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What LeBlanc's past says about GW's future
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 17, 2017
“Media Credit: Ethan Stoler | Hatchet Photograher
Thomas LeBlanc, who will become the University's 17th president on Aug. 1, said at an event earlier this month that he will get to know GW before making decisions.
When Thomas LeBlanc starts as University president on Aug. 1, GW will gain an even-tempered leader with the ability to work in divisive situations, former and current colleagues say.
Several people who have worked with LeBlanc highlighted his collegiality with faculty, focus on student resources and innovative ideas on how to bring institutions forward as skills that will be a strong fit for GW. And experts say that LeBlanc’s plan to learn more about the University and its communities is a smart way to begin his term as president, rather than coming in with big ideas that might not work for GW.
Current and former colleagues also described LeBlanc as a strong listener who was willing to embrace input from others on projects and resolve disputes behind closed doors before publicly bringing plans forward.
LeBlanc said in an email that he plans on learning about GW's strengths in all disciplines when he first starts on the job and that he believes there are niches the University could tap into that it hasn't taken full advantage of yet, like the intersection of science and engineering and policy.
"Are there other areas in which we can be excellent and the place of choice for a lot of students?" he said. "Our challenge is figuring out where those opportunities are and how best to capitalize on them."
He added that he considers access and resources to be two of the biggest issues in higher education today, and he will work on how to best address both as president at GW.
"I attended college on scholarship. I owe my entire life to the generation that thought of higher education as a public good and helped finance my education," LeBlanc said. "At GW, one of the areas I will be looking at is finding creative ways to insure that the best students can attend GW."
The University of Rochester
LeBlanc first began working in a major administrative role at the University of Rochester, where he was the dean of the college faculty at the College of the Arts, Science and Engineering.
Paul Slattery, a physics professor there, said that at the time, Rochester was emerging from several major transitions, and that this was the first time these programs had been housed in the same college.
Slattery, who led the search for the school's dean, said LeBlanc was already serving as interim dean at the time, and that even when the search committee examined candidates from outside the university, LeBlanc emerged as the top choice.
He said LeBlanc had to learn how to balance the two different kinds of programs – engineering and arts and sciences – for the first time and was able to set up an equitable system. LeBlanc also created a dean of research in the school for the first time, a role Slattery took on as dean of research and graduate studies, he said.
Slattery said he and LeBlanc would often speak at the end of the day about projects each was working on, giving each other advice about how to best reach their goals.
“He really hears you and really is very self assured in a calm way, and not a confrontational way,” Slattery said.
Charles Phelps, the former provost at Rochester, said he and LeBlanc would speak often about the work going on at the college and that they developed a personal friendship outside of the university by playing golf together.
Phelps said while some faculty at Rochester were initially concerned about LeBlanc’s background in computer science and how that could impact his decisions about programs, LeBlanc was balanced in his priorities and created interdisciplinary programs, like a center that brought together computer science and art.
He added that LeBlanc helped to create a new curriculum for Rochester that allowed students to develop their own majors or “clusters,” drawing in a more inquisitive student body and improving the reputation of the university.
“All the work Tom and his colleagues were doing at the college helped to attract really high quality students and faculty and improve the university overall,” he said.
The University of Miami
In 2005, LeBlanc was named the provost and executive vice president at the University of Miami, giving him oversight over the school’s academic programs and budget.
Donna Shalala, the former president at Miami and current president of the Clinton Foundation, said she believed that academic decisions should inform budgetary ones, leading her to combine the two responsibilities for LeBlanc, who oversaw a $3.3 billion budget.
Shalala said LeBlanc helped Miami attract a higher quality and more diverse student body and become less of a commuter school by adding residential options for students and adding on-campus events.
LeBlanc also focused on entrepreneurship at Miami, helping to create a center where students could get advice on starting new businesses and other projects, Shalala added.
“What Tom does is he improves institutions,” she said. “He develops strategies that help to make the institution better and he follows through on them.”
Tomás Salerno, the chair of the Faculty Senate at Miami, said faculty members generally had a good relationship with LeBlanc. He said LeBlanc had gone out of his way to consult with faculty and the senate, even in cases when some provosts may have decided to make the decision unilaterally.
As president at GW, LeBlanc will also oversee the University's monthly Faculty Senate meetings.
Salerno said that in his position, LeBlanc knew about everything that was happening throughout the university and that his personality helped him work well with those he collaborated with.
“When I talk to him and listen to him, I never saw him criticize anything about people,” Salerno said. “His comments have always been constructive.”
What’s next?
Higher education experts said that LeBlanc’s willingness to learn more about GW is a sign of a leader who won't necessarily dominate the institution with his own plans, but that other leaders will also have to learn how to trust him as they learn more about him.
John Burkhardt, the founding director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, said major transitions can cause anxiety within institutions, where change is usually both wanted and feared.
He said that in cases where some at an institution might feel as if they weren’t fully included in the process, it might be harder to accept a new leader. Faculty had expressed concerns throughout the presidential search about the kinds of faculty members being represented in the process and on the formal search committee. All faculty members on that committee were male, all were white and all but one were from a science background.
Faculty have since applauded the selection of LeBlanc, but some have shared concerns about GW’s trend of choosing white men as presidents.
“We put a lot of faith in process and in reputation, and when we feel the process hasn’t been balanced in some ways, it shakes our support,” Burkhardt said.
Jay Dee, a professor of higher education administration at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, said he thought LeBlanc may have been chosen as way to maintain continuity at GW, citing LeBlanc’s background in computer science reflecting GW’s expansion of science and engineering programs and his extensive work on both improving academic programs and overseeing a university budget.
He said that often, leaders at institutions will already have their own priorities set and will look for a president that fits those goals, instead of for one who arrives with his own agenda.
“I think where presidents have been successful is when they’ve realized that their role as a facilitator for priorities and visions that already exist, rather than someone who’s aiming to reshape an institution,” Dee said.”

Crime log
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 17, 2017
“Unlawful Entry
Academic Center
1/6/2017 - 3:18 p.m.
University Police Department officers arrested a person barred from campus after the individual entered the Academic Center. The individual entered the building, which houses Rome and Phillips halls, through the southwest entrance.
- Closed by arrest.
Sexual Fondling
Off Campus (Old City of Jerusalem)
12/31/2016 - Afternoon
- No further action.
Unlawful Entry
Mitchell Hall 7-Eleven
1/1/2017 - 4:48 p.m.
After officers responded to assist with a “disorderly” person in the 7-Eleven in Mitchell Hall, they discovered he was barred from campus. He was then arrested and transported to the Second District police station for processing.
- Closed by arrest.
Unlawful Entry
Rice Hall
1/6/2017 - 2:19 to 3:45 p.m.
After being discovered on the third floor of Rice Hall in a women’s restroom, a woman who was previously barred from campus was arrested for unlawful entry. She was sent to the emergency room at GW Hospital after complaining of injuries before being taken to the Second District police station for processing.
- Closed by arrest.”

Staff Editorial: What LeBlanc should know about students before becoming University president
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 17, 2017
“Welcome to GW, Thomas LeBlanc, the University’s 17th president. While we, The Hatchet’s editorial board, know you are by no means new to the higher education world, we thought we’d give you a quick introduction to GW and what you should expect from students.
We assume you already know that GW is a very politically active university – the most politically active in the country, in fact. And with this title doesn’t just come a passion for national politics: Students have an active role in University politics, too. Unfortunately, some of the interactions when students take activist positions aren’t positive. You should be ready for pushback when students feel that administrators are not being transparent or are not putting students first. Recently, a group of resident advisers petitioned the National Labor Relations Board in the hopes of unionizing to demand better treatment as University employees. And when some students felt University President Steven Knapp’s Earth Day speech on sustainability was ironic given the University’s refusal to divest from fossil fuels, they protested during the speech.
Media Credit: Cartoon by Grace Lee
Cartoon by Grace Lee
Some of our most political students are wary when it comes to trusting administrators, but we’re hopeful that you can change that. Students want to know what’s going on within the University and why decisions are made. Being transparent would be the best way to show you’re turning over a new leaf at a university that has had its fair share of transparency issues in the past. GW is still recovering from the admissions scandal that led to GW falling out of U.S. News & World Report's top 50 universities list – a coveted position we still haven’t crawled back to. And with consistent budget cuts and faculty layoffs , students and faculty have called for more transparency with the University’s financial plans. Even our sports teams haven’t been without conflict. Just last summer, former head men’s basketball coach Mike Lonergan was accused of verbal and emotional abuse. Following a Title IX review, Lonergan was fired with many questions about the review unanswered.
Unfortunately, this lack of transparency even came with choosing you. Faculty members in the Faculty Senate were extremely concerned by how members of the presidential search committee were chosen and that the committee wasn’t diverse enough to pick a president that represented GW. When Knapp announced that he was resigning last June, students and this editorial board called for a university president that was more diverse and knew how to connect with students. It would benefit you to address diversity and inclusion concerns as soon as possible and reach out to the diverse community at GW to show you want to be everyone’s president.
You’re coming to D.C. at a very interesting time for students, and we’d be remiss to not mention the other president moving in just a few blocks away. We think it’s essential you realize that the majority of students are not happy with our new neighbor, and Knapp was vocal about protecting undocumented students and other students who have felt targeted by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric. After the election, Knapp told the GW community to celebrate our diversity, and he signed onto a letter of support for undocumented students. These types of announcements made many students feel like Knapp was their side, and you should be ready to address some of the same issues going forward. It's likely that there will be more situations that arise that will give you the opportunity to take a stance on students' safety and comfort.
Students have also been loud about diversity on campus, even before this election season. But now it feels more pertinent than ever to make sure all students have a place at the University. Last year, officials changed the position formerly known as the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion to include community engagement. It’ll be important for you to make sure that diversity and inclusion stay pertinent to the University’s top goals while enhancing students' relationships with the GW and D.C. community.
Many undergraduate students study the liberal arts, and with that comes some concern about an administrator whose background is mostly in the science, technology, engineering and math field. We hope that you enhance all of our schools' programs, not just those related to science.
Also, most of Knapp’s criticisms stem from his lack of communication and connection with students. It’s been a rarity to see Knapp casually attend basketball games, theatre performances, a capella concerts or other student-centered events. Students like to know that our administrators care about the things we care about. By showing up to support us, we will be able to trust you to handle problems when they arise. Building trust is the first step in creating dialogue, and that can be as simple as singing the fight song at a basketball game.
At the end of the day, the GW community is probably similar to the community you’re leaving at the University of Miami. We might not be as big of sports fans and we certainly don’t wear our school spirit as loudly, but just like students at any university, we care about our school and we want our school policies and officials to best represent us. If you can open and sustain a dialogue with students, we think we’ll both be happy throughout your tenure.
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.”

Title IX office expands after high-level resignation
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 17, 2017
“Media Credit: Hatchet file photo
Carrie Ross, the former assistant director for sexual assault prevention and response, left GW earlier this month. The office is looking for someone to hire to replace her and is filling two new positions.
The Title IX office is trying to expand as it handles the resignation of one of its top leaders this month.
Carrie Ross, the former assistant director for sexual assault prevention and response, left GW earlier this month after less than two years in the position. University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said in an email that the Title IX office is adding two new positions – a Title IX investigator and a paralegal – as well as searching for someone to replace Ross.
Officials hope to fill the positions “as soon as possible,” but do not yet have a specific timetable, Csellar said. The investigator position and the assistant director position have been posted on GW’s jobs website and the paralegal position will be posted within the next few weeks, she said.
Losing a campus leader
Csellar said Ross left GW Jan. 6 to pursue a “new career opportunity,” Csellar said.
“This position has already been posted and the search for her replacement has begun,” she said. “We will seek to fill this position as soon as possible.”
Ross was hired in March 2015 to work with the Division of Student Affairs, the coordinator of victims’ services and student organizations to create sexual assault prevention and awareness training programs. Ross joined the office around the same time Suzanne Combs, the University’s former victims’ services coordinator, left GW.
Ross played a crucial role in the office, helping to analyze the results of the first and second campus climate surveys. She also oversaw the first mandatory education sessions for incoming first-year students after leaders determined there was a need for more prevention education following the release of the results from the first survey.
After the first year of mandatory sexual assault prevention education, Ross implemented more individualized options for in-person sexual assault prevention training sessions, allowing students to choose from six specialized workshops. She also worked to create specialized trainings for graduate students.
Ross and the Title IX office worked with GW's marketing and creative services office to revamp Haven, the University website that brings together on-and-off campus resources for students, faculty and staff to respond to sexual abuse, this past summer.
Jocelyn Jacoby, the co-president of Students Against Sexual Assault, said that without Ross, the implementation of the mandatory training sessions that SASA and other student organizations lobbied for would have been difficult.
Jacoby said Ross was always there to help students and survivors, which will be her legacy at GW.
“I know a lot of times people lament the school administration, whether that is justified or not, but you didn't feel that way with Carrie,” Jacoby said. “Her number one priority was to support survivors and students.”
Student leaders who worked with Ross received an email from her at the end of December saying that she would be moving to another job, Jacoby said. She said she hopes Ross’s replacement has experience working with survivors and will be dedicated to making connections with student leaders.
“She is also a great resource for us to direct survivors to, which is really important because that is definitely something we are a little concerned about moving forward as we wait for the new staff,” Jacoby said. “We always felt really safe giving them to Carrie and now we have to figure out how to navigate the school without her.”
Shan Wu, a former Department of Justice sex crimes prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney specializing in student legal issues, said that a university dealing with the resignation of a key staff member should hire an outside law firm or private investigative firm to review and temporarily staff the position, while formulating the right criteria to use when looking for a replacement.
“Turnover provides a great opportunity to revise and improve existing systems,” Wu said.
Hiring for three positions
Csellar said the new Title IX investigator will conduct investigations of all allegations and violations of GW’s sexual harassment and violence policies and the threats and acts of violence policy. The paralegal associate will focus on tracking cases and communicating with all of the parties involved in the case, she said.
“Both positions will be responsible for serving as a member of a team that provides administrative, educational and leadership to support the university’s compliance requirements,” Csellar said.
The new positions will be funded through reallocation of current funds within the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and the Office of the Provost, she said.
Most of GW’s peer schools, including Georgetown University, have Title IX investigators on staff. The same is true of the universities of Southern California, Missouri, Connecticut and Miami.
Samantha Berner, a Title IX investigator at Georgetown University, said her role is to investigate claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. During the investigation process, she interviews the complainant, respondent and witnesses with relevant information, and reviews evidence to draft a report, she said.
“It is important to have an investigator who is appropriately trained to handle the complicated nuances of these types of investigations,” Berner said. “If students know that their claim of sexual misconduct will be handled in this manner, hopefully, they'll be more likely to come forward and report to the university.”
She said that even if there are no active investigations by the Office of Civil Rights into the university, a Title IX investigator is still responsible for conducting investigations of allegations within the university.
Jody Shipper, the co-founder of Project IX and the former executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity and chief Title IX administrator at the University of Southern California, said students need to know they can turn to their universities for help in situations of sexual misconduct, and that adding more staff members can increase students’ awareness of resources.
Leaders at institutions have recognized that if they don’t have enough personnel in the Title IX office, it can slow down the division’s ability to handle cases, Shipper said.
“We can’t hold someone accountable until you have had that process and if you don’t have enough personnel then students might have to wait even longer before their case is handled and that contributes to additional trauma,” Shipper said. “So staffing up those offices is critical.””

Men's basketball freshmen display growth despite poor A-10 start
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 17, 2017
“Media Credit: Ethan Stoler | Hatchet Photographer
Freshman center Collin Smith handles the ball during GW's 66-63 win at Temple on Dec. 7. Smith leads the Colonials with 18 total blocks and is averaging 7.7 points per game in his debut campign. Ethan Stoler | Hatchet Photographer
More than a quarter of the way through its Atlantic 10 schedule, men’s basketball is off to a less-than-ideal start. The team currently sits tied for last place in the conference with four losses – one a 30-point blowout at VCU – overshadowing one solid win over Davidson at home.
The reasons for the skid are clear: across its first five league contests, GW has the third-lowest scoring offense (68.6 ppg), second-lowest field goal percentage defense (41.0 percent) and the worst turnover margin (-3.78) in the conference.
But despite its bottom-of-the-pack standing, young members of the Colonials squad have provided some silver linings: Underclassmen have gained experience playing important minutes and, forced to hone their games quickly, continue to show growth. Freshman big men Collin Smith and Arnaldo Toro are already invaluable players in the frontcourt, while fellow rookie guard Jair Bolden is slowly emerging as an athletic force off the bench.
All three budding talents have also allowed interim head coach Maurice Joseph to adjust game plans when necessary, providing more options when playing big or small against a given opponent.
Starting in 16 of 18 games in his rookie campaign, Smith is the biggest standout in the 2020 class. After graduating Kevin Larsen last spring, GW needed a strong presence under the rim and so far, Smith has held his own.
The 6-foot-10-inch center leads the Colonials with 18 blocks, boasts the second-best rebounding numbers (5.9 rpg) and averages 7.7 points per game. His most impactful moment this year came on Dec. 3 against UCF, when he knocked down a game-winning three-pointer to lift GW past the Bulls 68-67.
After a 10-point, eight-rebound performance at VCU on Jan. 11, Joseph recognized Smith’s “world of potential.”
“[Smith] can handle the ball, he’s very athletic, has a good skill set for his size,” Joseph said. “He needs to grow in some aspects – obviously needs to mature mentally and physically – and that will come with experience. He’s a heck of a player, and he can be really good if he wants to be.”
Toro has also impressed in his debut campaign thus far, especially on the glass.
After junior guard Yuta Watanabe (13.3 ppg) was sidelined with a leg injury in late November, Toro was placed in a starting role for eight straight games beginning on Nov. 26. Across that span he scored a career-high 12 points at Temple and picked up two 10-rebound games at Harvard and Miami.
The Puerto Rico native currently averages a team-best 2.3 offensive rebounds per game, and he has led the team on the boards overall in six games this season. Toro has shown composure and strength as a freshman down low and hasn’t seemed fazed by big-time minutes.
In the backcourt, Bolden has come into his own as of late after a quiet first half of the season. In GW’s first 15 games, the guard averaged 9.3 minutes per game but played more than 20 in each of the Colonials’ last three contests.
The high school state champion (Westtown School) posted 12 points at VCU last week, followed by a career day at La Salle on Sunday, where he scored a team-high 16 points – going 3-for-4 from deep – in 30 minutes off the bench.
“Jair did a tremendous job all game,” Joseph said after Sunday’s 79-69 loss. “He is doing a better job with his confidence. The last two games, even though we lost them, were very positive for Jair.”
Bolden has also proven to be one of GW’s stronger perimeter defenders in the last handful of games, something the team sorely needs. His ball-handling and game awareness is still developing, but it will be interesting to see how Joseph continues to utilize him off the pine.
“I think I have grown a lot,” Bolden said Sunday. “Coach [Joseph] has taught me a lot since I first landed on campus and a lot of older guys have been showing me the ropes. They’ve definitely taught me a lot about how to be a better point guard, how to be a better player and how to be a better defender.”
Regardless of the rise of GW's rookies and the versatility they provide, the remainder of the conference schedule - packed with more experienced teams - will continue to be a challenge.
The Colonials (9-9, 1-4 A-10) are back in action Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they play host to the Duquesne Dukes (9-9, 2-3 A-10).”

D.C. tourism, businesses expect economic boost from inauguration
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 17, 2017
“Media Credit: Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor
The guest experience manager at One Washington Circle Hotel said last week that the hotel had only two more rooms available for inauguration night. D.C. expects about the same number of tourists at this inauguration as attended the last inaguration four years ago.
D.C. businesses are expecting to cash in on inauguration.
The District expects to draw as many as 1 million visitors to the city for the inauguration and surrounding protests, and to generate $1 billion, according to The Washington Post and The Washington Times. Experts say the initial concerns about low attendance for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration have dissipated, and while the number of people and revenue won’t reach the level of President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, they should be similar to his second ceremony in 2013.
Danielle Davis, the director of communications for D.C. tourism agency Destination DC, said in an email that the level of demand for hotels in the city is currently on par with Obama’s 2013 inauguration when hotels were about 67 percent full. D.C. has gained an additional 4,000 hotel rooms in the past four years, she added. The city now has 31,156 hotel rooms, according to D.C. Press.
“While some hotels are fully sold out, others still have availability,” she said. “We won’t know occupancy in full until a few days after the inauguration.”
The average occupancy rate for Obama’s first inauguration was 96.8 percent, with the average daily hotel rate at a high $602 per night, she said, citing STR Global Hotel Market data. Destination DC expects similar occupancy rates to Obama’s second inauguration, which were about 30 percent lower.
Davis said her office has been receiving a high volume of calls and web traffic on their inauguration website , but she added that other weekend events like the Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday, are adding to the already-high demand for space.
Airbnb, a company that allows people to rent out their homes to visitors, said in a release Friday that Inauguration Day will be the biggest rental date yet for the company's D.C. branch.
“Today, more than 15,100 guest arrivals are booked for this three-day period, with 13,000-plus guests booked for the evening of Jan. 20, 2017 – representing the biggest night ever for Airbnb arrivals in the District of Columbia,” the release stated .
Airbnb is expected to bring in nearly $6 million dollars for hosts, which is 10 times more the amount from the 2013 inauguration, and those guests are projected to spend nearly $5 million at D.C. businesses, according to the release.
Airbnb's popularity has also grown over the past few years, which likely contributed to the increase. In September of 2012, the company was worth $1.3 billion, but last year it reached a $25 billion value, according to The Telegraph and Business Insider.
Marco Burlimann, the guest experience manager at One Washington Circle Hotel, said the hotel had two rooms left for Friday night and a handful for Thursday and Saturday nights. The hotel has a total of 151 rooms, according to Expedia.
He added that the numbers are similar to Obama’s second inauguration, although he said guests started booking rooms much later this year than they did for previous inaugurations. He declined to comment on the revenue the hotel was expected to bring in during the inaugural weekend.
Maggie Daniels, a professor of hospitality, tourism and event management at George Mason University, said in an email that the spending by tourists for the 2017 inauguration compared to the 2009 event should be much lower, even when adjusting for inflation.
“From a tourism perspective, the basic components of economic impact do not vary dramatically from year to year or when comparing events,” she said.
Daniels added that hotels and restaurants gain the most revenue from outside spending, with retail and transportation revenues close behind. Visitors to D.C. spend their money mainly at hotels, restaurants and museums, she said.
The money D.C. residents spend should not be included when determining the inauguration's economic impact for the city, Daniels said.
“The assumption is that those same funds would have been spent elsewhere in the local economy if the event had not taken place,” she said.”

Tips for navigating D.C. Inauguration Day
by The GW Hatchet
Jan 01, 2017
“Media Credit: Ethan Stoler | Hatchet Photographer
Metro trains will run from 4 a.m. to midnight on Inauguration Day.
Navigating the city on Jan. 20 will be a challenge because of the thousands of tourists, road closures and transportation delays.
Crowds and delays will occur throughout the city due to extensive road closures, especially around the Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue. And the city will close train, bus and Capital Bikeshare stations in the area.
Here’s what you need to know to avoid travel delays and still enjoy the historic day:
If you choose to take the Metro, trains will run from 4 a.m. to midnight Inauguration Day. WMATA will charge peak fares, which range from $2.15 to $5.90, on all lines between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Stations within secured areas – including the Archives, Mt. Vernon Square, Federal Triangle and Smithsonian stations – will be closed all day. Other stations could potentially close based on security needs, according to a WMATA release.
WMATA is offering a limited number of 2017 Inaugural SmarTrip cards , which allow riders to take unlimited Metro rail and bus trips Inauguration Day. The card costs $10 and can be purchased online on the WMATA website or at participating CVS stores, including the CVS in The Shops at 2000 Penn.
On Inauguration Day, Metrobus will operate on a special schedule that will have more buses running than a typical Saturday service but less than on normal weekdays.
The 30N, 30S, 31 and 33 buses all stop on the Foggy Bottom campus and proceed to make stops along Pennsylvania Avenue and near the National Mall. These buses will travel from campus to the National Mall between 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Due to road closures along the National Mall, many routes will stop near the National Mall then turn around instead of going through to the other side of the Mall near the Capitol Building, according to a WMATA release.
Bus fares will remain at $1.75, but riders should rides to take longer than usual.
Uber, Lyft and Via
Students traveling to the inauguration by car will likely use ridesharing services, like Uber, Lyft and Via and should be aware of delays, increased rates and inability to access the apps in certain areas.
Ridesharing apps will not work near the National Mall on Inauguration Day, due to a security geofence around the perimeter of the Mall and surrounding streets including in Foggy Bottom and near the White House. Riders will need to exit the secured area before requesting a ride.
On Inauguration Day, Uber's fares will be the highest and riders can expect the longest delays, according to company's website.
Due to the massive crowds and road closures, cars will likely need to take alternate routes and parking will be difficult. Services like Uber, Lyft and Via will also charge surge fares due to increased demand.
GW sits in an ideal location near the White House and National Mall, so students can bike to inauguration events. But road closures may keep them from using Capital Bikeshare.
In 2013, Capital Bikeshare suspended service at all stations along the parade route and many around the National Mall. The company warned customers that bikes at docking stations around the city may be uneven, as staff are unable to rebalance or move bikes to different stations because of traffic restrictions downtown.
Capital Bikeshare has not yet released information on closings for this inaugural weekend.
On foot
GW has the luxury of being close to the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural parade, so students should plan on walking Inauguration Day.
Travelers should be mindful of road closures and security changes. Most road closures will only affect vehicular traffic. The main pedestrian road closure affecting students traveling from campus will be on Pennsylvania Avenue west of 19th Street.
The easiest way to snag a spot on the parade route will be to walk along Pennsylvania Avenue from campus until hitting 19th Street. For students who are heading to the Capitol Building for the swearing-in ceremony, walking straight toward the Mall will be the best way to get into the area.”

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