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My parents keep telling me that college is the best time of your life. I don't know if that's true, however it's definitely a time when one grows the most. As a senior, I have been reflecting on my four years of at AU, and pondering whether I did them right.
Valentine's Day isn’t the same now as it was in elementary school. Back then the holiday was considered a second Halloween, with its abundance of heart-shaped chocolate, lollipops and other candy.
Barack Obama is the first of many things to people: the first black president, the first Hawaiian born president and the first president from modern Chicago. Having been born in Chicago myself, I often look at politicians from my state with disgust. We have had no shortage of corrupt public servants, such as the recent Rod Blagojevich, Jesse Jackson Jr., Alexi Giannoulias, Mayor Daley Sr. and three of our past recent governors who were convicted of serious crimes and served time in jail.
Local punk pioneer Ian Mackaye recently talked with the Scene regarding his musical career in the District, technology in the music industry and the controversial recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination of D.C. band Bad Brains. The D.C. band has come under fire for decades for its promotion of homophobic ideals.
This November, across all 50 states, Americans will vote for a candidate for president. These people have traveled all around America, spending money, time and effort to win your vote. Although they disagree on many issues, each organized candidates have kept their arguing to a respectful minimum, in an effort to focus on themselves and the issues. That’s right, this election year Americans will vote for Green Party presidential candidate, activist and Doctor Jill Stein and Libertarian Party presidential candidate and past New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson!
Now that you have finished traveling from your hometown, (probably New Jersey), and are settled into the dorms, you’re probably trying to come up with things to do with your new group of friends. Although it may not seem like it at first glance, the District boasts a huge music scene. This beginners guide will show you where to go in DC to find awesome shows and cool niche scenes for you and your new friends to explore. And don’t worry, all of the music halls listed admit underage patrons.
Closing out Welcome Week 2016, Pop musician Charli XCX will play at the Student Union Board’s first concert of the academic year on Aug. 27 at Bender Arena.
Former Student Government president Sarah McBride is used to “firsts”, but her most recent one made national news. Last night, McBride became the first openly transgender person to speak at a national convention.
Members of the AU community and local neighbors gathered at the intersection of Macomb Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Cathedral Heights last night to see a free screening of Kanye West’s latest music video, just three blocks away from the National Cathedral.
Last Saturday on June 11, thousands of people from the DMV area gathered around the Dupont Circle neighborhood to watch and celebrate the District’s annual Pride Parade. Recognizing the LGBTQ community, the parade was the first to be held since same-sex marriage became legal last summer.
Thousands of biking veterans from all across the nation met up in the District on Sunday and circled the National Mall for the 28th Rolling Thunder Run. At the Lincoln Memorial however small crowds gathered after a detailed security checkpoint waiting for the arrival of guest speaker and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Photos by Taameen Mohammad and Zach Ewell
The District goes by many aliases, The Hollywood for Ugly People, American Rome and Chocolate City. But "hardcore” is rarely used to describe the Capital. For the few visitors of the District who venture up north past the government buildings and Smithsonian museums, the term hardcore starts to become more recognizable. In Adams Morgan and the U Street corridor, remnants of D.C.’s past hardcore punk scene can be seen from the street artwork all the way to the businesses that continues to celebrate the city’s rebellious past.
The latest Parquet Courts record plays like a greatest hits album, even though the band’s discography only spans a little over three years.
Punk band Against Me! will play at Student Union Board's last concert of the academic year on April 23 in the Tavern.
D.C. area Indie-GoGo and alternative rock band RDGLDGRN will headline Student Union Board's first ever arts and music festival on March 26 in American University’s Amphitheater.
Comedians Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia and Streeter Seidell will perform at Student Union Board’s Jan. 27 comedy show in Bender Arena. This performance will be SUB’s first show of 2016.
For most people, the next week and a half will be filled with hanging up holiday lights, baking gingerbread houses and finding a tree to put up in your living room. Unfortunately, students are more likely to spend the majority of the week in the basement of the library, catching up on forgotten papers and studying for final exams.
Although Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays in America, with major themes of candy and costumes, the festivities surrounding Oct. 31 are still incomplete. Overshadowed by anthems of Christmas, which begin to hit the radio the day after Thanksgiving, Halloween lacks a unique musical ambiance. Besides soundtracks from movies like Halloween and the melodies you were taught in elementary school (“One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater”), Halloween falls short on holiday music.