Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Last weekend, the International Monetary Fund held a meeting with the World Bank.
The IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee attended the meeting, as well as the IMF and World Bank’s Development Committee. It had implications for the world and came to conclusions that can be found here: http://www.imf.org/external/np/cm/2011/041611a.htm
The IMF is located about 1 block off campus creating part of the “in the middle of it all” atmosphere at GWU, however, it also means the implications of closing down many streets surrounding the building. Some students happen to find this extremely irritating. Most students, especially near Thurston and Potomac, agreed that it made getting around rather difficult. Because of the closed down street, taxies were harder to find. On top of this, some streets were also blocked and one could not walk on them.
These implications can cause difficulties on the specific days of the meetings, however, these difficulties come at a good cause for the world.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Coulter began by addressing the issue of raising taxes on the wealthy. Stating that the effects of tax increases are counter-productive and actually lead to decreases in government net revenue, she further declared that Democrats in the U.S. Congress and President Obama support raising taxes on the wealthy not for the benefit of the poor, but to for the sole benefit of the U.S. government.
After her early statements regarding fiscal policy, however, Coulter’s remarks quickly became controversial. Combining a series jokes with more serious remarks, Coulter drew laughter from the audience as she addressed topics ranging from health care reform to foreign policy.
On the issue of U.S. health care policy, Coulter noted that President Obama “is a moderate-in Kenya,” further claiming that the U.S. government “can’t keep Mexicans out of Laredo, but it can keep a State farm agent out of Ohio."
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Starting on Monday, the White Peacock opened for a trial period in a more permanent spot, at the Burrito del Rey station. The trial will run for two weeks while Sodexo management assesses student response. During the trial, The White Peacock will be serving food from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while Burrito del Rey will serve its Mexican fare from 3 p.m. through 9 p.m.
The White Peacock serves traditional Indian cuisine such as Tandoori Chicken and Na'an bread while incorporating Vegetarian options into its menu. An entree portion is priced at $5.99, which is the same price as entrees at other J Street venues such as Burrito del Rey, Little Italy and Charlie Chiangs Kwai.
More changes could come for J Street in the future as the university readies plans to renovate the first floor of the Marvin Center. The upcoming renovation, which will remove the staircase in the center of J Street, will provide more floor space in the eatery and could mean further changes to venues. The university is also looking to keep J Street competitive in the face of new eateries opening in "The Avenue" complex on I Street.
Galambush, the Associate Professor of Religious Studies at The College of William and Mary, gave a lecture entitled “The New Testament: Jewish or Anti-Jewish?”. Raised as a Catholic but now an observant Jew, Galambush wrote the 2007 book “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus,” which is intended for Jews and Christians alike.
Professor Paul Duff, Associate Dean of CCAS for Undergraduate Studies, introduced the key note speaker. Galambush explored the original intentions of the historic authors of the New Testament and questioned whether the book was intended to be in its nature anti-Jewish, or if it has just been interpreted that way since the early centuries following Christ. Having concluded that the original disciples intended for the New Testament to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament, Galambush accepted questions for about half an hour.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The President first opened with some levity, joking that one reason he wanted to speak at GWU was to give students "one more reason to skip class." Obama wasted no time, however, turning to the issue at hand, the national debt.
The White House has been at pains in recent days to underscore the "balance" of the President's proposal, and Obama quickly worked to establish a theme of duality that would endure throughout his speech. Focusing first on the history of the role of government in the United States, Obama acknowledged that Americans were a self-reliant people "with a healthy skepticism of too much government."
However, the President contrasted this individuality with what he believed to be the interconnected nature of the American people. Specifically citing the role of Social Security and Medicare, he asserted that "we would not be the great country we are today without those commitments."
According to statements from University officials, the student was found around 2 p.m. in his dorm room. DC Police have been notified and are on the scene.
In a statement, President Knapp expressed sadness regarding the student's death and gave his condolences to the student's friends and family. He said there was no reason at this time to believe the death was a result of a criminal act.
City Hall was under lockdown with no admittance to nonresidents for a portion of the afternoon, with UPD and MPD officers on the scene checking GWorlds and verifying residency for all building entrants.
More details will be released pending MPD investigation.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
The event started off with two members of Code Pink, a woman’s anti-war group, with signs stating “Real men make peace” and “Powell = War criminal”. The protestors were quickly escorted away by security. Powell brushed off the encounter saying that any protestor deserves to be heard if they want to have a civil discussion. “I learn so much about the issues in the country by doing speaking engagements like this,” Powell said.
When reflecting on his years as secretary, Powell jokingly said he misses the airplane and said he bought a Coorvette to compensate. Powell had the crowd laughing every several minutes, saying, “What’s a tweet? I’m too old to be a tweep,” when speaking on social media. Powell also said he “waits in line like everyone else” and gets patted down by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) when he travels.
On a more serious note, Powell said students should motivate themselves to make a difference in the world and their communities. “You’re expected to challenge ideas,” Powell said on the responsibilities of college students. Powell, a graduate of George Washington University, proudly touted his 2.0 grade point average but did not advocate students to perform the same. “It doesn’t matter where you start in life [but] it matters where you end.”
The program ended with Powell answering questions from students. One question regarded terrorism, to which Powell said confidently, “[Terrorists] cannot change who we are. We’re American’s. We’re not afraid.”
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Topic for the lecture on the topic of “The New Testament: Jewish or Anti-Jewish?” will include time for a Question and Answer session with the audience following the event. Galambush, who was raised Catholic but is now an observant Jew, wrote the 2007 book “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus,” which is intended for Jews and Christians alike.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Libyan Ambassador Ali Aujali spoke Monday at the Jack Morton Auditorium in the School of Media and Public Affairs. The moderately successful event was held by the International Affairs Society and open to the public. Mr. Aujali, who has been in the news since defecting from the Gaddhafi regime in February, stressed the desire of the Libyan people to live in freedom and peace, and explained his reasons for defecting from the regime in order to better serve the Libyan people. He further implored audience members to stand alongside the Libyan people through the crisis happening there now. His talk was cut short, however, at the behest of President Obama, whose administration just hours before the event was scheduled invited Mr. Aujali to attend a speech given by the President in Arlington Monday.
The event was moved forward, with Mr. Aujali abruptly exiting after his speech and having to cancel his participation in a Question and Answer session afterwards as well as a reception.
Four famous chefs from Washington came to the Jack Morton Auditorium in the School of Media and Public Affairs building Tuesday to discuss an array of issues ranging from sustainable healthy eating and the “Buy Local” food movement to planning menus and satisfying customer demands.
Attending the discussion were the famed José Andrés, the chef and owner of Washington’s Café Atlántico, Minibar by José Andrés, Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, The Bazaar, José Andrés Catering with Ridgewells, China Poblano and é by José Andrés.; Todd Gray, the chef and owner of Equinox Restaurant and Todd Gray’s Watershed; Spike Mendelsohn, the chef and owner of Good Stuff Eatery and We, The Pizza; and Nora Pouillon, the chef and owner of Restaurant Nora, and a long-term advocate of healthy eating and local food sourcing. The discussion was moderated by Wahsington Post food columnist and independent food writer Jane Black.
The chefs discussed environmental and health issues pertaining to food production. The general consensus was that all things, including meat, should simply be taken in moderation. Chef Andrés noted that Americans should be eating less meat, but of a higher quality.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
However, some of the most interesting insight gained from this data is that DC needs to redistrict. By law each of DC's eight wards must have roughly equal populations, plus or minus 5%. Currently Ward two, the home of GW, is too large, while Wards seven and eight, located mostly south of the Anacostia River, are too small. While the ideal ward size should be around 75,000 people, ward two has almost 80,000 residents.
The impending redistricting and shrinking of ward two may affect campus life in the future. As a result of redistricting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) district lines will be redrawn. It is these commissions, which could most impact campus life. ANC's provide representation for their population to various parts of DC government, giving input on new laws and regulations.