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Delavergne twins push each other on and off the track
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Track and field is an individual sport – and the biggest competition is against the clock. But for juniors Frank and Ed Delavergne, running has always been a family affair.
After spending two years apart from each other at different colleges, the twin brothers both transferred to GW last fall and found themselves competing with and against each other.
Ed, who transferred from George Mason, wasn’t running competitively when he was a Patriot. But now as a Colonial, he holds two indoor track and field program records for the 300m and 400m dash and was a member of the record-holding distance medley squad that finished in seventh place out of 26 teams at the Penn Relays Friday.
Frank, who spent two years at Northern Virginia Community College, earned his associate’s degree before coming to Foggy Bottom.
For the brothers, running competitively at the collegiate level was always the goal.
“When we were both at different schools, it was a lot of texting each other, making sure you got the workout done, making sure you got a lift done if you need to get a lift done, making sure we got applications in,” Ed said.
When they first arrived at GW, the twins experienced a culture shock, from practicing on a shorter track to running down D.C.’s busy city streets. For Ed, being able to run with a team again was a welcome change after his time at George Mason, he said.
“I was by myself at George Mason, and it’s interesting going between having to do runs by myself every day to then being back on a team where you have people to run with,” Ed said. “I’m really self-motivated anyways, but it’s funny to see how much easier it is with teammates and being now at the same school as my brother.”
Head coach Terry Weir said the twins have taken the changes in stride, and he has seen growth from the brothers, both as runners and students.
“I told them both this is the year to just get your feet on the ground and just kind of get a feel for what GW can be academically and what it’s going to be like balancing athletics with it, too,” Weir said. “When they first got here in the fall to now, it’s been tremendous and both of them run very, very well.”
Weir said the brothers, who are the fourth or fifth set of twins he’s coached, have a competitive nature and drive that pushes the other runners on the team.
“They’re really hard workers, and what I love about them both is they’re super competitive,” Weir said. “It’s infectious with that group and they train and they get after it in practice and it raises the level for the rest of the group when they’re working out.”
The Delavergne twins, from Warrenton, Va., started competitively running their freshman year of high school after spending all of their childhood playing strictly baseball.
“We decided to do indoor track freshman year, and then we actually did do baseball freshman year, and we just loved the indoor season so much,” Frank said. “We were good at it, and just kept going with it.”
Since then it has been “go, go, go” training and practicing, with the goal of competing at the collegiate level.
Having a built-in workout partner doesn’t hurt, either. From something as small as making sure they’re drinking enough water during the day to training together in the offseason, Ed said the brothers always have each other’s back.
“You always have someone there to hold you accountable for every single day, and throughout the season,” he said.
Although running on the same team has its perks, one of the biggest challenges for the twins comes mostly from people constantly pitting the brothers against each other.
“If people see me at a track meet and notice we’re twins, they ask, ‘Which one’s faster?’” Ed said. “You almost feel put up against each other instead of as teammates, in some instances…I don’t love being a twin.”
Still, the brothers acknowledge how lucky they are to have someone they can rely on to push them to do better.
“With sprinting, you can’t really work out on your own, you got to feed off each other,” Frank said. “It just comes together perfectly.”
Since arriving, the duo has found the athletic culture at GW to be tight-knit and welcoming, Ed said.
“I like how close the athletic teams are here, because we all share the same facilities, we’re all in the weight room at the same time,” he said. “We see everybody and I think it’s an interesting dynamic that all the teams seem to be pretty close.”
Weir said that the brothers are integral to building up the track team, which is now in its third full season.
“There’s a great opportunity with them to come to GW and run and for us to build our track program and have them with us,” Weir said. “It’s been great so far coaching them.””

All resident advisers should vote in favor of unionization
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Resident advisors at GW may not be part of a union now, but they have the chance to make history this Wednesday when they vote on whether to become the first unionized undergraduate student group nationwide at a private university.
Two weeks ago, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that GW RAs are employees and can form a union. This decision comes after a local division of the Service Employees International Union  filed a petition with the NLRB on behalf of some RAs last fall, claiming that their contracts and job standards are vague and that it’s unclear what actions can cause them to lose their jobs.
The Hatchet’s editorial board believes that RAs should vote in favor of unionization to receive better guidelines about what their jobs entail and what they can be terminated for, and to improve their relationships with their residents and the University. It is also necessary that all RAs join the union if they vote in favor because even those who don’t join would be subject to the decisions proposed and negotiated by the union.
RAs at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst have been unionized since 2002 and serve as an example of how RA unionization should work. Their contracts provide necessary information like binding grievances and arbitration procedures for unfair firings and discrimination, and outline what times they’re expected to be available every day. Meanwhile, RAs at GW have spoken up about various disciplinary actions – like immediate termination – that can be taken against them for not upholding their ambiguous contracts.
Unionization isn’t a cure-all to the problems RAs are currently facing, but it’s a path toward improvement. If RAs vote in favor of unionization, they should approach the negotiation process with caution, while still being realistic and firm in what they want. RAs should come to a consensus on their goals and priorities so they can work toward measures that will bring about real change in their professional lives. A successful RA union would need to focus on asking for tangible and realistic demands to help RAs do their job better. The RAs should first negotiate clear guidelines regarding the grounds on which they can be fired. A lack of clarity about the firing process and what RAs are expected to do for their residents only creates confusion and prevents RAs from fulfilling their duties. Having responsibilities clearly outlined will increase job security.
RAs would also be able to use the union to ask for higher wages, but this shouldn’t be a top priority. With budget cuts across the University – including the decrease  in wages for some summer student employees from the D.C. minimum to the federal minimum – a wage increase isn’t a realistic demand for the near future. If  RAs do attempt to negotiate for a higher wage and are successful, however, then some RAs might not need to find another job to make ends meet and would have more time to devote to their residents.
If the vote passes and the union forms, RAs shouldn’t ask for specific work hours because they don’t work a typical 9-to-5 job. They’re on the job all the time. The role of an RA is always evolving and expanding to include more responsibilities, like training on topics related to sexual assault prevention and Title IX. Being an RA has continued to encompass more and more obligations, and specific work hours don’t fit with the job description. With a constantly evolving position like this, it’s vital that all aspects of the role are clearly defined.
Although some are concerned about the possible effects of unionization on the relationship between residents and RAs, unionization could considerably improve the experience that residents receive. Better outlining an RA’s job duties may require some RAs to hold new events for their residents and be more available to them than they are now. But more importantly, it would provide them with clarity about what is expected of them, ensuring that residents have more present and helpful RAs.
In terms of the effects unionization would have between RAs and the University, the relationship can only get better. The relationship between the two has been rocky, and unionization would hopefully improve communication so that both RAs and administrators have clearer expectations of the other. Of course, the move towards unionization may shift how RAs are seen by University officials, from “student” first to “employee” first. As an employee first, this can change the relationship between the two to become more formal. But that’s OK, since a more formal relationship – if handled well – would reduce ambiguity.
Although we wholly support unionization, we also realize that the union might not bring about immediate changes for RAs because negotiations take time. But if the vote passes, we will hopefully see a marked improvement in communication between GW and RAs within a couple of years. This decision would make way for a clearer hiring and firing process that allows RAs to know the specific job responsibilities they should be fulfilling and the reasons they could be terminated. This will make life better for RAs, residents and the University in the long-term.
The editorial board is composed of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s piece was written by opinions editor Irene Ly and contributing opinions editor Shwetha Srinivasan, based on discussions with managing director Melissa Holzberg, managing editor Tyler Loveless, sports editor Matt Cullen, copy editor Melissa Schapiro and design editor Anna Skillings.
Summer wage cuts were not made with student employees in mind
Budget cuts have affected departments all across GW, but this specific cut will affect some students’ ability to work at GW.

Bright new streetlights disrupt sleep in Foggy Bottom
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Area residents are losing sleep over new energy-efficient streetlights installed in some parts of the neighborhood.
Since 2012, the D.C. Department of Transportation has been gradually installing new LED lightbulbs in streetlights. But neighbors said the new streetlights have a harsh glow that is disrupting their sleep and the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission is advocating for the city to install less harsh energy efficient lights.
The ANC voted unanimously April 19 to support the Street Light Task Force, an advocacy organization lobbying against the bright lights, in their efforts to replace all the new lights with other less bright alternatives and allow any commissioner to testify at a D.C. Council oversight hearing May 3.
Seventy-five lights have already been installed in Foggy Bottom along Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th and G streets.
Some neighbors said the city installed harsh LED lights – designed to save energy and decrease maintenance issues – without fully considering the impact on quality of life in residential areas.
ANC Chairman Patrick Kennedy said some Foggy Bottom residents are upset with the intensity and luminosity of the lights affecting their sleep.
“Certainly the warmer glow is much more appealing to residents than an institutional, harsh, bright light that you most commonly associate with fluorescent environments,” he said.
Kennedy said the ANC wanted to make sure DDOT was aware of scientific research on the intensity of the lights and hopes the commission’s conversation will change the policy in other parts of the city.
LEDs are bulbs that use less energy and last longer than regular lights, according to the D.C. Streetlight Policy . LEDs give off a white-colored light that is more intense than the yellow glow from previous streetlights.
Eve Zhurbinskiy, a junior and ANC commissioner, said residents are concerned about light pollution from the LED streetlights and that certain areas don’t need bright streetlights.
“I think next month ANC will probably be revisiting the issue because I think a lot of people don’t really see a point of installing really bright lights over Rock Creek Park where nobody goes at night,” she said.
Christina Farnsworth, a neighborhood resident and former real estate journalist, said she wants the city to re-evaluate the temperature of the LED streetlights to mitigate the residents’ health concerns and learn from the issues that other cities have faced when making a similar transition.
Davis, Calif. was forced to replace 650 of their newly installed LED streetlight bulbs with warmer colored bulbs after pushback from residents in 2014. Last year, the American Medical Association also warned about the possible negative health effects of LED street lighting, like messing with sleep rhythms that potentially cause insomnia and decreased appetite.
“I’m surprised that city officials in charge of this project don’t seem to be aware of the important science,” Farnsworth said in an email.
Delores Bushong, a founder of the DC Street Light Task Force, said the city should choose lower-temperature and less harsh lights instead.
Bushong said she started the group last June after the new LED streetlights were installed on her street in the Woodridge area of Northeast D.C.
“The Street Light Task Force supports the use of LED street lights,” she said. “They will save money for the city and lessen our carbon footprint. However, the public’s health must always come first.”
Bushong pointed to studies by U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health and Harvard Health , which found the LED lights impact sleeping patterns because their blue hue suppresses a hormone that induces sleep.
Maura Danehey, a DDOT spokeswoman, said replacing all of D.C.’s traditional streetlights with LED streetlights improves safety and lessens the amount of repairs needed.
Danehey said in an email that DDOT is aware of concerns from residents and is working with the D.C. Department of Health and the Department of Energy and Environment to analyze potential health implications and test lower temperature lights. She said the LED lights are considered a neutral color and are no more harmful than the blue LED light emitted from cell phones.
“The District will choose the right standards for our city, which will direct light only to those places that need it and provide shielding to reduce light pollution,” she said.
Justine Coleman contributed reporting.”

Men's basketball inks third recruit
by The GW Hatchet
Apr 25, 2017
“Six-foot-three-inch guard Terry Nolan Jr. committed to GW for men’s basketball Monday afternoon.
Nolan announced his commitment for the 2017-18 season on Twitter.
“After recent discussion I have decided to close my recruitment. I thank everyone that has recruited me since I opened my recruitment,” Nolan said. “I would like to announce I’m committed to George Washington.”
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel guard, who previously verbally committed to Chattanooga last September, earned second-team All-Baltimore Catholic League honors his junior year.
Former Chattanooga head coach Matt McCall, who recruited Nolan, is now at the helm of Massachusetts after being hired March 29.
Nolan joins guards Justin Mazzulla, who signed a National Letter of Intent in November 2016, and Maceo Jack, who signed an NLI in January.
After the announcement, GW and head coach Maurice Joseph now have four open scholarships for the upcoming season.”

This week in music
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 09, 2017
“Looking for tunes to shake up your spring break? Check out these new tracks from Ed Sheeran, Cold War Kids and Lefti to spice up your traveling playlist.
Ed Sheeran – “What Do I Know”
Sheeran has mastered the sappy yet sweet lyric. The simple and romantic themes of Sheeran’s lyrics are heartwarming and will always leave you in a good mood.
In his new song “What Do I Know,” from his album “÷”, Sheeran’s use of both high and low vocal harmonies creates an echoey intonation that compliments the bare-bone style of the guitar and percussion instrumentals.
One noteworthy lyric juxtaposes the fast-paced nature of corporate life with the power love has to change the world.
“Everybody’s talking about exponential growth and the stock market crashing and their portfolios / Love can change the world in a moment, but what do I know.”
Overall, the verses are more interesting, both musically and lyrically, than the chorus. Sheeran’s use of deep low notes throughout his vocal performance in addition to the effortless acoustic guitar melody makes the verses captivating for a listener, and are reminiscent of his early chart-climbers, like “Thinking Out Loud.”
“÷” was released March 3.
Cold War Kids – “Can We Hang On?”
Cold War Kids is known for bringing angst and grit to the traditional indie music scene, and past hits like “Hang Me Up to Dry” definitely approach ‘90s rock territory. Their new single “Can We Hang On?” off their upcoming album “L.A. Divine,” is a little less angst and more reflective.
Nathan Willett sings about how we ruminate on what might have been and question whether we’ll know better for the future.
“Think about the old days / What we didn’t do to survive / Do we get better with time? / Tell me I’m wrong.”
The song features both raw and electronic sounds, with a piano melody throughout the first verse, and an electric guitar riff that ties together beats from the intro to the chorus.
It’s somewhat disappointing that this indie rock band has turned more mainstream in recent years, shifting away from their edgy and somewhat grungy instrumentals and moving toward the traditional folk and pop sounds – though this is often the fate of many bands in this genre of music, like we saw with Fun and The Head and the Heart.
“L.A. Divine” will be released April 7. The single “Can We Hang On?” was released March 3.
Lefti – “City Heart”
Missing the city over break? “City Heart” by Lefti will give you a taste of the urban life you’ll be craving. Lefti is the solo project by former Cobra Starship bassist Alex Suarez, and he continues on Cobra Starship’s signature dance-pop punk style.
This single continues the trend in music of “nu-disco,” where dance music from the ‘70s and ‘80s gives new life to the age of electronic music. Energetic drum beats and retro synths come to play in this peppy and dynamic track that’s perfect for dance parties or an epic sing-along in the car.
Lefti overlaps progressive drum sounds that continue to build with a repetitive base to mimic the chaotic and bustling city streets. The lyrics are not stand-out but successfully elevate the track with melodic high notes.
The single “City Heart” was released March 3.”

Men’s basketball surges past Saint Louis with second-half comeback, advances to A-10 quarterfinal
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“PITTSBURGH – Just as the clock ticked under one minute at PPG Paints Arena Thursday, Saint Louis guard Aaron Hines released a three-point attempt that would have put his team up by two. 
The 11th-seeded Billikens had led the contest for more than 36 minutes and looked poised to end the sixth-seeded Colonials’ season prematurely, after opening a 25-13 halftime lead.
The shot bounced off the rim and looked as if it was going to roll in – but, in almost gravity-defying fashion, popped back out and into GW’s hands.
On the very next possession, junior guard Yuta Watanabe drew a foul and sank both free throws, extending his team’s lead to three.
Men’s basketball did not allow the Billikens to score for the remainder of the game, hitting its shots from the charity stripe to close an impressive come from behind win – its sixth straight. 
The Colonials (19-13) defeated Saint Louis 53–46 after their slow start was turned around by strong defense in the second half. They now advance to the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10 Championship where they will face No. 3 seed Richmond (19-11).
“We’ve come back from big deficits before this season and I was glad to see our guys dictate how they wanted their season to end. It wasn’t going to end tonight” interim head coach Maurice Joseph said. “I’m proud of the guys and how they fought back but we’ve got to make sure we find a way to move on now and prepare for the next team because this league there are no off days.”
Dan Rich | Photo Editor Junior guard Yuta Watanabe dunks during the second half of GW’s opening matchup of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
After GW had its lowest scoring first half since 2012, the Colonials were forced to play from behind for the majority of the game. The team’s 36.2 overall shooting percentage was its lowest since Feb. 8.
It was defense that ended up giving them the edge. The Billikens (11-21) were held to 34.8 percent from the field and turned the ball over 13 times in the final frame.
Sophomore guard Jordan Roland and Watanabe, especially, highlighted an aggressive GW defense that switched to playing a 1-3-1 zone after early challenges. The duo led the Colonials to nine team steals and 13 more points off turnover than Saint Louis.
“The last few games the 1-3-1 has worked well for us, we’ve caused some damage with Yuta and Jordan up-top and our activity has been great,” graduate student forward Tyler Cavanaugh said. 
Watanabe finished with a game-high 18 points shooting 8-for-17 from the floor. Roland was the only other Colonial in double-digits with 10 points. Cavanaugh, who was quiet from the field, finished with a game-high 16 rebounds.
GW, who boasted the highest three-point shooting percentage during conference play, uncharacteristically struggled from behind the arc. They missed their first 13 shots from distance and finished with a 4-for-20 clip.
For more than half of the opening frame, the game did not resemble postseason basketball. The Colonials made only one of their first 14 shots while the Billikens held a slightly better 3-for-14 clip.
Freshman guard Jair Bolen ended a six-minute scoreless streak for GW, but it did not shift the momentum, trailing just 7–4.
The Colonials only mustered up five points in the first 14 minutes as Saint Louis started to find the basket. The Billikens knocked down two three-pointers and led by as many as 12 points, looking much more comfortable on both sides of the floor.
Down 25-13 at the break, the Colonials were shooting just 23.1 percent from the field and were 0-of-8 from deep.
“ We were missing shots, we were taking too many threes, we were settling, we weren’t getting it inside, credit to them,” Cavanaugh said. “We were pressing in the first half. We have to go out and have fun and just play.”
Dan Rich | Photo Editor Sophomore guard Jordan Roland finishes a wide-open layup. Roland had 10 second-half points Thursday.
The Colonials came out for the second half with much more energy and an improved defensive effort. GW went on a 10-0 run fueled by Watanabe who scored three baskets during the stretch and had full-court pressure on Saint Louis’ guards.
Although the game was suddenly within reach, at 27–23, the Billikens had a response to the Colonials momentum. They sunk their third three-pointer which rolled into a 7-0 run for themselves.
GW returned the punch right back. Jordan Roland scored seven consecutive points for the Colonials including two fast break finishes after steals on the other end.
A three-pointer from redshirt junior Jaren Sina and a layup off a turnover by redshirt senior Matt Hart tied the score up for the first time in the game.
The two squads traded made shots before Bolden connected on his only three of the game from the left wing.
“Defense definitely fuels us…but at the end of the day you’ve to put the ball in the basket to get on a run” Cavanaugh said. “We were fortunate enough to do that on the other end.”
GW never let the Billikens regain the lead and closed the night off with its largest lead.
Friday’s matchup with the Spiders is set for 8:30 p.m.”

Three Colonials pick up men’s basketball A-10 postseason honors
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 08, 2017
“Three men’s basketball players earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference postseason honors, the league announced Tuesday.
Graduate student forward Tyler Cavanaugh was named to the All-Conference Second Team, and, along with graduate student forward Patrick Steeves, received an All-Academic Team nod.
Junior guard Yuta Watanabe earned a spot on the All-Defensive team.
Richmond’s T.J. Cline was named A-10 Player of the Year, and Dayton’s Archie Miller was named A-10 Coach of the Year.
Cavanaugh landed on the Second Team for the second straight year after a standout final season in Foggy Bottom.
The Syracuse, N.Y. native who transferred from Wake Forest in 2014, led the Colonials in 2016-2017 with  17.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game – all career-high averages. He also posted 14 20-point performances and was one of three A-10 players to record 10 or more double-doubles with 11 on the season. 
The 6-foot-9-inch forward also took home the conference’s final Player of the Week award Monday, after  averaging 25 points and nine rebounds on .593 shooting from the field in GW’s wins over Fordham and Dayton last week. 
Cavanaugh, who is pursuing his master’s degree in Sport Management, boasts a 3.71 GPA.
Harvard transfer Steeves, studying for a master’s in business analytics, owns a 3.97 GPA and is averaging 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds. In 23 games and six starts this season, he holds the second-best field goal percentage (49.0) on the team.
Watanabe, who frequently guarded opponents’ top offensive performer, led GW with 29 blocks and 27 steals this season. His 1.2 blocks per game is eight-best in the A-10.
The Colonials (18-13, 10-8 A-10) hope to keep their season alive this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa. where they enter the Atlantic 10 Championship at the No. 6 seed. GW awaits the winner of No. 11 Saint Louis (11-20, 6-12 A-10) vs. No. 14 Duquesne (10-21, 3-15 A-10).
Tip-off for the second-round matchup is set for Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Men's basketball rides five-game win streak to Pittsburgh
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 06, 2017
“The 2016-2017 regular season came to a close for men’s basketball Saturday night on the highest possible note.
The Colonials – who had a rollercoaster season with highs, including a road victory over Temple, and lows, like three separate three-game losing streaks – upset the first-place Dayton Flyers, 87–81, on senior night.
The win was GW’s fifth in a row, moving the team from 5-8 in conference play to a respectable 10-8 finish.
During a down year in which parity reigned in the Atlantic 10, the Colonials’ record positions them as the No. 6 seed, two spots higher than they were projected in the league’s preseason poll . After a first-round bye, GW will take on either No. 11 Saint Louis or No. 14 Duquesne Thursday night at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In his first year at the helm of the program, interim head coach Maurice Joseph said his team is currently playing its best game and that the past few games have shown the squad’s true ability.
“The teams who typically are playing well towards the end of the year, those are the teams that go on runs, those are the teams that make some special things happen,” Joseph said Saturday. “This team has that kind of potential because they have grown together, they have been through some stuff. They have been through blowout wins, they have been through heart-wrenching losses, they have been through coming back from down-18 on the road, they have been through it all.”
GW’s recent success has come with the emergence of a potent offense. Over the past four games, the Colonials have averaged 80 points per outing and shot over 47 percent during each game. Their top scorer, graduate student Tyler Cavanaugh, has averaged 23.3 points per game over that stretch, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field.
It’s a tall order, but here’s what the path to the program’s first conference title since 2007 might look like.
Second round (Thursday, March 9 at 8:30 p.m.): No. 11 Saint Louis or No. 14 Duquesne
By the nature of the bracket, this will likely be the lowest seed the Colonials play. But that is not to say that a win will be easy. GW has allowed five of its last six opponents to shoot a higher clip, all of which were above 40 percent from the floor.
The Dukes fell victim to the Colonials twice and the Billikens fell once during the regular season, all by single-digit margins.
When GW hosted Saint Louis, it was no walk in the park. The Billikens led for more than 34 minutes before the Colonials scraped back into the game. Veterans, including Cavanaugh and graduate student Patrick Steeves, were vital to their team’s 40-point second half and strong defense.
Duquesne provided GW with slightly less trouble, as the Colonials led for the majority of both matchups and combined for 23 three-pointers in the two games.
Although GW will be the higher seed no matter who the opponent is, no games in the A-10 tournament can be taken for granted. Expect the Colonials’ opening contest to be a tight one.
Quarterfinal (Friday, March 10 at 8:30 p.m.): No. 3 Richmond
If the Colonials come out with a victory Thursday, their next matchup is guaranteed to be against the 13-5 Spiders.
Richmond defeated GW Jan. 8 and Feb. 4 . in similar fashions. The Spiders shot high percentages in the first half of both games only to concede comebacks by the Colonials that would ultimately fall short.
For Richmond to fall, GW will have to be on top of its game and limit Spiders senior T.J. Cline, who averages 18.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Semifinal (Saturday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m.): No. 2 VCU
With wins in their first two games, the Colonials would likely see the Rams Saturday.
After being blown out by 30 at the beginning of conference play, GW came within a second of beating the Rams last month . If it were not for a last-second heart-breaking foul by the Colonials, they would have picked up another win and risen to the No. 5 seed in the tournament.
Although VCU is a talented team that has remained strong all year, a game against the Rams could give GW a shot at a redemption upset against a team they looked evenly matched with last time out.
Final (Sunday, March 12 at 12:30 p.m.): No. 1 Dayton or No. 4 Rhode Island
Both the Flyers and the Rams have favorable paths to the championship final and have defeated nearly every team in the league during the regular season. If the Colonials reach the final day of the tournament, they would be riding an eight-game winning streak.
The Colonials fell to Rhode Island by 12, but picked up an upset against Dayton in their final regular season game.
If GW reaches the A-10 finale, the team will already be against the odds, so defeating one of the league’s top teams may not be out of the question.
“We are going to take [the A-10 Championship] one game at a time and continue to try to get better. We are going to go down there and empty our clips,” Joseph said. “There is a lot more work to do, [we’re] definitely not satisfied.””

Man arrested after thefts in District House, shoplifting in Whole Foods
by The GW Hatchet
Mar 06, 2017
“University Police Department officers arrested a man for stealing student belongings in District House and then shoplifting in Whole Foods Thursday night, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.
At about 8:34 p.m., UPD officer Colin Felix received a radio run for the first theft at District House and spoke with the first victim to get more information. Felix then arrested Mamadou Dieng for the crimes, who was transported to the Second District station, the report said.
Dieng, 40, was charged with first and second degree theft and shoplifting after taking a MacBook valued at $1,500, Ray-Ban sunglasses, a Lululemon backpack, a $200 North Face backpack and a bottle of wine valued at $82.47, the report and MPD spokeswoman Rachel Reid said. Dieng will appear in the D.C. Superior Court on March 28, according to the court’s website.
Both District House thefts occurred in the basement levels and the shoplifting occurred in the Whole Foods cafe area, the report said.”

Student wage cuts were not made with students in mind
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Students take jobs at GW over the summer for a multitude of reasons – but for a while, many were likely drawn to them as a way to get free housing and make D.C. minimum wage. For those students, a summer in the District may have just fallen out of reach.
Last week, officials confirmed that some student workers would no longer receive an hourly wage of $11.50 – the D.C. minimum wage. Instead, student employees in the GW Housing office will receive the federal hourly minimum wage of $7.25, while those working for Visitor Information Program summer tours will receive $8.50. Budget cuts have affected departments across campus, as each administrative unit has to cut 3 to 5 percent of their total budgets each year until 2021. But this specific cut will affect some students’ ability to both work at GW and have enough money for food and transportation in the District.
Cartoon by Annan Chen
While this editorial board understands why this decision was made, it’s unfortunate that officials in the housing and admissions offices chose to cut student employees’ wages. Understandably, getting free housing is significant compensation, but the cost of living in Foggy Bottom is one of the highest in the country. The D.C. minimum wage is barely enough to live on when you have to pay for food and transportation. Slashing hourly wages by more than $4 will make it hard for student employees to live in D.C., even when housing is paid for.
Students affected by the wage change are working limited hours for a non-competitive hourly wage. These pay cuts – coupled with the expensive standard of living in D.C. and the inflexible hours of these summer positions – may make students question whether it’s worth staying here when they could go back go home and save money on housing and food. In the future, officials should cut from other areas that don’t directly affect some students’ livelihoods.
Some students work at GW over the summer because they want to experience what D.C. is like without classes and other responsibilities they have during the school year, while others are taking summer classes to get ahead on their degrees. And there are some students who can’t go home over the summer break because of family situations. Students rely on GW jobs and free housing to make the summer months affordable, and GW relies on students to fill these jobs because it’s likely they’d have to pay non-students a more competitive wage. By cutting wages in even a few offices, the University might risk students not wanting to apply for these positions.
Living in D.C. is expensive. While student workers receive free housing, which is one of the largest expenses students have to worry about on a day-to-day basis, compensation doesn’t cover a meal plan. Since GW doesn’t have an operating dining hall or affordable food options on campus over the summer, student employees will have to make do with Whole Foods and other pricey vendors in the area. And expenses don’t stop with food. If you want to enjoy your summer in District by going to brunch or a few Washington Nationals games, you need spending money. Even if you find free events to attend, transportation costs quickly add up.
The summer jobs in the housing and admissions offices may be part-time, but the hours students work may not provide the flexibility for them to work another job. Most jobs and internships won’t want to hire someone who can’t dedicate themselves on the days an employer wants them to work.
We understand that the University needs to be fiscally cautious. And it’s good that departments across the board are not necessarily cutting student wages. Students who are looking to work for GW over the summer should try and find departments that aren’t making this pay cut, and try to find part-time hours that let them work a second job or take an internship. It makes sense that officials are trying to spend less money, but this pay cut is a budget shock to students who had worked for the housing or admissions offices in the past and planned on doing so again. It would be more beneficial for the University to look to cut in other areas, rather than lowering student workers’ quality of life.
We don’t know how many students will be affected by this change – but officials should have thought twice before cutting something as major as the wages of students who want to work for them.
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, homepage editor Tyler Loveless, contributing sports editor Matt Cullen and copy editor Melissa Schapiro.”

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