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Decision-making process at AU unfair

(03/17/05 5:00am)

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.

AU's disabled obstacles

(04/12/04 4:00am)

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.

DUI not new to AU

(01/29/04 5:00am)

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.

Shake-up in the GA, senior members quit

(11/17/03 5:00am)

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."

Recall Reinvigorates Politics

(10/02/03 4:00am)

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.

AU: Sweat the small stuff

(07/07/03 4:00am)

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..."

Death penalty serves a cause in aiding justice

(01/22/01 5:00am)

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.