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Lacking funding to complete renovations, local school operates without kitchen
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Camille Ramasastry | Hatchet Photographer
Chris Sondreal, a Francis Stevens parent and a member of the school's improvement team, said the lack of a functioning kitchen means the school gets its lunches delivered from an elementary school about 15 minutes away.
A local school hasn’t had a kitchen since the beginning of the school year.
The School Without Walls at Francis Stevens, located on N Street, has not had a functioning kitchen this school year. Without the funding to complete them, renovations to the aging school were halted over the summer, a member of the school improvement team said.
The students get their lunches delivered daily from Hardy Middle School, located about 15 minutes away, putting a burden on staff at both schools. And a nutrition program planned for the school hasn't been able to be fully introduced because of the lack of resources, said Chris Sondreal, a Francis Stevens parent and a member of the school's improvement team.
“The regular meals are not that exciting and are lukewarm and prepared off site,” Sondreal said. “It leaves kids with a limited menu and not the sorts of things they should be getting.”
City officials already awarded the school $2.5 million in renovations to pay for upgrades to the cafeteria, auditorium and gymnasium. The renovations stopped this summer when the funding ran out, prompting neighborhood groups to ask the city for more.
The school serves students from preschool through eighth grade, and became a satellite campus for School Without Walls on G Street in 2013. Since then, students have used Francis Stevens’ auditorium, gymnasium and athletic fields.
Richard Trogisch, the school's principal, was not able to be reached for comment.
Sondreal said the base of the kitchen is already finished and that only the equipment that needs to be installed after the Department of General Services signs off for the kitchen’s funds to be released. He said the kitchen could be completed by January.
Once finished, the kitchen will prepare food for the school and act as a classroom for a program that teaches students how to prepare healthy food, which the school has already implemented with a $45,000 budget, said Lee Granados, the president of the school’s parent association. The program, Foodprints, is currently in place at six schools across D.C.
Sondreal said this project has only achieved half of its goal, as students have been harvesting food all semester but have not yet been able to work in an actual kitchen. The instructional kitchen would also be accessible to the general public, he said.
“One of the things the campus aspires to do is include more of the neighborhood in our activities and accommodate them at our facilities," Sondreal said.”

Weapons violations on campus increase by 50 percent
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Spencer Strauss | Hatchet Designer
There have been six weapons violations on campus so far this year, the highest number of violations in this time period for at least the last five years.
The violations this year to date represent a 50 percent increase from the four violations that were cited in all of 2014. The numbers have increased each year since 2011, when there were no violations, but officials said they haven’t noticed a trend in the number of weapons violations.
University Police Department Chief RaShall Brackney said weapons violations vary from year to year in both the number of violations and the type of weapons reported.
“We have not noticed a particular trend in weapons violations, nor have we instituted any changes to enforcement this year,” Brackney said.
GW defines a weapons violation as “the violation of laws on ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices or other deadly weapons,” according to its annual security report.
A document on the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities' website lists more than a dozen items that are considered weapons, including BB guns, machetes, ammunition and Samurai swords.
Over the past few years, weapons violations have ranged from officials finding swords in the Marvin Center and Tasers in residence halls to students practicing martial arts with nunchucks.
There have been two weapons violations this month, including an incident where a student was referred for disciplinary action after a UPD officer caught him holding two knives when the officer was breaking up a party in South Hall on Halloween. In another incident, a male student referred for disciplinary action after UPD officers caught him trying to roll a joint on campus and he admitted to having a set of brass knuckles on him.
The week before, UPD assisted with an administrative search of the Phi Kappa Psi townhouse on 23rd Street, which led to officials finding a stun gun, cocaine residue, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcohol. GW is now investigating the chapter.
Police consultant Michael Levine said the numbers of violations could vary year to year because there is no way to really control students having “benign” weapons like brass knuckles on campus. He said one sign that GW's enforcement of the ban may be working is that there have not been many incidents where weapons were used to harm someone else.
“It’s a fairly high-crime area,” Levine said. “Anything can happen.””

Three keys to GW's upset over No. 6 Virginia
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor
Sophomore forward Yuta Watanabe drives to the hoop in the Colonials' upset win over No. 6 Virginia on Monday. Watanabe had 5 points in 33 minutes.
Entering Monday night’s matchup, Virginia had won its last seven meetings against the Colonials, including a 59-42 victory in Charlottesville last November in which GW led by four at halftime.
But in front of a raucous, sold-out Smith Center crowd, GW held off the No. 6 Cavaliers and completed a stunning upset with a 73-68 decision over the ACC powerhouse.
The victory, GW’s second of the young 2015-2016 season, was the Colonials’ first over an opponent ranked No. 6 or higher since taking down No. 1 Massachussetts 78-75 on Feb. 4, 1995.
Four Colonials scored in double figures and the GW defense forced eight turnovers and held the Cavaliers to a 40.3 percent clip from the field. But here’s a closer look at some other key statistics that propelled the program to one of its biggest wins in 20 years:
1. Rebounding
At John Paul Jones arena last season, the Cavaliers completely dominated on the glass. Then-No. 9 Virginia outrebounded the visiting Colonials 41-28 on the night which helped in holding GW to just 16 second-half points.
Monday night, however, through a balanced effort on the boards by GW’s starting lineup, the Colonials won the rebounding battle 37-33 against a Virginia team that averaged 36 per game last year.
“Joe McDonald is one of the best rebounding point guards maybe in the country, and I loved the tip-ins by Yuta [Watanabe.] But I thought getting to the offensive glass and diving on balls in the defensive end, that was just something I was really proud of our guys for,” head coach Mike Lonergan said.
Seniors Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen, as well as sophomore Yuta Watanabe, co-led the team with seven rebounds each, while senior Patricio Garino and junior Tyler Cavanaugh, who co-led GW with 18 points apiece, each added five.
2. Free throws
Last year, trips to the line didn’t always guarantee points. The Colonials shot a combined 67.4 percent from the charity stripe on the 2014-2015 season, which ranked eighth in the Atlantic 10.
But in 28 total trips to the line against Virginia, GW shot a healthy 82.1 percent clip, with Cavanaugh going a perfect 8-8 as the Colonials secured a crucial 23 points from that area.
“That was one of our weaknesses. Our free throw shooting was contagious and we did a really poor job, and it probably cost us two or three wins last year,” Lonergan said. “I thought Patricio was so efficient tonight. He hit a big three but going three-for-three from the line, that’s where big games are won and lost.”
Larsen in particular, who shot just 61.2 percent from the foul line last year, has markedly improved through two games this season. He went a game-high 10-13 against Lafayette and 5-6 against the Cavaliers.
Virginia shot an 81.3 free throw percentage, but only attempted 16.
3. Points in the paint
Virginia’s pack-line defense, the best in nation last year, stymied Larsen and the Colonials in the paint last November, outscoring them 42-24 down low.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well from deep Monday night, but this time GW maintained the edge under the basket. The Colonials’ three forwards combined for 32 points on the night while their team won the scoring battle in the paint on the night, 36-32.
The Cavaliers, who head coach Tony Bennett described as “out of sync,” went just 1-for-9 from three-point range in the first half and 5-of-20 on the night, with missed shots dampening any offensive momentum they had built multiple times.
The Colonials went 4-15 from beyond the arc, but made up for it at the line and with strong post play from Larsen and Cavanaugh.
“We didn’t hit threes. We haven’t made threes in our first two games, but I think that Kevin [Larsen] made some great decisions and we did a good job going into him and kind of playing through him,” Lonergan said.
Larsen, who was held to just two points and committed a team-high four turnovers in last year’s loss to Virginia, added nine points and a game-high 5 assists in the five-point upset victory Monday.
“When we went to trap, [Larsen] was playing for the pass and we were just out of position,” Bennett said. “We’re going to have to be good with our trap and more active. That cost us today, and they made us pay.”
Additionally, Lonergan said he didn't think any of his guards, except sophomore Paul Jorgensen, could get past Virginia's adept defenders up top. Jorgensen did not disappoint, posting 10 points and one assist on the night and getting to the rim on a handful of critical possessions.
The Colonials return to action Thursday at 7 p.m. when they travel to Tampa, Fla. to take on the University of South Florida in their first road test of the season.”

A-10 Tournament preview: Volleyball must peak late to win it all
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Camille Ramasastry | Hatchet Photographer
Sophomore Aaliya Davidson hits the ball in the Colonials' loss to Dayton earlier this season. With a win on Friday, the Colonials will meet Dayton for a rematch on Saturday in the Atlantic 10 championships semifinal.
Friday afternoon, when volleyball takes on No. 5 VCU as a No. 4 seed at 5 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament, the team will have the ideal chance to make a run at the championship, hosting the event on their home floor.
At the beginning of the season, it seemed that the stars were aligning. Having pushed for the opportunity to hold the A-10 Tournament in Foggy Bottom and succeeded at a time when the team was coming off a banner year and returning an All-American, it seemed like GW’s year.
It hasn’t been quite so smooth, with the Colonials entering the tournament with a 9-5 conference record and having lost twice to both Dayton and Saint Louis, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in this weekends events, respectively. It does seem, though, that GW could be peaking at the right time, with middle blocker Chidima Osuchukwu looking like herself, winning her sixth A-10 Player of the Week award for her performance in GW’s final regular season contests, after missing a handful of time during the conference slate.
Here’s a look at who GW would have to go through to claim the title:
No. 5 VCU
VCU plays an attacking style that doesn’t allow for many defensive saves. Opponents are averaging a conference-low 11.97 digs per set against the Rams, who should challenge senior libero Maddy Doyle to pick her spots quickly.
The Colonials played the Rams once this season, on the road, and won in a five-set contest. VCU was good off the block in that contest, tallying 10 stops at the net led by Jane Fedderson’s six blocking assists, but the Colonials had four players make double-digit kills to come away with a come-from-behind win.
GW was led by Osuchukwu, with 19 kills, in that contest. On their home floor, the Colonials will look to her again to repeat the result.
No. 1 Dayton
If the Colonials come out with the win Friday, they’ll have a quick turnaround before taking on top-seeded Dayton in the semifinals on Saturday at 5 p.m.
It would be a revenge match after Dayton dispatched GW on the Flyers’ home court in the title game last year, but Dayton would enter the game after a first-round bye and after having defeated the Colonials twice this season.
The Colonials were swept back on Oct. 10, but hung with the Flyers for five sets on Nov. 7. In both contests, the name of the game has been getting the attack going. Stopping Dayton’s Alaina Turner and Amber Erhahon is nearly impossible, but the Colonials were completely unable to match them in their first game against the Flyers, when GW had a 0.000 hitting percentage. The second game was closer, with the Colonials hitting 0.174 to Dayton’s 0.161 led by 18 kills from Osuchukwu. And, if GW can keep trending in the right direction, they could end a three-game losing streak to the Flyers.
No. 2 Saint Louis
If GW makes it to the title game, they would face either No. 2 Saint Louis, No. 3 Rhode Island or No. 6 Duquesne, but the Billikens are the most likely choice.
Saint Louis also beat GW twice this season and was led by Danielle Rygelski in both contests. She posted 16 kills on Oct. 9, though the Colonials also forced her into 10 attack errors to keep it close through five sets, but slammed down 21 kills with only 3 errors in a three-set sweep on Nov. 8, hitting 0.419.
Rygelski is the key to Saint Louis’ attack, but the Colonials defense gives them the tools to stick with her, as long as they can match her on the offensive end. GW has the edge in blocks, at 2.41 per set to Saint Louis’ 2.21, and in digs, at 13.93 per set to Saint Louis’ 13.19. So the Colonials would need to find the floor themselves to pull out the win.”

In barricade incident, University and city police information conflict
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 18, 2015
“Media Credit: Hatchet FIle Photo by Katie Causey | Photo Editor
A woman threatened to harm herself and others in an office building on 19th and K streets a little after midnight on Monday. She was later arrested for assaulting a police officer.
GW sent a security alert to the community early Monday morning warning of an active shooter near campus, an hour after the Metropolitan Police Department stated there was not an active shooter.
GW sent an alert to students at 3 a.m. on Monday morning warning of an active shooter near campus nearly three hours after MPD officers responded to the scene. A University spokesman said GW officials followed University protocol when sending out the alerts and relied on information from MPD because University Police Department officers did not respond to the situation.
Corinne Hughes, the MPD lieutenant who covers the police district that includes Foggy Bottom, said at a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday night that MPD wasn’t treating the event as an active shooter situation, but GW could have thought it was an active shooter because there were shots fired at the officer.
“It could have turned into an active shooter,” she said.
MPD learned that a woman, Sophia Dalke, threatened to harm herself and others in an office building on 19th and K streets a little after midnight on Monday, according to an MPD release. Shortly before members from the department responded, the woman shot a gun and then barricaded herself in the building, according to the statement.
Dalke, 31, who is a resident of Springfield, Va., was arrested for assault on a police officer in what police called a “peaceful” conclusion following the barricade incident. She surrendered to police at about 10:30 a.m. on Monday, according to the MPD statement.
Both MPD spokeswoman Aquita Brown and University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt declined to say when MPD notified the University of the situation or what information MPD told officials at GW.
Hiatt said in an email that GW defines an active shooter using a Department of Homeland Security definition. The department calls an active shooter an “individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms,” according to its website.
Hiatt said because the barricade incident was off campus, University Police Department officers did not respond to the incident but “coordinated with MPD to provide updates.”
He said GW sends campus alerts when the University becomes aware of an ongoing threat that could affect the GW community.
“During these situations, information changes quickly and the University provides updates with the most accurate information it has until the incident is resolved,” Hiatt said.
Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security Darrell Darnell, whose office oversees GW's emergency alert system, has said in the past that since he arrived at GW in 2010, officials have decreased the number of emergency alerts sent because students tune them out if the messages are sent too frequently.
Earlier this year, GW alerted students to a robbery an hour after MPD sent out an alert for the same incident.
Two years ago, GW officials said they mishandled two gun threats on campus. MPD waited hours to inform UPD about an armed robbery on campus, and in the same semester, GW waited 15 minutes to tell city police of a gun threat in South Hall.
Michael Levine, who has more than 40 years of experience as an officer and a police consultant, said that warning the community is the “last concern” for police dealing with potential active shooter situations, since their first priority should be keeping the people in the immediate vicinity safe.
“The first thing is protecting people within the grasp of danger,” Levine said. “This is not an occasion for a news release.”
Andrew Goudsward contributed reporting.”

Irene Ly: First-generation students should take advantage of new support system
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 18, 2015
“We all know college can be stressful, and so can the ups and downs that come with it. Midterms are finally behind us and Thanksgiving is just around the corner – but then we still have to get through the horror of finals before winter break. However, for some of us, putting in that final push to the end of the semester is easier said than done.
GW has been making an effort to increase the socioeconomic and racial diversity of its student body, but we often forget one very important step. We put all of our focus on getting first-generation students into college, but then do little to keep students there. Getting into college for a first-generation student is hard, but it’s only an uphill battle from there – and staying long enough to graduate is even harder.
Two GW students are starting a student organization that focuses on advocacy, support and financial help for first-generation college students. It’s a great initiative that will hopefully help first-generation students stay on track and in school. First-generation students who lack a support system or are experiencing culture shock should jump at the chance to participate in this organization to help ease their transition into life at GW.
I’m a first-generation college student and came from a high school with many students in the same situation. My parents did what they could to help, but for the most part, the college application process was something through which many of my friends and I guided ourselves.
By giving these students a community of people in similar situations, this student organization will likely increase students’ chances of staying at and graduating from GW. Knowing there are others like you goes a long way in making you feel like you belong and can succeed. If such a group existed when I was a freshman, perhaps it wouldn’t have taken me so long to make the transition.
When I came into GW, I was hit with culture shock. Although the student body is quite diverse geographically, it was worlds away from my high school in Falls Church, Va., despite being just 20 minutes away. I spent my entire school life in a very racially and financially diverse public school system, and attended a high school where first-generation, minority students like myself were the majority.
Yet in my first semester here, I found myself sitting in a classroom where I was the only Asian-American. I also overheard my classmates talking about the private schools they went to, the fancy jobs their parents had or all the people in their family who have gone to GW. For the first time in my life, I felt completely out of place at my school.
Despite that, I have to admit I’m a pretty darn lucky person. Although my parents, who grew up in Vietnam, could not give me first-hand advice on college or the application process, they more than made up for it with their moral support and encouragement. They remain a major support system in my life and they’re always reminding me to try hard, but allow myself to breathe as well.
It took a while, but I have made some close friends at GW, and I found my place through writing and through joining a professional fraternity. Somewhere along the line, the pieces of my life finally started to fall together, and I have slowly gotten over my culture shock.
But others aren’t so lucky. A 2008 Pell Institute study found that low-income, first-generation students were nearly four times more likely – 26 percent compared to 7 percent – to leave higher education after the first year than students who had neither of those risk factors.
Another national data point is that only 11 percent of low-income, first-generation students go on to earn a bachelor’s degree after six years, in comparison to 55 percent of their peers who do not fall into one of those categories.
It’s easy for these students to feel isolated. Their parents did not go to college, and while they can listen, they can’t quite empathize with the stresses of college life. Or, they may feel like they don’t share anything in common with classmates who come from college-educated families. On top of that, they are more likely to also spend significant time working or taking care of family obligations in order to enjoy their college experience.
If allowed to thrive, this student organization may make a huge difference for first-generation students struggling to acclimate into college life. And this is one way that GW can not only boost, but also maintain, its diversity.
Irene Ly, a sophomore majoring in psychology, is a Hatchet opinions writer. Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

Kappa Alpha plans fundraisers to honor late member
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 16, 2015
“Media Credit: Jillian DiPersio | Hatchet Photographer
Members of the Kappa Alpha fraternity will put the money raised during their four-day philanthropy to place a tree and a bench on campus in honor of junior Nicholas Upton, a member of the fraternity who drowned while studying abroad in South Africa this fall.
As a trying fall semester for Kappa Alpha winds down, the chapter will spend this week honoring a member who died in August.
During the fraternity's philanthropy week, members will fundraise in memory of junior Nicholas Upton, a former member of the fraternity who drowned while studying abroad in South Africa this August. Kappa Alpha usually raises money for muscular dystrophy patients, but leaders in the fraternity said they changed the week’s focus to reflect the impact Upton had on the group.
The chapter has been selling apparel at Foggy Bottom Grocery on F Street so students can use money stored on their GWorld money to pay for the gear. Kappa Alpha will also host two hour-long “charity rides” at SoulCycle and FlyWheel this week, as well as two penny wars in Kogan Plaza and a fundraiser at Sweetgreen on Monday night.
Chapter president Omar Ali said the chapter wants to dedicate a tree and a bench on campus to Upton, and said any extra funds raised would go to a local water safety awareness foundation. It would cost about $2,500 to add a plaque to a bench on campus and $5,000 to plant a tree, Ali said.
Ali met Upton on their second day of freshman year in an architecture class, and the pair lived on the same floor in Thurston Hall. Ali said he hoped the tree and bench would be placed near two locations he called Upton’s “homes” on campus: the Smith Center and the Kappa Alpha house.
“If you didn’t find him in one or the other, then I seriously don’t know where he’d be – maybe going for a walk or checking out museums of architecture,” Ali said. “I want it close enough to both places where people can be like, 'Wow, this guy,’ where he can be seen. I don’t want that memory to ever fade. That’s my biggest fear – is people don’t realize how impactful Nick was.”
Upton's body was recovered near New London, South Africa on Sept. 4, five days after he was last seen swimming with friends in the East Cape province.
Upton was an international affairs major and a member of the rowing team.
Ali said Upton had one of the highest GPAs in their fraternity, he said he hopes that with a memorial, students – “not just my brothers but people at GW” – will aspire to be like him.
“I mean he couldn’t catch a ball for the life of him, but you know, there’s this picture of him on a boat and just like arms flexing and everything and dude looks yolked,” he said. “He’s a Jack of all trades, but beyond that, when we went to his funeral, people were talking about his outstanding character. Like he always stood up for the right thing, like a beacon of light, like a lighthouse in the darkness.”
Aaron Goodtree, a junior and the chapter's philanthropy chair, said students outside of Greek life have bought apparel through the fraternity over the last few weeks, which doesn’t normally happen during the general Greek-life-oriented fundraising. Goodtree is a former Hatchet reporter.
He said other organizations Upton was involved in, like the rowing team, were “very excited” to play Kappa Alpha in a dodgeball tournament alongside sororities on Sunday.
“Nick’s loss was felt across campus. You saw how many people were at the vigil and I can’t imagine that all those people knew Nick personally,” Goodtree said. “It was such an outpouring of support.””

Senior fundraising campaign turns to Greek life for donations
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 16, 2015
“Media Credit: Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Interfraternity Council President Keaton White said donations to Greek chapters, like those through the Senior Class Gift campaign, can be used to bring in speakers or fund scholarships.
Students in Greek life are being asked to donate to more than just chapter philanthropy events this year.
The Senior Class Gift campaign, which is hoping to raise money from 62 percent of seniors this year, has specifically called on seniors involved in Greek life to make contributions. And because most Greek life members are already committed to strengthening their chapters, they could be key in helping the campaign hit its highest-ever participation goal.
Juman Kekhia, the lead coordinator of the campaign, has tapped campus leaders in different organizations to get the seniors in their groups to make donations. She said that by personalizing the campaign, she’ll be able to get more students from different parts of the senior class to donate.
Kekhia said in an email that students involved in Greek life are “an important part of the GW community with strong ties to philanthropy” because Greeks members are already familiar with raising money for specific causes through their annual philanthropy events.
“By reaching out to students through the channel of Greek life and their connection to their chapter, it connects to them on a personal level,” she said.
Seniors can put their donations to any area on campus – like financial aid, the Alternative Breaks Program or a student organization. Last year, the campaign raised $128,000 from about 60 percent of the senior class.
Roughly 30 percent of students participate in Greek life, and a new fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, was added to campus this year after Greek leaders found that about half of students who signed up to rush a fraternity did not join one in 2014.
Keaton White, the president of the Interfraternity Council, said in an email that Greek chapters often use donations to bring in guest speakers and fund scholarships for students.
“Even small donations can make a huge difference to student organizations like ours at GW, especially when funding might be tight or when we want to keep our dues affordable for everyone,” White said.
White said he writes handwritten thank-you notes to all students who donate to Greek organizations “because their generous donations actually do make a difference, big or small.”
Mollie Bowman, the president of the Panhellenic Association, said Greek life members are willing to give back to support the organizations that supported them through their college years.
“For many students, Greek life is what shaped their college experience. And giving back to our organizations through Senior Class Gift means providing meaningful programming, potential scholarships and more to future members,” she said in an email.
Chapters already host major fundraising events on campus for other causes. Last year, the Delta Tau Delta fraternity raised $24,000 to support a member’s family. Sigma Chi also raked in a record-high $84,000 during its annual philanthropy last October. In April, Alpha Phi supported a student in the chapter with cancer and raised $3,000.
Last year, Greek life leaders planned the first-ever Greek Day of Service where all chapters take part in community service events like painting murals around D.C., participating in GW’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and organizing books at a public library.
“We always talk about Greeks giving back, and this is one great way to partner with the University to make our community stronger for our future brothers and sisters,” Bowman said.”

Health faculty have large presence at all-faculty meeting
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 16, 2015
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor
Gregg Brazinsky, a professor of international affairs, said he wasn't surprised by low voting turnout in the Elliott School of International Affairs because most faculty there don't pay attention to faculty governance issues.
When it comes to determining participation in the University's decision-making, health-related faculty made their voices heard.
Most of the faculty who voted at last week’s all-faculty meeting were from health-related schools, which have been some of the most vocal about including specialized faculty in University decision-making. The high level of participation showed their support for being included in the Faculty Senate.
Last Tuesday, 23 percent of faculty from across the University participated in an assembly to vote on including non-tenured faculty in the Faculty Senate – a body that decides on policies for the University. Charles Garris, the chair of the Faculty Senate’s executive committee, presented the number of votes from the Faculty Assembly at Friday’s senate meeting.
The resolution failed , and participation in the Faculty Senate will continue to be limited to tenured faculty.
The turnout of voters from the Milken Institute School of Public Health had the highest percentage of faculty within a school who registered as voters. Sixty-two faculty members voted, meaning that about 60 percent of the school’s faculty took part in the assembly.
Lynn Goldman, the dean of the public health school, said at Friday’s senate meeting that because the number of specialized faculty in the school is so high, it was obvious that those faculty and their colleagues wanted to pass the resolution to extend participation in the Faculty Senate to specialized faculty.
“I am amazed by turnout of my faculty and faculty from School of Medicine. I am very encouraged by that,” Goldman said during Friday’s meeting. “We’ve been trying to make our faculty understand that senate and membership in the faculty assembly is the highest order of service at the University, and hopefully they want to take part.”
The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Nursing saw the next highest percentage of voters from their schools at about 40 percent each.
The Elliott School of International Affairs had the lowest turnout, with only five international affairs professors who voted at all.
Gregg Brazinsky, a professor of international affairs, said he expected low turnout from his school because his colleagues are “agnostic” on the issue of governance.
“Maybe every school should decide what’s best within that school,” Brazinsky said. “That’s part of the way we can completely rethink the issue of what needs to go on.”
The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences had the largest number of voters with 174 faculty in attendance out of the 500 faculty members in the school.”

Visualized: D.C. is full of snobs
by The GW Hatchet
Nov 16, 2015
“Media Credit: Emily Robinson | Design Assistant
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• The Purpose of a Higher Education
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• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
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I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
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• Nailing the College Application Process
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• Starting College (General College Advice)
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