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Metro Police Department officers arrested a female for domestic violence at the Elliott School building Friday morning.

Jack Daniel Licoln, 25, reported that the female who was arrested “threw hot coffee” at him after they had an argument at the location, according to Metropolitan Police Department arrest documents. He is a resident of Southeast D.C., according to the documents.

University Police Department Detective Matthew Robinson said in a meeting with The Hatchet that the male who reported the crime was dating the person arrested. They were both prospective students, he said.

The police documents did not name the female who was arrested.

MPD officers Fernando Suriel and Antonial Atkins arrested the woman at about 10:30 a.m., according to the report.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 9:38 p.m.

University names religious institute director

GW named the first leader of a new religious institute Tuesday, according to a University release.

Samuel Goldman, an assistant professor of political science, has been named the first director of the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom. Goldman also leads the Politics and Values program at GW and received his PhD in political science from Harvard University.

“As controversies about religious freedom proliferate in the United States and around the world, it is imperative to remember what George Washington called ‘inherent natural rights’ to liberty of conscience and equality under the law,” Goldman said in a release. “GW’s unique location provides an extraordinary opportunity to apply insights from many scholarly disciplines to controversial issues, while drawing on the firsthand experience of politicians, civil servants, advocates and other practitioners.”

Ben Vinson, the dean of the Columbian College, said he looks forward to working with Goldman to “implement educational programs,” work with faculty and develop new initiatives.

The Leob Institute was founded with a $2.5 million donation from the John L. Loeb Jr. Foundation and the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom earlier this year. The institute will be housed in CCAS, and brings educational programs to GW that were previously offered at the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom in New York City since 2009.

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Mike Huckabee and Martin O'Malley visited GW Wednesday to promote a AMC TV show, Turn: Washington's Spies. Aly Kruse | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Mike Huckabee and Martin O’Malley visited GW Wednesday to promote a AMC TV show, Turn: Washington’s Spies. Aly Kruse | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Anthony Tusino.

Former presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Martin O’Malley were at Kogan Plaza Tuesday for a press conference promoting the AMC series “Turn: Washington’s Spies.”

The press conference is part of a new ad campaign that compares the politics of the Revolutionary War to this year’s presidential race. It was the first time that O’Malley and Huckabee have shared a stage – they wanted to show bi-partisanship during a contentious election, they said.

The campaign features slogans like “Mo Taxes, Mo Problems” and “Feel the Turn,” according to release about the event.

Students had the chance to shake hands with former 2016 presidential candidate Martin O Malley at the Turn: Washington's Spies event Wednesday at Kogan Plaza. Aly Kruse | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Students had the chance to shake hands with former 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley at the Turn: Washington’s Spies event Wednesday at Kogan Plaza. Aly Kruse | Hatchet Staff Photographer

“I think it’s fair to say America is truly divided,” Huckabee said. “This show reminds us of the resilience of this country.”

O’Malley struck a different tone in his speech.

“It’s also true that there’s as much that unites us as there is that divides us,” he said.

The third season of “Turn: Washington’s Spies” premieres April 25 at 10 p.m. on AMC.

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The developer who has renovated the Allen Lee Hotel said he plans for it to reopen this summer or fall. File photo by Anne McBride | Hatchet Photographer

The developer who has renovated the Allen Lee Hotel said he plans for it to reopen this summer or fall. File photo by Anne McBride | Hatchet Photographer

D.C.’s first micro-hotel is closer to opening, the Washingtonian reported.

Hotel Hive, located in Foggy Bottom on F Street and Virginia Ave. NW, is set to open in the late summer or early fall, according to the Washingtonian. The hotel has 83 rooms averaging 250 square feet. 

For the past two years, developer Jim Abdo has been renovating the historic Allen Lee Hotel, which he bought for $3.6 million in 2004.

Abdo told the Washingtonian that he “relished the opportunity to ‘build a brand’” with the old hotel, and had admired it for its location near GW and the State Department.

Hotel Hive will have a main floor cocktail lounge operated by Michael Lastoria, co-founder of &Pizza. The hotel will also have a rooftop deck for visitors, Abdo told the Washingtonian.

The Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission originally refused to give the renovated hotel a liquor license, which they later granted. The Allen Lee Hotel will be able to serve alcohol between 8 a.m and 11 p.m. on weekdays and until 12 a.m. on weekends on its sidewalk cafe, with different hours on the rooftop terrace and the courtyard terrace.

With a focus on younger guests, the hotel’s smaller rooms also mean lower prices, with nightly rates ranging from $125 to $150, and although there will be a traditional check-in desk, guests will be able to bypass it and check in with their smartphones, according to the Washingtonian.

Wherever possible, original brick and wood will remain exposed, and there will be an all-glass elevator, each level featuring different murals by local artists, Abdo said.

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The “Democracy Spring” sit-in protests continued today at Capitol Hill. Yesterday, more than 400 people were arrested during the non-violent demonstration for less corrupt voting and campaign systems, according to the Washington Post. The protests started on April 2 in Philadelphia and participants made their way to Washington, D.C. yesterday.

Here is how the protests played out Tuesday:

Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Hundreds of protestors surrounded the U.S. Capitol with signs, posters, and flags to promote their anti-corruption opinions. Many of the participants marched south from Philadelphia this week to show their commitment to the cause. Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer


A police officer interacts with a woman partaking in the sit-in at the U.S. Capitol steps. Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer


Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Police officers lined Capitol Hill this afternoon to ensure security during Tuesday’s Democracy Spring demonstration. Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer


Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer

A Metropolitan Police Department officer escorts a protestor away from the scene. On Monday, more than 400 people were arrested in relation to the protests. Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer



Police officers surround a group of people sitting at the base of the U.S. Capitol building. Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer


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Metro officials announced they would not shut down lines for months to make repairs. Hatchet File Photo.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Liz Provencher.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority will not close an entire line for repairs, the top Metro official said Tuesday.

Metro General Paul Wiedefeld said the repairs needed to improve the Metro can be done by temporarily shutting down sections of the tracks, The Washington Post reported. The repairs can also be made during the overnight hours when the Metro is closed.

Last week Jack Evans, the chair of WMATA’s Board of Directors, said that the board considered closing an entire line for as long as six months to deal with repairs. Evans, who is also a D.C. Council member representing Foggy Bottom, specifically mentioned closing the blue line for an extended period twice during a meeting with The Washington Post.

Wiedefeld is now retracting that claim, saying that the repairs can be done in a shorter time frame than six months and can be done most efficiently by closing lines in sections, rather than closing an entire line for a longer amount of time.

“I don’t see any need for a long closure of any part of the system,” Wiedefeld said.

A Metro official, who spoke under the condition of anonymity to the Washington Post, said officials have considered three possible repair plans. One plan has sections of a line shut down for a couple weeks at a time. Another would have a line shut down for several weeks but on weekends only. The third plan requires more trains single-tracking in the early morning and late at night.

An official plan for repairing the Metro system will be announced in the next few weeks, Wiedefeld said.

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Members of Sigma Delta Tau participate in bid day last October. Officials announced deferred recruitment for sororities and fraternities starting in 2017. Hatchet file photo by Naishi Jhaveri | Hatchet Photographer.

Members of Sigma Delta Tau participate in bid day last October. Officials announced deferred recruitment for sororities and fraternities starting in 2017. Hatchet file photo by Naishi Jhaveri | Hatchet Photographer.

Updated: April 6, 2016 at 3:50 p.m.

Beginning in fall 2017, freshman will no longer be able to join Greek life in their first semester at GW, according to a University release on Wednesday.

Students will have to complete at least 12 course credits on campus before being eligible to participate in recruitment for all Greek chapters, according to the release. The new policy would give freshmen more time to acclimate to campus before attempting to join fraternities and sororities, officials said in the statement.

The change will significantly alter the way chapters in the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association and Multicultural Greek Council are able to recruit new pledge classes and is the first major change to the recruitment policy in recent years, the release said.

In the fall of 2017, only sophomores, juniors and seniors will be allowed to participate in fall rush or recruitment and freshmen will have to wait until the spring. Beginning in the fall of 2018, recruitment for all students interested in joining Greek chapters will take place exclusively during the spring semester, the release said.

A recruitment evaluation committee – consisting of Greek and non-Greek affiliated students, parents, faculty and staff – presented options for recruitment to the Center for Student Engagement staff, the release said.

The 15-member committee reached their decision after researching  recruitment policies at GW’s peer schools, distributing a student-survey and reviewing existing studies about how best chapters can recruit pledge classes, according to the release.

Director of Student Involvement and Greek Life Christina Witkowicki said the new policy will ensure that students have their best possible experience as undergraduates.

“Most importantly, it will afford first-year students a chance to fully learn about GW’s fraternities and sororities, establish a G.P.A. and develop sustainable relationships on campus prior to making a commitment to Greek life,” Witkowicki said.

Mollie Bowman, the former Panhellenic Association president, said the change would enable chapters to focus on priorities other than recruitment during the fall semester. She served on a recruitment evaluation committee this semester and has been a part of a Greek life task force.

“Taking the emphasis off of year-round recruiting will allow the fall semester to be a time of reflection, so that chapters can participate in fall programming and focus on education,” Bowman said in the release.

The recruitment evaluation committee was recommended by a separate Greek life task force which examined recruitment as well as sexual assault training and prevention and hazing issues.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the recruitment evaluation committee decided to defer recruitment. Officials in the Center for Student Engagement made the decision. We regret this error.

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The University Police Department was involved with six incidents of public drunkenness over the weekend, three of which were Saturday afternoon in University Yard during Spring Fling.

Those incidents are in addition to the five students cited for alcohol violations between April 1 and 3, according to the GW crime log. At least five students were referred for disciplinary action for public intoxication, the crime log shows.

An intoxicated person was reported to UPD on Friday at around 4:45 p.m., but police took no further action, according to the crime log.

One of the incidents of public drunkenness was at 2:36 a.m. Sunday in South Hall, according to the crime log. Another incident was an intoxicated student in the Marvin Center at 8:16 p.m. on Sunday.

The students were referred to the Division of Student Affairs for disciplinary action.

University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 3:38 p.m.

Zero-waste designer talks trash with Green GW

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Madelyne Ashworth.

Daniel Silverstein told members of Green GW how he lives an eco-friendly lifestyle and looks fabulous doing it.

The zero-waste fashion designer spoke at the group’s annual “trashion” show on Monday at the Textile Museum after three student designers presented outfits created from recycled and repurposed material.

Six months after graduating in 2010 from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Silverstein began ZWD, a zero-waste clothing line by only repurposing used fabric. He said his main goal in the fashion world is to design and create clothing with no waste.

Here are the main takeaways from his talk:

1. The wasteful ways of fashion

As a student at FIT, Silverstein said he was repeatedly told that there was only one path he could follow as a young fashion designer in New York and that he could not change amount of waste designers typically create.

“Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the entire world. It’s second only to oil,” Silverstein said.

Silverstein said this waste is a product of the “fast fashion” era of clothing consumerism. He said that stores like H&M, Zara and Forever 21 produce massive amounts of textile waste to produce more clothing quickly.

Silverstein was determined to change that as a designer, he said during his talk.

“We’re living in a disposable time in a disposable culture,” said Silverstein. “But every person in this room has the ability to change that.”

2. Trash is a choice

Rather than thinking of trash as something unavoidable, Silverstein said that trash is something everyone consciously creates that could instead be turned into something else.

“We go around all day every day actually choosing to make trash,” Silverstein said. “I open this up, that’s a piece of trash. I tear that open, that’s a piece of trash. I’m done with that box, now it’s trash. It’s everywhere. We’re playing God. Just like that, we’re banishing something to a wasteland.”

To stop this pattern, Silverstein encouraged recycling, mindful consumerism and repurposing. He said people must change the ways they think about trash.

“I like to think of trash as a gift with purchase,” said Silverstein.

3. Change is up to you

Silverstein said the first step to becoming a smarter, more mindful consumer is to stop shopping at the companies that encourage a culture of waste. Once these huge companies stop receiving support, companies like ZWD can take their place and make the fashion industry less wasteful.

“We need better, stronger, more intelligent designers to be supported by better, stronger, more intelligent consumers to create a demand for responsible products,” Silverstein said. “As a designer, I like to imagine that every single product I make has a message, but it needs a wearer to give that message a voice.”

Large “fast fashion” companies are most of the problem, Silverstein added, and encouraged students to not patronize those brands.

“You alone have the power to make change,” Silverstein said. “You, by yourself, can make whatever kind of changes you want, and that’s a really powerful thing.”

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 11:38 a.m.

Two senators elected to fill vacant SA spots

Spencer Legred was elected to fill a vacant CCAS undergraduate SA sentate seat Monday night. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Spencer Legred was elected to fill a vacant CCAS undergraduate SA sentate seat Monday night. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Two new senators were elected to fill vacant seats on the Student Association Senate Monday night.

Spencer Legred and Nate Pasko were both chosen by a majority of senators to serve out the rest of the current senate’s term.

Legred, the SA’s former director of Marvin Center affairs, was elected undergraduate senator for Columbian College of Arts and Sciences until the end of the month, beating out senator-elect Luke Plowden.

“I know that there’s a lot that goes into this. I’ve been to most meetings this year,” Legred said ahead of the vote.

He touted his experience as executive director of GW Dance Marathon, and advocated lowering the cost of renting event space on campus and making the SA’s financial decisions more transparent.

Nate Pasko, who was already elected as an Elliott School of International Affairs undergraduate senator for next year, will begin his term a month early. He was chosen to join the senate over Sydney Nelson, who will also be a senator next year.

He argued for a spot in the current senate so he could “hit the ground sprinting” next year and begin implementing parts of his agenda this academic year.

Legred will fill the spot vacated by Thomas Falcigno, who is now executive vice president. Pasko replaces former Elliott School senator Rohan Bhargava, who resigned from the Senate after being suspended for missing too many meetings.

The senate also passed a bill requesting professors be more timely with returning grades on assignments.

The bill, which asks that professors return final exams and course grades within five days after the final exam is taken, sparked a debate about whether the resolution would have any practical impact.

Sen. Sydney Eskin, SEAS-U, said the bill would be a “friendly nudge letting them know that ‘yes it’s important that you get back to us in a timely manner.’”

Others questioned whether faculty would even be aware of such a resolution.

“I have very close relationships with faculty and they have no idea what this going to be. This is something the Faculty Senate should do,” Sen. Brady Forrest, CCAS-G, said.

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