October 29, 2012 - 12:21am
BY ARIANA ASSAF AND ADAM RUBENFIRE
George Washington University has asked a District of Columbia court to throw out a $1.3 million lawsuit in which a janitorial employee alleges she was harassed and discriminated against by a GW Police officer due to her race and gender, the GW Hatchet reported Thursday.
Rebecca Ashitey, a native of Ghana, alleges that an officer — named J. Cates in the suit — has repeatedly stopped her at the entrance to her place of work, such as her name, social security number and GW identification number. She also alleges that, in October 2011, the officer assaulted and arrested her when she bypassed his questioning to enter a building.
GW lawyers claim Ashitey has not followed the proper protocol for filing a lawsuit.
Ashitey had initially sent her preliminary complaint to an incorrect address, and though she remedied that error, the Hatchet reported that the second version of the complaint lacked a signature and was sent through email — conditions which are against D.C. regulations.
MTV connects Georgetown to Obama
Students at Georgetown University participated in MTV’s “Power of 12” campaign this week, which focuses on promoting the election through giving students the opportunity to ask candidates question, according to an Friday article in The Hoya.
Georgetown students were e-mailed a week in advance and encouraged to submit their questions for consideration for the show, which was hosted on Georgetown’s campus by MTV news correspondent Andrew Jenks.
“I was impressed at how articulate everyone was,” Jenks said in the article. “They knew the issues and were very specific in what they wanted to hear from the President.”
MTV also hopes to conduct a similar interview session with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney prior to Election Day.