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Staff Editorial: Donation for athletic facility is needed, but raises frustrations

(11/11/19 1:57pm)

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.

Staff Editorial: Campus protests remind administration they have a job to do

(11/06/19 5:22pm)

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.

Student Involvement Fund could support students, but needs transparency

(10/08/19 4:00am)

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. 

Staff editorial: Costs and expectations of Founders Day Ball have snowballed tremendously in past decade

(03/20/19 3:00pm)

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. 

Staff editorial: Proposed meal plan changes tap into wider discourses of college affordability and food insecurity

(03/06/19 9:41pm)

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. 

Staff editorial: University’s lack of transparency on fourth Title IX complaint is self-defeating

(02/04/19 3:27am)

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. 

Staff editorial: Unanswered questions remain about construction’s impact on campus life

(12/11/18 9:16pm)

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.

Staff editorial: D.C.’s ‘work hard, play hard’ culture is hurting too many students’ wellbeing

(10/26/18 7:04pm)

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.

Staff editorial: Who benefits most from a student activity fee increase and to what end?

(10/22/18 2:53am)

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.

Staff editorial: Where AU stands, one year after a hate crime shook university to its core

(05/02/18 1:03am)

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.

Staff editorial: We’re joining the call to #SaveStudentNewsrooms

(04/25/18 1:00pm)

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.

Staff Editorial: With Burwell’s honeymoon stage over, administrators stand at a fork in the road

(04/18/18 12:42pm)

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.