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City and University police are asking members of the GW community to help identify three suspects who allegedly sexually assaulted a female student on Saturday.

The University sent an email through the GW Alert system Tuesday, including a link to the latest description of the suspects, asking anyone with information to contact the University or Metropolitan Police departments. The student reported Saturday that she was sexually assaulted in an alleyway on the 2400 block of I Street.

The three suspects are described as white males in their 20s. The first is about 6’3″ with lighter brown hair and was wearing a shirt that read “Fitch.” The second is reportedly shorter and was wearing a dark-colored, v-neck short-sleeved shirt and a black Nike fuel band.

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GW has hired a consulting firm to take a look at the campus police department’s policies and culture, which comes as officers have complained of a toxic work environment.

At least three former officers have filed complaints of sexual, racial or age-based discrimination within the department in the past year. The investigation also comes after Chief Kevin Hay abruptly stepped down this month, and as the department prepares to go through an accreditation review.

Page Nine sat down with assistant news editor Eva Palmer to talk more about the possible outcome of a review by an outside firm and how – if at all – it could impact any lawsuits against the University.

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A peaceful protestor stands in front of the White House, while other protestors chanted and sang. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

A protester stands in front of the White House, while others chanted and sang. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

Students from GW and Georgetown, American and Howard universities gathered outside the White House on Monday night to protest a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.

The student protesters led chants, sang hymns and carried signs protesting the decision as they marched from U Street to the White House. About 200 flocked to the demonstrations outside the White House and shouted chants like “Hands up, don’t shoot” while some held up signs that read “stop racist police terror” and “Justice for Mike Brown.”

Demonstrators then held a moment of silence that lasted four and a half minutes to honor Brown, whose body was not moved from the street for four and a half hours after he was shot and killed.

GW sophomore Frank Fritz said he came to the protest to “stand with the people of Ferguson.”

“GW has always stressed that we take what we learn and put it into practice,” he said. “It’s up to students to finally stand up against racism and fear that captures this society that allows black youths to be gunned down.”

Protesters then sang hymns and shouted chants for about 30 minutes before at least 100 people lied down on the ground in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue, chanting “Black lives matter.”

Students from American, Howard, Georgetown and George Washington Universities lied on the ground in front of the White House in protest of a grand jury decision not to press charges against officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

Students from GW and American, Howard and Georgetown universities lied on the ground in front of the White House in protest of a grand jury decision not to press charges against officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

By midnight, most of the protesters had left the White House, with many headed to the Capitol building. Some stayed to continue singing hymns.

Another GW student, junior Nicole Martin, said she came to the White House to experience firsthand the protests she had seen on the news.

“This is one of those moments to see it all right before our eyes,” she said.

Students from Howard, American and Georgetown Universities poured in front of the White House in protest of a grand jury decision to not bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. this past August. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

Students and D.C. residents poured in front of the White House to protest the grand jury decision. Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

Brandon Lee contributed reporting.

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Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 11:00 p.m.

Got Ebola? Let GW know

Do you think you have Ebola? GW wants to know.

The University blasted its protocol on the virus to students Monday in preparation of some traveling to affected countries during the holidays.

Students who travel to an Ebola-affected country this Thanksgiving break are asked to contact the Office of Emergency Management before and after visiting the country. GW is also asking the students to inform officials of their exact travel dates and locations visited.

Students who think they may have been in contact with a person who has Ebola are also asked to contact the office at (202) 994-4936.

GW faculty and staff are asked to follow the same policies, and if they potentially come into contact with someone infected, the employees will receive full pay if they follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention protocol and telecommute if requested to do so.

The University has already banned all business- and education-related travel by students, faculty and staff to the countries primarily impacted by the Ebola epidemic, including Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone.

It’s the first time officials have announced its contingency plan for dealing with a potential Ebola outbreak on campus. It comes weeks after some Ebola patients were treated in the U.S.

University President Steven Knapp encouraged GW community members to receive flu shots last month to help calm fears about Ebola because of the similarity of the symptoms of the two diseases.

One patient at Howard University Hospital last month was thought to have Ebola but tested negatively for the virus. Another patient at GW Hospital was tested for the virus but was later determined to have the flu.

Nearly 5,500 people have died from the epidemic according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization.

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Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 10:15 a.m.

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

Ward 8 D.C. Council member and former Mayor Marion Barry died at the age of 78 early Sunday morning.

Barry died at United Medical Center, less than 24 hours after he was released from a brief stay at Howard University Hospital on Saturday, the Washington Post reported. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray ordered flags be flown at half-mast on Sunday in the District.

Marion Barry

Former D.C. Mayor, Marion Barry, died at the age of 78 early Sunday morning. Photo used under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” Gray said in a statement. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

Gray said he would work with the D.C. Council and Barry’s family to “plan official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia.”

Barry served four terms as D.C. mayor, winning election in 1978, 1982, 1986 and again in 1994 after serving six months in prison for drug possession. Barry had been at the center of an FBI investigation in which he was caught on video smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room.

As mayor, he brought a summer jobs programs for young people to the District, funded senior citizen centers and beefed up employment program that benefited the city’s largely African-American population.

Barry was serving his second term as Ward 8 council member since leaving the mayor’s office for the last time in 1999. He planned to hand out turkeys Tuesday to those in need ahead of Thanksgiving, an annual tradition.

Before he became one of D.C.’s most colorful and infamous mayors, Barry came to D.C. in the 1960s at the height of the civil rights movement and became the first chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a role that sparked his political career in the city.

D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser also commemorated Barry, calling him “an example to me and so many others.”

“Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most and lived his life in service to others. I – along with all Washingtonians – am shocked and deeply saddened by his passing,” Bowser said in a statement.

- Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.

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Updated: Nov. 22, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Brandon Lee.

A traveling nurse from Virginia is facing charges for sexually abusing female patients at hospitals in the D.C. area, including GW Hospital, according to court documents obtained by NBC4 Washington.

Jared Nathan Kline, 37, allegedly abused three women at GW Hospital, United Medical Center and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in D.C. He is also accused of abusive behavior at the Bowie Health Center in Prince George’s County, Md.

All four alleged victims said Kline abused them while they were not fully conscious due to pain or drugs.

One woman who was receiving treatment at United Medical Center in August reported that Kline kissed her while massaging her under her hospital gown.

At GW Hospital in May 2013, Kline allegedly groped a woman’s buttocks and placed her hand on his erect penis while she was being treated for a migraine.

During his interrogation by police, he said that she may have accidentally touched him and “mistakenly believed he was aroused” because he’s a “pretty lucky white guy” who is “well-endowed.”

Hospital officials say they are working closely with D.C. police.

“In matters such as this, our practice is to act swiftly and responsibly in collaboration with law enforcement and regulatory agencies,” a GW Hospital spokeswoman told NBC4 Washington on Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Police Department believes more women may have been victimized by Kline.

“They may not have been aware of it or understood what was going on,” Commander George Kucik, who oversees detective squads, told NBC4 Washington.

Kline was released on bond Wednesday. He is prohibited from going near his alleged victims.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that several victims said that Kline kissed them while massaging them under their hospital gowns. One woman, receiving treatment at United Medical Center, gave that account. We regret this error.

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A female student reported early Saturday morning that she was sexually assaulted by three men in an alleyway on the 900 block of New Hampshire Avenue.

D.C. and campus police were searching for the three men, who reportedly followed her into an alleyway and sexually assaulted her, according to an alert GW released Saturday shortly before 2 a.m. University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar confirmed Saturday that the woman is a GW student.

The three suspects are white men and believed to be between 21 and 25 years old.

One suspect is about 6 feet 1 inch tall and was wearing a dark, short-sleeved shirt. Another suspect is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and has a medium build. The third suspect’s height and additional details were not listed.

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Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama Tina Tchen spoke to students on Friday afternoon about the "It's on US" campaign, a nationwide sexual assault prevention initiative launched by the White House. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama Tina Tchen spoke to students on Friday about the “It’s On Us” campaign, a nationwide sexual assault prevention initiative launched by the White House. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Iliana Hagenah.

Assistant to President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama Tina Tchen spoke in Funger Hall on Friday about GW’s next steps to advancing a conversation about sexual assault on campus.

Tchen spoke after GW’s final panel event for the “It’s On Us” campaign’s “week of action.” The Student Association and Students Against Sexual Assault planned the series of events, aimed at changing the way students think about and discuss sexual assault, to coincide with programs at 183 other schools across the country.

“You are changing lives, but I will say more broadly, you are changing culture,” said Tchen, who is also the executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

The panel included students, faculty and staff who are part of the newly formed sexual assault response committee, which will advise Provost Steven Lerman on how GW can improve resources and awareness on campus. Students have already suggested making sexual assault prevention training mandatory for members of Greek life and putting resources on course syllabi.

Mark Levine, GW’s senior associate dean of students, said the committee “gives credibility to the topic,” and would carry on the momentum from the week of events.

The panel argued for not only creating conversations about sexual assault prevention through mandatory education, but also training GW staff in how to encourage that dialogue.

In 2013, GW approved a new sexual assault and harassment policy. That policy initially limited the amount of time students had to file a formal complaint against an alleged defender. But the University decided to lift that time limit after student leaders criticized it for possibly deterring students from coming forward.

“What you all should know is that the statute of limitations on different types of sexual assaults is very long, so there really is no need for you to talk to us right away,” Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Darrell Darnell said.

More than 700 students have signed the “It’s On Us” pledge, which looks to promote bystander intervention and collective responsibility for ending sexual assault. As they came to and left the event, students took photos with pledge signs.

“You have to keep talking about it and talking about it,” Darnell said. “At Starbucks over coffee or in the study room. Keep, keep, keep talking.”

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Melissa Schapiro.

GW held its first-ever talent competition Thursday night, selecting a senior to be the opening act for Spring Fling.

Taking home first place in the GW’s Got Talent competition was Joe Jean-Mary, an English and criminal justice major. Jean-Mary performed two original raps: first a low-key one and then his crowd pleaser, “Tuesday Night at McFadden’s.”

The talent competition was a joint project by GW Hillel and Program Board. It’s been in the works since last May, in an effort to give students a space to showcase talent even if they’re not involved with campus performance groups.

An initial round of auditions was held in October, with students from the Jewish Student Association as well as Program Board serving as judges. The committee narrowed it down from over 20 acts to the 11 that performed Thursday in front of the judges: GW music professor Robert Baker, Captain Cookie founder Kirk Francis and Student Association Executive Vice President Avra Bossov.

This was the first year of GW’s Got Talent, but Program Board Executive Chair Liz Moses hopes to make it an annual event. Moses said Jean-Mary is slated to be the student opener before another hired opening act, in a setup similar to this year’s Fall Fest, when student band Bencoolen opened for Moses Sumney.

Program board plans to announce the Spring Fling headliner and opener around the time of spring break.

There were no restrictions on the type of material, but all students performed musical acts that ranged from rap to piano performances to contemporary pop. Some students performed original songs.

“I thought long and hard about the songs I wanted to do. I figured I’d give them a side A and a side B,” Jean-Mary said.

The judges said they were drawn to Jean-Mary’s enthusiasm and command of the stage.

“One line you’re rhyming lingerie with chardonnay and the next you’re making a Dragon Ball Z reference,” Francis said with a laugh.

Another performer who won the audience over was senior Lillian Dawit, who tied for second place. Her rendition of “Listen” from “Dreamgirls” was met with loud cheers from the audience every time she belted out a high note, although Dawit admitted she was nervous.

“I was shaking before,” she said. “When I sing, I kind of overcome the nerves, but then immediately after [I finished] I started shaking again.”

Bossov said she thought the talent show was something that had been missing on campus.

“Having a talent show where kids not necessarily involved in a capella groups or theater or anything like that [can perform] can really bring the GW community together,” she said. “There’s so much talent at GW, and I think tonight was a really great way to showcase that.”

As a judge, Bossov said she felt “honored to be on the same level as Captain Cookie.”

The captain himself seemed to have a great time, showering the performers with praise and infusing cookie-related jokes into his commentary.

“I was going to score people based on how many cookies they usually buy,” Francis joked with a contestant, before adding that he’d give her a generous score even if she weren’t a devoted customer.

In addition to performing at Spring Fling, the winner will have the opportunity to perform Saturday at the women’s basketball halftime show. Jean-Mary will have to choose from his current repertoire for that televised performance, but he has bigger plans for Spring Fling.

“I’ll probably make another original piece and try to have it a little bit more specific to GW if I can,” he said. “But it’ll have the same intensity that I did tonight.”

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Members of the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission discuss late-night noise patrols at Wednesday's meeting.  Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Members of the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission discuss late-night noise patrols at Wednesday’s meeting.
Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Robin Eberhardt.

Foggy Bottom’s local governing body approved a resolution Wednesday that asks GW to begin late-night patrols off campus.

The Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission unanimously voted in favor of a resolution asking the University to have staff members patrol the neighborhood on Thursday and weekend nights to break up parties past 10 p.m.

The plan calls for adopt a model similar to one that Georgetown University already uses. The suggested patrol system would not include members of the University Police Department.

Britany Waddell, director of community relations for GW, said at the meeting that the University will consider reevaluating their current system next semester. In August, the University nailed down formal sanctions for students who live off-campus and violate noise and trash codes put in place by the city, and Waddell added at the meeting that the University wanted time for these sanctions to be in place before adding additional changes.

“I can’t make any promises tonight,” Waddell said.

In September, Foggy Bottom neighbors announced their plans of neighborhood patrols, a group of residents who walk through the streets and report noisy townhouse parties.

One commissioner, Asher Corson, said two Foggy Bottom neighbors, who have slammed the University for their enforcement of noise laws off-campus, contacted the Metropolitan Police Department and found that Georgetown’s patrol system was legally within the rights of the university.

Neighbors have said they want the University to officially adopt Georgetown University’s plan for the past year.

“It’s a legal system that we can also implement here in Foggy Bottom,” Corson said.

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