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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will undergo an elective outpatient hernia repair procedure at GW Hospital Monday, the senator’s office said.

Sanders’ office released a one paragraph statement this afternoon, The Associated Press reported. The presidential candidate will return to his office on Capitol Hill tomorrow.

Other politicians have received treatment at GW Hospital in the past. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid had eye surgery at the hospital in January, and former Vice President Dick Cheney was treated by doctors there for heart problems several times, including a mild heart attack in 2010.

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GW was one of more than 25 universities targeted by a Facebook page created by a group identifying as a white student union, which a University spokeswoman said officials have asked Facebook to remove.

“This group is not a recognized student organization, nor does it in any way reflect the values of the university community, which embraces our rich diversity of students, faculty and staff,” University spokeswoman Candace Smith said in an email. “We have reported the page to Facebook and requested that they take it down as soon as possible.”

The page was started on Sunday and has received only three “likes.”

About 30 similar pages at other institutions in the U.S. and Canada have been created.

GW students brought the page to the administrators’ attention Sunday night. Peter Konwerski, the dean of student affairs, addressed the page on Twitter early Monday.

The University’s official Twitter account also addressed the page Monday.

Similar pages at other institutions, including New York University and the University of Illinois, have been rejected or condemned by officials at those universities.

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A philanthropist with ties to GW was honored with a lifetime achievement award last week week.

The National Endowment for the Humanities celebrated their 50th anniversary in the GW Museum and Textile Museum on Friday, according to a University release. Albert H. Small, a famed collector and philanthropist, received the lifetime humanities achievement award at the event.

Small donated his collection of nearly 1,000 manuscripts, books, newspapers, prints and photographs to GW, and it is currently on display as part of the GW Museum and Textile Museum.

“These items will be on display here forever, for the school to see, for the country to see and for the world to see,” Small said in the release.

The GW Museum and Textile Museum opened in March of this year.

The event was cohosted by the National Trust for the Humanities, Federation of State Humanities Councils and National Humanities Alliance.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Danielle Mahar.

GW students will be officially joining in on the effort to make D.C. a state.

Students from the University will help to create the first Students for D.C. Statehood chapter next fall, Angel Zhang, a sophomore who is also a chair for the organization, said. Zhang said the group’s goal at GW is to have more voter awareness events and enhance leaders and the local government.

“People don’t realize how much we can do locally,” Zhang said.

The Students for D.C. Statehood hosted a reception at the One Washington Hotel Thursday for the Unrepresented Nations and People Organization, which represents minorities and unrecognized territories to preserve their environment, protect their rights and find non-violent solutions to conflicts within their country, according to the UNPO website.

Washington, D.C. was admitted to UNPO on Nov. 7 after U.S. Sen. Paul Strauss, the shadow senator for D.C., pushed for the District to be accepted to the group, he said at the reception.

“The UNPO has admitted us as the only territory in North America to be a full-fledged member in UNPO,” Strauss said.

The UNPO is a non-profit organization that is “based on values of democracy, human rights, tolerance, self-determination and non-violence,” Johanna Green, the UNPO program manager, said.

D.C.’s new membership in UNPO will help the new student organization and strengthen the movement for statehood, the leaders of Students for D.C. Statehood said.

“Getting admitted to UNPO is another platform that introduces more resources for our organization,” Zhang said.

The group’s president will be Matt Pesusek, a sophomore majoring in international affairs. Pesusek and Zhang have been trying to get the word out for the group to the GW community by distributing fliers and emails.

He said the group plans on helping D.C. achieve statehood by getting more students involved.

“Hopefully we’ll get to the point that D.C. becomes a state,” Pesusek said.

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Commissioner Eve Zhurbinskiy proposed a resolution at an Advisory Neighborhood Commission Wednesday night in favor of a Metro pass for D.C. college students. Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Commissioner Eve Zhurbinskiy proposed a resolution at an Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting Wednesday night in favor of a Metro pass for D.C. college students. Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Updated: Nov. 19, 2015 at 10:25 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Andrew Goudsward.

D.C. college students could soon ride the Metro as much as they would like for $1 a day.

Commissioners at a Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting Wednesday voted unanimously to support the Metro governing board’s proposal to offer special passes to students studying in D.C.

Commissioner Eve Zhurbinskiy, who is also a sophomore at GW, introduced the resolution, saying Metro’s plan would provide more affordable transportation for D.C.’s college students, promote sustainability and boost Metro ridership.

“This is something that a lot of people would want because it would make Metro more affordable,” Zhurbinskiy said, “There are a lot of students who commute using it.”

Zhurbinskiy said the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which runs Metro bus and rail services, released a report on Oct. 8 that concluded the organization would benefit from offering college students a special transportation rate for Metrorail.

Zhurbinskiy said she did not know if the plan would include discounted bus service as well.

Under the proposal, students would pay a mandatory fee through their universities to receive discounted service. Zhurbinskiy said the cost of that fee for GW students still needs to be determined by the WMATA board, the University administration and the Student Association.

The University has not yet publicly endorsed Metro’s plan.

The exact details of how the proposal would be implemented are still being finalized, but Zhurbinskiy said she expects students would be issued a special fare card to allow the planned $1 daily rides.

Zhurbinskiy said similar programs are already in place in major cities across the country, including Seattle where students at the University of Washington are eligible for unlimited rides on city public transportation for a $76 quarterly fee.

ANC Chairman Patrick Kennedy said the proposed discount “seems like a great idea for students.”

Last month, Metro’s governing board acknowledged that concerns over service quality and reliability are contributing to decreased ridership, The Washington Post reported.

Since 2010, ridership has declined 5 percent, from 225 million passenger trips to 214 million, according to The Post.

The exact timetable for the program is still being determined. Zhurbinskiy said it would likely be rolled out at American University next fall, and then could expand to GW, Georgetown and Howard universities.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly spelled Eve Zhurbinskiy’s name on multiple references. We regret this error.

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Lafayette Hall was evacuated Tuesday night when the boiler room was found to contain carbon monoxide. Katie Causey | Photo Editor

Lafayette Hall was evacuated Tuesday night when the boiler room was found to contain carbon monoxide. Katie Causey | Photo Editor

GW evacuated Lafayette Hall Tuesday night because of carbon monoxide in the building’s boiler room, a University spokesman said.

University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt said in an email at about 9 p.m. that employees “discovered” a repair must be made to the building’s water heater, located in the basement.

“That means that no water is currently being heated in the building, which will impact the sinks and faucets in rooms, as well as the laundry facilities,” Hiatt said.

The University has called a contractor to fix the water heater. Hiatt said officials hoped to have hot water in the building again Tuesday evening.

Students were evacuated from the residence hall at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday. D.C. Fire and EMS was on the scene because the alarm that went off in the building, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Tim Wilson said. Students were allowed back in the residence hall about 20 minutes later.

Hiatt said GW will update Lafayette Hall residents when there is more information available.

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Alumnus Ciaran Devane spoke about world crises during an event hosted by the British Council. Paige James | Hatchet Photographer

Alumnus Ciaran Devane spoke about world crises during an event hosted by the British Council. Paige James | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Elise Zaidi.

In the midst of global attacks on Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, GW alumnus and Chief Executive of the British Council Sir Ciarán Devane spoke about his vision for saving a world at crisis during an event in Jack Morton Auditorium Monday night.

The British Council was founded in 1934 as part of a UK World War II initiative to build and maintain foreign cultural relationships. Now a worldwide cultural institution, the British Council is dedicated to spreading the positive, long-term effects specific cultural focuses have on our world, Devane said.

Here are some of Devane’s strategies on how to deal with world crises:

1. Encourage a holistic response

“How do we combine maintaining and promoting stability with providing people with hope?” Devane asked the audience.

He said too many people today claim there is only one solution that fits best in solving modern crises. For instance, some believe in military intervention, others in sanctions, others in increased cultural relations, and others in organizing governmental talks through the United Nations.

Devane said in reality “smart power is all about integration.”

2. Cultivate open communication

“The interchange of knowledge, ideas, and discoveries was the way of the world in its wiser days and should be the way of the world in the future,” Devane said.

He argued that one the of greatest things individuals can do for long-term sustainability as a global community is to “create a basis of friendly knowledge and understanding.”

Understanding previously unknown ideologies allows for new and different ideas and solutions to the current global crisis to flourish, Devane said. It can also lessen the likelihood that those in contact with extremism will feel its effects because they will have “friendly knowledge” of other cultures, he added.

“We can connect more today than ever before,” he said, noting that it’s also important to use those said connections through social media and word-of-mouth to communicate positive, open-minded messages.

3. Educate about understanding

“This is a battle of ideas, beliefs, and values. It is about education,” Devane said.

Syrian migrants not only lose their homes and livelihoods, they also lose their chance for an education, he said. An entire generation of displaced people are losing their chance to discuss the issues they face in the world, Devane added.

Devane said that anyone who is receiving an education should see their situation as an opportunity to gain understanding of opinions outside of their own.

“If we are going to change society, we ourselves have to create environments and spaces for people to hold these conversations, to learn, and to debate,” he said.

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The University will conduct an active shooter drill Friday morning, GW said Monday.

GW’s Office of Safety and Security will run the exercise from 9 a.m. until noon, according to a University release. The drill will test the University’s response times in an emergency and the effectiveness of communication between offices like University Human Resources, the Division of Student Affairs and the University Police Department.

Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Darrell Darnell said in the release that the drill will mimic a real active shooter situation as closely as possible.

“Some of the folks from my office who are participating don’t know the location because we want them to act as if this were a real situation. The people participating know there will be an exercise, and they know the time and day it will occur,” he said. “But they don’t know the scenario, and they don’t know where it will occur. They don’t know how it will play out. And that includes me. I don’t know the details. So, I’ll be acting in real-time as well.”

GW Hospital, the Medical Faculty Associates, the Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency will participate in the drill according to the release. Kevin Donahue, D.C.’s deputy mayor for public safety, will also be involved.

In its University Emergency Operations Plan, GW lists “active shooter” as one of the most likely hazards on campus. Other hazards include severe weather, suspicious packages and public health emergencies.

Officials talked through steps of its active shooter plan two years ago, Darnell said in the release.

“That was what we called a ‘table-top’ exercise, which was basically a decision-making discussion where we went through the actions we would take in the event of an active shooter on campus. Now, we’re following up on that, where we have assets involved that would actually respond. This exercise puts the scenario into an operational space,” Darnell said.

After a series of shootings on college campuses last month, University President Steven Knapp said GW had plans in place to respond to an active shooter and that several offices in and outside of the University collaborate on campus security plans.

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A video threatening attacks to D.C. similar to Friday’s attacks in Paris was not a “credible threat,” one of GW’s top security officials said in a statement Monday.

The creators of the video claimed to be aligned with the terrorist organization ISIS, which also took credit for the six attacks throughout Paris on Friday, killing at least 129 people and hurting more than 300 according to CNN. All 52 GW students studying abroad in Paris were safe and accounted for after the attacks.

Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Darrell Darnell defined a credible threat in a statement as a threat “with some degree of specificity regarding a place and time that has a high probability of occurring.”

He said that GW is in “constant contact” with local and federal law enforcement, adding that the University is up to date on the security information from these agencies.

“Considering the information that we have and that definition, there is no credible threat to D.C. and more specifically to GW,” Darnell said in the statement.

Darnell said GW will continue with regular security procedures, including having officers in the University Police Department patrolling campus on foot, bikes and in patrol cars. He said there will also be increased security at Monday’s men’s basketball game against the University of Virginia, advising students to arrive at the game early to go through bag checks and other security measures.

“We currently are in our normal security posture with GWPD,” he said.

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This post was written by Assistant News Editors Robin Eberhardt and Jeanine Marie.

Updated: Nov. 16, 2015 at 5:31 p.m.

A woman who barricaded herself inside an office building in the 1900 block of M street, is now in police custody.

The woman, named Sophia Dalke, had fired one shot at 19th and K streets around midnight, “in what turned into a long barricade situation inside an office building,” the Washington Post reported.

Dalke “surrendered to police” at 10:30 a.m. She was arrested for assaulting a police officer while armed, according to a Metropolitan Police Department release. She is 31 years old and from Springfield, Va., according to the release.

A University spokesman said he was “not aware of any GW community members involved in the incident.”

MPD closed several city blocks near 19th and K streets on Monday morning following reports of “a barricaded person with a mental health crisis,” according to an MPD statement. Streets are closed at 18th through 20th streets and M through K streets.

A GW campus advisory sent at 3 a.m. said there was an “active shooter” at 19th and K streets. MPD, the Secret Service and the National Park police were on the scene.

A second campus advisory sent at 3:52 a.m. says the “armed suspect is barricaded but contained within the office building.” No injuries were reported.

Both advisories also said to avoid the area.

An MPD statement this morning at about 4:55 a.m. said there had not been an active shooter situation and the “subject” had been contained.

University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt said some off-campus buildings where staff work were “briefly inaccessible” this morning, but have since reopened. Some classes are held in a building at 2020 K Street.

“We are relocating classes in off-campus buildings affected by the barricade as needed, and we will provide updates to affected students directly,” Hiatt said.

The statement on GW’s Campus advisories page said that designated staff “must report to work as scheduled,” and essential staff “are required to report to work or telework based on the department’s pre-determined guidelines,” according to the statement.

“Staff should be in contact with supervisors for instructions for alternate work locations as appropriate. Continue to monitor local media for updates regarding this off-campus incident,” according to the statement.

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