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At least three people were injured after the Falafel Bus food truck caught fire Wednesday afternoon. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

At least three people were injured after the Falafel Bus food truck caught fire Wednesday afternoon. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

Updated: Nov. 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Three people were transported to local hospitals after the Falafel Bus food truck went up in flames on H Street Wednesday afternoon.

At least one of the people were critically injured from the fire, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan said. He could not say which hospitals the people were taken to, but added that it’s safe to say that at least one of them was taken to GW Hospital.

D.C. Fire received the call for the fire at 1:59 p.m. and reached the scene at 2:03 p.m., Buchanan said.

“The fire is mostly contained,” he said at around 2:15 p.m. “It will be up to fire investigator in the next couple hours or days to determine the cause of the fire.”

D.C. Fire determined Thursday afternoon that the fire was caused by improper fueling of the generator on-site.

Police closed off H Street to vehicular traffic because of the fire, according to a D.C. alert. University spokeswoman Candace Smith said that buildings near the fire weren’t evacuated, but students were encouraged to use exits that were not near the fire.

Avery Anapol contributed reporting.

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 Gelman Library will be closed Saturday Jan. 30 from 1 to 9 a.m. for construction. Hatchet file photo by Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor

Gelman Library will be closed Saturday Jan. 30 from 1 to 9 a.m. for construction. Hatchet file photo by Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor


This post was written by Hatchet reporter Crystel Sylvester.

Students planning on pulling an all-nighter will have to find a spot other than Gelman Library this weekend.

Gelman Library will be closed Saturday, Jan. 30 between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. to “safely complete necessary construction activities” on the National Churchill Library and Center on the first floor, according to an infomail sent to students Friday.

“This building closure is being done at night to minimize disruption to our library users,” the email reads.

Construction started on the first floor of Gelman Dec. 21 to house the National Churchill Library and Center, which is set to open later this year.

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Updated: Dec. 3, 2015 at 6:50 p.m.

If you planned to pull an all-nighter, you’ll have to find a study spot other than Gelman Library.

The library will be closed early Friday morning because District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority will conduct repairs in the building, the library tweeted Thursday night.

The Marvin Center, which normally closes at 2 a.m., will remain open all night.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The headline originally stated Gelman Library will be closed between 2 a.m. and 7 p.m. It will be closed between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. We regret this error.

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University Librarian Geneva Henry has supported open access at GW libraries. Hatchet file photo.

University Librarian Geneva Henry has supported open access at GW libraries. Hatchet file photo.

GW opened access to research and scholarly works created by faculty, staff and students on Monday, according to a University release.

The repository, called ScholarSpace, is designed to act as a permanent record of papers, articles, data sets and other scholarly works created at GW. Anyone at GW can access these works for free through the website, and are just required to cite them when repurposed in their own work.

“Creating an institutional repository was a natural progression because we have had increased demand from faculty who want to share their work with multiple groups and students who want more access to journal articles and research,” Matt Mihalik, the libraries’ director of information technology, said in the release.

The repository is modeled after similar projects at Rice and Harvard universities, according to the release.

To upload work, faculty, staff and students can fill out forms online and library staff will publish and manage the submitted materials.

The announcement comes during Open Access Week at schools across the country.

ScholarSpace opens after the Faculty Senate voted in favor of an open access policy last winter. Some faculty hesitated to favor the open access policy, because it could be difficult for professors who publish in journals that own the copyright to the scholarly works.

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Gelman Library will no longer change its 24/7 availability after students complained of the new restricted hours for the building, according to a statement from Provost Steven Lerman Wednesday afternoon.

The University had initially changed Gelman’s hours according to a posting in the library widely circulated online Tuesday night. The changes, which were to start on Aug. 31, meant that the library would close on Fridays at 11 p.m. before reopening on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and closing at 10 p.m. to open again at noon on Sunday. The 24-hour access would have remained Mondays through Thursdays.

“We continuously try to balance the need to make sure that there is high quality study space available and operational efficiency,” Lerman said in the statement.

Barbra Giorgini, the executive director of GW Libraries, said in a statement that the change in hours was considered as an option when determining how to best use library resources, based on the times when Gelman was used most frequently.

“However, we have heard clearly the need to keep Gelman open and operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Giorgini said.

The initial change in hours caused strong responses from many students, who circulated a petition to keep the 24/7 availability that attracted nearly 2,000 signatures.

Casey Syron, the Student Association executive vice president, thanked SA president Andie Dowd and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski for their work on the issue in a tweet.

Dowd said in an interview that she had been emailing Lerman about the situation, but while in Rice Hall – where a majority of GW’s top administrators, including University President Steven Knapp, work – ran into Konwerski and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Planning Forrest Maltzman, and they discussed maintaining Gelman’s availability.

“We just took the necessary steps to reach out to the administration. Luckily, we were able to talk to a lot of them today,” Dowd said. “I think it was exciting – we got to see how everyone banded together and that everyone was very passionate about this.”

Jacqueline Thomsen contributed reporting.

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Gelman Library will no longer be open to students 24 hours seven days a week, starting this month. Hatchet File Photo

Gelman Library will no longer be open to students 24 hours seven days a week, starting this month. Hatchet File Photo

An online petition to restore Gelman Library’s hours to 24 hours a day, seven days a week has received more than 1,500 signatures less than a day after going online.

The change.org petition was created in response to a University posting in the library announcing the reduced hours for the fall semester. The petition was launched Monday night after a GW alumnus posted a picture of the flyer in the library to “Overheard at GW,” a popular Facebook group where students post pictures of events and other observations on campus.

From Aug. 31 until Dec. 6, the library will be open 24 hours a day Monday through Thursday, will close at 11 p.m. on Friday, will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and reopen on Sunday at noon. A University spokeswoman did not immediately return requests for comment on why the hours had changed.

“Apart from faculty and course offerings, there is no single aspect of a university more important for the education and success of its students than a library,” the petition said. “In cutting Gelman Library’s 24/7 hours, the University has demonstrated their disregard for that success – the success of their own students.”

Many students who signed the petition wrote notes explaining why they backed changing Gelman’s hours back to 24/7, arguing that keeping the library open gives students who have jobs during the day a quiet place to study. Out of GW’s 14 peer institutions, New York University is the only college with a library open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last year, Gelman Library’s budget increased for the first time in a decade, and GW plans to spend $35 million of its $1 billion fundraising campaign on libraries.

Students, faculty and administrators took to Twitter to discuss the change in hours.

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Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 11:43 a.m.

Classes canceled after snow coats D.C.

Hatchet File Photo by Charlie Lee | Hatchet Photographer

File Photo by Charlie Lee | Hatchet Photographer

The University has canceled classes and closed its offices Tuesday, according to a campus alert released at 4:37 a.m.

D.C.’s winter storm warning ended a little past 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, after the city received about 3.6 inches of snow, Capital Weather Gang reported.

Package services and the Colonial Health Center will both be closed Tuesday, according to a campus advisory. Gelman and Eckles libraries opened at 10 a.m., and the Marvin Center and the Lerner Health and Wellness Center are operating on normal schedules.

The Vern Express will run every 30 minutes until further notice. The shuttle from Foggy Bottom to the Virginia Science and Technology Campus is not running.

J Street opened at 7:30 a.m. with “limited service” for meals. Pelham Commons on the Mount Vernon Campus opened at 9 a.m.

The IT Support Center is only available for remote assistance.

Ryan Lasker contributed reporting.

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GW’s campus was part of a water outage spanning most of downtown D.C. Wednesday morning.

D.C. Water informed the University that the area was experiencing low water pressure, University spokesperson Maralee Csellar confirmed.

Gelman Library experienced a water outage, which the University confirmed at 11 a.m.

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D.C. Water tweeted that they were investigating the problem at 10:30 a.m., then again at 10:50 a.m. that the problem was caused by a broken valve on a water main.

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Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 11:50 a.m.

Welcome to the Stoner Learning Commons

The University announced part of the second floor renovations to Gelman Library would be renamed the George W. G. Stoner Learning Commons after a longtime staffer and donor to the University. Hatchet file photo.

The George W. G. Stoner Learning Commons were named after a longtime staffer and donor to the University. Hatchet File Photo

The second-floor study area in Gelman Library has been dubbed the George W.G. Stoner Learning Commons to honor a former longtime admissions director.

Stoner, who passed away in 2010 at age 84, was not only GW’s former director of admissions but also a prolific donor who made over 300 contributions to the University, mostly directed toward Gelman Library. He made GW a beneficiary of his estate when he died, giving $1.8 million to GW’s Librarian Discretionary Fund.

The naming comes a year after GW opened the learning commons to students following a $16 million renovation project.

After many alumni had met Stoner as they prepared to start attending classes at GW, Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said naming such a central location on campus after Stoner was appropriate.

“As the man who signed all of our admissions letters for more than 30 years, that letter and his very signature symbolized the official start of the GW experience for generations of new students,” Konwerski said in a release. “It’s most fitting that a space serving current and future GW students on a daily basis should bear his name.”

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For the second week in a row, maintenance work on water lines on campus will shut off water to Gelman library and several other campus buildings.

D.C. Water will shut off water to Gelman Library and Staughton Hall as well as Madison, JBKO and Munson residence halls to complete its work on the Science and Engineering Hall, University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt said.

The shut off will occur from 8 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. The Starbucks in Gelman library will also be closed because health codes require the availability of hot water. Students in the hall should not use their bathrooms, sinks or washing machines during the outage, Hiatt said.

The water was also turned off in those buildings last week as D.C. Water completed preliminary tests for the service work.

This post was updated Thursday, April 10 at 4:21 p.m. to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the buildings were shut down last week. While the water was turned off, the buildings remained open. We regret this error.

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