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Sunday, February 27, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Elections will be held March 9th and 10th and include the selection of officers for the Student Association, Marvin Center Governing Board, and Program Board. The JEC is comprised of three appointees from the Student Association, one appointee from the Marvin Center Governing Board, and one appointee from Program Board.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Throughout the country, and especially among teens, Valentine’s Day is a day people feel like they need to share with someone. The day is promoted in ads that litter television commercial breaks, Internet sidebars, and even emails. Campus businesses are even getting in on the holiday spirit: Campusfood.com, for example, is giving $5 off of every order from February 11 until the 14th.
"Ads and market in general is design to create stress, and a way to get rid of that stress it to buy," said Daniel Z. Lieberman, M.D., a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. All of this results in a very hyped up Valentine’s Day, which for many can be psychologically detrimental if they feel the pressures of not sharing the day with someone.
For Rachael Holbreich, Valentine's Day has become all about expectations.
"Do I need to do something for someone, or will someone do something for me?” said Holbreich.
The fact that a person may not know what will occur can add to psychological tension.
"It makes people think they need to have someone to spend it with,” she said. But for Rachael, the holiday is just about telling someone you care about them.
Asked if Valentine's Day is really a day to be treated differently than others, Lieberman said, "I think it is different. If were to compare it to Mother's Day, a classic marketing-driven holiday, it is pretty easy to meet the expectations - buy a card and make a phone call." But Valentine's Day is "fundamentally different," he said.
"Valentine's Day is about feeling loved. If we don’t meet the expectations that are placed upon this holiday, it can make us feel either unloved or, even worse, unworthy of being loved," Lieberman concluded.
Elizabeth Kennedy feels that there is a healthy way to approach Valentine’s Day, even if you are single on the day.
"Instead of focusing on your lack of date or the amount of flowers you have not received, put on a larger smile than you normally would and take advantage of the special holiday which underlines love,” she said.
Valentine’s Day can be a stressful day, but if approached correctly, it can be easy and fun for all.
Friday, February 11, 2011
The speech was described as "major" in a statement released late Friday afternoon by the Office of Media Relations for George Washington University.
Check back with WRGWNews.com for coverage of the event next week.
|Photo by DC Metro People on Flickr.|
Residents and students alike expressed concern with the proposed change. ESIA Junior Aria Varaseth emhpasized the reliance cost-conscious students placed on late operating hours: "Whether we're going to parties, clubs or galas, it's important to have that extra option...GW's 4-Ride service can only do so much. To take that option away is a slap in the face to students from GW, American, Howard and Catholic..."
Thursday, February 10, 2011
|Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon|
The DC-centered blog DCist first reported in mid-January that due to concerns over the National Mall's health, the event would not be allowed to take place on the beleaguered grass between Capital hill and the Lincoln Memorial. Some commentators, including DCist itself, immediately cried foul, noting that the week long event was just one of dozens that occur on the mall each year, yet the Solar Decathlon appeared to have been singled out for displacement. While the Department of Energy is trying to keep the competition either within or near DC, other cities around the country have been raised as potential alternates.
Many teams, several from overseas, have already booked plane tickets and hotel reservations, further complicating matters. Additionally, engineering calculations for the houses' finely-tuned solar generation systems are designed for the Washington area climate, and any last-minute change could lead to headaches for participants.
The Washington Post, however, lauded the decision, noting it was part of a positive trend towards preserving the Mall, along with the now-underway renovation of the reflecting pool. The Decathlon has been known to cause severe damage to the nation's lawn in the past, with large trucks and heavy equipment digging deep ruts into the sod.
Confusingly, however, the National Park Service did approve the National Book Festival to take place on the mall during the same period, making efforts to restore the Decathlon to its previous home all the more difficult. Reports have circulated today that the competition may be moved to the National Harbor, a development just south of the District, but Decathlon officials were unable to confirm if this was the case.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Speaking in the City View Room at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Breitbart gave a charismatic and entertaining speech detailing his political journey and the current struggles of the right.
He explained that as an adolescent he considered himself liberal and pursued an American Studies degree at Tulane University, which he now describes as “anti-American studies.”
“I didn’t know any better,” he stated. “I was a liberal.”
Describing the event as the biggest of the semester for SMPA, Sesno began by reflecting on the years between Meyers and Perino, respectively the earliest secretary and most recent secretary on the panel. “When Dee Dee Meyers started her job there were fifty websites,” said Sesno to an audience of students, journalists, and media at Lisner Auditorium. In addition, Sesno reflected on the impact of social media. Sesno jokingly said, “When [Dana Perino] tweets, the world listens.”
Questions to the panel were fielded online from attendees prior to the event. On one question, pertaining to the changing format of the press, McCurry said, “It’s a real danger if we believe all media should be freely available. We need to pay for the content that matters.” The last question of evening asked how students could get close to becoming a press secretary. Perino suggested that GW students should take advantage of DC’s unique opportunities and “take the deputy job.”
Thursday, February 3, 2011
All proceeds of the auction and the raffle go directly to the University Scholarship Fund. This year, a total of about $26,000 was raised. The same event last year raised $23,385.
Martha’s Marathon began 44 years ago as a small auction used to boost school spirit. The original auction winners received lunch with the Speaker of the House, a curfew extension for freshmen, and a football autographed by the entire football team. $2,084 was raised to buy books for the library.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The event, moderated by Professor Derek Malone-France, covered a range of topics currently circulating through the media. Unlike many politicos, however, both debaters were civil and respectful.
“Newt and I like each other,” Dean pointed out before the debate, adding, “this is a transition point for the country.” Gingrich responded politely, praising President Obama’s campaign as “brilliant,” describing the candidate as “remarkable,” before stating the country, however, needs a “fundamental change.”
The guidelines are designed and intended for “healthy Americans ages 2 years and older.” A highlight of the revised recommendations includes a reduction of daily salt intake. New to the guidelines this year are additional, more specific, recommendations for pregnant women and adults over the age of 50. Pregnant women are encouraged to consume seafood and foods with iron and folic acid. Individuals over the age of 50 should consume foods “fortified with vitamin B12.”
When asked about her department’s response to the revised guidelines, Lear said, “Without even asking, it’s a good bet that there would be overwhelming support for guidelines. They offer stronger support for the fight against [obesity] in this country].”
When asked about specific guidelines for teenagers and college students, Dr. Robert Post, Director of Nutrition Policy for the Department of Agriculture, referred to the USDA’s website, where individuals can put in several characteristics about themselves (weight, height, etc.) and can receive customized dietary guidelines online. Vilsack said that specific guidelines for different age groups are a new and growing concept for the recommendations. Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for HHS, said the guidelines still apply to teenagers in their entirety due to an increase in obesity among all age groups.