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Construction at 22nd, I streets intersection to start next month
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 13, 2020
“Renovations at the intersection of 22nd and I streets will move forward early next month, according to an email sent to community members Friday.
Construction at the intersection in front of Whole Foods will begin by late June or early July and will last “approximately” six weeks, according to the email. Boston Properties, a real estate company, will finance the project, which will install additional crosswalks, wheelchair ramps and streetlights to the intersection – upgrades part of the ongoing construction project on the building complex at 2100 Pennsylvania Ave.
“On-site personnel” will shift traffic lanes at the intersection to maintain access to the GW Hospital and other nearby medical facilities during the construction period, according to the email. The email states the D.C. Zoning Commission approved the intersection’s renovation as part of the 2100 Penn project, which began last year after Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mark Diaz  signed a lease to Boston Properties to construct a new office building at the site.
The email states work at the site of 2100 Penn has progressed despite non-essential business closures and a two-month stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All work continues on site without interruption from COVID-19, but this situation could change if there are government-imposed stop work orders or if construction companies decide to suspend work,” the email states.
The Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission voted last month to extend the after-hours permit of Boston Properties after they paused construction work because D.C. Water, the city’s utility service, stalled site inspections during the pandemic. The permit allows Boston Properties to continue its utility work on I Street from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. through the end of July, allowing workers to complete the 2100 Penn project by the time students would return to campus in late August.
The email states the utility work following D.C. Water’s delay will resume June 15 during the day and will move to the 7 pm. to 3 a.m. “after hours” time slot starting the week of June 22 to avoid traffic congestion. Students living in District House and Lafayette Hall will lose access to water for several late-night hours in mid-July because of the utility work, the email states.
Construction workers will also install a tower crane at the site in mid-July, which could prompt them to close off the 2100 block of I Street, according to the email.”

Former men’s basketball head coach lands at George Mason
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 12, 2020
“Former head men’s basketball coach Maurice Joseph will return to the Atlantic 10 as an assistant coach for George Mason, according to a tweet from college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.
Joseph served as the head coach of the men’s basketball program for three seasons, starting as an interim head coach in 2016 after former head coach Mike Lonergan was fired . The University relieved Joseph of his duties at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
After he was let go, Joseph served as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson, helping the Knights to a 11-19 record and a .500 conference win percentage.
Joseph joined GW as the assistant director of basketball operations under Lonergan in 2011. After five seasons on the coaching staff, GW tabbed Joseph as Lonergan’s replacement.
Joseph led the Colonials to a 20-15 overall record his first year at the helm, earning the team an invite to the College Basketball Invitational. The squad wrapped its postseason run in the semifinals of the tournament.
The Colonials began trending downward in Joseph’s second season, finishing the year 15-18 – the team’s first losing record in five seasons – and with seven A-10 wins. His GW tenure ended a year later when his team put together its worst season in more than a decade. The squad won just nine games, four of which came in conference play.
George Mason finished the season 17-15 overall but won just five A-10 match ups. The Colonials topped the Patriots in both meetings this season.”

Judge partially dismisses GW complaint against UHS
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 12, 2020
“A D.C. Superior Court judge partially dismissed a lawsuit Monday the University and Medical Faculty Associates brought against the majority owner of the GW Hospital.
The lawsuit, filed in the D.C. Superior Court Dec. 6, alleged that United Health Services did not uphold its agreement to fund GW’s academic medical programs. The case’s judge has dismissed all but one of the claims in the amended complaint, upholding that UHS has an obligation to support the hospital’s “centers of emphasis,” which include several specific clinical programs like emergency medicine and women’s health.
The amended complaint, which was filed in D.C. Superior Court in February, claimed that UHS was retaining funding from the hospital meant for its academic medical programs. The judge also dismissed the University’s claim that UHS did not uphold its commitment to support an integrated health care network and that UHS did not uphold the good faith agreement outlined in its contract.
The order to dismiss the case states that the University’s argument that UHS was not providing adequate academic support could not be concluded from the contract between the entities.
“The court therefore concludes that the plaintiffs have failed to state a cognizable breach of contract claim as to the parties’ alleged failure to make additional academic support payments,” the order to dismiss states.
Barbara Lee Bass, the dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and vice president for health affairs, sent an email to MFA and medical school faculty and staff to notify them that the lawsuit had been partially dismissed.
“We strongly believe that UHS has failed to uphold its financial obligations on investment in development of centers of emphasis in our current agreement,” Bass said in the email. “We appreciate the court’s ruling in this matter and will update you as litigation progresses.”
University spokeswoman Crystal Nosal deferred comment to the email Bass sent.
Bass said GW and UHS are planning to mediate the disagreement about the centers of emphasis and are deciding on a date for mediation.
“We are disappointed in this part of the court’s ruling and are evaluating our options, including whether to appeal this ruling at the appropriate time,” she said.
Gary Orseck, the legal counsel for UHS and GW Hospital, said in a statement that the hospital is “pleased” with the court’s dismissal of allegations.
“GW Hospital has lived up to its financial obligations and will continue to do so,” he said in the statement. “GW Hospital is and remains focused on our mission of providing medical care and treatment to our patients at this most critical time.”
An initial scheduling conference for the case’s next hearing was held Thursday, according to D.C. Superior Court records .”

Confronting issues of race at The Hatchet
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 12, 2020
“In the weeks since the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, the country has mourned and taken to the streets to demand social justice and change. 
To be clear: Black lives matter. The Hatchet aims to be a newspaper that is inviting to writers, photographers and videographers of all backgrounds, and I strive to make 609 21st St. NW a welcoming place for all. But I would be remiss not to speak out at this time, as I know The Hatchet, a 117-year-old institution, can and must do better to cover, include and represent our Black classmates, faculty and administrators.
I am a White woman, and in the time I have been on Hatchet staff, the majority of my colleagues – be they editors, editorial board members or the Board of Directors – have also looked like me. This is a problem – both intrinsically, and also because diversity makes our stories more thorough, comprehensive and inclusive. 
Administrators, local leaders, students and alumni engage with our coverage to stay in tune with GW and Foggy Bottom. When I’m editing, I consider our audience and the stories we have a responsibility to tell. Where I believe our biggest failure in recent history lies is in the stories we have not reported – but had a responsibility to cover. The Hatchet has not earned the trust of many underrepresented communities on campus because we’ve failed to establish strong relationships with them or covered their stories inaccurately, which hinders relationships and therefore our ability to report. 
As this paper’s leader, I know the buck stops with me in taking actions to address this paper’s longstanding trust issue. I will continue to identify and rectify areas where I believe The Hatchet has fallen short with respect to reporting, recruitment and practices. I am working to educate myself about my own privilege and how it affects the way I edit and guide this newspaper and its coverage. We have held and will continue to hold implicit bias training with current staff and new reporters, writers, videographers and photographers and plan to improve recruitment efforts to reach more nonwhite students interested in journalism come fall. 
But most importantly, I will listen – actively and attentively – to feedback. Comments from our community, more often than one might expect, help us shape our policies and practices. Readers interested in offering feedback on – or learning about – any aspect of The Hatchet can reach Managing Editor Parth Kotak and me at . We welcome criticism and believe it is necessary to receive when enacting change.
Finally, The Hatchet will contribute 20 percent of every donation made to the institution from now until the start of the fall semester to Street Sense Media, a D.C. publication that lends a voice to some of the most marginalized members of our community. As an independent student newspaper that does not receive University funding, our finances are perennially tight , but we still believe it is necessary to contribute whatever we can in alignment with our values and priorities.
Meanwhile, I encourage our readers to support Black journalists and Black student journalists, both by donating or joining the following local and national organizations and newspapers. 
National Association of Black Journalists and GW’s chapter
Black Press Freedom Fund
DC Black
The Washington Afro-American
The Washington Informer
The Washington Sun
Street Sense Media”

D.C. Council passes emergency police reform bill
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 12, 2020
“The D.C. Council passed police reform legislation Tuesday, removing power from police unions for disciplinary action and banning the hiring of officers with a history of misconduct.
The bill bans the use of chokeholds, the neck restraint ex-officer Derek Chauvin used to kill George Floyd last month, and requires the Metropolitan Police Department to disclose an officer’s name and body-camera footage within 72 hours of an arrest using “serious force,” according to a summary of the bill. The Council passed the bill unanimously and outlined a slew of new provisions officials hope will begin to answer District residents’ calls against systemic racism within police departments across the nation.
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, who spearheaded the bill, said in a statement on his website the Council’s new legislation is not the end of the city’s push to topple systemic failures within law enforcement. He said the Council will deliberate Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget at a hearing next week, which some D.C. residents have rebuked, urging officials to defund or abolish the police department.
“We have an opportunity and an obligation to try and meet this moment, and working with many of my colleagues, we’ve crafted a strong package,” Allen said in the statement. “But I want to make clear that this isn’t the end of reforms. The emergency legislation is one act we can take, along with many others through the budget and further legislative reforms.”
Bowser said Wednesday she plans to sign the bill into law.
The Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will debate  Bowser’s FY 2021 budget at a hearing Tuesday to decide if officials should withdraw funding from the proposed $580 million allocation to MPD, according to a DCist report . The meeting will determine whether councilmembers will respond to protesters who have pressured D.C. leadership to defund the police department and redirect money to other city resources like education and affordable housing, DCist reported.
The emergency legislation passed Tuesday bans MPD from hiring officers with a history of misconduct and strips power from the D.C. Police Union, which has been responsible for disciplining its own officers in past years, what many believe has served as a caveat to firing officers, according to The Washington Post . Union officials released a statement following the council’s vote, condemning the reform that removes their previous responsibility.
“What we saw today was a disservice to the citizens of the District of Columbia, who have been plagued with violent crime for years,” union leaders said in the statement. “There is no need for this type of sweeping reform to be completed in such a hasty and unthoughtful manner.”
D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson told The Post the city would authorize the “police disciplinary process” against MPD officers once the department’s contract with the union expires in September.
The bill’s reforms prohibit MPD from buying military-grade equipment like armored vehicles, drones and grenades from the federal government and ban the use of tear gas “and other militarized gear” when controlling crowds, according to the bill’s summary. The summary states the bill also defines clear standards that limit the use of deadly force and requires officers to undergo special training on racism and white supremacy and other guidelines to follow on duty.
Under the new changes, the summary states members of the Office of Police Complaints must be unaffiliated with MPD and include representatives from each ward in the District. The office’s executive director also receives authority to investigate instances of abuse of police power within MPD, according to the summary.
The summary states the bill also allots legal protections to people who the police ask to consent to searches, grants voting rights to felons in D.C. jails and guarantees a trial by jury to anyone accused of assaulting an officer.
A new Police Reform Commission of 20 people will submit a report by the end of the year that reviews the success of these new measures to reform the MPD, according to DCist.
At-Large Councilmember David Grosso said the Council should institute a new MPD officer cap of no more than 3,500 officers – a drop from the 3,863 currently serving on the police force, according to the DCist report. The report states Grosso failed to convince enough of his fellow councilmembers to pass the reform, as other councilmembers felt a push to defund MPD would be more effective in responding to the issues that protesters have pressed officials to address.”

Nursing school to host anti-racism events this summer
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 12, 2020
“The School of Nursing will host a series of events this summer to discuss the effects of systemic racism on society, according to a nursing school release Thursday.
Sandra Davis, the nursing school’s assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, will host the series – called Continuing the Conversation – every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. EDT throughout the summer, the release states. Nursing students, faculty, staff and alumni can join the online meetings via WebEx , according to the release.
“We’re making the uncomfortable comfortable,” Davis said. “Race and racism have always been such taboo subjects, but in order to get anywhere we need to talk to each other.””

Metro announces dates for future station shutdowns
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 12, 2020
“Metro announced its construction shutdowns for about the next two years along the Orange, Blue, Silver and Green lines, WJLA reported Thursday.
Between mid-February and mid-May 2021, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will shut down the Arlington Cemetery and Addison Road stations, WJLA reported. Metro will shut down stations at Greenbelt, College Park, Prince George’s Plaza and West Hyattsville during summer 2021, according to WJLA.
“Metro also plans to shut down every station east of Stadium Armory on the Orange Line in summer 2022 – Minnesota Avenue, Deanwood, Cheverly, Landover, New Carrollton,” WJLA reporter Tom Roussey tweeted Thursday.
Metro officials plan to do work at Reagan National Airport between fall 2022 and spring 2023 but don’t plan to completely close the station, WJLA reported. Officials will instead close parts of the station while at least two tracks remain open, Metro officials told WJLA.
Metro officials told WJLA that the dates are not solidified and are subject to change.”

Smithsonian allocates $25 million to race-related programs
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 12, 2020
“The Smithsonian Institution is allocating $25 million to race-related exhibits and programming following a donation from Bank of America, one of its partners, according to a release Monday.
The “Race, Community and Our Shared Future” initiative will examine how Americans grasp and confront issues of race and how it impacts communities and the future of the country, the release states. The program will kick off with a series of virtual town halls with several global and national leaders to discuss topics like civil rights, social justice and economic mobility, according to the release.
“The Smithsonian’s expertise, scholarship and collections will help our nation to better understand the challenges that arise from racism, to confront our difficult history and to unite to bring healing and hope for our future,” Lonnie Bunch, the secretary of the Smithsonian, said in the release.
Six museums – the National Museum of African American History and Culture; the National Museum of the American Indian; the Smithsonian Latino Center; the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; the National Museum of American History; and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative – will participate in the program, according to the release.
Prior to the donation, Bank of America also committed $1 billion to “advance issues of racial equality, health care and economic opportunities” in minority communities. The bank has also donated millions to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and assist minority-owned businesses, the release states.”

Submit an op-ed to The Hatchet
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 11, 2020
“The Hatchet is run by students and aims to serve as a voice for the GW and Foggy Bottom communities. While regular writers submit their opinions to the newspaper every week, there are still perspectives that aren’t included in the ranks.
We want to hear from you. If you have an opinion you’d like to share, please submit an op-ed here or email us with your piece at
When you’re considering a submission, consider the timeliness of your piece and relevance to GW or Foggy Bottom. For example, several recently published pieces have discussed issues like racism , GW’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and fossil fuel divestment . Op-eds are not tools to promote an organization to which you belong but serve to spark or add to campus discussions.
Once your piece is submitted, it will be reviewed by Contributing Opinions Editor Andrew Sugrue, Editor in Chief Sarah Roach and me. The three of us will decide whether to publish the piece and will respond to you within two to three days.
After that, your piece will undergo up to three rounds of edits, during which we comment on your piece with clarifying questions and stylistic changes, following Associated Press and Hatchet rules. Once the final round of edits are completed by the editor in chief, your piece will be sent back to you for approval. If and when you approve, the piece is ready to be published.
This paper belongs to you as much as it belongs to the people who help run it. The Hatchet strives to share stories about the GW community, and the opinions section is dedicated to sharing views that reflect the vastness and diversity of our community.
If you have any questions about the op-ed process, please email me at or the editor in chief at
Hannah Thacker, a rising junior majoring in political communication, is the opinions editor.”

Make the most out of this pandemic-wracked summer
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 11, 2020
“This summer is a far cry from the ordinary environment for internships thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of student internships have been canceled . Many internships have become remote to accommodate public health concerns. But facing irregularities in the job market does not mean your resume should be empty this summer. This is the time to innovate and show potential employers that you can make the best of any situation by seeking an alternative to your original plan.
The shortfalls of this summer’s promised jobs provide a new type of opportunity. Students now have the chance to work on a venture of their own. Companies understand the circumstances this moment in history presents, and you can improve your chances to land a job by means other than tacking an internship onto your resume.
Students may be able to leverage their competence in technology to help businesses adapt during the pandemic. As companies gear up for extended work from home, students can aid businesses in navigating their increased reliance online and video conference companies like Zoom, which has seen a 222 percent increase in total login events from the end of February to the end of March. Even doctors are now meeting patients virtually for appointments. Technologically savvy individuals are needed to train workers in the use of these platforms as well as help to support people, like patients, trying to make use of them.
College students can create new, previously nonexistent jobs now that businesses face new social media demands. Food and clothing stores are transitioning online and have the challenge of reaching their customers. Clothing boutiques now need websites to sell their clothes and need help with website design. This younger generation is more aligned with this type of technology than any other. It is time to put those skills to use by offering to make Instagram accounts for restaurants and cafes to advertise their offerings, for example.
Those without jobs can also capitalize on new demand for goods and services driven by the pandemic. The elderly, at greater risk of mortality from COVID-19, are much less capable of fulfilling their needs at the moment. Anyone who can drive can create a business in which they buy groceries for the elderly. Companies are also unable to meet the demand for health supplies. Creating masks out of fabric and making your own hand sanitizer have become profitable as many products are on backorder for weeks.
Jobs in a student’s field of interest are not a priority – right now, you should show employers that you were productive during the summer despite the chaos. Various companies have experienced a surge in their customer demand and need more employees to keep up. More people are going to local hardware, grocery and big-box stores carrying essentials that have become overwhelmingly popular. These stores require more staff to stock shelves and help customers. Additionally, as people remain isolated in their homes, more delivery personnel are required. Students should seek these essential workplaces with the understanding that a job is a job.
The ideal job or internship may not be available during the pandemic, but students can use this time to polish the skills needed to land a job after. About 70 percent of jobs are found through networking, according to a 2016 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Yale University, so consider reaching out to your connections to see if they have suggestions for how best you can offer your skills. Online classes also offer another boost to your resume. Getting closer to your degree and taking advantage of this time to focus on learning more is always an option. GW offers several courses over the summer for their students to take while the job market remains sluggish.
Now is the time to be innovative to fill your resume. You could start your own YouTube channel or continue writing for a school publication over the summer. Useful and fulfilling work can be achieved in many ways, and it is the student’s responsibility to find that opportunity.
Jane Cameron, a rising sophomore majoring in journalism and mass communication, is a writer.
Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

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