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Nate Muramatsu: Post-election student demands are unrealistic
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“In light of recent student walk-outs across the country, administrators at universities where students protested are now tasked with responding to a plethora of demands . At GW, a group of 400 students marched to the White House after the election and handed a list of demands tailored to GW to administrators at Rice Hall.
Student organizations including the Feminist Student Union, GW Voices For Choices and Fossil Free GW came together to ask administrators to take drastic steps to ensure the protection of minority students, undocumented students and students otherwise marginalized in higher education. The list of demands, among other things, also called for the University to protect students by re-channeling resources.
But with demands must come a well-researched plan of action. Students need to present definite timetables and requests for officials to modify existing policies that would still operate within accepted higher education norms. Unfortunately, rather than talking about feasible and legal ideas, students from the national movement and GW's specific movement are calling for measures that could have the University breaking the law, like noncompliance with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Students should have set out demands that were more realistic to accomplish.
A list of demands without acknowledging federal law kills the demands' legitimacy. The coalition of student organizations signed onto the national movement's call for for universities to refuse to share information with the ICE, to make “sanctuary campuses” and to increase acceptance of undocumented students and provide them full access to financial aid.
Some of these demands won’t be accomplished, and students should have created ones that could have been. ICE requires the University to report the citizenship status of students receiving aid, and if a university refuses to comply, authorities can obtain a warrant and get access to that information themselves. The University also cannot provide undocumented students with financial aid, loans, grants, scholarships, work-study money or any other sort of aid that comes from federal funds. The University “should refuse to comply with ICE to the extent to which is legal,” according to the national movement’s list of demands. But a university shouldn't refuse to comply with a federal agency.
Aside from the issues with ICE, the District is already a sanctuary city. A “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding undocumented immigrants came about under former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and was reaffirmed by the District’s current mayor, Muriel Bowser. A sanctuary city is one where the police are told to not question the citizenship status of those they arrest or detain, so undocumented students don’t need to worry about being questioned by Metro Police Department officers. However, as a private university that provides federal financial aid to students, a campus cannot completely act as a sanctuary campus because students disclose their documentation status for financial aid information. Government authorities require universities to report that information back to them to ensure that federal money isn’t flowing to undocumented students.
Instead, students could have proposed that GW officials significantly expand the merit scholarships they offer to undocumented students, and they could even propose that officials give undocumented students an edge in admissions. While contentious, those demands would definitely spark productive discussion.
Unrealistic demands for GW didn’t end with rights of undocumented students. Because the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, the list of GW students' demands include a distrust of law enforcement officials. The demands call for a redistributing funds from police to increase financial aid, emergency funds and discretionary funds to low-income students. The demands assert that “placing us in these officers’ care is an act of violence, especially for black students.” Aside from the fact that we have no idea if or how many UPD officers are members of the FOP, administrators can’t simply redirect money currently funding the police department at students' whim.
A lack of consideration of alternative policies, as well as a lack of understanding of what the University is able to do, makes the demands less convincing. The student conversation on campus and resulting demands could have been compelling and transformative, but they were made hastily with a lack of concern for feasibility or legality.
Nate Muramatsu, a sophomore majoring in international affairs, is a Hatchet opinions writer. Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

At Comet Ping Pong, unfounded conspiracy theories collide with family fun
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Media Credit: Meredith Roaten | Hatchet Photographer
Comet Ping Pong, a pizza parlor in D.C., was at the center of a conspiracy theory that led a gunman to open fire in the establishment over the weekend.
Less than 24 hours before a gunman would walk into Comet Ping Pong, there were no empty chairs in the restaurant, except the ones vacated by children who were squeezing in a game of ping pong before their dinners.
A banner reading "We stand with Comet," signed with hundreds of names, was the only sign that Comet Ping Pong is anything other than a kooky, hipster haunt.
Still, the shrill ringtone of the landline phone cut through the din of friendly chatter and the clinking of glasses with some frequency. A “caller unavailable” ID reminded the staff of the people from all corners of the globe accusing them of involvement in a child trafficking sex ring – false accusations that grew out of conspiracy theories in hacked emails.
After the regular diners left and music lovers took to their barstool perches in the dark, only the opening band, Nox, made a passing comment about the events of the past month and their continued support of the venue.
“The people here could not be better. We just wanted to say thank you, forever,” drummer Claire Lewis said.
The next day, Edgar Welch, 26, of North Carolina, walked into the pizza parlor and concert venue carrying a rifle, pistol and handgun to see if the claims of child cruelty spread by online conspiracy theorists on websites like 4chan and Reddit were true.
Shortly after he entered the kitchen and fired at least one round, an employee contacted the police, and Welch’s attempt to "self-investigate" came to a halt before anyone was injured.
James Alefantis, the co-founder and owner of Comet Ping Pong, has since upped security. After shutting down the Wi-fi server and adding a security guard before the gunman walked through the doors, the restaurant has since moved a show featuring the bands Eskimeaux, Japanese Breakfast and Keeper to Rock and Roll Hotel. It could not be confirmed if the show was moved for safety reasons or if any other shows are being moved.
When Wikileaks released emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta last month, users of 4chan, an open online forum, found Alefantis' name in an email about a Clinton fundraiser. From there, they looked into the art and flyers in his restaurant and claimed they had found symbols associated with a child sex ring. The spiral of confusion and accusations became known as " Pizzagate ."
While supporters of the Pizzagate movement said that Alefantis was selling children for sex out of the restaurant’s basement, Alefantis said children are the ones who love the restaurant the most, making their parents bring them for the ping pong, foosball and pizza.
“My initial reaction was that this would all just be gone once the presidential election was over because everyone was so excited and hyped up about the election, so I thought it was reactionary to that,” Alefantis said.
Suspicious citizen investigators took it to the next level and found social media accounts of staff members and posted pictures of staff with their children, calling them victims of the ring.
Online commenters also dissected the hidden meanings of Comet's art and concert flyers, claiming that they contained Satanic and pedophilic symbols.
James Huckenpahler, a lecturer of new media and new media lab technician at GW’s department of fine arts, has been working with the design team at Comet Ping Pong since it opened 10 years ago, and his logos have been a target of some of the claims.
He likened the claims about his designs to people taking the Rorschach inkblot test, and said he has never hidden messages in his designs.
“I did see the suggestion that ‘play eat drink’ on one of the graphics I had made could be interpreted as secret code to pedophiles,” Huckenpahler said. “But the truth is that it’s just a call out to our customers to play, eat and drink.”
Pizzagate perpetrators criticized "mainstream media" for dismissing the story as fake news. The accusations against Comet Ping Pong are widely considered part of the rise of fake news throughout this recent election cycle.
Steven Roberts, an endowed professor of media and public affairs and a member of The Hatchet’s board of directors, said he was greatly disturbed about the prevalence of “fake news,” like Pizzagate, as a journalist.
“Traditional gatekeepers, mainstream journalists, academics, researchers, scientists, who are devoted to defining and describing reality, all of us have been weakened by the ability of lies and frauds and hucksters to formulate fake information and spread it on their own networks,” Roberts said.
Although Clinton already had detractors, Comet Ping Pong served as a target for conspiracy theorists to direct their anger toward, Roberts said.
“There’s nothing new about the Comet story except that it happened to focus the anger and the conspiracy on a real place as opposed to some abstraction,” Roberts said.
Some conservatives also took up the call for an investigation into the restaurant, including the son of President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for National security advisor, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Michael Flynn Jr. has since been removed from the transition team.
Even after this weekend's incident, Pizzagate "truthers" are insisting that Comet Ping Pong is investigated.
One such believer, Lauren Staff, whose Twitter handle is @DropThe_Micr, said the allegations against Alefantis are based in fact.
Staff said that although she hopes that the accusations will be proven incorrect, she believes the media is dismissing the facts that could lead to a child sex ring existing at Comet Ping Pong.
“This is about our public duty to be able to feel like we can put things together because they have zero trust in law enforcement right now, they have zero trust in government right now, and when they try, they’re told to shut up,” Staff said.
Though Staff said she is concerned about what is going on at Comet Ping Pong, she did not support the actions of the gunman, who she noted had a criminal record.
But community members are still demonstrating their continued belief in Comet Ping Pong's innocence in the midst of chaos. Some D.C. residents organized an event called "Stand with Comet" for this Friday.
Erick Sanchez, an organizer of the event on Facebook, said in an email that he and the nearly 2,000 people who have said they will attend the event intend to make sure Comet Ping Pong remains a "safe space."
“In any event, it's not the place that fake news disseminators have portrayed and it's one of our finest small businesses in Washington,” Sanchez said.”

Gifts for your art school friend gift guide
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Media Credit: Julia Abriola | Hatchet Photographer
The filterered lenses attach to a Instax polaroid camera.
If you’re shopping for gifts to impress your camera or paint brush-wielding friends in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, then look no further. These gifts will give them inspiration for their latest projects and ways to have a bit of artsy fun during winter break.
Humans of New York Stories – $29.99
This photography book by famed photographer Brandon Stanton, who founded the popular Humans of New York blog, is perfect for your friend to proudly display on their desk or even a future coffee table. It’ll also give your friend ample ideas for their photography final, so it can be a practical and inspirational gift.
Available at: Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW .
Instax Mini 8 Color Filter Lens Set – $24
This set of filtered lenses made for the Instax polaroid camera – which your friend probably had before it was cool – will give photos the perfect filter without ever having to log into Instagram. Your friend can attach these colored lenses to a polaroid camera and the lens will enhance the photo’s colors. It’s perfect for selfies at a retro-themed Christmas party, and it’ll also help spice up a typical Instagram post of their Polaroid pictures.
Available at: Urban Outfitters, 3111 M St. NW .
Vive Le Color! Arabia – $9.95
This coloring book is filled with designs reminiscent of beautiful Persian rugs and Moroccan mosaics. Give your friend a welcome break from having to come up with their own designs for class projects with this coloring book. Coloring will also give your friends a bit of mind-numbing stress relief after finishing their finals.
Available at: The National Gallery of Art Gift Shop, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW .
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Gifts for your international affairs school friend gift guide
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Media Credit: Anne McBride | Hatchet Staff Photographer
This world-class chocolate sampler features chocolate from eight countries and can be purchased at Trader Joe's.
If you have friends in the Elliott School of International Affairs, you may find yourself scrambling to find a gift before they jet off to their respective corners of the world. Whether they’ll be up in the air or grounded for the holidays, these gifts will make them feel like they’re off exploring. Regardless of your budget, these ideas are sure to satisfy your worldliest friend.
George Mitchell’s "The Negotiator" – $27
This memoir by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is perfect for a long plane ride, especially if your friend is spending winter break traveling. This book will have the diplomatic hopefuls in your life dreaming about the many regions of the world that Mitchell worked to bring peace to, including Northern Ireland and parts of the Middle East.
Available at: Politics and Prose, 1025 5th St. NW
International Chocolate Passport – $9.99
Everyone enjoys the sweeter things in life, and your worldly friends are no exception. This world-class chocolate sampler features chocolate from eight countries and will take your friends around the world from Peru to Sao Tomé to Tanzania in just a few bites. Sweetest of all, at $9.99 this is perfect for those gifting on a budget.
Available at: Trader Joe’s, 1101 25th St. NW .
Regional Cooking Classes – $170 for two people
If you have a little extra cash this holiday season, broaden your horizons by taking a cooking class for two at CulinAerie. Their extensive list of upcoming cuisine classes range from sushi basics to West African street food. Give your Elliott friends that extra cultural sophistication they’ve been craving as you make and enjoy a delicious meal together. This is a pricey gift, but it's one you can enjoy together.
Available at: CulinAerie, 1131 14th St. NW .
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Indigenous Peoples' Center to highlight Native American studies
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Sam Hardgrove | Hatchet Photographer
Ali Eskandarian, the dean of the College of Professional Studies, said several faculty members who already research topics related to Native Americans will use the Indigenous Peoples' Center. The center will start searching for a director next month.
The search for a director for the new AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy will begin next month, officials confirmed this week.
AT&T donated $450,000 last month to establish the CIPP after officials presented a funding proposal to the company. The center, housed in the College of Professional Studies, will be dedicated to research and education on Native populations. Officials said that AT&T will continue to fund the center for the next three years and other foundations will fund it later on.
Over the past decade, AT&T has contributed more than $7 million to support education for indigenous peoples. The donation to the University was in honor of Native American Heritage month in November.
Gregory Lebel, an assistant professor of political management and the director of the Native American Political Leadership Program, said in an email that the center will focus on issues Native communities face, the political realities surrounding those issues and political processes that can overcome such challenges.
“GW has established a strong record of commitment to diversity and these efforts to address issues facing indigenous peoples in the United States are part of that effort,” Lebel said. “The center provides the opportunity and means to marry this commitment with GW's unique position as an institution of higher learning with a strong vein of political expertise and influence.”
AT&T has collaborated with GW before: The tech conglomerate established the University's Native Ameri­can Political Leadership Program in 2006 and the INSPIRE Native Teens Pre-College Program in 2013. Both programs award full scholarships to Native American high school students to allow them to take classes at GW, learn about politics and have mentorship opportunities.
Both of the existing programs will eventually be run through CIPP, Lebel said.
Lebel said the new center will continue GW’s role in supporting Native students on campus, addressing the politics and policy that surround the lives of indigenous people and will be a catalyst to increase the number of Native students at GW. And while the programming specifics will be at the discretion of the director, research and learning will be the center's overall goals.
Native American students make up the smallest ethnic population at the University, with only 10 enrolled undergraduate American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students, according to Oct. 2015 data from the Office of Institutional Research.
“The very presence of CIPP at GW goes a long way toward giving recognition and voice to GW's Native student population,” Lebel said.
Ali Eskandarian, the dean of the College of Professional Studies, said in an email that while putting the grant proposal together, several faculty members who are researching related topics showed their interest and support for the center.
“It would be our intention to tap into the existing expertise within GW as the goals of the center are further elucidated,” Eskandarian said.
Jennifer Bertolet, a professional lecturer of history who focuses on Native American history and culture in her research, said she is enthusiastic about the center's potential to bring attention to Native American issues and to encourage students to do related research.
“I hope that the center will raise awareness, within the GW community and beyond, of the on-going policy struggles that Native Americans still face with respect to their treaty rights, water rights, land rights and natural resources,” Bertolet said.
Bertolet said that beyond raising awareness and working toward policy solutions, the center should also provide infrastructure and training for faculty who study topics related to indigenous populations.
“Many GW students express a strong interest in policy matters and this center can offer information and training in an area of policy that students might not have considered,” she said.
Brian Barlow, the president of the GW Native Student Leadership Council, said that he hopes the center can successfully educate the student body and general public about Native Americans' access to education and health care.
“Access to higher education is huge, mental and behavioral health, access to quality healthcare,” Barlow said. “As a center for policy, trying to establish true nation to nation relationships between tribes and the federal government is important.”
Barlow said the center could help present a more complete picture of Native American culture to a public that has unrealistic ideas of what it means to be Native American.
“Anything to help people learn a little bit more about tribal communities,” he said. “By and large, the American public is pretty ignorant to Indian country. Not in the media, nothing in pop culture, really - except for what’s appropriated. Most things that are 'Native' are pretty far from realistic.””

Restaurant, distillery to use honey from GW bees
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Media Credit: Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer
Gabrielle Discafani, a senior, keeps bees atop Lisner Hall. Farmers and Distillers, which opens next week, uses GW Buzz's honey in select drinks on the menu.
Updated: Dec. 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
If you visit Farmers and Distillers, a new restaurant by Farmers Restaurant Group that opens next week, and order a cocktail, you may be sipping on honey from GW’s bees.
Farmers Restaurant Group is the company behind local restaurants Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers. The newest restaurant – opening Dec. 13 at 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW – will serve “farm-to-table” food like the group’s other restaurants, but Farmers and Distillers is the first of the restaurants to craft their own vodka and amaro on site.
In addition to house-made spirits in their cocktails, select drinks and menu items will be sweetened with honey produced by GW Buzz.
GW Buzz is the undergraduate honey bee research and beekeeping group at GW. The group has a laboratory within the biology department and an apiary – which houses beehives – on the roof of Lisner Hall. Students who are involved with GW Buzz spend their days researching "colony collapse disorder," a largely unresearched problem affecting honeybees, and harvesting honey that is distributed to Farmers Restaurant Group locations.
Spicy lemonade is one of the new beverages at Farmers and Distillers that will feature honey from GW Buzz. The refreshing drink will incorporate grapefruit, lemon, turmeric, cayenne pepper and, of course, fresh honey, according to the restaurant group's website.
Valerie Zweig, a spokeswoman for Farmers Restaurant Group, said the relationship between Farmers Restaurant Group and GW Buzz benefits both groups because GW Buzz gets the materials they need and Farmers Restaurant Group is provided with fresh, local honey.
“It’s been a great partnership,” Zweig said. “We love the connection within the community and really love how the bees have inspired us through everything.”
Hartmut Doebel, an assistant professor of biology and the head of GW Buzz, said that in the past, the small apiary atop Lisner Hall has provided Farmers Restaurant Group with about 200 to 600 pounds of honey per year.
The partnership between GW Buzz and Farmers restaurant group began in 2010 when Dan Simons, the owner of Farmers Restaurant Group and an alumnus, reached out to the University after hearing about Doebel’s efforts to create a beekeeping program, Doebel said.
“We have really a wonderful relationship that supports the idea of undergraduate research," Doebel said. "The alumnus owner of Founding Farmers, Dan Simons, in a way gives back to GW by supporting us, and we will certainly give back with honey.”
In addition to providing GW Buzz with all of the materials they need to produce honey, Farmers Restaurant Group’s management firm, Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group, provides GW Buzz with two summer stipends for the undergraduate beekeepers as compensation, Doebel said.
Doebel said that despite the large amount of honey they produce, the group can’t provide the amount required by each of the establishments.
“Six hundred or 700 pounds of honey sounds like a lot to you and me, but it’s nothing for restaurants,” Doebel said.”

Gifts for your engineering school friend gift guide
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Media Credit: Brooke Migdon | Hatchet Photogrpaher
The Evernote Notebook by Moleskine creates digitized versions of handwritten notes and complex diagrams.
If you’re wondering what to get that friend in the School of Engineering and Applied Science always gushing about machinery or updating you on the latest scientific discoveries, we have you covered. From digital notebooks to funky décor, these gifts are sure to bring out the science geek in anyone.
Evernote notebooks – ranging from $11.95 to $37.50
The Evernote Notebook by Moleskine will save your favorite SEAS student from constantly hauling huge binders full of notes, diagrams and graphs all over campus. A great resource for for students who like to work on their laptops and smartphones, the notebooks make it easier to create a digitized version of handwritten notes and complex diagrams. Unlike regular notebooks, the Evernote notebook comes with either ruled and graph pages that are designed specifically for Evernote’s Page Camera feature. The feature, which is available for iOS and Android devices, allows you to use smartphones and tablets to digitally capture what's written on the notebook's pages. Once captured, these images are uploaded to an Evernote account that users can access on their computers at any time.
Available at: Moleskine, 3209 M St. NW
Plasma Balls – ranging from $18 to $25
If you step into your friend’s residence hall room and notice it’s a little too dim to light up the periodic element table poster on a wall, then a plasma ball may be just what your friend needs to complete the space. Beautiful and fun, plasma balls were all the rage in the 1980s. They may look like simple glass globes but when plugged into an electric socket, they light up with colorful bolts of lightning. The Plasma Ball isn’t just a pretty source of light: Placing objects with conductive properties – including your fingers – on its glass surface makes the ball light up.
Available at: National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW
Brain Dust by Moon Juice – $20 - $65
If your friend is agonizing over a physics final or is pulling all-nighters to finish a big hydraulics project, they likely need some help managing the stress and exhaustion. Moon Juice’s Brain Dust supplement makes even the hardest homework a bit more manageable by helping ease stress and boost concentration. Brain Dust is an edible powdered formula made with organic and natural ingredients. It helps enhance concentration and manage stress by providing nourishment to neurotransmitters in brain tissue. We can’t confirm that Brain Dust actually makes you focus, but it is a fun gift that will be a hit at late-night study sessions.
Available at: Urban Outfitters, 3111 M St. NW
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Former professor sues GW Hospital, MFA for alleged forced resignation
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Media Credit: Hatchet file photo
A former professor of oncology is suing GW Hospital and the Medical Faculty Associates for alleged wrongful termination. Hatchet file photo
A former assistant professor of radiation oncology at the GW Medical Faculty Associates is suing MFA and the GW Hospital for allegedly forcing her to resign from her job.
Ashima Saini worked for MFA from August 2008 to July 2016, according to the complaint. She claims that she was harassed and bullied by fellow employees at MFA and was eventually coerced into resigning.
Saini requests $12 million for damages, according to the document. She is suing for breach of contract, lack of due process, tortious interference, wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination and harassment and bullying.
She filed the complaint in the D.C. Superior Court on Nov. 30.
Saini declined to comment on the suit.
Saini's resignation letter was a “forced signature based on lies,” according to the complaint.
“The plaintiff withdraws her letter of resignation as it was done under major duress and repeated threats,” according to the document.
Saini's next opportunity for a new position appointment was in July 2016, the same month the forced resignation allegedly took place, according to the document. Her employment contract required that MFA give her a year's notice if the organization chose not to renew the contract without cause, according to the complaint.
She claims in the document that the University, GW Hospital and the hospital’s overarching hospital group, Universal Health Services, owe her money for “slander, personal humiliation and suffering,” according to the complaint.
Mia Meloni, the associate general counsel for Universal Health Services, denied Saini's allegations and declined to comment further on the case.
“Although we are unable to comment on pending litigation, we deny Dr. Saini’s contentions and intend to vigorously defend the claims,” Meloni said in an email.
The document lists several MFA employees who Saini claims made her a “target” of harassment and bullying: Martin Ojong Ntui, Rana Kianni, Hamid Aghdam, Emebet Sileshi and Howard Griffith. These were listed as employees in the complaint, but were not in GW’s directory. They could not be reached for comment.
“These employees initiated a systematic campaign of collusion with psychological assaults, daily slanderous comments and major attempts at work interference,” according to the complaint. “The allegations were grossly false, with reckless disregard for the truth and with intent to harm.”
The suit also alleges “repetitive and targeted” discrimination based on race and gender. Saini was the only person in the department who received a performance review, according to the document.
Saini reported that fellow employees created a hostile work environment, but that it did not interfere with her ability to perform professionally. There were complaints made about these people in 2010 and 2015, but hospital administrators did not police the “unacceptable practices,” according to the complaint.
“This harassment was not some hidden and stealth activity, but openly conducted with active recruitment attempts of all members of the departmental staff,” Saini wrote.
Saini alleged in the suit that she had a “pristine employment record” and had not received any negative evaluations or received any complaints for roughly the first seven years of her employment at GW until June 2015.
The organization did not follow proper protocol or give Saini due process for responding to complaints against her by other employees at MFA, according to the complaint. She originally responded to the complaints on Aug. 22, 2015 and called the complaints lies, but administrators did not respond to her or give her an opportunity to defend herself, according to the suit.
Saini claims she was “ambushed” by three administrators in MFA: Robert Zeman, MFA’s chairman of radiology, Rodney Whitmore, the chief human resources officer, and Deborah Garibay, MFA’s legal counsel, who allegedly forced Saini to sign the resignation letter.
The administrators threatened her and said she would lose her medical career and license if she did not sign, according to the complaint.
The complaint alleges that Garibay “stated many times that she had no choice” but to sign the letter. Saini repeatedly requested more details about the cause stated in the resignation letter during the meeting. She asked for proof of the resignation cause and offered witnesses who would refute the resignation cause, but she was told “they are satisfied” as a response to both, according to the complaint.
Garibay declined to comment on the suit, saying that she cannot comment on “threatened litigation.” She added that MFA denies the allegations that Saini included in the complaint.
Saini said she was not allowed to leave the room, get out of her chair or call a lawyer or her husband while she decided whether to sign the paper, according to the complaint. She was allegedly told that she would be fired immediately if she made a call.
Saini was not asked to meet with the governing bodies of MFA, including Gary Little, the chief of staff and MFA's medical director, Barry Wolfman, the CEO of the hospital, and Roy Santarella, the CEO of MFA, around the time she stopped working at GW, according to the complaint.
In the complaint, Saini calls for an independent review of the hospital by the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation.
Celine Castronuovo contributed reporting.”

Eatsa offers healthy lunches, automated ordering process
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Media Credit: Ethan Stoler | Hatchet Photographer
Eatsa, a new lunch spot near Foggy Bottom, serves up quinoa bowls and salads through a completely automated process.
If you love the fast service and healthy food from Beefsteak and Sweetgreen but want an even more efficient ordering system, Eatsa may be your new lunch spot.
The restaurant, which opened at 1627 K St. late last month, serves healthy bowls and salads with an efficient, automated process: No more shouting over the din of the kitchen to make sure your order is heard.
The ordering process at Eatsa is based around technology, with no human interaction involved. Patrons slide a credit or debit card at a standing tablet kiosk. The screen addresses the lunch-goer by the name on his or her credit card as the order is completed.
Though the ordering process is fully automated, there are a few employees at each Eatsa. One or two workers greet customers as they walk in and assist if anyone has trouble ordering from the kiosks.
Customers scroll through photos of bowls and salads to pick their order or create a custom bowl. The bowls start with either cold or hot quinoa as the base, and customers pack on toppings to add flavor. Some bowls include roasted potato and squash, others boast fried mushrooms and edamame. Eatsa also offers mixed greens and kale salads as well as sides of pita chips and hummus.
I chose the Burrito Bowl ($6.95) and a house-made guava soda ($.95). For just under $8 for a bowl and a drink, this lunch came at a price not easily found in the District.
After ordering from the kiosk, I waited toward the back of the restaurant for my food. After less than a minute – it was really just about 60 seconds – my food appeared in one of 25 small cubbies that line the back wall and my name appeared on a screen. I opened up the cubby, grabbed my food, took a fork from an automatic-fork-dispenser and dug in.
I’m not usually a fan of quinoa, but I still loved the dish. My bowl had guacamole, salsa, queso, portabello mushrooms, grilled corn, warm quinoa, tortilla chips and pinto beans. It had some spice to it, which was a great touch. The roasted corn went well with the well-blended guacamole and quinoa. Every bite was satisfying and packed with freshness. I was impressed with Eatsa’s ability to combine multiple flavorful ingredients into one cohesive dish.
Overall, the food at Eatsa was excellent, the atmosphere was relaxed and the employees smiled as they walked customers through the unique ordering process. This chain could find serious success among the fit-foodies of D.C.”

Kendrick Baker: Student groups should focus on push for sanctuary campus
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Last month, in response to the results of the U.S. presidential election, a dozen student organizations signed a letter demanding that GW implement a host of changes. Some of these demands included expanding the sustainability office, paying staff members livable wages and making GW a sanctuary campus.
Although most of the demands are valid, students should focus first on dealing with how GW handles undocumented students. Similar to the idea of “sanctuary cities,” the goal of “sanctuary campuses” is to refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and to provide support to undocumented immigrants attending the University. GW isn’t the only university at which students are pushing for a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Students are attempting to create sanctuary campuses at schools like Oberlin College, Brown University and New York University. While students at these schools and at GW followed the same general list of broad demands, students at other universities focused their letters, walk-outs, and marches specifically on establishing sanctuary campuses."
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Pushing for a laundry list of left-leaning policy changes not only makes implementation less likely, it also may damage the sanctuary campus movement itself. The sanctuary campus movement is now being grouped with other demands – like divesting from fossil fuels – that officials may not consider. Narrowing the student groups’ lengthy list of demands to focus on making GW a sanctuary campus would make administrators more seriously consider the proposal.
President-elect Donald Trump openly supported a deportation force to remove illegal immigrants during his presidential campaign. And his chief strategist, Steve Bannon , has openly justified the deportation of Asian immigrants who work in Silicon Valley. It is clear that the incoming president’s stance on immigration necessitates the implementation of additional protections for undocumented immigrants, especially students. If University officials fail to protect undocumented students, their lack of action will show a that GW doesn’t live up to its promises of inclusion and diversity.
Although the University currently offers advice and support for undocumented applicants during the admissions process, officials could do more to protect these students from the threat of deportation once they become students. As students at the University of Southern California noted , most sanctuary campus movements share three goals: ensuring that a university has a blanket policy of refusing to share personal information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents without a subpoena, forbidding ICE agents from operating in or entering university buildings without a warrant and creating policies to prevent a university's police department from aiding in, enforcing or otherwise supporting existing immigration law. GW’s movement likely supports the same things, but these messages have gotten lost in protesting other issues.
Student organizations should focus on getting administrators to implement these three policies quickly, in order to prevent a gap in protection for undocumented students once Trump is inaugurated in January. Failure to do so could leave students, who currently attend GW under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, without any guarantee that their admission status will be protected by the University.
University President Steven Knapp signed a letter in support of DACA, but the letter of support doesn’t mean much if the act is repealed altogether. Therefore, officials need to act now to make the campus a designated sanctuary before any executive action is taken next year.
In order to ensure the protection of all of its students, the University should openly implement policies that prevent ICE agents from accessing University-held personal information without a subpoena, ban ICE agents from operating or entering GW property without a warrant and ensure that UPD creates a policy preventing officers from aiding or abetting ICE agents who are enforcing immigration law.
GW must take concrete action to protect its most vulnerable students, and students fighting for change on campus should put their full efforts behind making GW a sanctuary campus.
Kendrick Baker, a junior double-majoring in political science and economics, is a Hatchet columnist. Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

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