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Ari Massefski and Mike Massaroli are the president and executive vice president, respectively, of the Residence Hall Association.

Nobody likes a lounge that doesn’t have any furniture. Across the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, our residence halls have dozens of common spaces that we can use for studying, hanging out with friends or planning events, but sometimes these lounges are startlingly empty. In some buildings, a large common space only has one or two chairs, a couch and a small table.

As your advocate, the Residence Hall Association has spent the last several months working with staff in the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Operations to point out lounges and lobbies that could use more furniture. And we have seen notable successes: A lounge in the basement of Thurston Hall recently opened and has become a popular study spot during midterms, and new furniture will soon grace a newly constructed student lounge in Amsterdam Hall.

But too often, furniture that is placed in residential common areas doesn’t remain there. The furniture “disappears” of its own accord – usually because a resident has decided that a couch from the lounge would make a nice addition to his or her room.

If you were at home, and you thought that the kitchen table would look better in your bedroom, would you just take it? No, because the kitchen table is for communal use, and dragging it into your bedroom would take it away from the rest of your family. Even when we’re not at home, the same principles should apply.

Campus resources are finite, and we all share the responsibility to maintain the condition of our communal lobbies and lounges. When furniture is removed from common spaces or when we abuse the lounge by breaking or mishandling furniture, it takes away from everyone’s opportunity to use those amenities. As residents of the buildings throughout campus, it’s important for all of us to contribute to ensuring these halls remain our homes away from home.

Last fall, several GW departments and student organizations like the RHA and the Student Association put together community standards to ensure the halls remain in good condition for current and future residents. But on paper, standards can only do so much – they need the effort and buy-in of the entire community to truly make a difference.

As we all hunker down with our Oreos and Red Bulls to study for midterms, students across campus are looking to use these common spaces for quiet studying or to work on group projects. Administrators are open and willing to work with students on refurbishing lobbies that need furniture. Please do your part by leaving the lounges the way you found them, and give your hall councils feedback about the furniture you would like to see in your lobbies and lounges.

If we all chip in, we can make sure these are spaces that the community can enjoy together.

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Ariella Neckritz, a junior double-majoring in human services and women’s studies, is the president of GW Students Against Sexual Assault.

For many, the Foggy Bottom Metro station is just a site of the everyday commute, a means to participate in internships, service activities and nightlife. But for me, it is a site of trauma. It is a reminder of pain, manipulation and hurt. It is a trigger that will never disappear.

Freshman year, I attended a party with students from neighboring universities. I was hit on by an upperclassman, totally flattered to have interested a student who I thought was mature, intelligent and attractive. We exchanged numbers and I was unsure if I would hear from him, but afterward, he texted me constantly, always checking in and wanting to know what I was doing.

I saw all these actions as part of a caring effort to learn about my life, but soon, what I began to experience was abusive behavior. His attempts to constantly monitor me, control my actions and isolate me from my circle of support were tactics of power.

As we started dating, the abusive behavior escalated with threats, insults, intimidation, manipulation and false accusations. Since his abuse was spun in among compliments, promises and profuse apologies, I continued to overlook his disrespect of my feelings, mental well-being and boundaries. But eventually, after friends voiced their concerns, I decided to break it off.

On Jan. 18, 2013, standing next to the Foggy Bottom Metro, I told him that I felt our relationship was unhealthy and that we needed to break up. He responded by threatening to commit suicide if I ended it, describing in detail all the ways he could kill himself. Although a few hours later he messaged me to clarify he never actually intended to harm himself, the threat and its emotional impact still haunts me.

Now, two years later, and as the president of GW Students Against Sexual Assault, I have come to identify as a survivor of dating violence. Although the terminology most commonly used to describe relationship violence is domestic violence, abuse can happen to people in all relationship configurations – not just to those who live together.

Some terms that survivors also use to describe their experiences are relationship abuse, intimate partner violence, dating abuse and domestic abuse. While, historically, much emphasis has been placed on physical abuse and finding visible marks like bruises to identify survivors, the ways in which people experience dynamics of power and control and abusive behavior are varied.

Dating violence can include sexual, emotional, psychological, spiritual, economic, verbal and digital abuse. Twenty-one percent of college students report they have experienced dating violence by a current partner, and 32 percent report dating violence by a previous partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

This issue is pervasive across college campuses, and we need to acknowledge its existence in the GW community: There were 18 reports of domestic violence at GW in 2013.

This October, to correspond with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, GW Students Against Sexual Assault is focusing its annual campus-wide education campaign on dating violence. In light of the media’s recent attention to domestic violence, we feel it’s important to discuss abusive relationships in the campus context. We see this as an opportunity to raise awareness and provide education and resources.

For the campus community, this is an invitation to join a movement to create a culture of respect. I urge students to respect boundaries, be active bystanders, listen to and believe friends when they disclose, submit CARE reports and engage with the campaign on social media.

Thanks to campaigns like this, I learned there was terminology to describe my experiences. Thanks to campaigns like this, I learned how to identify abusive behavior. I learned there were support structures to offer help and resources for healing. Although my pain and triggers are still there, let’s work to stop abusive relationships.

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Jason Lifton, an alumnus, is the chief of staff to the associate provost for military and veterans affairs.

I’ve spent seven whole years at GW, and I’m only 25 years old.

As first an undergraduate student and leader of the Student Association, then a grad student, and then a staff member in both the Student Affairs and Military and Veteran Affairs offices, it’s been an incredible seven years. After earning an MBA with a focus in real estate from GW, I’m heading to a real estate development firm called Urban Investment Partners here in D.C. – truly my dream job. With my last day on Thursday, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my time here.

When I first arrived as a freshman in 2007, South Hall was a tennis court, Potomac House was brand new, Whole Foods was a big empty lot, George W. Bush was president and Thurston Hall … well, Thurston was the same.

But while the face of the campus has seen countless changes over the past seven years, the incredible type of people who live and work here has remained constant. I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most phenomenal people you’ll ever come across. They say that it’s the people who make organizations great, and GW is no exception.

So much of my love for GW stems from the students we attract. As first a student and now as a staff member, I’ve been given the opportunity to work with some of the most remarkable students on some incredible projects.

Most memorably, I was given the opportunity to accompany numerous Alternative Breaks trips to various cities across the country, and I watched as GW students gave up their vacations to serve people whom they’d never met before, and would likely never see again. Reflecting on trips like these remind me of why I’m proud of my alma mater.

In my most recent job within Military and Veteran Affairs, I have had the opportunity to meet the non-traditional students who come to GW as global leaders before they even step foot on campus. If you haven’t had a chance to sit down with one of our GW student veterans, you have not yet begun to understand the full breadth of our student body. A 29-year-old freshman who has done multiple combat tours through the Middle East and then chooses to come to GW to enroll in college – this is the type of student that makes our campus so diverse and so amazing.

From students, to faculty, to staff, I can truly say that there have been so many colleagues who have had an impact on me and who have made my experience here at GW meaningful, and for that I am grateful.

I will close by saying that, as Colonials, we are given an opportunity to engage with the world from our residence halls, our classrooms and our sidewalks. Take advantage of it. Go out, explore the city and make the most of your time! “Networking” is a cheesy term, but go meet interesting people who make you smarter and who make you better, and that will help you find the true value to your GW education. My GW experience has prepared me to embark on my next step in life, and yours will, too.

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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 8:01 p.m.

This fall, ban ‘basic’

Sarah Blugis, a junior majoring in political communication, is The Hatchet’s contributing opinions editor.

If you are a college-aged woman, you’re basic.

You can’t escape that classification. In fact, none of us can. According to Urban Dictionary – as well as countless, useless Buzzfeed listicles – if you’ve ever had Starbucks, taken a selfie, worn leggings or Uggs, or even owned an iPhone, you’re basic. End of discussion. Nothing else about your life is significant enough to change that fact.

The “basic bitch” phenomenon is one that has invaded millennial culture over the past few years. A College Humor video on the subject gained popularity in March, and even prominent media outlets like New York Magazine have started talking about and analyzing “basic girls.”

Now that it’s fall, the unofficial season of all basic bitches, the term is being thrown around more than ever.

Though we used to use “basic” to describe girls who participate in popular trends, now the word applies to nearly every female student on this campus and every college across the country. Sometimes I even find myself concealing my pumpkin spice latte or resisting posting a photo on Instagram for fear of acquiring this label, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

It might seem innocent, but placing women into a broad category for such insignificant reasons is offensive. Calling someone “basic” diminishes everything else about her and assumes that she’s nothing special. If a woman has something in common with the rest of her gender, she isn’t an individual in any way – she’s “just another girl.” And that’s unfair.

We don’t automatically assume that a man is bland and ordinary just because he happens to like something that’s popular. But ladies, the moment you take a sip from a decorative mug or even put on Essie nail polish, according to sites like Buzzfeed, you’re boring.

Though we do make generalizations about men, for example by referring to some as “bros,” they have autonomy over the categories in which they’re placed. College men own the term “bro” and can use it however they want, meaning it doesn’t always carry a negative connotation. Oppositely, “basic” is derogatory no matter who says it, and it isn’t a term that women have chosen for themselves.

Unfortunately, I’ve heard both men and women use “basic” to describe girls on this campus, and even I’m guilty of letting the term slip on occasion. And it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

So ladies, ignore it. Don’t label others as basic and don’t be afraid to participate in what’s now known as “basic culture.”

You want to wear leggings to class today? They’re comfortable. Go for it. Have you been itching to post an Instagram of the red and orange leaves on the Vern? It’s a pretty picture. Do it. You want to dress up like a cat for Halloween? It can be an easy, cute costume. You do you.

It’s possible to be a unique, interesting person and still do what you want. Forget about what men think, and forget about what society’s expectations are.

That photo of you in a pumpkin patch makes a great profile picture, and that doesn’t make you basic.

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Irene Ly, a freshman majoring in psychology, is a Hatchet opinions writer.

Have you ever dropped off family members or friends at the airport and then envied them as they post pictures of their travels on Facebook and Instagram?

Now, imagine those people had been fooling you all along, without having ever left home. That’s exactly what 25-year-old Dutch student Zilla van den Born did this summer.

For 42 days, van den Born hid in her apartment and convinced her loved ones she was having the time of her life traveling through Thailand, Cambodia and Laos by photoshopping images of exotic food and tourist attractions. She even Skyped with her parents from her living room under Christmas lights and a Thai umbrella and sent texts in the middle of the night.

Sound like a twisted joke by someone with too much time on her hands? Actually, van den Born, who studies graphic design, conjured up the whole ruse as her university graduation project. Her goal was to “prove how common and easy it is to distort reality,” and did it to “show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media.”

It’s a bold and extreme way of communicating a very true message: If there’s one thing social media is good at, it’s filtering out the bad and only showing the glamorous.

College students are some of the most active on social media, and GW students are particularly prone to bragging about their unique experiences. As a freshman, I’ve only been on campus a few weeks and am already inundated with social media posts ending in #OnlyatGW. It’s a central part of the University’s marketing campaign, too.

While using this hashtag is certainly trendy, it doesn’t paint a full picture of GW. Just as van den Born was able to manipulate reality and fool everyone using nothing but Photoshop and some creativity, #OnlyatGW paints a picture that is one-sided, has been removed of all its flaws and seems too good to be true.

I’m not trying to bash the pride students have for our school, but rather emphasize just how easy it is for us to use social media to twist reality.

By only showing our lives in a positive light, we fail to reveal the whole truth. Life at GW is occasionally thrilling, sure, but that doesn’t mean the rest of our time here is not still pretty darn ordinary or unexciting at times.

Reality may not be as exciting as social media makes it seem, but it can still be pretty great, and can sometimes give us enjoyment social media simply cannot capture.

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Activists gathered in New York City on Sept 21 for the People's Climate March, which organizers said is the largest climate rally ever. Photo by flickr user South Bend Voice under a CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.

Activists gathered in New York City on Sept. 21 for the People’s Climate March, which organizers said was the largest climate rally ever. Photo by flickr user South Bend Voice under a CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.

Students, alumni and GW’s top officials are leading sustainability efforts on campus, in D.C. and nationally.

University President Steven Knapp is speaking at a summit in Boston this week for higher education leaders who have started sustainability initiatives on campuses across the country. He and American University President Neil Kerwin will lead a talk about their agreement with GW Hospital to derive portions of their electricity from solar energy over the next several years.

And two weekends ago, the People’s Climate March drew hundreds of thousands to New York City in what became the largest march on the issue in U.S. history. An alumnus is hoping to use the momentum from that historic event to push divestment legislation through the D.C. Council.

In light of this movement, two Hatchet opinions writers reflect on the best course of action for GW students looking to take action against climate change.

Make sustainability a part of your everyday life

Georgia Lawson, a freshman majoring in political communication, is a Hatchet opinions writer.

By the year 2030, a significant chunk of D.C. could be underwater.

To many, climate change is a tired subject. It can be easy to disregard because it doesn’t seem like an urgent issue. But a report published last week by Climate Central, an organization of scientists that conducts research on climate change, tells a very different story.

The organization found that by 2030, flooding could be more than 6 feet above the local high-tide line. Looking at what 6 feet means to the District, we come upon some frightening realities.

Below the 6-foot water line lies 1,350 acres of land and about $4.6 billion in property value. This area encompasses 1,400 people, 400 homes, one hospital, one museum, two military facilities and 12 Environmental Protection Agency-listed sites, such as hazardous waste and sewage operations.

This threat puts our country’s political hub at stake. And as GW students that live and breathe D.C. culture, we have an obligation to protect our city. We study, have fun, perform community service and do much more here. For some of us, it will become our permanent home.

This school and this city is where GW students leave their mark. Since we try to take full advantage of everything the District has to offer us during our years here, it’s our job to keep it safe for future students who want to do the same.

The University has promoted green practices through the eco-challenge. Hatchet File Photo

The University has promoted green practices through the eco-challenge. Hatchet File Photo

Although everyone is to blame for climate change, the University has tried to help by promoting sustainability and green practices.

In recent years, GW has made great progress in the realm of sustainability. This summer, the University announced that it would start buying solar power. University President Steven Knapp is speaking this week about GW’s sustainability measures at a summit on climate leadership in Boston.

The University has also encouraged students to participate in residence hall energy-saving competitions, hosted green move-out at the end of every year and even launched a sustainability minor.

But University programs aren’t enough. While efforts on the part of GW can be beneficial, action to combat climate change on campus rests largely with students themselves.

Students should do more to help the environment – especially given Climate Central’s report. The programs are there: All we have to do is participate. And every Colonial should join in the fight for our planet.

This means actually using the recycling bins GW provides and turning off the lights when you’re the last one out. It means not standing under a scorching shower for 20 minutes after you’re already clean. It means thinking twice about the resources and energy that went into making the disposable coffee cups you drink from every morning and to where they go after you throw them away.

Do it for the planet, and do it for D.C. Do it for the monuments and museums and the wealth of knowledge that’s rooted in our city. Do it for your home here as a Colonial.

Throw your support behind divestment at GW

Kinjo Kiema, a sophomore majoring in political communication, is a Hatchet columnist.

The People’s Climate March was almost double the size of the March on Washington in 1963 – about 400,000 people demonstrated in the streets of New York City two weeks ago calling for action on climate change.

It’s refreshing to see this kind of traditional activism. A significant amount of organizing and activism is now done online. For example, after the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., so-called “hashtag activism” helped bring the issue to D.C., rallying thousands to sign a petition and hundreds to appear in front of the White House.

Sometimes it feels like we don’t see giant protests and marches about political issue anymore – at least not in the United States.

This march was timed close to the UN Climate Summit, a day when world leaders came together to determine what action their nations would take to address climate change. Regardless of what came out of the summit, the immense size of the march shows that any efforts to mitigate environmental destruction take a large show of public support.

Two years ago, University President Steven Knapp said he want GW to be the “chief model of urban sustainability in a city that itself aspires to be a green city,” in a speech on Earth Day. Hatchet File Photo

Two years ago, University President Steven Knapp said he want GW to be the “chief model of urban sustainability in a city that itself aspires to be a green city,” in a speech on Earth Day. Hatchet File Photo

GW students can’t organize an entire march of that scale on their own, of course, but there’s still a way we can act in a public way on this issue: encouraging our University to divest from fossil fuels. To do that, the campus divestment movement, which has progressed for the past two years, will need a surge of support.

Fossil Free GW is a student organization that’s lobbying the University to pull its investments out of the largest fossil fuel companies. Before GW can take action, it needs to know that students consider divestment a priority. Back in February, Fossil Free GW tried to drum up enough support to hold a campus-wide referendum on divestment, but the group has fallen far short of the 2,500 signatures necessary to put it to a vote.

We know even talk of a referendum can be effective: About a year ago, Student Association leaders planned to hold one on moving Student Health Service to a central campus location. Before that even happened, though, University President Steven Knapp threw his support behind the issue, and there never had to be a vote.

That’s because it was obvious students were united by the idea. Visible student enthusiasm for a fossil-free university is a key step toward pushing administrators to act. A referendum on the issue, with a strong show of student support, would be even better.

If you want to help stop climate change, you may not be able to participate in massive demonstrations like the one in New York, but as students, our voices are powerful. As we’ve seen in the past, one university can often set a trend for others to follow.

The best way to help make change is by joining the movement right here on campus.

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Rachel Brown is the assistant provost for University Career Services.

I’m writing in response to the column, “Don’t be consumed by personal branding,” by Sydney McKinley (Sept. 22, p. 4).

I agree with the argument that students should not be overwhelmed by personal branding, nor should they approach it thinking “presentation” is more important than content.

At the Center for Career Services, we emphasize developing an online professional presence as an effective tool for students, especially undergraduates, to begin working on early – even if they haven’t yet decided a major or career path. Showcasing professional experience, leadership in student organizations, classwork and language ability is a key component of the job-search process. Your potential employers see these as things that help show who you are – they don’t think they define everything that you are. Think of it as your professional snapshot.

We would never want students to view creating their personal brand as a chore, and they should not feel overwhelmed with a need to be present on every social media channel. When you’re pulled in every direction, the last thing you want is to add a “draining” task to your to-do list. Our career coaches are available to help you develop a personal brand that works for you and is part of your overall My Career Success Plan, which starts with knowing yourself.

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Todd Ramlow is an adjunct professor of women’s studies.

This month, a number of female celebrities’ cloud accounts were hacked, and sexually explicit images of them were spread online.

Photos purportedly of Hollywood’s female elites, like actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton, turned up on Reddit and started a media firestorm earlier this month. For a while, the controversy calmed down. But now, hackers have released even more pictures of other female celebrities.

Most disturbingly, a group of internet users started an anonymous website threatening to release nude photos of actress Emma Watson. The threat came in response to the powerful pro-feminism speech she made last week at the United Nations Headquarters. Thankfully, the situation turned out to be a hoax, but given today’s climate, it felt very real.

In the wake of these hackings, much has been said about internet security, privacy rights and the voraciousness of celebrity/gossip media: Perez Hilton posted some images and later took them down and issued an apology. TMZ reportedly attempted to buy the rest of the images.

But what’s largely been left out of these discussions is the ways in which such incidents demonstrate the maintenance, proliferation and pervasiveness of what feminist scholars and activists have long referred to as “rape culture.”

For example, the circulation of these images attests to the sexist presumption that men have the right to access women’s bodies, whether nude images of celebrity women or real women on our campus. The images were posted and traded on sites like 4Chan and Reddit, which were rife with misogynist writers who dominated nearly all the exchanges.

Women, so this logic goes, are to be objectified, consumed and disposed of however men see fit. If you think I’m exaggerating or stretching to make a connection, spend some time scrolling through the comments on any of these sites.

The more direct connection here to rape culture is in the tired game of victim-blaming in the aftermath of the hack. Shock jock and talk-radio host of “The Regular Guys,” Larry Wachs tweeted: “Hey @itsjenlawrence. Maybe you shouldn’t pose nude if you can’t handle the public seeing it. #dumdum. And don’t step on downed power lines!”

Wachs is certainly not alone in making these kinds of comments, though his language is much milder than many of the posts and tweets that blame celebrity women for their own exploitation.

Victim-blaming has many faces: It can be defense attorneys questioning the sexual histories or wardrobe choices of rape survivors, or GW’s former University president suggesting that an undergraduate woman needs to be more aware of her alcohol intake so she can “punch [a guy] in the nose” if he tries to rape her.

Celebrity women are being shamed for embodying a sexualized ideal they did not create, and are being blamed because the embodiment of that ideal is unattainable for the vast majority of men.

Whether the unattainable celebrity or the former girlfriend/lover/wife, these women are exploited, degraded and pilloried in public for rejecting sexist presumptions of male entitlement. Who should be ashamed?

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Alicia Rose, a senior majoring in international affairs, received a GW Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund grant for summer 2013. She is the vice president of academic affairs for the Student Association.

I am writing in response to the article, “One on One: Don’t underestimate unpaid internships,” by Justin Peligri and Robin Jones Kerr (Sept. 15, p. 4).

I’d like to highlight an opportunity for GW students who may want to take an unpaid internship but are unsure how to afford it. Many students might not be aware that you can receive funding from the University to pursue unpaid internships, which can reduce the financial burden of an unpaid position. That’s all the more reason why an unpaid position, like the authors write, should never be off the table.

I received a grant from the GW Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund to intern full-time for summer 2013 in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo with the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership founded after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku. The initiative supports the next generation of leaders in Japan and the U.S. through bilateral educational, cultural and leadership programs.

When I stayed in Tokyo to study abroad at Waseda University for the 2013-14 academic year, I decided to continue my internship part-time because of the endless opportunities and experiences that TOMODACHI provided me.

My internship became the highlight of my year abroad. I built relationships with staff members in TOMODACHI and the U.S. Embassy as well as throughout the Japanese nonprofit, corporate and government sectors. I met U.S. presidents, policymakers and CEOs. I worked on program development, marketing, alumni relations and event planning. I organized and presented at receptions, orientations and conferences. I improved my Japanese through working in a bilingual environment. I even helped out with a couple Japanese TV shows.

However, the most rewarding part was assisting with TOMODACHI programs and speaking with participants about how their lives were impacted by TOMODACHI.

Considering the merits of unpaid internships and the success of grants like KACIF, the Student Association is also advocating for more access to internship credit.

KACIF along with other fellowships were an integral part of my ability to live and intern in Tokyo, and I encourage anyone interested in pursuing an unpaid internship during the school year or the summer to apply. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000, and the spring 2015 application will open later this semester.

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Claude Khalife, a sophomore majoring in international affairs, is a Hatchet opinions writer.

Last month, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign effectively denied a professor of American Indian studies his faculty-backed tenured position.

Though the school has not confirmed a direct connection, it came after the professor, Steven Salaita, tweeted a series of anti-Israeli messages over the summer.

The controversy has reverberated across the nation. Some have focused on what Salaita posted on Twitter, taking advantage of his juvenile, insensitive words to rehash the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But the outrage over his firing shouldn’t be confined to a tired, inconclusive political debate – it’s about much more. Any individual who supports academic freedom should stand against UIUC.

GW students are incredibly fortunate. Our classmates hail from all over the world and have stories, ideas and opinions as diverse as their backgrounds. What’s more, our professors are experts and policymakers whose opinions are respected. Many of these faculty members are known not only for the breadth and depth of their knowledge, but for their unique perspectives.

Though I’m only beginning my second year at GW, I already recognize the impact that certain professors have had on my thinking. As a Lebanese-American, my views of the Arab-Israeli conflict are shaped by my ancestry, my time spent in the Middle East and the Lebanese community I grew up around in Boston.

Yet it was not until I came to GW and engaged with students and professors on opposite sides of the table that I was truly able to examine my own beliefs. Classroom debates led by engaging professors have been instrumental in better understanding the conflict, and conversations with ardent Palestinian and Israeli activists have deepened my comprehension of and respect for both sides.

Far from simply dictating their own opinions to their classes, my professors have forced me to challenge my own closely held beliefs – and in doing so, have helped me cast away certain ideas that were not rooted in logic but rather in the way I had grown up and the influences to which I had been exposed.

I recognize, too, that I’m just one student who has experienced a long tradition of political thought and activism at GW. Student protests, which helped turn public opinion against the Vietnam War, took hold at GW, and students’ anti-apartheid activism is enshrined on campus.

Colleges have long proved instrumental in expressing the political, moral and social viewpoints of a generation. While many of these movements have taken place outside the classroom, activists still owe much to their professors, especially those who have used their expertise to challenge and refine the opinions of their students. Whether in class or in private, the ability of a professor to spark debate and provoke students to think critically is invaluable.

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