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Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 3:15 p.m.

This Week in History – Week of Nov. 16

Every week we’ll expand upon our This Week in History row along the top of the Life Page. Take a peek into GW history, gleaned from Hatchet archives.

November 16, 1987

GW President Lloyd Elliott rejects the U.S. government’s request to use the Smith Center as the international press center for upcoming summit meetings between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

  • Rejected to review its earlier decision not to grant access to the space
  • Cited concerns that allowing the press to use it would cause disruptions to GW students
  • White House representatives said that the University lost out on an opportunity to showcase its facilities to the world
  • Center would have been inaccessible to athletic teams and students, said the University spokesperson

November 17, 1983

The University is ordered to pay $2,500 in fines after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission finds that the GW Medical Center violated federal regulations on the handling of radioactive materials.

  • GW claimed that its program was “meritorious,” NRC did not agree
  • The NRC response “closed the door on the case.”
  • Investigators had uncovered 12 violations in the handling of radioactive waste
  • Violations include improper disposal of waste, failure to adequately monitor disposal of radioactive waste, failure of staffers to use proper safety measures to avoid contamination
  • Included in the $2,500 was a punitive fine of $500 that GW was liable for because it did not correct previous violations uncovered in 1980.

November 21, 1928

A study by GW’s Employment Bureau finds that students spend $88 a month on average to cover monthly expenses. Students without several hundred dollars on hand are advised against coming to the University.

  • The Employment Secretary, Evelyn Jones, says that students should have $100/month for room, board, tuition, books, clothes, laundry, recreation, etc.
  • Employment Bureau said it wanted to lower the rates so as not to dissuade potential students from coming to the University
  • Hypothetically girls could live on less than guys since girls would do laundry at home
  • The minimum expenditure a student reported on the survey was $60/month