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While his stock will continue to rise over his next three seasons at GW, men's basketball rising sophomore guard Patricio Garino is already a hot commodity in his native Argentina.

While at home between the end of the spring semester and start of Summer I, Patricio did several interviews with his hometown media, including this local TV feature on Teleocho Informa Canal 8 on May 17.  It shows many of his rookie highlights, but is in Spanish, however Pato was kind enough to translate for us after the jump below...





Brian Mojica is a rising junior on the men's water polo team. He will be traveling to Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of a Dean's Scholars study tour May 20-June 5 and will be blogging about his experience.

Experiencing Vietnam after traveling to Singapore was very eye opening. The two countries are completely different from one another. Singapore is known as a very developed country where as Vietnam is continuing to develop. The disparity between the two countries is significant; however Vietnam brought its own flare that made me enjoy my trip.

During the business visits in Vietnam I learned a lot about Vietnamese culture and how it affected the way companies do business in the country. The companies we visited were Ernst and Young, the US consulate, and Vietnam and Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP). During each of these visits I learned a little more about Vietnam and the innuendos involved in starting or running a business in the country. I learned that Vietnam has a population of 90 million and its median age is around 25; meaning they have a very young work force and it also means there are a lot of people looking for jobs. I also learned that Vietnam is very family oriented and that many jobs need to accommodate the family's needs if they hope to keep the worker.

Another aspect that affects Vietnamese business is the fact that the country is still developing, and often times there is a language barrier between foreign workers and the locals that leads to the hiring of locals. It is contrasted by the fact that Singapore is very globalized and they try to find top talent in places outside of the country. Vietnam does not have this luxury so companies try to hire students.

There are so many differences that appear once you compare a very developed country to one that is on the rise. Vietnam seems to be very hopeful about its status and it has the workforce to achieve what they want. Although it seems like it will take awhile, and although it seems like there are a few obstacles keeping the country from developing into a prominent business country, there are many positives that can eventually lead to the destruction of these obstacles and the eventual rise in power.

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Our tours consisted of a tour of Ho Chi Minh city, and the tour of the qui chi tunnels. Both tours were eye opening and both for different reasons. The tour of Ho Chi Minh was particularly interesting because it showed the poverty around the city while also the first world amenities. For example a Dolce and Gabbana store would be open across the street of a run down and torn up shop with homeless or poverty stricken people around the shop.

Another interesting thing about the city tour was the amount of motorcyclists in the city. When first arriving to the city and not knowing any better I thought that there was a biker show around the city somewhere. There are a ridiculous amount of bikers in and around the city, as it seems to be their most popular mode of transportation. There are not many traffic lights in the city, however it works out because the bikers and the cars seem to self-organize. Our guide described it as "organized chaos" and he was exactly right. I noticed that I did not see one accident the whole trip, which amazed me because people cross intersections willy-nilly and drive on sidewalks like it's nothing.

The second part of our tour was the tour of the Cu Chi tunnels. These are the tunnels the Vietnamese built in order to fight the Americans during the war. This was probably my favorite tour because it gave us a perspective of the Vietnamese side of the war and it showed how they operated in order to counter American attacks. I was able to crawl in one of the tunnels and I was terrified the whole time. There were some parts of the tunnel where I had to crawl on all fours just to get through. It was an eye opening experience and interesting to see what it was like.     

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I have two words for this trip - eye opening - and these words summarize my trip to Vietnam because I was not expecting anything that I experienced. I loved the fact that Vietnam is still developing and it was interesting to see how developing countries operated compared to first world countries. I liked the contrast I had in Vietnam and I really enjoyed my stay. My recommendation when visiting would be to keep an open mind and hire a tour guide. Vietnam has a lot to offer and it is a matter of taking advantage and seizing the opportunities.

GW is in an exciting place, and it is offering its student a lot of opportunities to grow and succeed in life. I am very happy about my decision to attend the university and I know that it will help me succeed in what I want to do. However, I also understand that in order to get the full experience I need to put effort in everything I do, which is not a problem because I can see the progress I have made throughout my first two years. I cannot stress enough how excited I am to be a part of this school, especially at this time and I hope this shows people a little that GW has to offer. Special thanks to our bus driver and our tour guide, Duy. Take care and as always, RAISE HIGH!


GW Men's Basketball Summer Workouts Underway

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Summer I is underway, which means several GW men's basketball student-athletes are on campus preparing their bodies and games for the 2013-14 season.  Here's a quick look at Wednesday's workout through the @GW_MBB Vine account, and our first #WorkoutWarrior of the summer - John Kopriva.

Chosen by Assistant AD for Strength and Conditioning Ben Kenyon, we'll present a #WorkoutWarrior each week during the offseason as the men's basketball team gets ready to #RaiseHigh for the program's 100th season.


Last week, GW Athletics released a new court design for the Charles E. Smith Center, a distinctly D.C.-themed hardwood surface that the men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams will compete on in 2013-14.

The buzz received was overwhelming and the response was resoundingly positive, not only by Colonials fans, but by sports media and fans across the country...

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Student-Athlete Summer Blog: Maggie Skjelbred #1

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Margrethe (Maggie) Skjelbred is a rising sophomore on the George Washington volleyball team. This summer, she will be traveling and competing as a member of the Norwegian Senior National Team and will be blogging about her experience.

Hi! My name is Maggie Skjelbred and I am on the George Washington volleyball team. I just finished my freshman year at GW and now I am now back home in Norway training with the Senior National Team. During the summer we will be competing at international tournaments in Poland and Russia. 

Norway is a small country but sports are a big part of the culture. We are best known for soccer and winter sports, but for me volleyball was always my passion.

When I was 15 I moved to a boarding school called Topp Volley Norway. It is a high school for the best volleyball players in the country and the coaches are experienced and recognized internationally. Many of them are coaches for Norway's different national teams. This is where the Senior National Team coach first saw me and I have been playing for him ever since.

The Norwegian National Team is not yet at the high elite level but our goal for the future is to compete with the best teams. It's very exciting to be a part of this journey!

This past December we went to Luxembourg and played in a tournament against Luxembourg, Scotland and England. We ended up winning the tournament, which bodes well for the future.

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Me and the team after winning Novotel cup, the tournament in Luxembourg. 


This summer we are going to compete more, but now at a higher level. Our first meet is a training camp in Oslo and then we are going to Poland to continue practice and play in a tournament. Our last competition is the Universiade in Russia. It is also called the Olympics for students, so it is a very big event and I can't wait!

After all my exams and packing up my room, I flew back to Norway. When I landed in Oslo, I took the bus to the city and slept for a couple of hours to try to avoid jetlag. Then I went straight to practice with the team. The camp started on May 9th and I arrived on the 16th, so they had already been practicing for a couple of days. The setup for the camp was different each day. Some sessions we had lifting and practice and other days practice and a game later in the day, but we always had two practices for about 2-3 hours every day.

One great thing about getting home early was that I got to celebrate Norway's National Day; May 17th. It's always fun because everyone dresses up in our national costumes and walks in parades. I also got to celebrate it with my whole family which made the day even better.

I am very excited about the summer and so happy to get the chance to compete at the international level. I think my experiences and my development from my freshman year at GW is going to help during the summer. I hope this blog will encourage some of you to train harder, dream big and always Raise High.

 Best,
Maggie. 

 

Brian Mojica is a rising junior on the men's water polo team. He will be traveling to Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of a Dean's Scholars study tour May 20-June 5 and will be blogging about his experience.

Our last two days in Singapore were our free days, which is an opportunity to do touristy stuff. My free day consisted of great views, lovely company, reinforcing my title as garbage disposal and getting lost twice. 

Its sometimes hard to believe all the opportunities that arise if you work hard and strive for excellence. I know sometimes it may seem tough to study for an exam or write a paper, but each time you force yourself to do these things you reinforce a talent that translates to the business world. I have taken in a lot of knowledge in my time at GW, but what I think is the most important is the skills I have gained. Which are managing my time, knowing my priorities, and becoming a strategic thinker.

I have learned how to effectively manage my time and how important it is to know my priorities. Being at college without any parental guidance can sometimes be overwhelming but I realized that if I know my priorities and stick to my schedule I don't need my parent's guidance.  GW has also helped me become a strategic thinker. What being a strategic thinker means is thinking in a manner that allows me to effectively analyze different things such as books, poems, businesses and cultures. I have noticed a shift in the way I go about reading books and the way I go about everyday life. As I write to close up my time in Singapore, I realized that if I apply myself and work for excellence I can get more opportunities to do things like this. This is only the first part of the trip and I cannot wait to experience the other countries. I know that after each visit I will get more excited by the fact that I am there that I will want to work harder so I can go back. So whenever you feel like you don't want to study just remember all the things you can achieve if you put in some hard work. There are many opportunities out there you just need to work for them.

During the trip I have befriended the NUS students and the professor, and I cannot thank them enough for there hospitality. They have gone to great lengths to ensure that our time here was amazing and there are no words in the dictionary to describe how much I appreciate what they have done. They put up with my shenanigans and toured us around during their vacation time. I am grateful to have met them and I cannot thank them enough. So to Prof Teo, Jessica, Annabelle, Talia, Lydia, Afiqah, Genevieve, and Elson, once again thank you for everything, I have learned a lot on the trip and I hope you will contact me if you ever come back to the states. RAISE HIGH!

Brian Mojica is a rising junior on the men's water polo team. He will be traveling to Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of a Dean's Scholars study tour May 20-June 5 and will be blogging about his experience.

Today we had two business visits and many food excursions. For the business visits, we went to Gallup and Capitaland. Both of these companies are very successful, and it was interesting to see how different an American company runs in an Asian culture compared to how an Asian company is run in Asia. 

However, that was not the most interesting part of the day. Throughout the day we were bombarded with food, and I have gained the reputation as the garbage can. I've enjoyed the food SO much that when people cannot finish something they give it to me. I am open when it comes to trying new things (mainly food) and it's tough not to enjoy the food in a culture that prides itself for being a foodie haven.

Today I'd say I've learned the most about Singaporean culture because I had Singaporean food for breakfast, lunch, lunch dessert, snack before dinner, dinner and dessert. I also got to see the "aunties" and the "uncles" in action at the hawker center, which is like an American food court on steroids. I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've had so far, and I really don't mind my newly acquired reputation. I like taking the lead and trying new things; in fact, that's how I found one of my favorite restaurants in D.C. I know it's tough sometimes to step out of your comfort zone to try something new, but if you never try you will never know. If you ever doubt yourself, just remember this quote: "Fear lasts a moment, but regret lasts a lifetime." I have based many decisions on this quote and it is what drives my adventurous spirit. It has helped me get over many fears, but most importantly it has helped me learn more about who I am.

RAISE HIGH!

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A bowl of laksa, a popular dish in Singapore


Brian Mojica is a rising junior on the men's water polo team. He will be traveling to Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of a Dean's Scholars study tour May 20-June 5 and will be blogging about his experience.

Today was my first full day in Singapore and it was quite eventful. I woke up at 6:30 and decided to go on a run. The humidity out here was so high that I was sweating even before I started running. the run, however, was very nice. I was able to explore the college and the surrounding environment. During the run I passed a lot of preparatory schools, and it was interesting to see how many foreigners were enrolled at these institutions. This theme kept arising as the day went on.

The rest of the day consisted of a lecture from a GW alum and two business visits. Each talked about the problem Singapore is facing with foreign workers and what the government is doing to try to limit the amount of workers. It was interesting to listen to because of the immigration problems we have back in the U.S.

We visited the ANZ headquarters in Singapore and we had the most amazing view. The whole time we were there I kept thinking how GW's location and classes give us the opportunity to go on these visits, and I highly recommend taking full advantage of it.

The lecture and the company visits helped me realize the reason we are out here. There is so much to learn by experiencing different cultures. It is part of the reason global organizations often have a rotation system.

It is unbelievable how much I have learned just in the one day. If you put yourself out there and keep an open mind there are so many things you can learn just by being in a new culture. These visits really gave me an idea of what I want to do and what I want to accomplish in life.

As always, RAISE HIGH!

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While most college seniors were looking for jobs or applying to grad school, George Washington softball recent alumna Julie Orlandi has known since October what she would be doing after last weekend's university Commencement ceremony on the National Mall.

The mathematics major was accepted into Naval flight school and will report to Pensacola, Fla., on June 7. 

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A native of Calvert County, Md., Orlandi came to GW on a full scholarship from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. All NROTC midshipmen commission as ensigns into the Navy after graduation and serve in one of the various Navy warfare communities, which include surface warfare officer ("traditional" surfaces ships), submarine officer, Naval aviator (pilot) or Naval flight officer ("co-pilots" who operate the advanced weapons and electronic systems on board the aircraft).

"I chose to be a pilot because I always thought it would be an awesome job to fly for the Navy," said Orlandi, whose father served in the Navy after participating in NROTC at the University of Louisville. "I always wanted to do something exciting with my career, and after meeting many Navy pilots, it's definitely a community I want to be a part of."

After completing her flight training, which will take about two years, Orlandi will earn her Wings of Gold and be assigned to a squadron depending on what type of aircraft she is trained to fly. Service commitment times vary according to the field; as a pilot, which requires considerable training, Orlandi will owe 10 years of service to the Navy to pay back her scholarship.

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A second baseman, Orlandi walked onto the softball team after a tryout in the fall of her freshman year and played in more games (186) in her four years than all but two players in program history, all while essentially pulling triple duty as a student-athlete and midshipman, balancing the demands of academics, athletics and NROTC.

As a midshipman, Orlandi spent eight-to-10 hours a week at the NROTC unit, which included physical training, organizational meetings, classwork, watch standing and a two-hour drill period. As a member of the GW softball team, Orlandi also spent nearly every day of the spring semester and a good chunk of the fall at the field for practice or games. And as a student, she was required to maintain a minimum GPA or risk losing her scholarship.

"Over the years I have learned how to prioritize and manage my time so that I'm not stressed," Orlandi said. "My freshman year it was really difficult to fit everything I needed to get done into the little time I had, but by senior year I learned how to manage my busy schedule."

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Brian Mojica is a rising junior on the men's water polo team. He will be traveling to Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of a Dean's Scholars study tour May 20-June 5 and will be blogging about his experience.

While sitting on the plane on Monday, I realized the next two days would be spent traveling, so I've decided to write about the week leading up to the trip.

Last week, students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) visited D.C. and we showed them around the city. During our adventures I got my first taste of Singaporean culture. I thought that it was really funny that whenever we went to a place that had good lighting, was semi-quiet and had lots of chairs the students would always say, "This would be a good place to study." I was really curious as to why they always said that because studying is always the last thing on my mind when I am on vacation, and when I do study, I have to do it in the blandest room because any view of the outside world would distract me.

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They explained to me that every one of their grades is based on the bell curve grading system. This means that students get graded compared to the others in the class. For example, if you got a 90%, in the normal grading scale you would have earned an A-; however in the bell curve there are chances you can get a C if over half of the class earned a grade that was 90% or higher. We discussed how in their culture they believe in the value of meritocracy, which means that people are awarded based on merit. Basically, hard work can allow you to move up in life. This cultural view aligns the way in which the schools are run in Singapore. Every student has to take three big examinations that help determine where they will be able to go to school; higher test scores will lead to better schools, and better schools mean a better job. With these tests and the bell curve system, the students are taught to value hard work at an early age, which explains why even during their vacation they thing about nice places to study.

Despite always looking for good study spots, the Singaporean students also take pleasure in relaxing and hanging out when they do not have to worry about tests and school. Much of our time was spent sitting in places with great views and just talking about how different our lives are. They started preparing me for Singapore and taught me some very important words, such as how to say, "let's hang out" or "you're really pretty," then taking it to the next step, "you are really pretty, let's hang out." I don't know if I will be able to use any of these phrases because of course I need to focus on school (...) but it is good to know for future reference.

They also taught me that they tend to call everyone auntie or uncle, even if they are not related. This was nice for me to hear because I was taught the same thing growing up, but it did not really translate because I grew up in California and most people gave me weird looks. However, the most important thing they taught me was how to ask for the restroom without the aunties embarrassing me about it. They made sure that I understood that when I ask for the restroom I should say toilet or the aunties will say in their naturally loud tone, broadcasting to everyone around, "Oh honey, you mean the toilet, it's over there." Hopefully I remember this and don't run into any embarrassment when nature calls.

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All in all, last week was very fun and their visit got me very excited about my trip and I cannot wait to see them in Singapore. Each person gave me a little insight about what Singapore is like in their point of view, and it was nice to see how people my age live in another part of the world.

I could have been a very boring tour guide and just showed the students around, minding my own business and not interacting with them besides telling them what things are. However, if I did this I wouldn't have been able to learn all the things I did. I made an effort and almost forced them to talk to me, but by the end of their trip it was as if we had been friends for a while. To break the ice, I made a fool of myself and admitted I forgot their names (we had met earlier in the week), so we played the name game and I made an even bigger fool of myself, but after a few laughs the conversations just started flowing. You can learn a lot from people around you; each person has their own stories to tell and insight to give. All you need to do is break the ice and strike up a conversation. Compliment something they are wearing or talk about the weather; if you put yourself out there you can meet very interesting people and gain connections you may need one day. So be bold and strike up a conversation - I would love to hear some stories.

And remember, RAISE HIGH!

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PHOTO BOTTOM LEFT: Chillin' on the rooftop of the Kennedy Center
PHOTO CREDIT: Jessica Tan

Brian Mojica is a rising junior on the men's water polo team. He will be traveling to Singapore, Vietnam and China as part of a Dean's Scholars study tour May 20-June 5 and will be blogging about his experience.  

Hi, my name is Brian Mojica and I am a member of the GW men's water polo team. During the 2012 fall semester, I applied for a Dean's Scholars class called Human Resources and the Global Organization. I was fortunate enough to get accepted to the class, and I was given a great opportunity to study during the spring semester and travel in the summer to the various counties we studied. We will be visiting SingaporeChina and Vietnam

As a student-athlete, the school year is dedicated to our sport and classes, which means we are not able to study abroad. I was disappointed to learn this because I really wanted to take advantage of the extensive travel abroad programs GW has to offer.  However, I soon realized there were other opportunities for student-athletes to study abroad while staying on campus during the academic year.  Programs such as alternative breaks and these Dean's Scholars class are only a few. GW is on the rise and is on its way to becoming a top-tier program. These study abroad opportunities are just a part of what GW has to offer, and it is up to us to take advantage of these opportunities and gain the world-class education GW offers.

Now a little bit about myself and what I hope to experience during my travels.  For the most part I was born and raised in sunny California. I say for the most part because when I was little boy, maybe one or two years old, my family moved to the Philippines for two years. However, I don't remember much of it, and the last time I went to Asia was the summer of 2003 when my family went on a vacation to the Philippines

I like to describe myself as a very adventurous person. I come from a very close-knit family; I have about 30 cousins and we all live in a 10-mile radius from each other. To this day, my family meets up every weekend for dinner at my grandma's house. When I was younger, it was tough for me to even think about ever leaving my family. In fact, in fifth grade we were scheduled to go on a camping trip, and the night before I left, I shed a few tears. I couldn't help it - I love my family and I couldn't imagine a whole week without them. 

So how did I end up 3,000 miles away from them, only seeing them maybe twice a year? As I grew up my parents started to trust me more and I became more independent. I began running and exploring different places near my house. I loved finding cool little spots and trying new foods. I realized that although I love my family, I wanted to experience other things the world has to offer. So when it was time to choose where to go to college, I picked a school on the opposite coast. I was the first one in my family to leave California, and I had some doubters who said I wouldn't last and I would come back after a year, but I am proving them wrong. I love being on my own and learning how tough it is to take care of myself. I have learned a lot of valuable life lessons like how to do laundry (I know, it's embarrassing to admit I learned in college), and how to budget my money.  

So when the opportunity arose in the fall take a class that would put me in a very unfamiliar situation, I pounced on it. The class focuses on human resources, so I hope to learn more about the Asian culture and how their way of life affects the recruitment processes.  I want to experience the different foods these countries have to offer and the different ways they exercise. I realize I am going to a culture that is completely different from the one in which I grew up, but I am ready and excited to fully immerse myself in their culture and hopefully learn a little bit more about them, and myself. I'll be posting more when my trip starts, and I hope you keep following me. Hopefully my travels will encourage you to take a chance and experience something new. 

Take care and RAISE HIGH! 

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As the George Washington softball team traveled to Amherst, Mass., last week for the Atlantic 10 Championship, College Sports Madness recognized four Colonials on its annual list of all-conference selections for the A-10.

Among the honorees, senior Autumn Taylor, junior Courtney Martin and sophomore Tori Valos earned first-team accolades, while freshman Meghan Rico was tabbed to the second team.

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Taylor batted a career-best .350 with 40 hits, five triples, eight home runs and 44 RBIs, ranking among the top-10 single-season totals in program history in each category, including second in RBIs and triples. The center fielder is the Colonials' all-time leader in RBIs (103) and ranks second in home runs (24) and fourth in hits (149).

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Martin enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign. In her first season as a full-time starter, she emerged as the ace of the Colonials' pitching staff, posting a 14-13 record with a 2.10 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 193.2 innings of work, ranking third in the A-10 in ERA and strikeouts. 

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Valos batted .358 and set a number of GW single-season records in 2013, including runs (43), RBIs (53), home runs (11), extra-base hits (25), total bases (106) and slugging percetnage (.675). In addition, the shortstop ranks third all-time at GW in RBIs (86) and home runs (22).

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Rico combined with Martin to form the second-best pitching staff in the Atlantic 10 in 2013. She posted a 13-10 record, a 3.06 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 135.0 innings, holding opponents to a .202 batting average, which ranked second in the league and shattered a school record. 

The Colonials finished the 2013 campaign with a 27-23 mark, setting a school record for most victories and posting the first winning season in program history.

George Washington women's rowing senior Maley Hunt has been named the GW Department of Sociology Outstanding Undergraduate Student. 

She will accept her award at the Department of Sociology reception following next week's Columbian College of Arts & Sciences Graduation Celebration.

The honor, in its second year of existence, seeks to reward excellence in the sociology major based on grade-point-average, coursework and thesis preparation.

A native of Rocky Hill, Conn., Maley has rowed in the Varsity 4 and JV 8 during her four-year career. She will graduate next weekend with a bachelor's degree in sociology and currently boasts a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.44, with a major-GPA greater than 3.70.

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The George Washington volleyball team's "Play for ME/CFS Tournament " raised over $3,000 for the Open Medicine Institute last month.

GW volleyball senior Candace Silva-Martin organized the reverse-coed tournament in honor of her Aunt Lynn, who is battling the disease.

"I would like to thank all of the volunteers, participants, spectators and everyone that donated to this cause," said Silva-Martin. "The tournament was a great success and I am proud to announce that together we raised $3,035, all of which will be donated directly to the Open Medicine Institute so they can continue the great work and research they have done in an effort to find a cure."

Open Medicine Institute is the leading organization in researching and finding a cure for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

ME/CFS is a neurological viral immune disorder that can cause dysfunction of the brain, gastrointestinal, immune, endocrine and cardiac systems. In the U.S. alone, there are more than one million people who have ME/CFS, and it affects more than eight million people worldwide.

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Colonials Athletics Weekend Roundup - May 3-5

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Here's a look back at the weekend's action as spring sports continue to excel in Championship play:

Women's Rowing
-The Varsity 8 earned a gold medal to lead the Colonials to a third place overall finish at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship on the Cooper River over the weekend.
- The Varsity 8 posted the fastest time among nine crews in the morning heat before leading the Grand Final wire-to-wire to claim the Colonials' third gold medal in the event in program history.
-The JV8 and Varsity 4 each earned appearances in their respective Grand Finals. The V4 finished in fourth place while the JV8 finished in fifth. 
-Head Coach Eric Carcich was voted Coach of the Year by the conference head coaches for the second season in a row.
 
Men's Rowing
-The Freshman 8 won its seventh straight race as the Colonials wrapped up regular season action against Navy and Columbia on Sunday. 
-Both the JV8 and Varsity 8 boats finished in third place on the day.
-GW will return to the water on May 19 in Worcester, Mass. for the Eastern Sprints.
 
Baseball
-GW swept Dayton in a crucial three-game set over the weekend to remain in the hunt for an Atlantic 10 Championship berth for the first time since 2006.
-Junior right hander Luke Staub threw eight innings of lights-out ball in the series opener, allowing just two hits in GW's 12-0 defeat of the Flyers.
-The Colonials took advantage of Dayton's miscues to complete a come-from-behind 7-4 victory in game two of the series.
-Sunday's series finale featured another day of clutch hitting late in the game as GW pulled out another comeback, this time by a score of 7-5.
-Senior Justin Albright was named Player of the Week for the second time this season after batting .533 against Dayton. Freshman Eric Kalman  earned Rookie of the Week honors after going 7-for-12 against the Flyers with one home run, seven RBIs and three runs scored.
 
Softball
-The Colonials earned the fourth seed at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship after splitting a pair of games with Temple and dropping both ends of Sunday's doubleheader to regular-season champion Saint Joseph's.
-GW claimed a 5-3 victory over the Owls on Friday afternoon behind a complete-game effort by junior hurler Courtney Martin.
-Junior outfielder Alexandra Del Prete led the offense with a 2-for-2, 2-RBI performance.
-Despite a five-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Colonials could not complete a sweep of Temple, falling 10-8 on Saturday afternoon.
-Sunday's match-up against the Hawks resulted in a pair of losses for the Colonials, as GW plated just three runs on the day. 
-Seniors Tara Fogarty, Julie Orlandi, Kristi Saporito, Autumn Taylor and Amanda Zakeri were honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to Sunday's games.
-The Colonials will travel to Amherst, Mass., to face fifth-seeded Saint Louis on Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.

GW Volleyball Tours United States Capitol

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The George Washington volleyball team was afforded a rare opportunity on Monday when it was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the United States Capitol building and grounds.

Team manager Eric Estroff, a freshman intern in the office of Florida Congressmen Vern Buchanon, guided the tour.

 The team gathered at the Charles E. Smith Center around 8:00 a.m., unsure of what awaited them. After head coach Amanda Ault arrived, she informed the group of the morning's plans and the team departed on foot through a light rain to the Foggy Bottom metro station.  

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After taking metro to the Capitol South stop on the Orange Line, the Colonials were greeted by Estroff in the lobby of the Rayburn Office Building. From there, the team made its way into the office of Congressmen Vern Buchanan where Estroff previewed the morning's events.

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Junior Rachael Goss sits behind the desk of Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL)

The group then walked an underground tunnel from the Rayburn Office Building to the Capitol Visitor Center (built in 2008) as Estroff explained his role as an intern in Buchanan's office.

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The United States Capitol Visitors Center was constructed from 2000-2008.

 

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The original plaster model cast of the Statue of Freedom, the 19.5-foot, 15,000-pound statue that stands atop the Capitol dome.

 

At the visitor's center, the team viewed a short video on the history of the United States Capitol building before embarking on the first stop of the tour, the crypt.

The entrance to the crypt contains the original cornerstone that George Washington laid down, in the north wing of the building, in 1793.

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The United States Capitol Crypt. Tombs were constructed intended to house the remains of George and Martha Washington, but a provision in Washington's last will resulted in Mount Vernon as his final resting place.

 

Today, the crypt acts as the main entrance to the ground floor of the capitol. At the center, directly underneath the Capitol rotunda, is the geographical center of Washington, D.C., where the four quadrants of the city intersect. 

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The team then made its way into the old Supreme Court chambers before entering the breathtaking Capitol rotunda.

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Coat racks for Supreme Court Justices John Catron (served 28 years), John McLean (31), Samuel Nelson (27) and John Archibald Campbell (8). Two Chief Justices, John Marshall and Roger Taney, presided over the Court in this chamber.

 

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The old Supreme Court Chamber. Monumental and landmark cases such as McCulloch vs. Maryland, Gibbons vs. Ogden, Dred Scott vs. Sanford and United States vs. The Amistad were

argued here.


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 The Capitol rotunda features the "Frieze of American History", 19 scenes from American History carved into wood, along the circumference of the dome. The ceiling features the famous painting "Apotheosis of Washington", which depicts George Washington sitting among the heavens in an exalted manner. 

VIDEO: GW Volleyball team enters the Capitol Rotunda. 

Just off of the Rotunda is the entrance to the old House of Representatives chamber. The room now serves as the National Statuary Hall, where statues of prominent citizens represent each of the 50 states.

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The next stop on the tour was the old Senate chamber, which was in service until 1859. The room also served as a chamber for the Supreme Court from 1860 until 1935.

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After exiting the old Senate chamber the team made its way to the office of the Speaker of the House, John Boehner. A staffer who noticed the GW jackets the team was wearing allowed exclusive access to the Speaker's balcony at the center of the capitol building facing the National Mall and Washington monument. It was from just below this location that President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America in January.

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The team continued its impressive run-in with fans when they encountered GW volleyball and softball alumnae Jackie Yaniga who is now a member of the United States Capitol Police. Yaniga brought the Colonials to the exclusive chambers, office and balcony of the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid

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Yaniga then provided exclusive access to the floor of the House of Representatives. It is from this room that the President of the United States gives his annual State of the Union address, in addition daily sessions when Congress is in session. 

Unfortunately, an efficient security checkpoint denied the opportunity to use cameras or other forms of documentation while on the floor.

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Estroff provided a rundown of the process of a bill becoming a law and pointed out the voting machines located on the floor.

He also showed the team a bullet hole in a desk on the Republican side of the chamber, a result of the 1954 attack on the 83rd Congress.

Next up was a visit to the offices of the President of the Senate (also known as President Pro-Tempore), Patrick Leahy.

At the conclusion of the tour the team was afforded an opportunity rarely given to civilians, a ride on the United States Capitol subway system, which runs between the Rayburn office building, Russell Senate office building and the Capitol building. The subway allows quick access for Representatives to get from their office buildings to the House floor when a bill needs to be voted on.

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The team returned to Buchanan's offices and left a note for the Congressman, thanking him for allowing access to his office and for allowing Eric to take some time off to lead the tour.

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Not bad for a Monday morning. It was truly an "Only at GW Moment", as the classroom extends beyond the Foggy Bottom campus and into the walls of American history.

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George Washington women's cross country senior Heather Stevens is the GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for April.

The Community Service Athlete of the Month distinction is awarded to a student-athlete who leads by example and who most impacts the GW and 
Washington community through service.

Heather has been an integral part of GW's Turning the Page/DC Reads Program in addition to various community-service initiatives. In her latest project, she has tutored local elementary school students in an effort to raise literacy while helping the students succeed in the classroom and beyond.

As part of GW's Neighbor's Project, Heather has logged over 100 hours of community service during the 2012-13 academic year. In November, she spearheaded the GW Women's Cross Country team's efforts in collecting donations for Thanksgiving baskets, Adopt-a-Family programs and other holiday food drives.

"Heather is the quintessential GW student-athlete," said GW Athletics' LifeSkills Coordinator Ted Costigan. "She has done an excellent job leading her peers by example and struck a truly admirable balance between athletic training and community service."

A native of Hinsdale, Ill., Heather will be graduating in May with a degree in English. She led the Colonials with a 15
th-place finish at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championships to earn All-Conference honors.


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