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Employees students most frequently encounter around campus
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Photo Editor
Mickael Rabezanahary, a customer service associate for mail and package services, is one of the people new students will encounter when trying to pick up their new books.
The most important faces on campus aren’t necessarily those of administrators or professors. They’re the people you’re going to see every day at some of the most frequented spots on campus. These employees, some of whom are also fellow students, have some advice for newcomers on how to beat the lines and stay on time.
You’re bound to wind up at the Starbucks in Gelman Library – affectionately known as Gelbucks – for many late nights of studying and early mornings for classes. When you’re there, you’ll probably see Starbucks barista Phedra Benoit.
If you’re looking to beat the long line on weekdays, Benoit said to come before 8 a.m.
Benoit, a rising junior, said some students are friendly to baristas about the lengthy lines, but some are less sympathetic.
“Sometimes the other students are really nice and understanding that you have a line out the door and others will get in a fuss if there’s a speck of foam in their no foam latte,” Benoit said. “To new customers of Starbucks, take your time and please be patient with us.”
Package services
Want to beat the long line to pick up a package? Mickael Rabezanahary, a customer service associate for mail and package services, said the longest lines for picking up packages are during the first four weeks of each semester and around holidays, when students are receiving packages from home.
To beat the rush, Rabezanahary said to order what you need a few weeks before classes start or a holiday approaches so that the packages will arrive before the place gets busy.
Remember to have your GWorld card handy, as it is required to pick up your package. Rabezanahary said he’s seen freshmen make the common mistake of bringing a tracking number but not their GWorld cards.
Freshmen get “kind of loud” as they are waiting in line and aren't always paying attention when they're next in line, Rabezanahary said.
Colonial Crossroads
Daniela Keeve, a front desk staff assistant for Colonial Crossroads and a rising junior, said freshmen are often not aware of all of the services offered at the centralized offices on the fifth floor of the Marvin Center, which include career services, study abroad information and undergraduate fellowships and research opportunities.
“Ask for what the different offices can offer you,” she said. “Look around GWork for career appointments.”
Keeve said students should arrive five minutes early for their appointments because the coaches will usually take the next appointment as they become available and not necessarily wait for the next appointment time.
Vern Express
All freshmen make the commute from the Mount Vernon Campus at some point during their first year – either because they live or take the required University Writing course on the campus.
Smith Labrousse, a Vern Express driver for four years, said that while GW brochures say the commute between the campuses takes 15 minutes, he advises students to leave 30 minutes early.
Traffic gets the heaviest before 11 a.m. and after 3 p.m., he said. Labrousse said that the longest delay he experienced was an hour-long crawl from the Mount Vernon campus down to Foggy Bottom.
If you are hungry and want to grab some food while going to the Mount Vernon campus, Labrousse said that the drivers will stop at Jetties on Foxhall Road if students request the stop at the beginning of the ride.
Resident Adviser
Miles Healy, a rising senior resident adviser in Madison Hall, said that being a fellow student let him connect better with his freshmen residents in Potomac House last year.
“Particularly for freshmen students, the role of an RA revolves around building a community and working to broaden students’ horizons, making them feel comfortable in their GW family,” he said.
Julia Weiss, a former RA in Mitchell Hall who will work in Thurston Hall this year, said students should use their RAs as resources.
“My priority is to exist for them as some combination of friend and mentor,” she said. “I can point them in the right direction, offer suggestions on clubs to join or classes to take or just listen to them tell me about their day.”
Weiss recommended to not force friendships with roommates, but rather to set boundaries and a general understanding for how the room will be used.”

Continue your hobbies from home in the District
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Photo Editor
Students in music organizations have access to music practice rooms in the basement of Shenkman Hall
You may be concerned when you move away from home that you’ll lose touch with your childhood or high school pastimes. Here’s how you can continue your high school hobbies once you've moved to D.C. and become a GW student:
If you were a band geek
Whether you spent your high school years playing electric guitar too loud in the basement or playing classical music in your school’s band, you don’t have to stop the beat at GW.
The Student Musicians Coalition is a group on campus that provides five practice music rooms in the basement of Shenkman Hall. The spaces are free to use and give students access to bass and guitar amps, a drum set and a PA system. The group also rents equipment to students to practice and perform anywhere they want.
If jamming out alone isn’t really your thing, you can join a variety of student music groups, including seven a capella groups, an orchestra and a flute choir.
If you were an artist
GW offers classes in painting, drawing and other artistic disciplines. Any GW student can enroll in these classes, and most of them fulfill a G-PAC requirement for students of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.
Students enrolled in those classes can access art studios, so you don’t have to worry about getting paint on your roommate’s side of the room. During the time you are enrolled in an art class, you can use the lockers in Smith Hall to stow your supplies and artwork.
If you were the all-star athlete
The Foggy Bottom campus doesn’t have much space for outdoor sports because of its location in the heart of D.C., but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for athletics at GW.
Former all-star athletes can work out in the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, which houses a three lane 25-yard lap pool that is free to students, or ex-athletes can live vicariously through GW basketball players by attending games in the Smith Center.
D.C. is also a prime location for runners. The National Mall makes a great running route, especially for freshmen, because it’s just four blocks down 19th Street from Thurston Hall. Endorphin junkies can also head down to Rock Creek Park to find some green space with longer running trails.
If you’re an ex-athlete looking for some competition or camaraderie, D.C. has several popular running clubs, including the D.C. Road Runners and D.C. Front Runners. The groups typically meet a few times a week for distance runs and are open to all ages and abilities. Most groups even offer student discounts.
If you were always breaking out into dance
For the dancers who want to do more than just twerk at a club, it's easy to find ways to keep dancing. GW offers at least 15 dance groups that range in style from ballet to hip hop to cultural dance.
If getting out into the city and meeting new people is more your style, visit a Northwest D.C. dance studio to take a class or join a performance group. Joy of Motion Dance Center is a short walk from campus and offers dance classes in more than 16 styles, fitness classes and groups that perform around the District. Joy of Motion offers drop-in classes, so you can choose how much time you want to commit.”

Staff editorial: Class of 2020, meet the editorial board
by The GW Hatchet
Jun 06, 2016
“Updated: June 5, 2016 at 9:40 p.m.
As you begin your college career on the most politically active campus in the country, you may realize that people here like to disagree and debate. The Hatchet’s editorial board is no different.
You’ll hear from the editorial board at The Hatchet weekly when we publish our paper. We, just like other students, debate the many issues we face on campus. We disagree with some University policies, decisions that student organizations make and what happens at our peer institutions.
The members of this board disagree with one another, too. But each week, the six of us try to come to a consensus on the topics we debate.
Media Credit: Cartoon by Julia Korsyn
The goal of our staff editorials is to call students’ attention to issues that will have an impact on their experiences at GW. We believe it’s important to be active participants in our educations and our community. The editorial board's opinion isn't the final say on these topics, but we hope that readers can consider our point of view.
The editorial board consists of editors from different sections at The Hatchet, including opinions editor Melissa Holzberg, contributing opinions editor Irene Ly, managing director Eva Palmer, culture editor Grace Gannon, homepage editor Tyler Loveless and contributing sports editor Matt Cullen. Our editor in chief, Ellie Smith, sits in on our meetings to guide conversations and provide context but does not opine on the topic.
You’ll notice none of these editors cover news: Our newsroom and editorial board operate completely separately. If making our meetings and contributors separate wasn’t enough, the opinions team operates on a completely different floor of our townhouse on F Street.
We do our best to represent both The Hatchet and the University. We come from different parts of the country, represent different nationalities and share different life experiences, allowing us to all bring our own unique perspectives to discussions.
Every week, our editorial board gets together to discuss an issue on campus that students are buzzing about or to drive campus conversations toward noteworthy issues that some students may not yet be aware of.
Sometimes our editorials call on University officials to make a sweeping changes – like when we implored administrators to rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree. Sometimes we notice things happening at other universities and discuss how they could happen at GW, like when we considered how other schools host new student orientation.
Like any other group of friends or colleagues, we often do not agree with one another. Before every meeting, each member researches the topic, talks to experts and thinks about his or her experiences, so we approach the conversation from different perspectives. But we still try to seek a consensus, which becomes The Hatchet’s official opinion.
We want to encourage conversations with those who disagree with us, and we try to do that by scrutinizing topics that students should feel open to discussing with one another. Our hope is to provoke conversation, not end it. We are not here to claim our view is the only one or the right one. Rather, we want to share our opinion and start constructive dialogue on campus.
While our editorial board aims to come to a consensus each week, other students on campus do not always agree with us. Disagreeing with our editorial board is helpful. We encourage students who disagree with our editorials to write to us and have their own views published. The opinions section offers the chance for students, faculty, employees and unaffiliated readers to submit op-eds and letters to the editor that we will consider publishing online. We want to hear your opinion and understand the parts of issues that we may not understand ourselves.
We are excited to see what you’ll do here over the next four years, Class of 2020, and we’re ready for you to be part of our campus conversations.
The editorial board is composed of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s piece was written by opinions editor Melissa Holzberg and contributing opinions editor Irene Ly, based on discussions with managing director Eva Palmer, culture editor Grace Gannon, homepage editor Tyler Loveless and contributing sports editor Matt Cullen.”

Versatile senior class reflects program growth, culture shift
by The GW Hatchet
May 15, 2016
“Media Credit: Hatchet File Photo
Senior Luke Olsen tosses his glove in a practice this fall. Seven seniors will graduate from the baseball team following this season.
Six seniors filled the lineup in the final game of baseball’s 2013 season.
Playing in the postseason for the first time since 2006, a team full of seniors made an improbable run. GW was picked to finish last in the conference during the preseason. The Colonials went on to play three games in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Head coach Gregg Ritchie won A-10 Coach of the Year in his inaugural season.
This year's senior class, which plays its final regular season series this week at Saint Louis, is a group of seven players, a core six of whom have been on the team since the get-go. As Ritchie concludes his fourth season at GW, the group is also the first he has coached from freshman to senior years.
In their rookie season three years ago, the team regained its footing after nearly a decade of futility. The group of now-seniors has witnessed a culture shift in GW baseball, which looks poised to return to the postseason for a second straight year later this month.
“They provide stability,” Ritchie said. “These guys are really good character people. They’ve helped change this program. They’ve helped change this culture. They’re really becoming really good men.”
The seniors are made up of three position players and four pitchers. There’s catcher Matthieu Robért, outfielder Gabe Scott and do-it-all, utility man Andy Young. There’s Randy Dalrymple, who transferred here and played his first season last year. Then there’s ace of the staff, Bobby LeWarne, starter Jacob Williams and jack-of-all trades, submariner Luke Olson.
Not all the seniors fill equal roles on the team. LeWarne and Williams have led the team as essential weekend pitchers for the past two years. LeWarne is definitively the team’s ace, while Williams has served as an example of development in the program.
Williams was a weekend starter last year, garnering eight starts in 15 appearances to the tune of a 3.32 ERA. This year he started in that role, pitching in the often decisive Sunday game of a series. But as sophomore Brady Renner came back from an injury and the 6-foot-4-inch transfer and junior Shane Sweeney joined the team, Williams’ role as a weekend starter diminished. Williams was called upon to be flexible.
“Being able to look at it from a competitive perspective: If someone comes up, a new recruit or a younger guy or whatever and starts pushing you, I think the ability to use that as motivation to work even harder is what has kept us all being able to continue to excel and trying to get better,” Williams said.
He would pitch the back end of a game as Renner was still building up his pitch count, and last weekend, Williams started and twirled a dazzling 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, in a loss to Fordham.
Robért has played a similar role as well.
His freshman year, the catcher from New Orleans started in 40 of the team’s 58 games. Down the stretch, he took a slight step back for a sophomore catcher, but for the most part Robért was the main guy behind the dish as a freshman. He even led the team with three home runs.
When Brandon Chapman came to the team last year as a freshman, Robért’s role soon took a backseat. Chapman is a little taller, has a stronger arm and had a better bat last year, driving in 25 runs and leading the team in doubles.
“You feel it more as a senior,” Robért said. “In the past years my driving force has always been to play for the seniors. It’s nice having guys like Bobby Campbell have our back.”
Olson is familiar with the role of filling in where needed in his senior season. In the Fordham series, he was called for his first start since his sophomore year. Olson started just once in each of his first two seasons.
Although Olson did not last long against the Rams, he was a Houdini artist in Friday’s extra-inning walk-off win against Richmond, in which he pitched arguably the most important inning.
Entering the game with no outs, the bases loaded and his team down two runs in what amounted to a near must-win, he faced the Spiders’ captain and cleanup hitter and struck him out. Olson forced the next batter into a double play on a come-backer to the mound.
As for Young and Scott, they have played the role of late-game switches. Scott came in for speed on the bases. Young came in for defense, anywhere but behind the plate and on the mound.
The two are perhaps the unsung heroes of the senior class. In their freshmen year, there were 14 total freshmen on the roster. The two of them have found their roles on the team, as the new Ritchie-era goes from rebuilding to the eventual goal of championship-building.
“When we started as freshmen, Ritchie made it a point to make a culture change in the program,” Scott said. “It’s been a pleasure to be the first class to go all the way through during that culture change.”
This year, Young was named the team’s Warren Fulton III Memorial Award recipient for “spirit, teamwork and sportsmanship,” in honor of the late Fulton, who passed away in his senior season as a Colonial. Robért was awarded the Jackie Robinson Award for the way he has led the team, despite his new role as backup catcher.
GW generally starts six juniors and three, sometimes four, sophomores, as the team continues to get younger. As more and more of Ritchie’s recruits come in, each class has arrived with more talent than the year before.
“We all didn’t get recruited by these coaches but...they kept working with us, acting like we were a part of the team,” LeWarne said. “And now just being able to see these new guys come in and help us out is pretty fun to watch.””

Colonials' softball playoff run cut short
by The GW Hatchet
May 15, 2016
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Photo Editor
Sophomore Sarah Costlow winds up to pitch against Massachusetts on Thursday. Costlow led the Colonials with 188 innings pitched and a 2.72 ERA.
After the entire tournament was washed out the day before, softball dropped its only two games of the double-elimination Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday afternoon.
Both Massachusetts and Saint Louis were able to get the better of GW (10-13 A-10) in the Colonials’ first postseason appearance since 2013 and fourth in program history.
Despite an abrupt ending to their season, the year was not an unsuccessful one for the Colonials. They finished with program records for doubles (81), triples (21), sacrifice hits (60) and entered the conference tournament as the No. 6 seed.
“This year the team really understood how we are going to accomplish things, which is really becoming a family,” head coach Stacey Schramm said. “It made such a difference and created a great environment. That was the difference between this year and last year. Last year’s team had a ton more talent, but this year’s team played together like a true and hardcore family.”
Game one vs. UMass
After a slow first inning for the Colonials' bats, UMass got on the board early. An infield single and a walk given up by sophomore Sarah Costlow gave the Minutewomen (15-6 A-10) two runners on with only one out. UMass junior Tara Klee stepped into the batter's box and with one swing of the bat that sent the ball over the left field fence, her team had a 3–0 lead.
In the second inning, the Colonials tried to respond, aggressively swinging at Minutewomen sophomore Meg Colleran’s pitches. Senior Carlee Gray grabbed ahold of one to lead off the inning with a hard single up the middle. Her base hit ended up as the only one for GW in the first game of the day.
Colleran settled in, picking up the final two outs of the second inning as well as setting down all three Colonial batters in order during innings three, four and five.
The Minutewomen added to their lead in the third inning, due to poor defense by GW. UMass runners stood at second and third with no outs after the Colonials committed two errors. Next up, senior Lindsey Zenk lined a ball over the Colonials second baseman’s head and as it dropped into the outfield, both runners scored – making it a 5–0 game.
“The name of the game is catch the ball, field the ball, throw the ball and have good, solid at-bats,” Schramm said. “We didn’t do that, and UMass did. When we hit a ton of ground balls, they made the plays, but when they hit a ton of ground balls, we didn’t make the plays.”
By the bottom of the fourth inning, it was clear that it was the Minutewomen’s game to lose. After the first three batters reached base safely, including an RBI double, Schramm handed the ball to freshman Jayme Cone on the mound.
The change didn’t solve any problems for the Colonials. Cone allowed the deficit to reach 9–0 by the end of the inning, which included a run-scoring pass ball, a walk and a stolen base.
In the top of the fifth inning, with one last chance, GW was unable to get the ball out of the infield. Each batter was retired in order, and the game ended early because of the eight-run mercy rule.
Game two vs. Saint Louis
Very similar to the first matchup of the day, GW went down quickly in the first inning, and Saint Louis found a way to get on the scoreboard. With Costlow back on the rubber, Billikens (14-8 A-10) batters laid down two RBI bunts to take an early 2–0 lead.
Other than a bloop double for Saint Louis senior Madeline Brungardt, the second and third innings became a pitching duel between Costlow and Billikens senior Brianna Lore.
“Costlow has just done an outstanding job for us,” Schramm said. “She has been great for us all year. At first I did not know if I should start her for the second game, but it was obvious. She has just been so reliable.”
In the top of the fourth inning, the Colonials finally crossed the plate for the first time of the tournament. Freshman Riley Tejcek knocked in two runs with a ground ball double just out of the reach of the Billikens shortstop.
The Billikens finally broke through the Colonials' defense and responded in the bottom of the fifth inning, getting two runners on by a bunt and an error. After Costlow forced the next batter to ground out, a pop fly in foul territory fell just off the tip of Gray’s glove along the first base line. With a new life, the Billikens' batter, Lore, got the eventual game-winning hit to center field that allowed both runners to score and gave her team a 4–2 lead.
GW responded with a run to bring the game within one in the top of the sixth inning. Tejcek and sophomore Rochelle Draper hit back-to-back doubles, giving the Colonials a little bit of hope.
Saint Louis shut the hope down once and for all after a pop-up bunt turned into a double play, and Colonials leadoff hitter sophomore Alana Anderson grounded out to end the game.
“In the second game, I knew we would bounce back because we always do,” Schramm said. “We fought, but it is just a tough way to end a game.””

Staff editorial: Stories to watch this summer
by The GW Hatchet
May 15, 2016
“If you’re not staying at GW this summer for classes or an internship, it’s easy to forget about things going on in Foggy Bottom and to tune out decisions that officials might make over the next few months.
Last summer, University officials made two big decisions while students were away from campus, including attempting to change Gelman Library’s hours and adding a new fraternity. Officials might make some more big decisions this summer – or at least make headway on them – and students can be on the lookout for stories that will likely come up over the next few months.
Finding a director of Mental Health Services
The former director of Mental Health Services, Silvio Weisner, stepped down last September after officials found out he was unlicensed to practice psychology in D.C. After almost eight months, officials have not filled the position and there have been no updates on the search for Weisner's replacement.
While there are probably several reasons officials haven’t hired someone yet – such as top notch applicants not applying due to the inner turmoil MHS seems to be in – it’s unfair for officials to not tell students what’s happening.
Officials have made mental health a main focus on campus , and student organizations have followed suit, especially after three suicides on campus two years ago.
But now that GW has gone almost a full academic year without providing any information on the search for a new director, it feels like the focus on mental health has fallen by the wayside. If students’ mental health is really a priority for University officials, we should at least hear about progress on the search this summer. It would be better for officials to come forward, acknowledge they made a mistake with Weisner – and other MHS staff who were unlicensed – and tell us when they plan to fill the director position.
After a year of instability, a new MHS director could change how students view MHS. Officials should look to bring in another university’s assistant director or someone with commensurate experience who can balance and restructure MHS. The summer seems like the opportune time to hire a new director, when the demand for clinicians on campus is lower, and the new director could have time to get to know the department and make key changes.
Changes in the provost's office
When former Provost Steven Lerman resigned , the University lost a provost that had close relationships with faculty, met regularly with students and was a known face on campus.
But Lerman leaving the post wasn’t the only change in the provost’s office this year. Interim Provost Forrest Maltzman has taken the initiative to make several important changes to roles in the provost’s office.
After Paul Schiff Berman, the former vice provost for online learning and academic innovation, stepped down, Maltzman consolidated his position with the vice provost for libraries. And when Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Terri Harris Reed resigned last fall, Maltzman changed the position to include community engagement.
As officials prepare to launch the provost search, they should spend some time prioritizing what they want from a new provost, and try to find someone who works well within the changes that Maltzman has made to the office. A provost should be an active member of campus who makes it his or her priority to engage with students and faculty members. The new provost should be able to come to the University and continue the changes that Maltzman made, while also finishing out the University’s strategic plan that Lerman penned.
With the next round of budget cuts coming at the start of next fiscal year in July, we can expect that the provost’s office will have to cut from the strategic plan, given that many of the strategic plan’s goals have already been cut and delayed during previous rounds of budget cuts. And perhaps, the provost’s office will undergo more changes throughout the next few months as Maltzman continues to lead the office.
Smoothing out kinks in the housing system
In 2013, officials announced juniors would be required to live on campus, starting with the Class of 2018. In the first year of the new mandate, juniors have been placed on the waitlist before freshmen have even gotten housing assignments.
This summer will be a waiting game for students on the housing waitlist to see where they'll be placed. Some students, particularly rising juniors, might have some tougher waters to navigate. Not only are juniors forced to live on campus, but to be placed on the waitlist after not being able to move off campus is an unnecessary headache for these students.
As incoming freshmen get ready to move to campus, it’s important for them to be aware of the problems in the housing system. While they might end up getting a huge upgrade between their freshman and sophomore year housing assignments – since rising juniors no longer have housing priority over rising sophomores – they also might risk dealing with more cramped housing in the future if something doesn't change.
Officials need to make GW housing more attractive, especially for upperclassmen. They have the opportunity to do that by adding better food options to the basement of District House , which will be open when students come back to campus in the fall. The University needs to give students a reason to want to be on campus, and right now, some students don’t have that.
The editorial board is composed of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s piece was written by opinions editor Melissa Holzberg and contributing opinions editor Irene Ly, based on discussions with managing director Eva Palmer, culture editor Grace Gannon, homepage editor Tyler Loveless and assistant sports editor Matt Cullen.”

Varun Joshi:It's never too late in your college career to choose a new path
by The GW Hatchet
May 08, 2016
“For many students, choosing a college major is one of the hardest decisions they’ve made so far. Societal and family pressure notwithstanding, it’s a harrowing thought to decide what you're going to do for the rest of your life when you're only 18 years old.
But I didn’t have this problem. I came to GW knowing exactly what I wanted to do, and I immediately set to work achieving my plan. But before I knew it, I was not like many other students again: During my senior year I realized that my major wasn’t something I wanted to pursue academically or professionally.
Media Credit:
Cartoon by Julia Korsyn
I felt as if I had wasted my years in college. I spent four years studying equations without ever wondering if there was more that I could be interested in. This feeling had been building within me for a few years, and yet it wasn’t until a few months before Commencement that things crumbled.
Looking back, however, I have learned more from all of my plans crashing down than I would have learned had I continued with the major I chose my freshman year. And other students shouldn't be scared to change their minds either.
When I graduated high school, I was immediately buffeted by the dreaded question from every adult in my life: “So what is your plan in college?” Being from an Indian-American cultural background, each time someone asked me that question, it intensified. While the American concept of college is to “find yourself,” Indian families consider college a privilege and expect students to immediately choose a career path.
Without really considering it, I told my family I would study economics. My father and grandfather are both theoretical economists, so it seemed like a natural enough answer. And economics seemed practical: I could tell people that I’d have many career options, and I wouldn’t be broke after I graduated. Not to mention, my father and grandfather’s jokes that I could publish a paper with them after college under the authorship “Joshi, Joshi and Joshi.” For a time when I needed an answer other than “I don’t know” to avoid embarrassment, economics fit perfectly.
Then freshman year of college came. I easily passed through my introductory level classes, finding them easy and receiving high marks. My confidence rose. Friends and family applauded me for my discovered affinity for a “practical” major. The next decision appeared even simpler: During my sophomore year, I declared a double major in economics and mathematics. The only requirement I gave myself was that my majors would easily lead me to a job.
But I never asked myself if what I was studying was interesting and fulfilling. My disenchantment with my chosen major slowly hit me. By the start of my junior year, I realized that while I may be good at my theory-intensive courses, I was certainly not passionate about them or intellectually stimulated by them.
I spent those two semesters actively repressing my feelings, believing I had already devoted enough time, energy and resources into my major, and that it was too late to dramatically switch tracks to find my true interests – something many of my peers had done during freshman year.
I felt like I was lost and needed direction for the first time in my life. I sought help from my favorite professor and told him what I hadn’t revealed to anyone else: I had no idea what I liked.
His advice to pursue a field that was applied rather than theoretical gave me hope. I was lucky that I had a support system at GW to figure out my next steps. I spent last semester pinning down my interests based on what I really liked, rather than practicality. By December, after having spent months researching the field, I confidently applied to a master’s program in public policy.
To incoming freshmen – or to anyone at any point in their undergraduate careers – who are now facing the same pressures I did, don’t just choose a major based on practicality or what you think will make your parents happy. Rather than spending four years enjoying your education, you’ll find yourself disengaged and frustrated.
Explore as many disciplines as possible and take a wide range of classes. It sounds cliche, but wait for the “Aha!” moment when you discover something you truly love. And if you ever find yourselves in my situation, always remember that it is never too late to ask for advice and find a new door to open.
Varun Joshi, a senior double-majoring in economics and math, is a Hatchet opinions writer. Want to respond to this piece? Submit a letter to the editor.”

Staff editorial:Adding chapters and deferring recruitment can strengthen Greek life
by The GW Hatchet
May 08, 2016
“Greek life has become a major part of the undergraduate experience at GW. This semester, the University announced that the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Association and the Multicultural Greek Council would all add chapters in the next few years. On top of this, GW also announced that by 2018, formal recruitment will only be in the spring.
Choosing to add chapters at the same time as implementing deferred recruitment may sound like a lot of change in the Greek community at once. But these changes are positives and will benefit both the Greek and non-Greek communities on campus. Students interested in Greek life will have more choices, and they will have more time on campus to decide if it is right for them. These changes will also regulate how many students join Greek life, keeping Greek members to a third of the undergraduate student population.
While Greek life on campus is a minority at only one-third of the student body, it is sizable compared to other universities. Aside from Duke University and Northwestern University , GW has a larger percentage of Greek students than most of its peer institutions and than large state schools like Ohio State University, which has a Greek population of just 12 percent. GW isn’t all about Greek life – and many students coming here probably didn’t choose the University for its Greek chapters – so it’s important for GW to make sure that the ratio of affiliated to unaffiliated students doesn’t rise.
Even though the percentage of students in Greek life should not rise, it’s smart to add chapters. With the number of students wanting to go through recruitment, it’s GW’s responsibility to make Greek life accessible and comfortable for interested students. Two fraternities and one sorority have left campus over the last two years, which has given students fewer options for chapters to join. Adding chapters will help keep up with student interest and keep pledge class sizes small.
Interfraternity Council President Brandon Capece said he put expansion on his short list of goals to accomplish.
“This past fall, only 48 percent of people who registered for recruitment were placed into chapters. What this means in practical terms is that there are several hundred people still looking for a chapter to join,” Capece said in an email. “Expansion for the IFC is our way of offering more opportunities to join a chapter than what currently exists.”
While new chapters will be coming to campus soon, space and housing on campus aren't increasing. Now that International House isn’t just for Greek housing, and Greek housing affinities aren’t allowed on campus, new chapters will have to vie for existing space.
But less space for housing chapters could be a positive. Greek chapters often lose their houses when they are put on sanctions. If there are more Greek chapters and less available housing, officials can use housing as a reward for good behavior within chapters.
As Greek councils continue to add chapters, it’s important that officials are forthcoming to incoming and prospective students about Greek life here. Incoming students need honest perspectives on how much of the social scene on campus is about Greek life and ways to consider if it is really for them. Deferring recruitment is a good start.
By deferring recruitment, freshmen will have more time to settle into GW and decide if Greek life is something they really want to be involved in. Despite some Greek leaders not being satisfied with officials' decision to defer recruitment, it will be beneficial to the Greek community overall. Students who choose to go through recruitment will want to be active members in the Greek community, rather than rushing because their roommates are all doing it the third week of school.
Greek life isn’t going anywhere. It’s an intrinsic part of the undergraduate experience, but it should also remain a minority of the undergraduate student population. By adding chapters and deferring recruitment, the the Greek community can grow while also providing a comfortable environment for both Greek students and unaffiliated students.
The editorial board is composed of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s piece was written by opinions editor Melissa Holzberg and contributing opinions editor Irene Ly, based on discussions with managing director Eva Palmer, culture editor Grace Gannon, homepage editor Tyler Loveless and contributing sports editor Matt Cullen.”

Zach Montellaro: To infinity and beyond
by The GW Hatchet
Apr 25, 2016
“Media Credit: Dan Rich | Photo Editor
Each year, graduating editors are given 30 final column inches – “30” was historically used to signify the end of a story – to reflect on their time at The Hatchet, published in the final issues of the year.
When I came to GW, I never, ever wanted to be a journalist. I was going to be a history professor, or bullshit around on the Hill or do literally anything else except report. Journalists were unpaid, overworked dreamers, and that’s something I never aspired to be.
But I lived on the Vern my freshman year, and it was a slow night. Somehow, be it divine providence or a friend leaving it behind, an application for The Hatchet multimedia section ended up in my room, behind my bed.
And well, because it was The Vern and there’s nothing better to do on a weeknight during your second week of freshman year, I filled it out. It took me about an hour total to do it. Worst case scenario, I wasted an hour of an otherwise slow night trying to join another student org.
What could possibly come from one application?
As it turns out, a lot. A whole lot. That dumb, rushed application turned into my entire life in college, and it turned into my home. The Hatchet has been an institution I have poured literal blood, sweat and tears into. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
For nearly my entire time at college, my home base has never been my dorm room or Gelman or whatever - it has always been the Hatchet townhouse. From the moment I walked in the doors of 2140 G, I knew I found where I wanted to be. One of my earliest memories was my first editor stopping a meeting to make us watch a concert of diva singers, and him regaling us with his deep, fawning affection for Aretha Franklin. And as weird as it sounded, I started to think that here’s where I would fit in.
And for a reason still beyond me, I was made an editor at the end of my freshman year. And I ran with it - right into a wall. I’ve never felt more in over my head then in those first couple of months - and never more certain that I wasn’t cut out to be a journalist. Sure, it was fun bopping around D.C. shooting videos, but all this could ever be was a hobby, right?
But I stuck with it, not because I thought I was any good, but because I wanted to be with my friends. I would hang around the townhouse my sophomore year, getting coffee and food for other editors just because I wanted to be with them. I huddled up in my chair at all hours of the day, butting in on meetings and peppering other editors with questions about what exactly they were doing. And inch by inch, I started to get better.
But my biggest problem has always been confidence. Despite all my bravado, I never think I’m really the guy for the job. I would never say I’m a good reporter, or a good writer - I just happened to be in the right place at the right time or the most willing to fall flat on my face. And in the last two years, The Hatchet has helped me break that problem - that maybe, just maybe, I could do this.
The Hatchet moved onto bigger things (say, a brand new townhouse) over the next two years, and so did I. I finally grew into my metaphorical paws. I stomped (shoeless) around the townhouse, teasing editors when they needed it and trying to help when they needed that too. I didn’t have to pretend I knew what I was doing, because sometimes I actually did. I knew I finally figured out what I was meant to do, and that was to be a journalist.
And as I accept that reality, I also have to accept another more crushing one - it’s time to let go. Time to move out of my home of the last four years, out into the real world and into newsrooms where I can’t kick off my shoes and scream about the Mets at all hours of the night. The Hatchet gave me some great experiences that all seemed to revolve around stalking the District’s dogs. But it also gave two other important things – the confidence to walk into these new newsrooms with my head held high and a group of lifelong friends to catch me when I fall. It gave me the strength to forge ahead, to infinity and beyond:
Sam, Molly, Maddie and Sean : Thanks for always putting up with my Hatchet crap, even when you really, really didn’t want to. You guys have kept me grounded in the outside world and each deserve far more words that I can give here.
Mom and Dad : I’m sure you couldn’t have been thrilled to watch me dive headfirst into a career with awful job security and even worse pay. You’ve both worked so, so incredibly hard your entire life so that could be a choice I could make, and there’s nothing in this world I’ll ever be able to do to repay that. Thank you so much for your support, I love both of you. Syd , thank you for being my long distance support system. You were always the better twin.
Gabe : There’s no better place to start my list of Hatchet folks than with you, right? I stumbled blindly into your section, and you let me stay. You were the first person who ever showed any confidence in what I was doing here, and the first one who pushed me to do more. Thank you for that, thank you for the impromptu concerts during multimedia meetings and thank you for everything. Without your guidance during my freshman year, I quite literally don’t know what I’d be doing with my life. Gabby, Marie, Francis and Gabe, thanks for adopting me into the bigger visuals family years ago. It’s been a blast.
Cory : As you put it much more elegantly than I ever could, where would I be without you? The answer is probably nowhere near where I am today. Thank you for hiring a dumb New Yorker who had absolutely no right being on staff. I hope I haven’t let you down because everything I’ve done at The Hatchet has been to prove that you made the right decision then. I miss yelling about baseball with you, and it looks like my eternal devotion to the Mets is starting to finally pay off. I selfishly hope you grow tired of the west coast so you move back here so that we can go to more ballgames.
Diana : One of my earliest memories as an editor was you basically threatening me into being your date to our first Hatchet prom. I was a huge dork who insisted on getting a matching tie, so thank you for putting up with that. But beyond the time, thank you for being my partner in crime. I don’t think either of us really knew what we were doing, but together we made a really phenomenal team. Nobody can light up a room like you do, and I miss your infectious happiness in the townhouse. The next time I’m back in New York, you owe me a bagel.
Big Gabe : Your “Hey, I’m Zach Montellaro” accent still needs some work, but I can forgive that. Besides the time you made an attempt to kill me, you were always there with a great joke (or a good beer) to lighten the mood. I’m still drinking crappy beer because you haven’t guided your mini-me, and that’s something we need to change now that I’m (almost) a real adult.
Culture crew : Some of you were the coolest folks I ever worked with ( Morgan, Tati, Holla ) and some of you ( Ally ) were the lamest, but there was never a time I didn’t enjoy spending time with each one of you.
Justin : Thank you for always making everyone laugh, and putting up with staff on Sunday mornings when all you wanted to really do was go home and sleep. You time and time again opened your literal doors to staff and helped make us into a family.
Jacob: I miss being able to bounce down to the first floor to give you a hug, because you give good hugs. You’re one of the smartest folks to ever walk through the townhouse doors and one of the most eloquent writers I’ve ever met. If there’s one college class I’d want to take in the future, it’d be whatever one you’re teaching. Move back to the east coast.
Nick Ong, Cam and Sean : My single greatest Hatchet memory is our road trip for the NCAA and joking about the hammer. I never had more fun than being on the road with the crew. There was nothing better than shooting the shit on the sidelines with you, Cam. And thank you, Nick and Sean, for letting me invade your first floor enclave to yell about sports. You guys always kept me humble. J Solo, thanks for helping to fill that sports void with our trips to The Tuck.
Chloe : I used to always joke I was always a bit afraid of you, but I was afraid of you because you are so damn good at what you do. Thank you for building up our news team to what it is. Nick Rice , you’re genuinely the coolest fucking dude I’ve ever met. I aspire to that.
Mel : On more than one occasion, you’ve saved me from being a total absolute wreck. Thank you for helping me make sure my shoes match my belt and making sure that I can pass off being a real adult to the outside world, both physically and mentally. I’m still not sorry for all the mean things I’ve said about your only true love, Tom Brady.
CNN’s Jeremy Diamond : There is not a person on the face of this planet who got more shit from me than you did, and probably not a person who gave more back to me. Thanks for always going beyond the headlines to bring us the story behind the story, and for busting your ass to get where you got to today. No one deserves it more. Once you’re finally off the trail, you owe me that drink.
RJK : When I joined staff, I was scared – scared that I wouldn’t fit in with everyone else, scared that nobody else would like me and scared that I wouldn’t last. And then I met you. You were the first person on staff to be my friend, and I’ll never forget the first Hatchet prom with us awkwardly huddling in some backyard not knowing anyone. You’re the most badass, kickass woman I’ve ever met, and I’m truly happy you’re in my life. Some of my favorite Hatchet memories here are the little things with you - just watching a ballgame or splitting mozzies from Gallery. Last year, you said you adore me - but RJK, the truth is I adore YOU.
Ferris : You’re an asshole and a half, but… you’ve also been one of the best parts about The Hatchet for me. You dragged me kicking and screaming out of my shell and into life in D.C. If it was up to me, I’d be curled up inside for my entire life and you don’t let that happen. And even though you give me a hard time, you’re always there with help with whatever I need. I don’t say it enough, but thank you Ferris. For everything.
Volume 113 : I’m taking a bit of a cop out here, because there’s so many of you I don’t know all too well. That fills me with great pride - to know that there’s plenty of smart, dedicated folks still willing to give up their time to help make this institution shine. Nathan and the rest of the crew, I can’t wait to see what you guys do next year.
And a special shout out to you, Sam Hardgrove. I was crushed when you went abroad, because people like you are the heartbeat of this institution - dedicated and talented sure, but also a great friend. I hope Volume 113 will fully appreciate how lucky they are that they get to spend their time with you.
Melissa S : It was a crushing blow to find out you were a Yankees fan, but I’m glad we’ve moved past it. The second floor is quite literally a zoo, but every time I walked in you were the calm in the middle of the hurricane. The Hatchet needs more people like you who have the patience and poise to not only catch everyone’s dumb mistakes, but to fix them as well.
Grace K : One of the first things you ever said to me was pointing out how loudly I chew gum (which is a totally valid complaint). I’ve tried to chew more quietly, and as a reward I’ve gotten to know you. Thanks for letting me take up some of your space on the third floor, and for all the incredible stories I can live vicariously through. I was a bit shocked that someone on staff out-Disneyed me, but you’ve managed it. Please stop stealing my stuff and poking me.
Victoria, Grace and Regina : You guys were all put in unenviable positions of running sections with little notice, and you’ve all handled it like stars. Grace and Regina, I hope you guys keep trying new things to make the section your own, and Victoria I hope you tweet your heart out. Let every snow day be your prime.
Avery and Andrew : I’ve only gotten to know the pair of you this semester, but you two have been rockstars. Avery, you crack me up with your random asides, and I’ve never seen someone become so good at their job so quickly. Andrew, you come on staff in some of the hardest circumstances - replacing an editor in the middle of the semester. Your talent as a reporter has shown this last couple of weeks. Unlike the weird lady at the Nats game, you can always sit next to me.
Katie : Your dedication has been unmatched. Thank you for always being the first one at breaking news and the last one to leave and for running away with my hat.
Ryan : I’ve caught myself saying “aw man, I miss Ryan” a lot of times this semester. Your quippy jokes in the townhouse always made me laugh, and you can grow a hell of a beard. I’m so excited for Volume 113 that you’re coming back next year, because a bit of everything was missing without you in the townhouse.
Melissa H : No one else understands or cares about my rants about bagels or pizza, and even though I tease you about your boyfriend (hi Gary!), you still let me hang around. I was worried that when there was another Long Islander on staff, I wouldn’t get along with them. That was until I met you, because you’re one of the nicest folks I’ve had the pleasure of working with here. You’re better than awesome, and I can’t wait to see what you do with your section next year.
Tyler : The thing I admire most about you is your pure dedication to the institution. In less than a year, you’ve worn so many hats - and have excelled at all of them. If we actually lost you in the metro, The Hatchet would be lost as well. I’m also happy to see you’re already carrying one very important part of my job forward - making fun of everyone else.
Eva : I don’t know why, but the moment I caught you falling off that stool at the party, I knew you’d start catching everyone else. You’re one of the rocks that the Hatchet has - that no matter what your title is, you’re there to catch everyone else when they’re about to fall. Thank you for doing that, and for weathering the storm that was last year’s playoffs. Melton , I think the only thing you want to hear from me is a simple thing - let’s go Mets. Can’t wait for this year’s World Series parade.
Dez : Thank you for always being my biggest fan in the stands during basketball games. This year, as I moved off the court and up into the crowd, I’m glad I always had a friend I could watch the games with. I remember butting into all those photo meetings in 2140 G, and you made it a point to help me feel included. Thank you for showing me that everyone from Philly isn’t someone who throws batteries at Santa - a select few of you are awesome people. I’m so excited for you for Columbia next year.
Robin : I’ve never met someone so full of life as you - and someone who lets everyone know it. If I could have half as much fun in life as you did just a karaoke, it’d be a great one. And while I encourage you to give up your residency in the townhouse, I’m glad I can always wander in and find a friend at any hour of the day.
Video squad : Out of all the sections, you guys have had to put up with me the most because I could never really let go. I know that wasn’t particularly easy, so thank you for humoring me this year. Blair , you’re one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. A lot was dropped on your plate at the beginning of the year, and you’ve handled it with grace. I’m so proud that you’ve made your mark both on The Hatchet and in outlets around the city. Deepa , one of the best things I did for video was steal you away from the photo department. Thank you for bringing a new set of eyes to everything on The Hatchet and helping push video to do bigger and grander projects. Halley , your constant cheeriness has never failed to brighten up my day. Just being around you always put a smile on my face. Jake , we’re not there yet, but maybe someday you’ll earn the honor of watching pay-per-view wrestling with me. You’re going to be such a champ next year.
And Sarah - remember when I dragged you onto the paper? Even before you started here, I knew you’d be infinitely more talented than I’d ever be. There’s been nothing better than having a friend on staff who I knew outside of this crazy place first to tell me when I’m getting too ridiculous and remind me to see the outside world. Thank you for loaning out Andrew so I had someone to harass in class and for keeping me grounded.
Lillianna : There’s a lot of secrets you’ll never get out of me, and that’s going to drive you crazy forever. But one secret I will let you in on - I do wander into the townhouse to make sure the lights get turned off, but I also do that to spend time with you. You’re a good reporter and an even better person who never fails to make me laugh. I’m sorry it took me a bit to get to know you outside of the L&L Connection - but I’m so glad I did, because you might just be one of my favorites here (but I’ll never admit it).
Jeanine : One day, I want to be as half as cool as you. But until that day, I’ll just have to spend my time admiring you instead. Everything you’ve put your mind to, you’ve knocked out of the park. No matter the craziness that’s going on at some party, you’re always there to try to get me to loosen up and have some fun. I will never be an exciting man, but I get a lot closer to being one by just knowing you.
Brandon : My one true friend, Brandon Lee. If you asked me if I ever wanted to be on a watchlist, I’d say no. But after meeting you, it is one small trade-off that I’m willing to make if it means keeping you around. Your intelligence is matched only by your enthusiasm for libertarianism, and that’s quite alright. Even if it means dragging you out of Sign of the Whale every once and awhile, you’re one true friend I’m always glad I’ll have.
Dan : I thought there was only enough room for one grump on staff, but you proved me wrong. You’re one of the most talented shooters I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, but more importantly, you’re one of the most kindhearted folks I’ve met. I’m glad you’re going to carry my mantle as Hatchet staffer who acts like a 43-year-old on the verge of retirement.
Mark : Big Mark! Thank you for putting up with all my crappy jokes and my dumb hugs. Watching you grow into the absolute phenomenal writer you are today has been awesome. Getting to meet people like you are what made The Hatchet worth it to me. One day, I hope to earn a “savage” from you - but until then, I’m glad you are my buddy.
Jax : I’m so, so, so, so proud of you. I don’t ever say that enough, but I really am. Watching you transform from some dope I suckered into joining the multimedia section into such a strong journalist has been one of my proudest moments here. You’ve handled such a stressful job here and the paper would be nowhere without you. Thank you for taking my jokes well, and thank you for making me proud.
Ellie : The paper couldn’t be in better hands than yours next year. Being in charge is never easy - but I already know you’re going to do phenomenally. In the less than two years you’ve been on staff, you have already helped transform your team and the organization as a whole. My only regret from working with you is that I never met your dog, because in everything else you’ve done, there can be nothing to regret.
Sam LaFrance : I’ve been spoiled with a lot of things at The Hatchet - but the thing that’s spoiled me the most is you, because if you’re the mortal enemy I’m going to have in this world, it is going to be a pretty easy life. You took on so much more than you signed up for here, and most of that involves dealing with me. Every time I hear a One Direction song I can’t help but smile, because I know somewhere, you’re laughing at my discomfort. I don’t think I want to be a sack of skin or a skeleton, but if that’s a decision I had to make to keep you around, I’d make it 10/10 times.
Bluge : One of our first real conversations was me making fun of you’re selfie face, so we had nowhere to go but up. I’m glad you let me burst your little ops bubble you had on the third floor, because I came to realize how much I admire you. There’s nothing easy about being the opinions editor, because you have to let everyone know how it really is. I can only dream of being as smart, poised and confident as you are, and I can’t think of a better way than to close out my time at The Hatchet with you at Hatchet Prom.
Nora : I said it during my hotseat, but you really do light up my world. There’s been countless number of days that I’m down and out, but just being you around you turns that all around. I’m glad me driving you off a tiny ledge didn’t drive a wedge in our friendship, but only gave you fodder to make fun of me. I’ve also been incredibly proud to work alongside you on the court. I’ll be hard-pressed to ever work with someone as fearless and as smart as you ever again.
RSG : Thank you for always being there for me. Through my highs and lows, you were always there when I needed to spill my heart out about something dumb on the long walk back from some party. You are simply an incredible person I’ve been blessed to know, and there has never been another person on this staff who has shown me as much genuine kindness as you have. Live that slug live forever.
Colleen : Well it looks like we made it, huh? Thank you for letting me take this wild adventure with you. You said that I’ve always been there for you, but it’s really been the other way around - you’ve always been there for me. I’m loud, whiny and angry a lot of the time, but you still put up with all my quirks and let me help you build the institution I love. From the day we joined staff, I knew you would be the one running the show one day because I knew you’d be the best at it - and I am so incredibly happy to say that I was so right. I’m convinced that nobody could’ve handled everything that happened this year - nobody but you. I’m so happy I have a lifelong friend as we both get ready for the next steps in our lives.
Bri : There’s no way in hell that I forgot about you, right? I have written and deleted what I wanted to write to you about 15 times now because I just don’t know what to say. Truly, I can’t write anything here that fits, because there isn’t enough words on this planet to sum up what you mean to me. The Hatchet has given me a lot of important things for sure. But by far, the absolute most important thing it has given me is you. You’re my best friend, and everything else The Hatchet has given me doesn’t even come close to adding up to a day with you. The best memories on The Hatchet that I have isn’t a particular one, because it is just about every single second I’ve spent with you. Whether it’s carrying you down a boardwalk in Ocean City or curling up and watching Game of Thrones with you, there’s not a moment that goes by that I would ever take back. Not a day that goes by where I don’t think about how lucky I am to have you in my life, and I don’t want to imagine it any other way.

Rachel Smilan-Goldstein: A place to call home
by The GW Hatchet
Apr 25, 2016
“Media Credit: Desiree Halpern | Photo Editor
Each year, graduating editors are given 30 final column inches – “30” was historically used to signify the end of a story – to reflect on their time at The Hatchet, published in the final issues of the year.
In the spring of 2013, I got a disappointing phone call. It was The Hatchet’s editor in chief, Cory, who told me I didn’t make the cut to be a copy editor. This was my second failed bid to become an editor.
He gave words of encouragement I didn’t want to hear; perhaps The Hatchet and I were not meant to be.
The summer passed, then I got an email. Someone left unexpectedly and they were scrambling to find another copy editor. Fearing more rejection, I reluctantly agreed to another interview. I got the job and stuck around. Thank god.
Although we got off to a rocky start, The Hatchet quickly became the constant in my life. It gave me stability, a place to call home, when my childhood home became uncertain territory. It gave me purpose when I was otherwise lost. It gave me a loyal group of friends as people walked in and out of my life.
The friends I met between two those townhouses taught me how to raise my voice and come out of my shell – not to mention the AP style skills.
I can only hope that in during my time here I helped others find the same.
Cheers to the next 112 years.
Media Credit: Desiree Halpern | Photo Editor
Karolina: You were my first editor, so you’re also the first person I need to thank for bringing me into this beautiful mess. Thanks for telling me I was a good writer my freshman year; Thanks for giving me a reason to go to the townhouse.
Cory + Ferris: Thank you for teaching me everything I know about news judgment, and for pointing my confused sophomore self in the right direction.
Robin: Thanks for teaching me AP Style, nerding out with me at every step along the way and making me feel included at my very first Hatchet parties. You will always be my second cool feminist mom.
Bri: Thanks for giving me room to make the copy desk my own last year. Your trust let me grow as an editor and become a more vocal member of staff – things that will serve me far into the future. I miss reading pages over your shoulder and sending out email editions with you, despite the madness.
Justin: It meant a lot to me when you invited me to join the editorial board during one of my first weeks on staff. I’m sorry I was silent for about a semester. Hatchet parties were more fun with you holding a bottle of wine, and “Blow” will always be our song.
Jenna: You were one of the first people I met at The Hatchet. You showed me around during an open house, made me feel welcome and wrote your email on a sticky note. I’m glad I went that day. I will never forget your chair-dancing moves, hot seat questions or how sweetly you tucked me in on your futon one night.
Gabe: Thank you for pushing me to go big with the fall conference, even though I was hesitant. It was one of the most rewarding challenges I had at The Hatchet.
Eva: The job you took on this semester is a hard one, particularly because it is entirely what you make of it. I was glad to be handing it over to you – someone who cares about this paper and its people as if they were her own flesh and blood. Your eyebrow game is strong, but you are even stronger.
Jacqueline: In the townhouse, it is hard to miss you; in the outside world it is very easy. In my mind, your laughter (and yells) will always fill the second floor, even long after you’ve graduated. What I’m trying to say is, working with you and getting to know you last semester was a treat.
Jeanine: I will always be in awe of your ability to weather a storm, lead gracefully with little preparation and embrace life with an openness I wish I had. That week we lived together was great. I also wish that I was even an ounce as cool as you.
Ellie: I’m having trouble pinpointing precisely when I first realized you were a queen, but it must have been very soon after you came onto staff. Your dedication to getting the story and getting it right will take you far; your midwestern kindness will take you farther. Knock ‘em dead.
Brandon: When I realized I had hired an outspoken libertarian, I was nervous to say the least. But our shared love of grammar and style rules united us more than I could have imagined. I admire your wit, cartooning skills and eagerness to take in new viewpoints. And don’t worry, there’s still time for our copy-family prom tradition.
Desiree: You were the best summer roommate a girl could ask for. You are the panda robe to my owl robe, you are the Tina Fey to my Liz Lemon. Let’s drink an Old Spanish sometime.
Bluge: I knew you as a byline and nickname before I knew you as a person. Luckily, all three versions of you are incredible. You are one of the most genuine and thoughtful people I know. As always, stay beautiful.
Sam: After our fruitless summer of pre-freshman-year-roommate-searching ended, you moved to the Vern and I moved into Madison. I wondered if I’d ever meet you, or any of my other “friends” from the Class of 2016 group. Months later, I saw your name on an email list for Professor Gross’ book group. You didn’t show.
But then, one fateful day in Square 80, you recognized me and waved even though we had never actually met. Pretty soon we were taking classes together, and eventually working three jobs together. Thanks for being my friend, even though it took you a while. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: There’s no one with whom I’d rather do content analysis.
Zach: You are the annoying brother I never asked for, but was lucky enough to get. I’m very proud of the journalist you’ve become over the years. Thanks for taking care of us all and for always walking me home.
Colleen: As many people have already written, it was easy to see our sophomore year that you’d soon become editor in chief. What wasn’t immediately apparent was how great our friendship would become. You are one of the smartest, most talented and dedicated people I have met in college, and you are also among the most warm and caring. We were all lucky to have you as a leader. I am #blessed to count you among my closest friends.
To the friends I made along the way: Editorships come and go, but the memories are forever, right? Here’s to impromptu lipsyncing, the sports den, the wasp’s nest on our roof, shoulder massages, holding endorsement hearings during a snowstorm and doodling contests.
Mia + Polly: Our friendships have been two of the best constants in my life over the past few years. Thanks for always responding to my dumb texts even when you’re across the country or ocean. Thanks for inspiring me, encouraging me, caring for me and sharing your love. There’s no one with whom I’d rather explore this world.
Mom + Jordan: Thank you for the unwavering support and unconditional love. I love our little family. For you, I’d lasso the moon.

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• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
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• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
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• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
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• How to choose the right college?
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• Create The Right Career Habits Now
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• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
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• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
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• Personality Type and College Choice
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• A Free Application is a Good Application
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• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
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• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
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• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
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• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→