There’s only one month left before school starts, but we’ve had you covered all summer. Don’t worry, we’ll continue to give you all the news you need before classes start in 30 days. In the meantime, here’s what happened on campus and around the District in the last week.
From the outside
That’s where the University went to bring in a law firm to review its policies surrounding sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination and sexual violence. This all comes after GW’s sexual assault case procedure came under fire this spring and officials said a “concerning” narrative was emerging. Maybe the outside will bring the right perspective in.
Book in advance
That’s what you’ll have to do to get books at the campus bookstore. The University announced that students will no longer be able to purchase textbooks and other course materials in person at the store. Instead, they’ll need to order online in advance. Looks like the bookstore is turning a new page.
Know thy neighbor
That’s what local police officers did Tuesday night at a neighborhood meeting held to address department changes and respond to community concerns. Officers at the Foggy Bottom Association meeting explained the department’s new setup after the Metropolitan Police Department split into two patrol divisions earlier this year.
From national groups to student organizations, people across the country joined together to speak out against President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military. Students Against Sexual Assault and GW College Democrats both released statements condemning Trump’s Twitter announcement.
Spicer’s not alone
The White House press room isn’t the only office where officials can resign. Doug Shaw, the senior associate provost for international strategy, will step down from his post. Unlike former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who rejected Trump’s request to remain in the White House, Shaw will return to teach and conduct research at GW.
But education is always in. Hundreds of protesters gathered on the National Mall Saturday afternoon for the March for Public Education. Protesters held up signs with phrases like “Strength in unity, not in hatred” and “Black minds matter.” Turns out, not everyone is too cool for school.
That’s what Students Against Sexual Assault said Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos needs to do to understand the impact of sexual assault on survivors’ educations. SASA is requesting a meeting with DeVos to explain how the Department of Education’s policies will impact survivors at GW.
We’re not talking about quiz taking practices. Public health school researchers found that some penile bacteria can increase the chances of men testing positive for HIV. The study also found the penile bacteria risk factor may be sexually transmissible.
Go for the gold
...While embracing the rainbow. GW is looking to host multiple events on campus in the 2022 Gay Games, if D.C. is awarded the bid. The Gay Games is a week-long sporting competition held every four years specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes.
Tacos and tanning
Head to the “taco extravaganza” at the Liaison Hotel’s rooftop pool Friday. Plus, watch history take the stage in a play about late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in “The Originalist.” We've got a weekend outlook you won't want to miss.
Pleasant vibes only
D.C. humidity can be pretty unpleasant, but one local business might have a solution. Check out Pleasant Pops for a sweet treat that can satisfy any cold craving while you beat the D.C. heat.
From the Opinions Desk: This week’s best and worst
Highlight: The University took a necessary step by hiring an outside firm to review its Title IX procedures. Lowlight: The federal appeals court blocked the District’s ‘good reason’ handgun law, making it harder to ensure public safety.
Plus, check out our video on a monthly food truck festival, Truckeroo.
That’s all for this week.