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Women's basketball tinkering with lineup to find best defensive group
by The GW Hatchet
Dec 09, 2015
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor
Sophomore guard Brianna Cummings has moved in and out of the starting lineup for women's basketball as head coach Jonathan Tsipis has been searching for his best defensive five.
Updated: Dec. 10, 2015 at 1:59 p.m.
With the team now having lost one fewer game than its entire total from last season, women’s basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis has been focused on making changes.
Starting with the Lone Star showcase in Texas last weekend and continuing through GW’s loss to Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday, Tsipis has been trying out different combinations to see which starting five gives the Colonials the best chance to win.
Settling on the best players to complement the power posts, senior Jonquel Jones and junior Caira Washington, has been a challenge. After the loss to the Eagles on Thursday, Tsipis said that he’s still looking for ways to get the most out of his players, particularly on the defensive end.
“We have people right now that don’t fully understand their role when they are in the game,” Tsipis said. “Everybody's role first and foremost is, ‘I want to be great defensively, so if the ball isn’t going in the basket, we will give ourselves an opportunity to win,’ and we aren’t there right now.”
Senior guards Aaliyah Brown and Alexis Chandler both got starts during the Texas tournament, as Tsipis wanted to give them a shot in their home state. Brown was in the starting five against Houston, replacing sophomore forward Kelli Prange.
"At the end of the day, we do whatever we need to for the team to win even if that means that I'm not in the lineup or another one of the guards," junior guard Hannah Schaible, who has also been in the mix after missing the start of the season due to injury, said. "The thing that matters is if we win."
Chandler moved into the starting lineup in the Iowa and Wright State games, but only contributed eight rebounds in the two-game span. Chandler was back as starter again on Thursday along with sophomore guard Brianna Cummings as Tsipis wanted to bring in strong defenders. Cummings ran into some foul trouble early, but Chandler posted three rebounds, trailing behind Jones and Washington who notched 21 and eight boards, respectively.
Having a defensively minded backcourt who isn’t afraid to chase the ball would also help GW combat its low number of steals per game. In all contests thus far, GW has tallied fewer than 11 steals. Even with a win against Grambling State, the Colonials lost the steals margin, 18‒9. In the Florida Gulf Coast match, the Colonials amassed only seven defensive turnovers.
Tsipis moved junior guard Shannon Cranshaw to the bench, hoping she would ignite a shooting spark when she entered the game. Cranshaw went 5‒5 from beyond the arc earlier this season against Grambling State, but only managed to get three looks in the first half and didn’t take a shot in the second frame against Florida Gulf Coast.
The Colonials fell short in the fourth quarter against the Eagles because of lack of aggression and missed opportunities in the paint, according to Tsipis.
“We’ve got to have an aggression to get that deep-post touch, be willing to drive the ball at the right angle off the baseline, so that we can kind of give up our bodies and get to the free throw line and we’ve really got to capitalize,” Tsipis said.
With some players not sure of their roles, the Colonials have struggled to execute in tough situations, especially in neck-and-neck contests. When the Eagles were triple or even quadruple-teaming Jones late in the game, the Colonials were unable to take advantage of the lack of coverage elsewhere and take uncontested shots. Tsipis said his team gets too relaxed when they start out with an early lead, namely against Wright State and Florida Gulf Coast who rallied late in the fourth quarter to claim victory.
“We are relying on somebody else to do it, as opposed to having people take up and say, ‘I’m gonna make the pass' or 'I’m gonna set the great screen' or 'I’m going to make the catch and see what the defense is going to do,’” Tsipis said. “I think we do that in practice, but we’ve got to be able to do it in games.”
Tsipis has a few weeks to finish tinkering with the lineup before Atlantic 10 conference play commences. Much of the process will happen through trial and error, but the focus will be on defensive performance above all else.
“I am still searching for the group that I think is our best defensive group,” Tsipis said. “I am trying to find the spark.””

Staff Editorial: Semester in Review: From high-profile vacancies to Greek life
by The GW Hatchet
Dec 08, 2015
“This week, The Hatchet’s editorial board reviewed this semester to look for trends, point out the most significant events of the last few months and determine what will be important heading into 2016.
Administrative departures leave open positions
Right now, it isn’t clear who will be running some of the University’s most high-priority offices in the spring. In just the past few months Provost Steven Lerman , Mental Health Services Director Silvio Weisner , Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Terri Harris Reed and Victims’ Services Coordinator Suzanne Combs have all vacated their positions.
As the University looks to fill in these gaps , officials should give students the option to get involved – much like they did during the search for a new chief of the University Police Department last semester. Then, students helped to interview candidates and had the chance to offer their input.
The positions that are currently empty are important ones. Leaders of these offices come directly into contact with students, and undoubtedly have an effect on student life. Without student input, it’s less likely the University will choose new administrators who connect well with the student body.
Whether through town hall-style discussions or through a student presence on the search committees, students and officials should be able to work together to fill these positions. And it shouldn’t just be student leaders like the Student Association President or student group executive boards participating in these searches. Instead, GW should look for ways to include a broader variety of students – like students from each year, various majors and all types of student groups.
But finding the right candidate is a two-way street. If the University decides student input is important, the student body should take advantage of that opportunity. Rather than being apathetic about administrative positions that feel far away from student life, it’s important to realize how much they affect students – from the implementation of sexual assault prevention training to the creation of new academic programs. If students are apathetic, GW will have no motivation to include them in these processes again.
Greek life’s identity crisis
For years, Greek life has been under a microscope – both nationally and on individual college campuses. Every semester, there are new stories from around the country about intense party culture, hazing incidents and sexual assault within Greek chapters. Those storylines have played out to an extent on our campus, too.
National pushback against these negative stereotypes has left Greek life at GW in an identity crisis. Chapters on campus are stuck between building a fun, interesting culture of their own and taking enough precaution to keep their chapters alive. Members may be left with constant worry that one mistake could ruin Greek life at GW, which is understandably unnerving. Already this year we’ve seen Delta Gamma shut down for its “high-risk culture,” and the majority of chapters on campus are sanctioned for things like alcohol and hazing violations.
Naturally, the Greek community is under a lot of pressure to be on good behavior. Their visibility and sheer numbers on campus mean the University has to keep an eye on them in order to avoid high-profile incidents and bad publicity.
But so far, they’ve been handling this pressure well. Greek leaders have done a lot of impressive things this semester, including implementing values-based recruitment for sororities, pushing back against harmful sexual assault legislation like the Safe Campus Act, and increasing the number of chapters that undergo sexual assault prevention training.
Now the challenge is for Greek students to both live up to the expectations they’ve set for themselves, and still enjoy the community and niche culture that Greek life provides. Hopefully, they can still thrive while living in a fishbowl.
Confusing communication from GW
This semester, it’s felt like national issues have been making their way onto GW’s agenda. For the first time in recent memory, we’ve seen the University commenting on these issues, ranging from ISIS to Bill Cosby’s honorary degree, even when it doesn’t have to. Sometimes it seems like officials release statements to prove they align with students – but other times statements have seemed to come out of nowhere.
In some cases, GW has fallen in line with many students’ opinions. Just last month, University President Steven Knapp publicly addressed protests against racism at the University of Missouri. Knapp’s statement followed similar releases from other schools across the country, encouraging an open dialogue on GW’s campus and reminding the community of its responsibility to make everyone feel welcome.
Also in November, GW’s Office of Safety and Security reassured students that they were safe in Foggy Bottom following terrorist attacks in Paris and an alleged video in which Islamic State militants threatened D.C. And when an outside group made a “GW white student union” page on Facebook, the University quickly condemned it with a Facebook status and asked for the page to be taken down – much like other universities that had been targeted.
But the University hasn’t always gotten it right. In October, GW released a statement about Cosby’s honorary degree. In the statement, the University came out strongly against revoking the degree, resulting in criticism from student leaders, since Cosby has admitted to drugging and sexually assaulting women. And so far, officials have failed to comment on the Safe Campus Act, a harmful sexual assault bill that some Greek life members on campus have already condemned.
It seems like there isn’t a clear-cut pattern when it comes to what GW chooses to respond to and how. When officials speak out, it usually seems to be a good thing. This semester, it's felt like the University has largely been interested in reassuring and supporting the GW community. But despite the positive and proactive statements we’ve seen this year, there are still situations in which the University has failed to act, or has said the wrong thing.
GW wasn’t required, for example, to issue a statement about Cosby, and doing so unnecessarily angered some students. And though the University doesn’t have to speak out on the Safe Campus Act, either, it would be a good way for GW to better align itself with students.
Going forward, GW should continue to identify national issues that are important to or have an effect on students. But officials also need to recognize which issues students care about the most and address those, as well.
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, sports editor Nora Princiotti, design editor Samantha LaFrance and copy editor Brandon Lee.
Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

GW treats several rooms for bed bugs
by The GW Hatchet
Dec 08, 2015
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor
A 10th floor trash room in Shenkman Hall was also recently treated for cockroaches.
Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 at 3:53 p.m.
The University is treating three incidents of bed bugs in residence hall rooms, a University spokesman confirmed last week.
University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt said there are three “isolated incidents” of bed bugs in GW residence halls recently, but declined to say which buildings were affected.
He said the University is removing the bed bugs through a thermal remediation technique, which involves using heat in rooms to kill the bed bugs.
“We continue to monitor the rooms as well as adjacent areas to determine whether additional treatments are necessary,” Hiatt said.
GW also placed a notice in the 10th floor trash room of Shenkman Hall that the room was being treated for cockroaches.
The notice said GW workers would be treating the room with various chemicals and insecticides on Nov. 24, adding that the chemicals are “reduced risk” and registered by the Environmental Protection Agency and the D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment.
“The chemicals we use will treat most general pests, and are safe when used according to the label instructions,” the notice reads.
Earlier this semester, rooms in other residence halls like Munson Hall have been treated for cockroaches.
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Shenkman Hall rooms were being treated for bed bugs. University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt declined to say what rooms on campus were being treated. We regret this error.”

SMPA plans to hire two new faculty positions
by The GW Hatchet
Dec 08, 2015
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo
Frank Sesno, the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, said the school is interviewing candidates for two faculty positions.
Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 at 3:35 p.m.
The School of Media and Public Affairs is on the hunt for two new faculty members.
SMPA officials are in the process of interviewing candidates for an open tenure-track assistant professor position in political communication and an assistant professor position in journalism.
SMPA Director Frank Sesno said the school has received applications from across the world and have brought top-tier candidates to campus to meet with faculty for the journalism position. The new faculty member would teach data and computer-assisted reporting, advanced reporting and beat reporting and would start next fall, Sesno said.
He said the school is looking for a candidate with "sheer brilliance."
“What we are looking for in this particular candidate is someone with extensive journalistic experience who can bring the rigors and a deep understanding of journalism to the faculty and to the classroom,” Sesno said.
Sesno said last spring that the school would hold off at least until next year to hire a new full-time professor to fill two open faculty spots, and would use visiting professors to teach those courses in the meantime. Albert May, an SMPA professor who retired from the school in May, is listed on this spring's schedule of classes to teach a course in campaign reporting.
Sesno said members of the school hope the new hire will have a deep knowledge and experience in covering of the government and government agencies so the professor could teach students how “hold various government entities and agencies accountable and make them as transparent, relevant and interesting to the public as possible.”
The other open position is for a tenure-track assistant professor of political communication. The new faculty member would specialize in strategic and political communication and have a strong research portfolio, according to a position description on GW’s jobs website.
David Karpf, an assistant professor of media and public affairs and the director of graduate studies at SMPA, is a member of the selection committee. He said the new position is “a big deal hire” because it is a tenure-track position, meaning the candidate could spend his or her entire career in SMPA. Karpf said members of the committee expect to have a recommendation by the end of the semester.
Karpf said the committee is looking for a candidate with practical, real-world experience who can translate those skills into the classroom.
“We want somebody who is going to be an excellent scholar, an excellent teacher, an excellent colleague and fits the needs of the department and the culture of the department,” Karpf said.
Lee Huebner, a professor of media and public affairs and a former director of SMPA, said in an email that the school has a strong field of candidates and all of the faculty have had the opportunity to meet with their potential colleagues.
“All of the current full-time faculty have had an opportunity to meet individually with the final candidates, and to hear them make group presentations, so that has been a fascinating and encouraging process,” Huebner said.
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that there was one open position in the School of Media and Public Affairs. There are two open positions, and SMPA Director Frank Sesno was specifically speaking about the assistant professor position. The caption was also updated to reflect this change. We regret this error.”

Crime log
by The GW Hatchet
Dec 06, 2015
Off Campus
11/20/15 - 11:30 p.m.
Case closed
A female student reported to the University Police Department that she was assaulted at an off-campus restaurant by another female student.
- Referred for disciplinary action
Gelman Library
11/20/15 - 11:48 p.m.
Open case
A male student reported to UPD that an individual had their phone over the stall, recording him while he was using the bathroom.
- Ongoing investigation
Liquor Law Violation
Building JJ
11/21/15 - 12:50 a.m.
Case closed
UPD officers on patrol saw a male student going down a fire escape and followed him to a residence room where they saw alcohol in plain view.
- Referred for disciplinary action
Disorderly Conduct and Liquor Law Violation
20th and F streets NW
11/22/15 - 12:34 a.m.
Case closed
UPD officers on patrol observed an intoxicated male student behaving disorderly. The student did not cooperate with responding officers and was transported to GW Hospital by EMeRG.
- Referred for disciplinary action
Marvin Center
11/23/15 - 3:15 p.m.
Case closed
A student made a threat directed to the staff at Student Health Services after being frustrated by a long wait.
- Referred for disciplinary action
Drug Law Violation and Theft
City Hall
11/23/15 - 3:31 p.m.
Case closed
Health and Safety reported to UPD that they saw drug paraphernalia in plain view while conducting a room inspection. UPD responded and also confiscated four stolen exit signs they found in the room.
- Referred for disciplinary action
Off Campus
11/25/15 - Multiple times
Case closed
A female student reported that her non-affiliated tutor was harassing her via electronic media.
- Referred for disciplinary action
Columbia Plaza
11/30/15 - Multiple Times
Case closed
UPD received a report of a feud between roommates about their housing contract. A female student made a threatening comment to her roommate regarding the disagreement.
- Referred for disciplinary action
- Compiled by Sam Eppler.”

Project Runway's Tim Gunn meets with Knapp
by The GW Hatchet
Dec 06, 2015
“Media Credit: Photo Courtesy of flickr user Josh Hallett using CC BY-SA 2.0
Tim Gunn, who is well known for his role on Project Runway, met with University President Steven Knapp and GW's fundraising chief recently to discuss a connection to GW.
University President Steven Knapp might not be strutting on the runway any time soon, but he’s trying to make it work with Project Runway star Tim Gunn.
Last month, Knapp and the University’s chief fundraiser met with the fashion connoisseur, who also studied sculpture and taught at the Corcoran School of Art + Design starting in 1978, University spokeswoman Candace Smith said in an email. The meeting was not unprecedented for Knapp, who regularly meets with high-profile alumni and possible donors to discuss partnerships or future donations.
Aristide Collins, the vice president for development and alumni relations, and Knapp gave Gunn updates on what’s been happening in Corcoran School of the Arts and Design programs since GW took it over in 2014, Smith said in an email.
Knapp also told Gunn about Sanjit Sethi, the school’s first director since the merger, at the meeting, Smith said. Sethi was named director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in August and stepped into his position in October. He previously served as the director of the Santa Fe Art Institute for two years.
“The school is reaching out to Corcoran alumni to keep them connected and engaged as well as abreast of developments at the school,” Smith said. “Like all schools and units at GW, the Corcoran School is encouraging alumni and others to support students and enhance academics as part of the University’s Making History campaign.”
GW has raised more than $800 million toward its $1 billion fundraising goal. After GW absorbed the Corcoran, the University started trying to access the school’s previous donor base.
Gunn has never publicly donated to GW. But if Gunn did decide to donate, it would not be the first time someone well-known and previously unconnected made a gift to GW. Billionaire philanthropists Michael Milken and Sumner Redstone, neither of whom are alumni, gave a combined $80 million in 2014 which renamed the public health school.”

Presidential presents for both sides of the aisle
by The GW Hatchet
Dec 06, 2015
“Media Credit: Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Find gifts for friends on either side of the political aisle at Politics and Prose.
Tucked into the Chevy Chase neighborhood, Politics and Prose isn’t just a bookstore – it’s also the stop for your politico pals who are obsessively gearing up for the nearing election. The shop – which has hosted big names like President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, bestselling authors and international visitors – carries everything from D.C.-themed trinkets to novels by government insiders. Whether your friends are “Feeling the Bern” or want to “Make America Great Again,” you’ll find something here for them.
“This Town: Two Parties and A Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – In America’s Gilded Capital” by Mark Leibovich ‒ $16
For the ultimate inside-the-Beltway read, Leibovich’s book is like House of Cards, The West Wing and Veep rolled into one nonfiction volume.
A national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, Leibovich offers a biting behind-the-scenes look at President Barack Obama’s first term, criticizing how D.C.’s tight-knit political scene and its biggest players operate. It’s a must-have for any aspiring politician.
“Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72” by Hunter S. Thompson ‒ $17
Media Credit: Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Turn your friend into a D.C. insider with these books.
Thompson, more famous for his drug-hazed gonzo novels, digs into the heart of the American campaign in this ride-along analysis of the 1972 presidential campaign, which pitted George McGovern, former senator from South Dakota, against former President Richard Nixon.
It’s a fascinating comparison to modern-day politics, especially as the race for who will occupy the White House next heats up.
D.C. neighborhood map poster ‒ $7.50
If you’ve got one of those friends who hopes to be president one day, you should probably help them get more familiar with the hip and historic areas outside of Foggy Bottom. With D.C.’s neighborhoods named and highlighted in white, it’s perfect for picking new spots to explore.
The trendy, purple wall hanging will complement any “Ready for Hillary” or “Jeb!” prints. Plus, if it’s good enough for a dorm room, it’s good enough for the Oval Office.”

Find vintage gifts for your old-fashioned friends
by The GW Hatchet
Dec 06, 2015
“Media Credit: Jillian DiPersio | Hatchet Photographer
Literature-inspired soy candles are among the old-timey gifts you can buy at Analog.
Do you know that one person who laments over the loss of the “good old days,” covets all things remotely vintage and loves discussing literature? Do you panic when you need to get them gifts? Analog, a quaint and cozy shop where you’ll find everything from cat-shaped tape dispensers to vintage plaids, has got your back. Near Catholic University, Analog is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.
Gocco screenprints ‒ $15
Sometimes those “Animal House” posters just aren’t authentic enough. Fortunately, Analog offers prints, made with the vintage Gocco system, that push the boring decorations aside and give those white dorm room walls a unique vibe.
Framed in a white protective sleeve, all of the screen prints at Analog are hand-pulled and often collaged with vintage stamps. You can get screenprinted images of D.C. townhouses in muted sepias, different funky-colored graphics such as those of vintage suitcases, and if you feel a little scandalous, of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and his infamous line, “Bitch set me up,” which he muttered after the FBI arrested him on drug possession charges during a sting operation.
Literary soy candles ‒ $15 to $30
Have you ever wondered what Jane Eyre smells like as a candle? What about Wuthering Heights? From the company Handmade Habitat, Analog sells soy candles in flavors like lavender, grapefruit and vanilla – each inspired by a different piece of famous literature.
Media Credit: Jillian DiPersio | Hatchet Photographer
Old souls will appreciate all of the vintage finds Analog has to offer.
The bookworm in your life will thank you for introducing them to the Pride and Prejudice-themed pomegranate aroma. Who doesn’t love the smell of old books?
Paper Lover’s DIY Envelope Kit ‒ $45
If you’ve got one of those friends who prefers typewriters to computers, they’d probably rather send snail mail than shoot you a text. Now, you can even help them craft their own envelopes to send out their holiday cards.
The vintage air mail sheets and “special delivery” labels help recreate the nostalgia of sending handwritten letter, and the letter file box allows them to organize their mail. The kit also includes 50 sheets of varied vintage prints, an envelope template, 20 ledger pages, 10 vintage manila air mail tags and 72 vintage filing labels.”

Dan Grover: Consider joining a 'cult of fitness' next year
by The GW Hatchet
Dec 06, 2015
“Looking to get healthy? Join a cult!
It’s the end of the semester, and the end of the year. Come 2016, we’ll have resolutions for all sorts of things – and most of us will choose to try and get fit. No gym is busier than in January, when everyone rolls in to see if they can finally get around to cutting off a few pounds, and students are no different. We can probably all think of someone we’ve seen in the Lerner Health and Wellness Center who’s absolutely killing it.
So as everyone’s trying to stay healthy, it’s interesting to see the rise of what I call the “cult of fitness.” These are companies like SoulCycle, Crossfit, Flywheel and any other chain organization designed to get people in their doors and classes. From the outside, these groups may look scary. But they actually come with a lot of benefits, and it might be good for students to consider adding a fitness group to their list of resolutions this year.
Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo
Dan Grover
When they first started popping up, it seemed like these companies couldn’t possibly be successful. The cost associated with them – almost $200 for a Crossfit D.C. membership – prevents plenty of people from taking them. Others might be deterred by the reputation of a place like SoulCycle, which is known for gimmicky themes and taglines in its classes.
Seeing students voluntarily give up their hard-earned cash to work out sounds like a work of fiction – but it’s happening more and more often. People are joining the “cult of fitness” because it provides them with an identity. For example, my family members are all serious Crossfitters. They talk about it over the dinner table, they schedule family outings around it and they discuss workouts and other members of their gym like they were part of our immediate family.
It isn’t really too strange that my family is super into their gym and the people in it, since everyone falls in love with some kind of club, group or organization. What’s noteworthy is the way they talk about it. Everything involved in a set includes plural nouns – “we” did this or "we" lifted that.
Certainly, some of this is just semantics. How else do you say what you did in a day? But it’s indicative of a powerful mindset. My parents tell me that one of their favorite things about their gym is the community. Even if you’re the last to finish a workout, everyone will cheer for you. Members organize barbecues or baby showers, and compare recipes for the Paleo diet – an ultra high-protein diet popular in Crossfit gyms. They act, in some ways, like a heavily involved student group, or like a Greek chapter focused exclusively on working out together.
So OK, there’s a community. I’d say that’s a big deal, especially because working out with others is always better than flying solo, but that’s not the whole picture.
A friend of mine, who’s big into SoulCycle and Flywheel, said that part of the allure of Flywheel was the ability to see how everyone’s doing on the group competition boards. Members are inspired by seeing how they stack up against the “competition,” and driven to do more to climb in the rankings.
Studies compiled by The Atlantic show that people are more interested in competing against their peers than the general public, so putting a bunch of athletes who spend a lot of time together in the same room is going to naturally inspire peer competition. And that competition in turn takes the scariest thing out of fitness: Nobody in one of these groups feels like they’re working out alone.
But if the community and the competition are part of the appeal, what on earth are students doing there? After all, many students hardly have the disposable income to spend on expensive fitness classes.
Part of the appeal is the ability to identify as someone who works out in one of these organizations. They are particular about cultivating a brand and a name. It’s the most confusing thing about SoulCycle: In addition to paying for classes, it feels necessary to own the T-shirts and the tank tops to tell the world exactly where you belong. For people needing identities, such as college students, the ability to literally buy into a label is incredibly appealing.
The draw to these classes isn’t just something that 20-to-30-somethings with disposable income feel. Students are just as likely to feel the need to both compete and to belong to a community – the main selling point of these organizations. Like a more aggressive club sport, these places offer everyone who walks through their doors, including students, a place to be healthy and be part of something bigger.
So, if you’re looking to try and get in shape this new year, maybe try out one of these “cults.” They absolutely have faults, like a tendency to constantly ask for more – more weight, more money, more gear – but at the very least, they seem to be working for the people who love them. And if it works for them, well, maybe it can work for you, too.
Dan Grover, a senior majoring in English, is a Hatchet columnist. Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

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