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Smith Center staple leaves behind 'G-dub' legacy
by The GW Hatchet

May 22, 2015
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor
Ed Metz cheers on men's basketball in a game against Dayton this past season. Metz and his signature "G-Dub" chant have become synonomous with the Smith Center atmosphere, but the Colonials superfan is moving back to Ohio after four decades in the District.
Updated: May 21, 2015 at 4:42 p.m.
Never particularly athletic like some of his siblings, Ed Metz wanted to be a cheerleader at his high school, but positions were never offered to men. But in 1980, GW's cheerleaders needed a male for their squad — and the GW temporary worker-turned-senior secretary finally got the gig.
He lasted just one year.
"Students were throwing trash into my megaphone," Metz said. "So then I thought, 'It's time to retire at the end of the season,' and I did."
Then the 30-year-old reject cheerleader took to rooting on the sidelines, and over time became an institution at the Smith Center.
But the Colonials are now in need of a new No. 1 fan. Thirty-five years later, Metz is ending his career as a Smith Center mainstay to go back home to Ohio after losing his partner of 40 years to a heart attack.
"He was really a game changer and he will be missed," three-year starting small forward Patricio Garino said.
Metz could always be found hanging over the baseline first row seats, behind the backboard, on the GW bench side. He would get there before game time and jump to his feet in full applause when GW Cheer would enter the arena.
Known as the "G-Dub guy," Metz would stand up at a break in the action during a basketball game, stretch out his arms wrapped in the sleeves of a buff-colored turtleneck accompanied by a blue beanie hat and chant in his raspy voice — hoarse from years of rooting for his GW favorites.
He would form a big "G" with his arms, crossed, with hand over hand and the student section sends back a YMCA-styled "W" roaring the second part of the cheer, "Dub."
Since Metz started the chant a few years ago, it has become a favorite. He finds it easy to do from up in the stands looking toward the Colonial Army. When Metz missed a few games this season, the students picked up the chant — keeping the tradition alive in a way that could have had freshmen thinking it had been going for decades.
"You can hear his voice, and when the rest of the building interacts with him after he chants 'G' and everyone else chants 'Dub,' it's a special sight to witness," three-year starting point guard Joe McDonald said.
Born and raised in Buckeye nation, Metz grew up in Ohio with seven siblings. His father wasn't a sports guy, but two of his brothers played — one high school football and the other soccer. Metz took a liking to basketball in high school, where his school was a regional powerhouse.
When he graduated he headed to the Ohio State University. He studied engineering, but never graduated. Metz would start an English degree at GW but never complete it either. What Metz did do during his time as a Buckeye was pick up a love for football. From 1966 to 1983, he said he never missed a Ohio State–Michigan football game. Soaked in a culture of winning, he learned how to become not just a fan but a fanatic.
Metz had moved from Ohio to D.C. in 1975 to work for IBM in Manassas, Va. He chose the location because he could stay with family members in the area, and had no idea he would end up rooting for the Colonials.
"My mom came up here and I brought her in here to see, and she said, 'This is a basketball arena?'" Metz said. "She couldn't believe that I was rooting for such a small school like this."
He was wandering around Foggy Bottom one afternoon when he stumbled in on a basketball game between GW and West Virginia, a battle in the old Southern Conference.
"I went over and sat in that section there," Metz said, pointing across the Smith Center from his usual game day perch. "It was all West Virginia fans in here and I didn't know who to root for because I wasn't a GW fan or anything. So I started cheering for GW because they went ahead.”
The Smith Center and GW basketball program have grown since the days when Metz, who became a season ticket holder after that first season, used to sit with the students in the bleacher-style stands.
"Primitive seating, but you were kind of jammed in," Metz said. "A big game after we'd win, they'd rush the floor. It was just more intimate. Now it's just more individual seats. It's just a little different."
Metz said he was nearly done with the Colonials in 1989 when the team went 1-27 on the season.
"I thought I was going to give up," Metz said. "I couldn't believe it."
But the crowd kept him coming back. He hung around and the team rose to success under Mike Jarvis and Karl Hobbs. GW took a trip to the Sweet Sixteen with Yinka Dare and Dirkk Surles in 1993. In 2006, Metz headed to Greensboro, N.C. to see the team lose to No. 1 Duke by 13, in what he calls his favorite season.
Metz can be like a Colonial basketball encyclopedia. He remembers the golden years with no waning lust and can recall key baskets by his favorites, like 2012 alumnus Tony Taylor, the "fierce" and "intimidating" Mike Brown and Shawnta Rogers, "the Mighty Might."
"He had an uncanny way of igniting an arena, and was as responsible as anyone for augmenting our home court advantage," athletic director Patrick Nero said. "We'll need a new Ed to emerge next season."
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Tony Taylor is GW's all-time leading scorer. Chris Monroe is GW's all-time leading scorer. We regret this error.”

Preview: Baseball, with big goals, hosts A-10 tournament for first time
by The GW Hatchet

May 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Robbie Metz throws a pitch earlier this season. Metz will look to lead the Colonials in the postseason.
Before the season started, when the team was bearded and looking like men well beyond the drinking age, the Colonials talked about a gut feeling, a belief that they could end their season in Omaha at the College World Series.
Come Wednesday at 10 a.m., GW will host the Atlantic 10 Championship at Tucker Field. The Colonials come in as the six-seed among seven teams after losing their final four conference series and falling to 13-10. They will first play No. 3 Richmond in a double elimination format. If GW loses the first game, they will play later that night at 8:30 p.m.
Despite the low seed, GW has never seemed over its head in a game. They traveled to California for spring break and battled with top-tier talent and defeated then-No. 16 Maryland at College Park, 12-1, early in April.
Though teams like Saint Louis may have more experience than the youth-laden Colonials, there’s a lot of parity in the tournament teams and the squad seems to buy into the belief that they have what it takes to win.
“We’re as good as any team out there, whether someone’s ranked one or seventh,” head coach Gregg Ritchie said. “This is the first time we’ve felt that we were right there for everyone. It’s a good feeling and these guys need to believe it.”
Home field advantage
GW played their first 10 games at home, going 7-3 for their best start since 1983, when Ritchie was a freshman on the Colonials squad. They played a majority of their games at home this season, including in-conference play. Hosting the A-10 Championship should act as an advantage.
In conference play they went 10-5 at The Tuck. This could be explained by a telling statistic to GW’s success. The Colonials’ walk-to-strikeout ratio, at bat, and their strikeout-to-walk ratio, on the mound were much more significant when playing at home in conference than on the road. A 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio at home meant GW would score more than a run on average than their opponent. Similarly at the plate, if the Colonials walked at a 3:1 ratio to striking out, they would outscore their opponent by more than three runs.
At home, GW not only has the advantage of playing to a field that they are familiarly with on defense, but they also enjoy hitting at The Tuck. The Colonials averaged two extra base hits per game in conference play at home, including six total home runs.
Key GW players
Playing on their home turf won’t be enough to get the Colonials to their season goal, winning an A-10 Championship and heading to the NCAA tournament. Although predicated on strong and smart defense and team offense, GW will need a few players to come up particularly big.
In a double elimination format, bullpens will be called on in short notice to stop any potential bleeding. One way the Colonials can avoid that is if their season’s top starter, junior Bobby LeWarne, who tallied a team-high eight wins, can go deep into the game. In his 13 starts, he is averaging just greater than six innings a game. On a good day when his changeup has late movement upward and he is locating his fastball, LeWarne could work through a lineup with limited pitches into the seventh inning. A big start from ‘Bobby the Bull’ could start GW on the right page.
When the bullpen does come into play, GW will look for the backend to close out games. The Bullpen Bash Brothers, country hard-baller, redshirt senior Craig LeJeune and the nation’s saves leader, sophomore Eddie Muhl, almost always shut down a game.
At the plate, aside from the well-executed bunts – including suicide squeezes – the Colonials will need timely hits. In their last three conference series, they have fallen short, unable to come up with a big hit with runners in scoring position.
Perhaps the most important hitter for GW is their table-setter, sophomore Joey Bartosic. He batted a team-high .335 on the season and scored 36 runs, 15 percent of the Colonials total runs scored on the season. His speed is what kills: Bartosic recorded 19 stolen bases on the season.
The Colonials average about four runs a game. For every stolen base Bartosic records, they average 1.5 more runs per game. If he doesn’t score in a game, GW will lose by 1.5 runs on average. While if he does score just one run, they will win by more than one run a game. If Bartosic scores two runs in a game, GW will win by four runs, on average. Needless to say, the Colonials need their lead-off man to execute in the playoffs.
Scouting Richmond
GW did not play Richmond this year, but they did face a similar Spiders roster last year and were swept on the road. And a lot of the key performers from last year were juniors to the chagrin of GW.
This year, Richmond is led by senior Ryan Cook on the mound. He beat the Colonials last year in seven innings, giving up one run on five scattered hits. This year he is 7-2 with a 2.92 era and is averaging just less than a strikeout per inning.
At the plate, graduate student Michael Morman is the team's top performer. He enters the tournament batting .388, with six home runs, 53 RBI and 50 runs scored. The Spiders also boast the A-10 top home run hitter, junior Matt Casey, who has 17 home runs, with a .308 batting average.”

Renovation plans approved for historic Thaddeus Stevens school
by The GW Hatchet

May 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Greta Simons | Hatchet Photographer
Renovations for the Thaddeus Stevens School on L Street were approved last month, and the aging school will be upgraded to serve children with special needs and autism.
D.C.’s historical preservation board approved the designs for the renovation of the Thaddeus Stevens school last month, with the hope of opening the school as soon as 2018.
The renovation, which will total about $18 million and last for about a year, will bring the aging L Street school up to the area’s zoning codes and prepare it for its next chapter as a school for children with special needs and autism.
The design plans include repairing damaged concrete stairs and the external masonry, adding a courtyard garden in front of the building and putting up a statue of Thaddeus Stevens to commemorate the building’s history. There will also be a 10-story office building near the school, which will house an art gallery to further celebrate the school’s history, according to historical preservation documents .
As one of the oldest public schools in the city, Thaddeus Stevens operated for 140 years until it was one of 23 schools shut down by District government in the wake of school closures by former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in 2008. It has sat empty without any maintenance for seven years since then.
David Toney, vice president of development for Akridge, the company in charge of developing the school, said in an interview there are some parts of the building that look “pretty bad,” like peeling paint and windows that need to be replaced.
“A building built in the 1800s is not going to have a lot of things that current building codes require,” Toney said.
Toney also said that the building will be made wheelchair accessible, a requirement mandated by the American Disabilities Act. He said the floors will also be leveled and the building’s ventilation system will be improved.
“It will look like a brand new building,” Toney said.
The new school will have a program tailored to children with autism and will include about 50 students from the current Ivymount school in Rockville, Md., said Jan Wintrol, CEO of Ivymount Corporation.
Wintrol said students will be chosen for the new program based on their specific needs, and it would include students from D.C. since the school will be formed in partnership with D.C. Public Schools.
“Students that come here are paid for by their local school systems because they ask us to do a program that they feel they cannot design in their own school system,” Wintrol said.”

Fundraising campaign total reaches $740 million
by The GW Hatchet

May 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Anna McGarrigle | Senior Designer
After making serious strides toward reaching its goal of $1 billion over the course of the academic year, donations to GW’s largest-ever fundraising campaign have grown by $25 million since February, reaching a total of roughly $740 million.
Members of the Board of Trustees announced the new total during their meeting Friday, which was far lower than the $110 million increase between October's and February's Board meeting. Still, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Aristide Collins said he thinks the University will hit the three-quarter benchmark on the fundraising blitz over the summer.
Collins said the campaign is right on target and has seen a healthy number of donations over the past year. The University counts 55,000 members in its donor pool, a 5,000-person increase since the total was last released in February.
“If you look at the campaign as a whole, it’s really a very good example of how people are really investing in GW,” Collins said. “I think that the pace over the past year has increased. There’s a lot of enthusiasm.”
He said that though the campaign will reach the $750 million marker during the summer, the University will wait to celebrate it until the fall, when students and parents are back on campus.
“It’s our inclination to do it when the family’s here, when everybody can acknowledge it,” he said. “We might have surpassed it then, but at least to put the stake in the ground and say, ‘We’re celebrating with everybody,’ I think it’s always good.”
University President Steven Knapp said in an interview that he’s content with how the campaign has been progressing since it publicly launched last June.
“That’s pretty rapid progress, and we just want to keep that going and build momentum on it,” he said. “I’m very excited with the way our students have engaged with the campaign, really dramatically increased in the participation rate, which is very, very important for the future.”
The senior class raised more than $128,000 this year from more than 60 percent of its students, the highest donation and participation counts in University history.
But nearly a third of the $25 million increase in donations since February was funded by two million-dollar donations. Gilbert Cisneros, a 1994 alumnus, and his wife Jacki Cisneros donated $7 million to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences to fund the Cisneros Leadership Institute, which chairman of the Board Nelson Carbonell announced at the Friday meeting. The donation is in large part going to benefit Hispanic students, Carbonell said in an interview.
“I think the gift is really a terrific opportunity for the University to really improve in that area, have new resources that we wouldn’t have otherwise,” Carbonell said.
Carbonell said this isn’t the first time the couple has given to the University, either. They made a $1 million gift to financial aid at GW in 2011 after winning $266 million in the Mega Millions lottery.
Media Credit: Desiree Halpern | Photo Editor
Aristide Collins, the vice president for development and alumni relations, said he hopes to raise 75 percent of the University's $1 billion fundraising goal by this summer. Officials announced at Friday's Board of Trustees meeting that $740 million has been raised for the campaign.
Trustee George Wellde, who graduated with a master's degree in 1976, also donated $1 million toward the Center for Career Services. Mark Shenkman, another trustee, made a $5 million gift for the Center for Career Services last year, the largest-ever gift from a sitting trustee.
Collins said the other two-thirds of the $25 million were collected or pledged and include a “couple large grants.”
The $110 million that officials brought in between October and February shows donations coming at an estimated pace of about $23 million per month on average, though that amount could also include pledged gifts.
That average gift total decreased by more than 60 percent between February and May, where gifts averaged about $8.3 million each month. The University does not release month to month giving totals, but rather makes announcements at points throughout the year.
Collins said the development office has seen “very strong momentum” throughout the campaign, bolstered donors who give annually or have given at multiple points in the fundraising blitz. Collins said it's important to keep in touch with past donors in the hopes they will decide to give again.
“You also want to have major gift donors who give at one part of the campaign for one particular priority,” he said. “They may give to that same priority again. They may decide to give somewhere else, so you want to continue to cultivate and steward them as you go throughout the campaign.”
Experts say the decline in the rate of giving should not be a cause for concern.
Arthur Criscillis, a managing partner at the fundraising firm Alexander-Haas, said the University has “obviously hit some nice licks” in fundraising $215 million, or about a fifth of its goal, over the past 11 months. The campaign had already raised $525 million during its three-year quiet phase before launching in June.
“When you have the announcement and it’s public, there can be a period of time where it’s just not rocketing forward,” he said.
Criscillis said the large, multimillion-dollar donations in a campaign often come during the “silent phase” before it’s announced publicly. Those donations generally come from donors who have been giving to the University since before the campaign started, he said.
For example, billionaire philanthropists Michael Milken and Sumner Redstone, neither of whom attended GW, gave a combined $80 million last spring to rename the public health school.
But major gifts from first-time donors tend to take some time, said James Reber, a University of California, Berkeley graduate who operates a small fundraising firm.
“It might take you two meetings and some schmoozing,” he said. “It might take you six months just to get a meeting.”
Erika Bernal, the director of development and alumni relations at Marshall B. Ketchum University in California, said before universities present their fundraising campaigns publicly, they often try to raise about 50 percent of the campaign goal, so fundraisers don't have to rely so heavily on large gifts in the first years of the public phase.
“There’s like a pyramid,” she said. “You need a pretty wide base of smaller level donors.”
Those donors, like parents and alumni with no prior history of giving, are generally “very good supporters, but don’t have the capacity” to donate six-figure or seven-figure gifts, Bernal said. Their gifts typically roll in during the first and second years of the public phase of the campaign and are smaller than the annual donation amounts in the private part of the fundraiser.
Major gifts often start to come back in during the tail end of the campaign in the form of matching agreements, she said.
“At the end you usually have your closers,” she said. “People who are willing to match gifts and say, ‘We’ll match up to $100 million if you can raise $100 million from an alumni base.’”
Collins said he expects to see more large gifts as the campaign continues.
"I'm just very very optimistic," he said. "You can't do this kind of work without being enthusiastic and excited about it, telling the GW story."
Jacqueline Thomsen and Colleen Murphy contributed reporting.”

Staff Editorial: Stay tuned: Stories to keep watching this year
by The GW Hatchet

May 18, 2015
“Unless you’re taking summer classes or living in University housing, it can be easy to forget about GW over the summer.
But GW doesn’t forget about us. Officials keep making decisions, teams keep recruiting and practicing and student organizations keep preparing for the upcoming school year.
It’s tempting to block the University from our minds as we relax over the next few months. But some story lines from this year will play out over the summer and into next year. Keep these topics on your radar as you’re lounging at the pool or fetching coffee as an intern this summer.
The uncertainty of the budget cuts
Financially, it hasn’t been an easy year for GW. A dip in graduate enrollment has had repercussions, like a 5 percent cut to most departments' operating budgets, a delay to parts of the strategic plan, 46 staff layoffs and a higher acceptance rate for next year’s freshman class.
Unfortunately, these financial difficulties likely won’t end any time soon. It’s only May, and there’s still a lot that can change: More positions could be cut, programs could change and other academic departments may suffer.
There are some students who have been directly affected by these cuts, like those involved in the music department. For others, the University’s financial troubles might be easy to brush off as long-term problems that won’t affect current students.
But unlike some issues, like the lack of sufficient donations for the Science and Engineering Hall, these budget cuts are more tangible. Even as students head to various destinations this summer, the University will continue to cope with its financial challenges.
It’s time for students to pay serious attention to the layoffs and slashed budgets. It’s important to understand that the University has to find money somewhere, and some cuts are likely unavoidable. And the student body also has to keep in mind that, thanks to the budget cuts, it’s likely that asking the University to fund new programs and initiatives could be a little bit harder.
Student groups' frustration with the Student Association
The SA recently passed a budget that has made some student groups on campus unhappy. Some organizations were awarded funding for food and small events, while more than 50 budgets were denied altogether — and some student organization leaders don’t understand why. It’s likely that the growing tension between student groups and the SA will only increase when students return to campus in the fall and have to work with their smaller-than-desired allocations.
Some of the blame should certainly fall onto the SA’s complicated budget allocation process, and the SA finance committee should try its best to make that easier. But it seems like student organizations aren’t completely innocent, either, if they haven’t been communicating with members of the SA.
There are resources meant to help student leaders understand the allocation process, and it’s up to student groups to utilize them. A senator is assigned to each student group and is available to answer questions, and members of the SA make themselves accessible through office hours.
If all else fails, student organizations do have other options. The summer is a perfect opportunity to raise money and plan for fundraising activities to make up for the deficits that the SA could not fund. For example, it would be smart for groups to replicate SASA’s approach and try fundraising online to make up for the funds they were denied.
Bickering between the SA and student groups can have a huge effect on student life at GW. Student organizations bring a lot of life to this campus, but when they don’t have the funding they need, students are the ones who lose out. Hopefully, after everyone has a chance to take a break from the drama this summer, the SA and student groups can do a better job of working together.
A tense relationship with Foggy Bottom
The University hasn’t always been on the best terms with Foggy Bottom residents. Neighbors have voiced their concerns about the 2007 campus plan to University President Steven Knapp, complained about students’ loud parties and, most recently, have publicly expressed their fears about GW’s increasing enrollment.
The University recently modified its campus plan to account for students in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design who take classes or reside on Foggy Bottom. Neighbors have reservations about GW’s enrollment numbers becoming hard to control, and have raised concerns like “competition for sidewalks” and an unfettered increase in the volume of students on campus.
Foggy Bottom residents’ complaints aren’t new information, but that doesn’t mean students should ignore them. The more neighbors express their concerns to the University, the more likely it is that officials will try to control students breaking rules off campus.
As students, we can’t do anything about campus construction or the enrollment cap. But we can still try our best to avoid giving Foggy Bottom’s residents something to complain about. They’ll have a break from us over the summer, but when we return in the fall, it’s important for us to remember to coexist, and that we aren’t the only ones who live here.
More opportunities to be a fan
Anyone who paid close attention to the men’s basketball team this year was likely disappointed. Despite a relatively successful season, the team didn't make it into the NCAA tournament.
Hopefully, that won’t be the case next year. Mike Lonergan, head coach of the men’s basketball team, has one more opening on his roster after three players transferred and two spots were filled— an opportunity to bring fresh talent to the team. There’s speculation Lonergan will make this move over the summer, so fans should keep an eye out for that news.
But there’s a lot to look forward to when we get back to campus, too. Unlike this past basketball season, many of the most important match-ups, for both the men’s and women’s teams, are scheduled to take place on our campus, giving students a chance to cheer them on in person.
Unfortunately, at a school where even the most popular team has low game attendance, many of us tend to forget that GW has plenty of successful Division I sports apart from basketball. But students should be paying attention to other sports, too. The Atlantic 10 Conference recently reached a new deal with the American Sports Network, meaning other sports, like men’s and women’s soccer, softball and volleyball, will be aired on television.
So students should stay tuned and get excited over the summer: The men’s basketball roster will look different, more games in the Smith Center make it easier to be an enthusiastic fan and other sports at GW will get a boost from more television coverage.
The editorial board is composed of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s piece was written by opinions editor Sarah Blugis and contributing opinions editor Melissa Holzberg, based on discussions with managing director Rachel Smilan-Goldstein, design assistant Samantha LaFrance, and copy editor Brandon Lee.
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by The GW Hatchet

May 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Katie Causey | Photo Editor
Carmen of Carmen Y Sus Delicias chefs prepare traditional Peruvian food at the 17th annual Food Festival of the Americas, hosted by the Organization of American States.”

Financial aid pool swells with more students to support
by The GW Hatchet

May 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Anna McGarrigle | Senior Designer
GW will have $27 million more to give to students in financial aid next year.
The Board of Trustees approved roughly $182 million for undergraduate students’ financial aid Friday, an increase of about 6.5 percent from last year and part of the largest expansion in financial aid funds the University has signed off on in six years. The increase partially stems from the larger size of next fall's freshmen class, after officials accepted 45 percent of all applicants.
More than $260 million for financial aid will be set aside for all students, an 11 percent increase from the pool of money available to students last year. Part of that increase comes from a 23 percent jump in graduate student aid, which grew to $78 million.
University spokeswoman Candace Smith said in an email that swelling aid pool was based on several criteria including anticipated enrollment growth, increases in tuition and “the amount available through philanthropy.”
“Most importantly, the increase stems from the University's commitment to enhancing access and ensuring our financial aid packages remain competitive in the higher education marketplace,” Smith said.
The amount of aid money available to undergraduates dropped by $2 million in 2013, a decrease officials attributed to a smaller undergraduate class. Officials predict to gain an extra $56 million in tuition revenue for the upcoming year, according to the fiscal year 2016 operating budget that the Board of Trustees signed off on Friday.
The bump in tuition revenue could help GW with its current budget issues because the University is dependent on tuition for roughly 75 percent of revenue .
Tuition for incoming students will increase 3.4 percent in the fall, the first year it will be more than $50,000, but an amount that's about in line with past increases. A portion of those funds will also go toward mental health resources on campus. As part of its overall focus on affordability, officials lock in tuition for returning students through the University's fixed tuition policy.
Officials publicly revealed for the first time last fall that they place hundreds of students who cannot afford the cost of tuition on the waitlist each year, a decision that affects about 10 percent of applicants annually.
Sandy Baum, a financial aid expert and higher education professor at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, said some universities may increase the aid amount in hopes the students will decide to come and pay the rest of the cost to attend.
“If we can give someone a $10,000 grant and get them to enroll, [and] if they didn’t enroll, we wouldn’t have the other $50,000,” she said.
Media Credit: Desiree Halpern | Photo Editor
The Board of Trustees approved more than $260 million for financial aid on Friday.
She said colleges across the country have faced pressure to admit more students from low and middle-income families. Over the past five years, middle-class families at GW have had to pay more than double the amount high-income families do, even after receiving financial aid packages.
“If the size of the class goes up, even if they aid students at the same rate that they were before, the dollar amount of aid is going to go up,” she said.
Antoinette Flores, a policy analyst for the Center for American Progress who focuses on student debt and financial aid, said an extra scholarship could be the final push a student needs to choose GW over another university. As schools increasingly use smaller packages of merit aid to lure talented students, merit-based aid at GW has increased by more than a third since 2010.
“GW might be able to offer someone a $2,000 grant or merit aid scholarship, and it could encourage higher income students to attend that institution over another institution,” she said.
Officials predict that $12 million will be used for scholarships and money used for University fellowships for students for the next fiscal year, a $1 million decrease from last year, according to the operating budget approved by the Board of Trustees Friday.
Rick Ross, the co-founder of College Financing Group, a financial aid consulting firm, said schools like GW do their best to make sure their financial aid pool never dips below a certain monetary level so as many students as possible can receive aid without the institution losing money.
Experts said last year’s increase in financial aid would not hurt the University financially because it matched GW’s planned tuition increase.
He said officials have to strike a delicate balance when determining how much money to give out to students, including both merit and other kinds of aid.
“At every college they would ideally want every student to pay full tuition,” Ross said. “They don’t want to give away their money, so they’re going to try to see how much merit aid they need to get to attract this student without giving away too much.”
Jacqueline Thomsen contributed reporting.”

University names new senior associate provost in effort to expand global reputation
by The GW Hatchet

May 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Desiree Halpern | Photo Editor
Doug Shaw, the associate dean for planning, research and external relations and an associate international affairs professor, will now take on the role of international vice provost.
An associate dean from the Elliott School of International Affairs will take the helm of a newly created international position in the provost’s office, the latest in a series of moves GW has taken to grow its global reach.
University President Steven Knapp announced that Doug Shaw will be GW’s first senior associate provost for international strategy at Friday's Board of Trustees meeting. Shaw will work as a touch point for international student services and create global opportunities for the University, helping GW to reach its goal of becoming a highly regarded international institution.
Shaw's position is just the latest example of highlighting globalization at GW, as University officials increasingly turn to countries like Saudi Arabia , South Korea and Turkey for partnerships and programs.
“We’re trying to create a more effective focus to save resources and make us more effective internationally in getting global recognition for the University and increase its global impact,” Knapp said at Friday's meeting.
Knapp said Shaw was an obvious choice for the position because of Shaw’s continued work with the University in the Elliott School as an assistant professor of international affairs and the associate dean for planning, research and external relations. Shaw teaches classes on topics like nuclear weapons and international security politics.
“He has long been recognized as an extraordinary servant at the University,” Knapp said at the meeting. “After a search by a University-wide committee, he was identified as the absolute top choice for this very important new position.”
In the new role, Shaw will coordinate international components of the University, including opportunities for research, philanthropy, recruiting and study abroad. Knapp said the new position fits within the global goals of the University-wide strategic plan.
“We haven’t had a strategic way of thinking about what it means to be surrounded by embassies and the International Monetary Fund and the Pan American Health Organization, and this position will help us figure out how we make effective use of all those connections,” Knapp said.
Provost Steven Lerman said some of the associate provost’s focus will be on centralizing resources like career services and counseling for international students.
“We want every international student who comes here to have the best experience possible, and that responsibility has been scattered,” Lerman said at the Board of Trustees meeting.
Lerman added that the associate provost will work with the office of study abroad to expand study abroad possibilities and offer resources to students studying abroad at GW.
GW currently offers five programs associated directly with the school in Argentina, Chile, France, England and Spain. About 50 percent of undergraduate students study abroad.
Shaw will also work with Lerman to formulate a larger global strategy for the University. Lerman said he plans to “replicate plans” from when the University planned to start a partnership with China but in other international locations like India and the Middle East – areas officials have already pinpointed as main focuses abroad.
A committee of faculty and administrators from across the University selected Shaw for the position this month after Lerman announced his office was creating the position in March.
Shaw said in his first year in the position he will focus on learning more about the “breadth of GW’s international activities, capacities and priorities.” Shaw will begin his new post on July 15.
“I am particularly excited about the opportunity to support faculty and students in innovative collaborations on international issues and with international institutions,” Shaw said.
Shaw served as director of policy planning at Georgetown University, where he researched and taught about global human development and started initiatives to connect students to international leaders in the public and private sectors.
Former dean of the GW School of Business Doug Guthrie served in a similar position as vice president of China operations and laid out GW’s strategy with China. The partnership with China never came to fruition after Guthrie was fired in 2013 for overspending by $13 million.
The University has also worked to expand its global research portfolio. Vice President for Research Leo Chalupa said he is focusing on helping professors earn funding from international sources as domestic research dollars have declined. Researchers now have a chance to receive money from the European Union after laws that originally set aside money just for European researchers were overhauled.”

First-year law student remembered for friendly demeanor, willingness to help
by The GW Hatchet

May 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Photo Courtesy of McFadden Family
First-year law student James McFadden went into cardiac arrest May 1 after choking on food at dinner, and was kept alive on life support until last Wednesday. His mother said he was kind and always looking to help.
James McFadden didn’t have much time for hobbies, his mother said. He was always too busy helping out anyone who asked.
James McFadden, a first-year law student from Olmsted Falls, Ohio who went by Jim, died last Wednesday. His mother, Lisa McFadden, said the 27-year-old went into cardiac arrest May 1 after choking on food at dinner, and was kept alive on life support for about two weeks.
She said he had a wonderful sense of humor and was always willing to help friends and family, especially his younger sister, with whom he shared an especially close bond. He is survived by his parents, sister, aunts and uncles.
“Whether it was reviewing an essay for [his] sister, helping a friend to try and coordinate a fundraiser, he just did the gambit,” Lisa McFadden said.
James McFadden studied government, the history of science and Spanish at Harvard University, graduating in 2010, according to his LinkedIn page. During his senior year, a cheating scandal had hit campus and he and a few friends decided to make T-shirts in support of the student being accused of faking his way through Harvard. The story of the shirt, with the student's mug shot on the front and fake resume on the back, was picked up by Boston Magazine.
At GW, McFadden was a member of the International Law Society and the Korean American Law Students Association, according to his LinkedIn page.
In 2010, he received a Fulbright grant and traveled to Naju, South Korea, where he taught middle school courses for a year, according to his LinkedIn page. He was offered a job with the Fulbright program for the next year, where he helped run its work in North Korea.
Lisa McFadden said James McFadden was "very proud" of his work in South Korea and his family traveled abroad to visit him.
“He made so many friends through that program. That’s what’s amazing,” she said. “He had his high school friends and then his friends from Harvard and then his friends from Fulbright, and he managed to pull all three groups together.”
Blake D. Morant, dean of the law school, sent an email to law students and faculty on Saturday, expressing his condolences to James McFadden’s family. James McFadden is the third law student to die this academic year.
“I know that everyone joins me in mourning the loss of our dear friend,” Morant said in the email. “Members of the University staff have spoken with Jim’s family and have offered our deepest sympathies and our desire to provide whatever support is necessary.”
A GoFundMe campaign started during James McFadden’s hospitalization has raised nearly $45,000 of its $50,000 goal to help cover medical and funeral costs.
Starting in early 2013, James McFadden also spent a year and a half as communications director for Aravella Simotas, a New York State assemblywoman.
Simotas said in an email that James McFadden was a “brilliant writer, witty spokesman and fiercely loyal friend.”
“His love for life, dedication to his family and infectious personality were his most endearing traits,” she wrote.
Simotas said during a lunch they had before McFadden left for GW, he shared his excitement to learn about shaping public policy.
“In Jim's mind, we all have a duty to help humankind. We can all learn something from the example Jim set during his relatively short life," she said. "I am so very grateful to have known Jim, and pray that he rest in peace."”

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