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AU Rude Mechanicals reimagined Shakespeare’s Macbeth as an Iron-Age cult on Zoom

(03/31/21 1:51pm)

During one scene of “Macbeth,” Aletheia Canepa as Lily Macbeth pours red wine from a bottle onto the floor of her bedroom, hoping to get as much of it on the pre-placed towel as possible. A character in another Zoom box holds out their wine glass toward their computer’s camera, pretending to receive the wine. 





AUSG’s SUB brings R&B, neo-soul artist UMI to the virtual stage

(02/09/21 3:32pm)

In a time of isolation, R&B and neo-soul singer, UMI, intimately welcomed the American University student body into her home as she sang a fully-acoustic mix of original songs and covers. UMI, accompanied by guitarist Mia Garcia, performed a preview of the new acoustic version of her song “Remember Me,” which was released on all streaming platforms on Friday at midnight. 





AU professor sells 400 masks through Etsy shop SewJusticeSewPeace

(11/07/20 6:25pm)

American University professor Jane Palmer said she had always been looking for a hobby. When she was a kid, she learned to sew but then took a long hiatus from the craft before returning to it within the last few years. She took sewing classes with some friends in Adams Morgan, making pillowcases and curtains to dust off her skills. After Palmer had her son, she sewed less again, until the pandemic. 


AU alum self-publishes a book on living an adventurous life with poor eyesight

(11/04/20 8:59pm)

When Ken Brandt attended American University, he and his friends responded to a club advertisement that invited students to meet in the Tavern, drink beers and learn about the parachuting club. After the meeting, Brandt decided to learn competitive skydiving with the team at a place in Downsville, Maryland.



On National Dance Day, five AU dancers reflect on what dance means to them

(09/19/20 2:40pm)

Alicia Ridgley has been dancing since she was 3 years old after her mom noticed that she had a little groove in her step and enrolled her in classes. At 5 years old, Ridgley entered the world of competitive dance and continued through middle and high school. Now, Ridgley’s doing what she loves at American University, her dream school.



‘Chemical Hearts’ has a fresh approach but a played-out result

(08/24/20 10:40am)

There is no universal guide to teenagehood. The way that the teen characters in the film “Chemical Hearts” learn about the complexities of life and impending adulthood in New Jersey is different from those in other corners of the United States and the world. With no guide, Austin Abrams, who plays Henry Page in the film, gets to see teenagehood from a personal perspective. 


SOC student nominated for Newcomer Short Award in New York Lift-Off Film Festival

(07/30/20 6:03pm)

Giorgio Citarella II, a rising junior film and media arts major, says that filmmaking and storytelling are part of human nature. Citarella was drawn to film in high school, and his dedication to it has positioned him to win the Newcomers Short Award and a cash prize at the 2020 New York Lift-Off Film Festival.



AU PRIDE leaders aim to improve club inclusivity and support incoming students

(06/22/20 8:18am)

AU PRIDE, an acronym for “People Respecting Individual Diversity Everywhere,” is the University’s student-led LGBTQ+ organization. With June being Pride Month, the organization’s executive board is working to host virtual events and to amplify Black queer voices in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, as protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the country.