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GW gets a new president, too: Rival Review

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GW gets a new president, too: Rival Review

Your roundup of GW and DC happenings

Sam Parker

1.8.17

Hello time travelers reading this after coming to 2017 to stop terrible things from happening in the future, and welcome to The Rival Review. If you want to join this school of witchcraft and wizardry, we're looking to recruit our latest Rival class from now until January 15. Application is here!

Now, let's get to the news.

The University announces its next president



On January 6th The Hatchet reported that GW's six-month search for the successor to President Steven Knapp was completed, and that the board of trustees had chosen Thomas LeBlanc as the next University President. LeBlanc, previously executive vice president and provost at the University of Miami, comes from a computer science background, signaling that GW is not backing down from its shift of focus on STEM fields.

Some students and faculty expressed disappointment with the search process, as comparatively few liberal arts professors were on the search comittee and some students on Overheard hoped for a more diverse pick. LeBlanc will start his position in August 2017.


Bernie Sanders and Paul Ryan are holding CNN town halls on campus... when no one is there



GW Today announced Senator Bernie Sanders and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan are holding twin CNN town halls on campus, on January 9 and January 12, respectively. Hosted by Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper, respectively, these town halls come at a time of immense political conflict and change, so it'd understandably a bummer that they're being held long before classes start and students return to campus. GW students can still hope for snagging a ticket to the DNC Debate HuffPo will host on campus on January 18 (I still haven't figured out how to get a ticket though, someone DM me the secrets please!!).

The protests are coming: Thousands prepare for anti-Trump events


The Presidential Inauguration, and all the mayhem that will come with it, is fast approaching on January 20. The day after, though, hundreds of thousands of women plan to march on the U.S. Capitol for the Women's March on Washington, the largest anti-Trump protest yet. Despite a gaffe by the Washington Post's Express metro paper in which they swapped the female symbol for the male one (yikes, guys), this march counts among numerous protest events Inauguration Weekend.

Along with a Peace Ball at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, a socialist town hall event organized by Jacobin Magazine at the Lincoln Theater, and a "Thanks, Obama" vigil saying goodbye to our outgoing President, these protests and events will definitely make it an #onlyatGW weekend.

Read this shit


GW kids don't want to go to the ball any more - The Rival GW - Look back at Elizabeth Hupper's explanation of why so many students ditched their ball tickets after the election

Bridging D.C.'s Starkest Divide - Next City - There's a new bridge park coming to Southeast D.C., and with it, hopes for a revolution in urban development.

Area woman achieves enlightenment through Buzzfeed comment war - The Rival GW - "I guess it’s nice that she found a way to give her life meaning.” Still so funny.

2016: The year in review - The Rival UMD - Fire. Everything on fire.

Here's a wholesome video of a mariachi band serenading a beluga whale, because 2017 is all about finding your happiness



Finally, we're holding a poll for what the hell is going on in this photo???? The most popular answer will be announced on our social media!





See ya on campus soon, GW fam!