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by The GW HatchetOct 31, 2014
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The Hatchet sports staff predicts that behind the strength of the junior core four, GW will finish second in the Atlantic 10 behind VCU.
Men's basketball will tip off its 2014-15 season in an exhibition game against Bloomsburg in just 10 days, but it will be a couple of months before the team begins Atlantic 10 play with a clean slate.
The A-10 is ripe with parity: Just 6.7 percent of league games were decided by 20 points or less last season, the lowest of any conference in college basketball, CBS Sports reported. That said, the league will have to sort itself out come March, and this is how we think the season will unfold.
The Rams are undoubtedly the top pick to take the conference this season, although they have yet to secure an A-10 Championship under head coach Shaka Smart. Boosted by one of the best recruiting classes in the country, two returning all-conference players in Treveon Graham and Briante Weber and Smart’s HAVOC defense, which led the nation with 374 steals last season, the Rams are the clear favorite to hold the league’s top spot.
Player to watch: Graham – The senior forward and preasconference player of the year will likely pick up the slack left by all-conference selection Juvonte Reddic.
The Colonials’ offensive efficiency improved immensely last year, and the team will start a core group of players led by last year’s most improved player in the A-10, Kevin Larsen, and Kethan Savage, who is predicted to be the team’s go-to scorer. The team will take a hit from the losses of Maurice Creek and Isaiah Armwood, but if the Colonials stay healthy and can receive solid production from senior John Kopriva and a few players from their freshman class, they should be in position to make a run at their first conference championship since 2007.
Player to watch: Patricio Garino – The junior guard/forward is a defensive menace and consistent double-figure scorer. Garino was named to both the preseason A-10 first team and all-defensive team earlier this month.
The Minutemen’s non-conference schedule, including games against Florida State, Notre Dame, Harvard, LSU and Florida Gulf Coast, could determine what kind of team they will be for the rest of the season. Preseason Second Team All-Conference big man Cady Lalanne and guard Derrick Gordon will be expected to fill the production void left by Chaz Williams’ departure for the Minutemen.
Player to watch: Jabarie Hinds – The transfer guard from West Virginia, and former New York state "Mr. Basketball," appears ready for a break-out debut in the A-10 after playing two seasons with the Mountaineers.
Despite needing a late-season run just to make the NCAA tournament last season, the Flyers knocked off Ohio State and Syracuse to outlast every other A-10 team on their way to the Sweet 16. They've lost three starters, but Jordan Sibert and Dyshawn Pierre will lead Dayton under head coach Archie Miller this season.
Player to watch: Sibert – The OSU transfer didn’t disappoint in his inaugural season for the Flyers, averaging 12.2 points per game. Sibert, who shot 42.6 percent from the three-point line last year, is poised to take his game to the next level.
5. Rhode Island
Don’t be surprised if the Rams sneak into the top five after a 5-11 league record last season with seven of those losses by five points or less. The team will have to improve without last year’s top scorer, Xavier Munford, but head coach Danny Hurley will lean on last year’s All-Conference Rookie Team selections E.C. Matthews and Hassan Martin for expected overall production.
Player to watch: Matthews – Last season’s conference co-rookie of the year averaged over 14 points and four boards in his freshman campaign, and is a sure star in the making as he prepares for his sophomore season.
The Spiders won 19 games last year and return many of their core, including scorer Kendall Anthony and defensive anchor Alonzo Nelson-Ododa. Richmond rarely turns the ball over, which could be key come conference play. Anthony and sophomore ShawnDre’ Jones make up a stellar backcourt, and if the team stays healthy, unlike last year, it should finish in the upper half of the league.
Player to watch: Terry Allen – He's in Anthony’s shadow, but the 6-foot-8 forward has a strong post game, and shot the ball at .500 percent last season.
7. Saint Joseph’s
The Hawks lost three key senior starters, including the program’s second all-time leading scorer in Langston Galloway as well as big man Halil Kanacevic. But the return of forward DeAndre’ Bembry should help keep the defending A-10 champions afloat. The losses are probably too much to give Saint Joseph’s another 24-win season, and without a clear teammate to help Bembry carry the load, the Hawks will probably run into hardships this season.
Player to watch: Bembry – Last year’s co-rookie of the year with Matthews, Bembry does it all for the Hawks. Last season, he averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
8. Saint Louis
Head coach Jim Crews has his work cut out for him if he wants to make a third-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. Crews has lost all five seniors from last year’s team, including player of the year Jordair Jett. After winning two consecutive A-10 regular season titles, the reigning A-10 coach of the year will turn to guard Austin McBroom and forward Grandy Glaze, two relatively seasoned returners on the team.
Player to watch: Milik Yarbrough – One of six in the Saint Louis class of 2018, the dynamic wing player was the best scorer in Chicago Public School history. Don’t be surprised if Yarbrough, a late addition to the recruiting class, has an increasingly prominent role for the Billikens.
9. St. Bonaventure
The Bonnies have an interesting dynamic among their seven-footer in Yousse Ndoye (5.7 rebounds per game), forward Dion Wright (shot .500 percent from the field) and guard Jordan Gathers (1.3 steals per game), who will anchor the team and likely increase its production from last season. But after a 6-10 A-10 record last season and the loss of two top scorers, it may be tough for the Bonnies to make a run.
Player to watch: Ndoye – The 7-foot junior from Senegal can score and rebound, but his shot blocking also stands out (2.2 blocks per game last season). If Ndoye can hold down the paint, while increasing his inside scoring, he will give the Bonnies some life.
10. La Salle
The Explorers stumbled to a 15-16 mark last season, even though many of their main pieces were back from their Sweet 16 run in 2013. The team will run through last year’s conference leader in rebounds, Steve Zack, along with senior Jerrell Wright, who averaged 13.3 points per game.
Player to watch: Jordan Price – He sat out last season after transferring from Auburn. Price, who is the former 2009-10 Tennessee "Mr. Basketball," and was a highly touted recruit, could potentially make a difference for the Explorers, who will be without last season's leading scorers Tyreek Duren, Tyrone Garland and three-point threat Sam Mills.
The Dukes will run and gun under Jim Ferry, but the defense may appear virtually nonexistent. The team has experience but is likely to remain in the ballpark of last year’s 5-11 performance in conference play with the departure of the conference’s top scorer in Ovie Soko.
Player to watch: Micah Mason – Mason was the nation's most efficient offensive player last season with a 5.69 assist-to-turnover ratio. Look out for more impressive threes from this sharp-shooter who led the league in three-point percentage.
It’s tough to gauge the Wildcats’ chances in their first season in the A-10, but any team under 26th-year head coach Bob McKillop will run a precise, calculated offense.
Still, the A-10 is unquestionably a big step up from the Southern Conference, and the Wildcats are likely to experience growing pains after going 15-1 in league games last year as well as enduring the loss of two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year De’Mon Brooks. Senior guard Tyler Kalinoski will be tested as a leader and as part of a backcourt that's the strength of the team.
Player to watch: Oskar Michelsen – The 6-foot-9 freshman from Finland gained prestige in his own country, but it remains to be seen how he will adjust to college ball, especially when thrown into a tough transition year. The support Michelson and other bigs provide inside will determine if the Wildcats have a fighting chance in the A-10.
13. George Mason
After losing two of the top guards in the conference in Sherrod Wright and Bryon Allen, Patrick Holloway and last year’s all-rookie team selection Jalen Jenkins will have plenty of work to do for the Patriots. The two will also likely receive help from Georgia Tech transfer Julian Royal and a boost from big man Erik Copes.
Player to watch: Jenkins – After he was redshirted in 2012, Jenkins averaged seven points and six rebounds in his first season for the Patriots, including a 13-point, 11-rebound performance against GW in January.
The Rams return four starters, but that doesn't mean much for a team that finished 2-14 in the league last year. Sophomore Jon Severe is the silver lining on the team, which will struggle to avoid the league cellar because of a lack of team depth and issues with the defense (Fordham is last in the league in team scoring and rebounding defense).
Player to watch: Severe – The all-rookie-team selection set the freshman scoring record at Fordham last year. The 6-foot-3 guard can shoot the lights out and was also second on the team in assists.”
by The GW HatchetOct 31, 2014
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Head coach Amanda Ault talks to her team at practice. The Colonials defeated American, a team whose RPI ranks higher than any team in the A-10, in five sets Wednesday.
Updated: Oct. 30, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
When volleyball takes the court, the team focuses on settling out their play, maintaining consistency, minimizing errors, and “learning” and “growing” with every play.
But with only five matches left in conference play and the test of the Atlantic 10 tournament approaching, the Colonials' time to study is running out.
The team roared back to push a two-set deficit to five sets against defending A-10 champion Duquesne on Sunday, but couldn’t hang on. The loss marked GW's first five-set loss of the season.
“We are now focused on what’s ahead," head coach Amanda Ault said after Sunday’s loss. "As you move into November, you always have to be playing your best volleyball. Every match that we have moving forward is important for us."
The Colonials had an opportunity to rebound from the loss in a non-conference matchup Wednesday against District rival American.
In a back-and-forth dogfight, the Colonials edged American, a team whose RPI ranks higher than any team in the A-10, in five sets after executing their winning formula to a tee.
Sophomore middle blocker Chidima Osuchukwu led all players with 18 kills, followed by senior outside hitter Kelsey Newman, who tallied 16 kills of her own. Junior Maddy Doyle led with a game-high 20 digs, while junior Jordan Timmer recorded a game-high 49 assists in the winning effort over the Eagles, who made an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last year.
While the loss to Duquesne, a team that holds an identical 6-3 conference record with the Colonials, is no reason to raise a red flag about the talent of GW's roster, if the Colonials want to take the title away from the Dukes, they’ll have to see that talent play to their ability on any given day.
The Colonials are 2-3 against other projected tournament teams in the conference, after defeating Rhode Island and Dayton in five-set matches and dropping decisions to Virginia Commonwealth, Saint Louis and most recently the Dukes.
Ault remains optimistic that the players can fix the mistakes that have challenged them when playing tougher conference opponents.
“We’ve had a couple hard weeks with the losses to Saint Louis and VCU,” Ault said. "I think we are learning how to communicate better with each other and how to help each other out on the floor more, which will prove to be even more important as we move into November.”
The team will continue to rely on what they do best: blocking and attacking.
Osuchukwu leads the conference with 120 total blocks, averaging 1.54 blocks per set. Along with Newman, the two combined for 41 kills against the Dukes, individually out-hitting each Dukes hitter. Defensively, the Colonials out-blocked Duquesne 15-11, led by Osuchukwu’s seven blocks.
Osuchukwu continues to anchor the team, and has earned five A-10 weekly awards this season, including Player of the Week honors earlier this week. Ault will need consistent play from Osuchukwu, along with Newman, Doyle and Timmer. Newman and Doyle recently added their names to the program record book after Newman earned her 1,000th kill and Doyle earned her 1,000th dig last week.
Despite a recent 3-3 record in the last six conference games, GW entered the week atop the conference in assists per set, kills per set, digs per set and blocks per set.
“I think our focus would just be on tightening things up and making sure that the things that are working for us, keep working for us. We have a lot of weapons, and we can attack you from a lot of different places on the net,” Ault said. “When we take care of that first contact, we make it really hard for teams to stop us.”
The opposition is their primary challenge, but the Colonials will continue to focus on what is in their control. An inability to limit the number of unforced errors that players commit has plagued the team at different points this season. Ault said her team couldn’t let unforced errors take them out of position to win a game, which is what might have happened Sunday.
Against the Dukes, the Colonials committed 10 service errors, nine blocking errors and two ball-handling errors.
“We need to stay on our serve and pass game and be on game defensively,” Ault said.
As the regular season nears completion, GW will likely have two more challenges before the start of the A-10 tournament: While the Colonials shouldn’t have a problem against conference bottom-feeders George Mason, Fordham and Davidson, rematches against Rhode Island and VCU will likely reveal whether the Colonials are ready to compete in November.
The Colonials return to the court Friday in a conference matchup against George Mason.
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the team had six matches left in conference play. The team has five remaining games. We regret this error.”
by The GW HatchetOct 31, 2014
“Public health researchers will need to provide more information about their personal and financial relationships outside of their work at GW once the University completes revisions to its conflict of interest policy likely by the start of next year.
Professors who receive grants to conduct research from the U.S. Public Health Service will have to formally disclose all financial interests related to their responsibilities at GW, stock investments of more than $5,000 and income from other jobs.
A committee of professors, administrators and research officials have met monthly for the past year to rework GW’s policy. The new rules will put GW in line with the requirements of federal agencies, which added more layers to applying for grants in 2012.
The public health research requirements affect just 10 percent of GW’s faculty, and Provost Steven Lerman said only those professors will be required to submit the new information for now.
Lerman said revising the policy would help the University avoid allegations of conflict of interest.
“It’s important that we have in place procedures to make sure they’re not appearing to have a conflict of interest, because it doesn’t serve our interests or their interest,” he said.
The updated policy will formalize the process of providing information that GW professors have already had to share for the last two years.
The University first planned to revise the policy when the National Institutes of Health, which supplies most of GW’s research grants, announced that it would require researchers to give more information.
The policy will define how faculty members must disclose the names of companies in which they have a financial stake. Some researchers must report whether their family members have financial stakes in companies, too. Faculty also must tell the University what other work-related activities they engage in, in addition to their jobs at GW.
Before the new policy is put in place, the Faculty Senate and the University’s Office of General Counsel will have to approve it.
If more national organizations adopt policies like the Public Health Service’s, the University could expand which researchers need to disclose the added financial data.
Charles Garris, chair of the Faculty Senate executive committee who is a member of the policy committee, said the group looked at other universities’ policies, like New York University, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For the first time, GW will also distinguish a conflict of interest policy from a conflict of commitment policy. Garris said the conflict of interest policy will address financial conflicts, while the conflict of commitment policy will ask faculty to disclose personal commitments, such as consulting work or contributions to an academic journal.
“What we want to do is have a mechanism which is fair and reasonable,” Garris said. “We’ve discussed separately having a conflict of interest and conflict of commitment policy, and we’ve discussed a lot about public health service rules.””
by The GW HatchetOct 31, 2014
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For years now, the University has been contradicting itself.
Our school has grand ambitions of becoming a research powerhouse – that is one of the central tenets of the decade-long strategic plan, which is driving the $1 billion fundraising campaign.
And central to that desire is Gelman Library, the heart of Foggy Bottom’s campus and fundamental to many students’ lives. Yet it continues to be, for the 10th year in a row, grossly underfunded and underappreciated, on any level other than cosmetic.
GW has made great strides in making Gelman Library a more student-friendly space – you’d be hard-pressed to hear a bad word about the beautiful new entrance floor.
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Robin Jones Kerr
But cosmetic niceties simply aren’t enough anymore. Support goes further: it means the University develops functioning staff models so librarians can adequately provide help to students, and it means allocating enough money to our libraries to strengthen their collections, and subsequently, improve our research capabilities.
You can’t do great research without strong collections at your disposal, and you can’t build a national reputation if you aren’t able to support students.
I'm a student staffer at Eckles Library, and while my views obviously don’t represent those of the library system, I was concerned to hear that demand from writing professors has shot up recently. That has put a strain on librarians’ already limited time, and they’ve started looking for alternate methods to connect with students, like creating online modules.
On top of that, the libraries are struggling financially. GW experienced a budget shortfall this year, and although the library system was one of only three University departments to receive a budget increase, that $300,000 was only enough to cover the cost of inflation on our many subscriptions.
In other words, nothing’s changed – no improvements to our services, collections or research capabilities – even after the libraries’ first budget increase in 10 years. The increase came after a damning outside report on the state of the library, and a pledge from Provost Steven Lerman to funnel more money to it.
Yes, money doesn’t grow on trees, and, yes, GW has had to tighten its belt this year.
But Gelman will never be the top-tier research facility that GW needs it to be without the resources to provide students with adequate librarian assistance, and if it isn’t able to grow its collections beyond where they’ve stayed for years. The University is asking a lot from its libraries, but simply is not giving them the necessary resources to accomplish it all.
And it’s a slap in the face to students when their school talks about research priorities – look no further than across the street from Gelman at the massive $275 million Science and Engineering Hall – but fails to provide adequate resources to students on a day-to-day basis.
This demands either a reallocation of resources or a refocusing of rhetoric. The University simply can't have it both ways anymore.
Robin Jones Kerr, a senior majoring in journalism, is The Hatchet’s opinions editor.”
by The GW HatchetOct 31, 2014
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A rabbi at Kesher Israel was charged with six counts of voyeurism for allegedly setting up a hidden camera in a changing stall used for a private ritual bath. The rabbi, Barry Freundel, has also taught at GW as a part-time faculty member.
When Stephanie Doucette was a junior at GW, she started the months-long process of converting to Orthodox Judaism, meeting with a local rabbi and twice practicing a ritual bath to prepare for the conversion.
Now she is one of potentially several women who may have been secretly filmed by that rabbi during ritual baths at a Georgetown synagogue. Barry Freundel was charged with six counts of voyeurism in D.C. Superior Court last week for setting up a video camera disguised as a clock radio inside a changing stall used during the baths. He has pleaded not guilty.
“Now I have to deal with the fact that I might have been one of the women he videotaped,” Doucette said. “My first reaction was I was very angry. After a week I think things started to hit me and I found myself very depressed and not sure of myself. If I hear a loud noise when I change in my room, I jump.”
Doucette moved to Maryland last spring after graduating from GW and decided not to complete her conversion with Freundel. She had begun to feel uncomfortable at the synagogue after other male members made sexual comments to her, which she said Freundel “shrugged off.”
“He explained, ‘Well, Stephanie, you’re an attractive young female so no matter what community you go to, this is a problem you’ll have.' He was also like, ‘If I was younger and single, I’d be into you,'” said Doucette, now a first-year graduate student in the Elliott School of International Affairs. “I found myself backing away and keeping things at a bare minimum with him.”
Freundel taught religion courses as a part-time faculty member at GW as recently as spring 2008, said University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar. Csellar said she did not know if other students had worked with Freundel.
Freundel, 62, also taught at GW in fall 1998 and spring 2000.
Robert Eisen, the chair of the religion department and a professor of religion and Judaic Studies, said a “handful” of GW students every year have attended services at Freundel's synagogue, Kesher Israel, located at 28th and N streets in Georgetown, though the number of Orthodox students at GW is relatively small. Kesher Israel is the only Orthodox synagogue near campus.
Eisen, who is a former member of the synagogue, said he hired Freundel to teach courses at the University and fill in for him while he was on sabbatical. He called the allegations “upsetting and shocking.”
“He was an intellectual, a gigantic personality, a very important leader and rabbi in the orthodox community,” Eisen said. “No one really saw this coming.”
As a member of a D.C. kosher supervision agency, Freundel also met "a number of times" with Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Blueth, the director of GW Hillel, to discuss the kosher eating options that will be offered in GW Hillel's renovated building, Kaiser-Blueth said.
When Kaiser-Blueth was hired in 2010, he also met with Freundel as part of his interview process.
"The search committee felt it was important for candidates to meet with a broad swath of GW and community professionals," Kaiser-Blueth said.
He said he did not know of other students besides Doucette who had been going through the conversion process with Freundel, and said he will focus on creating a "safe place" for staff and students to discuss the allegations or express concerns. The full impact of the allegations will "come in focus as the investigation unfolds," Kaiser-Blueth said.
Metropolitan Police Department detectives say they have found video footage of six women in “various stages of undress,” and set up a hotline and email address this week for other possible for victims to report their connections to Freundel. Doucette said she submitted a photo of herself to MPD so detectives can search for her face in the video footage.
Freundel, who could face up to six years in prison, has been suspended without pay from Kesher Israel. He was also suspended from his teaching job at Towson University in Baltimore. More cameras were found in his Towson University office, and he has been accused of taking Towson students on field trips to the synagogue’s bath.
The bath, known as a mikvah, is used primarily in the process of converting to orthodox Judaism and by orthodox Jewish women for monthly cleansing. Doucette said detectives told her it would be a “few weeks” before she would know if she is one of the women filmed.
“It’s such a personal violation especially when it comes through a religious practice. Your religion should be beautiful and they have turned it into something so ugly,” Doucette said.
The Rabbinical Council of America revealed it knew about past allegations of inappropriate behavior, though not sexual misconduct, brought against Freundel, such as conversion candidates who felt “coerced” to do clerical work in his home, the DCist reported .
Freundel is due back in court Nov. 12.”
by The GW HatchetOct 31, 2014
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Graduate student Jarod Fincher works in a lab in Corcoran Hall. Researchers have created wish lists of equipment they hope to have donated to their lab spaces.
If Lawrence Bennett had an AC susceptometer in his lab, he said he’d be able to study the applications of magnetic properties like submarine mine detection, and even test experimental cancer treatments.
Bennett, a research professor of electrical engineering, said the $400,000 machine could help him and other researchers study magnetic storage or waste water treatment. To secure the six-figure machine, Bennett has placed it on a growing list of materials faculty hope to have donated to fill the Science and Engineering Hall.
The machines that make it onto researchers' growing wish lists will have some of the greatest impacts on what happens inside GW's $275 million Science and Engineering Hall. Fundraisers will pitch that lab equipment to donors, and whatever is funded will end up steering research focuses.
“The research we do is very dependent on the results we get from that,” he said. “We don’t do the research as well as we should because we don’t have the machine.”
Professors are preparing to move into the Science and Engineering Hall this winter. Wish lists give fundraisers specific items to point to and show potential donors how certain tools would move forward faculty work.
Can Korman, associate dean of research and graduate studies in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, said he has worked with faculty to create and update lists of resources that would improve their research abilities.
Korman said he tries to show potential donors how certain materials will advance the school’s research overall.
“I explain the science and the academic aspects of what is possible and what type of research will be conducted. I also explain how the SEH will function and the key role the core facilities will play in this multi-department and multi-school enterprise,” he said.
As part of GW’s $1 billion fundraising campaign, the University is aiming to bring in a combined $100 million to pay for the hall's construction costs, the machines that will fill its labs and the professorships to be housed in the building.
Biology professor Robert Donaldson said his colleagues in chemistry and his own department are hoping to bring in a confocal microscopy machine, which would let them see inside living cells.
“I think that lots of professors are trying to identify equipment that would have a broad impact,” Donaldson said.
The quality and number of machines that fundraisers will be able to secure will also impact how likely professors are to secure grants to conduct cutting-edge research.
Donaldson pointed to institutions like the National Institutes of Health, which require researchers to demonstrate that their facilities are equipped to handle sensitive research before they sign a check.
“To get funding from institutes like the NIH, they need to see that the institution has the necessary scientific instrumentation to do the studies that are being proposed in the best way," he said. "We need to be competitive with other people at other universities.”
Provost Steven Lerman said professors in the different departments have worked together to plan which materials to prioritize among all the departments that will be in the building.
“Obviously the amount of equipment you wish you had is vastly greater than the amount you can afford,” he said. “But we’ve already ordered some of the equipment, we’ve gotten some donations, and we’re looking for others.”
Professors can also form partnerships with manufacturers that might donate or give discounted rates on equipment, like professors in the forensic science department have done, he added.
Forensic science faculty members are looking to bring in donations to support research equipment that the building can support, including an imaging core and a nanofabrication core.
Researchers have already brought in electron microscopes and some nanotechnology, Lerman said.
William Briscoe, the chair of the physics department, said professors across departments are looking for oscilloscopes, vacuum pumps, signal generators and other high-quality power supplies.
When the University renovates lab space in Corcoran and Bell halls after departments move into the Science and Engineering Hall, Briscoe said researchers will also want new equipment for those spaces. He said science faculty in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences are starting to make lists for how they plan to outfit those areas.
“Having a list can help the fundraiser look for specific items instead of generalizations. Most fundraisers would have no idea of our specialized needs,” he said.
Faculty are partnering with researchers on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus to see how they can best spread out research tools. Lerman said he could see science and engineering professors looking to focus on an area for genomics research in the new building as well.
Keith Crandall, director of the Computational Biology Institute, said wish lists help the development office have go-to options to pitch to donors that will most benefit researchers.
He said he hopes to bring in DNA sequencing equipment, which several departments would be able to use.
“Having these wish lists allows donors to target donations across a diversity of interests and to make sure that those targets are things that will actually help faculty be more productive at the University,” he said.”
by The GW HatchetOct 31, 2014
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Outside of teaching classes on hip-hop, punk and other music genres, professor Kip Lornell helped launch the D.C. Vernacular Music Archive, one of the first of its kind in the U.S.
Gelman Library isn’t only home to students combing through the stacks and working on papers late at night. Now, it’s also home to a music archive.
Professor Christopher “Kip” Lornell said he is looking to push the boundaries of musical education with the launch of the D.C. Vernacular Music Archive. To get it off the ground, Lornell personally donated hundreds of dollars to the project.
The archive, which opened Oct. 16 inside Gelman's Teamsters Room on the seventh floor, looks at punk, go-go, folk and bluegrass music by often-forgotten D.C.-based musicians like Emmylou Harris and and Mama Cass. The collection is mostly comprised of old photographs, magazines and books, and also includes photos from the GW Folk Music Club, which formed in the 1960s, and some student work.
Lornell said the Vernacular Music Archive is the first of its kind in the U.S. – if not the world. He said through the project, he wants to reacquaint D.C. residents with music genres that have deep roots in the city.
“Material just disappears. Posters tend to get thrown away. Many people whose musical lives were rich and rewarding are not recognized,” Lornell said.
He first discussed the concept of a music archive with colleagues about two years ago. The plans solidified after he met with Special Collections officials last fall.
Lornell had to write a two-page proposal for the project, explaining what purpose the archive would serve. He said the entire process was straightforward and “less bureaucratic than one would typically expect from an institution the size of GW.”
Gelman’s Special Collections fund supports the archive, thought Lornell said the library has had a flat budget for the last decade.
Lornell and Tina Plottel, an instruction and reference librarian at GW, consulted the Library of Congress folk archives, University of D.C. Jazz Archive, D.C. Public Library, University of Maryland and Smithsonian Institution to both understand the interests of surrounding archives and ensure the D.C. Vernacular Music Archive would be distinct from the others.
“We have a very broad mandate to look at vernacular music at large within D.C. and the DMV. This is what makes it different,” Lornell said.
Revitalizing local music is not a new endeavor for the professor – since 1970, as a high school student in upstate New York, Lornell has focused on music research.
But it wasn’t until 1988, when he became a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, that Lornell’s work drew him to D.C. He started teaching at GW in 1992, and said he makes sure the focus of his courses revolve around the music culture of the city. He sends students to local neighborhoods to immerse themselves in the music scene and conduct research.
“I spend time focusing on D.C. in all my courses – particularly in Ethnomusicology and my Black American Music class. Washington, D.C. is at the core of what I do,” Lornell said.
Lornell said he doesn’t think he’ll start any new music projects in D.C. or at GW. His vision is to ensure that when he retires from the University in the next five to 10 years, the archive will be his legacy on campus.”
by The GW HatchetOct 29, 2014
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Sophomore attacking midfielder Kate Elson tussles for the ball against a Davidson defender when the Colonials topped the Wildcats 1-0 earlier this season. Elson is one of 11 women's soccer players to record a goal this season.
Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 at 7:28 p.m.
Something old, something new.
Women's soccer is in the middle of a breakthrough year, mounting a 10-win campaign so far this season with two regular season games left to play.
The team has excelled to its first 10-win season in more than a decade (10-4-1) by maintaining the factors that worked in 2013, when the team went 7-6-5, while enhancing its depth and spreading scoring around the field.
In her third year as the Colonials’ head coach, Sarah Barnes has had new weapons at her disposal in the form of ripened older talent and an influx of skilled freshmen. At first, last season looked like a rebuilding year, but the team made a trip to the Atlantic 10 that proved a harbinger for future progress.
The critical change has been an improvement in offense to complement an already staunch defense that had helped the team make the tournament for the first time in 11 years.
“I think last year we were pretty good at keeping the ball out of the net. We had a lot of 0-0 ties,” Barnes said. “Really the difference is that we’re better at scoring goals, and it’s not just one person. We’ve had a lot of goals from a lot of different people.”
Led by sophomore goal-scoring talent MacKenzie Cowley, the Colonials have netted goals in all but four games, the team's four losses on the season. The latest came Saturday in a 1-0 shutout at the hands of VCU. Even with those dry spells, GW has netted on average 1.53 goals per game using a varied attack.
“One of the benefits of using so many subs and having this depth in the team right now is that you have the ability to really give everything that you have,” junior midfielder Kristi Abbate said. “And you know that you have someone on the bench that can do the same work that you do.”
Cowley and Abbate have contributed the bulk of the scoring, with six and three goals, respectively.
Junior midfielder Nicole Belfonti has also netted three goals, some from distance, while junior forward Kyla Ridley and freshman forward Brittany Cooper have each slated two goals apiece. Senior forward Meg Murphy has served as a consistent threat on net, scoring two goals.
Barnes said beyond the uptick in offense, the array of weapons is also confusing to opposing teams.
“For an opponent to look at us, you’ve got Meg who plays a certain way, Kenz and Kyla who play a totally different way and Brittany who doesn’t play like any of those three,” Barnes said. “So that’s a hard team to scout. We’re dangerous because of that versatility.”
Barnes said in preparing for the postseason, the deep roster will mean the team can keep playing on fresh legs with starters getting more rest than they did last season.
By the time the team made the postseason last year, a series of overtime games and increased wear and tear from a season without heavy subbing made the A-10 tournament an uphill battle.
“I remember, end of season last year, in the A-10 tournament playing LaSalle, we were exhausted,” Barnes said. “We just played the same kids over and over every game. We played a lot of overtime games last year – it was like two extra games in the end.
The team has had its share of late game struggles this season, including a 3-0 loss to defending conference champion La Salle in the A-10 opener, in which the team allowed two second-half goals to the Billikens.
Still, Senior co-captain defender Alex Brothers said fatigue is not the source of the Colonials' troubles late in games as much as their inability to remain calm down the stretch.
“I think we’re so excited to get that result," Brothers said. "And sometimes we let that energy get us a little too hyped up and sometimes we need to take a breath and calm down and play simple balls.”
Barnes said the players’ late jitters have hindered their ability to keep possession, allowing games to slip away.
Whether the offense is clicking or working through a bump, the GW defense has stayed strong and leads the A-10 with a .73 goals allowed average – the only team with less than 1.00 goals allowed per game in the conference.
Brothers and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Miranda Horn, the two players with the most minutes of play, have been workhorses in blocking the net.
Horn, with seven shutouts on the year, has received two A-10 Rookie of the Week honors so far and has been integral to keeping the team undefeated at home with a 7-7 record and one home game left to play.
They’ve laid the foundation, and the resurgent offense has the team feeling confident about the postseason.
“The goal isn’t to get there. The goal is to win it,” Barnes said.
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the Colonials lost to Saint Louis in its season opener. GW's season opener was against La Salle, which beat GW 3-0. We regret this error.”
by The GW HatchetOct 28, 2014
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo by Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor
Redshirt freshman Miranda Horn clears a ball in a game earlier this season. As of Oct. 19, Horn ranked second in the conference in both goals against average and save percentage.
When redshirt freshman goalkeeper Miranda Horn played in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, her mother had her repeat a mantra that the goalie still uses today.
“Make a decision and stick with it,” Horn said. “I try to play with that in mind everyday. Don’t hesitate, be confident.”
Horn has helped orchestrate a conference-leading defense for GW this season, recently earning her second A-10 Rookie of the Week honor after holding both Davidson and Richmond scoreless. Horn tied her career-high of six saves against the Spiders, leading to a 2-0 weekend and the first 10-win season for the Colonials since 2003.
Horn ranks first in the conference for keepers who have played at least nine games, leading the league in goals against average and save percentage. She’s allowed 10 goals in 14 games through 1,224 minutes of play.
She has recorded five shutouts, contributing to GW’s seven clean sheets this season.
Horn was tasked with replacing alumna Nicole Ulrick, who last season posted eight shutouts and a .84 goals against average through 18 games.
“[Horn] is great to be on the field with,” sophomore forward and midfielder Kate Elson said. “She is very vocal and has a strong presence. I think she really stepped up this year. I think she had big shoes to fill and she has kept progressing and is doing really well.”
Although it’s Horn’s first year on the pitch defending the net for the Colonials, it is not her first year on the team. She decided to redshirt last season, which allowed her to practice with teammates but not compete. Horn played in games during the team’s spring offseason in preparation for this fall.
"She’s so talented, so we thought, 'Let’s just save a year,'" head coach Sarah Barnes said. "All spring, she played in games. She was just playing, no pressure, just go play and get better."
Horn said the redshirt season was crucial for honing her skills, and admitted that she was not quite ready to meet the expectations of collegiate play as a freshman. She worked with GW goalie coach Marla Duncan to further develop at the position.
“I think last year, I came in very ignorant of what was expected,” Horn said. “Spending last year working with Marla really helped me, and going through spring, which was a lot of conditioning, helped me succeed at a really high level.”
Her experience shows not just in her improved skills, but in her savvy as a game manager for the defense. Horn sets up plays and formations for her team on corner kicks: She fielded five in a row against Richmond to close out the game and preserve her shutout.
Barnes said Horn has begun to convert the potential that GW’s coaching staff saw when they recruited the Canadian into big plays and win-preserving saves. Horn is now able to play balls in the air and more skillfully move herself into position.
“She’s gotten so much better at moving her feet to be able to make saves, taking the extra step to extend her range,” Barnes said. “We always knew she had so much potential, but she has really pushed herself and will keep pushing herself, and I believe she has the ability to be the best goalie in the A-10.”
But Horn’s season has not come without its share of tough moments.
On Sept. 14, GW took on Georgetown looking to snap its eight-game losing streak to the District rival and remain undefeated.
In the opening overtime period, Horn came out of the goal to contest a long ball struck by Georgetown junior Marina Paul in the 95th minute. As Horn fought for the loose ball, she was beat by forward Audra Ayotte, who was able to send a pass behind Horn. Forward Crystal Thomas ended the game by tapping the ball into the back of the net.
Horn fell to the ground after watching the game-winner cross the line, and pounded her fist on the grass. She later took a minute to collect herself after an error that cost her the game.
The goalie bounced back following the loss to the Hoyas, with GW since going 5-3-1. As of Saturday, the team sits in fifth place in the conference standings.
“Just like anybody, she has had disappointments and setbacks that have really motivated her. Her determination and persistence have been really good qualities that have helped her,” Barnes said.
Horn, who started playing soccer when she was four years old and began playing competitively when she was eight, is talented with her feet as well as her hands.
She said one of her favorite soccer memories is when she played for a state cup in Canada and the game went to penalty kicks. With the match on the line, Horn both scored the go-ahead goal and saved the game-winning goal.
Horn joked that she wanted to take a shot at the net at the college level, too.
“I’m trying to convince Sarah to let me take one,” Horn said. “But I’ll stick to saving them for now.”
Horn said her first experience with the goalie position wasn’t necessarily by choice. Because of her height (she is listed as 5-foot-10), she said she was “stuck in the net." After she got comfortable defending the goal, though, Horn said she started to identify with the position and goalkeeping became a “huge part” of her life.
And even after posting impressive numbers in her first year of play, both Barnes and Horn said the sophomore has not hit her ceiling.
“It’s still my rookie year, and I have a lot of time to improve,” Horn said.”
by The GW HatchetOct 27, 2014
“Drug Law Violation
900 Block of New Hampshire Ave. NW
10/14/14 – 9:20 p.m.
University Police Department officers responded to the activation of an emergency blue light phone and discovered a man suffering from chest pains. Officers learned that he had been visiting a patient in the hospital and stepped outside to smoke marijuana. He was provided care by nearby D.C. Fire and EMS personnel and taken to the hospital for treatment.
- No suspects or witnesses
Liquor Law Violation/Destruction
10/18/14 – 1:40 a.m.
UPD responded to an intoxicated female student who had taken and broke the cell phone of a man not affiliated with GW. The student was assessed and released.
- Referred for disciplinary action
10/18/14 – 1:37 a.m.
UPD broke up a fight between a male guest and two male students.
- Referred for disciplinary action
10/17/14 – 4 p.m.
UPD observed a male student yelling at a female staff member about getting a form signed. The student then left the area.
- Referred for disciplinary action
Innovation Hall (Virginia Science and Technology Campus)
10/21/14 – 1:10 p.m.
A contractor became upset and aggressive toward a security officer, grabbing a pen and throwing it at the officer. The man’s supervisor was notified and he was told to leave the building.
- Referred to Department
10/23/14 – 5 a.m.
A housekeeper reported to UPD that she had observed a young man masturbating in a room. The building was swept but officers could not find anyone meeting the description.
- Open case
Compiled by Benjamin Kershner.”
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