At the beginning of the fall semester, small posters appeared on bulletin boards in the Katzen Arts Center. Their purpose: to advertise the new five-year degree music and education program offered through the Department of Performing Arts and the School of Education.
My reason for attending to AU is probably just about as stereotypical as one can get. I came here for the School of Communication, more specifically the journalism program. The school’s location in Washington was also certainly a factor. My experience so far here, though, has really surprised me.
“In My Feelings” or “Toccata and Fugue in D minor?” Most students will know the former, a recent hit by the best-selling rapper Drake, and only a select few will know the latter, a classic organ piece written by renowned composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
If astudent is showing signs of distress or struggle, AU has a system called the Care Network in place for others to reporting troubling behavior. But some students who have used the system said they were left unsatisfied by the results.
Daily Caller editor Amber Athey spoke to American University students about due process in terms of sexual assault allegations on Oct. 23 for an event hosted by AU’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter.
After students, staff and faculty led calls for more diverse faculty at AU, administrators say they are seeing improvements in hiring faculty of color at the University. But several students, particularly black students, say progress is not being made fast enough.
If you were to personify sports teams as babysitters, there is a short list of teams with whom you’d trust to watch your baby. Let’s name this baby “W.”
Can eating chocolate bars and caramel and cheddar popcorn straight from a three-gallon tin every night translate to winning two Patriot League championship titles? For the women's basketball team coaching staff, which has been together for an uncommon six years, the answer is a hard yes.
I remember the feeling the first time I voted. It was during the 2016 presidential election. I remember confidently walking into my Pennsylvania voting center, bubbling the ballot in by hand and feeding it through an electronic machine to ensure it counted. I remember being thanked for doing my civic duty. Despite being distraught in the days that followed, on Nov. 8, 2016, I remember feeling powerful.
LGBTQ+ athletes, past and present, have had to hide their sexualities due to the stigma they may face both inside and outside of the locker room. Being a non-heterosexual athlete comes with several obstacles, including harassment and discrimination from teams and fans, being labeled as distractions and feeling like a distinct minority among teammates.
It’s been a busy few days on campus. Aside from the day-to-day activities of our incredibly active campus community, AU Student Government held the fall elections for the Undergraduate Senate, Class of 2022 Council and a referendum to increase the student activity fee.
AU men’s soccer tied Lafayette on Saturday 1-1 after weather conditions forced the game to be moved to George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus. AU (4-7-5, 3-2-3 PL) played a hard-fought game on the wet turf and battled until the final seconds of double overtime.
During the month of October, the Health Promotion and Advocacy Center and other student organizations hosted events and talks centered around sexual and dating violence in observance of Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Quadding has become a little bit harder thanks to the chain link fence and machinery that seems to have taken over AU’s campus. The library and Watkins buildings are obstructed and the area behind Letts-Anderson as well as the Asbury parking lot are blocked. The AU campus, typically ranked as one of the most beautiful, is now under siege by large construction equipment, ditches and, yes, those mazes of fencing.
With midterms on the horizon, AU’s politically active campus — ranked number one by the Princeton Review — is gearing up for election season through activism efforts by new and old political clubs. Groups on the right and left say they’re working hard to elect candidates who represent their views, as well as foster better conversations about policy and politics.
When students arrived on campus in August, they may have noticed a significant change to their campus dining options. Four major campus restaurants — the Megabytes Cafe, Mudbox, American Cafe and Asian Flavors — no longer accepted Dining Dollars, the currency included in AU meal plans that can only be spent at AU Dining locations.
AU men’s soccer fell to Loyola Maryland on Wednesday 4-1 in a tough Patriot League battle. The Eagles had trouble early on, giving up three goals in only the first half.
Since 2016, the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion (PCDI) has served to promote diversity and inclusion throughout campus by holding training sessions and meeting with students, faculty and staff members. Though the council has always included students, this year they have a bigger role: serving as representatives on the newly created Student Advisory Council.
Dan Kerr, an AU history professor, pointed to a pile of boxes in his office. The boxes contain the furniture for his pet project: a truck meant to tell the stories of all kinds of people in D.C. in an effort to extend the humanities to the public.
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.