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Emily Cahn

was The Hatchet's 2010-2011 senior news editor. She held almost every position in the news department including senior staff writer, assistant news editor and campus news editor. Like many GW students, Emily calls New Jersey home.
Sunday, April 10, 2011 6:39 p.m.

Wild Art: Fountain Day

Junior Alyssa Abraham is rolled as a human bowling ball to knock down her last two pins at Fountain Day Saturday afternoon on the Mount Vernon Campus. Marie McGrory | Hatchet Staff Photographer

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 2:19 p.m.

Charlie Sheen for Commencement speaker?

A group of students launched a satirical effort to get the University to sign Charlie Sheen as Commencement speaker.

Commencement for the Class of 2012 may be more than a year away, but a group of determined students are already on the hunt for a speaker.

Their choice? Embattled actor Charlie Sheen.

Sheen is caught up in scandal after his recent erratic behavior, trashing the creators of “Two and a Half Men” – the show he’s on now – and saying egotistical things in interviews.

The group has nearly 100 members thus far, but is clearly a satirical ploy.

Check out the group here.

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Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 12:24 p.m.

Rice Hall rumba

A group of the University’s top administrators let loose Friday, dancing in their office with South Africa’s Bokamoso Youth Centre group.

University President Steven Knapp, Provost Steven Lerman, and Vice President for Research Leo Chalupa can be seen dancing in Rice Hall with the group, who is visiting Washington for a cultural exchange program.

Check out the video below.

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Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 10:08 a.m.

Showcase your GW pride in a Snuggie

Blue Snuggies emblazoned with a GW logo have hit the bookstore, just in time for the holiday season.

For a cool $22.95, you can wrap yourself up in the 100 percent polyester blanket with sleeves.

The Snuggie is a “Heavyweight fleece blanket with sleeves allows you the use of your hands while keeping you wrapped up nice and warm!,” according to the bookstore’s description.

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Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 6:33 p.m.

Website ranks GW No. 9 in priciest colleges list

Just as University officials thought GW made it off the “most expensive colleges” list, a separate college ranking group placed GW back at the top of the list of the priciest colleges in the country.

Campus Grotto – a college-focused blog known for publishing its annual list of the country’s costliest colleges – ranked GW No. 9 on the list of the country’s 100 most expensive schools, tabulating costs for tuition and room and board.

The rankings aren’t all bad news, though. GW’s No. 9 ranking is six spots lower than last year.

According to the rankings, the list was calculated by adding up tuition and room and board costs.

“We do not include fees when figuring this cost. This is because many fees can be optional and can vary per student and per major,” according to a disclaimer by Campus Grotto.

“These numbers were taken directly from the college’s website in October of 2010,” the disclaimer says. “In the case that the University does not provide an estimated cost of room and board (because some dorms on campus are priced differently), we took the price of a dorm a typical freshman would find themselves in.”

Neighboring Georgetown and American universities were ranked 15th and 89th respectively.

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GW’s Alternative Breaks program is in the running for a $10,000 grant, but in order to secure it, they need your help.

The program – which has seen a spike in interest over the past few years – is in the running for a Classy Award. The Award, in its second year of existence, “helps nonprofits leverage the power of social media to raise more money faster, and grow their donor base among an active, engaged community of people dedicated to giving back,” according to its website.

Anyone interested can vote for Alternative Breaks. The program falls under the “Most Influential College Student / Organization.”

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Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 12:17 p.m.

Starbucks to slow down coffee-making process

Getting a cup-o-joe before a 9:35 class will likely take longer, after Starbucks announced that baristas will no longer be able to make more than two drinks at once.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Starbucks baristas will be forced to use new rules beginning in November that will make getting a caffeinated drink take twice as long as before.

According to the Wall Street Journal,

Baristas are also supposed to steam milk for each drink rather than steaming an entire pitcher to be used for several beverages. Other instructions include rinsing pitchers after each use; staying at the espresso bar instead of moving around; and using only one espresso machine instead of two, according to the documents.

The company says that the new rules will ensure fresher and more consistent drinks.

What do you think about the new policy? Share your thoughts below.

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School of Media and Public Affairs professor Steven Roberts was named one of the top 10 most interesting people in the Washington D.C. metro area by D.C. Spotlight Magazine.

Roberts – who is married to journalist Cokie Roberts –  is No. 4 on the list for “being on the right side of the immigration debate.”

“What I’ve tried to do is help people understand their world,” Roberts said in the article. “I don’t sit in the classroom and tell the students what to think, I tell them how to think.”

Others on the list include Maryland State Senator Jennie Forehand, first lady of Maryland Frances Hughes Glendening, University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams, and Tim Shriver, president of the Special Olympics and son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 11:51 a.m.

Fallon’s ‘history of rap’ goes viral

Upcoming Colonials Weekend performer Jimmy Fallon made news earlier this week, after he – along with Justin Timberlake and hip hop group The Roots – made a “history of rap” video on Fallon’s late-night show.

Fallon, Timberlake and The Roots performed a spot-on cover of some of the most popular rap songs over the years.

Ticket’s to Fallon’s two Colonials Weekend performances Oct. 16 are still available.

Check out the video below. The song begins at around the 1 minute mark.

A History of Rap: Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake & The Roots.

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Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 11:45 a.m.

Recruitment’s in full swing

It’s recruitment weekend at GW, and along with a record turnout for the event comes some clever videos from the 10 Panhellenic sororities on campus.

Kappa Kappa Gamma filmed a recruitment rap around campus and at famous D.C. landmarks, while Alpha Delta Pi took a more formal approach with their recruitment videos.

Pi Beta Phi also made a recruitment video chronicling their involvement on campus.

Check the videos out below, and if you have seen others, feel free to pass them our way.

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