Founder’s Week is from Feb. 24 to March 3, and there is plenty to do to celebrate. Check out some events happening both on campus and off to get in the spirit of celebration for AU’s 125th Founder’s Day.
Asma Afsaruddin, a professor at Indiana University-Bloomington, spoke to students Feb. 14 about gender roles in the Quran. Passages that seem exclusive can be viewed otherwise, she said, and students should think about feminism in it’s plural, as “Islamic feminisms.”
American University has a bit of a trespassing problem. Three times in the last 12 months alone, outsiders have strolled onto campus at odd hours of the night and have committed either a hateful or bias-related act.
As Mr. Nickolaus Mack so convincingly argued in a recent op-ed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is not an appropriate location to hold the 2018 AU Founders Ball. I think everyone would agree that parties and dances are supposed to be fun events. If so, the places they are held should reflect their spirit and intended purpose.
As voting for student government president kicks off Tuesday, The Eagle would like to endorse Yamillet Payano. Following the resignation of former Student Government President Taylor Dumpson, we believe Payano is the best person to finish Dumpson’s term.
Carola Weil, dean of the School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS), will step down from her position on June 1, Provost Scott Bass announced in a campus-wide email Monday.
Snowy conditions and unexpected technical difficulties may have discouraged other teams, but the Richmond Spiders and AU Eagles brought nothing but fierce competition and passion for lacrosse to the AU women’s lacrosse program’s opening game on Feb. 17.
The SOC Spring Film Series hosted by professor Chris Palmer is back on campus for its 13th year. The series kicked off on Feb. 13 with “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” It will end April 13 with a filmmakers’ discussion. The film series will focus on environmental issues in the natural world, featuring a variety of films made by students and professionals.
By the time redshirt senior Brett Dempsey took the mat at Bender Arena for the final time in his career, the AU wrestling team was already guaranteed a dual meet victory over Ohio. The 26th ranked heavyweight was determined, though, to end his home career with a victory.
The 2017-2018 women’s basketball team shattered the program’s record Saturday, securing their 16th straight win against Lafayette University 74-66. The 2011-2012 team held the previous win streak record with 15 consecutive wins.
A Chinese New Year Parade will be held to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinatown on Sunday, Feb. 18 from 2 – 5 p.m.
With Valentine’s Day magic still in the air, check out these events for fun ways to spend time with those you care about.
It isn’t just the arrival of Valentine’s Day that has couples around campus holding hands and stealing kisses between classes. You see public displays of affection year-round but gestures like make out sessions on the quad and sensual shoulder rubs on the couches in the Davenport continue to surprise me. Out of all the ways that I anticipated culture shock as an international student, public displays of affection (PDA) was not one that I thought I would struggle with.
Women’s Initiative awarded Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, the Women’s Initiative’s Excellence in Activism award Saturday. During her remarks, Burke spoke about her work founding the #MeToo movement before it went viral in late 2017 and her hopes for its future.
In news you may have missed, AU’s women’s basketball program is currently on a 13 consecutive win streak, the second-longest winning streak in the program’s history. With head coach Megan Gebbia – recently inducted into the Frederick County’s Sports Hall of Fame – at the helm, the all-women staff and team has risen to the top of Patriot League standings. We’d like to take the time to highlight these student-athletes for their tremendous work in repping the Eagles – despite a generally apathetic student community.
Women’s Initiative will put on on the Breaking Ground Monologues this weekend, providing an opportunity for students to perform monologues about their experiences with their bodies and identities. The performances will be on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in MGC 2-5, with tickets at $5 each.
Traevena Byrd will be the University’s next vice president and general counsel starting April 9, University President Sylvia Burwell announced Wednesday.
As part of her release of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy, University President Sylvia Burwell hosted an interactive panel Feb. 8 with Julián Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Alma Clayton-Pedersen, CEO of Emeritus Consulting Group, which assists nonprofits and other institutions with organizational development.