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Updated: Oct. 22, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.

A student reportedly assaulted a member of EMeRG on the Mount Vernon Campus early Sunday morning.

University Police Department officers had responded to loud noises in a West Hall room, where they then found alcohol, University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said. While being assessed for intoxication, one of the students in the room grabbed a member of EMeRG, she said.

The case was referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, according to the University’s crime log.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the alleged assault occurred early Saturday morning. The incident occurred early Sunday morning. We regret this error.

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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 12:23 a.m.

Student reports sexual abuse in Thurston Hall

A female student reported to the University Police Department that she had been sexually abused in Thurston Hall early Saturday morning.

UPD responded to reports of a disturbance at 1 a.m., and the female student told them she felt “like she was taken advantage of sexually” by a man who was not affiliated with GW, University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said.

No charges have been filed at this time, Csellar said. The man was barred from campus, according to the University crime log.

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The University Police Department responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault outside the Foggy Bottom Metro station early Sunday morning.

A man had allegedly attempted to sexually abuse a female student, University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said.

Officers found the suspect hiding in the bushes near the station, and arrested him at about 3:20 a.m., according to GW’s crime log.

UPD was also informed at about the same time that another female student had reported that a man matching the same description had tried to pull her into the bushes near the Metro station, Csellar said.

“Since the suspect was immediately caught and arrested, no crime alert was issued, as there was no ongoing or imminent threat to the community,” Csellar said.

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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 11:50 a.m.

Woodward and Bernstein visit The Kalb Report

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein shared Watergate memories at the National Press Club on Monday. Lydia Francis | Hatchet Photographer

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein shared Watergate memories at the National Press Club on Monday. Lydia Francis | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Lila Weatherly.

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward relived their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporting into the Watergate Scandal on Monday at The Kalb Report.

The duo, who famously exposed the 1972 scandal that eventually brought down President Richard Nixon’s administration, shared a timeline of their investigation, the role of their colleagues at the Washington Post and their take on modern-day journalism.

Here are some of the stories they shared:

1. Facing down the White House

The pair faced forceful opposition to their reports about Nixon. Any questions about the content of their stories were deflected by the White House, who accused the Post of reporting misinformation, Bernstein and Woodward said.

When Bernstein contacted Attorney General John Mitchell to share their findings, Mitchell responded by threatening Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, saying, “Graham is going to get her tit caught in a big, fat wringer.” That response was a signal of the tense climate during the investigation, as the White House tried to lock down on negative press.

“Can you imagine them saying that now?” Woodward said.

2. Reporting in a politically charged atmosphere

Both reporters were fully aware of the risks of revealing such a scandal and the importance of error-free reporting. Bernstein and Woodward said they laid out ground rules for their reporting over 10-cent cups of coffee.

For example, both agreed never to use the word “impeachment” in case they were accused of having a political agenda. The first rule for their coverage was “If somebody said ‘no,’ ‘no’ prevailed,” Bernstein said.

3. Editors in bathrobes

Woodward and Bernstein also feared wiretapping as they were reporting, and they did the bulk of their work late at night. They recalled once going to the house of their editor, Ben Bradlee, who opened the door for them at 2 a.m. wearing a bathrobe.

Bernstein said everyone thought they had “gone nuts.”

4. Backed by The Washington Post

They said their reporting was successful because of the support of Bradlee and their colleagues at the Post.

When the Watergate scandal started to gain steam nationwide, some said national news reporters should take over the story. But Bradlee defended Bernstein and Woodward, claiming it didn’t matter what their positions were on the staff because they had found the news.

5. Advice for today’s journalists

When asked what they think of journalism today, Bernstein said there was “not enough good reporting done by the new media.”

“We’re going to miss something. The key to new media is old leg work,” he said.

He also said reporters today are looking for “ideological ammunition” instead of hard-hitting stories.

“Good reporting is the best obtainable version of the truth,” Bernstein said.

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At the SA Senate meeting on Monday, senators signed off on creating a committee to address Corcoran students' concerns with their transition to GW. The bill was sponsored by Garrett Mills | Hatchet Photographer

At the SA Senate meeting on Monday, senators signed off on creating a committee to address Corcoran students’ concerns with their transition to GW. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Thomas Falcigno, CCAS-U. Garrett Mills | Hatchet Photographer

The Student Association Senate created a committee dedicated to Corcoran student issues on Monday to help smooth out what senators described as the college’s rocky transition into the GW fold.

Sen. Thomas Falcigno, CCAS-U, said he decided to propose the committee after meeting with the president of the Corcoran Student Association Camila Rondon and hearing her concerns about a lack of communication between the University and its newest school.

The committee will consist of six GW senators and six Corcoran students, who will meet throughout the year to discuss ongoing problems related to the students’ transition to campus life. The addition makes the committee the fifth in the SA Senate, alongside finance, student life, leadership and academic affairs.

Falcigno said the SA will hold a town hall in November to encourage Corcoran students to open up about the largest problems they face so the committee can double down on what its priorities should be.

Rondon, who was added to the SA’s executive cabinet to serve as director of Corcoran Student Affairs earlier this year, also spoke at the beginning of the Senate meeting Monday night to describe the current issues Corcoran students face.

“There’s so many things during this transition and so many things that affect us. As students who pay to go to this school, even if we don’t get input we should know what’s going on,” Rondon said.

Executive Vice President Avra Bossov has also said she is looking into adding a potential Corcoran seat to the Senate.

Since GW absorbed the Corcoran College of Art + Design officially this summer, Corcoran students have complained that GW has had a hard time communicating with them effectively.

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A statue of George Washington is now featured in Kogan Plaza. Photo courtesy of GW Media Relations.

A statue of George Washington is now featured in Kogan Plaza. Photo courtesy of GW Media Relations.

The newest member of the GW community is 600 pounds, bronze and cost almost $50,000.

George Washington is back on campus, this time depicted in life-size on a bronze bench posted in Kogan Plaza since Monday, according to a University release.

University trustee and alumnus Mark Shenkman, who graduated with a master’s degree in business administration in 1967, donated the bronze statue to the University. He also gave $5 million last spring to rename the Ivory Tower residence hall, now called Shenkman Hall.

Students who want to get up close and personal with the University namesake can participate in a “selfie” contest sponsored by the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, according to the release.

The newest feature of Kogan Plaza was created by Utah sculptor Gary Lee Price, who said Shenkman bought the bench, which goes for $46,200 online, at a Wyoming art gallery and then donated it to the University.

Price, who makes benches with sculptures of other figures like Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare and Mark Twain, said the selfie contest embodies the goal of his project: to bring historical figures “down-to-earth.”

“That’s a great idea, that’s what it’s there for,” Price said. “It’s so people will take a selfie and have that relationship with the father of our country.”

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Brandon Campbell.

Mayoral candidates came to Southeast D.C. on Thursday to tout their stances on issues like education and marijuana legalization.

Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz squared off in their final mayoral debate at Anacostia High School. WUSA9 news anchor Bruce Johnson served as moderator, asking candidates questions from Ward 8 residents and social media.

Here are some of the key moments from the debate:

1. Biggest contribution to D.C. residents

The candidates, who all have experience serving on the D.C. Council, highlighted the areas where they think they’ve had the most success in supporting residents.

A former Republican At-Large Council member, Schwartz said she was proud of the environmental and liberal policies she implemented during her time on the Council.

“I provided sick leave for those who need it, and made it easier for people to obtain it,” said Schwartz. “As well, I helped clean up the environment and the Anacostia River.”

Catania, an Independent At-Large Council member, pointed to his work improving public health, reminding voters how he helped decrease the number of uninsured D.C. residents, reduce HIV transmission rates and invest in at-risk children.

Bowser, the Democratic nominee who represents Ward 4 on the Council, said she helped provide free transit for students, which “made a big difference in everyday lives of families.”

2. Views on education

Bowser and Catania both said that changes in leadership in D.C. public schools was a key issue, adding to many of the problems that students and teachers now face.

“The biggest thing we’re missing on education policy is stability in our leadership and our schools,” Catania said.

Bowser said the public school system needed to better help students experience joy through their education, prompting the crowd to cheer.

“One thing lacking from school is learning for fun,” she said, adding that she believes the city should “should encourage increased enrollment in specialty schools,” like the School without Walls at 2130 G St. and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, also in Northwest D.C.

3. Marijuana legalization

This November, D.C. voters will weigh in on Initiative 71, which calls for the legalization of marijuana in the city. Schwartz and Catania were split on the issue.

Schwartz said she will vote “no” on Election Day, arguing that decriminalization, not legalization, was best for the city.

But Catania said he supported legalization.

“I am voting for Initiative 71,” he said. “Prohibition just simply does not work for our community.”

4. Safety as a key issue

All three candidates said safety was a top concern and that they had clear plans of action to address safety issues.

Schwartz said she would increase the size of the Metropolitan Police Department and implement other programs to improve a sense of safety across the city.

“I want to get officers out of their cars, establishing relationships with the citizens,” Schwartz said. “We all need to be walking on the streets and feel safe.”

Bowser said she plans to work with young people who often know when violence could break out, and then collaborate with them to prevent it.

“People feel more unsafe than they ever did in too many parts of this community,” she said.

But Catania had a different idea to curb violence across the city.

“I want to build up the mental health programs in schools to protect them from continuing the violence they have been surrounded by,” he said.

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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 7:31 p.m.

Photos: NROTC tests and trains students

Photos by Samuel Klein | Senior Photo Editor

These photos are from a field exercise held at Marine Corps Base Quantico on Sept. 27.

The University’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps gives students a taste of military life and leadership training during college. The NROTC program also includes students – called midshipmen –  from the University of Maryland at College Park, Catholic University of America and Georgetown and Howard universities.

The University’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps gives students a taste of military life and leadership training during college. The NROTC program also includes students – called midshipmen – from the University of Maryland, Catholic University, and Georgetown and Howard universities.

 

Before entering the NROTC program, midshipmen choose between the Navy or the Marines. Sophomore Andrew Bell, navigating an obstacle course, is one of 36 students training to become an officer in the Marine Corps.

Before entering the NROTC program, midshipmen choose between the Navy and the Marines. Sophomore Andrew Bell, navigating an obstacle course, is one of 36 students training to become an officer in the Marine Corps.

 

#10: Freshman Shelby Brown scales the double bars during the obstacle course. This rigorous, timed test requires midshipmen to maneuver over logs and climb ropes and metal poles.

Freshman Shelby Brown scales the double bars during the obstacle course. This rigorous, timed test requires midshipmen to maneuver over logs and climb ropes and metal poles.

 

Freshman Genna Heaps prepares to jump over a log as she tackles the obstacle course for her first time.

Freshman Genna Heaps prepares to jump over a log as she tackles the obstacle course for her first time.

 

The Marine Option midshipmen learn basic fire team movement and how to communicate using hand signals during small-unit leadership exercises. Senior Casey LaMar instructed younger midshipmen on how to lead their fire teams while on patrol.

The Marine Option midshipmen learn basic fire team movement and how to communicate using hand signals during small-unit leadership exercises. Senior Casey LaMar instructed younger midshipmen in how to lead their fire teams while on patrol.

 

Combat-oriented training is one of the many types of training midshipmen go through during their time in the unit. Sophomore Jerry Callan practices the basics of fire team patrols through a wooded area.

Combat-oriented training is one of the many types of training that midshipmen go through during their time in the unit. Sophomore Jerry Callan practices the basics of fire team patrols through a wooded area.

 

Junior Kyle Cadena exits a densely wooded area as he practices a foot patrol sequence.

Junior Kyle Cadena exits a densely wooded area as he practices a foot patrol sequence.

 

Freshman Heaps directs sophomore Kazuma Engelkemier on where to scan for potential enemies during the exercises.

Freshman Heaps directs sophomore Kazuma Engelkemier where to scan for potential enemies during the exercises.

 

LaMar watches over three midshipmen as they conduct a leadership exercise. Upon becoming an officer, he will be immediately in charge of the well being and success of younger enlisted Marines.

LaMar watches over three midshipmen as they conduct a leadership exercise. Upon becoming an officer, he will be immediately in charge of the well being and success of younger enlisted Marines.

 

Every Marine Option will attend Officer Candidates School prior to commissioning as a Marine Corps officer. Upon graduation, the Marine Options are given the official “U.S. Marines” name tape, as seen on the chest of senior Tyler James, above.

Every Marine Option will attend Officer Candidates School prior to commissioning as a Marine Corps officer. Upon graduation, the Marine Options are given the official “U.S. Marines” name tape, as seen on the chest of senior Tyler James, above.

 

Freshman Trevio Washington uses a compass during a land navigation exercise. The midshipmen also learn how to plot coordinates on a map, measure distances and orient themselves.

Freshman Trevio Washington uses a compass during a land navigation exercise. The midshipmen also learn how to plot coordinates on a map, measure distances and orient themselves.

 

Washington, left, works with senior Justin Tieke during the land navigation exercise. While relying on one’s own abilities is central to the NROTC program, midshipmen are also encouraged to ask older midshipmen questions to ensure success.

Washington, left, works with senior Justin Tieke during the land navigation exercise. While relying on one’s own abilities is central to the NROTC program, midshipmen are also encouraged to ask older midshipmen questions to ensure success.

 

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UPD officer and GW graduate student Steve Gallucci told students about his experiences with harassment in D.C. as a gay man. He encouraged students to come forward if they face harassment, whether physical or verbal. Kiana Robertson | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Esha Narola.

An openly gay campus police officer pushed members of GW’s LGBT community Wednesday to talk openly about hate crimes when he shared his personal experiences of facing harassment.

Since he joined the University Police Department three years ago, officer and GW graduate student Steve Gallucci said he has been harassed four times – though never on the job. Gallucci didn’t report any of the incidents, but said he came to regret those decisions and now shares his story because he wants to encourage others to come forward.

“I realized that by not reporting people like the ones who assaulted me, I was not being fair to you guys because they might do it again. You know, it is important that we all do our part in making D.C. a safer place to live,” Gallucci said to the room of about a dozen students.

The most recent time he said he was harassed, Gallucci was near a popular gay club, Town. He said that some men saw him and his friends walking on a crosswalk, started to yell gay slurs at them then tried to attack them.

He said he hesitated to report such instances because he was never physically harmed, though now he said he thinks that was a mistake.

D.C. has the highest number of hate crimes that are gender-based or sexual-orientation-based in the country, Gallucci said. In 2012, there were 7.3 sexual-orientation-based hate crimes for every 100,000 people, compared to Memphis, the second-highest city, which had 3.2 crimes for every 100,000 people.

Sexual harassment and sexual assaults are some of the most underreported crimes nationwide. Gallucci talked about the legal definition of a hate crime and the different types that exist. He said most sexual-orientation-based crimes are motivated by biases people have against the LGBT community.

He told the audience that hate crimes include verbal harassment, like the kind he experienced. Gallucci encouraged students to report any form of harassment, no matter how small it may appear.

Allied in Pride, the Association of Queer Women and Allies, the GW LGBT Resource Center and GW Students Against Sexual Assault sponsored the event.

“This city is a great place and GW is relatively safe, but it is important that students be reminded of the realities we face and know that we have resources to help each other out,” Allied in Pride President Rob Todaro said.

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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:32 p.m.

Alumnus, trustee to donate $2 million to GW

A member of the GW Board of Trustees has pledged a $2 million gift for academics and athletics, the University announced Thursday.

Avram “Ave” Tucker, who graduated from GW with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1977, will divide his gift among the athletics department, the GW School of Business and the GW Law School, according to a University release.

Tucker will give $750,000 to support faculty research in the business school, and $250,000 will go to the law school’s endowed fund for the government contracts associate dean.

“While at the time I didn’t really understand it, [the School of Business] spent a lot of time teaching us how to think, and be creative and come up with solutions,” he said in the release. “That’s served me very well in my career.”

The other $1 million from the gift will go to the athletics department, with half going to construction of a new clubhouse and the other half to the Buff and Blue Fund, which launched two years ago to increase unrestricted annual giving to GW’s athletics programs.

The Board of Trustees voted last month to name the baseball field at Barcroft Park in Tucker’s honor. The field will be dedicated on Saturday.

Tucker attended GW on a baseball scholarship during his junior and senior years. He is now a forensic accountant and the co-founder and chief executive officer of TM Financial Forensics, LLC. He joined the Board of Trustees in June 2013 after spending 16 years on the business school’s advisory board.

“I am delighted that Ave Tucker has chosen to support the university in such a range of important ways, each of which means so much to him personally,” University President Steven Knapp said in the release.

Tucker’s donation follows Mark Shenkman’s $5 million gift, the largest-ever from a sitting trustee. GW renamed Ivory Tower in Shenkman’s honor.

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