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More than 570 women receive sorority bids
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 08, 2015
“Media Credit: Naishi Jhaveri | Hatchet Photographer
Freshman Deanna Stephonson and sophomore Caroline Bennett, members of Kappa Delta, hug in celebration during bid day on the National Mall.
Updated: Oct. 9, 2015 at 5:07 p.m.
Hundreds of students crowded into the Marvin Center and then sprawled out near the Lincoln Memorial Tuesday after receiving bids from one of GW’s 10 sororities.
Of the 727 women who registered for recruitment this year, 573 received bids from sororities. Last year, nearly 600 women received bids, setting a record for the University.
Recruitment, which started Friday night, can mean late nights and long hours for women already in and hoping to join sororities. But this year, with the sudden closure of Delta Gamma just two days before recruitment began, the Panhellenic Association faced an unexpected hurdle.
President of the Panhellenic Association Mollie Bowman said she thought "our entire council handled surprises thrown our way with incredible poise."
“[Recruitment] has gone amazingly well. It’s really emotional to see girls placed in their chapters and accept their bids, and I tear up," she said. "To see people so happy and realize that you could do something that could’ve affected their whole lives, it’s just really special."
The new members were met with fanfare: Alpha Epsilon Phi had an “out of this world” theme, with matching baseball caps, aliens on their tank tops and “Welcome to the Phuture!” posters. Alpha Phi brightened up the field with hot pink feather boas and members of Sigma Kappa brought big balloons and blew bubbles.
Freshman Ari Elfenbein, who accepted a bid from Alpha Delta Pi, said that she trusted that the recruitment system really does place women in the right sororities.
“Although it doesn’t seem like it at the time, the sisters know who will fit in and it’s really for the best," she said. "It’s really more like matchmaking than it is rejection."
Riley Thomas, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, said the sorority participated in a values-based workshop before recruiting new members.
At least four other sororities, including Delta Gamma, participated in the workshops, which helped members talk with potential recruits to find out if their values matched those of the chapter.
“We especially focus on leadership,” she said. “[And] we have sisterhood retreats. The closer we all are during recruitment, the more smoothly everything goes.”
Though the majority of those who receive bids are freshmen, sophomore Shayna Glassberg said her decision to wait a year until she was more used to life at college helped her to get to know more members of Greek life before she decided to join a sorority herself.
She said she realized that “Greek life at GW is different” and decided to go through recruitment. She received a bid from Kappa Delta.
Freshman Samantha Doka said going through the recruitment process and accepting a bid from Alpha Delta Pi reminded her of the college application process, but she was glad to have done it.
“I’m just really excited to find people I can relate to on a deeper level,” she said.
This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Ari Elfenbein accepted a bid from Alpha Epsilon Phi. She is a new member of Alpha Delta Pi. Her name was also misspelled on first reference.”

Sidelined for her senior season, Brooke Bean looks for new ways to lead
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 05, 2015
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor
On the sidelines with an ACL injury, Brooke Bean is trying to be an active captain from the bench and in the video room as the Colonials chase an A-10 title.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2015 at 12:38 p.m.
In the second game of her senior season, out on the western seaboard against Cal State Fullerton, one of the Titan players fell on the leg of women’s soccer’s senior defender Brooke Bean. When it happened, Bean heard a noise she’d heard before.
“When I went to cut, my foot was planted and my knee kind of just popped,” said Bean.
Bean had torn her ACL, which she also did in her senior year of high school. An athlete who has torn an ACL is at increased risk to tear one again. The repaired ligament doesn’t retain the same flexibility, and the healthy opposite knee undergoes more stress.
So for the second time, the injury has come between Bean and a senior season. This time, sidelined while leading the team as a captain and watching her healthy teammates contend for a conference title she covets, she’s trying to keep her mind on the field and with the squad in every way she can.
“I had the surgery in high school, so the process isn’t new,” Bean said. “My teammates have been great and super supportive. I’m just trying to be as involved as possible in the whole soccer realm.”
Bean is now re-experiencing the recovery process during her senior campaign at GW. She will redshirt and be back next season as a graduate student. She was slated to be the anchor of the defense heading into 2015 after she appeared in 15 games last year, starting 12 of them at both midfield and defensive positions.
Through the first half of the season, Bean has been at every game despite her injury. As the team plays on without her, she glues her eyes to the playing field for 90 minutes each time the Colonials have a game.
On Thursday, when GW opened conference play against Saint Joseph’s, Bean huddled with the rest of team, bundled up in a black warm-up jacket to watch the game from the bench.
“She’s just a great human being, first off, and someone who is beloved on the team,” head coach Sarah Barnes said. “She’s someone that we look to for great performances but also for great leadership, so you feel awful for a kid in her senior year when that happens."
She added, “Right now it’s about having other players on the team step up and fill the role. We have a very strong senior group that is very bought-in and hard-working. You can’t replace what Bean specifically brings, but I think she’s done a great job from the sidelines and trying to stay involved. It’s just in a different role now.”
Bean has already begun the transition in terms of the application of her leadership. Though she can no longer be a physical presence on the field, she maintains her character in the locker room and on the sidelines.
“It’s very important for me to help in any way I can, and I think it’s important for my mental state as well,” said Bean. “I’m there for all the video sessions, and it’s easier to see things or adjustments we need to make when I’m not on the field."
GW’s defense has been its calling card thus far, just as it was last season. Several players on the back line , like junior Kate Elson, are new in their defensive positions and Bean has been active during every game, explaining spacing and matchups to her teammates and cheering like crazy.
One of the biggest changes that Bean’s injury has facilitated is the insertion of fellow senior Brooke Stoller into the center back role, with heavier minutes and a bigger leadership role coming along with that position.
Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo
Brooke Bean defends a ball in a game against Old Dominion last season. Bean played in 15 games in the 2013‒2014 season.
“I think that Bean is a great player and obviously a great leader and captain. We’re all trying to step up and fill her role, but she’s still a great leader on the sidelines,” Stoller said. “Even before games, during games, after games, she’s talking to me and telling me what to do. She’s keeping me really clued in, so that’s been really helpful.”
Bean is a journalism and mass communication major, and had planned to apply to law school this year before she got injured. Once she did, though, she decided to take the redshirt route almost immediately.
The general timeframe for recovery is six months, though that can vary depending on the person's progress. Bean had ACL surgery in late September and will now work on getting back up to strength before she can regain the stability and understanding of motion to be able to plant her foot and turn on a dime in a game situation.
Given Bean’s value to the defense and place on the team, it did not take long for her and the coaching staff to decide that a redshirt year was the right call.
“It’s something that we talked about right away,” Barnes said. “If it’s the worst case scenario, the truth of the matter is that [Bean] can still come back, and I think that’s going to be a real win for us next year.”
It has been Bean’s goal to win an A-10 championship, and the lost chance to compete for one this season is perhaps the biggest loss of all brought by her injury. But with a strong core of underclassmen, Bean is hopeful that the team will still be competitive enough next year for her to meet that goal.
In the meantime, Bean will be able to pick up enough credits to add a law and society minor to her degree. It’s a nice pick-me-up after working for months toward a season that would end up lost.
“I was really excited for this year: I worked really hard over the summer and thought I would have the chance to be very impactful,” Bean said. “I’m going to take that approach coming into next season as well. I know I have a long way to go.”
Josh Solomon contributed reporting.”

Trick-or-treating student group grows as Halloween nears
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 05, 2015
“Media Credit: Katie Causey | Photo Editor
Senior Emily Van Blargan, president of Trick or Treat for Service, will be leading a large group of student volunteers through local neighborhoods later this month to collect canned goods for the Capital Area Food Bank.
To celebrate Halloween this year, some GW students will dress up and trick-or-treat for canned vegetables rather than candy apples.
The student group Trick or Treat for Service is preparing for its annual event of going door to door in the neighborhoods surrounding the Mount Vernon Campus in order to collect canned goods and non-perishables to donate to a local food bank. This year, it be will held on Oct. 24, the Sunday before Halloween.
Now in its third year, Trick or Treat for Service first began as a small effort by the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and began to include other service organizations, like the sorority Epsilon Sigma Alpha. But its leaders have high hopes for the event’s growth this year.
Junior Jackie Andrews, the volunteer coordinator of Trick or Treat for Service, said she hopes to expand the event this year to include more non-service-based groups and individual volunteers, like the 12-hour Dance Marathon fundraiser, which attracted 45 student groups in its first year.
“It’s very similar in nature to something like Dance Marathon, where we have a registered organization that has one big event per year,” she said.
Last year, more than 10 organizations – like the softball team, the honor’s program, GW Red Cross and some multicultural Greek organizations – participated in the event. This year, Andrews said new organizations that have signed up so far include the women’s lacrosse team, the African dance team and Medlife GW.
“I do think we’re on our way to something much bigger that there’s a lot of buzz around,” Andrews said.
Andrews said that about 150 volunteers joined last year’s event, where Provost Steven Lerman was a speaker. Each year, volunteers collect about 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of food for donation to the Capital Area Food Bank.
Senior Emily Van Blargan, president of Trick or Treat for Service and a member of ESA, said she likes the event because it gives students “a chance to do service and do good things.”
“A lot of organizations that participate don’t do a lot of community service, and I like that it’s kind of an opportunity to get out of the Foggy Bottom bubble while also doing some good,” Van Blargan said.
Van Blargan hopes to collect at least 4,000 pounds of food this year for the Capital Area Food Bank. Generally, however, she and the organization just want to do “bigger and better” than previous years.
Van Blargan said that one of her favorite memories was working with GW’s head of transportation last year to work out logistics for getting cars to take the volunteers to their respective neighborhoods.
“He donated 4-RIDEs and 4-RIDE drivers out of his own time and salary to volunteer at the event, and he came and volunteered. It’s really nice when GW staff get involved and to see people who really enjoy community service having a fun fall day,” she said.
Victoria Sheridan contributed reporting.”

Behind unwavering defense, Colonials rolling
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 05, 2015
“Media Credit: File Photo by Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Senior defender Emily Brown fights for possesion during a 2‒0 victory over Delaware State on Sept. 20. Brown is part of a GW defense that has conceded just one goal in its last five games.
A string of multi-goal, non-conference losses to strong opponents in early September exposed defensive deficiencies on the women’s soccer team.
Multiple roster tweaks to GW’s back line created uncertainty for a team that finished with an Atlantic-10 best 0.82 goals against average just a season ago. But fast forward one month, and the same group seems to be back on pace for one of its stingiest years yet.
Since their most recent loss on Sept. 13 to Delaware, the Colonials (7‒4‒0, 2‒0 A-10) have won five in a row, and until Saint Bonaventure scored late in the second half yesterday, had not conceded a goal in more than 7.6 hours of gameplay.
“The good thing about non-conference is that you learn a lot of lessons and it’s why we play teams like Fullerton and Georgetown,” head coach Sarah Barnes said. “You’re trying to find out where good teams can expose you so you can fix those things. And I think we’ve adjusted several things and the kids have responded really well as a team, but also the back four and goalkeeper unit in particular.”
That unit – made up primarily of freshmen Mia Barreda and Dani Frese, junior Kate Elson and seniors Emily Brown and Brooke Stoller – was able to carry its momentum into the A-10. After three straight shutout victories to conclude out-of-conference play, the defense shut down Saint Joseph’s, the second-highest scoring offense in the league on Thursday.
Junior forward Mackenzie Cowley, who leads GW with seven goals and is tied for second in goals scored in the A-10, said the adversity the defense faced out of the gate was tough, but that the team’s ability to overcome it has been huge.
“Our defense has come such a long way from [Brooke] Bean being injured to now, what they can do is crazy,” Cowley said. “I’m just so proud of everyone back there.”
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Miranda Horn has also stood tall between the pipes throughout the entire recent stretch.
Horn has recorded 17 saves in GW’s last five games and came up big against the Hawks, stopping a season-high eight saves to keep the Colonials alive in a close contest. Horn also made four saves in GW's 2-1, double-overtime, come-from-behind victory over the Bonnies yesterday afternoon.
“Miranda is just our savior. She’s a powerhouse back there. I can always count on her to be on everything. It gives me confidence when the ball’s back there that we’re not going to get scored on,” Cowley said.
And the stellar defensive effort as of late has clearly helped the GW offense win games.
Taking each of its last four games by two-goal margins or less, the shutout performances have helped take the pressure off of an offense that generates the least amount of shots, on average 7.7 per game, in the A-10.
GW also sits in the middle of the pack in assists and goals in the league, averaging 1.2 and 1.6 respectively. But despite the low offensive statistics and worries about the number of threats up top earlier in the season, neither Barnes or Cowley are worried about offensive efficiency. After all, the Colonials have scored nine times in their last four games.
“Our interchange of play has been a lot better and I actually feel like I have a lot more help up there than I had in the past. So I think we just have to keep playing for each other and it will lead to more goals,” Cowley said.
So whether it’s the momentum or safety net the defense provides, Horn’s rock-solid net-minding, or the ability to score in tight games with limited chances, women’s soccer is shaping up to be one of the league’s most formidable threats.”

Staff Editorial: Top-level departures show a lack of stability
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 05, 2015
“GW can’t hang on to its top-level officials – or at least, that’s the way it looks.
So far this academic year, three officials have unexpectedly stepped down from their positions, beginning with Provost Steven Lerman in August. Then last month, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Terri Harris Reed announced she would be departing, too. And most recently, former Director of Mental Health Services Silvio Weisner resigned following the University’s realization that he was not licensed to practice as a psychologist in the District.
Including those three announcements, nine high-profile officials have suddenly resigned, left GW or changed positions since 2011. Though Weisner was a mid-level manager, he is included in this count because of the importance of MHS and because he played an essential role in running the department.
Of course, all of these officials left for individual reasons, and it’s impossible to lay blame on any one person or event. But regardless of the reasons officials have stepped down, such a high number of departures over the past four years indicates a clear lack of stability and leadership. It’s time for the University to get this turnover under control, and demonstrate a commitment to keeping its most important departments more stable – for everyone’s sake.
These aren’t insignificant losses. Academics, diversity and mental health are three essential components of student life at GW, and three areas officials have repeatedly said they will prioritize. Lerman and Reed are leaving in the middle of huge initiatives like the strategic plan and a long-term increase in diversity hiring , respectively. Weisner is stepping down following a crucial, ongoing push for more comprehensive mental health services on campus.
"We have been fortunate in recruiting talented leaders who have greatly contributed to the University’s advancement,” University President Steven Knapp said in an email. “Of course, turnover happens in any organization. When a University leader leaves to take a new position or for whatever other reason, we identify an interim successor to ensure continuity.”
Knapp is right in that turnover is normal at any school – no official will stay forever, and it’s not common to stay for decades either. People change their minds or want to try out new roles or schools. And sometimes, it isn’t their choice to leave. But just because it’s bound to happen doesn’t make it any easier.
Turnover in such visible, important areas is a huge drain on GW’s resources. It takes time and effort to undergo one national search to fill a position, let alone three at once. In the meantime, current officials are overburdened with extra responsibilities, or abandon their old positions to fill in for a while. And even when someone new has been chosen, they have to be trained and given adequate time to adjust to life at GW.
Weisner’s sudden resignation has hit the hardest. Given that he steered our campus through a difficult time after three student suicides in close succession in 2014, it’s deplorable that problems with his license weren’t dealt with sooner. He let students down by ignoring his invalid D.C. license, and University officials obviously should have kept a closer eye on the situation.
But Reed and Lerman’s departures don’t feel good, either – none of this turnover does. For students, it’s disappointing to get excited about officials’ plans and initiatives, only to see them leave before those plans come to fruition. And following years of admissions scandals, calls for more diversity on campus and a suicide cluster, these three departures may leave students feeling particularly vulnerable.
From every angle, this looks bad. When it comes to public relations, prospective students’ concerns and GW’s fundraising efforts, big resignations like these are not conducive to a positive reputation. And high-level turnover can’t be hidden easily – anyone can find out through a simple Google search.
While many potential students will consider things like ranking, acceptance rate and financial aid while choosing a school, others have more specific concerns. A lack of strong leadership in areas like mental health and diversity are understandable reasons to cross a school off a list, or at least put it toward the bottom.
And since GW is trying to finish off its fundraising campaign, officials also need to consider alumni perspectives. This academic year started with news that GW would likely reach its $1 billion goal early , but given turnover, many prospective alumni donors – or any donors for that matter ‒ may now be more hesitant.
What’s even more concerning is how potential applicants to the vacant positions may feel. Even though the circumstances surrounding each official’s departure are very different, the fact that they’re leaving at all might throw off a candidate who is considering one of those areas, or any part of the University. They may have concerns about GW’s work environment, their own job security or how much work they could be asked to take on.
The University needs to make sure it’s recruiting top talent – people who have been in the game for a long time and know how to run a high priority office or department. Those people probably aren’t out looking for a “fixer-upper,” like an office whose leader left in the middle of a major project, or a department that has quickly cycled through leaders. In all likelihood, the most qualified candidates are looking for a good work environment and a stable office.
Ultimately, this is a problem that only Knapp and GW’s remaining officials can tackle. They understand best what the problems may be, and hopefully, they’re already working to identify any trends that may exist.
The editorial board is composed of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s piece was written by opinions editor Sarah Blugis and contributing opinions editor Melissa Holzberg, based on discussions with managing director Rachel Smilan-Goldstein, sports editor Nora Princiotti, senior design assistant Samantha LaFrance and copy editor Brandon Lee.
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Racing in the District, cross country gets a taste of what could come
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 01, 2015
“Media Credit: Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Photographer
GW hosted the college arm of the DCXC meet last Saturday.
A hundred meters away from the park, a lone tree stood tall. Its leaves were scattered all below you, crisp and golden in a pile worth playing in. Fall had arrived and change was inevitably coming.
On the park’s grounds, a few kids sat in swings while others huddled up and tossed around a football in pickup games. Further into the park, past the runners and through the trails, you'll reach the Anacostia River.
At Kenilworth Park, hugging the boundaries of Maryland in Northeast D.C., around 3,000 high schoolers congregated to run on a late September Saturday just as they did last year. The colleges were coming too this fall.
A 20-minute drive from GW, the Colonials headed to their first home cross country meet since 2005. Howard, American and Catholic joined them for a 5K race that was a little bigger in size than your typical dual meet.
GW was hosting the college arm of the DCXC meet. Put on by Pacers Running and sponsored by New Balance, the meet is in its second year. Last year, it hosted 2,500 kids from around the District. This year they allowed for 25 percent growth – plus a college component.
“You’re not going to hold it on the Mall,” said Kathy Dalby, CEO of Pacers Running and an alumna with a master’s degree in public health. “We wanted something that was legitimately like part of D.C. and not D.C. touristy.”
And so the city got one of its only races for its students. DCXC entertained 19 different heats, starting off with two elementary school races, followed by the two collegiate 5Ks. Next came two middle school-age races and then 13 different heats for the high school races, with Varsity A and Varsity B races. From Canada to Kentucky, they came to the District to race.
Head coach Terry Weir has been waiting to host a race in D.C. for years. Since the Colonials last hosted a decade ago, a few people with various GW ties worked together to end GW’s hosting drought. In 2006, then-freshman cross country runner Stephen Rutger interned with the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, where he met Dalby. Turns out Dalby and Weir knew each other too from their shared Pacers Running days.
“When I ran into Terry, he mentioned he had he wanted to host A-10s. He wanted to host a race, so I got us all together because the DCXC would be an easy, great fit,” Rutger said.
Then, Weir and Dalby talked. At one point Dalby considered hosting DCXC at the Armed Forces course, but they don’t often issue permits. Instead, she found a place within the community.
“He wanted to do it in the heart of the nation’s capital, so here we are in Kenilworth Park,” Dalby said.
The course is not world class. The terrain is uneven. The course is flat. The 5K course, the typical length for a women’s conference races, but shorter than the typical men’s 8K, requires a loop. If an 8K was added, they would need to take advantage of the more of the park’s grounds to do so. This could work out since the park is still developing, including a trail being built down to the river.
“At some point down the road we would like to host the A-10 [Championship] if we can do it,” Weir said before the season started. “If we can do it in D.C. proper, that would be great too. That’s the challenge we’re trying to do now.”
The flatness of the course, a roughly 15-minute walk from either the Minnesota Avenue or Deanwood Metro stops, might not be a problem though. This year’s A-10s will be run on the fairly tame course at Richmond, Va., which could just equate to faster times.
The team’s early MVP, sophomore Miranda DiBiasio, ran the course comfortably on Saturday. She went out at the gun with the rest of her team and then picked up the pace in the second mile. She finished one-tenth of a second short of her college personal record, which was 18:39.90 set back at last year's A-10 championship. A week after finishing in first place at the Salty Dog Invitational at Navy, she would finish in second place finish at the DCXC race. GW would go onto win the meet on the women’s side. The fourth through eighth place finishers all came in wearing buff and blue – prompting one of the race officials at the finish line to remark, “Ooh, GW, looking like they’re dominating.”
It felt more like a high school race at its start though, DiBiasio said, adding her teammates had commented on it.
“I was kind of skeptical. I couldn’t see this as an A-10 course,” she said.
But, if you build it, they will come.
“The whole atmosphere will change and it’ll feel like a college race once all the other colleges are here," DiBiasio continued.
As the men came across to end the day for the Colonials, a group of about a dozen alumni crowded the finish line situated along the park’s newly refurbished track. Senior Ryan Tucker led the team’s second place overall finish, coming across in fourth place with a personal record of 15:56. A couple places later, fellow senior John-Louis Pane came in a couple seconds behind a runner for American, who strode commandingly in front of him along the track’s final turn.
After the race, it was all smiles. There were even some dances to some to Taylor Swift tunes. In many ways, it still felt like a high school meet. Except if you looked around, the college runners were the biggest and fastest on the rocky course and along the track for the final 100 meters. It’s still up in the air whether GW, and the A-10, will decide it is the right place to host a conference tournament, but the blueprint has been drawn.
“It just shows that GW can, if they put their minds to it, can host something big like A-10 Championship for cross country,” Rutger said.”

Freshmen find new home in International House
by The GW Hatchet
Oct 01, 2015
“Media Credit: Katie Causey | Photo Editor
Freshman Julian Baker, left, and freshman Tom Montano, right, are two of 19 freshmen who live in International House this year.
Some freshmen have found their home on Virginia Avenue this year.
Nineteen freshmen live on the second floor of International House, which also houses nine fraternities and sororities and one floor of sophomores. This marks the first time that freshmen were assigned housing in the building in at least five years.
University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt said in an email that freshmen were assigned to live in the residence hall because there wasn't space available elsewhere on campus.
“Due to housing availability on campus, a small number of freshmen received assignments to live in International House for this academic year. We do not anticipate housing freshmen in International House in the future,” he said.
Hiatt declined to say exactly how many freshmen live in International House.
Last spring, GW accepted ​45 percent of applicants in an attempt to increase the size of the incoming freshman class by 150 to 200 undergraduate students.
Four freshmen who live in the hall said they haven't seen the security presence they would have expected – like a campus security aide or University Police Department officer at the front desk where residents tap ­into the building with their GWorlds.
“It’s not like the task force of security you see when they take you into Thurston during [Colonial Inauguration],” Tom Montano, a freshman and International House resident, said.
Hiatt said security measures in residence halls are “adjusted as necessary.”
“All residence halls, including International House, require GWorld tap access and additional security measures are implemented and adjusted as necessary,” he said.
In March, International House was vandalized with swastikas in two separate incidents and the University subsequently installed security cameras in the hall.
M​ike​ Massaroli, a senior and president of the Residence Hall Association who has lived in International House since his sophomore year, said he was initially concerned about how cohesive the residence hall’s community would be because freshmen typically live together in residence halls like Thurston Hall and Potomac House, but he said freshmen “haven’t really ruffled any feathers.”

“It was more a necessity after [GW] realized they were running out of places to put them. My impression was that I-House was a last­-ditch option,” he said.
Living in the hall also comes with some perks, Massaroli said. Freshmen are not usually privy to benefits like balconies, which 24 rooms in International House have, or kitchens, which were renovated in the building last year.
“If I were living in I-House freshman year, I’d be pretty jazzed,” Massaroli said.
At least three rooms in the building that are designed for two students now house three students, Massaroli said, though the University’s housing w​ebsite ​states that all rooms in the residence hall are doubles and singles.
Two freshmen living in International House said they did not request to live there and did not find out about their living arrangement until mid to late August.
“I had never heard of it. I didn’t know what it was,” Julian Baker, a freshman living in International House, said. “I had heard all of the freshmen dorms, but I didn’t even pick this as an option.”
Despite being assigned to live in International House without requesting for the option, Baker said he has been happy with the arrangement because of the small, community atmosphere on his floor.
“There’s this community feel that I really like and think is pretty unique,” Baker said. “People that I know who live in Thurston don’t know anybody on their floor. Sometimes they don’t even know their RA or what they look like.”
Among the two freshmen floors are three rooms of Division I female athletes.
Anna Tapen, a freshman on the women’s soccer team, said she originally was placed in a six-person room in Thurston. But she said some freshmen athletes were then given the opportunity to switch to International House if they could find two other athletes to fill a three-person room.
“It helps to branch out to people who play other sports and people who don’t play any sports,” Tapen said.”

Diversity chief leaves behind high-priority office
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 28, 2015
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo
Officials have prioritized diversity since hiring Terri Harris Reed as vice provost for diversity and inclusion in 2011.
As officials hone in on diversity, GW has found itself without a permanent chief of diversity efforts.
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Terri Harris Reed will head to Spelman College, a historically black women’s college, after about four years at GW. She came to GW from Princeton to fill a custom-made role tasked with a tall order – increase diversity hiring – which could falter without a permanent official to continue the effort.
Faculty diversity rates have remained relatively steady during Reed’s years at GW, but she and experts have said that seeing progress in that area, which also involves keeping diverse faculty at GW once they’re hired, is more of a long-term goal than a short-term push.
The University named Vanessa Perry, who is currently serving as an interim associate dean of graduate students in the business school, as interim vice provost. Officials will launch a national search for a permanent replacement this fall.
Two experts said Reed’s replacement will have to be determined and committed to diversity efforts, an area in which they said is challenging to see significant change because systemic issues make it hard for minorities to move up in higher education.
“The barriers all along the education pipeline are huge,” said Meg Bond, the director of the Center for Women and Work at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. “You have to have leadership that is very committed.”
Reed did not return a request for comment. She has not sat for an interview with The Hatchet since January 2014. She is the third top-level official to leave GW or announce a resignation this month.
When Reed came to GW, University President Steven Knapp and Provost Steven Lerman gave her six year-long goals in areas like campus outreach and diversity training – areas that were spotlighted in a diversity report that came out of a task force Knapp created in 2010.
Reed was also key in the hiring of two top-level officials who are black: Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Ben Vinson and Vice Provost for Budget and Finance Rene Stewart O’Neal. Vinson and O’Neal are two of nine black top-level officials, including Reed, who have been named to posts since 2010.
Officials have prioritized diversity in hiring since Knapp came to GW in 2007. Since Reed came to GW, officials have incentivized departments to hire minorities and women by covering half of their salary for three years with money from GW's central budget. Lerman said last spring that this incentive has covered between roughly three and six hires for the past several years.
Lerman also announced last spring that the majority of GW’s new tenure-track faculty hires were women. A net of about 260 female tenure-track and non-tenured faculty have been added over the last decade.
While the number of female faculty has steadily increased, other minorities’ representation has not changed much during Reed’s tenure. Minorities make up about a quarter of GW’s faculty, a number that has seen relatively little change since 2011.
About 14 percent of faculty in 2013 were Asian – a 3 percent increase since 2005. In that time frame, black faculty increased 1 percentage point, according to data from the provost's office.
But getting and retaining minority faculty can be difficult for universities because minority faculty are often called upon to serve on special committees or mentor students – tasks they have said can bog down their work life and lead to burnout.
Reed also took on additional duties during her years at GW. She was the chair of an affordability task force that Knapp created in January 2014. The group has remained largely under the radar since it was created, but did play a role in GW’s shift to a test-optional admissions structure this summer.
She was also temporarily in charge of GW’s Title IX efforts, ensuring the University was in line with federal regulations on discrimination and sexual assault. The head position in that office, GW's Title IX coordinator, was vacant for nearly a year until officials hired Rory Muhammad last October. Before he was hired, Reed split Title IX duties – an area experts have said has become one of the most demanding in higher education – with Victims Services Coordinator Suzanne Combs.
Albert Camarillo, the special assistant to the provost for faculty diversity at Stanford University, said whoever replaces Reed will have to decide which areas to prioritize to make sure certain initiatives stay on track.
Camarillo added that universities that push for more diverse faculty now will see the payoff over the next decade. He added that having a more diverse faculty could encourage more diverse students to attend GW because minority faculty can serve as role models. About 6 percent of undergraduate students are black and about 8 percent are Hispanic, according to 2014 data from the Office of Institutional Research.
“The important part for GW or any institution is experiencing a change, having the conversation of how to do it now,” Camarillo said. “Universities of the next generation will come out on top. They’ll be the universities that in 2025 achieve success.”
Samantha Seiler and Justine Coleman contributed reporting.”

Despite rocky start, men's soccer remains confident
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 21, 2015
“Media Credit: Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Sophomore midfielder Koby Osei-Wusu controls the ball in GW's 1‒0 win over Loyola Maryland Saturday. The victory ended a scoreless three-game Colonials losing streak.
On paper, men’s soccer seems to be in dire straits.
Through its first five games, GW was outscored 11‒4, outshot 70‒42 and recorded just a single win. Before this Saturday, the Colonials' had scored their last goal in a game against Howard on Aug. 30, going 270 minutes without finding the back of the net in three consecutive shutout losses.
But head coach Craig Jones and his team have taken the disheartening start with a grain of salt. Injury problems, a tough road schedule out of the gate and a lack of finishing have all contributed to GW’s scoring drought, but Jones contends his team is still doing the right things and creating chances.
“Sometimes [shot totals] can be a little deceiving to be honest, but I’m not trying to make excuses. Should we be scoring more goals? Yes. Would we like to be scoring more goals? Yes. But I’m not getting too beat up about it. If we weren’t creating chances, that’s a bigger problem,” Jones said.
Last season, then-freshman forward Christian Lawal and then-junior forward Jonny Forrest led GW in scoring with three goals each. Both players began the 2015 campaign on the bench, sidelined with injuries.
Lawal has since returned and even started in the team’s last two games, but he and other key offensive weapons like sophomore midfielder Koby Osei-Wusu are not 90-minute players yet. And the constant roster changes because of injuries are not helping team chemistry, Jones said.
“We are trying to get guys minutes before we open the A-10 and guys are coming back. We obviously want to play them so when we do change the lineup or change the back line, it does take a little bit of getting used to,” he said.
“Sometimes it does hurt the chemistry because we are tinkering a little more than we would if we didn’t have the injuries,” Jones added.
Injuries have also prevented a star finisher to emerge for the Colonials and be the key to a successful season.
Lawal stepped up in his rookie season last year and finished with a team-high seven points, and in seasons past it looked like Forrest, who is still out with a leg injury, could be that player.
“If you can get a guy to score seven to 10 goals and get two or three others to chip in four or five, you can have a very good team,” Jones said. “Every team needs someone to have a good season and then have a supporting cast, and no one has quite been that superstar yet. We’re still waiting to see our team be 100 percent fit.”
Junior midfielder Garrett Heine has come closest to being that finisher for his team so far, recording a team-high seven points with three goals and one assist on the season.
Senior co-captain Oliver De Their also says the team is additionally trying a new offensive formation this year that has taken some getting used to.
“We switched formations this year. We’re going with one forward up top and we have three in the middle now, which is obviously one less striker, but we think we’re stronger if we have more numbers in the middle and can overcrowd in the middle,” De Their said. “So I think that’s an adjustment, just having one less guy up there scoring goals. It really comes down to repetition and practice and we work on it. It’s only been five games so I don’t think we’re too worried about it, obviously it’s not ideal but it’ll come with time we think.”
Finally playing at home may be one more way for GW to jump-start its season.
After opening its schedule with two games at the D.C. College Cup, a neutral site, the Colonials traveled West to take on Cal State Fullerton and San Diego State before returning to the east coast to face Saint Francis.
“Without question, being on the road and in California, it’s definitely a different environment, a different style of play over there. We don’t want to blame the losses all on that, but obviously those are factors, so we’re incredibly excited to get back home,” De Their said.
This Saturday in fact, the Colonials downed Loyola Maryland 1‒0 at the GW soccer field. Heine netted the game-winner in GW’s second win of the season which ended the team’s scoring drought and losing streak at three games.
So while men’s soccer’s opening stretch might look nightmarish to some, GW is sticking to its game plan and hopes that with time, the goals — and wins — will continue to come.
The Colonials continue their three-game homestand when they match up against UMBC on Tuesday at 3 p.m.”

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