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Sustainability affinity aims for zero-waste living
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 09, 2017
“As members of the sustainability affinity in District House prepare to live in the space for a second year, they have a new mission in mind: to live completely waste-free.
Leaders of the FoBoZero affinity say the 16 residents plan to create no trash and limit their use of nonrenewable energy sources to strengthen the impact of the environmental community on campus and educate more students about sustainable living.
Izzy Moody, the vice president of Green GW who helped coordinate the affinity but does not live there, said that during the first year, members of the affinity lived an eco-friendly lifestyle by recycling carefully and using the GroW Garden to compost food waste. Next year, the affinity’s members will use a “more intense” zero-waste plan, Moody said.
Moody said she hopes next year’s residents will encourage each other by hosting workshops on green living and composting and cooking together.
She added that next year’s affinity will feature a more intense effort than this year’s because more residents happen to be members of sustainability organizations or academic programs.
Dani Makous, a junior and the coordinator of the affinity, said educating people on how to reduce waste may should be easy because the people who choose to live there want to make changes to their daily behavior, she said.
“Being around people who are at least committing to learn about it and recognizing that they have more to learn does foster the kind of environment you need to grow and be better in your behavior,” she said.
Makous said that this year, affinity residents had conversations about the kinds of products and practices they could use to have a more sustainable lifestyle.
“Teaching them one thing that they didn’t know when they came in was important,” Makous said.
But there will be limits to how waste-free the students can be – the electricity and water in the affinity are supplied by GW, meaning students have little control over how they are produced, Makous said.
Dyan Harden, a front desk educator at Ecocycle Solutions, a non-profit organization focused on recycling and zero-waste, said transitioning to a waste-free lifestyle can be hard for college students because of the electronic waste they produce, like ink cartridges and used cell phones.
“It’s very expensive to recycle electronics,” she said. “Electronics have a lot of hazardous materials in them like heavy metals.”
She added composting reduces the impact of waste more than most people think, even though waste being composted is biodegradable.
“Because of the way landfills are made, they don’t biodegrade in the way they normally would,” Harden said. “It produces a lot of methane, which is one of the biggest gases of concern for climate change.”
Robyn Hathcock, a zero-waste administrative services manager at the University of Oregon, said going zero-waste in college is challenging, but that it’s a good time for students to try it out, especially if they are living with other people aiming for a zero-waste lifestyle.
“People are there to learn and experience new things and be exposed to opportunities and experiences that they may not have had available to them where they were coming from,” Hathcock said.”

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DC officials look to boost national support for statehood
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 09, 2017
“Updated: March 9, 2017 at 1:56 a.m.
Four months since 80 percent of D.C. residents voted in favor of D.C. becoming a state, a Republican Congress stands in the way of statehood.
Although it is unlikely the bill Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., proposed last Wednesday will pass a Republican Congress and president, D.C. officials and statehood supporters said they will continue to counter House Republicans who attempt to intervene with local politics, and that they will make the statehood campaign national.
“It’s an uphill climb, and we know that, but the bill keeps the momentum going for statehood when we have the requisite parties in place,” Norton said in an interview.
Norton presented the Washington D.C. Admission Act with 60 percent of Democrats in the House of Representatives as original co-sponsors, after introducing seven similar bills that were unsuccessful in past Congresses, Norton and Benjamin Fritsch, her communications director, said.
Norton said leaders of the movement are working to get more Democratic support and expect most Democrats to sign on as additional co-sponsors by the end of the year. She added that no Republicans currently support the bill, which she expected because of contention between parties.
Republicans have historically opposed statehood – D.C. is heavily liberal, guaranteeing Democrats additional votes in Congress if the District were to become a state. And the move would strip federal lawmakers of their ability to pass legislation that impacts D.C. – a move by legislators who want to curry favor without having to pass national laws.
The purpose of proposing the bill was not to get it through the Republican Congress – a goal Norton said will not be reached – but to keep the effort moving forward and to put more pressure on Republicans, she said.
The District has a larger population than two states and pays more in federal taxes than 22 states, according to The Washington Post. Even though the District has a Congressional representative, Norton is only able to vote in committees and not on the House floor.
But a legislative approach may not be possible as long as Republicans hold the majority – GOP leaders stated in the party platform at July’s Republican National Convention that D.C.’s statehood should be earned through a Constitutional amendment, with 75 percent of states approving the measure.
D.C. Shadow Senator Paul Strauss said for now, he and other statehood leaders will combat what he calls an intrusion into local politics and gain more support across the country so the effort might succeed during the next session of Congress.
“The immediate plans in this session of Congress are to be successful at beating back Congressional intrusion into the home-rule affairs of the District,” he said.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R–Utah, attempted to strike down a “death by dignity” bill, designed to allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients, last month. But that bill never made it to the House floor, and the law went into effect Feb. 18, The Washington Times and the Post reported.
Chaffetz did not respond to request for comment.
Under the Home Rule Act passed in 1973, Congress reviews and approves all D.C. legislation and its budget.
Strauss said he thought Congress’ attempts to stop the assisted suicide bill were an inappropriate intervention in local government.
“I expect that Congress will cause problems for the District of Columbia any chance it gets because they seem more focused on micromanaging one jurisdiction instead of solving problems for the entire country,” he said.
Some District residents have combatted what they call Republican overreach into local government affairs.
Josh Burch, the co-founder of Neighbors United for DC Statehood, said that in the past two months, D.C. residents and citizens of other states have contacted his organization asking how they can help.
Burch said his organization will continue to find co-sponsors and “that one brave Republican” to support the bill.
“People are realizing that only statehood will set free and if we want it we have to work for it and work hard for it,” he said.”

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Professors shouldn't require sick notes for miss classes
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 09, 2017
“Living in a residence hall is an easy way to quickly spread germs. Not only are people in close quarters, but students’ immune systems are weakened from a lack of sleep and stress, especially around midterms. When students do get sick and have to miss classes, they have to work around professors’ preferences for making up assignments – which often isn’t as easy or accommodating as it could be, especially when it comes to getting doctor’s notes.
Class attendance is a significant part of students’ grades in some classes, so professors require doctor’s notes before they let students miss class or make up an assignment without a grade penalty. But each trip to the Colonial Health Center costs $30, which is an out-of-pocket expense for students, unless they have GW health insurance .
Getting official proof of an illness isn’t affordable, and having a cold doesn’t always warrant a trip to the doctor. It is fairly easy to tell the difference between having a bad cold that requires extra rest and fluids and needing professional medical attention. It still may be best for ill students, and their peers, to skip class when they’re sick, even if they don’t need to see a doctor.
Professors can help make sure germs don’t spread and that ill students aren’t overwhelmed by missing class by not requiring doctor’s notes. Getting official documentation is an undue burden on ill students, so professors should be more flexible.
Going to the Colonial Health Center is especially expensive for low-income students. If GW wants to shed its image of being a “rich kid school,” officials should eliminate extra costs, like the Colonial Health Center’s.
The appointment expense isn’t necessarily Colonial Health Center’s fault. Although the $30 cost may be high for some students, having a flat appointment rate allows students go to the doctor for any number of reasons. If there were to be different prices for different types of appointments, scheduling appointments and the process to check in and out would be trickier.
The Colonial Health Center should lower costs for shorter visits. Peer institutions, like Boston and Emory universities, don’t have appointment fees at all. At BU , students aren’t charged unless they need a physical exam or additional services. At Emory , medical visits are included in students’ cost of attendance. Like our peer institutions, GW should find a way to either reduce prices for certain services or include medical coverage in our overall cost of attendance.
Clearly, this is a prominent issue on campus. A few Student Association candidates have even made it a point in their platforms to lower Colonial Health Center fees. Ideas that have been floated by candidates include waiving a fee for appointments at the Colonial Health Center that are less than 15 minutes and free notes for class excuses.
If it’s unreasonable to change health center costs, professors should instead not require sick notes. It’s understandable that professors want sick notes – they don’t want to waste time on writing make-up exams and don’t want to give students a free ride to skipping class. But if students are really sick but don’t need a doctor or can’t afford to see one, professors should be understanding and not require an excuse.
Realistically, most students will get sick one or two times during a semester. And in many cases, students don’t want to miss a class or test. Although there will always be students who manipulate the system, most just need flexibility when dealing with an illness. But when students feel that they need to attend class, even if they are sick, peers are more likely to catch that illness. GW should help students stay healthy, and both the Colonial Health Center and professors can help do that.
Sara Brouda, a sophomore majoring in international affairs, is a Hatchet opinions writer.
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HR offers employees new mental health resources
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 09, 2017
“The University’s human resources department is offering new mental health programs for faculty and staff.
This semester, the department has offered webinars, workshops and panels on topics like anger management, work-life balance and mindfulness. Officials said they want to increase employee knowledge of and access to resources and respond to staff requests and feedback about well-being and mental health resources.
John Kosky, the associate vice president for talent management, said in an email that the HR office is aware that finding mental health resources in the D.C. area can be challenging. His department works with the University’s healthcare vendors to make sure that employees know about available resources, like a well-being hotline, workshops, seminars and online services, he said.
“Our goal is to increase awareness of what is available and, working with our vendor partners, to ensure employees have access to what they need, when they need it,” Kosky said.
Last month, the University’s health care provider, UnitedHealthCare, introduced myStrength, an app advertised as a “health club for your mind.”
The app, run through GW’s Wellbeing Hotline, gives users access to information about depression, anxiety, meditation, stress reduction, substance abuse and chronic pain, according to the GW Staff Association newsletter. The Wellbeing Hotline is a free confidential phone counseling service, available 24/7, for University employees and their families.
Kosky said the department is not specifically increasing its focus on mental health issues, but that results from a satisfaction survey last summer showed that employees wanted more access to and information about mental health resources.
Recently, the University began working with a new provider for an employee assistance program that provides confidential free counseling to employees and increased the mental health provider options for employees, Kosky said.
“The net effect was a much larger network of providers than was previously available,” he said.
He added that the health cost transparency tool the University will begin using this summer includes a section dedicated to information about mental health care providers.
Robin Kuprewicz, a research project administrator in the Milken Institute School of Public Health and a member of the Staff Association, said some of the wellness benefits have been available for years, but that the association has been working with HR more to advertise benefits, publish information about well-being and work-life balance and share feedback from staff.
Kuprewicz said in an email that staff have suggested ideas for things like more green space on campus and incentives for students and employees who bike or walk to work, which the Staff Association sends to HR.
This year, she’s noticed an increase in the amount of resources and discounts related to staff members’ overall health, including mental health, Kuprewicz said.
“It seems like employers are moving slowly towards providing for employees’ overall well-being, rather than just medical benefits,” she said. “There is increasing understanding about the need to support work-life balance, mental and emotional well-being and social health in order to fully serve staff.”
Experts in workplace mental health say that universities across the country have started to offer more mindfulness and wellbeing resources, like counseling sessions, support groups and exercise programs.
David Yamada, a professor of law at Suffolk University Law School and the director of the New Workplace Institute – a center at Suffolk dedicated to researching workplace bullying – said while mental health has been a hot topic for all kinds of employers, college campuses face specific stressors because of unique financial issues, like high tuition costs and budget cuts.
Faculty and staff at GW have seen how budget cuts can affect their departments, after several rounds of cuts to central administrative offices resulted in staff layoffs .
“I think it’s fair to say right now that higher education is in a stressed out period of its existence,” he said. “We think of higher education as this idyllic space, you know it’s all about learning and growing and that kind of stuff, but then there are these real overlays of stressors in terms of just the everyday experience of working in higher education.”
Yamada said that focusing on mental health could have a financial impact on the University, because when employees are less stressed, they use other medical resources less frequently.
Faculty and staff have been continually dissatisfied with the University’s health benefits. Last week, the Faculty Senate passed a resolution urging University leaders to increase spending on faculty health care.
“If you look at the ideal goal of wellness plans, it’s all about preventive care, good physical and mental health, fewer stressors. Stress is connected to so many negative health effects and you can see where that real connection lies,” Yamada said.”

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Upperclassmen need cheaper housing options
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 09, 2017
“As a rising sophomore, it seems exciting to plan for housing next academic year. After not knowing much about residence halls when applying for housing before freshman year, choosing which friends to live with and where is appealing. But after looking at second-year housing plans, I realized the options were more expensive than I had anticipated.
Officials released the 2017-2018 housing rates last month, and the general application period for rising second- and third-year student housing is quickly approaching. A Thurston Hall quad room – like the one I live in now – will be $8,500 per year, and the cheapest second-year option will be a room in West Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus for $10,530. The jump between how much freshman housing and sophomore housing costs poses a problem for me, and I’m sure it does for other students too.
The University should offer a housing option similar in price to Thurston Hall for upperclassmen. Because students don’t have a choice but to live in GW residence halls for three years, the University should consider converting existing residence halls into more affordable buildings for upperclassmen who can’t afford places like Philip Amsterdam Hall or District House.
GW is one of the most expensive universities in the country, but ironically, one of the reasons I chose to come to GW is because I received a generous financial aid package. By choosing to live in a Thurston quad, GW’s cost of attendance was the most affordable of any school’s I was accepted to. But since my options for housing are more expensive next year, GW isn’t as affordable as it once was. I probably should have looked up the housing costs for upperclassmen students before deciding on GW, but I assumed the University’s decision to accept a student with financial needs meant departments would continue making sure every aspect of campus life was affordable for students like me.
Of course, my story isn’t the same as every other student’s. A recent study revealed that 70 percent of students come from families with the top 20 percent of household incomes, and only 2.5 percent of students come from the bottom 20 percent of household incomes. So to some students, the jump from my Thurston room to West Hall might not be substantial. But for students like me, a $2,000 difference makes GW unaffordable.
Upperclassmen residence halls tend to be more expensive because of the amenities they include – like private kitchens and bathrooms – but students don’t necessarily need those extras. At many universities in the U.S., students go four years without a private bathroom or kitchen. While entirely communal spaces may not be ideal, students should not be left with only private options. If GW offered cheaper upperclassmen housing, students who can afford extra amenities would most likely choose them, and students like me could choose basic housing options.
Additionally, the University’s fixed tuition policy can be misleading for students deciding if they can afford the University. GW’s website says , “While you’re juggling classes, internships, student groups and #OnlyatGW moments, you can take comfort in knowing that we’ve taken the guesswork out of financing your education.” After carefully reading the entirety of the emails sent to me from the University over the summer before my freshman year, I understood that the fixed tuition policy only applies to tuition. But perhaps if someone hadn’t read more, or looked into the fine print, students could be led to believe that they would pay the same cost of attendance for all four years, when in reality, their housing costs continue to rise.
For students who have to critically consider how they’re going to finance an education at GW, a variety of housing options should be available to students for the three years they are required to live on campus – not just the first.
Rachel Armany, a freshman majoring in journalism, is a Hatchet opinions writer.
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Weekend outlook
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 09, 2017
“If you’ve decided to stay in the District for spring break or are waiting until after the weekend to skip town, you can still snag tickets to see comedian Ali Wong, hip hop group Migos and a weekend-long film festival.
Friday
Comedy show at Warner Theatre
Ali Wong, the comedian and writer behind the ABC television show “Fresh Off the Boat,” will be performing at the historic Warner Theatre. Wong is famous for her blunt comedy about her sexual experiences, Asian heritage and pregnancy, which she showed off most famously on her Netflix comedy special “Baby Cobra” that she filmed while seven months pregnant. Due to popular demand, there will be two shows, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m., so you have no excuse to miss this laugh-out-loud funny comedian.
Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. $65.
Saturday
History Film Forum
This weekend, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is hosting their annual History Film Forum. This festival highlights historical films and is open to anyone – from experts to casual moviegoers. Tickets are required for each individual event, but are free on the museum’s website. The festival begins Thursday and spans the entire weekend. Saturday’s events, featuring a panel about women in filmmaking and an advanced screening of Edgar Allan Poe’s Buried Alive, are sure to be riveting for all movie buffs.
14th Street and Constitution Avenue. Various times from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free.
Sunday
Migos at Echostage
Prepare to see countless “rain drop, drop top” captions on your Instagram feed because Migos, the Atlanta-grown rap group famous for songs like “Versace” and “Bad and Boujee,” will take Echostage Sunday. The rap group is performing in an intimate venue, which is sure to make for a lively show. With a new single dropped less than a month ago, this will be one of the first chances to hear the group’s new music live.
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. Doors at 9 p.m. $80.”

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This week in music
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 09, 2017
“Looking for tunes to shake up your spring break? Check out these new tracks from Ed Sheeran, Cold War Kids and Lefti to spice up your traveling playlist.
Ed Sheeran – “What Do I Know”
Sheeran has mastered the sappy yet sweet lyric. The simple and romantic themes of Sheeran’s lyrics are heartwarming and will always leave you in a good mood.
In his new song “What Do I Know,” from his album “÷”, Sheeran’s use of both high and low vocal harmonies creates an echoey intonation that compliments the bare-bone style of the guitar and percussion instrumentals.
One noteworthy lyric juxtaposes the fast-paced nature of corporate life with the power love has to change the world.
“Everybody’s talking about exponential growth and the stock market crashing and their portfolios / Love can change the world in a moment, but what do I know.”
Overall, the verses are more interesting, both musically and lyrically, than the chorus. Sheeran’s use of deep low notes throughout his vocal performance in addition to the effortless acoustic guitar melody makes the verses captivating for a listener, and are reminiscent of his early chart-climbers, like “Thinking Out Loud.”
“÷” was released March 3.
Cold War Kids – “Can We Hang On?”
Cold War Kids is known for bringing angst and grit to the traditional indie music scene, and past hits like “Hang Me Up to Dry” definitely approach ‘90s rock territory. Their new single “Can We Hang On?” off their upcoming album “L.A. Divine,” is a little less angst and more reflective.
Nathan Willett sings about how we ruminate on what might have been and question whether we’ll know better for the future.
“Think about the old days / What we didn’t do to survive / Do we get better with time? / Tell me I’m wrong.”
The song features both raw and electronic sounds, with a piano melody throughout the first verse, and an electric guitar riff that ties together beats from the intro to the chorus.
It’s somewhat disappointing that this indie rock band has turned more mainstream in recent years, shifting away from their edgy and somewhat grungy instrumentals and moving toward the traditional folk and pop sounds – though this is often the fate of many bands in this genre of music, like we saw with Fun and The Head and the Heart.
“L.A. Divine” will be released April 7. The single “Can We Hang On?” was released March 3.
Lefti – “City Heart”
Missing the city over break? “City Heart” by Lefti will give you a taste of the urban life you’ll be craving. Lefti is the solo project by former Cobra Starship bassist Alex Suarez, and he continues on Cobra Starship’s signature dance-pop punk style.
This single continues the trend in music of “nu-disco,” where dance music from the ‘70s and ‘80s gives new life to the age of electronic music. Energetic drum beats and retro synths come to play in this peppy and dynamic track that’s perfect for dance parties or an epic sing-along in the car.
Lefti overlaps progressive drum sounds that continue to build with a repetitive base to mimic the chaotic and bustling city streets. The lyrics are not stand-out but successfully elevate the track with melodic high notes.
The single “City Heart” was released March 3.”

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Consultant company to analyze airplane noise around DC
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 09, 2017
“An airport noise consultant company will study the noise levels of air traffic passing over D.C. to determine if flight patterns need to be reorganized and address community noise concern.
The Department of Energy and Environment recruited Freytag and Associates, LLC to investigate if air traffic from Reagan National Airport for residents starting in May once schools are out, members of the consultant company said at a meeting at Rose L. Hardy Middle School Wednesday.
Freytag and Associates will be monitoring school zones during regulars hours for noise disruption, and using houses to study sleep interference between the hours of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., Jack Freytag, founder of Freytag and Associates, said.
Freytag said the company will conduct noise monitoring around three houses and two schools, which will help build a case justifying a change in flight patterns to present to the Federal Aviation Administration. He did not specify what neighborhoods the monitoring would be done.
“We do the technical work,” he said. “We supply the ammunition. You fight the war.”
Members of the Federal Aviation Administration met in the Georgetown Public Library on Sept. 14 to see if community members were upset about noise levels from airplanes traveling over the District. Within a month, the FAA had received about 800 comments from community members about the noise level, Eugene Kinlow, director of the Office of Federal and Regional Affairs, said.
The FAA recently began changing flight patterns to fly over more neighborhoods instead of previous routes limited to over the Potomac River. In 2015, Foggy Bottom residents teamed up with other Northwest D.C. neighbors to form a group seeking to change flight patterns, so the planes follow nighttime noise rules.
Community members were mainly concerned with how accurate the assessment would be and if the study would help significantly change the current situation regarding air traffic operations.
Don Crockett, a resident, said the number of sites seems too low to determine the impact of airplanes on the entire area. Aircraft noise levels impact at least four schools in the area, more than the two where the consultants plan to measure, he said.
“I would like to see that part of the study expand a bit more so that we have better coverage along the whole flight path,” Crockett said.”

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SA Senate votes to add two positions to executive cabinet
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 08, 2017
“The Student Association Senate voted Monday night in favor of adding two vice presidential positions to the SA’s executive cabinet, creating the first referendum to appear on the ballot during this month’s elections.
The senate voted unanimously to amend the SA constitution to upgrade the director of diversity and inclusion and director of campus operations to vice presidential positions within the executive cabinet. The student body will need to approve the changes during SA elections later this month.
SA President Erika Feinman said the two positions should be elevated to vice presidential posts because they have taken on increasing importance in recent years and the senate should be able to approve and oversee the nominees for these roles.
Feinman also initially proposed combining the vice president for community affairs and vice president for student activities into one post.
“The two positions were created in a very different time than now and have become outdated,” Feinman said. “The positions as they currently stood did not give much direction.”
At first, Feinman wanted to create one position that would have assisted and advocated on behalf of students and student organizations, while also representing GW’s students to the Foggy Bottom community.
But that portion of the bill was removed after some senators expressed concerns that combining the two roles would not allow whoever filled the position to focus enough attention on all of their responsibilities.
Sen. Keiko Tsuboi, ESIA-U, said because of the University’s often “contentious” relationship with the surrounding neighborhood, the SA should have a role solely focused on community affairs.
“I can’t see somebody being able to make all of the different community meetings and really be an active member of that community and at the same time being able to balance the responsibility of figuring out the best ways to reach out to student organizations,” she said.
The senate also voted unanimously to approve minor updates and grammatical changes to the SA’s constitution. Those updates will also be voted on by the student body during the upcoming SA elections.
The senate also confirmed Ezra Alltucker as the chief of staff to Executive Vice President Thomas Falcigno.”

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Three Colonials pick up men’s basketball A-10 postseason honors
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 08, 2017
“Three men’s basketball players earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference postseason honors, the league announced Tuesday.
Graduate student forward Tyler Cavanaugh was named to the All-Conference Second Team, and, along with graduate student forward Patrick Steeves, received an All-Academic Team nod.
Junior guard Yuta Watanabe earned a spot on the All-Defensive team.
Richmond’s T.J. Cline was named A-10 Player of the Year, and Dayton’s Archie Miller was named A-10 Coach of the Year.
Cavanaugh landed on the Second Team for the second straight year after a standout final season in Foggy Bottom.
The Syracuse, N.Y. native who transferred from Wake Forest in 2014, led the Colonials in 2016-2017 with  17.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game – all career-high averages. He also posted 14 20-point performances and was one of three A-10 players to record 10 or more double-doubles with 11 on the season. 
The 6-foot-9-inch forward also took home the conference’s final Player of the Week award Monday, after  averaging 25 points and nine rebounds on .593 shooting from the field in GW’s wins over Fordham and Dayton last week. 
Cavanaugh, who is pursuing his master’s degree in Sport Management, boasts a 3.71 GPA.
Harvard transfer Steeves, studying for a master’s in business analytics, owns a 3.97 GPA and is averaging 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds. In 23 games and six starts this season, he holds the second-best field goal percentage (49.0) on the team.
Watanabe, who frequently guarded opponents’ top offensive performer, led GW with 29 blocks and 27 steals this season. His 1.2 blocks per game is eight-best in the A-10.
The Colonials (18-13, 10-8 A-10) hope to keep their season alive this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa. where they enter the Atlantic 10 Championship at the No. 6 seed. GW awaits the winner of No. 11 Saint Louis (11-20, 6-12 A-10) vs. No. 14 Duquesne (10-21, 3-15 A-10).
Tip-off for the second-round matchup is set for Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
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