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Facebook movie 'The Social Network' shows the folly of Ivy envy
by - Jay Mathews: Class Struggle
Oct 07, 2021
“This time of year, with high school seniors slogging through one college application after another and parents jittery about their children's futures, I often write columns explaining why it doesn't matter where they go to school.”
Educators hope STEM bug bites more students
by - Jay Mathews: Class Struggle
Oct 03, 2021
“I know how high school course choices affect college chances, but I know much less about how they affect lives. For that kind of advice, I rely on some experienced career specialists, such as Ann Emerson of Stafford County public schools. She sent me a refreshingly cool appraisal of the red hot...”
According to the new Bob Woodward and Robert Costa book, a Trump lawyer wrote out a plan for then Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Sep 21, 2021
“A conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump's legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted the Electoral College votes by throwing out electors from seven states, according to the new book "Peril" from Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.”
3 people were shot at a Pennsylvania baby shower after an argument over gifts, police say
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Sep 20, 2021
“• 2 people were killed in a shooting at North Carolina Central University, police say”
College professor recognizes 17th century masterpiece hanging in a nearby church
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Sep 20, 2021
“A simple act led to an art history professor discovering a 17th century masterpiece that was thought to have been missing.”
More than 100 part-timers at college left jobless after refusing Covid-19 vaccine
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Sep 18, 2021
“At least 125 part-time employees at Indiana University Health system, the largest physicians network in the state, have lost their jobs for not complying with Covid-19 vaccination requirements, a spokeswoman said Friday.”
Champion gymnasts shine righteous light on FBI
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Sep 17, 2021
“Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman and former college champion Maggie Nichols on Wednesday offered devastating testimony, sometimes through their tears, to the Senate Judiciary Committee about how USA Gymnastics, their sport's governing body, and the FBI, America's principal federal law enforcement agency, mishandled investigations into convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar. The former USA Gymnastics team doctor was accused of violating more than 200 victims and is now serving a prison sentence of 40 to 175 years.”
As College Admissions Trial Begins, Parents Claim They Were Duped
by NYT > Education
Sep 13, 2021
“The first parents to face trial in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal are casting blame both on Rick Singer, the admissions consultant, and the overall process.”
Two Parents Are the First to Face Trial in College Admissions Scandal
by NYT > Education
Sep 13, 2021
“At issue are the parents’ conduct, U.S.C.’s admissions practices and possibly the fairness of the college admissions process itself.”
Cure for loss of SAT/ACT tests: Stop banning high school kids from college courses
by Local Education
Sep 13, 2021
“We’ll improve college readiness if we let everyone take AP or IB.”
Harvard Says It Will Not Invest in Fossil Fuels
by NYT > Education
Sep 11, 2021
“The announcement is a major victory for the climate change movement, and marks a striking change in tone for the university.”
Howard University Hit by a Ransomware Attack
by NYT > Education
Sep 08, 2021
“The Washington school canceled online and hybrid classes for a second day after shutting down its network.”
How Educational Differences Are Widening America’s Political Rift
by NYT > Education
Sep 08, 2021
“College graduates are now a firmly Democratic bloc, and they are shaping the party’s future. Those without degrees, by contrast, have flocked to Republicans.”
Professors Fight Mask Bans
by NYT > Education
Sep 08, 2021
“College faculty are nervous about the fall semester.”
How female athletes are pushing for a level playing field
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Sep 07, 2021
“A viral video of the makeshift weight rooms at this year's NCAA March Madness tournament, posted by University of Oregon's Sedona Prince, gained national attention for encapsulating the gender disparity that exists between men's and women's sports.”
After 11 days on a ventilator with Covid, Florida teen wants vaccine
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Sep 06, 2021
“• Doctors in Covid-19 hotspots last year are dealing with new record hospitalizations
• Opinion: I'm a college professor, not a Covid guinea pig”

Getting educated while on active duty is getting harder as military rolls back benefits
by Local Education
Sep 05, 2021
“College classes are spottily available to service members, and the Pentagon keeps trying to slash the perk.”
How to fight big universities that stomp on your local college credits
by Local Education
Sep 06, 2021
“A community college expert exposes lies and weakness in the transfer process.”
Why Does New York State Sue Its College Students?
by NYT > Education
Sep 04, 2021
“Thousands of SUNY students have been taken to court by the attorney general’s office over tuition debt. And through a quirk in the law, the only way they can defend themselves is by appearing before a judge in Albany.”
A New Kind of Homecoming All Over College Football
by NYT > Education
Sep 04, 2021
“After the disruptions of 2020, teams from coast to coast are playing in their own stadiums for the first time since 2019.”
Opinion: I'm a college professor, not a Covid guinea pig
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Sep 04, 2021
“The return to campus for the start of fall teaching is normally a joyful time for college and university faculty and staff. It's exciting to meet new students at New York University, see colleagues and get back into the classroom. However busy I am with research and administrative duties, I feel most alive when teaching and look forward to my classes -- and I know so many of my peers who feel the same way.”
N.Y. Students Hope Vaccine Mandates Bring College Life Back to Normal
by NYT > Education
Sep 03, 2021
“Many of the state’s college students are leaning into the vaccine mandate, welcoming the chance to return to campus in person.”
Getting educated while on active duty is getting harder as military limits benefits
by Local Education
Sep 02, 2021
“College classes are spottily available to service members, and the Pentagon keeps trying to slash the perk.”
Shirt is soft as cotton, but strong as Kevlar. Here's why
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Sep 01, 2021
“Researchers at Rice University say they have developed a shirt than can perform EKGs and track your heart rate -- with the help of Bluetooth wires hanging off of it.”
Cristhian Bahena Rivera receives life sentence for murder of Mollie Tibbetts
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 31, 2021
“A farm worker has been sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for first-degree murder in the abduction and fatal stabbing of college student Mollie Tibbetts in July 2018.”
Biden, follow in footsteps of Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 31, 2021
“The year was 1987. I was walking out of my apartment, just off the campus of Purdue University in Indiana, when I found an older gentleman -- probably the same age I am now -- trying to fix his car. I asked if I could help.”
Opinion: The big difference between this pandemic and the one that killed 50 million people
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 30, 2021
“The flu pandemic that spiraled around the world a century ago had been under way for a year and a half when a University of Missouri preventive medicine professor made an admission: the effort to fight the disease had been a "dismal failure."”
Our most dazzling self-taught students may find college admission difficult
by Local Education
Aug 30, 2021
“Comedy legends Nichols and May met because they thought only one school would have them”
The big difference between this pandemic and the one that killed 50 million people
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 29, 2021
“The flu pandemic that spiraled around the world a century ago had been under way for a year and a half when a University of Missouri preventive medicine professor made an admission: the effort to fight the disease had been a "dismal failure."”
For Some College Students, Remote Learning Is a Game Changer
by NYT > Education
Aug 27, 2021
“Last year, online classes helped many students with disabilities pursue their education. They want the option to continue.”
Eating a hot dog could take 36 minutes off your life, study says
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 26, 2021
“You may want to skip the toppings on your next hot dog, or skip it altogether: Health researchers at the University of Michigan have found that eating a single hot dog could take 36 minutes off your life.”
College offers far more than a career path
by - Jay Mathews: Class Struggle
Aug 26, 2021
“My favorite teacher, Patrick Welsh, wrote an intriguing essay for USA Today about what he considers an overabundance of high school students going on to college. The same sentiments were expressed in a well-phrased letter from Eugene Morgan of Wheaton, published on The Post's editorial page June 20.”
Rice University Says Virus Test Glitch Caused False Positives
by NYT > Education
Aug 24, 2021
“The worrisome test results had prompted the university to switch to remote classes.”
Good, but Not Great: Taking Stock of a Big Ten University’s Covid Plan
by NYT > Education
Aug 23, 2021
“The University of Illinois says an aggressive testing program prevented deaths on and off campus during the last academic year. Now the university is contending with the Delta variant.”
University of Virginia disenrolls 238 students for not complying with university's vaccine mandate
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 22, 2021
“The University of Virginia has disenrolled 238 students for its fall semester on Friday for not complying with the university's Covid-19 vaccine mandate, according to a university spokesperson.”
The 'Jeopardy!' host we deserve
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 20, 2021
“When I was a junior in college, a reference librarian I knew at Wesleyan University, where I was in school, went on the game show "Jeopardy!"”
Alabama doctor says she sees a potentially 'apocalyptic' situation in her state
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 19, 2021
“Doctor Jeanne Marrazzo, infectious disease specialist at the University of Alabama, discusses the scene at hospitals as the state reports there are no available ICU beds because of an influx of Covid-19 patients.”
Campuses Are Virus Incubators, but These Colleges Can’t Require Vaccines
by NYT > Education
Aug 15, 2021
“University of Texas at San Antonio will begin with mostly remote classes, because of the city’s high infection rates. Other schools are trying to avoid that fate.”
'A big deal': Toobin on Amy Coney Barrett's vaccine ruling
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 14, 2021
“Justice Amy Coney Barrett declined a request to block Indiana University's vaccine mandate, signaling that similar policies going into effect amid a Covid-19 surge could pass legal muster.”
Supreme Court Won't Block Indiana University's Vaccine Mandate
by NYT > Education
Aug 13, 2021
“Eight students argued that the requirement, which included exemptions for religious and medical reasons, violated their constitutional rights.”
Major companies are recruiting more HBCU grads than ever before
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 13, 2021
“Administrators and career service leaders at some of the nation's top historically Black colleges and universities, also known as HBCUs, say recruitment of their students and graduates by major corporations has dramatically increased since the police murder of George Floyd more than a year ago.”
A rock that students call a symbol of racism has been removed from school
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 10, 2021
“The University of Wisconsin removed a 42-ton boulder from its Madison campus Friday after complaints from students of color who called the rock a symbol of racism.”
VCU shares findings of Greek life review after student death
by Local Education
Aug 10, 2021
“The university’s recommendations include a permanent ban on alcohol at fraternity and sorority events.”
Bobby Bowden, legendary Florida State University football coach, dies at 91
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 09, 2021
“Bobby Bowden, the famed college football coach who led Florida State University for over 30 years and transformed the Tallahassee team into a powerhouse, died Sunday, the school said in a statement. He was 91.”
They predicted a Trump coup attempt. Hear what they say now
by - RSS Channel - HP Hero
Aug 07, 2021
“In 2019, Jerry Goldfeder, who teaches election law at Fordham Law School, and Lincoln Mitchell, who teaches in political science department at Columbia University, predicted that then president Donald Trump would attempt to overturn the 2020 election if he lost. They say they are worried that even with Trump out office not much has changed and another January 6-style riot could occur if the Republican candidate doesn't win in 2024.”
A guide to the District's farmer's market scene
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 21, 2021
“To spice up your weekly shopping run, check out D.C.’s farmer’s market scene for fresh and sustainable grocery options.
Supporting local and sustainable food practices can be hard on a college budget, but D.C.’s farmer’s market scenes provide plenty of options for students to try out. Most D.C. neighborhoods host their own markets, making local produce, meat and seafood, prepared food and flowers available to you throughout the week.
The next time you’ve got a free morning, check out one of these farmer’s markets around the city:
For specialty coffee and treats:
Columbia Heights FRESHFARM Market
Within walking distance of the National Zoo, this market is a great pit stop for lunch or to grab groceries for dinner post-sightseeing. Before visiting, place an order for Qualia coffee beans, which are roasted in-house every three days. Other vendors range from JustJuice smoothies to Jarabe Gourmet Pops artisan popsicles. Multiple produce vendors sell items like varied mushrooms, Alaskan salmon and assorted vegetables. Pre-order whole wheat sourdough ($7.50), jalapeño cheddar bread ($7) or vegan nutty apple cake ($6.50) from D.C.’s organic Ravenhook Bakehouse . Visit El Sabor del Taco food truck for tacos wrapped in a homemade tortilla and house mole sauce.
Park Rd. NW and 14th St. NW. Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Runs through Oct. 13.
For the Instagrammable farmers market:
FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market
Founded in 1997, the Dupont Market houses 57 vendors and is packed from open to close every Sunday. Located in the heart of Dupont circle, this market is a walkable stop for groceries or a fun Sunday morning stop for coffee and a snack. You can also pick up goodies from the market and enjoy them with friends in the park around the Dupont fountain. Long lines in front of Zeke’s , Call Your Mother Deli and Little Austria bakery booths are often filled with college students, families and cute dogs. Pick up fresh dairy products from Clear Spring Creamery or Shepards Manor Creamery or a bucket of flowers from Wollam Gardens . Purchase fresh flaky Baklava ($15 for 6 pieces) from Mastiha Artisan Greek Bakery , which is only located at the Dupont market or browse the vibrant produce from Potomac Vegetable Farms .
1624 20th St. NW. Open Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Year-round.
To explore the city:
Brookland Monrow Street Farmer’s Market
Head out of Northwest D.C. and check out this 18-vendor market to find sweet treats and drinks to enoy your morning with. Founded in 2014, this market is a hub for residents in the Northeast to pick up local produce and sip on coffee. The next time you’re in Ward 5, check out this market for produce from Diaz Veggie and Berries, which supplies fruits and vegetables from a farm in Colonial Beach, Va., just 66 miles from the District. If you’re still feeling peckish, place your order at DMV empanadas, which got its start serving the savory pastry at the market in 2014 before opening its own storefront in Gaithersburg, Md. in 2019.
716 Monroe St NE. Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Year-round .
For fresh fruits and veggies:
H Street Northeast Market
For a small but mighty array of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, head to H Street Northeast for the farmer’s market the next time you’ve got a free Saturday morning. Start the day by pursuing produce from Deep Roots Farm in Upper Marlboro, Md., which is just 20 miles from D.C., before grabbing a sweet treat at Caputo Brothers Creamery.  Close out your morning by grabbing a few bottles of hard cider for later in the night at Capitol Cider House.
800 13th St. NE. Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Runs through Dec. 18. 
For the quick trip:
Palisades Farmers Market
Head to the Palisades neighborhood for this market that is organized and run entirely by the Palisades community. Though smaller than the markets in Dupont, more than 25 vendors selling both prepared food and fresh produce line the street. Groff’s Content Farm attracts market-goers interested in hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and eggs. Stroll through the market with a cup of Zeke’s cold brew or vegan Gemma Gelato . Finally, grab dumplings for an easy dinner from the Chinese Street Market .
48th Place NW and MacArthur Blvd NW. Open Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Year-round.”

Lerner service expands with upswing in daily visitors
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 20, 2021
“Thousands of students are returning to the Lerner Health and Wellness Center after more than a year of limited reservations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
University spokesperson Crystal Nosal said nearly 4,500 students have tapped into Lerner as of Friday for more than 15,000 visits since Aug. 23, after reservations and shorter workout sessions limited faculty operations last year while the campus population remained low during the coronavirus pandemic. She said officials are focusing on maintaining the cleanliness of the facility to soothe the concerns of people who may be hesitant to exercise indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nosal said nearly 1,000 students tap into Lerner every weekday, lower than pre-pandemic averages but significantly higher than earlier this year while reduced service restricted student access to the gym. She said more than 400 students tap into Lerner per day on the weekend, but they expect the rate of visitors to fall as exams and coursework increase students’ workloads.
“The center is busy with activity, and returning students have been eager to get back to a place they once often visited, and our students who are new to campus are figuring out what their semester routine will look like as they incorporate fitness into their schedules,” Nosal said in an email.
Nosal declined to say how many people visited Lerner daily before and during the pandemic.
She said D.C.’s coronavirus guidelines required Lerner to close from March 2020 until the fall semester that year, when officials started to allow on-campus students to schedule hourly workout blocks at the facility.
Nosal said Lerner and Housekeeping staff regularly clean and disinfect all surfaces in the gym, including fitness equipment, to maintain the building’s sanitation. She said officials provide disinfectant spray, cleaning wipes and paper towels to visitors and ask that people clean the equipment after every use.
“The cleanliness of the entire facility remains a very high priority for the Lerner team, so we continue to work closely with our Housekeeping team to do regular cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces throughout the facility including the fitness equipment,” she said.
Nosal said Lerner workers regularly move through each floor of the building to enforce the masking policy and refer policy violations to Student Rights and Responsibilities.
She said officials are aiming to hire and train additional work-study students, who she said are necessary for the gym to fully operate, but Lerner is still several weeks away from reaching “optimal” student staffing levels.
Nosal said Lerner will continue to provide some online fitness courses, like virtual yoga and Zumba, and students can purchase a semester pass to weekly fitness courses for $79.
“While we know that many are excited to work out indoors at the gym, we do realize that some members of our community may still be hesitant about exercising indoors,” she said. “For that reason, we are providing a hybrid fitness schedule this fall with both in-person and virtual offerings, and the schedule can be found online.”
In interviews, ten students said officials are effectively enforcing the mask mandate through floor checks, but social distancing restrictions and equipment sanitation can be sometimes overlooked.
Freshman Vivian Ealy, who uses the gym three times a week, said she mostly feels safe working out at Lerner because students are required to be vaccinated and show their coronavirus  clearance status before they enter the building. But she worries that some people don’t clean the weightlifting equipment after each use, which she said can cause hygienic or coronavirus issues.
“We have to wipe down the equipment after we use it,” Vivian said. “I know some people don’t do that because you have to trust people to do that, so I’m not really sure if the equipment’s totally wiped every time.”
She also said the “small” size of the weightlifting room can make it difficult to fully respect the social distancing requirements.
“The weightlifting room is pretty small,” she said. “So when it’s really crowded everyone is packed in and breathing heavily and sweating, so that’s a little unsafe.”
Senior Katherine Phillips goes to Lerner several days a week, but she said the recent spike of coronavirus cases in the past two weeks concerns her, especially when the gym can become crowded. She said she was surprised the University didn’t continue requiring reservations for gym use like last year to help control potential crowding.
The University’s daily coronavirus caseload and positivity rate reached all-time highs earlier this month, with 45 cases and a 2.91 percent positivity rate, according to GW’s COVID-19 testing dashboard.
“The gym is really small, so I think there’s going to be some risk unless they start spreading things out, but then there wouldn’t be enough equipment for everyone,” she said. “They don’t really have a good option there, everything is really close together.”
Junior Taylor Barr said he feels safe working out in Lerner because staff enforces the mask mandate more strictly than in most classrooms as they patrol each floor and immediately tell students to wear their masks when someone takes it off.
“It’s probably better than a classroom honestly,” Barr said. “Because in some classes people have their mask below their nose, but there they have signs to specifically put your mask above your nose.”
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SA executive office files complaint on senate representation
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 18, 2021
“The Student Association Office of the Legislator General filed a complaint with the Student Court Friday, aiming to prevent a referendum that could bring back first-year seats to the SA Senate.
SA Legislator General Holden Fitzgerald and assistant legislator generals Juan Carlos Mora and Andrew Harding filed the complaint opposing the First-Year Senators Act, a special resolution the senate passed Monday to propose students establish first-year senator elections via a referendum. The complaint states that the special resolution violates SA governing documents by granting freshmen, first-year graduate students and first-year transfer students more representation than other students.
If approved, the referendum would have students vote in elections for first-year senators each fall. SA President Brandon Hill said at the meeting that he opposed the resolution and was prepared to seek the Student Court’s opinion.
The complaint states that the resolution violates the “essential representational equality” requirement in the University’s Statement on Student Rights and Responsibilities. The plaintiffs argue that the special resolution lets the senate to grant more representation to any “political group” it wishes, allowing first-year students to be represented by both class-specific seats and school-specific seats.
“The Special Resolution amendment gives first-year students double representation by the proposed First-Year At-Large Senators and School Senators, while non-first-year students will be denied class-year representation,” the complaint reads. “It is imperative that this referendum not go forward due to this flagrant violation of the SSRR.”
The SA’s previous constitution, which was nullified in May when the body’s updated constitution went into effect, provided for the senate to appoint first-year undergraduate and graduate senators. These senate seats were converted to at-large seats after the senators served a full semester in the SA.
The court struck down all first-year undergraduate and graduate seats last year, stating that the appointing of first-year students to the seats violates the “essential representational equality” requirement of the student rights and responsibilities statement. The judgement did not rule out future apportionment methods using class year but said the senate “exceeded its authority” by appointing first-year students without an election.
The complaint states that the defendants attempted to address the issue of first-year overrepresentation by including a clause in the resolution explicitly stating that non-first-year senators do not represent first-year students and first-year senators do not represent non-first-year students. The plaintiffs allege that this statement fails to address the constitutional issue because students are automatically assigned to a school upon entering GW.
Harding, one of assistant legislator generals, said in a statement on behalf of the legislator general office that they “thoroughly” reviewed the first-year resolution before deciding to move forward with legal proceedings. He said the plaintiffs want to ensure “equal” and “fair” representation for all students through the complaint.
“Any effort to correct injustices of inequitable representation must be well warranted and within governing doctrines to ensure prospective questions of legality are mitigated,” the statement reads. “The OLG is committed to continuing its advocacy for equal representation.”
The complaint names SA Vice President Kate Carpenter, Sen. Cordelia Scales, SEAS-U and senate chairperson pro-tempore, and Sen. Chris Pino, CCAS-U and the sponsor of the special resolution, as defendants of the complaint.
Carpenter and Pino did not immediately return requests for comment. Scales declined to comment.
The plaintiffs also filed a motion to stop the SA from forming a special elections commission to set a date for the referendum and from sending the referendum to students. The plaintiffs urged the court to accept their injunction and expedite their request given the urgency of the potential fall election schedule.
The complaint also contends that if the court were to invalidate the first-year resolution, justices should review the validity of the Proportional Representation Act and the Fall Senate Elections Act , which the senate also passed Monday.
The proportional representation resolution would send a referendum to students on the question of creating separate at-large undergraduate and graduate senate positions for the Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the College of Professional Studies. The senate elections act would update the SA’s bylaws to be in compliance with the first-year senators act if the student body approves that referendum.”

GW Hospital sued for negligence before former patient's death
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 17, 2021
“The husband of a deceased former patient is suing the GW Hospital, the University and GW Medical Faculty Associates, alleging doctors failed to properly diagnose and treat his wife for cancer in 2018.
In a 17-page lawsuit filed in D.C. Superior Court Monday, Patrick Tate alleges medical providers were negligent and failed to properly diagnose his wife with a cancerous tumor near the thymus gland, which he said led to her death a year later. Doctors only found one of two existing tumors near Tate’s wife’s thymus in a CT scan in May 2018, and the delay to identify and treat both gave way to her death in June 2019, according to the complaint.
The complaint states the doctors’ negligence worsened her case of myasthenia gravis, or MG – an autoimmune disease that can cause muscle weakness and thymus cancer.
“The decedent was never afforded the care and treatment that, more likely than not, would have led to a complete remission of her MG symptoms and spared her years of untold medical complications, neurological injuries, bodily injuries, disabilities, disfigurement, embarrassment, mental anguish, fear and apprehension of impending death and her untimely death on June 17, 2019,” the complaint reads.
Tate is suing three current or former GW Hospital doctors – Priya Rastogi, Elizabeth Molony Allen and Keith Mortman – in addition to Medstar Health, MedStar Georgetown Medical Center and Robert Laureno, a professor of neurology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Spokespersons for the University, the GW Hospital, the MFA and MedStar did not return a request for comment.
Tate’s attorneys, Jon Stefanuca and H. Briggs Bedigian, did not return a request for comment. Tate could not be reached for comment.
The complaint states that after the CT scan where doctors only detected one of two existing tumors in May 2018, Tate’s wife underwent surgery at the GW Hospital in July to remove a thymoma, or a thymus tumor. Doctors failed to locate the tumor that was present in the earlier CT scan until completing the surgery, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states the aggravation of the tumor that doctors previously missed and the stress of the July surgery intensified Tate’ wife’s MG symptoms and delayed her next surgery for seven months.
“Because of the seven month delay due to the earlier missed diagnosis, the thymoma increased in size and made the second surgery more complicated and more difficult to achieve a successful outcome,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit states after Tate’s wife underwent another surgery in February 2019, she was hospitalized from March to May with worsening MG symptoms and bouts of pneumonia. The lawsuit states she collapsed due to cardiac arrest in June 2019 less than a week after she was discharged.
Tate’s wife died later that month due to respiratory failure and a complete loss of oxygen in the brain after she was transported to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.”

D.C. housing initiative targeted at E Street encampment
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 17, 2021
“A local governing body questioned District officials about a new homeless encampment initiative seeking to connect residents with housing opportunities during its monthly meeting Tuesday.
Members of the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission pressed District officials for more information about the program, which they estimate could house 25 to 50 percent of residents living in three of the District’s largest encampments, including the E Street encampment near campus. Commissioners also voted to distribute humanitarian grants to two local nonprofits and received an update from a University official about last week’s evacuation of Townhouse Row.
Here are some of the meeting’s highlights:
D.C. unveils encampment initiative
Wayne Turnage, the deputy mayor for health and human services, Jamal Weldon, the city’s encampment program manager, said the new program would pilot at three encampments across the District – those located at E Street, the NoMa underpasses and New Jersey and O Street Park. They said the program would work to provide housing for encampment residents through heightened outreach work and support care for behavioral health and substance use.
Officials will also minimize trash and biohazards at the encampments to maintain their “overall cleanliness,” according to informational sheet about the pilot. The sheet states that the initiative should indicate whether an encampment will lose some of its health and safety risks or undergo a rise in “service connection and stable housing.”
“This particular program has identified three of the largest encampment sites throughout D.C., as well as three sites that have unfortunately had the most vulnerable consumers and highest level of health and safety risk factors,” Weldon said.
They said the unhoused residents at the E Street encampment are not currently at risk of eviction because the District shares their property with the National Park Service, adding that discussions between the city and NPS are ongoing so officials can determine a path forward, which could entail eventual evictions. Turnage said encampment residents who accept help will receive “intensive” case management and assistance for the housing process with tasks like obtaining IDs and vital documents.
“This is not something that bumps anyone ahead on a list or knocks anyone else off of a list or whatever the case,” Turnage said. “This allows us to address this situation for our unhoused encamped residents directly.”
Students have rallied to defend residents of the E Street encampment and avert evictions for years.
GW official explains evacuation
Kevin Days, GW’s director of community relations, updated commissioners about the Townhouse Row evacuation  and said the University has not identified additional spaces on campus that need “extensive remediation.” Days said the University still expects the relocation of students to only last two to three weeks, but he declined to comment further about the buildings’ remediation, only offering to provide information to commissioners offline.
“There is a detailed scope of work that describes what that remediation is,” he said. “The end result is we want students to be able to return to their townhouses and feel safe and not have their health impacted in a negative way.”
More than 70 students and faculty said mold growth and water leaks have caused cold- and flu-like symptoms since the start of the fall semester. Days said the University is in contact with the appropriate D.C. agencies, like the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, about the cleaning process at Townhouse Row.
Commissioners distribute humanitarian grants
The ANC unanimously approved sending funds to  Serve Your City and Ward 2 Mutual Aid , two local nonprofit organizations that will each receive a portion of the $12,000 that the ANC  allocated  for grants earlier this year. Commissioners Yannik Omictin and Trupti Patel, who created the humanitarian grants special committee in March to assist local residents who were struggling financially because of the pandemic, said the committee selected those two charities because they had no overhead costs, and all money would go directly into the community.
The ANC granted $8,400 to Serve Your City, which provides opportunities to at-risk students in D.C., and $3,600 to Ward 2 Mutual Aid, which provides meals and assistance to families and unhoused individuals. Patel said the two organizations had thoughtful and thorough plans for their grant packages, giving them the edge over several other applicants for the grants.
“They were very thoughtful in how they were going to use the money and were very diligent in making sure how they would report the feedback to the humanitarian grants committee,” Patel said. “So it was an absolute pleasure to donate this money.”
University announces bicentennial block party
Days also announced that GW will host a block party to celebrate its bicentennial early next month. The event will take place on F Street between 21st and 22nd streets Saturday, Oct. 2, and officials will shut down F Street for about six hours that night.
Days did not say which activities or attractions will be available at the block party, but he invited commissioners and neighbors to attend. Online registration is required, he added.
“I hope you will register and come and help celebrate 200 years of GW being in the Washington area and hope that we can celebrate with our neighbors,” he said.”

SBA Senate backs improvement of federal loan forgiveness program
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 17, 2021
“The Student Bar Association Senate passed a resolution declaring its support for the continuation and improvement of the federal government’s student loan forgiveness program at a meeting Tuesday.
The senate issued a joint resolution to express its support for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, passed by Congress in 2007 to relieve all student debt for workers employed in public service for at least 10 years. The U.S. Department of Education had announced in July that it is requesting information to address public workers’ issues with the programs, and officials opened a portal for institutions and individuals to submit public comments to identify how to improve the program.
SBA President Jordan Michel said opening up the PSLF program for public comment should have been initiated long ago since the program has been failing since its onset.
“The program essentially says that after 10 years of working in a public service job, you will get your loans forgiven,” he said. “It doesn’t quite work that simply. It’s really 120 payments and if you defer payment or miss a payment or anything happens in between that, it either resets or pushes back your clock.”
Michel said this resolution resonates with him because he plans to go into public service, and the program could benefit GW students who go into the public sector.
About 98 percent of public service workers do not receive student loan forgiveness because student loan companies mismanage students’ loans, according to the legislation. A report published by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in June highlighted how loaners have misinformed borrowers on the program, resulting in the borrower taking missteps in repaying their loans.
Senators approved a resolution to thank all University staff members for continuing their work during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure students could continue to receive a quality experience amid the virtual environment. The legislation states that staff provided “consistent” emotional support and guidance while the students remained online.
“Staff and employees are a core pillar of the GW Law School community thanks not only to the hard work they regularly perform but also because of the many genuine friendships that exist between law school staff and law school students,” the resolution states.
The senate also passed legislation to amend its bylaws to clarify the relationship between the SBA and student representatives to “external bodies” like GW Law faculty committees. The legislation also provides a standardized procedure for the conduct of all potential future committees to faculty or administrative bodies.
Tara Suter contributed reporting.”

Faculty Senate calls for transparency on HVAC upgrades
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 13, 2021
“The Faculty Senate passed a resolution Friday urging officials to release more information about the status of HVAC upgrades that were made across campus buildings to block the spread of the coronavirus after they said administrators have spread “misinformation” about ongoing maintenance.
The resolution, which passed with one abstention and one vote in opposition, calls for the University to provide a list of campus buildings and their corresponding level of alignment with expert guidelines with the GW community. The resolution comes after officials released a statement in June indicating that updates to GW’s HVAC systems were complete – but senators said in the resolution that two senate committees were told otherwise in a confidential presentation with Scott Burnotes, the vice president of safety and facilities.
Eric Grynaviski, a faculty senator and member of the senate’s physical facilities committee, said officials should follow the precedent set by former University President Steven Knapp, who provided data to the senate outlining the condition of campus infrastructure during his own presidency. But he said this was at a time when HVAC upgrades were not a primary concern, prior to the pandemic.
“So when we’re asking for the comprehensive assessment, we’re just asking for things that are traditionally provided to the Faculty Senate,” he said. “As a matter of course, this is information that the Faculty Senate has the right to know because it is essential to the education, teaching and research mission of the University.”
Grynaviski said officials should disclose this information to the GW community to allow students, faculty and staff who are immunocompromised, have family members who are immunocompromised or are unvaccinated to decide what precautions to take.
“It’s important for individuals like myself who have unvaccinated kids at home and worry about bringing the virus home to them or people who have a spouse or family members when certain types of health conditions for the virus might be particularly dangerous to them,” he said.
Grynaviski also showed a photo at the meeting of an office in the American studies building with an air conditioning unit that had mold “dripping” down the wall.
“So there are visible signs that the University had not undertaken the study or done the work, especially the inspections of the air filters which they said they did,” he said.
Several students who were evacuated from Townhouse Row last Sunday visited the hospital with symptoms that appear related to mold exposure after officials detected “biological growth” in the buildings. Dozens of students have also found mold growing in nearly 10 residence halls across campus, with some also visiting the hospital for symptoms that appear to be related to mold exposure.
Phil Wirtz, a faculty senator and professor of decision sciences and psychology, said neither Chief Financial Officer Mark Diaz nor LeBlanc signed off on recent University announcements regarding updates to GW’s HVAC systems.
He said the apparent lack of oversight may have contributed to the “miscommunication.” He said an “additional pair of eyes” may have helped clarify officials’ statements.
“We still have found ourselves in buildings that aren’t up to speed,” Wirtz said. “There has been a serious miscommunication – and let’s just leave it at that – that has, in fact, questionably led to the hospitalization of some of the people for whom we are fundamentally responsible as our first responsibility.”
More than 70 GW community members have been met with mold growth and water leaks in campus buildings after returning to in-person activities this semester – including multiple professors in Building GG, which houses the psychology department. More than 10 psychology professors and graduate students in 2019 complained of sewage pipe bursts, mold and pests, demanding a new building.
Miriam Galston, a faculty senator and an associate professor of law, said at the meeting that Burnotes, the vice president of safety and facilities, told her that he wasn’t aware that Building GG was being used as a classroom.
Interim Provost Chris Bracey delivered an update about the University’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying students have reported “a few” complaints about faculty mask non-compliance, like not wearing masks properly over the nose and instructing without masks within six feet of students. He added students have reported feeling “uncomfortable” about faculty instructing without masks while walking around the classroom.
The University currently permits faculty to lecture without a mask in a classroom if they are more than six feet away from students. Bracey said officials have developed a “review, tracking and enforcement process” that allows for “escalation” of repeat offenders as a result of the complaints.
“I encourage you all to remind your colleagues to abide by the mask mandate when in class because the students are paying attention,” he said.
Bracey said Disability Support Services has contacted and provided select faculty with clear masks to wear for classes with students with hearing or communication difficulties. He added that voice amplifiers are available from GW Information Technology in Rome Hall for faculty who teach in large rooms and may need more assistance making their voice heard while wearing a mask.
He said officials also distributed masks to all schools and deans, who will then distribute them to all academic departments on campus.
Bracey said the Campus COVID Support Team, which is responsible for GW’s contact tracing, will provide faculty with an “informative” notification but won’t notify all students if someone in the class tested positive for the coronavirus.
He said CCST will only inform close contacts of exposure because the positive student may not have been in a classroom during relevant periods, not everyone in the class may have been in close proximity to the student and the student can identify those who would constitute “close contacts.” He said this process allows CCST to dedicate its resources to those who are most likely to have been exposed and in close contact.
“Not every person in every class will be contacted about a potential exposure, but every faculty member will be informed that someone in the class has tested positive,” he said.
Bracey also gave an update on the University’s enrollment, saying the freshmen class currently totals 2,585 students, “right on target” with officials’ estimates and a 30 percent increase from last year. He said although only 44 percent of freshmen submitted an SAT or ACT score due to the coronavirus pandemic that halted in-person exams, their academic profile remains “strong” and “consistent” with the past two classes.
Bracey said the University recorded 25,983 total students on the first day of classes with approximately 6,500 residential students living on campus this semester. He said first-year residential enrollment and retention rates increased this year, with the first-to-second-year retention rate improving from 88 percent to 91 percent.
“We saw a slight increase in the number of new first generation, low income and traditionally underrepresented students,” he said. “A number of schools grew their undergraduate and graduate enrollments slightly this year as compared to fall of 2020.””

GW's new dining plan is a positive step
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 13, 2021
“It’s been a long time coming, but GW is finally getting dining halls again. Over the next few years, three all-you-can-eat dining halls will be constructed in District House and Thurston and Shenkman halls. GW’s current dining plan offers freedom of choice but is also pricey and fragmented, leaving many students unable to afford enough food or adhere to dietary restrictions. The University’s new dining plan on paper seems like a positive step that could give students the opportunity to eat healthy and affordable food sustainably – but GW should make sure it actually ends up being reasonably priced in practice.
The new plan should be an innovative and meaningful step toward making GW more sustainable in the long run. Chief Financial Officer Mark Diaz and Dean of Students Cissy Petty said in an email to the GW community last month that the dining halls will operate through a partnership with Chartwells Higher Education, a college dining hall company. In an interview with The Hatchet last month, Diaz said that the University chose Chartwells because they are also committed to abiding by the University’s policy to eliminate single-use plastics, which bodes well. Under the current plan, GW can’t mandate restaurants around campus to reduce single-use plastics or ask them to buy local ingredients because they belong to larger companies that do not necessarily have the same type of relationship that a University has to a company that provides dining halls.
The University should insist that the food will be sourced locally to reduce the environmental impact caused by the transportation necessary to import food from larger farms, encourage sustainable agriculture and benefit the local community by supporting farmers in the area. Buying ingredients from local grocers, streamlining food sources and enforcing policies like banning single-use plastics in dining halls are just some of ways that GW can reduce its carbon footprint through the new dining plan.
Dining halls also provide a sense of community, especially for incoming freshmen, who are entering the big and chaotic GW environment for the first time and trying to form friendships. The first couple semesters of college can be tumultuous, and dining halls can become a place where students get acquainted with their peers. As of now, with the exception of students living on the Mount Vernon Campus, who have easy access to Pelham Commons, students have to decide which restaurant to eat at for many of their meals. This is can be a lonely endeavor because each student is constantly going to different vendors. But the new plan will encourage students to eat their meals in one of the three dining halls, where they are likely to see the same peers continuously.  The dining halls can provide refuge for students with varying schedules because they will serve as a reliable source of food at any time of day.
Nicholas Anastacio | Graphics Editor
GW tends to be a fairly fragmented place socially, with students self-sorting into small groups or student organizations. There is very little school spirit binding everyone together, which can make it hard to feel camaraderie with other students. More opportunities for students to meet people outside their immediate social circles seems like a great way to foster more of a sense of community at the University.
As the GW community welcomes these long-awaited changes, the University must still ensure that the new dining plan ends up being affordable in practice. The problem of food insecurity at GW stems from the steep price of food in Foggy Bottom – an all-you-can-eat dining hall could alleviate that only if paying for it doesn’t break the bank. Officials said the cost of GWorld could see a “single-digit increase,” which is promising, but could still end up being hundreds of dollars. The dining plan mandated for Mount Vernon Campus residents, the so-called “Pelham Plan,” seems like the closest point of comparison among current dining options. That plan is a hybrid of regular GWorld dining dollars and meal swipes at Pelham Commons – which is similar to a traditional dining hall – and costs $5,200 per year. That’s a pretty solid chunk of money, which could hit lower-income students especially hard, and GW should clarify what price increases students may have to deal with.
Almost everyone at GW has either personally struggled to consistently afford good-quality food, or knows someone who has. Over the next few years, as dining halls are phased in, it looks like that could finally change. If GW makes sure the new system is actually affordable for students, University dining will become a community-building experience instead of a culinary free-for-all.
The editorial board consists of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s staff editorial was written by opinions editor Andrew Sugrue and contributing opinions editor Shreeya Aranake, based on discussions with culture editor Anna Boone, contributing sports editor Nuria Diaz, design editor Grace Miller, copy editor Jaden DiMauro and  assistant copy editor Karina Ochoa Berkley.*
*Ochoa Berkley advised GW Dining in a separate capacity as vice president for sustainability for the Student Association. ”

Closing the Confucius Institute but not the RSC sets a double standard
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 13, 2021
“Following years of external pressure , fueled by the rising tide of neo-Cold War and anti-China rhetoric in the United States, administrators decided to close the University’s branch of the Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute is a cultural institute, which operates branches at more than 500 schools worldwide  that promote Chinese language and cultural events. Since the establishment of the first Confucius Institute in the United States in 2004, the institution has been under scrutiny for its potential threat to academic freedom as a result of it being previously funded by the Chinese government. Not only have administrators failed to publicly provide evidence that GW’s Confucius Institute specifically transgressed academic freedom, but the timing of the closure, following legislation passed by the U.S. Senate in 2021 barring the Department of Defense from funding universities with Confucius Institutes, suggests it was done to protect University funding from the U.S. military.
On the other hand, the University has continually reaffirmed its support of the Regulatory Studies Center, a research center at GW that receives millions of dollars from the fossil fuel industry and is equally, if not more, guilty of transgressing academic freedom for its role in propagating climate denial that serves the interests of its funders. It is possible that administrators have reasons beyond the forfeiture of military funding to close the Confucius Institute. But, if this is the case, administrators must justify their continued support of the RSC as it appears to be transgressing academic freedom just as seriously as the Confucius Institute was accused of doing.
The way administrators are seemingly applying a double-standard treatment of these two University centers raises important questions about the transparency of administrative research funding decisions, the politicization of University research choices and the protection of academic freedom. If administrators hope to maintain any claim to objective governance or transparency, they must close the RSC for the center’s own subversion of academic freedom and provide the GW community with an evidence-based rationale for the Confucius Institute’s closure.
Increased criticism of Confucius Institutes from Senator Marco Rubio , R-Fla., Senator Marsha Blackburn , R-Tenn., and others, follows increasing tension in the global politics arena regarding the U.S.’s efforts to subvert China’s international political power. Reminiscent of witch-hunting in Salem, scholars have been criminalized for merely having affiliations with China as apparently unsubstantiated allegations of Chinese spying proliferate. Jennifer Hubbert, the author of an empirical study of Confucius Institutes published in 2020 by the University of Hawaii Press, helps us understand Confucius Institutes as a product of relationships between individuals and countries and as “spaces of engagement and exchange, where soft power is produced and challenged through the globalization of the Chinese language.”
As a result, Confucius Institutes, although certainly not exclusively Confucius Institutes, are settings for empirical observation through which research, informed by different relationships of political power, is produced and controlled for consumption – whether that be China producing politically favorable knowledge or the U.S. producing it. Instead of asking whether the Confucius Institute is ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ we should ask, in the context of globalization, how do we believe superpowers should conduct themselves with regard to their promotion and economic subsidization of University research projects?
While administrators have failed to comment on the reason for the closure of the Confucius Institute, the timeline closely follows that of other universities who have closed their Confucius Institutes following legislation introduced by Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas in 2018, barring the Department of Defense from providing federal research funding to universities that host Confucius Institutes. A renewal of this legislation passed in 2021 blocks all federal education funding to universities deemed to not have “full operational control” over their Confucius Institutes.
According to a 2015 Vice News report , which ranks GW as the fourth “most militarized” school in the country, measured by ranking which schools have the “closest relationships with the national security state” and profits the most from American wars, GW could have a lot of defense money to be afraid of losing. Keeping the Confucius Institute open and having this funding restricted would also be especially detrimental to University administrators who advocate for austerity budget cuts and layoffs over choosing to tap into the University’s endowment to balance the budget. While the rationale for the closure is still unknown, GW’s decision to close the Confucius Institute, if it was done to protect military funding, would be a form of economically motivated knowledge production in its own right outside of the standards of academic inquiry.
Compared to the Confucius Institute, the case for abolishing the RSC is backed by similar – I believe more – compelling evidence. First, the RSC receives more outside funding than the Confucius Institute used to. Since 2013, the Confucius Institute has received $3.4 million from the Chinese government. Over that same period, the RSC has received a combined total of $5.1 million from Koch, ExxonMobil and Searle Freedom Trust – all three of these funders have been identified as among the most influential organizations in the climate change countermovement. In fact, all of the money Charles Koch gives to the RSC puts GW in the top ten of colleges accepting Koch money. This is especially troubling given Koch Industries’ role in  subverting academic freedom at college campuses across the country, including, demonstrably , at GW.
As long as the University continues to apply undisclosed standards of acceptable academic research funding, the University cannot claim that the Confucius Institute was closed due to concerns about academic freedom alone. It is time administrators lift their veil of non-disclosure and transparently provide the student body with their rationale for the closure of the Confucius Institute. And if the University purports to have a true interest in academic freedom, it needs to justify its support of the RSC. But if it can’t, then the University should close the RSC under the same precedent.
Karina Ochoa Berkley, a junior majoring in political science and philosophy, is an opinions columnist and the assistant copy editor.”

Book recommendations from the Hatchet's staff
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 13, 2021
“Textbook readings, journals and news articles might be piling up on your to-do list, but don’t let that stop you from picking up a book to read for pleasure.
Studies have shown that reading without restrictions, expectations or assignments is a great way to calm mental anxiety and feel a sense of intellectual accomplishment. We asked our staff what their favorite book of the summer was and why other people should give it a read.
If you’re hoping to keep your summer reading streak going into the school year, check out these recommendations:
“Unaccustomed Earth” by Jhumpa Lahiri
Short story collection
Shreeya Aranake | Contributing Opinions Editor
This collection of short stories includes themes and storylines highlighting the experiences of Indian Americans. It explores the experiences of older Indians who immigrated to the United States and the feelings of their children who grew up here. This mixture of perspective parallels the mixed cultural environments of the characters in these short stories.
“I loved this short story collection, because it magnifies the heartbreaking realities of growing up and growing apart from the people you’re supposed to be the closest to. It’s also an incredible portrait of the tumultuous nature of first and second generation immigrant identities.”
“Writers and Lovers” by Lily King
Grace Miller | Design Editor
A struggling writer in Boston, Casey Peabody, navigates her way through the unpredictability of life just after her mother’s death. She experiences passion and romance with old and new lovers, but nothing seems to work out all while contemplating the significance and purpose of her writing.
“‘Writers and Lovers’ is a beautiful portrait of grief and struggle written so honestly that it just seems like a snapshot of someone’s life. The writing is mature and the character arc you witness is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming. It’s brutally relatable and the captivating story arcs have you not wanting to put it down.”
“The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein
Historical nonfiction
Anna Boone | Culture Editor
Rothstein details actions taken by the local, state and federal government to further housing segregation well into the late 20th century. He also examines how the private sector played a role in pushing the Black community into economically shallow multi-family housing communities while white people enjoyed the benefits of single-family neighborhoods with accessible community resources.
“This non-fiction book about the history of housing segregation in this country is a vital read. It deconstructs naive assumptions about the state of predominantly Black communities that exist today and underscores the pervasive racism that existed in private and public sectors following the Civil Rights Movement.”
“The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren
Contemporary romance/comedy
Grace Hromin | Senior Photo Editor
After a bride and groom get food poisoning at their wedding, a non-refundable honeymoon trip is taken by an unlikely pair. The brother of the groom and sister of the bride, who have hated each other for two and a half years, embark on a comedic and unexpected romantic trip together.
“The Unhoneymooners is a contemporary romantic comedy, basically an enemies-to-lovers trope with dramatic career and life choices mixed in. It was just an enjoyable summer read because it was cute and lighthearted while also easy to get through in one sitting.”
“The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T.J. Klune
Hannah Thacker | Managing Director
In a magical reality where children with supernatural characteristics exist, a government worker is given an assignment to assess an orphanage on the island of Marsyas. This orphanage is run by a secretive man who becomes a love interest for the unsuspecting main character.
“The House in the Cerulean Sea is a heartwarming book that blends fantasy elements with real-world problems and situations. Featuring a diverse cast of fantastic characters and a surprisingly relatable protagonist, this book left me with tears of joy.”
“Circe” by Madeline Miller
Historical fiction/fantasy
Clara Duhon | Contributing Culture Editor
Set during the Greek heroic age, this book incorporates adaptations of various Greek Myths. Told from the perspective of the witch Circe from the Odyssey, the novel details Circe’s origin story and follows her interactions with various figures in Greek mythology like Hermes and Odysseus.
“Circe is an ambitious intertwining of Greek myth set during the legendary Heroic Age. Miller’s rendition of Circe’s story is powerful, subversive and – despite its many predecessors – highly original.”
“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom
Philosophical fiction
Jaden DiMauro | Copy Editor
An 83-year-old amusement park ride mechanic dies unexpectedly on his birthday after a malfunction on a ride and finds himself in heaven. There he encounters five people who made significant impacts on his life when they were alive, whether he knew it or not.
“Mitch Albom’s ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ is a syrupy-sweet story about life, death and love told through a heartwarming imagining of the afterlife. In a pandemic-altered world where the usually avoidable idea of death is painfully ever-present, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” provides an oasis where the reader can take solace in Albom’s plain profundity and be reminded that ‘Life has to end. Love doesn’t.’”
“The Poppy War” by R.F. Kuang
High fantasy
Nuria Diaz | Contributing Sports Editor
Young Fang Runin, known as Rin, grows up poor as she was orphaned by the previous war. She focuses on studying to get into an elite military academy, where she develops a gift for Shamanism that allows her to call upon the vengeful Phoenix God.
“The book builds upon the character arcs to present the horrors of war and the bleakness of human nature. Overall, the book’s narrative pushes the reader out of their comfort zone to confront a reality many chose to ignore. The book holds a beautiful dark fantasy world that will keep you hooked until the end.”
“Golden Gulag” by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Karina Ochoa Berkley | Assistant Copy Editor
“Golden Gulag” gives an eye-opening analysis of the circumstances surrounding the unreal incarceration rate in U.S. prisons, with a 450 percent increase since 1980 alone. Gilmore focuses specifically on California prison systems and analyses the systematic forces at work in this crisis.
“Gilmore, a professor at the City University of New York graduate center, provides one of the first cumulative, critical analysis of the political economy of super incarceration in California. The book analyzes how the proliferation of mass incarceration in California is not only symptomatic of global and local political and economic forces, but that the political consensus that prisons are a solution to social ills is incorrect.””

Officials to consult environmental experts amid mold reports
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 11, 2021
“Officials confirmed that the Division of Safety and Facilities observed high humidity and what appeared to be mold in two Townhouse Row units in an email to the University community Friday.
Vice President for Safety and Facilities Scott Burnotes, Assistant Vice President for University Resilience Kathleen Fox and Associate Vice President for Facilities, Planning and Construction Management Baxter Goodly said GW is consulting outside experts, like industrial hygienists and remediation specialists, to conduct a “deeper” investigation of the environmental concerns in Townhouse Row. Officials said facilities staff will inspect every residential building with “nationally accredited” mold assessors to confirm and address any other issues.
“We want to emphasize that the health and safety of our community is our top priority,” the email states.
Officials instructed 175 Townhouse Row residents to evacuate their units Sunday night, relocating them to the Yours Truly Hotel and the River Inn for at least two to three weeks, according to an email sent to residents. Residents received a three-hour block Tuesday to finish moving out, according to an email sent to residents Monday.
Multiple residents have sought  medical attention for respiratory issues, like coughing up blood and fevers, in the last week amid reports of mold exposure. Some residents said they were experiencing flu-like symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19.
Several residents who were originally moved to the River Inn on Sunday were relocated to Hotel Hive Tuesday. The move occurred after students alerted officials that some were sleeping on couches or futons in the River Inn’s rooms because there was no second bed, according to an email sent to Townhouse Row residents.
Officials said if students have immediate concerns about their residential space, they should submit a FixIt request to have facilities assess the space and remedy it if necessary.”

Here's what to expect at this week's Faculty Senate meeting
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 10, 2021
“Faculty senators are set to discuss a report on shared governance and transparency behind the University’s updates on GW’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems this Friday in their first in-person meeting since March of 2020.
The meeting comes after a summer filled with administrative news – like the announcement that University President Thomas LeBlanc would be stepping down – and an evacuation of nearly 200 students from Townhouse Row one week into the fall semester because of building conditions that were conducive to “biological growth.”
Here’s what you can expect to hear about on Friday, based on the meeting’s agenda and what we know so far:
HVAC upgrades and transparency
A group of faculty senators introduced a resolution last week expressing concerns about the timeline for the University’s HVAC system upgrades – which officials said would be completed by the end of this week. Throughout the past year, officials have worked on HVAC renovations to align buildings with reopening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, but senators said officials used “misinformation” in a statement earlier this summer outlining officials’ progress on the updates.
The statement issued in June indicated that officials completed HVAC upgrades, but officials issued a second update last month, stating that officials failed to provide enough context about the renovations, still a “work in progress.”
The senate’s proposed resolution calls for officials to release to the senate ​​all “reports, recommendations, and technical analyses” relevant to campus buildings’ alignment with CDC and ASHRAE guidelines, and it urges the University to provide a list of campus buildings with their corresponding level of alignment with official guidelines to the GW community.
The resolution also discourages officials from marking the reports as confidential in the interest of transparency, and it recommends they “comprehensively describe” all of their actions to align campus buildings with CDC and ASHRAE guidelines.
Shared governance report
The senate also included a “report on shared governance” as an agenda item, outlining instances in which shared governance between faculty and administrators at GW was successful and unsuccessful alongside suggestions on how to improve it.
Board of Trustees Chair Grace Speights sent an email to faculty in May, saying she had been “troubled” by some professors whose contributions have done more to “foment discord” than contribute to civil dialogue after LeBlanc  announced that he would step down at the end of this academic year. Speights said the Board would begin a review of the Faculty Code to assess “appropriate avenues” for input from the faculty given these concerns.
“Successful shared governance relies on constructive engagement – something I believe has been lacking over the past year,” she said in the email. “I am troubled by the actions of a faction of self-appointed faculty spokespersons whose contributions to this process more closely resemble a campaign to foment discord rather than civil dialogue.”
Presidential search
Officials have been  quiet  on their progress in the search process for a president to replace LeBlanc, but faculty have been working to develop a consultative committee of professors who will represent faculty input throughout the search. Members of the committee may be elected to serve on the Board’s presidential search committee.
Senators  voted  on a resolution at their August meeting to expand the consultative committee to increase diversity within the group in areas like rank, discipline, gender and race. They said the senate’s executive committee would try to finalize a list of professors that senators would propose to serve on the consultative committee by Aug. 27.
The senate has not released any public updates about the slate, which the Faculty Assembly will eventually approve at a special meeting.”

SAEPi hopes to build community on campus
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 08, 2021
“After becoming the newest chapter to join  the Panhellenic Association last spring,  Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi hopes to collaborate with other local chapters this upcoming year. 
Sorority members said SAEPi is seeking to build a community within the chapter through social and religious events as well as with SAEPi chapters from other universities and other on-campus sororities at GW. Sorority leaders said they hope the chapter provides a space for its about 25 members, along with prospective students, to connect with other Jewish women to ensure they don’t have to sacrifice their Jewish identity for a traditional Greek experience. 
Senior Rebecca Ionae, the president of SAEPi, said the chapter started as a small group in fall of 2018 before it was officially recognized by Panhel in the spring. She said she joined the chapter in spring 2019 after hearing about SAEPi through her friends at GW Hillel and decided to become involved within the organization in seeking to be a part of a Jewish community on campus.
“I joined SAEPi because I needed the Jewish community on campus that it provides,” Ionae said in an email. “It has always been a space where I feel at home, like I’m surrounded by family.” 
SAEPi was founded as a national Jewish sorority in 1998 at the University of California Davis, according to the national chapter’s website . Nationwide, SAEPi currently consists of 15 active chapters and colonies  – which are chapters awaiting formal recognition – the website states.
Junior Michelle Rechtman, the vice president of SAEPi, said members’ common experiences as part of the Jewish community bonds them as sisters. She said SAEPi also includes many members involved in other Jewish organizations on campus like GW Hillel, JStreet U – a student organization that advocates for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and   GW  for Israel.  
“While we all have different experiences and upbringings and have experienced Judaism differently, we always have the bond of being Jewish,” Rechtman said in an email. 
Alumna Lila Gaber, a founding member and former president, said she and two other students started the chapter to create a Jewish sisterhood on campus after feeling that one was missing from their GW experience. She said the chapter’s planning phase began with meetings in students’ rooms and Shabbat dinners before growing into a larger community of members and leading to the creation of GW’s SAEPi chapter. 
“Over time we reached out to more people who were interested and grew an entire community,” she said in an email. “It’s been amazing to see it grow, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!” 
Senior Phebe Grosser, the secretary of SAEPi and a Hatchet photographer, said chapter leaders hope to connect with Towson University’s chapter  to host a Shabbat dinner program together soon. She said leaders hope potential members feel they have a safe space to learn about SAEPi’s core values like unity, trust, strength, sincere sisterhood and exemplifying Jewish values.  
“One thing that was exciting for me especially was seeing girls I did youth group/went to camp with and reconnecting with them,” she said in an email. 
Grosser said being in a smaller sorority with 15 active chapters, as opposed to other sororities like Kappa Delta with 142 active chapters, has allowed chapter leaders and members to develop a personal relationship with their national board. She said recruitment for the chapter resembles an informal process and will take place at the same time as other sororities on campus this coming spring.  
​​”This year will be a really great year,” she said. “Our members are engaged in so many different organizations both Jewish organizations and secular organizations.”
Sophomore Eliana Pierotti – the public relations chair and Sunshine girl, a welcome event coordinator –  said she works to plan social events to help members bond, like a birthday event to celebrate members who had birthdays over the summer. 
“​​ I wanted to be around women who cared about creating genuine friendships and learn about Judaism and Jewish culture with them,” she said in an email.
Pierotti said the chapter will plan COVID-19-safe bonding events this year like a “dip night” where members each bring different types of dips and get to know one another.
She said that she hopes SAEPi will be able to connect with other sororities on campus to widen the chapter’s community and build an on-campus presence. 
“Every time we interact with each other, it’s really important to keep us close and good friends,” Pierotti said.”

Professor launches podcast on future of nursing
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 08, 2021
“A nursing professor launched a podcast about health disparities and burnout within the nursing profession in collaboration with the National Academy of Medicine last Tuesday.
Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, an associate professor of nursing who helped staff and produce the podcast titled “The Future of Nursing,” said the new show will contain eight 30-minute episodes featuring frontline nurses and experts in health equity from across the country. She said nurses will share stories about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, their careers and the role they play in addressing inequities like the lack of access to health care that marginalized communities face.
“What we hope this podcast will help is that the achievement of health equity in the United States can and should be built on strengthening nursing capacity and expertise, including removing permanent barriers,” Darcy-Mahoney said.
Darcy-Mahoney said health disparities in the United States are “stark,” and uninsured people are  less likely to receive preventative care. She said nurses face many barriers like the scope of practice required to become a registered nurse and preventative licensure laws , like requirements for health practice to be supervised by another health provider or doctor.
Darcy-Mahoney said the episodes will release weekly on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.
She said the podcast is based on a report  published by the National Academy of Medicine called the “The Future of Nursing 2022-2030,” which addresses the role nurses play in increasing access to health care and diversifying the health workforce. Darcy-Mahoney said she spent the past year as the NAM’s nurse scholar in residence, editing, writing and helping produce the report.
The American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nursing and the American Nurses Foundation, all support the NAM’s nurse scholar-in-residence program.
Darcy-Mahoney said Charmaine Lawson, a nationally recognized and award winning nurse practitioner, will co-host the podcast with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization committed to improving health care in the United States.
She said she hopes the podcast will “bring the Future of Nursing report to life” and reach patients, community members, physicians and nurses.
Darcy-Mahoney said the first episode, which came out last week, features Felicia Bowen – the assistant dean of undergraduate programs at the Medical University of South Carolina and a retired army nurse – who discussed her experiences working with veterans. She said the upcoming episodes discuss removing barriers to health care, like high copayments, diversifying the nursing education workforce and recruiting students from different backgrounds.
“Nursing schools need to intentionally recruit, support and mentor faculty and students from diverse backgrounds to ensure that the next generation of nurses reflect the community that it serves,” Darcy-Mahoney said.
Experts in nursing said the podcast will shed light on the nursing profession for people who don’t follow statistical reports about nursing inequities.
Dalmacio Flores, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and an HIV and AIDS certified registered nurse, said nurses are vocal in their advocacy about their patients and themselves, and he doubts the podcast will shy away from any controversial topics.
“I think it will do justice by covering what needs to be covered and hopefully being honest and calling out the systems that need to do better so that our profession thrives and is able to allow nurses to do what it is that we’re good at,” Flores said.
Flores said it’s “beautiful” that the podcast features personal anecdotes, including one from a nurse practitioner’s experiences working in Macon County Alabama, one of the poorest counties in the state.
The podcast will also feature doctors like Susan Hasmiller, the senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Michael McGinnis, a senior scholar at the NAM.
Sue Anne Bell, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, said the lack of diversity in the nursing field served as another major issue that the podcast discussed in the first episode. She said diversifying the workforce beyond its current base of white women will help build a system in which nurses come from the communities they serve.
Hispanic and Black nurses made up just 10.2 and 7.8 percent of registered nurses this year, respectively, according to data compiled by Carson-Newman University.
Bell said nurses are also facing burnout after being overworked in unsafe hospital situations during the pandemic. She said she spent several months last year working in hospitals with coronavirus patients, which she recalls as a “scary time” to be a nurse.
Bell said Darcy-Mahoney is regarded as a “nurse leader” in the nursing community after serving as the NAM’s distinguished nurse of residence over the past year. She said she couldn’t imagine a “better time” for this podcast considering all the critical work that nurses have done in the pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some of the huge challenges that nurses face every day,” Bell said. “I look forward to the podcast kind of weaving what the future of nursing might look like with what nurses are experiencing today, and I’m very excited about it.””

What the search for LeBlanc's replacement should look like
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 08, 2021
“We are at the beginning of the end of the LeBlanc era. The University president’s tenure has been a saga of antagonizing students, shunning faculty efforts at shared governance and unilaterally tilting GW toward STEM at the expense of the humanities. Now that he is retiring, the GW community is nearly-unanimously thinking some variation of let’s not do that again .
As the search for his replacement enters the early stages, it is important to lay out expectations of how the process should operate and what administrators should look for in a new president. In both the search process and in the final choice to replace LeBlanc, the values of transparency, diversity, shared governance and good-faith community outreach should be present at every step of the way.
Before going through what the GW community deserves in a new president, it is worth noting the process by which the new chief administrator will be picked. If it is similar to the search process officials used to pick LeBlanc to succeed retiring president Steven Knapp in the 2016-17 academic year, we should expect administrators to convene a search committee that will vet candidates, and a faculty consultative committee that will allow professors to weigh in.
The membership of the faculty consultative committee and the presidential search committee to pick the new president has not been finalized. This search process is three months behind the previous search process that resulted in LeBlanc’s hiring, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can even be a good thing. It means administrators still have time to make the search committee representative of the GW community and its interests.
Faithfully representing the GW community means a number of things. Primarily, the yet-to-be-announced search committee should include a wide range of voices. There should be direct student representation in the room where decisions are being made. Whether it’s the SA President or a member of a prominent advocacy group on campus, the student body has to have a representative – one not just weighing in on the process or making critiques from the sidelines, but actually helping to make decisions.
The same holds true for faculty. The relationship between administrators and faculty has been fraught over the past five years, with many professors feeling as though their needs and input were ignored by LeBlanc’s team. Professors from every school should be heard at every stage of the search process, and should be a large presence on the search committee. We have actually seen some solid progress on this front – the Faculty Senate made the right call in expanding the faculty consultative committee to include members from all schools at GW. Not only will this help bolster representation of humanities departments – a must, considering how the last search process helped give us the 20/30 plan – but it will also help increase representation of diverse voices on the committee.
This leads into the third key area that the search committee must pay attention to: diversity. Especially considering incidents like LeBlanc’s use of a deeply racially insensitive analogy on video, the committee has an absolute obligation to make sure that racially, ethnically and religiously diverse voices are heard. This isn’t just about checking off boxes of who’s on the committee and who isn’t – it’s about making sure the communities who have been hurt the most before and stand the most to lose now have sufficient representation in the decision to wield veto power over any potentially problematic pick to replace LeBlanc.
Representation should also go beyond the simple matter of who’s in the room and who isn’t. It will be important that students, faculty and staff who are not intimately involved with the process still have an opportunity to weigh in. In fact, that is probably the most important element of running a process that is truly representative. The committee, throughout the entire time it is working to fill the presidential slot, should be listening to what everyday GW community members are saying. This could come in the form of town hall-style meetings like the ones held during the previous presidential search. Administrators don’t need to be conducting person-on-the-street interviews in line at Sol, but they should at least be fully aware of the mood and sentiments of those they represent. Feedback from the entire community should be heard, should be listened to in good faith and should factor into the final decision in a way people can clearly see.
Finally, the search process must be transparent. People should know the status of the search. This could be as simple as a series of semi-regular emails to the GW community. Administrators have had a mixed record in terms of communicating with the student body, but they have gotten better at it recently – through COVID-19 and campus reopening, students have received frequent emails from administrators about progress toward returning to in-person classes. The search committee should keep that energy and make sure they are communicating with regularity, even if there isn’t huge news. A student or professor who pays a decent amount of attention to what goes on at GW should be able to say off the top of their head what the most recent step the committee took was – whether it’s finalizing its membership, laying out what it wants to see in the next administrator or releasing a shortlist of picks for the job.
Students and faculty have had an adversarial relationship with administrators since before most current students even got here. If GW’s community and administrators are to get along, the first step is for the next leader of the University to be picked through a process that students, faculty and staff genuinely feel like they had a say in. If administrators are able to get the process right in all of these ways, then chances are, whomever they pick will be a good choice to lead the University.
The editorial board consists of Hatchet staff members and operates separately from the newsroom. This week’s staff editorial was written by opinions editor Andrew Sugrue and contributing opinions editor Shreeya Aranake, based on discussions with culture editor Anna Boone, contributing sports editor Nuria Diaz, design editor Grace Miller, copy editor Jaden DiMauro and assistant copy editor Karina Ochoa Berkley.”

Officials announce permanent vice provost for research
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 03, 2021
“The executive dean of the University of Virginia’s engineering school will become the next vice provost for research in November.
Pamela Norris, a leading expert on nanoscale heat transfer also known for her work increasing representation of women faculty in STEM, will begin the role Nov. 1, according to a release Thursday. Norris will replace Carla Berg, the interim vice provost of research since June, becoming GW’s first permanent head of research since officials transitioned to a decentralized, pod research model last year.
“I am truly excited for this opportunity to provide strategic leadership to propel the GW research community toward our mutual vision for meeting society’s pressing needs and serving as an engine for global good,” Norris said in the release.
Norris has worked at UVA since joining the faculty in 1994. As executive dean, she manages the UVA engineering school’s academic and research functions, overseeing nearly $86 million in sponsored research funding last fiscal year, the release states.
Robert Miller, the former vice president for research, moved to a new role last year as officials transformed GW’s research model and began looking for a vice provost for research.
Officials had initially held off on the search last fall as part of budget mitigation efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic but later moved forward as administrators began unwinding the cutbacks. Paul Wahlbeck, the dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, led the search committee comprised of professors, research staff and students.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Norris will be joining the University as the vice provost for research,” Wahlbeck said. “She impressed the search committee with her experience in research administration, interest in working with researchers across campus and the disciplines, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and her creative ideas for raising our research profile. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Norris to campus.”
Norris will also be appointed as a faculty member in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, according to the release.
Interim Provost Chris Bracey said at a Faculty Senate meeting last month that officials were “winding up” the search and meeting with finalists.
“The continued growth and expansion of our research enterprise across all fields, including in the physical sciences, arts and humanities, is a critical aspect of how GW will fulfill its promise as an innovative institution of higher education, and Dr. Norris’ years of experience as a research administrator and renowned scholar make her a perfect choice to lead the future of research at GW,” Bracey said in the release.
Norris earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and mechanics from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She served as a visiting postdoctoral research engineer and visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley before joining UVA, according to her biography .

SBA Senate funds New Orleans service trip
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 03, 2021
“The Student Bar Association Senate approved more than $3,000 during its meeting Tuesday night for a group of 30 students to travel through New Orleans and provide free legal services for the community recovering from coastal damage.
The senate amended its budget to allocate $3,200 for the Gulf Recovery Network, a student organization within GW Law that plans an annual spring service trip to New Orleans to offer legal and physical assistance and help “rebuild” the area, according to GW Law’s website . Third-year law student Jennifer Pantell, GRN’s co-president, said the organization needs more funding for safe urban transportation like Uber, but participants are responsible for paying to travel to New Orleans.
Pantell said the organization was founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and its services are still “necessary,” especially after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana last week. The GRN provides its members with professional legal experience while aiding the New Orleans community through legal assistance, according to the GW Law website.
“The students deserve to go down to New Orleans to travel around there safely, to be able to engage in the community and the culture that they’re actually going down to assist and to work with organizations that we’re working with down there.” Pantell said.
SBA senators gathered in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic at the meeting, which was held in the Law Learning Center and Garage.
Senators unanimously approved six nominations for the SBA, approving second-years Justin Lewis, Neemi Patel and Krista Baca as executive branch staffers, third-years Jeanmarie Elican and Kendall Lawrenz as faculty appointment committee members and third-year James Cowan as the chief judge on the SBA Supreme Court.
In a 7–4 vote with two abstainers, the senate struck down SBA President Jordan Michel’s nominee, Alexis Pozonsky, for the faculty committee that recommends professors for tenure and promotion. Four senators raised concerns about Pozonsky’s “neutrality” and her lack of preparation for the role after her interview with the appointments committee this summer, so Michel will nominate a new student at a later meeting.
“We are going to vote no on this resolution because we did not feel like our concerns were addressed,” SBA Sen. Cyrus Dutton said. ”It’ll be a 2-week gap period between a new nominee and now, but those concerns can be addressed with some individual that has more neutrality and who can be more prepared for the interview.”
The senate also unanimously approved the creation of the Real Estate Law Association, which would serve as the University’s first real estate law organization on the law school’s list of student groups. The RELA submitted its constitution, bylaws and an interest form of potential members to receive approval from the senate.
The senate tabled legislation that would remove the word “illegal immigrant” and “alien” from any SBA legislation. Michel, who vetoed the legislation after senators passed it in April, recommended that the senate table the resolution to first better research and understand the immigrant community at GW.
“Though I agree with this resolution sentiments, it seems rushed and either ill or under advised,” Michel said in a statement. “While the drop the I-word campaign is admirable, the work does not begin there, but with conversation and education.”
The SBA senate’s next meeting will be held on Sept. 14 at 9:15 p.m. in the Law Learning Center and Garage.”

CCAS launches summer STEM internship program after pandemic delay
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 01, 2021
“Columbian College of Arts and Sciences students can now apply for the school’s STEM laboratory summer internship program after it was postponed during the pandemic.
Rachel Riedner, the CCAS associate dean of undergraduate studies, said the program allows undergraduates majoring in STEM fields to work alongside faculty on their current research and prepares students for graduate school and future careers. She said the program, which is only open to rising juniors and seniors, spans a range of research areas for students to choose from.
“Students get research experience working with faculty on scientific research projects where students learn how research is conducted, receive research mentoring and learn about the culture of scientific research,” she said in an email.
Prospective students apply with a faculty member, according to the program website. The program requires students to submit a two-to-three page application, including statements from the faculty member conducting the research, the student who wants to join the program and the department chair who will be overseeing the internship.
Accepted students will receive a $2,000 award and the faculty member will receive a $500 stipend, according to the website. Students in the program are also required to submit a progress report to the dean and a presentation at the GW Research Showcase in the spring semester.

Hatchet Opinions: Who we are and what we do
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 01, 2021
“If you open a print copy of The Hatchet to page 5, you’ll find the opinions section – filled with different perspectives and viewpoints on the issues facing GW. As a new semester is underway, I wanted to take the opportunity to share a few things Hatchet readers and the GW community should know about what the opinions section does, who writes for it and how to consume opinion journalism.
The section consists of dozens of students from a broad range of backgrounds, majors, places of origin and points of view. Our writers and columnists – writers who have written at least five opinion pieces – pitch ideas based on their personal experiences, passions, interests and areas of study. The opinions section has covered topics ranging from GW’s COVID-19 policies to campus housing to the fight for racial justice . Each piece, once approved by the opinions editors and the editor-in-chief, undergoes a rigorous editing process to ensure the argument is clear and coherent.
Most of the pieces the section publishes relate directly to events acutely unfolding at GW. The University has an activist student body, and opinions voiced through the section often line up with the latest advocacy efforts the GW community is undertaking. For example, a flurry of columns and op-eds joined the chorus calling on GW to divest from fossil fuels, which the University ultimately did last summer. Writers and columnists have weighed in on other hot-button topics, like University President Thomas  LeBlanc’s beleaguered tenure and the 2020 general election .
Other pieces delve into issues that are less immediate but no less important, like legacy admission policies and filling seats in Foggy Bottom’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission. We also publish personal essays penned by our writers and columnists about their unique life experiences, like dealing with mental illness and navigating a primarily white campus as a person of color.
In addition to running pieces written by our writers and columnists, the opinions section also publishes op-eds written by members of the GW community, and a weekly staff editorial written by myself and contributing opinions editor Shreeya Aranake based on discussions with the paper’s editorial board .
The opinions section is entirely editorially independent of the news section. Writers and columnists for the opinions section cannot write news articles, and reporters cannot write opinions pieces, as is the standard among most professional newsrooms. The goal of news reporting is to inform readers while limiting the amount of bias influencing the content. On the other hand, opinion journalism is subjective. That is its purpose and its value – readers can benefit from the expertise, perspectives and lived experience of those who write for the opinions section. It is not about laying out some irrefutable truth. It is about crafting experiences and evidence into cogent arguments that go beyond 280 characters.
Any reader of the opinions section is also likely to stumble across perspectives and arguments that they disagree with – and that’s the point. No opinions piece is going to confirm all of any one person’s priors and preconceptions. Instead, what readers should do is factor the piece’s arguments into their own thoughts on an issue. Maybe the article supports and confirms what you already thought. Maybe it prompts you to think about a topic in a new way. Or maybe you disagree with the piece so vehemently that it gives you even more clarity about your stance on the issue at hand. In any event, the whole point is to present a new perspective or angle on an issue that matters.
You don’t have to agree with every piece you read. But I do hope you look to the opinions section for perspectives that might make you look at a topic differently or teach you something new. Whether you’re a student, faculty member, administrator or member of the broader GW community, our writers have moving experiences and incisive opinions that are worth reading.
Andrew Sugrue, a senior majoring in political communication and political science, is the opinions editor.”

GW installs menstrual hygiene product dispensers
by The GW Hatchet
Sep 01, 2021
“Updated: Sept. 2, 2021 at 10:36 a.m.
The University is funding and providing free pads and tampons at restroom dispensers on campus, Student Association President Brandon Hill announced at the SA Senate meeting Monday.
Hill said the SA’s executive branch worked with the Division for Student Affairs, Finance Division and Division of Safety and Facilities to fund the installation of dispensers across campus buildings. The SA has supported expanding access for menstrual hygiene products for years, funding the the People for Periods project – a student-led program stocking bathrooms with free pads and tampons – after it launched in 2017.
“It has long been in the works for several years, and we are grateful for the University for taking over this formerly student-run effort to support health,” Hill said at the meeting.
Catherine Morris, Hill’s chief of staff, said the dispensers – placed over the summer – are located in District House, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the Elliott School of International Affairs, Gelman Library and Duques Hall in Foggy Bottom. She said Ames Hall and Eckles Library will also feature dispensers on the Mount Vernon Campus, as well as Innovation Hall on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus.
The meeting served as the senate’s first in-person gathering since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, held in the Continental Ballroom in the University Student Center.
The senate unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Vice President Kate Carpenter to expand the SafeRide system, the University’s program offering students free late-night rides on campus, to the West End neighborhood. Carpenter said West End houses much of the off-campus student population.
She said she launched a survey earlier this month to gauge students’ feedback on possible pick-up locations for the program in West End. Carpenter said she has met with Destiny Jackson, GW’s director of transportation and logistics, to discuss the program’s expansion after officials requested the senate to pass legislation and share survey results.
“I’m excited to send an email tomorrow with all of our finalized information including the survey that was sent out to the student body today as well as the past legislation to really solidify that the student body is interested in this,” Carpenter said. “I’m very excited to bring that to administration and then hopefully see some stuff happen promptly.”
The senate rejected  legislation that would have set a fall referendum on allowing first-year students to run for senator positions in the SA and would have amended the SA’s recently updated   constitution. The constitution originally excluded the creation of first-year seats last year.
The resolution states that freshmen would be able to elect first-year senators during fall elections if the student body approved holding the referendum.
Hill said he opposed the resolution because there would be lower turnout in the fall than in the spring, making the fall elections less representative of the student body. He said he preferred student elections to be held in the spring to maximize student turnout and allow freshmen to vote for students who they have known over a longer period of time.
“To do the following right now is asking for the senate to approve something without the maximum participation of the student body,” Hill said.
The legislation also would have replaced ranked-choice voting with plurality-at-large voting for multiple-seat constituencies like the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Elliott School.
Under plurality-at-large voting, the candidates with the most votes would win regardless whether they receive a majority. Under ranked-choice voting, the candidate with the lowest number of first-place votes is eliminated from the race, and the other candidates move on to the next round until a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote.
SA Sen. Chris Pino, CCAS-U and the sponsor of the legislation, said there is no evidence of lower turnout rates in fall elections instead of the spring, and that reason alone should not deprive first-years of representation on the SA. He said eliminating ranked choice voting in multi-seat elections is necessary because the results can become “muddled” and are not as easy to determine as they would be in single-seat elections.
“Ranked choice voting is great for single-seat races like president, vice president and any senate seats that are just one seat for election,” Pino said. “I think it’s fantastic in that regard, but in any other instance, it becomes ineffective.”
The senate voted to confirm nine senators at the meeting, leaving one vacancy in the senate – an at-large seat representing the Milken Institute School of Public Health. The senate kicked off its new term in May with 14 vacancies, filling five of them over the summer before senior Adam Snyder resigned from the senate last month.
The senate confirmed graduate students Kyle Johnson, Linsi Goodin, Medha Prasanna, Noor Khalil, Onyinye Ijeh, Paxton Cane and Vittoria Pagella as graduate at-large senators. Junior Athena Atsides-Del Valle and former SA vice presidential candidate and senior Sofia Packer were confirmed as University at-large senators.
Atsides-Del Valle, who transferred to GW last year, said she hopes to serve as a voice for transfer students in the SA. She said the University fails to offer advisers for transfer students, which some of the University’s peer institutions already provide.
“It’s shocking that so many of our peer institutions have an abundance of support for their transfer students, and yet GW is lacking severely in comparison,” Atsides-Del Valle said.
Senators unanimously approved a $21,850 co-sponsorship request from the Program Board to fund its annual Fall Comedy Show Saturday, where Saturday Night Live cast member Mikey Day and Netflix comedy host Michelle Buteau will perform. Sophomore Audrey Cox, the vice chair of GWPB, said the organization’s funding from the University dropped by 80 percent this year, forcing them to rely more on SA funds.
The senate also confirmed 11 students to executive cabinet positions, including secretaries for transportation, academic technology and sustainability, making it the largest cabinet in SA history, according to Catherine Morris, Hill’s chief of staff.
The next senate meeting will be held Sept. 13 at 8:30 p.m. on the Mount Vernon Campus.
This post has been updated to correct the following:
The Hatchet incorrectly spelled Atsides-Del Valle on one reference. It is now corrected. We regret this error.”

Alumni association president to focus on global reach
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 31, 2021
“When officials announced that Christine Brown-Quinn would be the new president of the GW Alumni Association in May, alumni from around the world reached out through social media to congratulate her on the position.
Brown-Quinn, who graduated from GW with a Master of Business Administration in 1992, said she plans to draw support from an international base of alumni across various graduation years and ethnicities to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion as president of the organization. Currently based in London, she hopes to “leverage” her location to connect with GW alumni outside of the United States.
After graduating from GW, Brown-Quinn began working at an international bank in the United Kingdom. She spent 30 years working in international finance until she changed paths in 2010 to host webinars and workshops about how to succeed in the corporate world.
Brown-Quinn has since been involved in various school-level advisory boards at GW and the U.S. Alumni Club in London, an organization that connects alumni from various American universities in the United Kingdom.
Brown-Quinn said the dean of the School of Business asked her to join the school’s Board of Advisors in 2016, and she later joined the GWAA’s executive committee in 2019 after officials asked her to serve in the position.
“I so enjoyed my experience with the advisory board, being connected to strategy, also being connected to students – it was like a no brainer,” she said.
Brown-Quinn said the Alumni Association nominated her among other candidates to be president of the organization, and members of the GWAA’s executive committee eventually voted her into the position.
“I was happy to kind of put my hand up to say, ‘Yeah taking that leadership role, it would be a privilege,’” she said.
As president, Brown-Quinn presides over the organization’s executive committee meetings, which have been virtual due to the pandemic, and serves as a liaison between the association and the Board of Trustees.
The Alumni Association also provides volunteer and donation opportunities to GW alumni and holds alumni gathering events and networking opportunities.
During the last search for a University president in 2016, the president of the Alumni Association served on the presidential search committee. Brown-Quinn said she expects to be involved in this year’s search to replace outgoing University President Thomas LeBlanc, but officials have not communicated with her about it yet.
“I think it’s my role as a leader to really take soundings from the whole committee in terms of what the vision is for the next president,” she said.
Brown-Quinn said former GWAA president Richard Jones – who held the position since 2019 – told her how much support the alumni office and the alumni community has provided for him, and she said University leaders have also helped her “navigate” the position at times.
“Had I had that kind of support when I was in corporate banking, boy could I have really aspired to bigger things,” she said.
Brown-Quinn said she plans to use alumni assistance to assemble various career industry groups – groups of alumni who work in the same field – to connect alumni with common interests and career paths. She also said she wants to make use of various GW alumni networks outside of the U.S. to bolster the GWAA’s part in the University’s Bicentennial celebrations.
She said the COVID-19 pandemic has also taught her that virtual alumni events can be a good way to connect with the GW community. Brown-Quinn – who is part of the U.S. Alumni Club in London – said the group hosted a virtual Thanksgiving “pub quiz” or trivia event last year that had more than three tables of GW alumni compared to most other universities that only had one.
“Especially with GW being so global and our alumni being global, I think the pandemic has taught us that there are things that we can do virtually to bring our community together,” she said.
Brown-Quinn said she also wants to ensure that the Alumni Association reflects the diversity of GW alumni as a whole.
She said she’s “proud” to be associated with alumni like those who were awarded the Monumental Alumni Award earlier this year. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., actress Kerry Washington and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., are among those honored with the award.
“The success of GW alumni makes your degree as a student more valuable, it makes my degree as an alum more valuable,” she said. “So it’s not a kind of one way transaction.”
Brown-Quinn said she’s also looking forward to supporting the goals of the Alumni Association’s executive committee members, who are interested in setting up mentorship opportunities for current students and alumni and fundraising.
“So it’s really thinking about how I’m enabling others as well,” she said.”

Crime log: Students transported to local hospitals
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 31, 2021
“Theft II/Bicycles
Public Property On Campus (2100 Block of F Street NW)
8/24/2021 – Unknown
Open Case
GW Police Department officers responded to a report of bicycle theft. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a male student who reported that his cable lock was cut and his bicycle lock was stolen.
– Case open.
Liquor Law Violation
Strong Hall
8/25/2021 – 1:09 a.m.
Closed Case
GWPD officers arrived at Strong Hall after observing D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services officials in the area. Officers made contact with D.C. FEMS responders who were in the process of evaluating an intoxicated female student. D.C. FEMS officials proceeded to transport the student to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for further medical treatment.
– Referred to Division of Student Affairs.
Theft II/From Building
University Student Center
8/22/2021 – 7 p.m.
Open Case
A female student reported that her tote bag was stolen after leaving it at the University Student Center. The tote bag contained an umbrella, lunch box, her purse and IDs.
– Case open.
Threats in a Menacing Manner
Public Property On Campus (2200 Block of I Street NW)
8/25/2021 – 2:28 p.m.
Open Case
Multiple students reported being threatened by a non-GW affiliated male subject. GWPD officers canvassed the area but did not find the subject.
– Case open.
Theft II/Other
University Yard
8/25/2021 – 7 p.m.
Open Case
A female GW student reported that her Whole Foods tote bag was stolen after leaving it at University Yard. The bag contained her IDs and cash.
– Case open.
Liquor Law Violation
Mitchell Hall
8/26/2021 – 1:26 a.m.
Closed Case
GWPD officers responded to Mitchell Hall after observing D.C. FEMS officials in the area. Upon arrival, the officers made contact with D.C. FEMS responders who were evaluating an intoxicated student. D.C. FEMS officials cleared the student, concluding further medical treatment.
– Referred to DSA.
Theft II/From Building
Off Campus
8/26/2021 – Unknown
Closed Case
A female GW student reported that her cell phone was stolen while at an off-campus location.
– Off-campus incident.
Liquor Law Violation
Mitchell Hall
08/27/2021 – 2:44 a.m.
Closed Case
GWPD officers responded to Mitchell Hall after receiving a call about an unconscious male student. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the student who had regained consciousness. D.C. FEMS officials arrived on scene and began a medical evaluation of the student. Upon evaluation, D.C. FEMS responders concluded that the GW student needed further treatment and transported him to the Howard University Hospital.
– Referred to DSA.
— Compiled by Carly Neilson.”

Biology lab guides project to record dying trees
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 31, 2021
“Biology department researchers are studying the effects of climate change and rising sea levels on dying trees. 
Keryn Gedan, an assistant professor of biology and the study’s lead researcher, said the project will culminate with an online map showcasing all the ghost forests on the East Coast to raise awareness about the impact of rising sea levels. Volunteers with the department’s Gedan Coastal Marine Ecology lab, which studies wetlands, will take and upload pictures of “ghost forests” – low-lying trees that have been bleached by higher tides and salt stress along the East Coast. 
Gedan said the project’s research will lean on citizen scientists – volunteers who can help collect data, even without experience in scientific research . 
“Ghost forests are really iconic places to observe climate change,” Gedan said. “Our objective with the citizen science project is both to document where they are occurring for scientific research but also to engage people with sea level rise and the processes occurring with sea level change.”
Gedan said citizen scientists have recorded 30 entries so far, including pictures of dying trees and written observations, and she hopes to grow the number of entires. The project started last October and will continue as long as it receives entries and continues to engage volunteers, she said.
The project is posted on SciStarter – a database that posts projects conducted by citizen scientists – to recruit volunteers for the project, and the map featuring all the pictures and observations that citizen scientists gathered is also posted online .
She said the citizen scientists use Survey123 , an online form with questions asking things like the species of trees present, the date of observation and the geographic location of the ghost forest, to record their data. Data also includes observations like the “speed of changes observed” in the dying forests, which volunteers can describe as fast or slow, and the “dominant tree species” like pine trees, according to the project’s website .
“All the citizen scientists need is a phone with a camera,” Gedan said. “They can upload the survey on their phone, and they can also look at our ghost forest webpage on their phone.”
Gedan said ghost forests appear most frequently in coastal regions like the East and Gulf coasts due to the damaging effects of rising sea levels and salt water intrusion. They consist of groups of dead trees whose trunks remain standing and have been bleached white by the sun, she said.
She said scientists have found some traces of ghost forests in Canada and in Florida, but her research will “fill in the map” with the more prominent forests along the East Coast. She hopes her research will allow scientists to study previously undocumented areas to highlight variation between locations.
“We also think we may be able to identify the factors that kind of determine where a ghost forest will occur based on where they are today in terms of the topography or slope of the coastal zone, the type of trees that are there and their proximity to the coast,” Gedan said.  
Ezra Kottler, a doctoral student in the biology department who studies the migration of marsh plants into these dying forests for the project, said the researchers are using environmental data like soil salinity and precipitation to understand why vegetation is dying off in coastal forests. They said their team also examines whether invasive or native species will take over the area once all the trees in a ghost forest die, determining which would create a more biodiverse habitat.
Kottler said the main incentive for this project is to remind volunteers and readers of the online map that climate change is occurring, and rising sea levels and dying trees are just a few signs of global warming worsening.
“It helps remind people that climate change isn’t this far off future thing,” Kottler said. “It’s happening here and now, and it’s affecting our coasts as well as people who live there.”
Elliott White, Jr., a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Virginia’s environmental sciences department, said using volunteers will increase the amount of ghost forest data available to researchers, especially because scientists may struggle to access all geographical locations. He said the volunteers will help widen the geographic range of ghost forests that researchers can record and motivate volunteers to learn more about the dying trees around them.  
“Those citizens can be kind of our eyes and ears with the rest of the world, and they can identify locations that we didn’t know about or we don’t have time to get out to,” White said. “So it’s a great way for scientists to engage with the public, the public to engage with scientists and there’s kind of a mutual exchange of information.”
White said people who look at the online map may be motivated to go out and see one of these ghost forests first-hand if they see that one is close to where they live.
“That person may be motivated to go out there and look at it themselves and get educated, and then they may become advocates for understanding ghost forests,” White said. “Now they’re kind of doing the legwork of sharing the knowledge.”

GW to provide free rides to off-campus ROTC classes
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 24, 2021
“Army and Air Force ROTC students will receive free transportation to access their off-campus classes this fall after spending hundreds of dollars in travel-related expenses in previous years.
The University will begin providing four vans during the upcoming semester for students to attend early morning classes offered by the ROTC Army program at Georgetown University and the Air Force program at Howard University. Luc Saint-Genies, the Student Association’s secretary of military affairs and an Air Force ROTC cadet, said the SA pushed for the new service because the University never provided transportation for ROTC students who previously spent more than $300 a semester in Uber charges to attend class at other universities.
“It was quite a regular oversight – intentional or not is irrelevant – from both SA and administration, where there was always an assumption that ROTC cadets were either under fellowships or had money, stipends or that sort,” Saint Genies said.
Saint-Genies said students will be approved by himself or their ROTC program to drive the vans to and from their ROTC classes, which can take place two to four times a week from about 5 a.m. to noon. He said students will meet at Kogan Plaza to take the vans, which can each hold up to 14 students.
GW has a consortium agreement with Georgetown University’s and Howard University’s ROTC programs that allows GW students to take ROTC classes, like military leadership courses. Saint-Genies said 100 GW students are enrolled in Georgetown’s Army ROTC branch and about 50 students are enrolled in Howard’s Air Force ROTC branch.
GW’s Naval ROTC program is the University’s only ROTC program offered on campus, according to the NROTC website . Students from Catholic, Georgetown and Howard universities can also join the GW NROTC program through a consortium agreement between GW and the schools.
Saint-Genies said he discussed his concerns about the lack of off-campus transportation with SA Vice President Kate Carpenter, who helped him meet with officials in the transportation office. He said he and Carpenter met with Destiny Jackson, the University’s director of transportation and logistics, in July to negotiate the new transportation service and alleviate travel costs.
“I’m taking this position very seriously because a good portion of our student body – upwards of 25 to 30 percent – is in fact military-affiliated, and I’ll do my very best to be that advocate for that student body,” Saint-Genies said.
Angelica Chardón, a senior and an Air Force ROTC cadet, said she struggled to commute to her ROTC classes at Howard University from the Mount Vernon Campus because she needed to pay senior cadets up to $250 in gas money each semester to drive her. She said ROTC students who couldn’t drive themselves to class were forced to rely on the Metro or upperclassmen to attend off campus sites because GW only allows juniors and seniors to keep vehicles on campus.
Chardón said the new transportation initiative will also boost recruitment numbers for people who may be wary of joining ROTC programs for financial reasons because travel costs will drop. She said the transportation service will also boost morale for ROTC students because they can spend more time together on the vans.
“At the end of the day, it increases professionalism because you get there with your team, and then you all perform together rather than trying to get a hold of people so early in the morning,” Chardón said.
Carpenter said she helped Saint-Genies organize two months of Zoom meetings with the transportation office to secure the vans for the off-campus ROTC programs. She said members of the SA worked out logistics between the transportation and ROTC offices during the meetings, like who would be approved to drive them.
“The reason that administrators were so happy to help us is that one, the support they needed was super easy, and it was an easy fix – didn’t take much time,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter said the SA will promote this initiative through social media and its first newsletter of the year, which could help encourage more students to join the ROTC programs. She said the initiative will help highlight the ROTC programs and demonstrate that the SA and the administration support the students in those programs.
Carpenter said she and Saint-Genies will continue building a relationship with officials to work on other initiatives to support ROTC students in the future. She said the SA will work on Title IX issues within the Army ROTC at Georgetown and advocate for more affordable ROTC courses that are taken at Georgetown and Howard universities.
“It is such an underrepresented group on campus,” Carpenter said. “They work a lot and they put in a lot of hours to do what they’re passionate about. But most students aren’t really even aware that the program exists or that they need support.”
Lalitha Shanmugasundaram contributed reporting.”

CCAS officials launch new degrees to meet market demands
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 24, 2021
“The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences launched four new undergraduate degrees earlier this month to prepare STEM and fine arts students for careers on the rise.
Officials unveiled a Bachelor of Science in data science, Bachelor of Science in cognitive science of language, Bachelor of Science in psychological and brain sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts with a photojournalism concentration that students can declare this fall. Faculty involved in creating and teaching these programs said the degrees meet students’ rising interests in these academic areas amid a growing marketplace demand for graduates in these fields.
Rachel Riedner, the CCAS associate dean of undergraduate studies, said officials hired additional faculty for the data science program but none for the other three degrees. She said CCAS officials do not plan to roll out additional degree programs for this year.
“CCAS is very excited about the new degree opportunities in data science, photojournalism, psychological and brain sciences and the cognitive science of language – all of which were created in response to student interest around these topics,” she said.
CCAS officials also added an Asian American studies minor and micro-minors in health equity and immigration and migration studies as additional academic offerings for the upcoming school year.
Ryan Engstrom, the director of data science and an associate professor of geography, said the data science program’s courses will teach students to extract, handle and analyze data sets. He said students can apply that knowledge to focused areas like mathematical modeling, data journalism and geospatial data science.
The degree requires 42 program-specific credits, nine of which are concentrated in fields like astronomy, physics and geography.
“There’s so much information that’s generated today from everybody clicking on a cell phone or a computer, and all that data is stored, and there’s a tremendous amount of information,” Engstrom said. “How do you extract that information, how to use it, then how do you extract information from it, how do you turn it into something that people can easily understand?”
Francys Subiaul, an associate professor of speech, language and hearing sciences and the undergraduate adviser for the department, said the cognitive science of language degree addresses growing student interest for language sciences and makes GW a “pioneer” in the discipline with its interdisciplinary and research-focused offerings.
The degree requires a minimum of 63 credits with at least 19 in introductory STEM courses.
“The Bachelor of Science in cognitive science of language differs from the Bachelor of Arts offered by the department in its focus on a strong STEM background, scientific reasoning and practical research skills to apply to language- and communication-relevant problems in a variety of fields or professions,” Subiaul said in an email.
Dwight Kravitz, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience, said the psychological and brain sciences program focuses on empirical and analytical methods and skills needed to understand complex human behavior with a combination of research and psychology classes. He said the new degree came about after students sought a more science-based program centered around neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience instead of biology.
The degree requires 34 credits with 12 elective credits in psychology.
“They should find themselves with a firm grounding in the analytical techniques needed to reason in complex domains generally,” Kravitz said. “That might span everything from computer vision to social behavior depending on the courses taken.”
Matt Eich, an assistant professor of photojournalism, said officials launched the Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts, as opposed to the original Bachelor of Fine Arts, to help photojournalism students struggling to add a double major. He said the bachelor of fine arts degree was too “credit intensive” with 87 required credits.
He said the new program allows a “flexible” track with fewer general art classes than the BFA and more elective opportunities for students wishing to study photojournalism in addition to other fields, like sociology, English and the sciences.
The degree requires 51 credits with 42 in fine arts and art history and nine in SMPA.
“Let’s say you came to GW and have discovered photography or photojournalism in your first year, decided you wanted to major in it your second year – that’s a lot more possible with the Bachelor of Arts track than with the BFA where you’d have to kind of go back and play catch up,” Eich said.”

Students grapple with eating disorders during pandemic
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 24, 2021
“Ruby Samim, a junior majoring in public health, said she was isolating in her house last spring when she had eaten so little that she didn’t even have the energy to go on a walk in her neighborhood.
Samim, who suffered from binge eating disorder before the pandemic, said she stopped eating regular meals during the pandemic after comparing herself to celebrities on social media while living at home with no social outlets.
“I was just not happy to be at home and I felt like I was spending a lot of time on social media and TikTok especially and just comparing myself all the time,” she said. “All that was on my phone was just celebrities, influencers. Of course I’m going to compare myself to them because there was no outlet.”
Samim said she would encourage other students facing eating disorders to take a break from social media or to avoid following people who make them feel bad about themselves. She added that students should be aware of what they say to others around them because phrases like “You’ve lost so much weight” may not feel like a compliment to students struggling with eating problems.
“Sometimes even something as small as ‘Oh my gosh, all I had for breakfast this morning was iced coffee’ can be kind of triggering to people who are struggling with not eating enough or feeling like they are binging stuff,” Samim said.
Samim is one of 10 students who said they developed or worsened their eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic, when isolation, stress and increased usage of social media made it harder for them to regulate their diets. Students said they didn’t have their peers to hold them accountable for not eating regularly when they were isolated, and social media trends like workouts increased anxiety about their body image during the pandemic.
Maddie Billet, a sophomore majoring in political science, said she struggled with anorexia , an eating disorder where a person restricts their calorie intake for extreme weight loss, since sixth grade and developed bulimia nervosa, a cycle of binge-eating and self-induced vomiting, this March. She said while her physical symptoms stayed the same during the pandemic, her mental health worsened as she observed her friends and influencers on social media strive to lose weight in a “fatphobic” way.
“I like to call eating disorders socially contagious, and once you take the social part out, there’s no one really to learn from besides social media, so it really matters what you’re seeing online,” Billet said.
Diagnoses of eating disorders increased by 25 percent during the pandemic nationwide for people ages 12 to 18, according to a study released in April by the Epic Health Research Network, a research journal dedicated to medicine and health care. The National Eating Disorders Association recorded an increase of about 70 to 80 percent in calls to its helpline over the past year, according to Yale Medicine.
The Colonial Health Center provides individualized counseling and psychological services for students and aims to “improve cognitive, emotional, academic and social functioning,” according to their website . The CHC lists eating disorders as one of its “primary care services offered.”
Madeline Fischer, a sophomore majoring in international affairs who is dealing with disordered eating, said she is worried that the current dining plan won’t cover all her meals and could further restrict her diet. She said if the Foggy Bottom Campus included a dining hall she would feel “inclined” to binge eat due to the greater range of food choices available, but she said she would appreciate the accessibility of a hall on days when she might not eat at all.
“Knowing that there’s a dining hall and that food is readily accessible and all I have to do is say yes and just knowing that it’s there is a good thing,” Fischer said.
Students have reported struggling with food insecurity on campus for years, with nearly 40 percent of students facing  the issue in 2018, according to a study released by the Wisconsin Hope Lab.
Nadia Lischke, a sophomore majoring in biology who struggles with binge-eating and disordered eating, said displaying calorie counts and nutrition labels on food and vending machines, which are common in restaurants, is “toxic” for people in eating disorder recovery. She said public displays of this information are harmful for students in recovery because  dietary restrictions and hyper awareness of food contents like calories can worsen eating  disorders.
“Those things are not helpful,’” she said. “Reading scholarly articles with stats is helpful, yes, but ultimately GW faculty and staff need to learn how to listen to their students and make change. Talking to the eating disorder community and really hearing us and them out is my biggest piece of advice.”
Lischke said professors can reduce the amount of “diet talk,” especially in science classrooms where diet and healthy weight conversations are commonly brought up. She said professors are often unaware that these conversations are “triggering” to students who might have eating disorders.
“As a fat person, whenever anyone talks about not wanting to be fat and or about the ‘damage’ that being fat has on a body, there is a definite shift in the room,” she said.
Experts in eating disorders said isolation during the pandemic increased anxiety and made access to therapy difficult, exacerbating the prevalence of eating disorders. 
Mark DeAntonio, the director of UCLA’s Eating Disorders Program, said people with anorexia can lose weight to the point that their Body Mass Index falls below 16, placing them at risk of passing out and losing their ability to think clearly.
“They are really quite debilitated, and they are just totally consumed with exercising, avoiding food, and they lose their ability in general to function both academically, socially,” DeAntonio said.
DeAntionio said while Zoom therapy sessions were largely successful during the pandemic, many counseling services and treatment programs for eating disorders were completely overwhelmed . He said this lack of treatment can worsen eating disorders, since people have to deal with symptoms on their own.
Jennifer Wildes, the director of the University of Chicago’s Eating Disorders Program, said the timeframe for recovery differs between eating disorders, with anorexia nervosa typically taking the longest. She said she has seen students take anywhere from six months to one year to get better, and she recommends that students struggling with eating disorders reach out to the National Eating Disorder Association, which offers virtual treatment services and information on in-person treatment locations.
“Keep in mind that recovery is rarely a linear process so that people can have slips along the way,” Wildes said. “That doesn’t have to mean that you’re a solid loss, and there’s no chance of recovery.”
Cynthia Bulik, the founding director of the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, said she found the lack of structure in daily life and the absence of social support during the pandemic contributed to worsened eating disorders, according to a study she conducted last May. Students agreed, saying the lack of daily tasks and activities during the pandemic contributed to their disordered eating.
Bulik said students with eating disorders shouldn’t feel ashamed or guilty because many people of all backgrounds are also struggling with eating problems.
“There is nothing shameful about having an eating disorder,” Bulik said in an email. “That would be like saying there is something shameful about having asthma. Reach out for help. You are not alone.”
Editor’s note: If you or someone know is in need of treatment for eating disorders, the CHC lists treatment of some eating disorders among its primary care services. ”

Recap: Top University headlines this summer
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 24, 2021
“From administrative shakeups to a phased reopening of campus following a year of shutdowns, the GW community has seen unprecedented turnovers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
University President Thomas LeBlanc announced in May that he would step down from his position at the end of this academic year, and the following month, former Provost Brian Blake – who worked with LeBlanc at the University of Miami – stepped down to become the president of Georgia State University. Officials also developed and tweaked their fall reopening plan throughout the summer, requiring community members to be vaccinated against COVID-19, receive regular tests and wear face coverings while in campus buildings.
In case you need a refresher, here’s a roundup of everything that’s happened over the summer:
Leadership changes
After LeBlanc announced that he would retire at the end of the upcoming academic year following calls for him to resign, liberal arts professors welcomed the leadership change while STEM faculty felt  disappointed that LeBlanc didn’t do enough to unite the University behind his vision to enhance STEM offerings. Student leaders said LeBlanc also failed to prioritize student interests with issues like fossil fuel divestment .
Experts in higher education were unsurprised at the announcement given LeBlanc’s rocky tenure at GW, though the Board of Trustees had maintained their support for the president amid the turmoil and consistently lauded his efforts to lead the University out of the pandemic.
Officials said in late May that the Board had started discussions about the search process for the next president but declined to comment on its timeline and whether LeBlanc would be involved. The Faculty Senate passed a resolution earlier this month to expand the faculty committee that will consult with trustees on the presidential search process to ensure more diversity of faculty rank, gender, race and discipline.
Following Blake’s departure, LeBlanc named Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Chris Bracey as interim provost and said he would allow the next University president to oversee the search for a permanent replacement. In June, officials named deputy general counsel Charles Barber as the interim vice president and general counsel after his predecessor, Beth Nolan, announced she would retire in March.
COVID-19 policies
Officials said in early July that students must attend in-person classes in the fall – except for a limited number of classes designated for online instruction – after announcing in April that all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to campus.
They also said community members with medical or religious objections to the vaccine could receive “limited exemptions” from the requirement, while those working or studying remotely would not be required to show proof of vaccination.
Officials said at a Faculty Senate meeting earlier this month that 412 students – 2.2 percent of those registered for fall classes – received an exemption to the mandate. Officials also said earlier this month nearly 90 percent of the GW community was fully vaccinated, but hundreds of students, faculty and staff missed the deadline to submit their vaccine documentation by the start of August.
University spokesperson Timothy Pierce said earlier this month that officials would continue to accept uploads of COVID-19 vaccinated documentation past the Aug. 1 deadline.
In late August, Senior Vice Provost Terry Murphy reported to the Faculty Senate that 6.3 percent of students and 8.3 percent of faculty were noncompliant with the vaccine requirement, but she said they are largely those who have lost their vaccine documentation or are still obtaining a NetID that will allow them to upload such documentation.
As part of a broader plan, called “Onward GW,” outlining safety and public health protocols for the University this fall, vaccinated students must receive a monthly COVID-19 test to maintain access to campus facilities. Community members with vaccine exemptions must receive weekly COVID-19 tests and participate in daily symptom screening.
After initially lifting the on-campus mask mandate for vaccinated people in June, the University re-imposed the indoor mask requirement for GW community members at the end of July. The mandate aligned with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s indoor mask order following a spike in COVID-19 related hospitalizations and new mask-wearing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Officials said at this month’s senate meeting that they are encouraging faculty to remind students of the rules and keep extra masks in their classrooms.
Less than 1 percent of GW’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive in recent days, while the District’s total positivity rate stands at 4.8 percent, according to GW’s COVID-19 Testing Dashboard .
In early June, officials also completed upgrades to the University’s facility ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems to comply with safety and building regulations and help bring students back on campus in the fall.
Campus reform
The University renamed the Cloyd Heck Marvin Center to the University Student Center in June after the Board of Trustees accepted the Special Committee on the Marvin Center’s recommendation. The decision came after years of pushback from community members over the former University president’s discriminatory policies .
The committee published documents last October that showed Marvin resisted calls to end racial segregation on GW’s campus, threatened to kick GW Hillel off campus and fired members of The Hatchet’s editorial board for serving as a “communist mouthpiece” at GW.
Within hours of the announcement of the Board’s decision, construction workers removed signage referring to Cloyd Heck Marvin from the University Student Center.
University spokesperson Crystal Nosal said officials will not consider any other names for the University Student Center in the foreseeable future.
LeBlanc said in July that officials will consider those requests after the Board makes a decision on the Colonials moniker, a decision they said is still pending .
Officials also shuttered the Confucius Institute in late July after years of criticism from politicians, government agencies and community members over its financial ties to the Chinese federal government.
In-person Commencement
After delaying in-person commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic, officials announced in June that both classes would be invited to a joint, bicentennial commencement ceremony on the National Mall this October.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who attended GW from 1966 to 1968, will serve as the ceremony’s commencement speaker, and Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, will receive the President’s Medal, the highest honor a GW president can bestow.
Associate Professor Cindy Liu and Professor Andrew Maurano, who helped coordinate COVID-19 testing and vaccination at GW and in the District, will also receive the President’s Medal.”

Hatchet’s 2021 Orientation Guide
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 24, 2021
“The Hatchet's 2021
Orientation Guide
Tips for making friends in the first week
There’s no need to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of forming new friendships. Here’s a list of social tips to keep in mind during your first week.
What to expect from New Student Orientation
This week, thousands of freshmen and sophomores are flocking to campus after a year and a half of attending school in front of a computer screen.
Textbook shopping tips to save you time and money
You’ll likely feel the burden of overpriced textbooks as you start your time at GW. Use these tips to save you time and money as you shop.
GW-specific slang to make you feel like a seasoned student
From the Vex to Crepeaway to GW Deli, familiarizing yourself with these GW-specific terms will make you feel like a seasoned student.
Insider academic advice from seniors
We asked seniors from different colleges within GW to reflect on their experience in their schools and give advice to incoming freshmen.
A look into the District’s history
As you begin to make your home in Foggy Bottom, take some time to learn the vast history of the city you’ll call home for the next few years. ”

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing moves to medical trailer
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 16, 2021
“The University’s asymptomatic COVID-19 testing center in Foggy Bottom will move to a stationary trailer Wednesday after previously operating out of the University Student Center throughout the pandemic.
The testing site will relocate  to a medical trailer in Lot 3 at the corner of 20th and H Streets, according to an email sent to the University community Monday. Asymptomatic testing will continue at the University Student Center through Tuesday, and symptomatic testing will remain at the Colonial Health Center along with routine asymptomatic testing at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus, according to the email.
The email states the medical trailer will open for testing at 6:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. each Friday. The site will close at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a Friday closing time at noon, the email reads.
The testing center will be closed during the weekend.
Officials require monthly COVID-19 tests for fully vaccinated students returning to campus and weekly tests for students who are unvaccinated as a part of the University’s fall operating plan.
Tracking COVID-19
Stay up to date on GW, D.C. news related to the virus. READ MORE”

Faculty Senate votes to expand representation in presidential search
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 14, 2021
“The Faculty Senate passed a resolution Tuesday establishing guidelines to form a more diverse consultative committee of faculty members who may be involved in the search process for a new University president.
The resolution seeks to enhance faculty representation in areas like rank, discipline, gender and race among those who may be elected to serve on the Board of Trustees’ presidential search committee – a group made up of trustees, alumni, students, and faculty. Senators said the Board will select faculty members for the search committee from the wider pool of professors in the consultative committee after the Faculty Assembly approves them in a special meeting likely in September.
To begin forming the consultative committee, all schools aside from the College of Professional Studies will elect one faculty representative, in accordance with  plans established by a senate resolution in 1986 that outlines the framework for faculty representation within the presidential search. The new resolution authorizes the senate’s executive committee to recommend up to eight additional professors from any school at GW, including the College of Professional Studies, as members of the consultative committee.
All schools can submit a pool of three to five professors to the executive committee, which will then decide which eight to add to the final slate. The final consultative committee will consist of the nine professors nominated individually by their schools and the eight additional members nominated by the executive committee.
Kim Roddis, a faculty senator and a professor of civil and environmental engineering, said once the senate’s executive committee has finalized a slate of members for the consultative committee, officials will call the Faculty Assembly’s special meeting to approve them “as soon as feasibly possible.” Roddis said the senate’s executive committee requested schools to begin the process of electing faculty representatives in late July, with the goal of completing the slate of professors by Aug. 27 when the senate’s executive committee plans to meet.
“To ensure a broad and diverse slate, the nine names from the school elections must be known,” a slideshow from the meeting reads. “The school pools provide diversity. Timeliness demands quick action to get the full FA slate distributed in advance of the FA special meeting in September.”
Faculty expressed concerns during the last presidential search in 2016 that the search committee lacked diversity – the six faculty members who served on the search committee were all White and from science, math, law or medical fields. All but one were men.
In similar fashion as this year, the senate voted in 2016 to expand the faculty consultative committee with seven members in addition to the nine school representatives.
Ray Lucas, the senior associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development and the University’s COVID-19 coordinator, said officials expect a “near universally” vaccinated campus during the upcoming school year, with the unvaccinated population “somewhere in the high one to two percent.” Officials announced last week that about 10 percent of the University community is currently not compliant with the vaccine mandate.
Lucas said the unvaccinated population consists of people with medical or religious exemptions.
“Since we know breakthrough infections can occur, we have this required surveillance testing,” Lucas said. “If you’re one of these two percent of people who are unvaccinated, you have to do a weekly COVID test and a daily symptom screener on an app for the duration of the fall semester.”
Senior Vice Provost Terry Murphy said 6.3 percent of students are not currently compliant with the vaccine requirement, but noncompliant students are largely those who have lost their vaccine documentation or are still obtaining a NetID that will allow them to upload such documentation.
She said 8.3 percent of faculty are also not compliant with the requirement – a group mostly composed of part time professors who are also waiting to receive a NetID.
“The deans have the names of every individual who is not compliant,” Murphy said. “They are going through the list, they are identifying those who have left the University, they are identifying those who are online and therefore will be moved in to another category that we call ‘opt in’ – if they are in Alaska we are not so concerned about whether or not they’ve gotten their COVID vaccine.”
She said officials expect to find breakthrough cases within the student population, and professors should expect more students than usual to miss class for up to two weeks at a time for isolation or quarantine purposes. Murphy said faculty should familiarize themselves with new recording technology in their classrooms for students who need to quarantine, and they can teach maskless in classrooms that have six feet of separation from their students.
Students who are not compliant with the vaccine mandate will not receive residence hall access, Murphy added.
“If they want to be on campus, they must comply with the vaccine mandate,” Murphy said. “There are names behind each of these numbers.”
Joseph Cordes, the chair of the fiscal planning and budget committee and a professor of economics, said the University will close Fiscal Year 2021 with some “positive margins” rather than a slight deficit that officials had initially anticipated in May, although the official numbers will be finalized later this month.
Interim Provost Chris Bracey said he requested and has since received a “diversity effort review process” for the University designed by Caroline Laguerre-Brown – the vice provost for diversity, equity, and community engagement. The review process would draw upon the proposals submitted  by the two firms that officials were deciding between to select as the best consultant for the audit.
Bracey’s plans differ from the initial guidelines for the audit set by former provost Brian Blake, who said the University would create a “diversity action plan” with initiatives that would correspond to findings from one of the firms that would be selected to conduct the audit.
Officials commissioned the diversity audit in January to assess and improve campus diversity with findings expected by late spring, but as of June, officials still had not selected a consultant after the firms requested more information than officials expected.
Bracey, who was named the interim provost this June after Blake’s departure to become Georgia State University’s president, said the search for the vice provost of research is “winding up” with hopes to finish conversations with finalists sometime this week. The previous vice president for research, Robert Miller, left the position last fall to serve as dean of research and academic affairs at the School of Medicine and Health Science.
Arthur Wilson, the chair of the executive committee and an associate professor of finance, said the senate is preparing to speak with Board Chair Grace Speights about the future of shared governance at GW. He said members of a subcommittee circulated a draft to flesh out faculty’s interpretation of the meaning of shared governance earlier this week, with possible modifications to be made days later for the eventual meeting with Speights.
Speights  requested further discussions with faculty about the future of shared governance earlier this spring when University President Thomas LeBlanc announced his plans to retire at the end of the next academic year. In an email to faculty, Speights said she was “troubled” by some professors’ behavior that did more to “foment discord” than contribute to civil dialogue.
The senate unanimously approved the nominations for membership to the senate’s athletic and recreation and research standing committees and welcomed the interim dean of nursing, Pamela Slaven-Lee, after former Dean Pamela Jeffries departed for Vanderbilt University earlier this summer.”

Nearly 90 percent of GW community is fully vaccinated: officials
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 13, 2021
“Officials said nearly 90 percent of students, faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, but hundreds of University community members had not complied with the Aug. 1 deadline to abide by GW’s vaccine mandate.
The announcement at Tuesday’s Faculty Senate meeting indicates that GW was short of attaining a COVID-19 vaccination rate between 98 to 99 percent. Roughly 2.2 percent of students and 0.7 percent of faculty received exemptions for medical or religious reasons, according to data provided at the meeting.
Senior Vice Provost Terry Murphy said that 6.3 percent of students and 8.3 percent of faculty were not compliant with the vaccine requirement as of late last week, accounting for more than 1,300 noncompliant professors and students. Students not in compliance with the mandate will not be permitted to move into their residence hall, she said.
She added that some students had not uploaded their documentation because they lost their vaccine card or didn’t have credentials to log in to the system.
Officials instituted a requirement in April for all students, faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus this fall with “limited exceptions” for those with medical or religious exemptions.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment as the vaccine continues to be the best way to protect ourselves from the spread of COVID and the Delta variant,” interim provost Chris Bracey and other officials said in an email last week. “The vaccine, in combination with indoor mask-wearing, contributes to our layered approach to safely resume in-person teaching, learning and working this fall.”
University spokesperson Crystal Nosal said in July that unvaccinated people must have an approved exemption from the vaccine, continue to wear masks, undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and take daily symptom checks to maintain campus access during the school year.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren to deliver keynote at October Commencement
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 13, 2021
“Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will serve as keynote speaker at this year’s Commencement ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021, officials announced Thursday.
Warren, who attended GW from 1966 to 1968, will be recognized with an honorary Doctor of Public Service alongside former Board of Trustees Chair Nelson Carbonell, who received the honor virtually in May, on the National Mall during the Oct. 2 ceremony. Officials had held virtual ceremonies for the two graduating classes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but in June announced the joint, rescheduled in-person ceremony.
Officials recognized Warren along with nearly 70 other alumni with the Monumental Alumni award in April as part of the University’s ongoing bicentennial celebrations. The rescheduled Commencement will take place as a part of a University-wide, weekend-long celebration marking the end of the bicentennial.
“As a distinguished senator who has spent her career serving others, one of our GW community’s most requested speakers, and a Monumental Alumna, Senator Warren will be an inspiration to the classes of 2020 and 2021 at this critical time in history,” University President Thomas LeBlanc said in a release.
Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, will receive the President’s Medal at the ceremony, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the University president.
Fauci was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service from the University in 2015.
University President Thomas LeBlanc will also award the President’s Medal at the ceremony to Cindy Liu, an associate professor in the department of environmental and occupational health, and Andrew Maurano, an associate clinical professor of emergency medicine.
Liu organized GW’s on-campus COVID-19 testing laboratory – which has processed more than 150,000 tests for students, faculty, staff and contractors – while Maurano helped launch a partnership with the D.C. government that lead to the vaccination of more than 45,000 people, according to the Commencement website .
“I am thrilled that during this historic in-person event we will have the privilege of honoring three heroes of the pandemic, including Dr. Fauci and two of our very own university community members, Professors Cindy Liu and Andrew Maurano,” LeBlanc said. “They represent the many scientists and frontline workers who have led us through the most challenging days of the pandemic.””

Officials scale back fall study abroad programming
by The GW Hatchet
Aug 09, 2021
“The University scaled back study abroad programming ahead of the fall semester as the spread of the Delta variant continues to elevate COVID-19 cases across the globe.
University spokesperson Crystal Nosal said officials canceled GW Chile and the University’s provider and exchange programs, which rely on outside partners and organizations, only continuing GW-branded programs with limited activity because of the state of the pandemic. This fall will serve as the first semester with study abroad programming since the spring of 2020, when officials suspended all programs and non-essential travel for more than a year following the pandemic’s outbreak last March.
Nosal said officials canceled the program in Chile because of entry restrictions and other concerns tied to the pandemic but don’t expect any further adjustments for fall programs “unless conditions worsen.” COVID-19 cases surged toward record levels in Chile earlier this summer with nearly 9,000 new daily cases in early June, but positive tests have since plummeted to the lowest numbers since the start of the pandemic, with new daily cases dipping below 1,000 during the past week.
Nosal said University’s study programs and Global Bachelor’s Program – which will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland this fall – will operate under full capacity, with 108 students currently enrolled.
She added that GW England drew the most applicants this fall, with 39 students attending six different institutions across the greater London area. She said Queen Mary, University of London and the School for Oriental and African Studies were the most popular with 13 and nine students set to attend, respectively.
The University plans to add exchange programs to its study abroad options this spring, continuing its study programs and Global Bachelor’s Program – which will take place in Shanghai, China, according to the Study Abroad Office’s website.
“Looking ahead to spring, we expect to expand our offerings and have already opened a subset of applications in GW Passport, in which students have already begun applying,” Nosal said. “We will continue to monitor health and safety conditions worldwide, and we expect the list to expand and fluctuate as we continue to progress through the fall semester.”
Nosal said the University may reduce, alter or cancel activities like trips, excursions, extracurriculars, internships, group meals and group workshops based on the pandemic’s conditions in each country this fall, which will dictate how each program will be run – potentially differently than during pre-pandemic years. She said precautions in host countries could include  travel restrictions , group activities with social distancing and  mask mandates and events or establishments that require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The University  requires all students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to study abroad, the office’s website states.
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Quinn XCII rocks Rochester
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 22, 2021
“Earlier this month, Michigan native Quinn XCII returned to his roots for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Rochester Hills, Mich., was crowded hours before the show even began, both because of the excitement to see Quinn and because of the equally impressive musicians sharing the stage. Tai Verdes, known for “A-O-K” and “Stuck in the Middle,” two songs that soared on TikTok, started off the night, and Chelsea Cutler, a longtime collaborator of Quinn XCII, followed up Verdes. The audience was loud and engaged for both opening acts, and the joy of being back at a concert was palpable. There were tears, screams and hugs throughout the show. I have to admit, though I’m not the most seasoned fan of any of the artists, I felt myself getting choked up about being at a live show.
Quinn’s entrance on stage was welcomed warmly, with the crowd cheering and lights flashing. The energy turned up a notch as the sun went down, and Quinn’s grin could be seen all the way from the lawn where I was standing. He opened up with “Am I High Rn,” a song from his 2020 album A Letter To My Younger Self . I could barely hear him over the fans screaming along all around me. He quickly followed up with one of his most popular songs, “Stacy,” and I found myself singing along and dancing. Quinn knows how to carry himself onstage, making sure to cover every square inch of whatever area.
There was the perfect balance of intimate moments with the audience and jamming out to his discography. Obviously, for Quinn, being in Michigan is somewhat emotional. It’s where he was born and raised, and having attended Michigan State University, he found himself surrounded by old friends and family members. He even went as far as to have us sing “Happy Birthday” to his uncle in the crowd.
For those who are big fans of Quinn, the concert was a dream come true. But even for people like me who aren’t avid listeners, the connection between us and the artist being in his home state made the show special. 
Quinn XCII went through the typical setlist, playing songs off all his albums. He didn’t particularly focus on his most recent release, Change of Scenery II , and instead just played as many fan favorites as he could fit into his hour-and-a-half performance.
He ended the show with three songs featuring Chelsea Cutler: “Little Things,” “Flare Guns” and “Stay Next To Me.” Whereas in a normal show, people would start running out before the encore, the crowd mostly stayed put and waited until the last note of “Stay Next To Me” to head back to their cars.
I think the combination of a wonderful show and the pure exhilaration of being back at a live performance made it so that everyone wanted to savor every last second; we never know when the joy of live music could be taken from us again.
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It’s official, Ann Arbor: Target opens at 231 S. State Street
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 22, 2021
“A brand new Target store opened in the State Theatre building in Downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon. Dominick Sokotoff/Daily. Buy this photo. James Newbill, director of the Target store in the State Theatre building, cuts a ribbon to open the store in downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon. Dominick Sokotoff/Daily. Buy this photo. A brand new Target store opened in the State Theatre building in Downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon. Dominick Sokotoff/Daily. Buy this photo. A brand new Target store opened in the State Theatre building in Downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon. Dominick Sokotoff/Daily. Buy this photo. A brand new Target store opened in the State Theatre building in Downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon. Dominick Sokotoff/Daily. Buy this photo. Staff members of the new Target store in the State Theatre building in downtown Ann Arbor pose for a photo Tuesday afternoon. A brand new Target store opened in the State Theatre building in Downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon. Dominick Sokotoff/Daily. Buy this photo.
A Target location officially opened at 231 S. State Street in downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday, the former location of an Urban Outfitters.
The “small format” store, standing at 12,000 square feet, was first announced in December 2020. These scaled-down stores provide a specifically curated selection of goods designed to appeal to students on campus, according to A Bullseye View . 
Similar stores have opened on college campuses across the nation, including at Michigan State University, New York University and the University of Southern California.
University of Michigan students have previously raised concerns about the lack of a more affordable grocery store within a walkable distance to campus. The addition of this Target will offer students a walkable, convenient grocery option, according to Tricia George, a team lead for Target.
“I think it’s going to have a huge impact,” George said. “What I’ve been hearing just in the last half hour, I’ve talked to some of the guests, the grocery is the biggest thing that they’re so excited about because there’s not really a grocery store within walking distance for a lot of the students.”
Store Director James Newbill said he hopes the new Target will not only be a place where the students can buy groceries but where they can find community as well. 
“It was really important to us that we entered this community, because the students don’t have a place that’s really quick for them to get those fresh food options, and we’re able to provide them,” Newbill said. “The service piece is super important to me in our entire store, making sure that students are being helped because sometimes it is really fast-paced around here. And they don’t really get that service that they need.”
Newbill said he encourages students to be actively engaged in the process of curating Target’s product collections so that the store satisfies customers’ needs.  
“I want people to tell me the collection that they want because we can order things,” Newbill said. “We can get a different assortment, but it’s literally just to serve students on campus. We can get items that they normally can’t get shipped here or to their dorms.” 
LSA freshman Jessi Hinterman said she is looking forward to having a grocery store within walking distance from her dorm. 
“I’m excited to not wait in Walgreens for anything,” Hinterman said. “I mean, we have (a Target) at home, and it’s the nicest thing. I’m there all the time. Honestly, (it’s) convenient. So having one here is amazing.”
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New renters commission with non-voting landlord members approved by Ann Arbor City Council
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 22, 2021
“Ann Arbor City Council is introducing a new tenant commission to better represent and protect renters in Ann Arbor — but with non-voting landlord members on the commission too. 
The resolution to unanimously approve the commission Monday evening comes after months of debate between tenants and landlords. 
This led up to the council approving changes to the Early Leasing Ordinance , which now restricts landlords from showing prospective tenants or entering into new leases for the following year until 150 days before the end of the current lease.
In passing Monday night’s resolution, Ann Arbor became the third city in the nation — after Seattle and King County, Wash . — to implement a tenant commission for increasing discussion around issues related to renters and providing recommendations for City Council on rental policies. However, the other two cities don’t have landlord members, voting or non-voting, as part of their commissions.
Councilmember Travis Radina, D-Ward 3, who is the lead sponsor to the resolution, said it is crucial to amplify the voices of renters while also encouraging a “robust and thoughtful collaboration from all relevant stakeholders,” including landlords.
“We know that too often renters’ voices are overlooked or forgotten in important policy decisions that impact our community on things like housing affordability, access to transportation, land use, public health, public safety and economic development,” Radina said. “And yet until now there has been no formal city body to provide our renters with a true voice in our policy and decision making process. So this is a really big deal tonight.”
The resolution cites a 2019 study from the American Community Survey, which found that 53.3% of housing units in Ann Arbor are rentals, making up the majority of residences in the city. 
The survey also estimates 52.6% of rental households in Ann Arbor are paying 30% or more of their gross income in rent, which Radina says has contributed to the affordable housing crisis in the city. 
The council then debated the clause in the resolution to include non-voting landlord perspectives to the commission. Councilmember Elizabeth Nelson, D-Ward 4, moved to remove this clause due to concerns about landlord members overpowering tenant perspectives. 
“Having landlords at the table versus having the opportunity to come to a renters commission and make public comments and complain or offer perspective in the same way that we heard perspectives in just the last few months — I mean I don’t know that anyone sitting here can really accept that landlords will not be heard unless they’re allowed a seat at the table,” Nelson said. “We heard them loud and clear. They are very well organized.”
Ultimately, Nelson’s amendment to exclude non-voting landlord members failed 5-6, with Councilmembers Erica Briggs, D-Ward 5; Jeff Hayner, D-Ward 1; Lisa Disch D-Ward 1; Julie Grand, D-Ward 3; Ali Ramlawi, D-Ward 5; and Radina voting no.
Members of the University of Michigan Graduate Employees’ Organization called in to Monday’s meeting to express their support for the new commission. Rackham student Ember McCoy told the council she supports the new commision, especially amid a lawsuit from landlords who are fighting against the Early Leasing Ordinance. 
But McCoy said the power dynamics are disproportionately against tenants and is worried about Ann Arbor being the first city to implement a landlord voice on a renters commission.  
“The fact that landlords are now suing the city over the changes only highlights the power that landlords think they have in the unjust conditions that renters have been dealing with for decades,” McCoy said. “I do want to note that I’m glad that landlords are at least non-voting members of the commission, but I too am worried about the precedent that was set for Ann Arbor to be the first renters commission to have seats for landlords.” 
Ramlawi said he disagreed with Nelson’s suggestion to remove landlord members  because having perspectives from all parties involved is important when discussing policy changes that impact both tenants and landlords.
“These are non-voting members to the commission,” Ramlawi said. “I think it’s important to get that perspective whether you like it or you don’t like it. I think it’s important that we have more people under the tent.”
Following what Grand called a “fairly hostile” conversation between councilmembers and  landlords this past summer in discussion of the Early Leasing Ordinance, Grand said building trust and strengthening communication can help develop more productive policymaking.
“I just think that some of the issues that we’ve seen with the way that landlords have been communicating — and frankly in a fairly hostile way at this table — could possibly be mitigated if we start building some trust and communication,” Grand said. “And having that perspective about what a certain policy would look like on the ground to implement, understanding some of the barriers, especially as a non-voting member, I think this is a compromise.”
Councilmember Linh Song, D-Ward 2, supported Nelson’s proposal to remove landlord members. Song added that there will be room in the future to revisit the commission’s bylaws to introduce landlord perspectives if deemed necessary.
“I’m a little worried about the power dynamics, and I think that’s what the amendment is speaking to,” Song said. “I’m kind of struggling to understand why we’re a little bit hesitant to at least try to see if maybe with the commission’s bylaws and just revisit with renters and see if they see it really fit to include landlords then.”
The council then discussed how the new commission should elect members. In response, Nelson proposed an amendment allowing the commission to have a voice in nominating members. The amendment ultimately failed 5-6 with Nelson, Ramlawi, Hayner and Councilmember Kathy Griswold, D-Ward 2, voting yes.
Ramlawi also introduced an amendment to include recommendations from the city’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion coordinator in considering nominations for the renters commission. The amendment was supported by the council without further discussion or vote.
During the public hearing portion of the meeting, Ann Arbor resident Michelle Ryan Hughes called in to say she believes the council made a “grave error” in not approving the removal of landlord voices on the commission.
“If we want to have a renters commission where renters can advocate for their own interests, they need to be the ones who are on the commission, not landlords,” Hughes said. “If there are landlords on that commission, then I’m not sure what its purpose is.” Daily News Editor Kristina Zheng can be reached at .
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How Cade McNamara became Michigan’s stabilizing factor
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 21, 2021
“Ten months ago, with the Michigan football team trailing 17-0 in Piscataway, N.J., Jim Harbaugh turned to quarterback Cade McNamara.
The move was seen as a last resort. McNamara, then a sophomore, began the season third on the Wolverines’ quarterback depth chart behind Joe Milton and Dylan McCaffrey. He had never seen meaningful game action, but after the former played his way to the bench and the latter transferred, McNamara was thrust onto the field.
He made the most of the opportunity, steering the Wolverines’ comeback win and saving the program from a catastrophic loss. He completed 27-of-36 pass attempts for 260 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns in the 48-42 overtime victory. But above all, he showed the leadership traits Michigan’s previous quarterbacks lacked.
“That’s probably the biggest statement you can make,” Harbaugh told reporters on Monday. “Coming into a game like that, that’s your opportunity. Seventeen points down, rally the team, comeback victory. That does a lot — that does a tremendous amount for your own confidence and the belief everyone has in an individual.”
Nearly a year later, that confidence has only grown stronger. McNamara has emerged as the Wolverines’ stabilizing factor, leading to a 3-0 start this fall. Even in Michigan’s run-heavy offense, McNamara’s consistency through the air maintains a valuable dimension of any college offense. Despite limited opportunities to throw, he’s completed 24 of his 37 passes so far — a 64.9% completion rate — and has three touchdowns through the air, including an 87-yard bomb, the third-longest in program history.
McNamara’s early success dates back to the end of last year, when he went into the offseason as the program’s unquestioned starting quarterback. That allowed him to take on a bigger leadership role following a dismal 2-4 season in 2020.
“When something’s not right, he’s going to speak up,” fifth-year senior safety Brad Hawkins said. “He’s going to point it out. He’s a great guy, a great leader. He wants to be successful, he wants his team to be successful and he does everything he needs to do for the team to win. He’s a great leader. Everyone looks up to him. Everyone listens to him when he talks. He’s going to continue to be a great leader, he’s going to continue to play well and he’s going to continue to do great things.”
Immediately following Shea Patterson’s departure in 2019, the Wolverines struggled to find a reliable pocket presence. That’s not for a lack of trying, though. While McNamara patiently waited his turn, others gave it a shot at the helm.  
Milton, for all his untapped potential, never panned out. McCaffrey decided to opt out and enter the transfer portal before last season even began.
Yet, any newcomers brought in to add depth to the roster haven’t been able to pry the job from McNamara. Texas Tech transfer Alan Bowman still hasn’t thrown a pass in a Michigan uniform. Five-star freshman J.J. McCarthy has shown flashes of special talent, but he lacks the consistency of a veteran like McNamara.
Since the two-year Patterson era ended, McNamara is the only quarterback to establish firm control over the job. He hasn’t earned it with style points or circus throws — rather, his fundamentally sound approach has set him apart.
“He’s been consistently good since he’s played in games,” Harbaugh said. “The ability to drive the team for points, that’s getting really impressive. His overall confidence, ability, time on task, reps … just like anybody when you play in a game and realize you can do this. Not as hard as it seems. Get better at football by playing football.”
When McNamara takes the field against Rutgers this upcoming Saturday, his journey from third-stringer to starter will come full circle. And his grip on the job has only grown tighter since leading the Wolverines’ memorable comeback against Rutgers 10 months ago.
“He capitalized on his opportunity and took the bit and ran with it,” Harbaugh said. “Got to give great credit to Cade for doing that, for having the fortitude to step in there and take the bull by the horns. And he hasn’t given it up, so that’s all to his credit.”
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Jikoshoukai: Self-introduction
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 21, 2021
“私はシュライナーです。 (I am Schriner.) 
ミシガン大学の4年生で、専攻は社会学とクリーエーティブライティングです。 (I am a fourth-year student at the University of Michigan and my majors are sociology and creative writing.) 
ミシガン州のオリベットという小さな町の出身です。 (I am from a small town in Michigan called Olivet.)
Last week, my friend Jennie asked me to accompany her to a mass meeting for the Japanese Language Club. When I first started college, I decided to take Japanese to fulfill the LSA foreign language requirement. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up electing a minor in Asian Languages and Cultures. After finishing the equivalent of three years of Japanese language classes, I was around intermediate level by the end of my sophomore year. But I hadn’t taken a Japanese class or actively used the language since then.
Initially, I was adamant about not going. I already had enough clubs and responsibilities under my belt: work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Women’s Glee Club on Sundays and Thursdays and, of course, my work for Michigan in Color and a few other writing positions. Even more so, I was scared of embarrassing myself since I had already forgotten so much Japanese. Despite these concerns, I knew that practicing would be the best way to keep up with the language and I figured that it might be fun to meet new people. I couldn’t let my fears of inadequacy hinder me from doing something I wanted to do that would help me, so I told Jennie that I changed my mind. I was coming to JLC.
Halfway through the JLC meeting, we broke into small groups and, like we often did at the beginning of each new term in Japanese class, gave a Japanese self-introduction, or jikoshoukai. Sharing my jikoshoukai brought me back to freshman year when I was first learning Japanese and an introduction was all I knew how to say. I had changed from being a first-year to a fourth-year, and having not one major but two; however, the structure was all too familiar. For a brief moment, I met an old version of myself, when simple facts like my hometown and year were the defining features of a person still trying to figure out who she wanted to be. 

Before the JLC meeting, Jennie and I walked around and ended up stopping by the courtyard of East Quad, where we lived during our freshman and sophomore years. East Quad was where I took my first Japanese language class as part of the Residential College’s intensive language program. We recalled some fun times we had in the dorm, which led to a trip down memory lane of our college lives so far.
Jikoshoukai was one of the first things I learned while at the University of Michigan, and after just reminiscing about freshman and sophomore year, I felt oddly sentimental when it came time to do the self-introductions at the JLC meeting. Recalling the cookie-cutter phrases after over a year without them was an invitation to step back into old ways of doing things. But I also realized that these were not the friends and classmates I used to practice jikoshoukai with, most of whom I had not talked to since the pandemic started. 
There is an ingrained sense of discomfort — at least, there is for me — that comes with self-introductions due to the newness of the situation that calls for them, be it new people, new clubs or new jobs. A self-introduction is a form of interaction that tells others who you are, what you do and what they need to know, which can be nerve-wracking in trying to condense and encapsulate who you are in a few short sentences. More than being worried about judgement or about how I’m perceived by others, however, self-introductions can be stressful for me in the change they represent.
Recently, I’ve been reading a great deal about students’ experiences with goodbyes , new beginnings and an uncertain future . To me, such subjects are more timely than ever. I know that the familiarity I have with jikoshoukai — that is, the nostalgia it brings from freshman year — will come to an end once I graduate and it slips into a distant memory.
College has passed by in the blink of an eye, and I’ve been worrying a lot about graduation lately. We are still in the beginning of fall semester yet I am cursing how quickly the weeks are proceeding. My freshman year flew by, work consumed my sophomore year and junior year felt like it never even happened due to the pandemic. It’s strange to think that by the time I graduate, more of my time at the University will have been affected by COVID-19 than not. 
Before the pandemic, I often told myself that I had nothing but time. I believed I had the entirety of junior and senior year to go to performances, parties and sports games. Selfishly, I still feel robbed of opportunities like study abroad, and at times I wish I had known then what I know now. I continue to mourn the loved one I never fully had the chance to say goodbye to and the campus life that wasn’t there to distract me from the pain.
But reflecting on jikoshoukai reminds me of something else: As discomforting as new introductions and the change they bring are, there is beauty in new beginnings. It’s foolish to mourn my college years when they haven’t even ended yet. As terrifying as it is to move into the workforce after being in school for most of my life, I can’t let my fear of the future prevent me from living in the present, nor can I dwell on the past to where it holds me back from moving forward. Senior year so far has already given me new adventures and new memories to cherish. I’ve been at the University for over three years now but am still meeting new people and trying new things on campus. While I may never do jikoshoukai quite the same way again, I know that the future post-graduation will bring many more opportunities, experiences and self-introductions.
私はシュライナーです。 (I am Schriner.) 
ミシガン大学の4年生で、専攻は社会学とクリーエーティブライティングです。 (I am a fourth-year student at the University of Michigan and my majors are sociology and creative writing.) 
ミシガン州のオリベットという小さな町の出身です。 (I am from a small town in Michigan called Olivet.)
卒業したらどうなるかわかりませんが、将来のことをかなり楽観します。 (I don’t know what will happen when I graduate, but I feel hopeful about the future.)
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Student organizations discuss adjusting to in-person events
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 21, 2021
“The University of Michigan is home to more than 1,700 student-run organizations for students to join. Following a completely virtual year, many of these student organizations are now returning to in-person events, similar to pre-pandemic life. Others, however, are reaping the benefits of continuing with a flexible virtual or hybrid format. 
The Michigan Daily spoke to five leaders and members of student organizations to learn how they are adjusting to being in-person or choosing to stay virtual as the new semester begins. 
Pre-pandemic life and the shift to a virtual format
Caiden Baxter, LSA Junior and member of the Adaptive Sports Student Interest Group, an organization assisting those with and without disabilities in physical fitness opportunities and increasing awareness of adaptive sports, explained that the group heavily relies on in-person interaction. 
“Being so closely tied to physical activity and sports, pre-COVID our events were almost entirely held in person,” Baxter wrote. “During the shift to a remote format, our organization had time to reassess our plans for when the campus reopened. We also worked with the (Adaptive Sports and Fitness) program to develop an accessible online physical fitness program for at-home use.”
LSA senior Lydia Goff, co-president of Best Buddies, shared that both their weekly meetings and monthly in-person community events were impacted by the pandemic. Best Buddies is an organization that matches University students to an adult with intellectual or developmental disabilities and hosts monthly events to build friendships and relationships.
In an email to The Daily, Goff wrote holding events for Best Buddies is significantly more difficult when done online, but the rewards can also be greater. Depending on the comfort level of members with getting together with their buddies, Goff wrote that contact in friendships was mostly virtual or socially distanced.
“COVID helped reinforce the importance of friendship and inclusion in our members, as social isolation touched all of our lives,” Goff wrote. “I think college buddies especially got a better understanding of how significant a simple phone call or texting conversation can be to both them and their buddies.”
Doctors of Tomorrow is a partnership between the Medical School and two Detroit high schools — Class Technical High School and Marygrove High School — serving as a channel for medical students to assist high schoolers and increase their involvement in the medical community. The organization previously met completely in person, with high school students visiting the Medical School at least once a month.
Medical School student Natalie Guzman, director of programming for Doctors of Tomorrow, explained that her role in the organization was significantly affected by the pandemic.
“A big reason that I got involved with Doctors of Tomorrow was because I wanted to actually interact with students and serve as a mentor,” Guzman said. “But because of the virtual nature of everything, my role was slightly more administrative in terms of finding speakers, organizing small groups, things like that. I think if we were in-person I’d be able to interact with the students more.”
Deciding whether to return to in-person events and looking toward the future
With some classes still in a virtual or hybrid format, many clubs and organizations are seeing benefits from continuing to meet virtually. 
Public Health and Social Work student Brandon Bond, president of the Public Health Student Assembly, explained the organization has advanced in a virtual format, despite the pandemic.
“I believe many of us are fully vaccinated and COVID-19 cautious, however with a board of our size it is easier and more convenient to hold our meetings virtually,” Bond wrote. “With the protocols of the university and potential change of guidelines, meeting virtually helps avoid all of that (confusion).” 
Guzman said Doctors of Tomorrow was able to work with more students during the pandemic, a benefit of the virtual format. 
“Hopefully going forward we can do a hybrid type situation, in terms of getting to interact with students in person but also (maintaining) the pros of the virtual world,” Guzman said. 
Though Baxter wrote the Adaptive Sports Student Interest Group was able to reach a wider audience of participants with a virtual format, he wrote they were eager to return to meeting and collaborating in person as soon as possible. 
“We hope to continue to spread awareness of … adaptive sports, as well as increase the variety of the programming we offer,” Baxter wrote.
Goff said that Best Buddies is looking forward to their first in-person event at the end of the month and they hope to expand their organization to include more buddies. 
“Once my buddy and I were vaccinated, we took advantage right away of the opportunity to get lunch together indoors without masks — something we had not been able to do for over a year,” Goff said. “This year, I’m hoping our organization can continue to grow its impact. … I’m hoping that we can expand our overall outreach and become a more familiar name in the Ann Arbor community.”
Recruitment during a virtual year
Because Festifall , a student organization recruiting fair, was held in person this semester, many organizations found recruiting to be easier than when it was done virtually. 
Goff wrote the event was an immense help for recruiting many new students. 
“We’ve had a huge surge in prospective college buddies and have been overwhelmed by their excitement,” Goff wrote. “I think Festifall definitely helped us attract more members, as well as our social media platforms. Many college buddies choose to join Best Buddies after doing it in high school so that always gives us a solid membership base.”
Baxter echoed this statement, saying the Adaptive Sports Student Interest Group is eager to return to in-person programming with many new members. 
“Recruiting members this year has been significantly easier than the virtual school year because so much of our programming has returned,” Baxter wrote. “We are excited to get people out and playing sports again.” 
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Anchored by running game, Michigan’s identity comes into focus
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 18, 2021
“Coaches and players will tell you the Michigan football team’s identity is still in flux.
But when you look at a box score from either of the Wolverines’ first two games, it tells a different story.
Through two weeks, Michigan has racked up an eye-popping 678 rushing yards. Running backs Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins have emerged as one of the best backfield duos across America, aided by the Wolverines’ veteran offensive line. Michigan has out-gained opponents by 509 yards on the ground, creating long drives that allow it to control the game. The Wolverines out-possessed Washington by nearly nine minutes in their primetime win last weekend.
“It’s an ideal start for this team,” running backs coach Mike Hart said Wednesday. “It’s what we needed. It’s good to come out and run the ball. Obviously, the backs are playing hard, but the O-line is doing a great job. I think that’s the most important thing. … These guys know who they are, they know what they want to do.”
Hart’s fingerprints are all over the Wolverines’ developing identity. The first-year running backs coach, who became Michigan’s all-time leading rusher in 2007, returned to Ann Arbor this offseason and made an immediate impact on Jim Harbaugh’s staff. The brand of football the Wolverines have showcased during their first two games is the same one Hart loves.
Hart grew up playing the football video game Madden, but not in the way most kids do. While users are often preoccupied with Four Verticals and other deep passes, Hart found success running the football early on. Then he’d run it again. And again.
It’s indicative of his own offensive philosophy.
“I’d run the ball all day,” Hart said. “It’s the only way to play. Dive, dive, dive. Third-and-1, run the ball. Do it again. I’m serious though, that’s how I play Madden.”
While Hart isn’t calling the Wolverines’ plays, it certainly seems like he shared his Madden playbook with offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. Michigan threw the ball just 32 times during its first two games, a number that pales in comparison to its 99 rush attempts.
The result is an identity centered around physical dominance. As most high-level college football programs move toward throw-first spread offenses, the Wolverines are finding success at the other end of the spectrum.
The run-first approach was on full display during Michigan’s first drive of the second half against the Huskies. Down 10-0, Washington knew it needed a stop. It knew it was getting exploited on the ground. It knew the Wolverines were going to keep running the ball until seeing reason to do anything else.
And yet, the Huskies still couldn’t stop it. Michigan opened the second half with an eight-play, 73-yard touchdown drive without ever throwing the ball. The eight consecutive run plays capture the Wolverines’ approach as a whole.
“We’re going to keep running the ball as much as we can and as well as we can,” senior offensive lineman Ryan Hayes said Saturday. “We’ll see if it works.”
That impact of such dominance extends beyond just the offense, too. It’s something the whole team can get behind.
“It’s really easy to play great defense when you’re not out there,” defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald said Wednesday. “The 300-yard rushing games we’ll take every single time. Great job by our offense. … They played a great game and controlled the clock.”
It’s early in the season, but right now, that’s a representation of what Michigan hopes to sustain.
It’s almost as if Hart has the controller in his hands.
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Ann Arbor, UMich face employee shortages following campus reopening
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 18, 2021
“From local coffee shops to Cuban restaurants to University of Michigan residence halls, Ann Arbor businesses say they are facing employee shortages , when the number of customers are increasing as COVID-19 restrictions ease up and vaccination rates increase . 
This trend also exists nationwide, as labor shortages continue to challenge business owners and strain the productivity of their establishments. On campus, residence and dining halls are also facing similar difficulties in searching for student employees.
Economics professor Linda Tesar said that some people are still concerned about being exposed to COVID-19, especially in establishments where possibly unvaccinated customers are constantly coming in and out. 
Some people may have also begun to aim for higher pay and are willing to wait for a more ideal job to come along, Tesar said.
“Some workers could be covering their expenses with the COVID stimulus support and therefore have time to look for the job they really want, rather than take the next job that is available,” Tesar said. “And it could be that people’s views about how much they need to be paid to do certain kinds of work have shifted with the pandemic.” 
LSA junior Anthony Marx, a residential advisor in North Quad Residence Hall, said dining hall hours and residence hall activities have been limited due to the small number of available staff members. Some floors that are supposed to have two residential advisors are left with one, and dining halls are only open for a few blocks of time during the weekend, Marx said. 
Marx added that he hopes more people will apply to become staff members and allow dining and residency to return to a more normal schedule. 
“I would say apply for those jobs at MDining or Housing,” Marx said. “They are really a great opportunity to get some work experience under your belt but also support the University and (help us) get back to those hours that (students) were used to.”
Michigan Housing declined to comment on the worker shortage after multiple requests from The Michigan Daily. 
During the first week of classes, as students faced long lines for busses, University spokesperson Kim Broekhuizen told the Daily it was due to a University labor shortage.
In Ann Arbor, businesses with signs proclaiming that they’re hiring are a common sight, and customers of popular establishments continue to experience longer wait times than usual. 
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea on East Liberty Street, for example, once faced an employee surplus during the height of the pandemic. In contrast, General manager Trina Smith told The Daily the cafe is now having trouble handling the increased traffic. 
“It’s very interesting to see how COVID came, and during that time how slow we were and how bad sales were,” Smith said. “And now, a year later, we are reaching record sales. And we don’t have enough staff.” 
Smith said she appreciates the empathy from Sweetwaters customers during busy hours.
“There’s usually only one or two people working, and it’s crazy,” Smith said. “Usually the customers are very understanding and I’m very grateful for that. So just having more patience and understanding during this time means a lot to us.”
In hopes of hiring more employees, Smith said the cafe is planning to raise pay for new and current staff members as well as promote a positive work environment for employees. 
“It’s a great place to work,” Smith said. “You get free beverages during your shift. We definitely encourage people to be outgoing and creative and have good relationships with our team employees and the managers. We’re trying to do competitive pay right now as well.”
Eve Aronoff, manager of Frita Batidos, said the Cuban-inspired downtown Ann Arbor restaurant is facing similar issues of not having enough staff to account for the number of customers coming in. She said the restaurant workers are doing their best to make customers happy, but it is difficult without the necessary help. 
“It is important to us to provide the level of service we are committed to, but we are having the same issues as everyone else in the restaurant community with being chronically shorthanded, which makes providing exceptional service much more challenging,” Aronoff said. “That is a hard thing to convey to guests without sounding like you are trying to come up with an excuse.”
Tesar said the best things businesses can do right now as they search for employees are to follow public health recommendations and raise wages if possible.
“Businesses can reassure workers that the workplace is safe by following public health recommendations (coworkers are vaccinated, people are wearing masks), increase flexibility for illness or for childcare,” Tesar said. “And firms could raise wages to see if that helps workers overcome some of their reservations about taking a job.”
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Daily college football predictions: Week 3
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 17, 2021
“Shockingly, our football writers are competent. After a poor first week, they rebounded (probably because they couldn’t pick Fordham) and now all of them are over .500 for the season. Will that remain the case after week three?
Week 2 records:
Brendan Roose: 7-4
Jared Greenspan: 8-3
Daniel Dash: 8-3
Cumulative records:
Roose: 12-9
Greenspan: 11-10
Dash: 14-7
9/17 9:00 pm Maryland -7.5 at Illinois
Roose: Maryland (I’m sorry Bert)
Greenspan: Illinois 
Dash: Illinois +7.5
9/18 12:00 pm Nebraska +22.5 at Oklahoma
Roose: Oklahoma
Greenspan: Oklahoma 
Dash: Oklahoma
9/18 12:00 pm Cincinnati -3.5 at Indiana
Roose: Cincinnati
Greenspan: Cincinnati 
Dash: Cincinnati
9/18 12:00 pm Michigan State +3.5 at No. 24 Miami
Roose: Michigan State
Greenspan: Miami 
Dash: Miami
9/18 12:00 pm Northern Illinois +27 at Michigan
Roose: Northern Illinois
Greenspan: Michigan
Dash: Northern Illinois
9/18 1:00 pm Minnesota +2.5 at Colorado
Roose: Colorado
Greenspan: Colorado 
Dash: Minnesota
9/18 2:30 pm Purdue +7.5 at Notre Dame
Roose: Purdue
Greenspan: Notre Dame 
Dash: Notre Dame
9/18 3:30 pm Alabama -15.5 at Florida
Roose: Florida
Greenspan: Alabama 
Dash: Alabama
9/18 3:30 pm Kent State +22 at Iowa
Roose: Kent State
Greenspan: Iowa 
Dash: Iowa
9/18 3:30 pm Tulsa +26 at Ohio State
Roose: Ohio State
Greenspan: Ohio State 
Dash: Ohio State
9/18 3:30 pm Delaware at Rutgers
Roose: Rutgers
Greenspan: Rutgers 
Dash: Rutgers
9/18 4:00 pm Northwestern -2.5 at Duke
Roose: Northwestern
Greenspan: Northwestern 
Dash: Northwestern
9/18 7:30 pm Auburn +6 at Penn State
Roose: Penn State
Greenspan: Auburn
Dash: Penn State
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As a third-generation Wolverine, Caden Kolesar carries his family’s legacy
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 17, 2021
“Long removed from his days as a Michigan wide receiver — and a favorite target of a certain Jim Harbaugh — John had since entered the business world, trading in his cleats and shoulder pads for loafers and a sport coat. Now, he works as a sales director at a consulting firm.
John, for his part, was a four-year letterman for the Wolverines, racking up 1,425 receiving yards over the course of his career. Most famously, he caught a 77-yard bomb from Harbaugh in 1985 that sealed Michigan’s win over Ohio State, then returned a kickoff 59 yards and caught a game-winning touchdown against the Buckeyes in 1988. To this day, he holds the Wolverines’ all-time record with 23.4 yards per reception over his career. 
The Kolesar family built a legacy at Michigan even before John arrived on campus. John’s father, Bill Kolesar, played tackle at Michigan under head coach Bennie Oosterbaan from 1953 to 1955, earning three varsity letters and finishing with a career record of 19-8. During Bill’s time in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines never finished lower than 20th in the AP poll. 
One day, John’s phone kept buzzing, so he stepped out to see what was going on. 
It was his son, Caden. He’d just been offered to play football at his alma mater.
John Kolesar played wide receiver at Michigan from 1985 to 1988. Courtesy of John Kolesar.
With that long a legacy behind him, when Caden got the offer to play at Michigan, it wasn’t much of a choice. 
“I wouldn’t say (family) is the only reason I’m here, but it’s a big reason why I’m here right now,” Caden said. “Growing up, I’ve learned almost everything from (my dad) — from football to life — and it just means everything.”
Committing, of course, was the easy part. Caden had received a “grayshirt” offer from Harbaugh, meaning that he would enroll as a part-time student in the fall of his freshman year and transition to a full scholarship in the spring. In the pecking order, he was effectively in a gray area between scholarship player and walk-on. He’d have to compete for playing time with players far more highly recruited than he was. 
At that point, his last name didn’t matter. 
“I told coach Harbaugh, ‘You gotta think he can play and don’t do him any favors,’ ” John told The Daily in a phone interview. “That’s kind of how I positioned it so there wasn’t any (favoritism) going on.”
Luckily for Caden, it wasn’t the first time he’d bet on himself.
Bill Kolesar played tackle at Michigan from 1953 to 1955. Courtesy of John Kolesar.
Entering high school as a defensive back, Caden wanted to change things up. He’d been doing well at his public middle school in Westlake, Ohio, but knew he could be playing at a higher level. So, he went to his dad and asked to play football at the nearby St. Edward High School — a private school known for churning out top college prospects, such as former five-star Michigan offensive lineman Kyle Kalis. 
John was understandably hesitant. Caden was good, no question about it, but he knew it would be difficult to compete in that tough of an environment.
“Kids come from all around,” John recalled telling Caden at the time. “You’re gonna have to compete, you may never play. … (Caden said) ‘No. I want to see if I can do it. I want to see if I can try.’ What father’s not gonna just eat that up?”
A few years later, it became clear that Caden had made the right choice. He wasn’t on the level of the elite, NFL-caliber players St. Edward had produced in previous years, but he was strong enough to earn first-team All-Ohio honors his senior year. In the process, he picked up a decent offer list — mostly MAC and Ivy League schools — but Michigan gave him a chance.
And just like he had at St. Edward, Caden took that chance.
Caden Kolesar played high school football at St. Edward Catholic High School. Courtesy of John Kolesar.
Once at Michigan, Caden met each situation with a new approach: If he couldn’t be a world beater, he’d help the team in any way he could. 
So far, that’s meant playing on special teams. Even before taking over as punt returner earlier this year, he’d been helping to block on returns and cover on punts and kickoffs.
“He’s so valuable at the other than positions at punt return,” Harbaugh said. “… We’re gonna be a better punt return unit if Caden’s rushing or holding up because he’s just so good at those things.” 
 In that role, he appeared in three games his freshman year and all six games his sophomore season. In every game where he was allowed, John was in the stadium, wearing the Michigan blanket Bill had earned in his third year lettering for the team. 
He was there, too, when Caden’s moment to return punts came. 
From talking to his dad, Caden knew he’d have to be ready. 
“He told me that they’d moved him up to second punt,” John said. “We talked about it in the first week, and I said, ‘Well, you’re playing Western, and if we do our job that we’re supposed to, you’re probably going to get a punt return or two.’ ”
Of course, that opportunity didn’t come in the way anyone had hoped. 
After senior receiver Ronnie Bell suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter against the Broncos, Caden filled in for the remainder of the game as a punt returner. 
Though the playing time didn’t amount to much in terms of excitement — each punt was downed by a Western Michigan player, and Caden’s late-game snaps at defensive back amounted to only one tackle and one pass breakup — it offered John the opportunity to share a little football knowledge with his son. 
“After that Western Michigan game, he was there,” Caden said. “We went back to my house and we sat on the couch, and we were on the iPad going over the film for like a half hour. He was giving me different tips and stuff.”
Now seeing a regular role in his junior season, Caden stands in a unique position of carrying his family’s legacy while still working to forge a path of his own. It even comes through in his number; his freshman year, he wore his dad’s No. 40, but he had to change it to 35 when he was placed on the same special teams unit as Ben VanSumeran, who already had the number. 
“I said, ‘That’s okay, I like 35,’ ” Caden recalled with a smile. “… My grandpa wore 75 here. My dad wore 40. 75 minus 40 is 35, so there’s something there.”
Caden has carried that family legacy in a way that can make his predecessors proud, but has found his own unique road in doing so. Still, after all these years, one lesson encompasses all the others: 
“I’ve learned over the years that it’s best to listen to Dad.”
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Respect and support UMich unions
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 15, 2021
“Whether it be in Amazon facilities across the country or right here at the University of Michigan, unions and union activity have been making headlines in recent days. Unions have been relevant in American politics and life since the organized labor movement gained a foundation in 1886, when the American Federation of Labor was founded. As we come out of Labor Day and approach a potential strike by the University’s Lecturers’ Employee Organization , it is imperative to think about the role of organized labor both in our community and beyond. Apart from delivering things like increased wages, safer working conditions, eight-hour workdays and the concept of a weekend, unions play a critical role in the operations of a vast place like the University of Michigan.
Before last fall, when the Graduate Employees’ Organization struck , I doubt most of us could name a single union on campus, let alone understand the varied roles these labor organizations play. Many students don’t realize unions — such as GEO , LEO, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees , the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations , the American Federation of Teachers , the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and others — represent workers from all across the job spectrum at the University. 
From graduate student instructors to lecturers, bus drivers, hospital nurses, construction workers, stage crewmen and countless other professions, union work is what keeps the University of Michigan going — and sometimes grinds it to a halt. Whether it involves GEO, LEO or another labor organization, understanding striking and its implications is both timely and important. 
If you were on campus this time last year, you most certainly saw, participated in or at least heard about the GEO and Residential Adviser strikes that took place on campus. Between picket lines across campus and chants of “U-M works because we do,” the presence of a strike was unmissable.
A strike, or a work stoppage “in order to force an employer to comply with demands,” according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is an incredibly powerful tool in a union’s arsenal when fighting against uncooperative management. Union strength comes from its numbers, promise of collective action and the possibility of a strike. 
Generally speaking, unions try to avoid striking due to the potential ramifications of such action. Unions can face a misguided public backlash if they withhold labor from producing a popular product or service. Union workers also do not get paid during strikes and rely on strike pay, something that can diminish or disappear if strikes drag out. 
In some circumstances, unions may even face legal consequences. In the state of Michigan, public sector unions aren’t legally allowed to strike. In this instance, however, it is important to note that legality and morality do not always go hand-in-hand; striking is a form of speech and should be protected whether it’s being done by a private or public union. When strikes arrive, they deserve respect. As Mary Manning, the famous flashpoint of the anti-apartheid Dunnes Stores strike in Ireland, was taught by her father as a child, “no one loses a day’s wages and stands in the bitter cold without a good reason.”
In GEO’s case last fall, the University’s lack of robust testing protocols, failure to provide sufficient resources for international students and unwillingness to provide graduate student caregivers with flexible, pandemic-sensitive childcare options were the tip of a dangerous iceberg. In addition, the University’s lack of substantive response to Black Lives Matter and policing concerns on campus was starkly apparent. 
After the University failed to come to an agreement with GEO regarding COVID-19 protocols and refused to have any dialogue surrounding policing demands, GEO voted to strike for a safer, smarter University reopening that wouldn’t needlessly risk the lives of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff and the wider Ann Arbor community. While the strike ended under the threat of a cowardly legal recourse from the University, concrete gains were made to make the fall 2020 semester safer for all.
In our own community, the GEO strike had a massive impact. While it was a bit disruptive to undergraduates for a week or two — again, disruption is the point — we were all safer because of it. While GEO’s strike focused primarily on ensuring the safety and health of its own members, the union’s successes were a victory for all students amid a deadly pandemic. 
As LEO continues to be stonewalled and gaslit by the University, the feelings of a strike are in the air. Regardless of whether or not University lecturers strike, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
First and foremost, don’t cross the picket line in the event of a strike. “Crossing the picket line” is an expression used to describe shopping or working at a store or business that’s workers are on strike. When a union decides to strike, whether it be outside Angell Hall, the shopping mall or an online retailer, cooperation from the public helps strikers secure their goals, which are generally in the public interest. Crossing a picket line and purchasing a product or partaking in a service is a tacit consent of whatever the strikers are fighting against and makes strikes drag out longer as unions and management struggle over leverage.
Second, do research, understand labor laws in your state and advocate for positive change. At the federal level, consider supporting legislation like the Protecting the Right to Organize Act . At the state level, push back against exploitative laws and union-busting practices. And at the local level, work to understand how your company or university interacts with unions or organized labor, and advocate that they treat workers and unions with respect and dignity.
Third, consider joining or starting a union. Labor has been and continues to be a strong force in politics and American life. Union representation and collective bargaining have helped the American worker secure political standing, increased wages, better working conditions and a host of other concrete gains. Unions have already helped you over the years in more ways than you probably can imagine. 
In short, it’s not just on Labor Day we should think about or thank unions and union workers. The unions in your local community, state and country have and continue to make a huge difference. The next time you get on a bus, see a show, go shopping or take a class, remember that a union was probably involved in making that happen. 
Andrew Gerace is an Opinion Columnist and can be reached at
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Vaccination confusion and where we are now
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 15, 2021
“In the 2020-2021 school year prior to COVID-19 vaccinations, the health guidelines on how to approach exposure, sickness and quarantine were profoundly clear and standard. If exposed, students knew they were expected to quarantine for 10-14 days. If sick, students were quick to get themselves tested for COVID-19. With 92% of students now self-reporting as fully vaccinated at the University of Michigan, the guidelines and norms for maintaining a healthy community are increasingly less clear. 
Since returning to campus, the general consensus among students is that the days of quarantining and voluntary mask-wearing outside of school buildings are over. While students mask up for class and to use campus buildings such as gyms and libraries, one visit to the Starbucks on South U. shows students do not feel the need to wear masks in other indoor public spaces. 
While mask-wearing may not be considered a necessity for the vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that even vaccinated individuals “wear a mask indoors in public” when in areas of substantial or high transmission. According to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker , community transmission in Washtenaw County is currently considered high with 498 new cases from Sept. 5 to Sept. 13, and 57 new hospital admissions. 
The CDC also recommends getting tested 3-5 days after exposure and wearing a mask indoors in public for 14 days following an exposure. However, with in-person classes, in-person meetings and social events of student organizations (and the return of large parties to campus), it is difficult to classify what should be considered a test-worthy exposure, especially with the increased transmission rate of the delta variant.
In the 2020-2021 academic year, the delta variant was yet not a threat on campus. This variant, however, has vastly increased the risk of transmission, adding a new dimension to what situations to avoid. It is thought to be at least twice as contagious, and some data suggests that it “might cause more severe illness than previous variants in unvaccinated people.” 
Even though fully vaccinated individuals seem to be protected from serious illness, they can spread the virus to both the unvaccinated and vaccinated. The delta variant transmission rate, while lower among vaccinated than unvaccinated individuals, is still higher than the original strains of COVID-19 that the campus experienced last year. As a student on campus this semester, I have already heard of at least five friends (or friends of friends) testing positive that are all vaccinated. With a 92% vaccination rate among students, the campus should be generally protected against severe illness from the virus. However, even vaccinated individuals that do get COVID-19 can still experience extreme negative social and personal ramifications. 
While it may not be as severe, COVID-19 is still dangerous and a point of extreme stress for students, staff and faculty. No one wants to have to miss classes, social opportunities or feel miserable for ten (potentially many more) days. With that in mind, it is still in the best interest of the student body to take the basic public health measures to protect the University community. 
Students should be socially responsible by getting tested regularly and wearing masks in indoor public spaces following a known possible exposure, especially after being in the same class or social event as someone who tests positive, even if there isn’t close contact. Similarly, students who do test positive for COVID-19 should continue to quarantine and not assume that others won’t contract the disease just because they are vaccinated. 
While the fear of serious illness is, for the most part, gone for many, the social, academic and physical consequences of the virus are still daunting and unattractive. It is possible to have a low COVID-19 transmission semester only if the student body continues to be socially conscious and prioritize public health, and that is something we should keep in mind moving forward. 
Lizzy Peppercorn is an Opinion Columnist and can be reached at
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Ode to Apartment #1
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 15, 2021
“To whatever poor, tortured soul occupies this apartment next, 
You will earnestly swing open the heavy front door, gleaming with a streaky coat of clinical, blueish-purpleish-greyish paint, and you will smell mold. You’ll learn to grow accustomed to the scent — no obscene amount of Febreze or air freshener plugs will ever succeed in masking it — but it will make you flinch upon entry. Unfortunately, this will be only the beginning of your torrid love affair with Apartment #1. 
You’ll walk into the bathroom and look up at the ceiling, only to find it sloping downwards to greet you, slick with an impenetrable coat of orange stains and stray hairs embedded into the paint. You’ll wonder if you had come to the wrong address; this is not the shiny, pristine apartment you were advertised through the realtor’s photos. It’s on you, after all, for not questioning why they weren’t willing to let you tour any units prior to your arrival.
Do not expect the fridge to always work. Or any of the lights, for that matter. Your apartment is prone to power outages, water shut-offs and a plethora of other issues that are just enough to begin eroding your already wire-thin nerves. Your “sent” mailbox will become cluttered with emails filing for countless work orders so that you can shower or wash your laundry or repair the flooding toilet that had you and your roommate ankle-deep in dirty water for an entire evening. 
Apartment #1 is, for all intents and purposes, a hellscape. Your roommate will joke that it isn’t meant to sustain human life: it’s the seventh circle of hell, or a cosmic joke or some bizarre purgatory you’ve been condemned to as penance for 20 years of bad karma — it must be. No other explanation seems to make sense. But if your experience is anything like mine, Apartment #1 is not just a subpar place for you to reside during your sophomore year. It will prove to be so much more than that.
It might be the place where you have your heart shattered into a million pieces. 
You’ll get the call on an unassuming August morning, rousing you from a deep sleep. (If you’re like me, you’re curled up on a mattress pad sans mattress, resting atop a half-built bed frame). You’ll know what the call is about before you answer, and you will never hate being right more than you do when you hang up the phone a brief twenty seconds later. You come away from the call with no flowery summation, no eloquence or profundity or understanding, nothing at all except the truth: your world is heavy and someone you love has just died. 
Your family will leave the country the next day for the funeral, and they will be gone for months afterward.
Your room will be cold for weeks.

You will lie in your bed, finally sporting a mattress, one October night. Your body will be tugged in and out of sleep, eyes heavy from the day’s exhaustion and body heavier from the weight of your bones and the world and whatever else. They’ll flutter open and peer up at the window situated over your head, and behind the slits of your shutter blinds, you’ll be met with another pair of eyes.
Pressed against the glass stands a man, and you’ll realize he has been watching you sleep. You will not know how long he had been there, or why. But you will never forget the shape of his boots, with tattered laces and fresh dirt clinging to the worn leather, the eerie stillness of his stature, the dark shadows cast over his face and the unplaceable coldness behind his unblinking eyes. He will not move. Neither will you. 
Then you will scream. He’ll vanish just as soon as he realizes you’ve seen him, and your roommate will storm out of the apartment minutes later in search of him, only to find a blanket of darkness.
You’ll write it off as a harmless peeping Tom. You’ll blame it on the basement-level apartment, call yourself silly for daring to place your bed near the window. You’ll tell your friends the story, elaborate and humorous, frantic hand gestures and laughs masking the discomfort that lays beneath it all. But you will have nightmares; rolling in your bed and strangled by an indiscernible sense of dread, you will fight off the insidious understanding that you are a woman and that means being watched while you sleep, that you are the property of everyone but yourself and that even your own bedroom cannot belong to you. 
You will buy blackout curtains.
The kitchen has just enough counter space for a microwave, and you will have to suck in your breath to slide past your roommate each day, narrowly ducking towards the fridge or cabinets. 
In the months spent shrinking under the grim fluorescent light, you will have to eat again. Winter is fierce, nipping away at you with unrelenting cruelty, and the gnawing pangs of hunger will slowly subside into a dull nothingness that sits in the pit of your stomach for weeks. You will have to relearn the hard-wired, evolutionary underpinning of survival, and you will feel silly and incompetent and heavy, so heavy. You will want to melt into a pool on the cold linoleum, to be mopped up and wrung out into the sink, to swirl and swirl and swirl down the drain until you are anywhere else but here, now.
And yet, you will use your stubborn matchstick fingers to clumsily assemble a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and you will feverishly nibble at the bread until the room stops spinning. It is a little victory, but you will have eaten, and you will feel a sense of gratitude for your tiny kitchen and the triumphant, pale-yellow light shining overhead.
Perhaps at some point, you’ll make the same realization I did, and recognize that the apartment was not the cruel, inhospitable hellscape you’d made it out to be. Instead, it was a conveniently placed scapegoat, an unassuming mess of support beams and drywall and stained carpet upon which you could cast all the blame for your own dissatisfaction with your life. A meaningless structure, lacking sentience and a pulse, that you could hate, just to avoid admitting you hated everything else. 
You will feel a bizarre sense of guilt for hating the roof over your head. You will feel guilty for using it to try making sense of the hate within your bones. You will feel everything you’d forced yourself not to feel for the months you’d been its tenant, and because it is an apartment, it will feel nothing at all.
During the last few months of your stay in Apartment #1, things will start looking up. You will fail to notice that spring has made her gradual, quiet arrival until streams of sunlight begin to miraculously break through the bushes outside your window and pour into your living room, warming the lush carpets and coaxing you out of a year-long slumber. 
You will start to go outside, letting the sun warm you up too. It’ll thaw your bitter discontent and restore the pink blush in your cheeks, and the crisp air will relieve your weary lungs. You’ll find out that the Huron River is a mere six-minute walk from your apartment, and it’ll serve as an invaluable amenity, one that was not disclosed in your apartment listing or rent fees. You will spend your days sitting wordlessly on the flat rocks jutting into the clear water, watching as college kids in tubes and kayaks drift past. Their boisterous laughter will linger in the air long after they’ve disappeared from view, and you will love them the same way you love the passing ducks, the towering canopy of leaves or the teasing breeze that tugs at your hair. It will feel good to love things again.
Your apartment will begin to host weekly sleepovers with your best friends. It will serve as the sanctuary you return to after 1 a.m. trips to Joe’s Pizza, and your nights will be filled with music and laughter, secrets and stories. On those sacred nights, some of your best memories will be forged in that apartment, graciously making a distant memory of the bad ones. 
You’ll receive good news. You’ll finish a grueling semester. You’ll clean your room. You’ll eat and sleep and laugh and feel like you can breathe again, a luxury once hindered by the iron-fisted anxiety that squeezed at your throat for months on end. 
Just as Apartment #1 had watched you come undone, it might just watch you get pieced back together.
On July 26, you will move out. Your best friend will drive half an hour from home and dutifully assist you in loading boxes into your respective trunks. You will feel untouchable, flexing your arms and basking in your own ability to erase things. You will remove the nails and spackle the holes in the walls. You will get coffee and dance to “I’ll Always Remember You” by Hannah Montana, twirling in your now-empty apartment. You will hear a knock on the door.
You’ll swing it open, anticipating the slightly annoyed face of a landlord telling you you have an hour to leave before the painters get here. Instead, you will be greeted by a face you’d hoped you’d never see again. Your heartbeat will rise into your throat, get mangled in the barbed wire of your hitched breath. You will feel a searing, red-hot-something burn you from the inside out. You will say nothing.
They’ll lean against the doorframe and manage a meek greeting in a now unfamiliar voice. You will wonder when exactly you forgot what their voice sounded like. And for once in your life, you will not care to remember. You will realize that their words, the ones you once mistook for scripture, no longer mean anything at all.
You will slam the door.
You will realize this apartment is the place that taught you to let doors slam shut. It is the place that taught you to say things as incomprehensible as “no” and “goodbye” and truly mean it. It is the place that taught you that you deserve anything at all, any shred of respect or dignity or peace. You will love how easily the door clicked shut, the finality of it all. For once, you will choose to love yourself, too.
You will pull out of the parking lot thirty minutes later, and leave everything else behind for good.
A few months later, you’ll be sitting in your new apartment, gluttonous with its hardwood floors, sleek cabinetry and natural sunlight. You’ll pin up the same fairy lights that once twinkled in your old place, and you’ll find comfort in the glimmering newness. 
But you’ll remember Apartment #1. The way the carpet learned your footsteps. The nights spent crying until your throat was raw, your bedroom walls cradling your sobs like a secret, insulating you from the world and asking for nothing in return. The evenings spent joking with your roommate, laughing until your ribs ached under the cool blue LED lights of her bedroom. The thrill of having a place to call your own for the first time, sweet with newfound autonomy and unrestrained possibility. The days on the Huron River and the nights on your couch, your best friends sleeping soundly against your shoulders to rest bodies worn out from hours of dancing. 
You won’t remember the mold or half-functioning appliances, nor will you remember the unyielding, bleak days that melted together into weeks and months of malaise. You’ll just remember that a home somehow emerged in its midst, and feel awestruck by the magnitude of our ability to create home anywhere at all.
Apartment #1 is magical for that. I’ve come to realize that any place that is able to carry the weight of your grief, to watch you crumble and ache and get mistreated and battered and hollowed out into a shell of what you once were, and then provide you a set of walls wherein you can rebuild yourself entirely, is nothing short of a miracle. Apartment #1 was never inhospitable at all; it was holy ground.
When you move in, the apartment will hold you the same way it held me. Do not expect its lights to always work, but do not let yourself resent it. Let it learn your footsteps, too. Let the duration of your year-long lease be a time of pain and growth, of love and healing. When you inevitably move out, say “thank you” and come away from it stronger. 
Even if you don’t get all of your security deposit back. 
The former tenant of Apartment #1
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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks about 2020 election, protecting voting rights at Law School event
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 13, 2021
“Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson spoke to over 30 University of Michigan Law School students and faculty at Hutchins Hall on Monday to discuss the 2020 election, constitutional voting rights and new election legislation ahead of the 304th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution this coming Friday.  
The event was moderated by Law Professor Richard Friedman, who began by introducing Benson and the role the Secretary of State plays in upholding the Constitution and protecting the right to vote.  
“There’s no issue more important than the right to vote, (which is) at the heart of democracy,” Friedman said. “It’s crucial to ensure that those who are eligible to vote can do so, (and) that those who are not eligible cannot … the votes are counted completely and accurately, and that there’s broad and shared trust in the result. It’s not an easy task.” 
Benson spoke about the 2020 election and the importance of trusting the electoral system. The 2020 presidential election in Michigan, which had the highest voter turnout in the state’s history with over 5.5 million, was marked by debunked claims that the election was fraudulent by former President Donald Trump and his lawyers. In a press conference shortly after the election, Benson called the lawsuits “frivolous” and reiterated the security of the voting process.
Benson described her early career experiences as a hate crime investigator in Montgomery, Ala. After witnessing just how contingent voting rights were on everyday people taking steps to ensure that the constitutional right to vote is protected, she decided to study election law. 
“I really saw (in Montgomery) how our constitution and the principles of our democracy really are dependent upon people who are willing to stand up at any point…to ensure that those constitutional protections of one person one vote are protected under the law,” Benson said. 
Benson continued by saying one of her main motivations as an election law attorney and secretary is making sure legal systems are set up to avoid partisan manipulation and unfair advantages in voting.
“If we could simply ensure that the legal process was set up to protect the promise of our democracy, then we would be in the best position to protect against political actors who throughout history have essentially tried to gain the system to further their own political goals and partisan agendas,” Benson said. 
Benson said despite the controversies, the 2020 election was the most successful election in Michigan history.  
“In addition to being extremely accessible, (the election) was extremely secure,” Benson said. “There was a lot of effort going into making sure the mechanics of our system, the infrastructure of our system, whether it be machines or drop boxes or any other transaction processing voter file(s), was secured.” 
Benson also noted one of the key successes of the 2020 election was the increase in absentee voting, with 3.1 million voters mailing in their ballots for the November election.  Benson said this was due to a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018 that allowed for same-day voter registration and no-reason absentee voting. 
Benson also credited developments her administration made at the local level to ensure that all absentees were counted. Benson said these developments included a ballot tracking system and working with post office officials to ensure that every vote was delivered and counted.  
Benson then spoke about false claims of voter fraud, saying the attempts to undermine the validity of the election ultimately led to the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.
“Now, of course, as we work(ed) to protect the certification process from these attempts, and as we attempt(ed) to also ensure the electoral college votes went smoothly, what none of us could have anticipated was the tragedy in our U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.,” Benson said. “But that, indeed, was the culmination of weeks of misinformation, weeks of attempts to undermine the law to achieve some sort of political end.” 
Benson said she is very concerned about the impact misinformation would have on the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election. 
“The efforts to undermine our democracy really just began in the 2020 election, and I believe they’re going to move through the (20)22 to (20)24 election, and we need to be prepared for that,” Benson said. 
Friedman began the Q&A session by asking whether Benson should run without a party affiliation since she wrote in her book, “ Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process ,” that the secretary of state is a non-partisan position.
“We do need to elect referees of our democracy, secretaries of states, in a system that ensures they are not beholden to partisan vendors or political payback,” Benson replied. “What I found is that the actual method… the process of electing these individuals, is not as important as electing good individuals, whether they’re Republicans … or Democrats like myself … Democracy prevailed because you had good people on both sides of the aisle, willing to do the right thing.” 
Law student Jacqueline Diggs said that as a Michigan voter in the 2020 election, she received an automatic application to vote absentee. 
“As you know, (receiving an automatic absentee application in the mail) was very contentious,” Diggs said. “Are there additional education measures for current voters?”  
Benson said while she was disheartened by the criticisms of sending automatic absentee applications, she would continue to advocate for further educating Michigan residents on their voting rights.
“Everything we did (to increase voter turnout)… None of it mattered if voters didn’t know about it,” Benson said.
Benson finished the talk by saying that everyone in the audience had a responsibility to fight to protect election rights.
“Democracy prevailed in 2020 because people stood up and demanded that it did, and it will prevail in the future if we do the same thing,” Benson said. “But now it’s not the time to sit down and say, ‘We did it, we’re good, let’s move on to other things.’ Every issue you believe in, every policy that you fight for, all is based on our ability to have access to our democracy.”
Daily Staff Reporter Shannon Stocking contributed to reporting. 
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Hybrid SACUA meeting discusses logistics of future faculty government sessions, childcare services and restructuring committee agendas
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 13, 2021
“The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs met in a hybrid format Monday afternoon to discuss logistics for upcoming faculty government meetings. 
Faculty Senate Director MaryJo Banasik said at the beginning of the meeting that she recently toured the in-person locations for the upcoming hybrid Senate Assembly and Faculty Senate meetings. These meetings require larger physical spaces to accommodate the Senate Assembly, which has 74 members . 
Banasik announced that the Senate Assembly will be congregating in Palmer Commons on Sept. 20, and the entire Faculty Senate will meet in the Law School’s Honigman Auditorium on Oct. 4.
SACUA Chair Allen Liu said he, along with Banasik and Faculty Governance Coordinator Elizabeth Devlin, attended 16 meetings in the past four weeks with each of the chairs of the various Senate Assembly committees. The meetings aimed to specify goals for each committee to accomplish in their annual “charge” and confirm committee rosters to account for new members. Monday afternoon, SACUA unanimously voted to approve all of the charges and committee chair appointments.
Along with the committee meetings, Liu hosted two virtual coffee hours to connect with additional campus faculty members. Based on all of the conversations he had, Liu said he compiled a list of items to discuss with University President Mark Schlissel on behalf of the U-M faculty at an upcoming meeting.
“Between the two (virtual coffee hour) meetings, I had 50 faculty show up and I really enjoyed hearing their experiences and captured all of their comments,” Liu said.
Liu said the virtual coffee hours presented the perfect opportunity to explain SACUA’s role in passing the vaccine and indoor mask mandates on campus.
“I think those are important things that we did over the summer, and wanted to make sure our faculty’s aware of the contributions that they have made to make this happen,” Liu said.
Liu announced he will also be meeting with Provost Susan Collins on Sept. 24 before she is scheduled to attend the Sept. 27 SACUA meeting. Liu encouraged SACUA members to think about the topics they may want to discuss with Collins.
Sara Ahbel-Rappe, SACUA member and professor of Greek and Latin, suggested SACUA resume conversations they previously had with Collins regarding childcare support for faculty members. 
In May, Ann Arbor Public Schools announced they would not be offering before or after-school childcare programs during the 2021-22 school year due to COVID-19-related concerns . Now that AAPS and the University have begun the fall semester, Ahbel-Rappe questioned Liu about how the lack of childcare may be affecting faculty parents.
“Did we follow through talking to her about how childcare was going?” Ahbel-Rappe said. “I know that was one of the things that we talked about trying to anticipate how the fall would be with Ann Arbor schools not having childcare and just issues of child care generally for any parent faculty.”
According to Liu, Collins told him last spring ensuring the childcare needs of every faculty member is a challenge. Liu said SACUA has not followed up with Collins about the childcare situation for faculty parents yet this year, but he feels it would be worth asking about again at their upcoming meeting.
At the conclusion of Monday’s session, SACUA discussed the agenda for next week’s Senate Assembly meeting. Several of the committee members suggested rearranging the order of the agenda items to front-load the meeting with the most important orders of business. 
Kanakadurga Singer, SACUA member and professor of pediatrics, suggested making a breakout group activity gathering faculty feedback on the University’s current COVID-19 classroom policies one of the first items on the itinerary.
“People want to get to business,” Singer said. “Why don’t we have the topic for that breakout group be (COVID-19) and Fall teaching plans?”
In August, hundreds of faculty members and Graduate Student Instructors signed a petition calling for stronger COVID-19 protections. The petition — which wasn’t mentioned during Monday’s SACUA meeting — also demanded a universal remote teaching option as well as more testing and social distancing requirements. 
Liu also decided to move a presentation about the newly restructured Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office to a future Senate Assembly meeting. 
Elena Gallo, SACUA member and professor of astronomy, said she agreed with SACUA member and Information Professor Kentaro Toyama that it would be better to dedicate more time to discussing how the ECRT plans rethink how the University should handle sexual misconduct on campus.
“I second Kentaro’s suggestion to move the ‘handling misconduct on campus’ (agenda item), which deserves its own substantive conversation, to a later meeting,” Gallo said. “Also, I understood correctly, the new umbrella policy is going to be released (soon).”
Because Liu needed time to revise the agenda based on SACUA’s suggestions, he said they would postpone voting on it. Liu said he would send an email with the new itinerary Monday night, which will be officially approved when at least five SACUA members respond to his email in support.
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Glass Animals to perform at Crisler Center on Sept. 23
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 13, 2021
“The British band Glass Animals will perform in a Welcome to Michigan concert on Sept. 23 at the Crisler Center, Vice President of Student Life Martino Harmon announced in an email to the University of Michigan community Sunday evening. 
The concert, organized by Student Life’s Center for Campus Involvement and the student organization Big Ticket Productions, will be free. Priority tickets will be given to first- and second-year students beginning Sept. 14 at 10 a.m through a link sent to students’ emails. 
On Sept. 16, the remaining tickets will be made available to all other students, including undergraduate upperclassmen, professional and graduate students. The event is capped at 8,000 attendees. 
Harmon wrote in the announcement he hoped the concert would allow students to celebrate coming to campus and having a more in-person college experience. 
“(The concert) serves as a celebratory student event to welcome you to an academic year and campus experience that is largely — and joyously — in person,” Harmon wrote. 
To claim a ticket, students need to be in compliance with the University vaccination mandate and indoor mask requirement . They will also be required to complete the daily health screening check on the ResponsiBLUE app in order to enter the concert. 
Harmon wrote that the University’s ability to put on the concert was due to the effort of campus organizations, University leadership and public health experts. 
“I want to give a special thanks to the many individuals and groups who have partnered to make this special event possible,” Harmon wrote. “Including President (Mark) Schlissel, the Regents, the Center for Campus Involvement, Big Ticket Productions, and the student leaders and public health experts who provided insights on organizing this great opportunity for our students.” 
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Photo Essay: How the University of Michigan experienced the 9/11 attacks
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 12, 2021
“Sept. 11, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 
On that day, four commercial airliners were hijacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists. At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Just seventeen minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the South Tower. At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. And, at 10:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 
Nearly 3,000 people died that day. Among those lives lost was the president of the New York City chapter of the University of Michigan’s alumni association, Jim Gartenberg. Gartenberg worked on the 86th floor of the North Tower for Julien J. Studley Inc., a commercial real estate firm, according to a Sept. 16, 2001, Michigan Daily article. 
Merideth Whalen, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan Business School, worked as a research analyst for Fred Alger Management Inc. on the 93rd floor of the North Tower. Whalen’s mother, Patricia Whalen, told The Daily in the days that followed the attack that she was sure Meredith was killed “because the plane entered the building on the floor Meredith worked on and the heat would have been too intense for her to survive.” Merideth was 23 years old. 
11 SEP 01: In her house just moments after the planes hit, University of Michigan LSA Student Lis Hyde watches the replayed images of an airplane flying toward the World Trade Center. Both buildings later collapsed. Danny Moloshok/Daily. Buy this photo. 11 SEP 01: University of Michigan LSA Sophomore Josh Skarf watches a replay of the planes hitting the World Trade Center. Danny Moloshok/Daily. Buy this photo.
The gravity of the attacks continue to weigh on the United States and the rest of the world. As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are confronted with a new reality: some of Michigan’s undergraduate students were not yet born at the time of the attacks, and most of those who were alive likely have no recollection of that day. 
As that day moves further into the past, the intense reality of that day increasingly distant from our current one, our generation will begin to approach 9/11 as a matter of history. 
For that reason, The Daily’s archive serves as an important primary source for this photo essay. Photos captured by Daily photographer Danny Moloshok and articles written by Daily reporters on Sept. 11 allow undergraduate students to glance into what campus was like on that day and those that followed. 
11 SEP 01: The Rock is painted “Bin Laden Must Die” after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Rock is a way for different student groups to express their feelings. The words were painted over just 20 minutes after with Patriotic symbols. Danny Moloshok/Daily. Buy this photo.
Reports say that classes were canceled at around noon that Tuesday.  
Roughly 15,000 people gathered on the Diag on the evening of Sept. 11 for a candlelight vigil, according to Daily articles . It was the largest gathering of its kind in University history. 
11 SEP 01: Candles are lit with the American Flag in the background at the vigil mourning the victims of the 9/11 attacks. It was estimated that 15,000 people attended this vigil. Danny Moloshok /Daily. Buy this photo. 11 SEP 01: LSA Sophomore Stacey Cauley participates in the prayer vigil held on the Diag. Danny Moloshok /Daily. Buy this photo.
“Quiet, solemn and respectful, students, faculty, staff and administrators still in shock and quite unsure of what the future holds gathered to comfort one another. Since most students are away from home, it is the University community that must serve as one large family,” wrote the Michigan Daily Staff.
11 SEP 01: A group of student console one another at the vigil held on the Diag. Danny Moloshok /Daily. Buy this photo.
11 SEP 01: Flags are raised in the Diag with the Burton Memorial Tower looming in the background. Danny Moloshok/Daily. Buy this photo.
Daily reports from the time show that Arab and Muslim students on campus received e-mail threats. LSA junior Brenda Abdelall, who at the time served as the external relations chair of the Arab Student Association, sought “support and encouragement” for her community from the Michigan Student Assembly. Abdelall said members of her community were also receiving messages of support for Arab Americans, according to an article written by The Daily. “We’ve been getting a lot of very sweet e-mails,” Abdelall said.
At left: 1 SEP 01: President George W. Bush addresses the nation. The sign “No Fear: Live Free or Die” hangs in this University of Michigan student’s room. At right: 11 SEP 01: Graham Baird prays in the Diag. Baird is the University of Michigan Campus Minister at the First Presbyterian Church.
In the days that followed, the University postponed a home game for the first time since Nov. 23, 1963 , the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Sororities postponed rush. And students organized to assist and honor victims of the attacks.  
11 SEP 01: Flags are raised in the Diag as some University of Michigan students came together to mourn the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Danny Moloshok/Daily. Buy this photo.
Let us remember 9/11. Let us learn from the past in order to build a better future. 
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The One student tenants ask UMich for assistance after move-in delays
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 11, 2021
“Student organizers who intended to live at the new The One Ann Arbor apartment complex delivered an open letter to the University of Michigan dean of students Friday afternoon. The group is asking the University to help provide support for the more than 600 displaced students who planned to live at The One this school year.
The One is a newly constructed off-campus housing development located on Pontiac Trail in Ann Arbor, over two miles away from Central Campus. Most of its tenants are students, who were notified on Aug. 19 — five days prior to their expected move-in date — of construction delays that would push back their move-in date to Sep. 9. 
Ten days later on Aug. 29, tenants were again told that more delays have further pushed back their move-in date, leaving U-M student tenants still unable to live in the apartment complex one day before the first day of classes.
John Harris, principal at Trinitas Ventures, the parent company of The One, told The Michigan Daily in an email Wednesday that The One received nine temporary certificates of occupancy Sept. 8 and had 45 students move into the complex Sept. 9.
Harris didn’t immediately reply to request for comment when asked about the latest tenant open letter to the U-M Dean of Students office or about former and current tenants’ continued concerns.
When speaking about the experience, LSA senior Krystal Webb, a former tenant who terminated her lease yesterday, said she felt stressed with the constant uncertainty of her temporary living situation. She also said she felt that the whole ordeal was taking a negative toll on her mental health. 
“I literally lost so much sleep those nights because I didn’t know if they were going to put me in a hotel,” Webb said. “They weren’t telling us. Just recently, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore. It just felt like a game, because I’m sure that they know that the move-in dates couldn’t happen on those days. But they were still giving us false hope.”
Organizers are requesting that the University issue a statement to The One regarding its treatment of U-M students and that the University cut its advertising ties with The One by removing ads for the complex on the off-campus housing website Beyond the Diag . 
Conrad Kosowsky, fourth year PhD student and one of the organizers of the letter, said he felt that the University shouldn’t be advertising housing that doesn’t exist. 
“I think it’s really bad of the University to be providing a platform for an apartment complex when that complex is treating university students so incredibly poorly.”
They are also asking the University to provide tenants with meal swipes at dining halls. According to the letter, “a representative survey of tenants” showed that over 50% of respondents have skipped meals and/or school-related events to save money. 
“It appears that hundreds of students have not yet received their promised stipends from The One and therefore cannot use that money to purchase food,” the letter reads.
Webb said that when she contacted the Dean of Students to obtain meal card swipes for tenants who were living in hotels, she was met with unreasonable options and little support, especially for students given hotels in farther cities.
“‘The One is giving you $50 a day. You can use that,’” Webb said the Dean of Students told her. “But for some people who were out in Canton and Livonia, that’s not really a viable option because they have to use that $50 a day to get to campus.”
Other requests included encouraging faculty to create virtual learning opportunities for students who are commuting to campus or staying in hotels due to their housing displacement, as well as providing alternative transportation resources for tenants. The One has provided a shuttle service to get to campus; however, organizers say the shuttle timing is unreliable.
“The One has offered inconsistent and poorly timed shuttle service to its current tenants, with long, unscheduled wait times and some routes taking well over an hour to arrive on campus,” the letter reads.
Given these and other difficulties, 70% of survey respondents reported that “the emotional distress from the delay will affect their academic performance,” according to the open letter. 
“At this difficult time, we need you to advocate for us,” the letter reads. “University students were pressured (78% of respondents); given inadequate information or insufficient time (98% of respondents); and had days when they didn’t know where they would stay (70% of respondents).”
Kosowsky said the University should provide transportation resources like Blue Buses or parking passes for the students who commute 20-30 miles away from campus. So far, Kosowsky said the University hasn’t been helpful with regards to parking. 
“One of the students who helped deliver the letter today tried to get a parking pass,” Kosowsky said of a commuter who was ineligible for a parking pass and was unable to get special permission from the parking office. “So now he doesn’t have a great place to park his car when he drives to campus, which he needs to do because the shuttles don’t run frequently.”
The letter currently has 312 signatures, and organizers reported that around 250 tenants have contacted each other on social media to support each other.
Daily Staff Reporters Christian Juliano and Justine Ra can be reached at and
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Kim Barnes Arico signs contract extension through 2025-26 season
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 11, 2021
“Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico has signed a contract extension with the University that goes through the 2025-2026 season, per a release on Sept. 10.
“I am thrilled for people to know that Kim will continue to lead our women’s basketball program well into the future,” athletic director Warde Manuel said in the release. “Kim became our all-time winningest coach in 2018 and has continued to elevate this program both on and off the court.”
Barnes Arico notched 193 wins throughout her first nine seasons for the Wolverines. She also managed to have 20-plus wins in every season except one — the pandemic-riddled 2020-21 season, where she went 16-6. Only four seasons prior to her arrival had Michigan achieved that feat, which she has done eight times.
The extension comes after Michigan’s most successful season to date, making the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time and accumulating several other ‘firsts’ and ‘highests.’
“I am so grateful to continue our work at the greatest University in the world,” Barnes Arico said. “The culture we have developed in our program matches what this university and community stand for. That really showed this past season, with our team success and excellence both on and off the court. I am so proud of the young women we have in our program and look forward to what’s next.”
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CSG hears from guest speakers on LEO bargaining, Maize & Blue Cupboard expansion
by The Michigan Daily
Sep 11, 2021
“The University of Michigan Central Student Government heard from a lecturer on ongoing contract negotiations between the Lecturers’ Employee Organization and the University at their meeting Thursday evening. The Assembly also discussed the expansion of the Maize & Blue Cupboard. 
In anticipation of their contract expiring in April, LEO began bargaining with the University in January in hopes of reversing the pay disparity for non-tenure-track faculty across all three campuses. After giving the University an ultimatum to continue negotiations, the union reached an agreement with the University to extend their current contract to Sept. 15. At that point, LEO members are no longer contractually bound and may vote to strike. 
At last week’s meeting , CSG unanimously voted on a resolution to support LEO if they choose to strike.
Jimmy Brancho, lecturer at the Sweetland Center for Writing, said there is a disparity in resources available for students and employees when comparing the Ann Arbor to Dearborn and Flint campuses. In addition, Brancho said LEO is also continuing to demand benefits and professional development as well as childcare rights for lecturers.
“We remain pretty far apart on the salaries that the Union wants and the salaries that the University is offering,” Brancho said.
The lecturers’ union, Brancho said, is also calling for greater freedom for lecturers to the structure of their curricula.
“Because the department doesn’t include lecturers in the decision-making structure — and isn’t obligated to — that frustrates a lot of us, that we don’t really have a big say in what we’re doing,” Brancho said. 
Brancho also said that advocating for lecturers is beneficial for the campus community and encouraged students to get involved in empowering the voices of their lecturers.  
“Word of mouth is incredibly valuable,” Brancho said. “Many of your lecturers are in a position where we have to work multiple jobs to support ourselves and our families, and that’s an injustice in many ways and it’s a disservice to you, because at that point you’re getting half a teacher — you’re getting two thirds a teacher. You’re getting somebody who’s overworked and who doesn’t have the resources they need to give you the attention that you’re paying for.”
The Assembly also met with guest speaker Keith Soster, director of Sustainability, Student & Community Engagement. He discussed the Maize & Blue Cupboard program, a food pantry free to students that aims to address food insecurity on the U-M campus. 
Soster said food insecurity has always been a prevalent issue at the University, but the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the likelihood of students experiencing food insecurity this year.  
“When you have food insecurity, there’s usually financial insecurity as well as housing insecurity — there’s overlap there,” Soster said. 
Soster said food insecurity is associated with many other issues students may face such as increased stress levels and anxiety, lower grade point averages and higher body mass indexes. 
In addition to providing affordable food for the U-M community, Soster said he hopes the Maize & Blue Cupboard program will become an accessible resource hub with educational programming, such as chef demos and classes on ways to identify food insecurity.
“I think part of my responsibility or what I want to ensure happens as we move forward, is that it stays student-to-student, educating students and building community among other students,” Soster said.
LSA senior Eman Naga, senior policy advisor, also outlined concerns she’s heard from the University community regarding the CSG budget for funding anti-racist initiatives on campus. Naga said the current $3,000 budget for these initiatives must be expanded. 
“(We at CSG) are hoping to expand to working with a bunch of different organizations doing teachings with them, working with them, especially communities (and) clubs of color on campus,” Naga said. “$3,000 seems a bit of a low amount considering the amount of talk that we do on CSG. $3,000 is just not going to suffice, and $10,000 dollars is the number that we’re looking at that we think would work for.”
No resolution was brought forth Thursday to increase funding for anti-racist initiatives. 
The Assembly also nominated LSA sophomore Phoebe Yi for vice chair of the Executive Nominations Committee. 
Daily Staff Reporter Nirali Patel can be reached at
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