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Controversial conservative journalist Milo Yiannopoulos spoke at the Elliott School on Friday. Changes to the event time left ticket-holders without access to the speech. Madeleine Cook | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Controversial conservative journalist Milo Yiannopoulos spoke at the Elliott School on Friday. Changes to the event time left ticket-holders without access to the speech. Madeleine Cook | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sam Rosin.

Controversial Breitbart editor and political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos joined by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow spoke to a crowd of about 200 people at the Elliott School of International Affairs Friday.

GW College Republicans organized the event, which was Yiannopoulos’ latest stop on the “Dangerous Faggot Tour” – his national speaking tour on college campuses.

Yiannopoulos and Marlow – both avid Donald Trump supporters – discussed the upcoming U.S. presidential election and their opposition to political correctness.

GW broke from multiple peer institutions by allowing Yiannopoulos to speak, in fear of protests that could become violent: New York, Miami and Villanova universities barred Yiannopoulos from fulfilling planned speaking engagements due to security and safety concerns.

Security concerns Friday forced the College Republicans to truncate the speech by one hour and to only admit GW students. Ticket holders were not notified of the agenda change until hours before the event, and anyone who arrived late was barred from entering by the University Police Department.

Will Haislmaier, a D.C. resident, said he bought tickets to see Yiannopoulos ahead of the deadline but was not permitted to enter the event.

“I’ve always been a big fan of Milo, and when I saw the event, I hopped right on his website, bought tickets and I received an email receipt,” Haislmaier said. “I left work early today to come see him, and only after looking at his personal website did I see the time change. I got here, and at about 4:30 they said, ‘If you’re not a GW student, shove off.’”

Yiannopoulos usually gives speeches, but the format with Marlow was more of a conversation. Yiannopoulos asked Marlow questions about electoral politics, “politically correct culture” and left-wing media bias.

The two declared Trump the victor of Wednesday’s presidential debate, and said they are not concerned with Trump’s dip in polling numbers. Marlow encouraged Trump supporters in the audience to “keep faith” as the election nears.

“If you look at the logic from Brexit, Trump’s ahead. If you look at the 2014 Congressional election, Trump’s ahead,” Marlow said. “If you look at the university polls, Trump’s getting his ass kicked. But for all you Trump supporters, there’s simply no reason to believe the mainstream media hype at this point.

The speakers attacked the Republican establishment for failing to adequately support the nominee. Yiannopoulos criticized members of the “Never Trump” movement, and Marlow said Republicans not supporting Trump are “grabbing onto their ankles in defeat.”

Yiannopoulos asked Marlow if he believes, as Trump claims, the 2016 election will be rigged in Hillary Clinton’s favor. Marlow said that he believes mainstream media outlets are responsible for unfairly tipping the scales in Clinton’s favor, not that votes are being stolen, as many think Trump has implied.

“When Trump says the word rigged, he always follows it up with conversation about the media,” Marlow said. “Mainstream outlets are so busy covering negative things Donald Trump says on a hot mic 11 years ago that they completely overlook the things Hillary does and says.”

Yiannopoulos addressed his recent ban from Twitter, following a series of targeted, racially charged attacks on actress and comedian Leslie Jones.

“If you say anything about a black woman on Twitter, you’re really f—ed,” Yiannopoulos said.

Following the talk, six audience members asked the pundits questions about left-wing conspiracies, “fat-loving liberals” and Donald Trump’s controversial comments from 2005 that the Washington Post released earlier this month.

Christian Miller, the director of political affairs for the College Republicans, helped organize the event. Miller said that although he played a role in bringing the speakers to campus, he disagrees with Yiannopoulos on some issues.

“I think he’s entertaining,” Miller said. “But personally, I’ve always thought there’s a point behind some degree of political correctness, and that that concept is worth pursuing. And while Yiannopoulos has strong view on this issue, he’s kind of a one issue pundit.”

Bray McDonnell, a member of the College Republicans, said that Yiannopoulos and Marlow bring important perspectives to discussions about political correctness.

“I strongly disagree with Milo and Marlow on many issues,” McDonnell said. “But they seem to understand the importance of free speech.”

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Updated: Oct. 21, 2016 at 11:35 a.m.

More than 100 people have been nominated to fill the role of University president.

Board of Trustees chairman Nelson Carbonell said at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting that the board now is in the process of building a diverse pool of candidates from the 100 nominees to fill the position.

Faculty were encouraged to submit names of people who might be interested in or qualified for the position, Carbonell said at a Faculty Assembly meeting last month.

Over the summer, University President Steven Knapp announced that this would be his last academic year at GW. Knapp was chosen to replace University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in 2007. More than 100 people applied for the position in 2007.

The 19-person presidential search committee consists of 10 trustees, six faculty members, the president of the Alumni Association, a staff member and the Student Association president. The final presidential selection will be made by the Board of Trustees in the spring.

Since the launch of the search committee in June, some faculty have expressed concerns that the committee is not diverse.

Despite these concerns, the search committee developed a profile for candidates that includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion, a vision on how to grow fundraising, management and leadership skills and a dedication and accessibility to the student body.

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The Alumni Association is 40 percent of the way to its goal of raising $100,000 for students’ unpaid internships.

The group should reach its goal by 2018, Alumni Association President Jeremy Gosbee said at a Board of Trustees meeting Friday. Fundraising for the project is “well on track,” he said.

Gosbee announced the program at a Board of Trustees meeting last year. The fund marks the first time the Alumni Association has put the majority of donations to one cause.

Gosbee said at Friday’s meeting that the fund is designed to supplement the Knowledge in Career Internship Fund, which also supports students who participate in unpaid internships.

The fund provides $5,000 grants to three or four students each year, and Gosbee said he hopes the stipend program can grow in future.

This project is one of multiple Alumni Association efforts to encourage alumni to engage with current students and give them professional advice.

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A professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, according to a University release Wendesday.

Joel Gomez, an associate professor of educational leadership and the director of the Institute for Education Studies, will lead a project helping public school teachers and education administrators in Virginia teach English learners or students who do not have full fluency in English, according to the release.

The program, which was developed by Gomez and Lottie Baker, a visiting assistant professor of curriculum and pedagogy in GSEHD, will focus on teachers in science, math or history, as these are the subjects that students learning English tend to struggle with most. Students who are not fluent in English have a hard time in these subjects because they often use complex sentence structure or passive voice, according to the release.

“One of the major challenging factors today for students is learning the academic language they need for school,” Baker said in the release.

The program will begin with a 12-credit online teaching certificate for working teachers with the Virginia Department of Education choosing participants. The participants will then take part in several in-person “institutes,” which fellow teachers, administrators, principals and school board members can attend, according to the release.

“We really want to build a community to serve these learners,” Baker said in the release. “It can’t be just one teacher in a classroom with the door closed.”

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Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 2:59 p.m.

Supreme Court Justice Breyer to speak at Lisner

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, center, will speak at Lisner Auditorium on Oct. 27. | Hatchet file photo

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will speak with NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg at Lisner Auditorium on Oct. 27, the University announced Wednesday.

Breyer and Totenberg will discuss his interpretation of the Constitution, his life as a Supreme Court Justice and his book, “The Court and the World.”

President Bill Clinton nominated Breyer to the Supreme Court in 1994, where Breyer has served since.

A limited number of student tickets will be available for $10 at the Lisner Box Office starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. The event will begin at 7 p.m.

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The Colombian ambassador to the U.S. talked about peace in the country at an Elliott School event Tuesday. Max Sall | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Colombian ambassador to the U.S. talked about peace in the country at an Elliott School event Tuesday. Max Sall | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Mabel Kabani.

Juan Carlos Pinzon, Colombia’s ambassador to the U.S., spoke with students and faculty members at the Elliott School of International Affairs Tuesday evening about Colombia’s transformation from unrest to peace.

As the former senior adviser to the executive director of the World Bank, Pinzon said he is familiar with D.C. and GW, specifically. He began his speech highlighting the benefits of attending a university in the U.S. capital.

Pinzon introduced basic facts about Colombia and then discussed the country’s recent political, economic and social transformation.

Here are some highlights from the ambassador’s talk:

1. Colombia’s decline

Although the Barometer of Happiness and Hope once ranked Colombia as the happiest nation in the world due to its “long-lasting democracy,” Pinzon said crime rates, homicides and drug trafficking made the country less peaceful about 20 years ago.

Around the same time, Colombia’s economy also began to destabilize and people fled the country in search of safer and more stable lifestyles, Pinzon said. Unemployment rates reached 21 percent and the country had negative GDP growth in the 1990’s.

“The entire social tissue of the nation was collapsing as opportunities to progress ran out,” Pinzon said.

2.’Plan Colombia’

“Plan Colombia,” a U.S. diplomatic and military project to battle drug cartels and guerrilla groups in Colombia, spurred real progress for the country, Pinzon said.

The program was successful because it secured and legitimized Colombian armed forces and strengthened the justice system, he said.

“This was critical to help us build development that is important for years to come,” Pinzon said.

3. Peace process

Pinzon said that Colombia’s current president, Juan Manuel Santos, has consistently pushed for peace: He wrote a peace accord that won him the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. The peace accord, which citizens recently voted against, called to include members of FARC  – the most notorious guerrilla group – in Colombia’s parliament.

Santos thought this would give Colombia the chance for a new future, Pinzon said. Though the accord didn’t pass, it did “instill a new ideology in the minds of Colombians” about what it takes to achieve peace, he added.

4. Recent improvements

Twenty years ago, about 30,000 homicides occurred in a year, but now the homicide rate in Colombia has dropped to 13,000 per year, Pinzon said. He added that the number of rebel group members has dropped, and kidnapping numbers are lower than they have been in 20 years.

Pinzon said Colombia has been recognized as one of the top economic performers internationally and the country has been left out of the University of Mexico’s annual list of most violent countries in recent years.

“Things aren’t easy or fast and there is no timeline for when this will be over,” Pinzon said. “However, here is an opportunity for the end to finally result in a more stable, long term and extended peace.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. will be on campus next month to talk about his new book, “Our Revolution,” the University announced Monday.

Sanders will discuss his memoir which will feature his experience running for president this year and detail how he will continue to fight for a more equitable country, according to the release. He will be in Lisner Auditorium at 7 p.m. Nov. 16, the day after his book is scheduled to be released.

Students can purchase tickets to the event for $10 at the Lisner box office, which does not include a copy of Sanders’ book. Students will be able to also buy copies of his book at the event, and a limited number of ticket holders will receive a signed copy of the book from Sanders, according to the release.

The day before Sanders’s appearance, the University will also host Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery to discuss his book, “They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement,” on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium.

As one of the most prominent reporters covering the Black Lives Matter movement, Lowery recounts his coverage of fatal police shootings of black males in the book. He was a member of The Post team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their work on police shootings.

Students can buy tickets for the conversation with Lowery for $5 online.

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D.C. has been named the third-most rat infested city in the country. Hatchet file photo by Katie Causey.

D.C. has been named the third-most rat infested city in the country. Hatchet file photo.

D.C. residents may have more roommates than they think: The city is the third-most rat infested city in the U.S., according to Orkin exterminators.

Orkin, a pest control company, released a list ranking every major city in the U.S. Monday, based on the number of rodent treatments they completed between fall 2015 to fall 2016.

Chicago topped out the list, followed by New York in second place and D.C. in third. Baltimore comes in at No. 6, right below Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The District has held Orkin’s title for third-most rattiest city in the U.S. since 2013. Orkin also named D.C. as the third-most mosquito infested city.

For some locals, this ranking comes as no surprise: Last semester, four students moved out of Francis Scott Key Hall after evidence of rat droppings, and the Foggy Bottom Association organized educational meetings on how to deal with an increasing rat population.

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Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 11:48 a.m.

SEAS inducts six alumni into Hall of Fame

Six alumni were inducted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Hall of Fame last week, according to a University release.

The six alumni – William Austen, Bahram Javidi, Christyl Johnson, Gerald McNichols, Çağatay Özdoğru and Rodolfo Rodriguez – joined a program that has honored more than 60 alumni since its creation in 2006. The program honors those who have made “significant strides in engineering, technology, management or public service,” according to the release.

David Dolling, the dean of SEAS, said at the ceremony that the inductees represent the best of the engineering and computer science world and bring “distinction” to GW, according to the release.

The inductees all have prominent roles in engineering fields – Austen is president and CEO of Bemis Company, Javidi is a Board of Trustees distinguished professor at the University of Connecticut and Johnson is deputy center director for technology and research investments at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

McNichols is a philanthropist and angel investor, Özdoğru is the CEO and board member of Turkey’s Esas Holding and Rodriguez is founder and chief scientific officer of Advanced Animal Diagnostics, according to the release.

University President Steven Knapp said at the ceremony that the alumni all embodied the theme of “Excellence in Engineering Leadership,” and help to improve the University’s engineering programs.

“SEAS as a whole has now truly assumed its rightful place as a leader in engineering education and research,” Knapp said, according to the release.

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Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 7:13 p.m.

Suspicious package shuts down 19th, E streets

The Metropolitan Police Department has blocked off 19th and E streets in both directions due to a suspicious package that was found in the area Sunday evening.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said the package appeared to be a backpack and other personal items that were left along the sidewalk on the 400 block of 16th Street. An adult man who opened the package experienced “some sort of physical reaction, Maggiolo said.

Maggiolo said that he could not describe what the man’s reaction was, but that it does not appear to be life-threatening. The individual is undergoing examination by emergency responders but has not yet been taken to a hospital.

“The only potential injury is the individual who opened the package and who looked inside the package,” Maggiolo said. “We want to determine what the substance is so we don’t accidentally contaminate the hospital environment.”

A University alert sent at 6:45 p.m. notified students that the roads were closed and advised that they avoid the area.

We will continue to update this post.

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