Archive | May, 2010

Prof. Winstead named Pi Beta Phi’s Teacher of the Year

28 May

The sisters of Pi Beta Phi named our own Professor Winstead teacher of the year.  They recognized that his “hard work and dedication impressed our sisters and made for a fantastic learning experience.”  They also drew special attention to his Origins of Modern Thought course.


A Few Days Left to Win $300 [Eckles Prize]

26 May

Hey Freshmen rising Sophomores! Have you written a paper that is so good you deserve a prize?

The Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence recognizes research that has effectively utilized the library collections of The George Washington University.

Students who have just completed their Freshman year are encouraged to submit a research project of any length or format, along with a short essay summarizing how they used library resources to complete the project. Students should submit the project that reflects their best work of the year.

All submissions for the 2010 prize are due May 31, 2010.

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 submissions. Winners will be honored at a ceremony during Colonials Weekend, 2010.

1st Place – $300 Gift Card
2nd Place – $200 Gift Card
3rd Place – $100 Gift Card

For more information and to download the submission packet visit:

Make us proud, Honors students!!!

The Return of Finals Distractions – Throwback Post!

26 May

Just when you thought you were safe from YouTube videos… It’s finals week over here in London, and in honor of the awesome distractions provided for you during finals, I thought I’d contribute some of my own. Enjoy these at your leisure – after all, you don’t have any more exams to worry about!!

Hopefully you all noticed the great tribute to PacMan on Google today.

It makes me a bit nostalgic to think about PacMan (and its arcade counterpart, Mrs. PacMan). And perhaps more so for all of those graduating seniors, who look back on their “early years” from so far down the road. Don’t you wish you could return to those days of 8-Bit Graphics and Cassette Tapes? And classic video games like Tetris, Donkey Kong, Mario Brothers, and Space Invaders? Well, we may not have a time-machine (YET, according to Stephen Hawkings), but we can certainly honor their memories through great videos like these:

This first video shows us the horrors of When Pixels Attack!

Did you ever look at pixels and think Hey, those blocks kind of look like LEGOs!? Then this second video is for you. It’s a tribute to 8-Bit NES Video Games made entirely from LEGOs!

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. Perhaps not as interactive as Final Distraction III was… but just as entertaining.

Now where was I? Of course – studying for finals! Or maybe just one more check of Facebook…

What’s up, Alum? – Tim Edge

24 May

Tim Edge is a 2009 Honors Grad.  He studied International Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, and History.

“Since Graduation:

I spent two months studying advanced Arabic in Tangier, Morocco, through the Critical Language Scholarship program. Thanks to this intensive program, I was able to enroll in advanced language classes at Georgetown and successfully pass the Arabic proficiency exam at the end of my first semester. I just finished my first year pursuing a Masters of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) at Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS).

With funding from a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship, I maintained a 3.86 GPA and spent five months interning off-campus for the National Security Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a progressive think tank working to improve the quality domestic and foreign policy debate in Congress. This summer I will be returning to Foggy Bottom to intern in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State. In the fall, I will begin my final year at Georgetown, and hopefully find a job as a political analyst in order to avoid the ever-present threat of unemployment.”

Tim Edge

Tim Edge

Hatchet Opinion on UHP in Thurston Way Off Mark

21 May

In a recent opinion article at the GW Hatchet Sophomore Phillip Ensler stumbles through a baffling series of outlandish assumptions and misconceptions about the living communities set to be in Thurston Hall next year (one of which, of course, is the Honors Community.)  Here’s what he has to say about UHP housing:

Moreover, Housing erred in its decision to place the honors, engineering and seven-year B.A. and M.D. students in Thurston. Although there certainly are some students from those communities who would gladly reside in Thurston, the University has previously made the deliberate decision to house such students in “quieter” dorms such as Lafayette for specific reasons. Students enrolled in such programs-as well as those seeking a substance-free environment-generally prefer more reserved living quarters. Thurston is everything but reserved and it is unwise to force such an amalgam of communities to concurrently reside there.

(Emphasis added.)

Ensler’s basic argument, which seems to boil down to “people who are different shouldn’t live near each other” almost leaves me speechless.  Still, I’ll give Ensler the benefit of the doubt and assume he bases his argument on a few uninformed assumptions.  Let’s inform him:

  1. Honors housing is a choice. That’s right.  About half of our freshmen choose to live in UHP housing, and coincidentally, that tends to be about as much room as we are allotted for them.  Honors students are not forced to live in UHP housing, and so are not forced to live in Thurston.  That leads into the next point…
  2. About half of UHP freshmen have historically chosen not to live in UHP housing. There are a lot of reasons students might choose not to live in UHP housing, but the ones I’ve heard most frequently from students tend to be a) “I’m worried about being too isolated,” and b) “I’d rather live in Thurston.”  So, basically that means…
  3. UHP students are living, breathing, college students, much like yourself. And just like any group of adventurous 18 year-olds, some of them want to live in huge, social dorms where they can be surrounded by lots of different kinds of people, and some of them want to live in a more mellow place.  The UHP population actually reflects the larger GW population pretty well, and so is quite diverse — the main difference between UHP students and other students typically is that they do better in their classes and are generally more engaged, and not that they dislike social places.  If those reasons alone don’t convince you…

  4. There’s been a 30% increase in UHP housing requests now that it’s in Thurston. Fortunately, because it’s in Thurston, most (if not all) of those requests will be accommodated.  We’re pretty happy about it.

I can certainly confirm that some UHP students are disappointed that UHP housing will be in Thurston this coming year.  I can also confirm that some are relieved that they can now choose to live in UHP housing without giving up life in the largest, most active dorm on campus.  You can’t please everybody!  There’s just no way to give everybody everything they want all the time. But hey, that’s why students get to make their own living choices, right?