The Hatchet Blogs

Saturday December 20
3:17 p.m.

Criteria for federal college ratings leave questions unanswered

President Barack Obama's administration unveiled a set of factors Friday that it will consider when publishing a college ratings system by the start of the next academic year.

Friday December 19
7:31 p.m.

Students advocate for rabbi and wife to stay on campus

More than 850 students, alumni and parents have signed an online petition to keep Rabbi Yehuda Steiner and his wife, Rivky, on campus after they were fired earlier this year.

Thursday December 18
3:22 p.m.
The University will refund City Hall residents $400 of their fall semester housing fees. Hatchet file photo.

City Hall residents receive apology, partial refund from University

City Hall residents will receive a partial refund from the University after a semester of complaints about intrusive construction and a WiFi outage during finals week.

Wednesday December 17
8:51 p.m.
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New on Netflix: Britney Spears, Kate Hudson and the ‘Central Perk’ crew

Take advantage of your free time with the best of Netflix's latest, from Britney Spears' 2002 cinematic debut to 236 hours of "Friends."

7:55 p.m.
Christy Willis. Photo courtesy of GW Media Relations.

Disability Support Services executive director retires after 30 years at GW

Christy Willis, the executive director of DSS, will step down after 30 years at GW.

3:07 p.m.
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What We’re Watching: ‘Force Majeure’

Discomfort is definitely the feeling one experiences when watching director Ruben Östlund’s “Force Majeure," a Swedish film that follows a family on vacation at a ski resort in the French Alps.

Tuesday December 16
8:31 p.m.
Albert Oglesby Jr., left, and Paul Willingham, two assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, hold a public information session for the GW community to offer comments on the University Police Department. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

One member of the public speaks at UPD reaccreditation forum

Only one member of the public spoke at a hearing Monday for the University Police Department's accreditation review.

7:58 p.m.
Cuddle with kittens Thursday at the Humane Society's pop-up cat cafe. Photo by Flickr user "pinguino k" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Relieve finals stress with furry company at a pop-up cat cafe

The Washington Humane Society will offer playtime with adoptable cats in two VIP rooms of the Rock & Roll Hotel on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Monday December 15
11:10 p.m.

Women’s basketball clamps down on Memphis for sixth straight win

GW beat Memphis 63-44 to bring its record to 8-2, the team’s best start since the 2006-07 season.

Sunday December 14
2:59 p.m.
Junior Patricio Garino recorded his sixth straight game with double figures, scoring 15 points against Penn State on Sunday. Dan Rich | Hatchet Photographer

Penn State shoots down Colonials on the road

After going back and forth early, the Colonials fell flat in the second half, losing to Penn State 64-51 on the road Sunday and falling to 6-3 on the season.

Saturday December 13
7:06 p.m.
"The Halal Guys" street car in New York City. Photo by Flickr user Tal Atlas under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Foodie alert: When you head to D.C. this spring, The Halal Guys will, too

Finals aren't even over yet, but there's already a reason to get excited to head back to campus come spring. As with all things exciting, it involves food – kabobs, to be exact.

6:03 p.m.

Preview: Men’s basketball at Penn State

GW has found some rhythm lately and will search for its fourth consecutive win against the No. 42 team in RPI. GW is ranked No. 44.

4:27 p.m.
Junior Patricio Garino has been shredding defenses through GW's last three games where he's shot nearly 70 percent from the field. Garino has found extra space due to the improved play of classmate Kevin Larsen. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor.

Colonials, Larsen find rhythm as Hawaii calls

The Colonials pulled their season record against the Big East to .500 with the A-10’s first win over a member of the other basketball-centric conference, defeating DePaul 81-68.

3:11 p.m.

Weekend Outlook: End the semester with a craft fair and fashion trucks

As the semester winds down, go out with a bang by exploring a new exhibit at Freer Gallery or shopping at fashion trucks all weekend.

12:47 p.m.

In posting online, students must exercise control

The Supreme Court will not announce its decision until next summer, but no matter the outcome, Elonis’ case has without a doubt prompted questions about how what we put on the Internet can come back to bite us.

12:10 p.m.
University President Steven Knapp announced the launch of a faculty and staff task force Friday that will examine funding for employee benefits. Faculty and staff have made employee benefits a major area of debate across the University in the last year. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

Knapp announces task force as tensions over benefits reach high-water mark

A faculty and staff task force will take a deeper dive into GW’s benefits packages, University President Steven Knapp announced at a Faculty Senate meeting Friday.

Thursday December 11
10:46 p.m.
Junior Kevin Larsen came alive in the Colonials 81-68 domination over the Blue Devils, recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

Paint domination propels Colonials to victory over DePaul

Men’s basketball dominated DePaul inside, scoring more than half of their points in the paint, to defeat the DePaul Blue Demons 81-68 Thursday at the Smith Center.

9:40 p.m.

University announces opening date for new health center

The center will bring Student Health Service, the University Counseling Center and the Center for Alcohol and other Drug Education under one roof.

11:10 a.m.

Federal spending bill would block marijuana legalization in D.C.

Congress could negate last month's vote in favor of marijuana legalization in D.C. Thursday as part of a bill that will fund the federal government until September.

10:12 a.m.

Jones makes Naismith Trophy preseason watch list

Women’s basketball junior Jonquel Jones is on the coveted Naismith Trophy preseason watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.