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In The Eagle's staff editorial last week, it was argued that AU's move to implement software that can block file sharing was the latest in a long string of decisions made by the University without student input. It's not a new complaint. It was the same one I heard from seniors at Ultimate Frisbee practice during my first week as a freshman almost five years ago. But it only occurs to me now, as a graduate student, that the reason this problem has been so chronic is not that AU is run by inconsiderate or incompetent people (as students often conclude). Rather, the problem is structural: University administrators do not adequately appreciate how even small decisions that are routine for them can have enormous implications on students and can arouse powerful emotions.
The University is considering following a national trend in public health by installing heart-restarting Automatic External Defibrillators on campus, though no decision has yet been made.
Following an academic year plagued by the rampant spread of viruses across AU's computer network, service outages and sluggish network speed, the University has taken steps to combat the problems, including turning to students for help.
It is well-known that many AU buildings and offices, such as Gray, Hurst, Roper, McCabe, Watkins, Kreeger, Asbury, Hamilton and the School of International Service are not accessible to physically disabled students. Though this problem is expected to be reduced over the next decade or so as various buildings undergo renovation, it seems that the most frustrating obstacles the disabled or physically challenged have to surmount are less obvious and yet probably easier to fix.
For the average AU student, who is less than one-fifth through his or her life, death can be sobering, traumatic and incomprehensible all at once.
It's not supposed to happen so soon, and when it does, the search for meaning and the grieving of a life cut short begin, as they did with Andrew Burr, 20. Burr died Jan. 18 when a drunken driver hit the car he was riding in. He is the third AU student to die in alcohol-related traffic collisions in the last four years.
Personal information belonging to almost every one of AU's 13,000 computer network users has been available to anyone on the Internet for about a year and a half through a series of loopholes in the my.american.edu Web portal.
Expanding global markets, reducing barriers to trade and working through multilateral institutions such as the United Nations and World Trade Organization are the best ways for the United States to work with small countries like New Zealand in making the world a safer place, New Zealand Ambassador John Wood said Monday night.
A female student was grabbed by an unknown assailant last night in an apparent sexual attack in the garden adjacent to the amphitheater, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
When Gordon Simonett, a relatively junior General Assembly member representing the Class of 2004, left the GA meeting Friday night, he didn't imagine that the next time he would take those steps he would be leaving as the body's most senior member. But after a week that began with the expulsion of one GA member and that resulted in the resignations under fire of most of the group's leadership, the GA has in Simonett's words "thrown out experience and brought in ideas."
California is a magical place. It's creative, energetic, always on the cutting edge. In most things California is consistently ahead of its time; its people manage to be free-thinking yet grounded when it counts, beach bums on the weekend yet the country's most productive workers during the week. We're a different breed than the rest of the country. We're the world's fifth largest economy, America's most productive state, and home to many of the country's greatest universities. Yet the national media, anchored in the East, has cast the popular movement to recall California's elected governor as a civic clownshow. It is fortunate, then, that what the rest of the country thinks of California's recall doesn't really matter to us since we take it pretty seriously.
Anderson Hall is tentatively set to lose its formal lounge, conference room and den next year if Housing and Dining Programs, the University office that runs the residence halls, meal services, and EagleBuck$, decides to move there from its current home in the Rockwood Building.
Officer Juan Sanchez will never again march into the Letts-Anderson Quad to break up a fight, dash into McDowell Hall to help a sick student, or cruise the quad smiling in a Public Safety SUV. After seven years at AU, "Sanchez," as he was known by students, has left the school to become a federal police officer.
A local man was sentenced to 32 years in prison last week by a federal judge a year after attempting to blow up his father in a Friendship Heights parking garage-a term that the judge said wasn't nearly long enough.
During the year I'm a Resident Assistant and this summer I work at the residence hall front desks, and so a lot of kids and parents in town for tours or orientations ask how I like the school. If you already go here you've probably been asked the same thing. And every time I'm asked I sort of look away, look back, and begin by wondering aloud, "Well, how do I say this..."
This summer's modest renovations to Letts Hall, one of the three Southside complex residence halls, are expected to be completed under budget and by their scheduled Aug. 1 deadline, University officials said last week.
An estimated 300,000 to 500,000 people attended President George W. Bush's Inauguration Saturday, braving 30-degree weather and a chilly downpour from a sky that would before long yield still-present snow.
The criminal justice system serves both correctional as well as punitive purposes. The death penalty does not serve to correct - or rehabilitate - and because of the required appeals process costs more to invoke than standard imprisonment. And while liberty is said to be blind, a cursory look at the background of those slated to die - across the nation - reveals that a clear majority of the condemned is of minority background and of poor economic standing. The death penalty is not a kind, understanding or politically correct method of responding to crime. It is not perfect, and yet it remains an invaluable component of our criminal justice system.