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It is that time of year where you find yourself leaving the library at 2AM. You finished your ever mounting pile of homework and studying and just look forward to sleep. But one thing that lies between you getting from the library to your bed, whether you are on or off campus, is the trip back home. Do you feel safe walking back to your place?
It’s happened to all of us. While waiting for your Uber when heading to the airport, Union Station, a night out on the town or just about any reason, the Uber driver is trying to find your hailing location on campus, but gets lost. The driver tries to find your location but the time lost in finding it causes you to miss your plane, train, bus or other plans.
You stand in line at Global Fresh, TDR, Subway or pretty much any dining establishment on campus and you see other AU students or perhaps a professor grabbing a quick bite to eat. But you do not see the secret struggles of the student who cannot afford to have a meal plan, or the student who cannot afford to use their meal plan without considering how many swipes they have left. For these students, the thought of where their next meal is going to come from is always on their minds.
You are trying to finish writing a cover letter
for an internship application, taking notes during a lecture or writing a paper
for your World Politics course, when suddenly the dreaded notification flashes
across your laptop's screen warning you of your computer’s dangerously low
battery. You look around, are there any plug outlets at your desk? No.
Stuck on the Red Line again? Can’t drive a few miles on the Beltway without getting stuck in traffic? You, the AU student, are not the only person on campus to face the woes of rush hour to get to work, an interview, or an internship. Professors also face these issues.
Why can’t AU be a “science school?”
"When boarding, please move to the center of the car."
On final move out day, campus is bustling with activity as a majority of students leave one by one for summer. Within a week, campus is a desert. After commencement has taken place, the class of 2016 leaves campus with their heads held high and the campus is naked with no students lingering around. The sun of summer life has risen on AU’s campus and it will not set till freshmen move-in in August.
As a former Senator for the Class of 2017, I thought perhaps there would be value placed on student representation in a body elected by students. However, as senator, I saw a lack of knowledge among members of the AUSG Senate and SG executive board about what student groups, clubs and organizations desired. This would lead to a misunderstanding among members of AUSG regarding funding for student organizations, what student organizations do, and most importantly a widening gap between certain Student Government officials and the student body. This gap and confusion deeply concerned me because I believe SG is not representative of what students seek or desire.
During the summer, a U?S. Congressman mistook two U.S. government officials testifying before the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific as representatives of the Government of the Republic of India.