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List: GW dorms as 20th century authoritarian leaders



George Washington University


- satire

List: GW dorms as 20th century authoritarian leaders

We know you've always wondered.

Claire Cantrell


At one point or another, you've probably walked by a building on campus and felt oddly taken aback by its similarity to something you just couldn't put your finger on. Well, today, the mystery has finally been solved; these are the murderous dictators who have a shocking resemblance to the buildings just a few blocks west of the White House.

1. Munson—Francisco Franco
Munson Hall is famous for not only for its poor living quarters, but also for its soul-crushing brutalist architecture and generally inconvenient locations. It’s no secret that Munson lacks a certain sentiment of charisma, just like the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Despite Franco’s dull nature, his backing by military force allowed him to take tens of thousands of political prisoners, as well as befriend Italian fascist Benito Mussolini. When you really start to think about it, the resemblance is uncanny!

2. Thurston—Rodrigo Duterte
When you think of Mabel Thurston Hall, it’s hard not to simultaneously the reminded of the murderous Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte. The freshman cesspool is a well-known drug hot spot, which may be why there’s such a large presence of GWPD officers roaming the halls. In the same vein, Duterte is also opposed to drug use and has committed mass executions of drug offenders in his country. Those pesky GWPD roamers may not exactly be the Davao City Death Squads, but they’re still pretty annoying.

3. District House—Idi Amin
Hospital-like corridors, frequent fires, the food on the B1 level; District House has no shortage of amenities. With all those tasty snacks available, it’s inevitable that you’d be reminded of former Ugandan president Idi Amin. The murderous dictator is known for being a gross abuser of human rights as well as an alleged cannibal who ate his enemies. If that doesn’t make you crave some delicious pepperoni pizza from Wiseguy, we don’t know what will!

4. The Hillsides—V.T. Sukhorukov
If you’ve never heard of V.T. Sukhorukov, you’re not the only one. Sukhorukov was the head of the Provisional Military Dictatorship of Mughan from August 1918 to April 1919. Much like the reign of this short-lived Russian dictator, the Hillsides are all too often forgotten by GW students. In addition to being located on the Vern, Clark, Cole, Hensley, and Merriweather are nothing compared to Somers or West. To both V.T. Sukhorukov and the Hillsides: sorry for always forgetting about you.

5. Fulbright—Juan Perón
Unless you were living under a rock, you’re probably aware that the majority of Fulbright residents were exiled to a hotel for the first few weeks of school while the dorm completed renovations. Juan Perón, the former Argentine populist leader, was also sent into exile after a military coup, where he remained for 18 years before returning to power in Argentina. Further parallels come to light when you discover that Fulbright was built in 1947, the same year that Perón created the Justicialista Party. Pretty spooky stuff.