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Op-ed: Saying goodbye to my student-athlete family

(04/29/17 9:10pm)

I wasn’t going to write this column. I thought I had said everything I needed to say about my AU sports journey in my last column about my dad. That column flowed easily, my emotions and gratitude for my father and my family pouring out of my head like a rushing river. But, as I sat down to write a paper one night in the library with my swim teammates, I became overcome with another sensation of gratitude. And those feelings needed to be documented as well.

AU ends NCAA wrestling tournament run despite two early wins

(03/19/17 10:13pm)

The NCAA tournament, the prime event for college wrestlers during the season, offered a different kind of stage for AU sophomore Josh Terao. During the regular wrestling season, Terao wrestled in front of a couple dozen fans in Bender Arena. Bender provided Terao a spotlight, but the atmosphere at the NCAA tournament in St. Louis on March 16 offered a new chance to shine. Terao readied himself, shaking out his limbs, on Mat 8 as he prepared for his second contest of the tournament and continued towards his goal of becoming an All-American.

AU Hall of Fame induction highlights three storied athletic careers

(02/08/17 4:44am)

Samia Akbar graduated from AU in 2003, seven years before the School of International Service building became the modern AU landmark that it is today. Yet, standing in the new, renovated building during the cocktail hour of the 2017 AU Athletics Hall of Fame dinner on Saturday, Akbar said the memories of her time on campus as both a student and a runner came rushing back to her.