Sunday, January 31, 2010
However, in a 26-page opinion, U.S. District Judge John Bates decided that the Jefferson Memorial is a not a public forum where its “atmosphere of calm, tranquility, and reverence” may be disturbed by “expressive dancing.”
Around midnight on April 13, 2008, Mary B. Oberwetter and her friends assembled at the memorial to dance while wearing earphones to commemorate Jefferson’s birthday, 265 years after his birth. Soon after, U.S. Park Police Officer Kenneth Hillard found them and told them to stop, but Oberwetter refused. When she began asking why she had to stop dancing, Hillard arrested her on charges of demonstrating without a permit and interfering with agency function. Those charges were eventually dropped.
Oberwetter commented on the outcome of the lawsuit as “disappointing.” Yet, she said, “I still feel like this has been well worth the effort.”
Friday, January 29, 2010
In addition to the reusuable bags, Green GW also gave away compact fluorescent lightbulbs, better known as CFL bulbs which use less energy than incandescent lightbulbs. GW Housing paid for the CFL bulbs which were first distributed to freshmen. Executive Director of Green GW, Spencer Olson said GW Housing will save about $30 per lightbulb over the course of four years with the use of these new CFL lightbulbs. Olson said the organization always tries to inform students of what is taking place locally in DC and nationally regarding environmental issues by holding events like the bag giveaway.
He said the CFL lightbulb giveaway was inspired by the eco-challenge that takes place at the university each year. Green GW also pushed Residential Property Management to provide recycling bins in each room in residence halls on campus to encourage recycling efforts. The distribution began in Fall 2009 but not all halls have the recycling bins in every individual room yet.
As far as future plans, Olson said Green GW will attempt to eliminate styrofoam in J street as well as encourage Sodexho to use biodegradeable products.
Green GW participated in the "Funk the Warming" Dance protest at Lafayette Park near the White House this afternoon and some of their members will be hosting Green Corps participants this weekend.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Washington Capitals (35-12) were able to extend their winning streak to 8 games on Wednesday night by defeating the Anaheim Ducks (24-23) 5-1. The third period began with the teams tied at 1 but goals by Shaone Morrisonn and Mike Knuble gave the Caps a 3-1 lead. Alexander Semin added two goals in the third to seal the victory. Dan Sexton scored the only Anaheim goal in the second period. This is the second longest winning streak in franchise history. The Capitals will host the Florida Panthers (23-21)Friday night 7:00pm.
The Washington Wizards (14-30) lost to the LA Lakers (35-11) on Wednesday night, 115-103. Antawn Jamison scored 27 points for Washington. The Wizards will play on Friday night against the struggling New York Nets (4-40). Tip-off is at 8:00pm.
On Sunday, January 31st the NFL Pro Bowl game will be played in South Florida. This is the first time in 30 years that the game will not be held in Hawaii. This is also the first time the game will be played the Sunday before Super Bowl in hopes of garnering more viewers. The original quarterbacks for the game, Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints will not be playing in Sunday's game because they scheduled to meet in the Super Bowl next week. The Colts and Saints will meet on February 7 in South Florida for Super Bowl XLIV.
The Australian Open is coming to a close this weekend. The Women's singles final will be on early Saturday morning. Serena Williams (1) will be playing the recently returned Justine Henin.
The last time the two met was in 2008 at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, which Serena won 6-2, 6-0. Williams leads the head-to-head series 7-6. Roger Federer (1) will fight for a spot in the finals against Andy Murray (5) on early Friday morning against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (10). The Men's singles final will air live on Sunday at 3:30 am. Murray is in search of his first grand slam singles title.
Peter Benjamin, chairman of WMATA's Board, stated Thursday that "We heard from our customers that they would rather increase fares than reduce service," adding, " Not a single member of this Board wants to increase fares or decrease service, but we need to take this temporary action to balance the budget this year.”
The new fares will go into effect on March 1st, and will stay at their heightened levels through June 30th. The increase applies to all common fare types, including Regular, Reduced, and Senior/Disabled tickets. Those customers utilizing other ticket types, such as Week Passes and SmartStudent Passes, also face increases of varying amounts.
Facing a $40 million budget shortfall, the public transit authority has taken a number of steps to put itself back in the black. The fare increase will provide a $9.6 million revenue boost to the troubled agency. The WMATA's board hopes that the increase, combined with austerity measures across the organization and a possible $10 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will return the system to a more solid fiscal footing.
After discussing the historical significance of his speech and of the times the American people live in, President Obama got down to business addressing the nation’s faltering economy. He stated that he supported the measures passed at the end of the Bush Administration and early in his term, those of the bailout and stimulus plan, keeping true to his campaign pledge to do the unpopular but necessary, while likening the bailout to “ a root canal.”
Spending a considerable amount of time on his jobs bill and the middle class, Obama presented his small business plan to promote growth through tax credits, eliminating the capital gains tax, and using the repaid TARP funds for lending through community banks.
Obama then proceeded by explaining the need for bills addressing energy independence and climate change, in addition to improvements to our nation’s education system, all of which will promote job growth and keep America ahead of an advancing world, citing India, China, and Germany as potential rivals in these fields.
However, though it was the cornerstone of his agenda through his first year, the president only touched on healthcare, explaining its need and asking members of Congress to “take a second look at the bill.”
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The GW Colonials men's basketball team rallied tonight in overtime against the St. Louis Billikens, with a final score of 67-62.
Click here to visit our Flickr feed for images from the game!
This was the question Joshua King asked of his audience Tuesday night in the Marvin Center Amphitheater as he concluded his presentation entitled “Polioptics: Packaged Political Persuasion.” The event, sponsored by the School of Media and Public Affairs, the Graduate School of Political Management, and the GW College Democrats, focused on King’s experience as a former aide to the Clinton administration. He designed the way in which the president was viewed by the public in any and all realms, from public to private. His presentation touched on how recent presidents, i.e. from Reagan to Obama, and their imagery affect culture and vice versa.
Thus the question: Chicken or Egg? Is it an American obsession with marketing that has changed our culture, or has culture changed how we market aspects of society as important as our government officials? King’s career provided him with an insider perspective of this phenomenon, orchestrating how Clinton was presented to the world. His presentation was filled with literal architectural sketches of presidential events, rallies, meetings with foreign dignitaries, and everything in between. These events were all put together with the knowledge that image can make or break a story - and history.
King showed images and recounted tales of gaffes and epic moments in the past 29 years, from Reagan's walk with Nancy through a cemetery in Normandy to Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” sign declaring the end of combat in Iraq. He brought laughter to the room with anecdotes and images of the past and present, including a screen capture of Obama’s purported "evil eye" from the Drudge Report.
Imagery of the president today means something entirely different from King’s tenure, a point he himself admitted. Mostly, he said, technology has changed our ability to get information and images of the President. But our desire for information on any and all aspects of the President’s life has kept the business of political persuasion afloat.
Now, we can view hundreds of photos of the president throughout his day almost immediately after they’re taken via the Internet. Political imagery today is less packaged than King’s time. Today, the best images are lucky images captured with the simple fortune of being in the right place in the right time. It is these images that ultimately define presidential history.
The GW College Democrats will be hosting a watch party at 8:30pm in the South Hall community room.
The GW College Republicans will be having their watch party at 9pm in Marvin Center room 403.
All of the major television networks will be broadcasting the speech live; you can also watch the address online at whitehouse.gov.
And don't forget to join us live this Sunday, January 31, at noon for analysis of President Obama's first official SOTU address.
Dear [Name of student organization],
Hello, my name is Josh Goldstein and I am a Student Association Senator representing the Columbian College. I am reaching out to you because I want to learn more about the student organization that you lead, [name of student organization]. More specifically, I would love the opportunity to sit down with you to learn about the organization, its programming, and to discuss ways that the SA can work with you in the upcoming year.
I think it is crucial that we get to know each other so that we can work together to help you reach the goals that you have set for your organization and utilize the SA's funds and relationship with the GW Administration to provide a better experience for you and your members. As an SA Senator, I feel that it is my responsibility work both for you and with you to find ways for the SA to help your organization succeed. Feel free to contact me via email at XXXXX@.com.
I hope to hear from you soon and am looking forward to meeting with you.
Candidates will begin officially announcing in the next several days. We'll post all the major candidate announcements or any major rumors that come up, so be on the lookout.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The Senate first passed the 2010 Expanding Academic Opportunities Act, which endorses the creation of an LGBT Studies Minor within CCAS, by a roll-call vote of 23-7.
The Senate later passed the 2010 Equal Housing Opportunity Act, which endorses gender-neutral housing, allowing students to apply for housing with students of the opposite gender if they request one another, by a roll-call vote of 19-11. The bill had been tabled at last week's meeting.
"I am absolutely elated! We have been working for months on these initiatives," said Komo after final passage of both bills. "Our hard was rewarded tonight with the passage of both pieces of legislation. I am beyond happy that we have addressed the concerns of students and have offered positive solutions. The point of the Student Association is to help students in need. We have successfully done that this evening. I am very proud. I look forward to addressing more concerns of the student body at future Senate meetings."
Komo had added an amendment to EHOA during a recess to change the endorsement to a less "widespread" version of gender-neutral housing consisting of a one-year pilot program, with the university deciding at the end of the year whether to keep the program.
Senator Erik Ashida told WRGW News before the meeting that he will be retiring from the SA at the end of the year. During the thirty-minute debate session before the vote, Ashida said that "the concept [of gender-neutral housing] itself is fundamentally sound," calling it "a sound policy we should endorse."
But Senator Giovanni Tomassi, who voiced opposition to both bills, said EHOA was "too broad" and "has too many flaws."
One of the lighter moments of the debate came when Senator Logan Dobson, talking about the potential costs of instituting campus-wide gender-neutral housing, said that "as a member of housing staff I don't charge by the roommate conflict," eliciting applause from some of his fellow Senators.
Click here to read the liveblog of the meeting.
The drug will be given only to chronically ill patients or registered caregivers in order to ease the symptoms of serious illness. The proposal allows the Department of Health to regulate how the policy would be implemented; including the conditions for which the drug can be prescribed.
Medical cannabis is currently legal in fourteen states. One of the biggest challenges for D.C. is where to grow the drug because it is illegal to ship across Virginia or Maryland’s borders.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The latest WRGW News poll shows that SA Executive Vice-President Jason Lifton is the favorite in the upcoming SA Presidential election - only if Senator Logan Dobson stays out of the race. Lifton only leads Dobson 19.5% to 17%, with Senator Michael Komo pulling in 12% of the vote.
It is important to note that a majority of the 231 undergraduate students who completed the survey either did not recognize the potential candidates or (even more likely) do not intend to vote in the election, helping to explaining the low numbers of support in the horserace matchups, and indicates name recognition is a considerable factor in the results. Also, all the candidates on the survey - Jason Lifton, Michael Komo, Logan Dobson, and Dylan F. Pyne have not announced any intention of running for SA President as of January 25, 2010. The horserace matchups were purely speculative.
In terms of the current standing of the SA, President Julie Bindelglass recieved favorable marks from 21% of those surveyed, while 22% gave her negative marks, and the rest were undecided.
When asked "Do you think the Student Association effectively represents the interests of the student body?" only 22% of those surveyed agreed, while 43% responded that the SA did not represent their interests.
Here are the results of the poll:
Margin of Error = +/- 5.4%
SA President (with Dobson)
Jason Lifton 19.5%
Logan Dobson 17%
Michael Komo 12%
Dylan F. Pyne 3%
SA President (without Dobson)
Jason Lifton 27%
Michael Komo 16%
Dylan Pyne 4.5%
Bindelglass Job Approval
Does SA represent the interests of students?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
1. New Logo - We went for a more modern, iconic logo, with obvious attention paid to the colors of the words in WRGW News.
The GW Colonials basketball team fell to the Richmond Spiders in the final minute of a close game this Saturday, January 23rd. Tied at 57 with 30 seconds left, Richmond's Ryan Butler hit a three-pointer. An attempted 2 point rally by Damian Hollis went sour after Hollis fouled Richmond's Kevin Anderson at 4 seconds. Anderson sunk his two free throws, leaving GW fans disappointed with a final score of 62-57.
Click above to see pictures of the game on WRGW News' Flickr stream!
Friday, January 22, 2010
ELF is a 501 C 3 charity based in the Greater Washington Area. According to Chamari De Silva, the organization "gives scholarships to underprivileged, yet deserving students in Sri Lanka, my home country."
"As time goes on, many people are quick to forget that there are people still struggling and trying to make ends meet," said De Silva.
ELF is made up of about 50 volunteers who spend their nights and weekends dedicating their efforts to the cause, which De Silva said is "near and dear to our hearts."
"Chase Bank is donating $1 million to the charity that gets the most votes on Facebook by this Friday, January 22, at midnight. If we can get in the top 5, then we can get $100,000," said De Silva. "Currently we are number 27 and have a long way to go but we are determined and optimistic!"
WRGW News hosted an interview with ELF on Thursday night's News at Six.
For more information, visit EducateLanka.org.
This ignited a firestorm in which McCain posted on her twitter page that she had been "uninvited" by GW. However, only the CR's pulled their sponsorship of the event, and it is still scheduled for February 9th.
The following is a press release Michael Komo sent WRGW News, who wanted a chance to clarify his version of the events:
This past week the facts about the preparation for the upcoming Meghan McCain event at The George Washington University have been misrepresented.
Three GW organizations, Allied in Pride, The Graduate School of Political Management Student Association, and Program Board, have been planning Ms. McCain's appearance since summer 2009. All three organizations are non-partisan and are elated for the opportunity to have Ms. McCain speak at GW.
On Saturday GW’s men’s basketball team hosts the Richmond Spiders (14-6). The Colonials will try to snap their 3-game losing streak. On Wednesday, GW fell to Dayton, scoring only 51 points. This is the lowest amount of points scored by the team this season. Freshmen Lasan Kromah led the Colonials with 14 points.Saturday’s game will start at 2:00pm at the Smith Center, and you can always tune to gwradio.com for live coverage of the game.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
-WRGW News is conducting a poll that surveys people on their attitudes towards the Student Association and polls hypothetical SA presidential horse races. So far in the small portion of surveys we've looked at, there are definitely some surprises and trends appearing. Be on the lookout for the polls later this weekend or early next week.
-The SA Senate decided to table the gender neutral housing bill, effectively holding it off until it is reintroduced. However, the body will meet again next Tuesday to vote on the LGBT minor bill (and most likely the gender neutral housing bill too). Be sure to check out the liveblog.
-One of the controversies surrounding the gender neutral housing bill was Michael Komo's speech to the RHA general assembly on Monday. One member of the RHA general assembly who spoke during the public comments session of the meeting, freshman Ted Dooley stated that Komo had misled him and the body in the Monday meeting. I emailed RHA President Jess Yager about this and she responded,
-Among the visibly upset that the SA decided to vote to table the bill (rather than give it a 'yes' or 'no' vote) were EVP Jason Lifton, and senators Erik Ashida and Michael Komo. Instead of actually voting on bills this year, the SA has managed to "table" a good number of them, effectively waffling on many important issues that come before them. One senator said something along the lines of "we have taxis to take and metro rides to make back home" as the meeting reached 11p.m. (after starting at 9 p.m.). This is a shameful excuse to table bills and create additional meetings, and it's disturbing it has become a popular trend in the Senate.
-At the meeting, several people spoke about the gender neutral housing bill during public comments, with a majority in favor of it.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Today's holiday provided GW students with a day free from classes. With their free time, many students chose to participate in service events across the District. The Office of Community Service provided sign-ups for events as close as New Hampshire Avenue and as far as Falls Church, Virginia. On New Hampshire Avenue, students and other DC residents served food at Martha's Kitchen, a soup kitchen attached to the Western Presbyterian Church. In Falls Church, the Ronald McDonald House Charities sponsored a home makeover and more food service opportunities.
The Office of Community Service had 500 spots available for volunteers, and 488 were filled according the OCS website. GW is well on its way to reaching the 100,000 hour volunteering goal set by First Lady Michelle Obama, who has promised to speak at the 2010 Commencement ceremonies if the students reach that mark.
Above: Volunteers from MLK Day of Service 2009, via a link from the OCS website
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Tickets for the lecture and discussion with Tom Friedman are sold out. The event will take place in Lisner Auditorium on Thursday night at 7:30. WRGW will be in attendance and give our online readers and broadcast listeners the highlights of the night.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
-Speaking of Michael Komo, all signs point to him running for SA President next month. Expect to hear his name a lot the next several weeks.
-As the world community helps to clean up the disaster in Haiti, please take the time to donate for the disaster relief. You can donate $10 by texting 'Haiti' to 90999 on your cell phone.
-The Massachusetts Senate race is heating up. Democratic nominee Martha Coakley just called former Red Sox great Curt Schilling "a Yankees fan." Ouch.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
"Yes, I am the keynote speaker at George Washington University's 'Marriage Equality Week' next month. Can't wait, very honored to be asked," McCain posted earlier today.
McCain drew attention following the 2008 presidential campaign for her often frank analysis on reforming the GOP and a scantily-clad Twitter photo earlier this year.
WRGW's Jill Plevinsky contributed to this breaking report.
In response to recent polls which show a dramatic shift in the race, College Democrats Communications Director Michael Garber stated, "polls and reality are often quite different. We are confident that Coakley will pull off a strong win on election day and will be the next in line of great senators from Massachusetts."
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
The vaccines will be available in nasal mist and shot forms. Supplies are limited and will be available to all student, faculty, and staff with a GWorld on a first-come first-serve basis.
SHS is located at 2141 K St, NW, Suite 501.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Moderated by Huffington Post White House correspondent Sam Stein, the discussion will be held at 1957 E Street Room 113 from 7 to 9 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Progressive Book Club.
Plouffe will discuss his recent book "The Audacity Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory," which features an inside look into the campaign that forever changed American politics.
To attend the event as a guest, visit: www.progressivebookclub.com. To view the event live on the internet, visit http://www.gspm.org.