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Sexual assault prevention committee members host first public event
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 20, 2017
“The Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response hosted its first-ever public event Wednesday to hear how student organizations are preventing campus sexual assault.
About 120 students attended a sexual assault prevention town hall to discuss what they are doing to address the topic of sexual assault and how the University can promote prevention education. Students on the committee, who organized and led the town hall, said the committee will plan future programming based on information from the meeting.
Erika Feinman, the president of the Student Association and a member of the committee, said students on the committee proposed the idea of the town hall and developed the event over the course of the semester. Students planning the town hall decided the event should focus on finding out what student organizations are doing to prevent sexual assault and if they need more direction, Feinman said.
“We knew what the University was doing to try to prevent it, but we didn’t necessarily know what student organizations were already doing to prevent sexual assault,” Feinman said. “And so that’s where the idea for this town hall really came about.”
The Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response was created in October 2014. The committee is made up of about 35 students, staff and faculty members who meet monthly and report to the provost’s office.
We really wanted to make this as student-focused and peer-to-peer as possible.
Students sat around tables at the town hall, which media was not allowed to attend, to hear prompts from student committee members about bystander intervention and situations they may encounter, Feinman said.
“We really wanted to make this as student-focused and peer-to-peer as possible, because we feel like that is the most successful way to get students to speak openly about their experiences,” Feinman said.
Feinman said the committee sent emails through OrgSync to all student groups and tried to have representatives from every student organization, but some groups sent more than one student. There are about 450 student groups currently registered with the University.
Students filled out a survey at the end of the town hall where they answered detailed questions about their experiences of sexual assault education within their organizations, Feinman said. They said the committee will analyze the results of the survey and use the data to set future goals.
Jocelyn Jacoby, co-president of Students Against Sexual Assault, said it was important that the town hall created a larger discussion of the issue and that people left with goals that they want to discuss with their organizations. Jacoby said she hopes to see all organizations on campus talking more about sexual assault prevention.
“It’s hard to know what to prevent if you don’t know where the community is at and what they need,” she said. “Removing that shame and talking about sex and consent and letting everyone know of the resources on campus is just such an important first step.”
It’s hard to know what to prevent if you don’t know where the community is at and what they need.
University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said in an email that the committee supports the students’ work to organize the meeting and find out how their peers feel about sexual assault education.
“The meeting was a student-only discussion and we are glad that students were presented with a forum to be able to engage in dialogue in an open supportive environment,” she said.
Csellar said the committee will use the information gathered from the town hall to brainstorm ideas about how to remove real or perceived barriers to reporting instances of sexual assault and improve processes, trainings and communication.
Members of the committee are required to sign confidentiality agreements, and reports that come from the committee are generally not available to the public.
Csellar declined to comment on whether the committee will host more town halls in the future, how administrators would be involved, what is discussed in committee meetings, how many reports have been produced from the committee since it launched and if the committee will hold events other than town halls.
Kalpana Vissa, co-president of Students Against Sexual Assault and a member of the committee, said students reflected on how they could take leadership roles in their own communities to look after each other.
“I think that it’s just up to us as advocates and students to make sure that people at our campus are getting the resources that they need and deserve,” she said.
Kei-Matthew Pritsker, a member of the committee and SASA peer educator, said the town hall will help the committee better understand how student groups are preventing sexual assault. He said he hopes the results will tell them which communities are most impacted by the issue.
I think that it’s just up to us as advocates and students to make sure that people at our campus are getting the resources that they need and deserve.
“I would say this is a huge accomplishment, definitely the largest and most engaging conversation on this topic in recent memory, so it is definitely a good start,” Pritsker said.
Pritsker said some questions in the second campus climate survey on sexual assault were not worded properly and couldn’t give a full understanding of the issue, like asking graduate students about whether or not they had been harassed on campus, when the majority live off-campus. He said that having events like this one could help reach more populations that otherwise don’t get to discuss topics like sexual assault.
The results of the second campus climate survey were released in September and did not distinguish between graduate and undergraduate students. After releasing the results, officials said they would distribute the survey every other year going forward.
“There is the sense that SASA can’t hit every single community, and there are some communities that we know have these issues,” he said. “We wanted a way to address everyone.””

Women’s basketball routs George Mason on Senior Day
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 17, 2017
“Women’s basketball honored its four soon-to-be-graduates with a rousing pregame ceremony before their matchup against local rival George Mason Saturday afternoon. Fittingly enough, the player with the most basketball experience would return the favor and help the Colonials overwhelm the Patriots on Senior Day.
Graduate senior forward Lexi Martins tallied a first half double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and finished with 15 points and 12 boards on the afternoon as the Colonials (19-8, 12-3 A-10) romped George Mason (13-15, 6-9 A-10) 80-49. Sophomore guard Mei-Lyn Bautista added 11 points and five steals, and junior wing Brianna Cummings added 11 points off the bench.
The Colonials were dealt an early setback when senior forward Caira Washington picked up two fouls in the first quarter. However, the tandem of Martins and junior forward Kelli Prange dominated the offensive class, creating second chance opportunities at will.
“We have three post starters, which is really lucky because some teams don’t even have one,” head coach Jennifer Rizzotti said. “I thought [Kelli] did a great job of coming in and being tough on the defensive end and getting rebounds.”
The initial pace to the game was frenetic for both teams as they tried to establish themselves on the offensive end. The Colonials had a clear emphasis on getting early post entries and working inside-out action, which led to 10 threes on the day. The Patriots, meanwhile, were adamant about scoring in transition and running their motion offense.
The game turned after a 6-0 run by George Mason gave them a 22-21 lead. After a GW timeout, Rizzotti implemented a full court trap press and a 3-2 zone in the half court.
Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer Senior guard Hannah Schaible was one of four fourth-year Colonials to be honored before Saturday’s game.
The result was a 23-0 run in which the Colonials held the Patriots without a field goal for the last 6:27 of the second quarter. Even as the second half began, Mason seemed helpless to get quality looks or control the ball, as GW forced 17 turnovers.
“Sometimes when teams get comfortable and can kind of pass the ball around and get the shots that they want, you want to do something to disrupt that,” Rizzotti said. “We had success with that defense against them last time we played at their place, and I thought we did a great job again today.
Bautista’s energy on the defensive end played a huge role, including consecutive possessions where she made a steal in the backcourt that led to easy fast break layups.
“Coach always mentions before every game that a great game starts with great defense,” Bautista said. “When things start on the defensive end, the offense will come.”
With GW’s defense fueling their transition game and offensive output, the rout was on. The second half offered quite a lot in terms of GW’s depth and the energy of the team. Not to mention, one final sendoff for the fourth-years, who received a standing ovation from the crowd in the Smith Center as they departed the game together.
The spirit of the group—Washington, Martins, Hannah Schaible, and Shannon Cranshaw—was evident as they cheered their teammates from the sidelines, jumping around and yelling after baskets from the bench players.
“[The bench players] may not get as many minutes in other games, but they’re the ones making us better every day,” Schaible said. “They act as the scout team, they’re pushing us, and they make sure we’re ready to play.”
Despite the aura of finality surrounding the afternoon, Schaible reiterated that there is plenty more basketball to be played.
“We know that these last few games aren’t our last, so it was really important to get this last win at home,” she said. “The chapter’s closing for us… but not yet.”
GW closes out the regular season on the road against Richmond on Wednesday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.”

GW researcher creates lemur recognition program
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“You no longer have to turn to Zoboomafoo for your lemur knowledge – a GW researcher found a way to identify the animals faster than ever before.
Rachel Jacobs, a biological anthropologist at GW’s Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, coauthored a paper introducing “LemurFaceID.” The computer-assisted recognition system is able to identify individual lemurs in the wild based on their facial characteristics and compile the data for long-term research studies, according to a release .
“Senior author, Stacey Tecot (University of Arizona), and I weren’t particularly satisfied with the common approaches used in lemur research, so we aimed to do something different with red-bellied lemurs, and we sought the expertise of our computer science collaborators,” Jacobs said in the release.
The database will be a non-invasive, cost-effective means of conducting evolutionary studies related to survival, reproduction and population growth, Jacobs said in the release. These studies require long-term life history information on individual animals.
This new tracking method could also help conservation efforts identify endangered species in the wild and tracking trafficked lemurs if they are taken from the wild.
Lemurs were named the world’s most endangered group of mammals in 2012, according to the release.
The database could be applied to other species with similar hair and skin patterns in the future, like red pandas, Jacobs said in the release.”

Weekend outlook
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“This weekend, laugh it up at comedy shows and thank George Washington for a long weekend by attending a parade in his honor.
Sam Jay Johnson at Drafthouse Comedy
Head out to Drafthouse Comedy to enjoy a comedy show by an up-and-coming talent. You may recognize the comedian Sam Jay Johnson as the actress from Viceland’s TV series “Flop House” or from one of several comedy festivals she has headlined across the U.S. As a queer woman of color, Johnson brings a fresh voice to the stand-up comedy scene and relates her experiences to audiences in witty ways.
Drafthouse Comedy DC. 1100 13th St. NW. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20.
Late Night Improv
If you’re searching for a night of unpredictable comedy, check out the “The Blue Show,” where performers from ComedySportz, an improv group that has troupes around the world, unwind and turn up the humor without any rules. Earlier in the night, the cast of ComedySportz will perform a kid-friendly show but later on, all bets are off. Bring a good sense of humor and suggestions to help out these imrpov preformers.
DC Improv Lounge, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 9:45 p.m. Ages 18+. $15.
Willy Wonka and the Burlesque Factory – Bucket v. Wonka
Bier Baron, a beer bar west of Dupont Circle, is hosting a show that fits a need you never knew you had for a play that puts a racy twist on the childhood favorite movie and book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the play, Charlie is faced with a massive mid-life crisis and enlists the help of Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee and a near-extinct Oompa Loompa in suing Willy Wonka for all the trouble he caused them. With appearances by familiar characters like beloved Grandpa Joe and now-skinny Augustus Gloop, this show is sure to be a trip down memory lane.
Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. 2 p.m. Ages 21+. $12 in advance, $15 at door.
George Washington Birthday Parade
Celebrate our University’s namesake by hopping out of D.C. and heading over to historic Old Town Alexandria for the nation’s largest parade celebrating George Washington’s birthday. The parade, which is approaching its 100th anniversary, features bands, floats, horses, wagons, historic reenactment groups and additional performances to celebrate the spirit of President’s Day. The parade route runs from the intersection of Gibbon and South Fairfax streets through the town, ending at Wilkes and South Royal streets.
Old Town Alexandria. 1 to 3 p.m. Free.”

Federal aid applications decline despite extended filing window
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“Students now have three extra months to file for federal aid – but the number of applications nationally haven’t increased.
In 2015, the Department of Education announced that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, will be opening in October 2016 rather than January and potential recipients can apply using older tax data. The applicant pool has decreased since the policy began, but experts say by the time the application window closes, numbers will likely be higher because students who are familiar with FAFSA will apply later on.
October applications increased by 21 percent nationally from normal first-month rates, indicating more students were applying early, according to a National College Access Network data analysis. Still, the application rate dropped after its initial increase, with only 5 million filings by Dec. 30 – 3 million fewer than normal for the first three months.
Laurie Koehler, the vice provost for enrollment management and retention, said the extended window and approval for applicants to submit earlier tax returns, rather than having to quickly compile the information from 2016, should make the process less stressful.
“While it is too soon to provide projections about how students and families are utilizing the new option and the implications of this on enrollment, we hope to see more prospective students submitting their aid applications earlier,” she said.
Koehler added that earlier submissions in October give employees in the Office of Student Financial Assistance more time to review the reported information, follow up with families to collect missing or additional details and provide more complete financial aid packages at the same time that students are admitted.
At GW, 45 percent of full-time undergraduates receive need-based financial aid, averaging at $29,433 per student.
GW’s net tuition is still ranked eighth highest among four-year private universities at $48,760, according to the Department of Education. Since 2008, tuition and financial aid awards have both been steadily increasing.
Department of Education officials said the number of applications could still end up around the same as in previous years because many students apply for state aid grants before going through the federal process.
While the short-term effects of the change may not be obvious, experts expect the longer application period to help universities and students, specifically low income students, in the long-term, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
Jodi Okun, the founder of College Financial Aid Advisors – which provides higher education financial aid counseling – said the drop in applications could be because the applications processed during this period were all from FAFSA newcomers.
“I think that that 5 million could possibly be new FAFSAs, and so the parents who have already been through this knew that they had some time,” Okun said. “Families whose students are sophomores, juniors and seniors didn’t do it in October because they knew they had some time and are now filling it out.”
February and March applications will likely come from students and families who have already filed a FAFSA in the past, which will bring the total number of applications up to the number in prior years, Okun said.
“We just have to see how families are behaving,” Okun said. “There’s a good majority still doing it right now across the United States and meeting priority deadlines.”
Sara Harberson, an admissions counselor and founder of the consulting service Admissions Revolution, said she isn’t surprised by the surge of applications in October and November and the dip in December because students applying for early decision and early action submit applications before December.
Early decision and early action students don’t normally require as much financial aid as regular decision applicants, so the smaller number of applications may reflect a pool of higher-income applicants, she said.
The dip may also be a result of poor communication: Many families don’t know about the extension yet, and do not “completely understand the benefits and the advantages” of an earlier FAFSA, Harberson added.
“The regular American family does not know about [FAFSA],” she said. “There are so many families who need need-based financial aid who don’t even realize that they can fill out the FAFSA until much later.”
Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University, said the three extra months might drive only a few extra students to apply, but those students may be the ones that especially benefit from need-based financial aid.
But the small increases may be overshadowed by less of a need for financial aid overall, Kelchen said.
“The economy is doing better, which means that fewer students may be attending college and that more students may not think they qualify for federal financial aid,” he said.”

MPD recruits volunteers to build up declining officer count
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“After struggling to recruit enough officers to accommodate the city’s growing population, the Metropolitan Police Department is searching for volunteers to join the police force.
MPD posted a release last week seeking volunteer applications for its an annual summer training session for reserve officers, auxiliary officers and citizen volunteers – especially those who like to work with youth. At a time when officials have said MPD needs to boost the number of officers in the department, experts said the program will prepare volunteers to potentially work full time for the department while saving money.
MPD spokeswoman Rachel Reid said in an email that the department is recruiting volunteers interested in the area’s youth because community members tend to want to help young people succeed.
“As residents who live and work in D.C., volunteers are uniquely positioned to assist us with continuing to strengthen our ties with the community,” she said.
Although auxiliary officer volunteers do not have the same duties as regular officers, MPD expects some reserve and auxiliary officers to take on positions at MPD later, Reid said. Reserve officer volunteers complement full-time officer responsibilities, while auxiliary officers work for community relations functions, station work, cell block and event assistance, Reid said.
Civilian volunteers would assist with the department’s daily operations, according to the release.
Reid said MPD plans to recruit at least 15 officers and 20 auxiliary officers. Currently, 90 volunteer reserve officers, 25 citizen volunteers and 40 college interns work in the department. Volunteers gave $3 million in supplemental contributions to MPD last year, Reid said.
D.C. officials, including Council members Vincent Gray of Ward 7 and Jack Evans of Ward 2, have said they are concerned about the decreased number of MPD officers. Gray and Evans proposed legislation to add funding to hire more police officers, but it failed to pass at the last D.C. Council meeting.
Experts said exposing volunteers to MPD operations will provide the department with potential new officers who might later pursue careers in the division.
Stephen Bigelow, the vice chairman of the DC Police Union, said adding volunteer officers to the force helps future officers understand the jobs’ difficulties before committing to a full-time officer position.
“You get people who are doing it because they want to do it, not necessarily because they benefit,” Bigelow said. “These are people that want to serve their community. They are honored to do it and they’re proud of it, and I think that’s what motivates them.”
MPD has been expanding volunteer duties since 2011 in addition to formally adding the Office of Volunteer Coordination in August 2016, Marvin Haiman, the director of the office, said in an email.
Adding volunteer officers to the force puts more officers on the streets, which makes police more visible and the public more safe, Jennifer Zoner-Peach, an officer and part of the recruit training team with the Baltimore County Maryland Police Department, said.
Zoner-Peach said community members appreciate Baltimore County auxiliary police department’s volunteers because they keep an eye out for suspicious events while getting to know the neighborhoods they patrol.
“It always makes people feel more comfortable and safer in their community when they see police officers driving around and when they see them out of their car and talking to people in the community,” she said.
MPD has prioritized community policing in the past year. Department leaders recently reorganized its sectors partially to focus on officer-community relations, and Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham has become more involved with District residents.
Other police departments, like the Arlington County Auxiliary Police Unit, use volunteer officers to deal with tasks like parking control and security at events, Auxiliary Lt. Heather Hurlock said.
“There are mundane chores and events that the auxiliaries can take care of for us,” Hurlock said. “They could provide services that would just not be permitted if you were paying an officer to do it.””

Celebrate Galentine's Day all year
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“Sydney Erhardt, a sophomore majoring in international affairs, is a Hatchet columnist.
Now that Valentine’s Day is over, and chocolate is half-priced at most convenience stores, it’s time to talk about the other big event of the week – Galentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day is a day for ladies to celebrate our female friendships.
Unfortunately, female friendships often go underappreciated in our everyday lives. According to Ruthellen Josselson, author of “Best Friends: The Pleasure and Perils of Girls’ and Women’s Friendships,” when women are busy with their work or family, their first response is to push away from their female friendships. Galentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to honor these forgotten gal pals.
Galentine’s Day came to life in a 2010 episode of  “Parks and Recreation.” Leslie Knope, the spunky, small-town bureaucrat and star of the show, explains that the occasion is “ladies celebrating ladies” and says it should be a national holiday. But the holiday is far from just fictional, and it’s now a major part of the week of Feb. 14. Google searches for “Galentine’s Day” have been rising and Pinterest reported that searches for “Galentine’s Day ideas” have increased at a whopping rate of 1,780 percent. Last year, Snapchat even designed a “Be My Galentine” filter, and I shamelessly sent love notes to all my female friends.
Galentine’s Day is a “no boy’s allowed” occasion, according to Leslie Knope, so leave your boyfriends and husbands at home so we can celebrate our girlfriends separately. Galentine’s Day is observed on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, so that women with romantic partners can partake in both. The unique love that comes from a sisterhood with female friends may have more health benefits than a love from a romantic partner. There’s a scientific explanation for why we get the urge to purge our feelings whenever we get together on an occasion like Galentine’s Day: We’re hardwired that way.
A common female response to stress is to “tend and befriend.” Women actively seek out friendships with other women due to the large amounts of oxytocin released into the female bloodstream. Men function differently when responding to stress. Men release much smaller amounts of oxytocin, leading them to respond to stress with “fight or flight” responses or bottling up their emotions. Women shouldn’t feel bad about needing girl time to vent, joke and maybe enjoy too many waffles at brunch. After all, it’s good for our health.
Of course, Feb. 13 is just an arbitrary day that takes advantage of all the great discounts during this season of love, but our “galentines” deserve love every day of the year. No matter the date, I hope all my ladies remember to recite Leslie Knope’s Code of the Woman: “I am a goddess a glorious female warrior. Queen of all that I survey. Enemies of fairness and equality, hear my womanly roar.”
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Women’s basketball hangs on for season-best fifth straight win
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“Updated: Feb.16, 2017 at 9:34 a.m.
After dominating its last four games, women’s basketball stumbled on the way to its fifth consecutive victory Wednesday night – its longest winning-streak of the season.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-17, 4-10 A-10) slashed an 11-point Colonial lead to tie the game at 51 midway through the fourth quarter. But clutch free-throw shooting kept the Colonials (18-8, 11-3 A-10) alive in a nail-biting 63–57 win.
“We have talked all year about how our defense is what is going to drive the ship and we will figure out how to score as long as we don’t turn the ball over and we’re patient,” head coach Jennifer Rizzotti said. “I don’t think we had that patience and that focus in the second half today.”
Graduate student forward Lexi Martins led the game with 21 points and seven rebounds, while senior forward Caira Washington, the back-to-back Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, was scoreless on the night.
“They were literally guarding [Washington] with two players before she caught it and then three players once she received the ball,” Rizzotti said.
The Colonials, who grabbed 31 rebounds to the Bonnies’ 37 were outrebounded by for only the seventh time all season.
The first half of the game went in favor of the Colonials.
Sophomore guard Mei-Lyn Bautista opened the night hitting two consecutive threes to spark the Colonials’ offense. GW went 7-for-14 from the field in the first frame while the Bonnies were held to just 2-of-10 shooting.
Bautista, who entered the the matchup in a shooting slump, ended the night with nine points and five dimes.
“I’m always going to keep shooting because at the end of the day, when I make them, I help my post because they’ll start getting open,” Bautista said. “They’ll have to start playing me higher and then things inside will starting working so much better for Caira, Lexi and [junior forward] Kelli [Prange].”
Prange, who had 13 points on the night, went 4-for-7 from the field in the second quarter to help push the Colonials’ lead to 38—27. The Bonnies were shooting a 39.1 percent clip from the field at the halftime break, and their leading scorer, Mariah Ruff, was held to just three points.
While a slow start out of the gate for both teams plagued the scoring pace to start the half, a late 7-2 run by the Bonnies heading into the final frame slashed the Colonials’ lead to just six points. GW went just 2-for-13 from the field while allowing the Bonnies to pick up 13 points in the period.
St. Bonaventure’s Sarah Hart and Mckenna Maycock combined for 22 points on the night, and started the Bonnies’ offensive push in the third quarter, when the pair hit two three-point shots in a row.
The Bonnies gained even more momentum at the beginning of the fourth, when a costly Colonials foul on Ruff sent the guard to the charity stripe on a three-point attempt to cut the Colonials’ lead to one basket.
The momentum went back-and-forth between the teams in the fourth. Martins was fouled on a layup and made her free throw to put the Colonials up 54-–51, but Maycock answered back with a driving layup to put the Bonnies within one point of the lead.
Martins, who picked up 11 points in the fourth quarter, went a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stipe.
“We didn’t win the game because we made a bunch of threes in the third quarter, we won the game because Lexi got fouled and made free throws and got an offensive rebound layup and then Mei got a layup and we continued to move the ball well and get it into the post,” Rizzotti said.
Bautista split her free throws with 14.7 seconds left in the game to make the match a two-possession game for St. Bonaventure and solidifying the Colonials’ 11th A-10 victory and their fifth win in a row.
“We might not be able to score but once we get a lead, we can’t lose either if we don’t let them score and that was the message in the last timeout with three and a half minutes to go,” Rizzotti said.
The Colonials play their final game at the Smith Center on Saturday afternoon, when they host George Mason. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the photo is of junior Kelli Prange. The photo is of graduate student Lexi Martins. The Hatchet regrets this error.”

Neighbors express worries about noise at Varsity on K
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 16, 2017
“As the new apartment complex Varsity on K shifts from being a GW residence hall to an off-campus housing option, neighbors expressed concerns about how their living experience might be affected by a potential increase in noise, a lack of security and ongoing construction.
Wendy Wright, the property manager and Kristine Hadeed, the assistant property manager of Varsity Investment Group, respectively, addressed these issues at a Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting Wednesday. They both said noise will be less of a problem at Varsity on K because only seniors and graduate students are able to live off campus at GW.
After neighbors cited problems with noise from the building’s time as City Hall, Hadeed said the quiet hours would be heavily enforced and would comply with D.C. law, which limits loud noises between 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
“We will have several professional residents living in our building who would want a quiet atmosphere as well, so we are very active in enforcing our quiet hours and maintaining an environment of peace for our residents,” Hadeed said.
Varsity on K, located along 24th Street, has a resident handbook that lists quiet hours and 24/7 camera surveillance in its common areas. A overnight concierge will oversee access to the building.
“We have a warning process and if anyone violates that more than two or three times maximum they can be evicted,” Hadeed said. “We have experience handling students.”
Wright said the owners of the building, Durant Berkeley Partners, LLC, have completed a number of student projects and the noise issue in each complex varied depending on the students’ ages.
For example, freshmen living in an off-campus building at the University of Maryland destroyed the building, but the owners didn’t experience similar problems at another project at Johns Hopkins University where only older students could live.
“From what we’ve seen, I don’t anticipate that it’s going to be anything similar than what was happening there at the University of Maryland,” Wright said.
Sarah Maddux, a community member at the meeting, said construction has caused traffic problems along 24th Street and that she wanted workers to be mindful of traffic flow and trash they leave in the area.
“We’re not going to be nice about it, and if you don’t watch it, we are going to have the police on your case more times than you want,” she said.
Hadeed said they were doing as much as they could to get the construction cleaned up and that the construction itself was 99 percent finished, but it was difficult to minimize the impact of the project because the contractors have limited space for a massive renovation of the building.
Patrick Kennedy, chairperson of the ANC, told The Hatchet that City Hall, which GW leased as a residence hall from 2001 until 2016 , was an issue in the neighborhood because students tended to stay up late and disregard noise restrictions. The owners of City Hall sold the building for nearly $80 million in June 2016.
He said he hopes the landlord will be able to handle student noise levels and prevent disruptive student interaction with the community.
“It looks like a really nice facility,” he said. “I’m sure for seniors and for others who are moving off-campus it will be an attractive option due to its proximity, so we welcome those who move into the building.””

Foggy Bottom restaurants to close on Day Without Immigrants
by The GW Hatchet
Feb 14, 2017
“Some D.C. restaurants powered by immigrant servers, cooks and other staff members will be short-staffed or closed for the Day Without Immigrants protest Thursday.
The nationwide strike is a response to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, use of an “extreme vetting” process and plans to build a border wall along the Mexican border, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Sweetgreen will be closing 18 D.C. locations, including the Foggy Bottom location on I Street, Nancy Savage, the Foggy Bottom location’s manager, said.
“The information we received is that we would be closing down tomorrow because Sweetgreen wants to stand behind their employees and we couldn’t stay open without them,” Savage said. “They are what makes us special.”
Jetties and Surfside will be closing all locations except the shop on 19th and I streets tomorrow, according to a post on the business’s Instagram.
Lauren Matthias, general manager of Tonic, said that there are not any plans to close the restaurant but managers expect a staff shortage.
Matthias said a few schedules are being rearranged because two or three people have said that they will not work Thursday, but she does not expect business hours to be affected.
“As of right now, a couple of people have told us they won’t come in,” she said.
At Taylor Gourmet, a sandwich shop at 1750 Pennsylvania Ave. that accepts GWorld, employees will be allowed to exercise their rights and not show up to work with “zero repercussions,” according to DCist. The restaurant will remain open.
Chef José Andrés, a Spanish immigrant and the owner of several local restaurants including campus favorite Beefsteak, announced on Twitter that his restaurants Jaleo, Zaytinya and Oyamel will be closed Thursday in observance of the protest.
The general managers of Whole Foods Market in Foggy Bottom, Paul in the Shops at 2000 Penn, District Commons, Burger Tap & Shake and Beefsteak said they do not have plans to close.
Instead of closing up shop, some local restaurants are participating in the day’s protests by giving proceeds to charity. Bar Pilar will be swapping their regular menu for select Latin American dishes and a portion of cocktail sales will go to the American Immigration Council, according to the Washingtonian .”

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