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President Sylvia Burwell announced on Sept. 17 that Board of Trustees member and University alum Jack Cassell had donated $3 million to the University in order to build a new Center for Athletic Performance, or “CAP,” as reported by The Eagle. This center was further funded by another alum donation. The center will serve both student-athletes and students in some capacity on campus. The current plan is to move the strength and conditioning rooms and wrestling room the Center for Athletic Performance, along with providing space for the University's Division 1 athletic teams and the club and intramural teams to compete. There is still a need for fundraising for the center, as this will not be paid by the University’s budget. Currently, it is unknown where the Center will be located or what different amenities will be included.
On October 28, a group of approximately 120 protestors gathered outside of MGC, as previously reported by The Eagle. The protest was in response to the removal of an AU student from her campus apartment at the end of September by AUPD, and students aimed to demand justice for this student. The protest was organized by members of Black Lives Matter DC and The Future is Feminist to draw attention to the student’s conduct hearing that was allegedly happening at the same time. The protest began at MGC, then moved to East Campus, where the hearing was held, and then moved back again to MGC. The protestors occupied the front steps of MGC with the goal of preventing access in order to draw more attention to the incident and the University’s response.
Some members of The Eagle’s staff have positions with the Center for Student Involvement. Their opinions have not influenced the opinion of this editorial.
After two and a half years of development, the Student Involvement Fund is being put into place. This initiative from Student Government and AU Club Council will select 20 students to receive $500 each for displaying "worthwhile dedication to their organizations,” as reported by The Eagle.
The change to the University’s health insurance provider has left students across campus frustrated, serving as the latest example of the lack of communication between the administration and student body.
American University is preparing to potentially replace Aramark, its current food vendor, by opening up the bidding process for a new provider. Per The Eagle’s reporting, Aramark is unlikely to be chosen to continue providing food service on campus.
On March 21, The Eagle invited candidates for the 2019-2020 Student Government executive board to speak with our editorial board about their platforms and answer questions about their vision for SG next year. Of those candidates, the editorial board has decided to endorse four.
This year’s Founders Day Ball celebration was held in late February at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center located in Chantilly, Virginia. The total cost of the event came to approximately $141,000 — a price on par with the growing cost of the ball each year.
On Jan. 31, AU Dining held a public meeting in the University Club attended by eight students. During the meeting, the University’s dining services shared their proposals to increase the minimum costs of meal plans for sophomores by about $2,000.
In November, the Department of Education opened a fourth investigation into potential sexual violence violations of Title IX at American University. AU remains under investigation for three complaints filed in 2015, 2016 and 2017. AU is also the only D.C. university that is under investigation for Title IX violations as of Nov. 30.
Last fall, construction began to replace outdated steam pipes with energy-saving Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) piping system. Each campus building will need to be connected to the new system, a move that will AU’s carbon emissions. The scope of the project was described as “massive” by David Dower, AU’s assistant vice president for project management.
After 12 years as a professor in the School of International Service, Loubna Skalli-Hanna was denied tenure in 2014 by then-Provost Scott Bass. Skalli-Hanna was 51 when she applied for tenure and filed a lawsuit claiming age discrimination.
Many factors entice students to come to American University. Chiefly among them, the university’s location in our nation’s capital allows for nearly unlimited access to a wide array of resources and opportunities. Additionally, students get to experience D.C. culture, noted for its vibrancy, but also for its “work hard, play hard” mentality.
Starting Monday at 12 p.m. through Oct. 24, Student Government will hold a student-wide referendum on a proposed raise of the student activity fee by $11.50. Originally proposed this spring, the referendum, referred to by SG members as Amplify the Student Experience, was pushed to the fall elections. If approved, the fee will rise from $88.50 for each student to $100 per semester. The student activity fee is built into AU’s undergraduate student tuition.
For some students, life circumstances can dramatically alter their financial situation very quickly. Sometimes, they can even put the ability to afford an education in jeopardy.
Late last month, administrators announced updates to the AU Alert system and the school’s emergency lockdown protocol in the months since an armed intruder scare on campus in July.
Today marks the unfortunate anniversary of the May 1 hate crime that shook the foundations of American University by targeting our most marginalized community: black students. May 1 was Taylor Dumpson’s first day as student government president, a day intended for celebration but crudely derailed into a day of hurt and confusion when bananas were found strung from string tied like nooses around campus.
In April, The Daily Campus, the student newspaper at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, announced that it would be forced to be hosted underneath the supervision of SMU’s journalism department due to a lack of funding. Given the university’s history of attempting to censor The Daily Campus, student journalists were concerned about the paper’s future as an editorially independent publication.
A little more than a year ago, our
editorial board considered what we’d like to see from Sylvia Burwell as our next University president. Chiefly among our hopes, we requested that Burwell maintain an open line of communication with the student body. We also emphasized the importance of listening broadly and including the voices of underrepresented communities. We hoped she’d shape her own vision for the school based on conversations with members of the AU community itself.
As Provost Scott Bass prepares to step down after 10 years in his role, six women have accused him of discrimination in the tenure process. They’ve accused him of discriminating against them on the basis of sex, race and age.