has courted the increase to a modest 11.6 million, youth voters alcohol), yet if you look at history, the idea is not
care without disciplinary ramifica- elusive “youth vote” – the 18- to 24-year-olds continued to make up a fraction of the overall too crazy.
tions, these numbers have been on the who have long lain dormant as a potential voting electorate – just over 9 percent. The overall turnout Andrew Jackson, running for President in
increase. However, as this page has bloc. Even in the most promising cycles, the youth increased in that election, motivating a few million 1828, had a similar idea. To overcome the dis-
stated before, the program provides a consistently fail to deliver. more youth to get out, but the youth demographic tance between the wild Western Frontier and
vital service for the health of the GW In their attempts to tap the still held the lowest turnout rate. stuffy establishment politics of the East Coast, he
population. youth vote, strategists often As we speak, there is a new campaign for this invited all his western supporters out to the White
To avoid compromising such a conclude that if pop icons election cycle, creatively titled “Rap The Vote.” Yet House for some fun at his inauguration. Someone
program, therefore, with doubts of tell teens to vote, they will no matter how many music genres MTV cycles spiked the beverages, and the night quickly turned
adverse impacts on the drinking hab- do it. However with the pas- through, these Hollywood cam- into a wild boozefest where
its of GW students, the University sage of each election cycle, paigns are not going to work. Paying senators and farmers alike
should examine taking more aggres- it becomes increasingly Hollywood stars to parade around got ridiculously drunk, with
sive steps to curb dangerous drink- apparent that this strategy with ‘I Voted’ stickers on their chests The 2004 campaign, some reports of individuals
ing. Whether making an alcohol edu- is inherently flawed. clearly does not motivate the youth climbing out of White House
cation class mandatory for incoming In 1990, MTV, the pre- ANDREW to show up at the polls. "Vote or Die," was windows.
freshmen or administering a course
online for all students, the Univer-
sumed authority on 18- to
24-year-olds, had an idea
CLARK Political strategists need to start
testing new ideas on how to get
even more It was undisciplined, yes,
yet historians argue that it was
sity must make its stance on drinking
known early and clearly.
on how to get their target COLUMNIST young people to vote, instead of embarassing. a refreshing change of pace
audience to the polls. They recycling the same old ones. Lucky that removed the corruption
Of course the University does thought they had it – a for them, I happen to have one that Headliner Paris Hilton and incompetence of a system
already have numerous sources of national campaign, promoted by Hollywood celeb- just might do the trick. that people saw as useless,
information and help available to rities and other big-name icons that made it “cool” Why don’t campaigns host get- didn't even register to and installed a new era of rule
the community, but the issue is using to vote. They called it “Rock The Vote” and tapped out-the-vote parties with beer and by the people.
these tools effectively before trouble stars like Madonna to promote it. music? An ‘I Voted’ sticker could vote. It worked for Andrew
begins. Resources from the Center for Yet the results were far from glamorous. Not be required to enter, or campaigns Jackson in 1828, a year much
Alcohol and other Drug Education to only has the campaign been unable to tick the could drive young people collect young voters more conservative than 2008. So why not try
house proctors should be called upon 18- to 24-year old turnout up, but turnout actually at the polls, and then drop them off at the party. something similar? If the candidates pledged to
long before a meeting must be called went down for most of the 1990s and into the new Or, even more daring, a kegger could be hosted hold a kegger at the White House, I can name a
in Thurston Hall to meet with con- century. The 2004 campaign, “Vote Or Die,” was at the lavish White House grounds (or as close as few thousand GW students who would certainly
cerned students and administrators. even more embarrassing. Headliner Paris Hilton the Secret Service may allow). It sounds stupid, “Rock the Vote.”
didn’t even register to vote, much less cast a bal- impractical (and even slightly depressing that – The writer, a freshman majoring in political
lot. While the number of young people voting did we have to bribe our young people to vote with science, is a Hatchet columnist.
endorsement letter to the editor
Democrats not shying away from members of Congress. She even
sa president LGBT issues campaigned for Baldwin in 1998,
I have to disagree with who was told by party stalwarts
Sophie Zavaglia’s assertion that she could never win her
Vote Vishal in SA Runoff that Barack Obama and Hillary
Clinton are lacking in their public
support for lesbian, gay, bisexual
Wisconsin district because she was
a woman and a lesbian (Clinton
campaigned for her a few days
Aswani, a senator from the School date to Foggy Bottom; D.C. is far from and transgender (LGBT) equality before the election, and she won).
of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a battleground state. Additionally, the (Feb. 6, A4). Both candidates, by Clearly, Clinton’s commitment
has a track record of advocating for his SA president ought not spend his time reaching out to the community, to the LGBT community and
constituents by working with officials promoting self-defense classes the Uni- are by default being held her character are exempliﬁed
in his school on some small-scaled proj- versity Police Department already puts accountable by the community. by her record, disproving any
ects. He has reached out to engineering on. There are more serious problems If either candidate were to fail accusations of insincere political
students on the issue of graduate teach- across the University than UPD’s pub- in their support while in ofﬁce, pandering on her part.
ing assistants’ difficulty speaking Eng- licity woes. they would risk retaliation in the The Democratic candidates
lish. Aswani was also part of the effort The two-term senator is not without voting booth. should refrain from making too
to retool the school’s advising system, his positive plans, though. It is unfair Clinton in particular has a much of an issue out of LGBT
pushing for an online component. that underclassmen should be man- proven record of standing up equality until they have secured
Several of his goals as SA president dated to eat in J Street when the venue for the LGBT community even the White House. Although the
could be feasibly accomplished next is not even open on the weekends, and when it proved to be a potentially political winds have dramatically
year and earn plaudits from this page. this inequity should be rectified, as he inconvenient political issue. For shifted since the polarizing 2004
Vishal Aswani Aswani wants to create an online test suggests. Students not identifying as example, Sen. Clinton led the elections, the Democrats should
bank, an easy-to-grasp “Student Bill of heterosexual should have a resource ﬁght in the Senate against the focus on the issues that affect all
Neither Kevin Kozlowski nor discriminatory Federal Marriage Americans, gay and straight, as we
Vishal Aswani has any exceedingly Rights” and a list of corporate sponsor- center, just as those of the multicultural
ships student organizations can use to community do. Unfortunately, many of Amendment while running for cannot risk the potential political
noteworthy achievements under his re-election in 2006 and planning backlash. Once Clinton or Obama
belt. But the Student Association senate fund events. However, other initiatives – Kozlowski’s other ideas are often too
especially those expounded upon on his steeped in internal SA affairs. an historic presidential run. The inhabit the White House, it would
has not historically been the place to do Human Rights Campaign, the be absolutely necessary of them
that. Evaluating them more heavily on campaign Web site – are unrealistic. The Aswani steers clear of focusing ex-
SA president cannot likely mandate that cessively on the organization he wants nation’s leading LGBT advocacy to send a clear message that the
their leadership capabilities, drive to organization, came to Clinton, not era of gay-baiting is over and that
effect change within the University bu- the University reduced its carbon diox- to lead. The average student is likely not
ide emissions by a fixed percentage, nor affected by Senate seats going unfilled. Obama, to spearhead the ﬁght. the era of LGBT acceptance has
reaucracy and thoughts on how best to She was also endorsed by both begun.
represent the average student’s needs, can he call for the abolition of a food- To the contrary, the average student is
service provider to operate J Street. interested in seeing real, tangible change Reps. Tammy Baldwin and Barney Joe Goldman
this page found only one candidate to Frank, the only two openly gay Freshman
lead next year ’s student government. Kozlowski also advances several continue to stem from the SA presidency
After meeting with and re-evaluating ideas that should not be top priorities next year. With that in mind, Vishal As-
the remaining two candidates, The for the student’s chief executive. Pleas wani is the most qualified candidate to Have your voice heard here.
Hatchet endorses Vishal Aswani for the from GW’s student government will not effectively represent the student body
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News The GW Hatchet Monday, March 10, 2008 | A5
CVS allows gift card purchases on GWorld
cohol or tobacco with their cards. the act.
University's policy Of the nine CVS stores listed on the “It makes sense that we should be
Alexander, who joined a Facebook
group last year called “I Can’t Buy a Po-
cards. The Watergate CVS does, how-
ever, allow students to purchase gift
GWorld Web site as retail partners, em- able to buy what we want with our tato on GWorld,” said buying gift cards cards for restaurants, movie theaters,
forbids gift card ployees at ﬁve of them said they allow
students to purchase some types of gift
money,” sophomore Emily Alexander
said, “but at the same time the whole
was a bigger issue when there was no
supermarket on GWorld. She circum-
retails stores, hotels, spas, bookstores
and electronic stores with prices rang-
cards with GWorld cards. The E Street vented the system to buy Safeway gift ing from $25 to $200.
purchases CVS and the CVS on 19th Street and
Pennsylvania Avenue allow purchases
cards she used for groceries.
A Hatchet reporter was able to pur-
Employees at three of the CVS
stores in the West End, those at 21st and
by Karelia Pallan of all gift cards except for “Green Dot,” chase a $100 Visa gift card at the Wis- L streets, 20th and K streets, and 2240
Senior Staff Writer cards that act like debit cards and per- "...the whole point of consin Avenue Safeway. When asked M St. N.W., said they do not allow stu-
mit online shopping and ATM with- GWorld is to be able to about prohibited items, an employee dents to purchase any kind of gift cards
Five local CVS stores and the Wa- drawls. told The Hatchet only alcohol and to- with GWorld. The CVS on MacArthur
tergate Safeway permit students to buy The discrepancies in store regula- eat, not to buy gift cards bacco products were not available. Al- Boulevard, by the Mount Vernon cam-
gift cards using GWorld, employees at tions show that not every employee is ice Hickman, manager of the Watergate pus, also does not allow students to
the stores said. But such purchases are aware of the restrictions, and if employ- and then be left without Safeway, said the transactions could purchase any type of gift card. An em-
in clear violation of GWorld policy. ees do not stop students from buying occur because GWorld acts as a credit ployee from the CVS store on 17th and
The merchant contract between gift cards, the transactions, take place money for food.” card. G streets said students can use GWorld
GWorld retail partners and BbOne, the without consequence, Haaga said. Though she said no one had tried to buy any type of gift card at the store.
company GW contracts to handle off- She added that the GWorld card buying a gift card while she was work- Junior Jonathan Chuck said he just
campus aspects of the GWorld program, program conducts secret-shopper vis- EMILY ALEXANDER ing the cash register, she said as long as wished he could have bought gift cards
stipulates that merchants may not per- its to evaluate compliance with the SOPHOMORE a student has money left, the GWorld everywhere for grocery shopping last
mit cardholders to buy any stored-value terms of the contract, but that this is the card will go through and the purchase year, when Safeway did not accept
gift cards, alcohol, tobacco, ﬁrearms or only way the University can determine can be made. GWorld.
obscene materials, said Nancy Haaga, whether merchants are following the A sign at the Watergate CVS alerts “I would have liked for them to
managing director of campus support rules. Merchants who violate the terms point of GWorld is to be able to eat, not students that they cannot purchase Visa make an exception last year, but that
services. The GWorld Web site states risk suspension from the GWorld pro- to buy gift cards and then be left with- gift cards, American Express gift cards problem has been solved,” Chuck said.
only that students cannot purchase al- gram, but its difﬁcult to catch them in out money for food.” or Green Dot cards with their GWorld “For now, that’s irrelevant.”
by Megan Buerger lecture delivery and student inter-
Hatchet Staff Writer action done via Blackboard.”
Heather Schell, deputy director
Most GW students use of the University Writing Program,
Blackboard to check grades and Schell said some students are less
maybe even download occasional tech savvy and register for hybrid
files posted by teachers. But with classes without knowing what
the emergence of GW’s “hybrid” they involve.
courses – taught half in the class- “Some students are really afraid
room, half on Blackboard – stu- of technology and they have to get
dents can now go to class by log- over being afraid of tech to succeed
ging onto Blackboard in these classes,”
in their bedrooms. Schell said. “I had
In the past two "...a couple a class in which a
years, GW has start- couple students
ed to offer hybrid students were were afraid of basic
courses in the School word processing. It
of Business and the afraid of basic took a while, but
Columbian College word processing. they really good.”ended up
of Arts and Sciences. being
Elliott School of It took a while, but She said these
International Affairs courses also test
administrators said they ended up be- students’ time
they are considering
offering hybrid cours-
ing really good.” managementt iskills.
es. The University actually being in the
offers nine hybrid
courses total. HEATHER SCHELL classroom makes it
easier for students
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF
Donald Lehman, to stay organized
executive vice presi- and be prepared,”
dent for academic she said.
affairs, said the use of Hannah Cary,
Blackboard is expand- a junior and former
ing at GW, and that it can only add student of Schell’s, said her hybrid
to the classroom experience. course was somewhat daunting
“Are these classes on the at first, but ended up being easy
increase? Yes, on some level,” and convenient. The class, a UW-20
he said. “Are they permeating course called “Pets and Meat”
everything about the classroom? required students to work on seg-
No. I believe one-on-one interac- ments of an Internet radio show on
tion is a very, very important part Blackboard.
of the learning experience. I feel “Honestly, I was a bit skepti-
that Blackboard is not so much a cal about the hybrid thing at first
replacement, but more of a positive because I didn’t know what type
complement to learning.” of work we would be doing,” Cary
Implemented at GW in 2004, said. “But because we did record-
Blackboard has taken off in its four ings for a radio show as part of our
years of use. Blackboard itself is an assignments, it was great; we could
11-year-old program serving more just upload them whenever we
than 2,200 education institutions in wanted to and not have to worry
more than 60 countries. about anything.”
“There are higher levels to She also took a hybrid poetry
Blackboard than we even know class, and she said she liked the pri-
how to operate yet,” Lehman vacy of Blackboard when students
said. “Blackboard offers streaming had to share their poetry.
video where you can actually see She said, “It’s somewhat easier
the professors lecturing from your to have someone’s screen name
computer or professors can hold critique your work than a student
virtual office hours via Blackboard. critiquing you to your face.”
It is even possible to have the entire
RANKINGS to help improve career services,
pointed to the school’s more im-
pressive recruiter rankings.
from p. A1 Business Week’s career-re-
lated rankings have “improved
was out of whack compared to leaps and bounds from last
last year and the year before.” years when SoB was ranked 90
The student survey, which out of 93 for career services and
asks students what they think this year is ranked 54 out of 96,”
about several areas of the pro- he said, referring to the school’s
gram, counts for 30 percent of recruiter ranking, which count
the school’s overall ranking. sfor 20 percent of the total score.
Last year, GW was ranked 53 These rankings were formu-
out of 93 schools. Two years ago, lated by polling 618 corporate re-
in its ﬁrst year ranking under- cruiters about which schools they
graduate business schools, the think have the best curricula and
magazine ranked GW 41 out of career services. Thirty-nine per-
61 schools. cent of recruiters responded.
About 170 students, or 44 The magazine reported that
percent of School of Business se- of the 88 percent of GW seniors
niors, completed the survey. The seeking full-time employment
national average was 28 percent in business, 39 percent received
student participation in the sur- their ﬁrst job offer by graduation
vey, including schools with low and 56 percent did not report
response rates. If a school does having accepted a job offer.
not receive a certain level of re- Senior Dan Magness, who
sponses, they are not considered did not ﬁll out the survey be-
for the rankings. cause he “did not know about
Gloecker said, “We have two it,” said about a quarter of his
professors from a local univer- friends who searched for jobs
sity to look over the data once it were offered jobs.
comes in to make sure that there The number of jobs business
are not huge jumps negatively students are interviewing for in-
or positively. If there happened creased by 69 percent between
to be a big jump in the positive 2006 and 2007, and the number
direction, I told Larry Single- of GWork internship postings
ton that we might remove them has increased 120 percent, Yancey
from the ranking this year.” said. The school recently part-
Teaching quality this year nered with Lee Hecht Harrison,
got an “A,” a category that was a global career management ﬁrm
given a “C” in 2007. The facili- to provide specialized career ser-
ties and service grade stayed at vices. He added that innovations
the same “B” score. in career services will have even
GW was given a “C” for job more of an effect in a few years.
placement, down from a “B” Yancey said, “We have
last year. But Gilbert Yancey, an aggressive push to change
executive director of the F. Da- and promote our needs in the
vid Fowler Career Center at the market place, and to see SoB
School of Business, who was re- as a source of top talent in the
cruited in February of last year marketplace."
A6 | Monday, March 10, 2008 The GW Hatchet News
The son of Polish immigrants
Kozlowski wants to "make the world a better place than (he) found it"
by Andrew Ramonas country. seven days a week as a cab driver to “They have taught me things I will
Campus News Editor “They didn’t know the language or help earn money for the family, the carry on with me the rest of my life.”
anyone (else) coming here,” Kozlowski U-At Large Student Association sena- The dedication of his parents
unior Kevin Kozlowski did said. tor said. helped him get to GW, he said.
not know English until he Despite these challenges, they were “As a kid, he wasn’t around much,” However, without the help of a
started elementary school. able to find a close-knit Polish com- Kozlowski said. “As I’ve gotten older, high school counselor, he would not
The Brooklyn, N.Y., munity in Brooklyn that helped them I’ve come to appreciate it.” have found the University. Kozlowski
native, who is vying for the plant their roots in the United States Despite Kazmierz’s demanding told his counselor he had an interest in
Student Association presidency in and raise Kevin and his twin sister, job, he was still able to find time for his diplomacy and his counselor opened a
this week’s runoff election, is the Olivia, he said. family, the junior said. book and then put his finger on GW.
son of Polish immigrants who left Kozlowski said he enjoyed playing “My dad’s very much into cycling,” “I went home, I went on the Web
the eastern European nation while street ball and roller hockey in a neigh- Kozlowski said. “On Sundays, we site and then visited,” he said. “Then, I
it was still in the grips of com- borhood where his fluency in Polish would go on massively long bike rides knew I wanted to go here.”
munism. landed him a job at a local deli. through New York City.” Although he is majoring in inter-
“They wanted to have an “It is an opportunity I was happy Kozlowski said he is working to national affairs in the Elliott School of
opportunity,” Kozlowski to have,” Kozlowski said. emulate his father’s values. International Affairs, Kozlowski said
said. “What they left He said he is also grateful for his “I’m trying to carry on what he is he is not sure what he wants to do
behind, they were trying to sister. doing,” he said. “He has worked all of after he graduates. He said law school
leave behind.” “I’m really glad I have a twin sister these years to invest the money in us.” and a future career in international
Kozlowski said his par- because we have gone through a lot of Urszula, a bookkeeper in New diplomacy is a possibility, but he has
ents, Kazimierz and Urszula, things together,” Kozlowski said. “We York, was another important influence not made up his mind yet.
lived a tough life in Poland. had some of the biggest fights growing on his life, he said. “If I’m not still paying off loans, I
His father grew up without up, but we have had some of the great- “She is just as dedicated and hum- want to make a difference,” Kozlowski
indoor plumbing and as a young est times together.” ble as my father,” Kozlowski said. said. “I really do want to make a dif-
photos by Ryder adult was conscripted to fight in the Although he had a happy child- He said he will not soon forget ference. I really do want to make the
Haske/assistant Polish army. However, it was not hood, it came at a price for his father. the lessons he has learned from his world a better place than I found it.”
photo editor easy for them to move to a different Kazimierz worked between six to parents.
The man behind
Aswani is a "typical guy"
by Emily Cahn my parents daily,”
Hatchet Staff Writer Aswani said. He
added that his
ishal Aswani does parents were al-
not mind being ways supportive
known for his mus- of his endeavors,
tache, his passion even if he “was
for engineering or his love for just the techie
sports, but he will not be branded backstage in a
as an aspiring Washington poli- school play.”
tician, the Student Association Aswani
presidential runoff candidate is a cultur-
said. Instead, Aswani said he is ally diverse
“just your typical guy.” student. His
Aswani, who was born in father is Hindi and
Queens, N.Y. and raised in Day- was born in Pakistan before
tona, Fla., has an eclectic taste for it separated from India and
sports and other activities. As- became a sovereign na-
wani said he is an avid NASCAR tion. His mother, Kavita
enthusiast as well as a fan of the Aswani, 54, was born in
New York Mets. India but raised in Singa-
“At the Student Bar Associa- pore.
tion (endorsement hearing), one “We get the hybrid
of my campaign managers asked Indian and Oriental food
me why I was in the room longer and it just tastes amazing,”
than any of the other candidates,” Aswani said. “If I win (the
Aswani said. “It was probably election this week), next years’
because midway through some- transition dinner (for the new Similarly, Aswani has dealt
one asked me if I was a Mets or a SA members) will be my mom’s with many family illnesses rang-
Yankees fan, and we talked for 20 cooking.” ing from personal illness to his
minutes about the Mets.” Though Aswani has been suc- mother, a two-time breast cancer
Aswani attributes his love for cessful at GW in roles including survivor, and his father, who suf-
sports to his father, Arjan Aswani, SA senator for the School of En- fered multiple heart attacks last
a 69-year-old immigrant from In- gineering and Applied Sciences, year. Aswani chose to resign from
dia who now has his American house proctor and WRGW busi- his position as an SA senator last
citizenship. ness manager, he said he has not year so that he could travel back
“Because my dad is as old as been a stranger to adversity. and forth between Daytona and
he is, I would be the kid watch- As one of ﬁve Indians to grad- D.C. frequently.
ing other kids play catch with uate from his high school class of “If there is one thing my
their dads while I sat inside and 580 students, Aswani said many mom always tells me, it’s to be
watched football on TV with of his peers did not understand optimistic with everything,” As-
mine,” said Aswani, a junior. his culture. wani said.
“Because I have been watching “I had to go out of my way Being true to his personality
sports for so long with my dad, it to hang out with people of my and ideas is very important to
grew on me to love sports.” same culture,” Aswani said. “If Aswani, and that is what he says
Family is very important anything, it made me who I am. he will bring to the SA if elected
to Aswani, who said the ﬁrst I have learned at GW that I don’t president.
thing he did after he found out have to explain myself. I don’t He said, “Thirty-seven per-
he would be moving on to the have to be like, ‘I’m not eating cent of people voted for me to
SA runoff election was call his meat on Monday because that’s be myself, and that is what I am
mother. what I do, I’m Hindu.’ Instead I going to do if I am SA president
“Even now as a junior, I call just don’t eat meat on Mondays.” – just be Vishal.”
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Joanna Shapes – Sports Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alex Byers – Contributing Editor (email@example.com)
Ben Solomon/senior staff photographer
Junior Rob Diggs battles Massachusetts' Gary Forbes while trying to elevate for a layup during the Minutemen's 67-63 win GW Saturday night. The Colonials ﬁnished the season 9-17 and 5-11 in the A-10.
GW misses post-season for first time since 1974
No. 6 in the nation. Maureece Rice. The shooting guard
by Joanna Shapes But, Hobbs said, this year ended up struggled in that role and because of still NEWS AND NOTES his knee, but he looked to be landing
Sports Editor being the rebuilding year. He called the unspecified violations of team rules, Rice by Joanna Shapes without pain.
team young and inexperienced, which is was kicked off the team last week. Sports Editor Hobbs said King would be apply-
And just like that, 34 years of GW true considering the squad had only one After also trying players such as junior ing for a medical redshirt but neither he
men’s basketball in the post-season is senior who had been recruited out of high Wynton Witherspoon, a forward, and GW men’s basketball coach Karl nor anyone with the program had yet
over. school and only two players who started freshman Miles Beatty, another shooting Hobbs said sophomore Travis King, been notified if King had been granted
For GW freshmen, the men’s basket- consistently last year. guard, at the point and trudging through a who missed this entire season after the extra year.
ball team’s 2007-2008 season may seem What Hobbs had not anticipated was streak of seven straight conference losses, injuring his knee last August, should be Pops Mensah-Bonsu returns to
disappointing just because the Colonials’ losing point guard Travis King for the Hobbs finally decided to give walk-on ready to play again next season. Hobbs Smith Center
final record, 9-17 and 5-11 in the A-10, was entire season. King suffered a knee injury Johnny Lee a chance to run the floor. said he believes King will be 100 per- Former standout Pops Mensah-
a poor one. last August and it was determined in The second-year player, who is cent healthy by the beginning of next Bonsu was in attendance at the game
But those who have followed the team November that he would not be able to 5-foot-8 and a crowd favorite, proved to season and he expects him to resume against UMass. Mensah-Bonsu is cur-
for years know that this year was even play. The Colonials did not have a back-up be the right piece, as the Colonials finally his role as point guard. rently playing with Benetton Treviso,
worse than just a bad record. It is the point guard on the squad and were forced won on the road at St. Bonaventure in its King, who used crutches for a long outside Venice, in the Italian league.
worst since the infamous 1-27 record dur- to substitute a number of different players eleventh try while reeling off four victories time after having surgery on his right The forward, who was drafted by the
ing the 1988-1989 season. into that role, with most proving futile. in five games. Lee also had a career-high knee in November and then walked Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Draft
Coach Karl Hobbs, now finished “I said we’d be a work in progress 14 points in a 66-56 loss at then-No. 9/11 with a limp after that, was shooting and jumped between the NBA and the
with his seventh season in Foggy Bottom, from day one,” Hobbs said after the (AP, ESPN/USA Today) Xavier. around before the Colonials’ 67-63 loss Developmental League before heading
said after a 67-63 loss to Massachusetts UMass game. “There was a constant rein- “Johnny made the most of it,” Hobbs to Massachusetts Saturday night. He overseas, said he is enjoying his time in
Saturday evening that he is disappointed venting ourselves. We had to constantly said of Lee’s tenure as point guard. “We appeared to be walking almost com- Italy but that it has been an adjustment
with how this year played out. He said he make adjustments. Starting out without became a different team with him. He pletely normally and was also jump-
thought last year was for rebuilding after Travis (was really difficult). It was a point made some tremendous decisions with ing, which inevitably put pressure on See NOTES, p. B2
the squad from two seasons ago lost four guard by committee for a while.”
starters from a 27-3 team that was ranked Hobbs initially turned to senior See MENS, p. B2
by Dan Greene
Senior Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA, March 9 ––
This weekend’s Atlantic 10 tourna-
ment was supposed to be a chance
for the seniors of the GW women’s
basketball team to put a feather in
their caps, capturing the conference
Ben Solomon/senior staff photographer tournament crown that eluded
Senior Maureece Rice is no longer on the team. them over their illustrious careers.
After Saturday’s dominant victory
Coach, players over Rhode Island, the Colonials
appeared to start off on the right
keep quiet on Rice But instead of continuing the
weekend and ending it in cel-
by Joanna Shapes ebration, the team seemed to be
Sports Editor in mourning after Sunday’s 63-59
loss to Xavier that abruptly cut
As speculation grows about the sudden their quest short. A trio of players
departure of GW men’s basketball star Maureece traipsed into the makeshift press
Rice, the team’s coach and players refuse to offer conference in an auxiliary gym,
a glimpse into the Philadelphia native’s conflict slumping behind microphones
with the squad. with a tangible, defeated uneasi-
The University announced Thursday that ness that suggested both shock and
Rice, a senior, was kicked off the team for “fail- disappointment.
ing to adhere to a team rule.” Coach Karl Hobbs “That was our goal,” senior
refused to comment beyond the official state- Kim Beck said of winning the A-10
ment after the game against Charlotte that night. tournament. “This was our last
“Did you read the press release? What did it chance to do it and we didn’t get it
say?” Hobbs said when questioned about Rice. done.”
When asked about if Rice was still enrolled, he It wasn’t just the seniors’ ex-
replied, “Next question.” piring window of opportunity that
Hobbs suspended Rice, a four-year scholar- triggered the frustration. Juniors
ship player, two previous times this season, and Jessica Adair and Antelia Parrish
looked equally despondent as they
officials at the time cited a “team rule.” They
would not offer any further clarification. Ben Solomon/senior staff photographer
Senior Whitney Allen tips the ball away from Xavier's Jerri Taylor during GW's 63-59 loss in the A-10 semiﬁnals. See SIDEBAR p. B2
Rice did not respond to messages or knocks
to his residence hall door as of press time.
Teammates Jabari Edwards, Cheyenne body’s playing with fouls because the teams traded baskets for a minute, senior class – the lack of an A-10 cham-
Moore, Joseph Katuka and Wynton Witherspoon they know that now the refs are until GW senior Kim Beck attempted pionship. Winning the title this year
also would not comment on what happened to watching for each thing,” Phillips to draw a charge on the baseline but had been the vocal goal of the team in
the shooting guard, though Witherspoon said he from p. A1 said. “Even a slight nick of the hand was whistled for a blocking foul, a recent days, but after the loss to Xavier,
figured Rice’s dismissal was because of a compi- can cause a foul, so that makes it a call she was visibly displeased with. team leader Beck had little to say except
lation of things. one false move could send her to the whole lot easier to go up over her and Xavier’s Tudy Reed made a basket on that GW now must move on and look
“One thing won’t get you kicked off a team, I bench for good. It was at this point that finish strong.” the foul and completed the three-point ahead to the NCAA Tournament.
don’t think,” Witherspoon said Sunday night Xavier took its first lead of the second GW led 30-24 at the break, but play to give the Musketeers the lead The Colonials will learn their seed
half, on the strength of back-to-back Xavier captured the lead at the 12-min- for good. for the 64-team tournament March 17.
See RICE p. B2 Phillips and Harris baskets down low. ute mark of the second period. The For the Colonials, the loss confirms Last season, GW fell in the semifinals of
“It’s definitely easier when some- Colonials then surged to grab the lead what might be the one real blemish on the A-10 tournament to Saint Joseph’s
49-48 with five minutes to play and the otherwise solid résumé of the GW and was awarded a No. 5 seed.
B2 | Monday, March 10, 2008 The GW Hatchet Sports
Baseball loses two of
three to Oakland
by Anthony Yazaki as the Golden Grizzlies once again scored in
Hatchet Reporter the ﬁrst inning en route to the shut out. This
time around, GW could not match any runs.
ARLINGTON, Va., March 9 — Just one The two games were likely disappointing
day after a 19-16 win in a marathon game for the squad, considering it had managed to
against Oakland, the GW baseball team could make it out of Saturday’s slugfest with a win.
not keep the momentum going the next day, Oakland had also been winless coming into
dropping a double-header to the Golden Griz- Sunday’s matchups.
zlies, 10-4 and 7-0. “We've been inconsistent all year,” Neary
GW found itself behind early in the ﬁrst said. “With no pitching and no defense, we
game of the double-header, as freshman have a long way to go before we can play in
pitcher Eric Cantrell gave up ﬁve runs in the the Atlantic 10.”
ﬁrst inning and three more in the second, al- The GW pitchers struggled to establish
lowing Oakland to jump out to an early 8-0 any dominance early in the games. They al-
lead. By the end of the second inning, three lowed a combined 13 runs in the ﬁrst innings
Golden Grizzlies had already collected mul- of the three-game series, putting pressure on
tiple hits. the offense to produce runs early.
It was the Colonials (6-5) who were suc- “This has been happening a lot. It’s hard
cessful at bat in the third inning, as junior to have to play catch-up every game,” head
Chris Marsicano singled to bring home two coach Steve Mrowka said.
runs. Senior Charlie Kruer followed up with a The Colonials have six games left to get
two-run homerun to left-center ﬁeld. But that ready for the A-10 season, which starts against
was the end of GW’s offense. Saint Joseph’s on March 21. GW will also face
Oakland was not ﬁnished, through, as GW the Hawks on March 22 at Nationals Park in
pitcher Tommy Gately, a freshman, loaded the the ﬁrst game ever played in the brand-new
bases with three players who would eventu- stadium.
Alex Ellis/assistant photo editor ally come home, one on a throwing error. The Colonials next face James Madison in
Sophomore Tom Zebroski catches the ball a little too late as Oakland's Andrew Estes steals second base. Things only got worse for the Colonials, Harrisonburg, Va., on Wednesday.
SIDEBAR also upset in the semiﬁnals of the
conference tournament in a game
decided in the closing minutes.
from p. B1 They were able to rebound a few
weeks later, winning their ﬁrst
answers before escaping to ad- two games in the NCAA tourna-
dress pressing matters and try to ment before falling to national
move on. powerhouse North Carolina in the
When the team returns home Sweet 16.
and practice resumes, the atten- “I think that will help us,”
tion will shift to the upcoming McKeown said of the team's ex-
NCAA tournament, a bigger stage periences last March. “I’m excited
on which the Colonials can deﬁne about it.”
their season and the seniors their Yet Sunday afternoon, before
careers. The sting of Sunday’s de- ﬁnding out where they will be
Ben Solomon/senior staff photographer feat will wear off, Beck said, and it heading in two weeks, before refo-
Former basketball standout Pops will be back to business. cusing and before that excitement
Mensah-Bonsu is currently playing “It hurts, but we’ve got to could grow, there was dissatisfac-
for Benetton Treviso in Italy. keep moving,” she said. “We still tion at the business left unﬁnished
have other goals.” in the City of Brotherly Love.
Head coach Joe McKeown, “Believe me, I wish we were
though displaying a similar sense going to come home tomorrow
of letdown, echoed Beck’s sen- night with a trophy,” McKeown
from p. B1 timents. He recalled last year’s said. “But I’m not going to lose a
similar experience, when GW was lot of sleep. I’ll lose some.”
since a different style of basketball
is p y in Eruope. He also said
that he is hoping to be back in the
American leagues for good by this
RICE ment for point guard Travis King,
who was forced to miss the entire
season after tearing his ACL in
year, 2002-2003, the squad was
q from p. B1 August. Rice did not seem to be
12-17 and 5-11 in the Atlantic 10, happy in his new role, as he is
winning the same number of con-
g in his Francis Scott Key residence a shooting guard by nature and
ference games as this y
g year’s team. hall room. “I was a little surprised spent the past three years focused
Mensah-Bonsu said he sees a (he got kicked off) that late in the on knocking down shots.
resemblance between the team season, with two games left.” Before the season began, Hobbs
he played on his freshman year y Witherspoon added that he said Rice was going to have to step
and this y play-
year’s team in that p y did not see Rice often even when out of his shell in order to lead his
ers from his squad had difficulty y he was on the team since they team, something easier said than
meshing and it took a while for live on different floors, but Moore, done for someone as quiet as Rice.
everything to click on the court. who lives three rooms down from Hobbs said he was not entirely
“It hurts my heart to see the Rice, also said he has not seen Rice sure how Rice would assimilate
program like this,” he said. “But
p g recently. into that role but that he had faith
you have to remember that when
y Rice, who broke Wilt that Rice would eventually become
I started, we weren’t that goodg Chamberlin’s high school scoring more comfortable as a leader.
either. I think next year they’lly record in Philadelphia, had always But Rice never seemed to
be a lot better. They’re still rela- been somewhat of an enigma – embrace that role. Instead, Rob
y y g
tively young and learning how perenially quiet and reserved. He Diggs stepped up to the job as a
to play together.” bounced between several high
Diggs finishes season as floor leader, as the team’s top scor-
schools before Hobbs brought him er and also the player receiving the
Colonials’ leading scorer to GW.
Junior Rob Diggs had seven
gg most attention off the court.
Problems appeared to start –Dan Greene and Eric Roper
points against the Minutemen
to rise early in the season, when contributed to this report.
but led the team in scoring forg
the season, averaging 13.9 points Hobbs used Rice as a replace-
in 26 g y g
games and tallying 75
more points than the team’s next
leading scorer, j
g junior Wynton
Witherspoon. Witherspoon, who
averaged 11 points a game, and
Diggs were the only two mem-
gg y from p. B1
bers of the Colonials to average
more than 10 points a game.
p g the basketball. We don’t get 63
Diggs also led the team in
gg points (against UMass) without
rebounds, with 7.7 per game.
p g him. He really was fun to coach.
Senior Maureece Rice, who was He evolved.”
released from the team late last Whether Lee will have the
week, was first on the team in opportunity to aid his team next
assists with 60, followed by y season as much as he did dur-
Witherspoon and sophomore
p p ing this one is still to be seen,
Johnny Lee. All three played
y p y but with King returning to the
the point guard position during
g p g team it is unlikely Lee will start that he and his coaching squad
the season after King injured his
g j in the point guard position. have a lot of decisions to make
knee. Lee, a walk-on, finished That is just one of many issues between now and October.
the season as the point guard g Hobbs and his staff will have He said, “We have to reeval-
and started the last eight games to address before next season uate everything we’ve done this
of the season. begins. Hobbs said he is aware year.”
News The GW Hatchet Monday, March 10, 2008 | B3
sense” that students and families MPD, the records would be public. Frank LoMonte, the executive
PHENOMENALWOMEN UPD should have every piece of infor-
mation available about a college
campus before making a decision
When asked if MPD records
should be public, Stafford said, “I
didn’t make that decision.”
director of the SPLC, said there is
little question that UPD acts as a
police force because they can proceed
from p. A1 about enrollment. The International Association against non-University individuals
“As a consumer of anything, of Campus Law Enforcement inside the boundaries of campus.
records that will show up on your
wouldn’t you want to make an Administrators, an organization “When a police department is
informed decision?” Kassa said. Stafford chaired for five years, has exercising law enforcement pow-
There is no federal or D.C.
“You live, work or go to school no official position on disclosure ers that are delegated to them by a
law that would preclude the
there. You absolutely want to of police records. In its “open- governmental agency or entity, then
University from making incident
know and be aware of your sur- ness of operation” statement, the they are standing in the shoes of the
reports public. Experts argue that
roundings.” organization said campus law public agency,” LoMonte said.“Their
they should be open to inspection
Stafford said her opinion that enforcement agencies “must not records should be open as the city of
so the department’s policies and
the records should be private is be shrouded in secrecy” and there Washington’s records are.”
procedures are transparent. There
two-pronged. During college should be “public disclosure of Kassa called GW’s policy
is no downside, said John Kassa,
years, she said students are learn- policy and openness on matters of “counting bodies on the other side
the director of the watchdog group
ing “inside and out of the class- public interest.” of a cliff.”
Security on Campus.
room." She also said her depart- If UPD’s records were public, “If the crime is so bad that it
Some information is released
ment is a private agency despite its the University community would needs to be hidden, why would
to the community. Under the
commissioning by MPD. know that Adam Kokesh, a gradu- you want to live in that commu-
Clery Act, a federal law passed
“I guess I was a student once,” ate student, was stopped by UPD nity?” Kassa said. “If it is as safe
in 1990, universities are required
Stafford said. “I don’t think that who and immediately allowed to pro- as they say they are, what’s the
to provide a crime log, timely
was involved in a minor incident on ceed while he hung the satirical problem with letting that informa-
warnings of threats and an annual
campus is germane to you as anoth- Muslim posters in October. tion out? It comes down to good
security report to the community.
er student protecting yourself.” As case law begins to develop old community policing.”
Stafford’s department goes above
But many experts said the across the country challenging But Stafford said private police
and beyond what it is required
Family Education Rights and the right for commissioned police agencies’ records should remain closed.
to give, listing crimes outside of
Privacy Act protects what is meant departments to remain closed, the And she said she is comfortable with
the geographical jurisdiction man-
to be private: student education Student Press Law Center is at the way her officers do business.
dated by Congress and providing
and judicial records. Some say the the center of many of the cases. “I can say with a straight face
more detailed statistics.
fact that one is a student does not The Arlington, Va., based organi- that I think we are doing it really
Kassa said the Clery Act is
translate into the right to privacy. zation becomes involved in many well,” Stafford said. “I think we are
a good start but it is “common
If an 18-year-old was arrested by of these disputes. as open as we can be.”
Anne Wernikoff/Hatchet photographer
Sophomore Sho'leh Aixa (center), a member of the dance group
Atash, performs in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom during
the Phenomenal Women Awards Thursday evening.
is the result of UPD’s eagerness to
EMERG do so.
“This is completely false,” said
Dolores Stafford, UPD’s chief. “We
from p. A1 are doing nothing differently this
year than we have in years past.
percent (of the EMeRGs), and ev-
We haven’t changed anything, and
erybody else’s halos are shining’ …
we haven’t been given any edicts
it’s across the board.”
by anybody to change what we’re
Fred Siegel, the dean of fresh-
doing. We are doing the same thing
men, and Corrinne Farrel, the com-
that we have done consistently.”
munity director of Thurston, hosted
Although some students said
the town hall meeting called “Are
they feel like UPD is "out to get
the rumors true?” About 100 fresh-
them," Siegel assured students that
men attended the event, which
this was not the case.
featured administrators from SJS,
He said the primary mission of
UPD and the Center for Alcohol
all the campus ofﬁcials is “keeping
and Drug Education.
the community safe.”
“(EMeRGs) have been increas-
“You might disagree with
ing across campus ... but quite
some of the procedures, but there’s
frankly, we’ve had more truly scary
no question of what their purpose
behavior that is out in the open …
is, what their motivation is,” Siegel
there are more students staggering
down the street in public, which is
In reference to Thurston resi-
far more scary than a kid just sitting
dents, Siegel added that “there is
in his room,” Pereira said.
some perception that Thurston is
She cautioned students against
unfairly targeted, and I think that
“adding insult to injury” by trying
that’s just not so. The fact is there
to talk their way out of violations
are more people here, so some ex-
tra resources have to be put here.”
“Don’t add fuel to the ﬁre,”
The administration may show
Pereira said. “Students think they
concern about the increased num-
can talk their way out of it, but the
ber of students being taken to the
University, like every university,
hospital, but some students do not
has to have standard procedures
seem to view it as an issue meriting
and protocols, and we have to re-
spond to things in certain ways.”
“I don’t think Thurston has a
The meeting also addressed
problem,” freshman Alexa Grau
common misconceptions about the
said. “It’s just the largest freshman
violations process, like the belief
dorm, and I think that kids come to
that the frequency of intoxicated
college to have fun, and some just
students being sent to the hospital
said. “But this year I’ve only
SCALPERS seen two or three at games.”
Schneeberger said he saw
scalpers at every home game he
from p.A1 went to this season.
“I did not know that there
used to be a lot more scalpers in
were many scalpers out there,”
said Brad Bower, sports infor-
“When we had winning sea-
mation director. “To be honest
sons and many people came to
I’m not even sure if our athletic
the games, we used to see many
director is aware of this.”
scalpers out here,” Schneeberger
B4 | Monday, March 10, 2008 The GW Hatchet Life
GW BlindDate: DaterBios
Name: Angela Markovic What is your ideal ﬁrst date? What do you look for in the What are your own interests?
An awkward goodbye Year: Freshman
Hometown: Yorktown, N.Y.
Markovic: A cool ﬁrst date is a
football game or baseball game
Markovic: I look for intelligence,
Markovic: I’m into dancing and
sports. I’ve been cheerleading
Two freshmen from so-called different worlds – and then dinner. for someone to be funny and since age six and I used to play
Madison Hall and Thurston Hall – met up at Name: Andy Russo have charisma. softball.
Year: Freshman Russo: My ideal ﬁrst date would
Miss Saigon in Georgetown on Thursday night. Age: 18 be a dinner where I can get to Russo: Mostly a good sense of Russo: I’m interested in listening
Hometown: Frederick, Md. know the person. Then it would humor. Someone who is down to and playing music, creative
Andy Russo and Angela Markovic bonded over be followed by an activity like a to earth and easy to talk to. writing and ultimate frisbee. I
their love of the New York Giants while fending concert or movie. play guitar and ukulele, mostly
self-taught, and I play for the
off text messages from curious friends. G-Dub Ultimate team.
This was 100 percent my of course all of our friends were
ﬁrst blind date and it was a sending us text messages at This was my first blind in Thurston and he lives in
little bit exciting. It was a little same time, wanting to know date, which made it kind Madison, and they are com-
nervewracking, but in a good how the date was going. of awkward at first. I did it pletely different worlds. We
way. I would rate the date a B+. because I thought it would chatted about how we liked
At Miss Saigon it took a We had pretty good chemistry be a funny thing to do – our roommates and about
while to get our food, so we got and walked back to campus not to find someone to have our hometowns. I found
to know each other. We talked along the waterfront, which a relationship with. After that we both liked the New
about where we were from, our was nice. There wasn’t any- I met Andy the date went York Giants.
interests and the recent drug thing particularly bad or good well and he was really nice. I’d give the date an A
raids in Thurston. Actually, about it, but I thought we could It wasn’t awkward after we because I had a good time.
we also talked about making have done more afterwards. started talking. I could see us being friends,
up some ridiculous story for The end of the date was awk- Over dinner we talked but probably wouldn’t pur-
The Hatchet to publish, about ward: it was just, ‘alright, I’m about where we were living sue a second date.
Angela saving someone at the going that way, bye,’ so I wish on campus because I live
restaurant from choking. And there was more.
by Calder Stembel
“GW Blind Date” is a regular feature in the Life section modeled after Washington Post Magazine’s Date Lab. If you would like to be set up on a blind date with another GW student, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
GWExpat: War in Iraq makes for uncomfortable conversation
COPENHAGEN, Denmark like Copenhagen in comparison. However, this mark was part of the coalition forces in Iraq. It volvement in the war.
A recent exchange with a cashier at a local time, the response was somewhat served as a rude awakening that even This thought process served as a stark con-
fruit stand here made me realize that the rever- different. though I was an ocean away from trast to the one I had left behind – where it can
berations of the Iraq War are truly felt world-
“I am from America, too,” the ca-
shier said. MARISA home, I still lived in a land whose
citizens were ridden with anger and
feel like the deaths of U.S. soldiers are reduced
to meaningless tally marks. Though the U.S.
The cashier, an older Middle Eastern man,
told me that I owed 40 Kroner (which translates
“Oh, really,” I said, excited to
meet a fellow American. “Where in
KABAS grief over the military involvement
death toll far exceeds the Danish one, it made
me realize that each and every soldier ’s death
to roughly $8) and then asked me a question in America are you from?” GW EXPAT Per and Marianne are a Danish should be considered a national tragedy of the
Danish. Whether it was the way I bit my lower “I’m from Iraq,” he said with a couple that my school connected me gravest kind.
lip or cocked my eyebrow that gave away my smirk. “It’s the same thing now, isn’t with so that I could experience the The imparting of these few experiences is
utter lack of Danish language skills, he pro- it?” country’s culture in the home setting. While not so I can hop onto my metaphorical soapbox
ceeded to ask me in English if I was American. I stood awkwardly in the store, located on at dinner, the topic of the war came up and as and spew arguments about the ills of the war
This is a question that since arriving in Østerbrogade, a main avenue that runs through usual, strong feelings were expressed. in Iraq. It is simply to serve as a reminder – as
Denmark I have been surprisingly proud to my neighborhood of Østerbro. I then took it The two, along with Per ’s brother, told me it did for me – that this war still rages on. And
answer. It is usually followed up by “where in upon myself to apologize on behalf of the entire that every time a Danish soldier is killed in Iraq whether you look at an Iraqi fruit stand owner
America?” I smile and say, “New York, and I U.S. population and made a quick beeline for it is considered a national tragedy. Ceremonies in Scandinavia or a parent holding a folded flag
go to school in Washington, D.C.” Then there the door. are held in honor of the fallen soldiers and for representing their lost child, it must be remem-
tends to be a comment about how wonderful It was a brief, but loaded encounter. each one lost, the Danes settle into deep reflec- bered that life has been permanently changed
New York City is and questions about how I Earlier in the week I had learned that Den- tion about the implications of the country’s in- around the world.
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Satisfying cravings, a
bike ride at a time
An inside look at the DC Snacks crew
one, the delivery ﬂow remains unpredict-
by Colleen Psomas able.
Hatchet Reporter Senior Jake Stoehr, another biker said,
“Sometimes it’s in and out, or we’re slammed
Senior Zak McAdoo put on yet another with a lot of orders and there are no other
layer – a fuzzy pink sweatshirt – before brav- riders here when you come back from a run,
ing the cold. He slung a bulky bag over his so you’ve just got to go out again immedi-
shoulder before taking off on his bike. McA- ately afterwards.”
doo then sped off into the February night as Sophomore Nick Savio agreed that
he usually does, to satisfy munchies for DC Thursday nights are slow, but Sunday nights
Snacks, the late-night online snack business. are “crazy.”
McAdoo and the other members of the Despite this Thursday night slump in
DC Snacks crew deliver late February, enough
orders all across D.C. – orders eventually came
from Georgetown Uni- in to warrant a delivery.
versity through Dupont, McAdoo hopped on a
Chinatown and Foggy “We're basically a frat of bike and set off on the
Bottom, all the way to nearly empty streets for
Georgetown Law – carry- people who like to ride Pita Pit, the ﬁrst stop on
ing bags that average 30 this delivery run, to pick
pounds, and balancing it bikes.” up pitas to deliver.
all gracefully on a bike. “It’s nice riding
Most of the delivery around at night with no
bikers are students at STEVE SPENCER cars on the road,” McA-
GW and knew each other DC SNACKS BIKE RIDER doo said.
before working at DC Though the Pita Pit
Snacks. pickup went quickly and
“Everyone I know who smoothly, the same could
works here pretty much not be said for the Mun-
got the job through their friends,” McAdoo son drop-off. After nearly falling off his bike
said. “It’s always nice, because my group and sending it crashing to the ground as he
of friends here is pretty much my group of stopped outside of Munson, McAdoo said,
friends outside of work.” “our bikes are essentially indestructible. We
Senior Steve Spencer compared the ride the simplest of bikes. They’re track or
DC Snacks crew to a social setting, saying, ﬁxed-gear bikes that are easy to maintain and
“We’re basically a frat of people who love take care of.”
to ride bikes.” Recovering from his near-crash, McA-
The delivery bikers wait for orders to doo waited outside of Munson for several
accumulate at the DC Snacks headquarters minutes without any sign of a hungry cus-
– a location that founder Matthew Mandell, tomer.
a GW graduate, prefers to keep a secret. “No matter how far ahead you call, you
Mandell says not knowing where the snacks still have to wait for them to come down.
reside, adds a certain mystique to the ser- It’s a guessing game,” McAdoo said.
vice that can satisfy your nighttime cravings As he headed to the next and ﬁnal stop
with ease. He also wrote in an e-mail that on the run, Thurston Hall, McAdoo ran into
because they don’t cater to walk-in custom- a road obstruction that was being blocked
ers, no one needs to know where they do off by numerous ﬁre trucks and other emer-
their business. gency vehicles.
The snack pantry is, however, alive and “It’s cool, because when the road’s
well, and ﬁlled with stacks of Camels, piles blocked off like this, we can go through
of Doritos and mountains of Vitamin Water. when cars can’t,” he said.
Boxes of M&M’s and condoms help to ﬁll Winding through the mass of vehicles on his
Ryder Haske/assistant photo editor
the shelves of the tiny storeroom. bikes on the way to Thurston, McAdoo stopped
The delivery bikers are usually ready to to say hi to numerous students along the way.
Steve Spencer, a DC Snacks delivery person, spends his nights riding through the District delivering
jump, but on Thursday nights such as this He said, “You always see people you know.”
snacks to customers.
Runners go the distance... in ribbon dancing
Cross-country runners win big at the athletic talent show
by Dan Kinney and Leah Carliner ting funds for the cause.
Hatchet Reporters Junior Stephanie Covello, a member of the wom-
en’s soccer team and the student host of the night’s
As a member of the cross-country team, Keith event said that the talent show is, “kind of a tradition
Moody is used to performing in front of a crowd, but that we’ve had in the athletic community.” Only in the
when he stood up on the stage of the Dorothy Betts past couple of years have the athletes used it as a cata-
Theater wearing a woman’s bathing suits, and hold- lyst for school spirit, she said.
ing dancing ribbons, he said the experience was totally Stevenson and Moody, who took home this year’s
different. ﬁrst place prize, performed a ribbon dance last year,
“We’re used to sports and racing. It was kind of but Stevenson described their performance this year
a different energy,” Moody said about his Thursday as, “far superior.”
night ribbon dance performance. The act included the- The dancing couple practiced for two hours the
atrical lighting, Journey’s song “Separate Ways,” and night before the event and both said they were not sur-
an array of dancing techniques including leaps, jumps prised by their victory. Stevenson said he was, how-
and even lifts alongside partner Collin Stevenson, a ju- ever, disappointed with his own wardrobe malfunc-
nior and fellow cross country athlete. tion—he forgot to remove his T-shirt before making
Last week, members of the GW athletic commu- his debut on stage.
nity showed off their artistic side at the third annual “People were robbed of seeing me in my cos-
athlete talent show, sponsored by the Student Athlete tume,” Stevenson said about the bathing suit he was
Advisory Council. The event is meant to strengthen wearing.
the relationship between the athletes and the student Moody said his costume – a women’s swimsuit he
body – though most of the attendees were athletes or borrowed from a member of the swim team that he
friends of athletes. described as 30 pounds lighter – was binding.
“We would have liked to include the student “I thought I was going to break it,” Moody said.
body,” Moody said. “It's (still) kind of a small event.” Other athletes sang songs, played instruments and
The talent show was also intended to raise mon- put on skits. Moody said that the acts improved from Josh Wolf/Hatchet photographer
ey for the Special Olympics, but none was collected. last year’s performances, which were mostly humor- The women's gymnastics team shows off their hidden talent at the third annual athletic talent show, held
Moody and Stevenson said the organizers were more ous skits. last week at the Dorothy Betts theater.
concerned about getting teams to create acts than get- He said, “It wasn’t all just goofy things.”
GW by Christopher MacDonald looking for silence – easy listening music blares through the
Study Busboys & Hatchet Reporter
In the heart of D.C.’s historic U Street corridor lies a pro-
speakers throughout the shop and most of the customers are
chatty and social. Take along your iPod to keep your focus,
or maybe, leave your heavy studying at home when you visit
gressive study break – a coffee shop, bookstore and eatery
known as Busboys and Poets. Located on the corner of 14th
and V streets, Busboys boasts of its mission to bring togeth-
er a diverse local crowd to foster social justice and peace.
The shop’s name comes from a story about Langston
What the studiers have to say:
Terry Lepper, 26, said that he works only a few blocks
away from Busboys so the shop is a convenient stop.
Hughes, who lived in D.C. during the 1920s while working as “I like to come here after work and read the paper and
a busboy at a local hotel. Nicholas Vachel Lindsay discovered maybe catch up on some e-mails,” Lepper said. “Sometimes I
Hughes as the “Negro busboy poet” when Hughes placed grab dinner, but usually I just like to have a cup of coffee and
some of his pieces on Lindsay’s dinner table. relax. The atmosphere puts me at peace.”
The shop has a modern ﬂavor with colorful paintings Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the restaurant all
and sculptures surrounding the customers. Because Busboys day, though the connection can be unreliable. It can also be
is meant to ignite social change, it might be hard to get lost difﬁcult to ﬁnd an outlet to charge your laptop, so make sure
in your notes while studying there. The bookstore even has to ask the hostess for a laptop-friendly table before being
a running count on the lives lost and money spent in the war seated.
How well you’ll study: Getting there can be tough. Busboys is two blocks from
There’s plenty of room to stretch your legs and open your the U Street Metro stop off of the Green line, which means the
mind by the lounge area, where there are a handful of love- ride can take up to 30 minutes, depending on the time of day.
seats. Busboys gets busiest around 6 p.m. so for a secluded Busboys’ late night hours mean you don’t have to worry about
study session try hunkering down in the afternoon. being kicked out and help to make the long trip worthwhile.
Lighting shouldn’t be a problem, thanks to the ceiling-high Busboys and Poets is located at 2021 14th St., N.W. and is
windows and the chandelier lamps that keep the place bright open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to midnight, Fridays
Joe Ginarte/Hatchet photographer and ripe for a textbook with small font. 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.
Customers at Busboys & Poets take a seat at the shop's counter. Busboys might not be the destination point for a student to midnight.