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“When applying to U.S. colleges, it is critically important that international students understand the financial aid policies at different schools. The best way to get all of the information is by asking the financial aid counselors directly.”
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“By Ankit Ajmera and Sagarika Jaisinghani (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce new regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under the regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. This is lower than the current threshold of 30 percent of discretionary income and 12 percent of total ...”
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Oct 28, 2014
“The one-year scholarship has come to be viewed as similar to an employment contract, while four-year awards are seen as more in the spirit of amateurism.”
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Oct 16, 2014
“Designed to help World War II veterans get a college diploma, the GI Bill of 1944 provided low-cost tuition loans for service members, subsidizing their education and giving them a leg up on entering the American middle class.”
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Why the White House Fudged the Numbers on Student Loans
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Oct 08, 2014
“Eager to broadcast some good news approaching the midterm elections, the Obama administration recently announced a welcome dip in student loan defaults, from 14.7 percent for the 2010 cohort (loans taken out in that year) to 13.7 percent for 2011. Policymakers, alarmed about how our trillion-dollar student loan burden and soaring default rates are undermining our economic growth, cheered the report. In keeping with a White House that talks a good game on transparency but that is cloaked in secrecy, the Department of Education moved the goalposts at the last minute, changing how the default rates were calculated and thus sparing some colleges from tough penalties. The academic world has been anxiously awaiting the Department of Education’s annual announcement on student loan defaults.”
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Kirby Dzurny: Don't give in to the pressure to study abroad
by The GW Hatchet

Nov 18, 2014
“Media Credit: Cartoon by Juliana Kogan
It’s that time of year again: Sophomores are planning for study abroad.
More than half of all GW undergraduates will study in a different country during their time here, and the number of students going abroad has steadily increased since 2001.
In a community that is constantly pressuring students to go overseas, we aren’t always informed about the negatives. I’ve come to realize that we only get a few years at GW, and this is not the time to leave.
Living in another country for three to nine months can have long-lasting consequences once you return – a lesson I learned the hard way.
When I was in high school, I studied abroad twice. My first experience was for a few weeks in Suwa, Japan my freshman year. The second time, I decided to spend my entire junior year living with a host family in Nanjing, China. While my immersion was difficult because of language and cultural barriers, it was nothing compared to the shock I experienced when I came home.
Back in the U.S., I found it difficult to relate to the people I had missed most, which left me feeling frustrated and lonely for months after I’d returned.
It’s common for students coming home from abroad to experience frustration, anger, loneliness, confusion or a sense of distance from their American friends and family. Though this is only temporary, it can last up to a year after an abroad experience.
Suddenly, you may feel held back by reverse culture shock during one of the most important times of college: the second half of junior year and senior year.
This is the best time to build relationships with professors and make connections as you apply for internships, take on a leadership role in a student organization or start looking for a post-graduation job. When you return home, reverse culture shock can make catching up even more difficult.
For many students, study abroad is a valuable part of GW’s culture. Some say it was one of the reasons they decided to enroll here, since the University has 300 programs from which to choose, in over 60 countries. And studying in a different country of course can be beneficial: You gain travel experience, and depending on your major and location, can boost your résumé to stand out in the job market.
But if you’re paying tuition for an expensive, prestigious institution, you might as well attend it. It’s highly unlikely that you will receive a better education in a different country, anyway. International students come to the U.S. for a high-quality education, and it doesn’t make sense that some American students want to do the opposite.
And if you do choose to study abroad, you’ll still need to pay full tuition. That doesn’t include the program fee, which can easily cost thousands of dollars .
Granted, the University has tried to make studying abroad more affordable: It has created a few different scholarship opportunities for students, like the GW Blog Abroad Scholarship and the GW Commitment to Community Scholarship.
But you need all four years to fully take advantage of living in D.C. Each neighborhood – Georgetown, Adams Morgan, Friendship Heights, to name a few – offers a unique cultural experience.
The District is much more than just a political city. Whether you’re looking to further your career or open your mind to other cultures and new experiences, or both, this city is the place to be.
If you’re excited about studying abroad, I’m not trying to stand in your way. But for those of you on the fence who are unsure if study abroad is right for you, it’s important that you examine the drawbacks.
It isn’t a bad idea for everyone, but most of us should go overseas another time. Go on vacation after you graduate, take a trip for a short-term summer program or take a class that allows you to go abroad during spring break. You could even do an Alternative Break, which organizes service trips abroad if you’re looking for a taste of a different culture.
When it comes to your remaining semesters, though, stay here. Stay connected to your friends and your school for the short time you’re at GW. You won’t get another chance.
Kirby Dzurny, a sophomore majoring in international affairs and creative writing, is a Hatchet opinions writer.”

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For senior, taking local seat means serving lifelong neighbors
by The GW Hatchet

Nov 10, 2014
“Media Credit: Kiana Robertson | Hatchet Photographer
Senior Markus Batchelor won a seat on one of Ward 8’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. Batchelor, a D.C. native, ran on a platform that included helping residents find affordable housing.
Southeast-bred senior Markus Batchelor wants to make sure his lifelong neighbors have a place at the table.
Batchelor was elected last week to serve on one of Ward 8’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, representing a part of Southeast D.C. that's facing re-development and one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
He ran on a platform to find new housing for the residents of Berry Farm, one of the first settlements for former slaves after emancipation. He said the city will soon tear down the housing project building, and that his first goal is to make sure those people have a place to stay.
“My largest responsibility is making sure current residents are included and not displaced,” he said.
He added that he’s also focused on the new St. Elizabeth’s development, a complex in Southeast D.C. that will include housing, office space and a shopping center, which he said will “transform the community.”
Batchelor, who is taking a semester off and living at home, said he chose to run for a spot on the ANC because he brings multiple perspectives to the group as someone who has lived in Ward 8, the Mount Vernon Campus and Foggy Bottom.
ANCs, advisory boards assigned to a section of each of the city's eight wards, listen to neighbors' complaints about issues like noise, trash and construction. Each commissioner represents a portion of the neighborhood, and will often work closely with residents to pass their concerns on to city agencies.
Batchelor, who was born and raised in D.C., said many of the skills he’ll use in the next two years, like the ability to form connections with a diverse constituency, come from what he learned as a Student Association senator his sophomore year at GW.
He said during his time as a senator, he looked to give multicultural student organizations a “fair share” when the SA doled out money for events. As vice chair of the student life committee, he said he worked closely with then-SA President Ashwin Narla.
“I was excited to be in the middle of the fight for more student space on campus,” he said.
But Batchelor’s got his start in local politics long before his SA senate stint. His freshmen year of college, Batchelor became the national president of the D.C. Statehood Student Association, a group that advocates for making the District the nation's 51st state.
In April 2012, Batchelor and three other GW students were arrested after sitting in the middle of an intersection near the Capitol building during a demonstration.
Batchelor said he was able to win on Election Day because of the strong ties he’s made in the community and the support of some of his friends at GW, who donated over $1,000 to his campaign. Batchelor won the election with 48 percent of the vote, a victory of more than 8 percentage points over his opponent.
In 2011, Batchelor was one of nine students to receive the Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship, which gives D.C. natives full rides to attend GW.
Kheri Freeman, the president of the Black Student Union, said she became friends with Batchelor during their freshman year, after bonding over their love of politics. Freeman, who donated $25 to Batchelor’s campaign, said Batchelor’s strengths as a commissioner will come from living in the area for years.
“He really knows what the problems are and the things that need to be handled immediately,” she said. “He’s very proactive and passionate.”
After serving as an SA senator, Batchelor went on to work on the Ward 8 redistricting committee.
L. Yvonne Moore, who spent 20 years as a commissioner on another Ward 8 ANC, worked with Batchelor on the committee, and called Batchelor "a very community-minded and civic-minded person."
“I hope that one day he would even think about running for a Council seat," she said.”

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Fan Guide: GW basketball 101
by The GW Hatchet

Nov 03, 2014
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Cameron Lancaster | Assistant News Editor
Haven't been a fan of GW basketball? Here is everything you need to know about Foggy Bottom hoops.
Two guys walk into McFadden's.
The first one starts up a conversation about the men's basketball team's first game of the season, which will be Nov. 14 against Grambling State in the Smith Center.
"We'll beat them easy. They went 5-24 last season. GW went 24-9, and A-10 coaches think we'll finish second in the conference this year," he says.
The second guy stops and says, “Wow, you must really know your stuff.” He’s impressed, and buys the first guy a beer.
So there you have it, knowing some facts about GW basketball means you get free beer.
Jokes aside, with hoops fever spreading across campus, students may want to know what all the fuss is about. Think of this as a cheat sheet for what you missed last season, who’s who on the team and what to expect this year. Use it if you want to carry on a conversation about GW basketball at the bar or anywhere else.
The players
Men’s team
The “Core Four”
The junior quartet of Patricio Garino, Kethan Savage, Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen.
1. Kevin Larsen: The Muscle
Coming off a sophomore season in which he was voted the most improved player in the conference, Larsen will be the one to watch around the basket skying for rebounds or throwing down a two-handed dunk.
2. Joe McDonald: The Facilitator
The third-year point guard is returning healthy after undergoing left-hip surgery. Look for McDonald to drive to the basket from beyond the three-point line or find the open player on the court for an open shot.
3. Patricio Garino: The Slasher
The Mar del Plata, Argentina native is the team's strongest defensive presence and has the ability to get to the free throw line. The guard-forward totaled 41 steals and averaged 12.1 points per game last season.
4. Kethan Savage: The Comeback Kid
Savage returns to the Colonials' lineup after a broken foot kept him off the court for the last two months of the season. Savage is predicted to be one of the top scorers in the nation.
Plus: He’s big in Japan
Freshman Yuta Watanabe should attract international attention to the men’s basketball team. Watanabe is a 6-foot-8 forward from Kagawa, Japan. He’s the first Japanese-born player to earn a Division I men’s basketball scholarship and is just the third to place in Division I college basketball. The Japan Times has named Watanabe his hometown’s “chosen one.”
Women’s team
Jonquel Jones
A 6-foot-4 forward from Freeport, Bahamas, Jones transferred to GW after playing one season at Clemson. She will be able to play a full season with the Colonials after transfer rules forced her to sit out the first 11 games of the season. Look for Jones to score all over the floor, from the three-point line to right next to the rim.
Caira Washington
A native of Brandywine, Md., Washington solidified herself as the team’s inside threat and finished the season with 314 rebounds and 381 total points. Washington was last season’s conference Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Conference Second Team.
(The coaches within the Atlantic 10 determine the All-Conference teams. The top five players who are considered the best in the league will be named to the first team, the next best five players to the second team and the following five players on the third team.)
Lauren Chase
The 5-foot-5 guard will make her first appearance after a medical condition kept her off the floor last season. Chase, who transferred to GW in 2013 from UMBC, is a strong passer who also has the ability to score.
Key chatting questions
Men’s team
What happened last year?
The Colonials won their most games in a season since 2005-06, posting an overall record of 24-9. GW took its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2007-08, earning a No. 9 seed. The Colonials fell to Memphis in the second round of the NCAA tournament, also known as the Big Dance. The 64-team tournament is divided into four regions, with each containing seeds from No. 1 to No. 16. The men's team's No. 9 seeding last season was considered middle of the pack but solid.
Can the team live up to the hype?
After they were selected to finish 10th in the conference in last season’s preseason poll, the Colonials were picked to finish second in 2014-15. Coaches in the league believe GW has the right pieces to make a run at the A-10 championship.
Will the free-throw shooting woes subside?
Last season, the Colonials were the second-worst free throw shooting team in the conference, making just 65.2 percent of their foul shots. GW will be without its first- and fourth-best free throw shooters from last season in Maurice Creek and Isaiah Armwood, which means remaining players will need to improve.
Is the frontcourt strong enough in the absence of Armwood?
With the departure of Armwood, the team’s top rebounder and perennial shot blocker, GW will need multiple players to step up in his absence, especially Larsen and senior forward John Kopriva.
Women’s team
What happened last year?
The women won more than 20 games and earned their first post-season victory for the first time since 2007-08. The team was eliminated in the third round of the WNIT, falling to the University of South Florida 74-59. Four players earned conference honors.
How are the new players?
Joining the Colonials roster this season are five newcomers, who together make up arguably the best recruiting class in the A-10. Head coach Jonathan Tsipis’ second GW recruiting class includes guards Brianna Cummings, Camila Tapias and Mia Farmer, as well as forwards Kelli Prange and Jada Matthews.
Can the Colonials top the conference?
The Colonials rose three spots and were selected to finish second behind front-runner Dayton. Senior Chakecia Miller, Jones and Washington were each selected to the preseason All-Defensive team. Jones was also selected to the All-Conference first team, while Washington was chosen for the All-Conference second team.
Mark your calendars
Men’s team
GW vs. UVA
Nov. 21
GW will play on the road at the University of Virginia. Sure, it’s not a home game, but the non-conference matchup was a big get for the Colonials in terms of strength of schedule. Students can watch the game on ESPN3 – it's one of at least 14 nationwide broadcasts of the team, so set up on your couch with your roommates and watch GW try to hang with last year’s ACC champs.
BB&T Classic
Dec. 7
After defeating the University of Maryland last season thanks to late-game heroics from Creek, GW will return to the Verizon Center to take on former A-10 member Charlotte. Also featured in the Classic will be a matchup between Georgetown and Towson.
Diamond Head Classic
Dec. 22 to 25
The men’s basketball team will spend the holidays in Honolulu, Hawaii for the fifth annual Diamond Head Classic, a three-day invitational that features eight collegiate teams. The Colonials will open the tournament against Ohio University and then will play either Colorado or DePaul in the second round. Their final game could come against Nebraska, Loyola Marymount, Hawaii or Wichita State.
Women’s team
GW vs. UMD
Nov. 22
GW will host Maryland looking to rewrite (recent) history. Though GW had upset its last opponent fresh off a final-four run when it beat then-No. 10 California last November, the Colonials were toppled by the Terps just days later. Maryland was recently selected as preseason No. 1.
Junkanoo Jam
Nov. 28 to 29
Jonquel Jones is going home. The junior big for women’s basketball said she is excited to show the team the food and beaches that she knew growing up. GW will play in the Junkanoo Jam Tournament in Freeport, Bahamas over Thanksgiving break along with North Carolina State, Purdue and Texas Tech.
Tips for the casual fan
Admission
All games are free to undergraduate students.
Get to the game early
Last season, as the men’s basketball team started to generate some buzz on campus, students flocked to the Smith Center and eventually filled the entire arena to capacity. To avoid being turned away or having to watch the game from the Colonials Club, get a seat early.
Free food
During most weekend contests, the athletic department puts on a pre-game tailgate for fans to grab barbecue staples like hamburgers and hotdogs.
Beer (kind of)
Beer will now be served at the Smith Center in the Champions Club, men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan announced at the team’s annual Buff and Blue scrimmage last week. Fans can purchase beer 90 minutes before the game, but must drink it before returning to their seats. The Champions Club will also serve as a concession stand during the game.”

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