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GW In History

25 Years Ago

In the 1986 GW Student Association elections, Morton Shapiro—whose campaign statement read, in part, “I’m running because I enjoy power”—was elected as School of Engineering senator. Unbeknownst to many voters, “Shapiro” didn’t actually exist, reported the Hatchet. A group of students had written the name on an election petition, providing a fake student ID number, a fake phone number, and a fake Georgetown address.

50 Years Ago

Then-junior Janet Marshall was the first college student in the nation to enroll in the Air Force’s ROTC WAF training program in 1956. GW was one of only 10 schools to offer the program, which led to a post-graduate commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

100 Years Ago

An October 1906 Hatchet called for greater participation in the debate societies: “We can not urge too strongly the necessity for new men to connect themselves with one of the debating societies and at once begin to acquire the ability to speak with ease and self-possession on their feet. It is too apparent and too old a story to need to impress the necessity of being able to express one’s ideas before an audience. Everyone recognizes this and that especially for a lawyer it is as valuable as the knowledge of the law itself.”

The Magazine gratefully acknowledges the assistance of University Archives in the identification of interesting historical information. Readers wanting to learn more about GW’s history can find the University Archives Web site by accessing The site’s Historical Almanac is especially informative.