News and Analysis


Danielle Meister

Attorney General Michael Mukasey was released from GW Hospital at about noon today after undergoing several routine tests and overnight observation.

Mukasey was sent to the hospital late last night after collapsing during a speech at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest D.C.

Justice Department Spokeswoman Gina Talamona said doctors concluded the Attorney General has a “clean bill of health.”

“There’s no indication that he suffered a stroke or any heart related incident,” she said to about 20 reporters across from the hospital in Washington Circle. “It really appears to have been a fainting spell.”

Mukasey was apparently smiling as he left the hospital this afternoon and headed to his office, according to The Washington Post, which has the full story.

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A silver Toyota collided into a motorcycle at the corner of 20th and K streets at about 3 p.m. Thursday, sending the car driver to the GW Hospital.

The motorcycle stopped for a red light and the car continued on, throwing the cyclist off his bike, said Marshall Smith who works for The Prime Rib, a restaurant about 20 yards away from the crash.

“(The cyclist) went over the median bus stop, the motorcycle went onto the curb and the man landed in the street,” Smith said.

He added, “I believe it was fatal.”

Although the police officers on the scene could not confirm if the car driver died, Smith said “the police officer told us it was fatal.”

The Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Office had not received a full report of the crash late Thursday afternoon.

MPD Officer Israel James said, “I know it was a serious accident involving a motorcycle but we haven’t gotten any recent updates.”

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An academic accreditation organization put GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences on probation for failing to meet several standards, school officials announced yesterday.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, after an accreditation review, said the school had problems in several areas “including curriculum management, lounge and study space for students, and internal administrative processes,” according to a news release from the Medical School yesterday.

School of Medicine Dean James Scott said the school received a preliminary notice of probation in June after representatives of the LCME visited the school in February. The school spent the summer putting together an appeal to the decision and drafting a plan to improve upon the issues highlighted in the report. The LCME affirmed its early decision and informed the school of its official probationary status on Tuesday.

Scott said the LCME was most concerned with curriculum management, and how the school was creating a structure in which the curriculum’s objectives could be measured throughout a student’s four years. He said that while the school understands the gravity of the situation, they are confident that it can get off probation status within a year.

“We understand the importance of this, embrace it fully, and plan to use it as an opportunity to get better,” he said.

A Washington Post article stated that SMHS is now the only school on probation with the LCME and the fifth medical school since 1994 to be put on probation. Others include the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, University of Saskatchewan and Temple University.

The LCME defines probation as “such a determination may be based on the LCME’s judgment that the areas of noncompliance have seriously compromised the quality of the medical education program, or that the program has failed to make satisfactory progress in achieving compliance after having been granted ample opportunity to do so.”

Dan Hunt, the senior director of accreditation services at LCME, said that being put on probation affects the reputation of the school and is difficult for the school as well as the students.

“Its without a doubt a painfully negative thing but this a form of quality improvement, but to say its not negative would be unfair to those who are going to experience it,” he said. “If the graduates of The George Washington University have impressed the residency directors before, then the residency directors has that as his own or her own personal information. So we don’t know how much it affects their personal thinking and decisions but it’s a factor.”

Scott, however, said he was confident that the probation would not hurt current students looking to get a residency after graduation.

“The people who run residency programs know that GW is a well-respected institution, and this doesn’t change it,” he said. “When you’re looking a student, it’s more about the fit for that student, their accomplishments, their expertise.”

Scot also said he doubted the probation status would hurt admissions numbers, noting that this year’s incoming class had the highest cumulative GPA and MCAT scores, in addition to the 12,000 applicants for next year

If the school lost accreditation, Hunt said it would be “a serious blow because the students wouldn’t have access to the traditional routes for residency training. To date there has never been a school that lost accreditation.”

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Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 1:35 p.m.

Kathleen Burke Named Dean of CPS

Kathleen Burke, the former dean of Trinity University’s School of Professional Studies, will become the next dean of the College of Professional Studies, University officials announced today. 

“Kathleen Burke’s experience and demonstrated leadership in continuing education make her a perfect fit for GW’s College of Professional Studies,” University President Steven Knapp said in a news release. “She brings to the University a keen understanding of both higher education and the business community. These attributes will serve to advance the college’s reputation among the region’s working professionals who seek superior programs in sought-after fields of study. ”

Burke, who is currently a higher education consultant for IBM, will begin serving as dean on October 20. She is the founding dean of Georgia South University’s Division of Continuing Education and Public Service, and previously served as the associate dean of undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, according the news release.

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Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 10:14 p.m.

The Office star to visit GW

The Office star Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight in the popular TV comedy, will host a discussion on Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. in Lisner Auditorium about his acting career, according to Colonial Cable, an alumni e-mail newsletter.

The talk is a philanthropic event that will raise money for the Tahirih Justice Center, an organization that provides free legal assistance and advocacy for women and girls who face gender discrimination or violence.

Tickets will soon be available for purchase from Ticketmaster online or by phone, according to the GW Alumni Weekend Web Site.

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Chris Kojim, professor of the practice of international affairs, former senior adviser to the Iraq Study Group and the deputy director of the 9/11 Commission, was named director of the University’s Master of International Policy and Practice, according to a news release.

Kojim, who joined the faculty after a stint as a visiting professor from Princeton University, has served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence policy and coordination at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, a staffer on the house Foreign Affairs Committee and the director of the University’s U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Institute.

“In its first 10 years, the MIPP program has had great success in providing its students with an excellent academic complement to their professional experience,” Kojim said in the news release. “I look forward to building upon that tradition.”

The MIPP program was established in 1998 as a program within the Elliott School, and offers professionals the training to solve international problems of the 21stcentury. Michael Brown, dean of the Elliott School, said the school is very excited to have Kojim “at the helm of the MIPP program.”

“(Kojim’s) work with the Iraq Study Group and the 9/11 Commission gives him extraordinary insight into some of the most important international affairs challenges facing the United Statues and the world today,” Brown said in the news release. “His expertise and experience will be huge assets to the program.

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Friday, June 20, 2008 2:10 a.m.

ANC Stalls Discussion of E Street Statue

Despite the indignation of some Foggy Bottom community members, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission has decided to delay taking a position on the potential installment of a new statue of George Washington at the corner of the 1957 E Street building.

The issue of the statue’s installment is currently “tabled” by the DC Public Space Committee, and the ANC will not discuss it further until the PSC has, said ANC chairman Asher Corson, at a meeting Wednesday.

However, several individual community members raised concerns at the meeting about the placement of the statue and the prevalence of George Washington images in the neighborhood.

“The sidewalks and the street do not belong to GW. They belong to the community,” said Dorothy Miller, a Foggy Bottom resident. “We are sick and tired of 16 million statues of George Washington.”

Director of DC and Foggy Bottom/West End Affairs Michael Akin pointed out that the plan for the statue falls with in the boundaries of the campus plan and that it would not be in sight of any residential units.

“The location where we placed this one, I think, is appropriate,” he said.
-Reed Cooley

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Monday, June 2, 2008 5:22 p.m.

GW graduate wins Miss DC

GW graduate Katie Marie Grinold was named Miss DC 2008 at the Lincoln Theatre Saturday night. Grinold graduated two weeks ago from The Elliott School of International Affairs. Her platform for Miss DC was focused on improving public education available in the District. For the talent portion she performed a ballet routine to music from “Don Quixote.” See a full story in the CI Edition of The Hatchet next week.

A YouTube video of the announcement can be found here.

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Students and faculty of the University can now enjoy an online George Washington University discount for SuperShuttle Services to and from airports nationwide, according to a Student Association news release.

SA President Vishal Aswani worked closely with SA Sen. Bryce Holman (SoB-U) and Mike O’Connell, the vice president of sales at SuperShuttle Services International, to ensure that student demands were met.

“The SuperShuttle online discount success shows us that with hard work and determination we can improve the lives of students in everyday ways,” Aswani said in the news release.

Aswani had been working to get this discount for a couple of weeks. It was first announced as a possibility at the Board of Trustees meeting last Friday.

“The SuperShuttle discount is going to benefit the University in many ways,” Holman said in the release. “In the past the prices from GW to Dulles and vice versa were exorbitant, but with the new discount suddenly it makes flying out of Dulles an easier and enjoyable experience.”

To access the University’s code, go to the SuperShuttle website and type in GCJ8R. A full story will be printed in the next issue of The Hatchet.

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