Liliana Ascencio walked into an executive board meeting for Students Against Sexual Violence (SASV) during her sophomore year out of curiosity. Now, Ascencio is the group’s co-director and has seen SASV evolve over time.
When Wendy Bonilla was growing up in Los Angeles, she saw how her father, who came to the U.S. from El Salvador because of the country’s civil war, struggled to learn English. While her parents built their own business, Bonilla heard stories about the mistreatment her father faced at work for not understanding English.
Safety at American University is a cherished and sacred right to all of its students. That includes the safety to explore your curiosities, pursue an education, experience the city and to do so without fear of being harassed, endangered or assaulted by any means.
The “liberal arts experience” draws students to colleges and universities across the country. Small classrooms, where students know each other and professors have discussions on various subjects, is the quintessential image of what the college experience should be like for many incoming students, whether or not the school is technically labeled as a liberal arts school.
It’s Tuesday, Dec. 5, and MGC 4 has been transformed into a performance space by Rude Mechanicals. As tech rehearsal begins, flowers are scattered across the floor, seven chairs are in a circle and actress Cat Ashley sits center stage. The other actors enter the space one by one, and eventually they all come together to do warmups, in front of the audience. They transition into the first scene, in an audition room, and at first it seems like it’s just another audition. But it soon becomes clear that this isn’t an audition, rehearsal process or performance like any other, just like the development of the show itself. This is “Shakespeare Is A White Supremacist.”
The women’s basketball team won 78-72 in an overtime face-off against Youngstown State Saturday in Bender Arena. The game had a razor-thin scoring margin throughout all four quarters. The teams struggled to separate themselves in five minutes of overtime. After junior forward Cecily Carl’s free throw 20 seconds into overtime, AU kept the lead for the remainder of the overtime period, allowing them to come away victorious from the constant battle.
Businessman and entrepreneur Daymond John spoke at the Home Shopping Network American Dreams Academy, a two day summit for emerging entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses, held at American University.
I’m a huge fan of Netflix’s smash hit show, “Stranger Things.” Nearly everyone I interact with on campus has binged watched the second season since its recent premiere. I consider myself a proud member of the majority on this. Director Duffer Brother’s usage of 80’s tropes, music and hair products (see Steve Harrington’s Farah Fawcett spray) bring forth a nostalgia for a time I never even lived through. The show references some of the great eighties sci fi films, from “Ghostbusters” and “ET” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Dazed and Confused.” There are plenty of non-sci fi references too, with nods to John Hughes’ "The Breakfast Club" and Howard Deutch’s "Pretty in Pink".
University President Sylvia Burwell is standing behind her choice for chief of staff, Seth Grossman, after he and a colleague were found to have interfered with a California state audit into the office of his previous boss, University of California President Janet Napolitano. Grossman is set to start at AU on Dec. 4.
Time and time again, I’ve run into the issue of what to cover in “Off Campus,” a subsection of Life. As the section’s editor last semester, I struggled to get coverage other than the occasional festival and the weekly Life After Hours, the section’s roundup of weekend events. This semester, I assumed the role of managing editor and one of my goals was to help evolve the section so that a lack of content was no longer an issue.
It’s officially December and there’s still a week left until finals, so now is the time to get in the holiday spirit and start daydreaming of winter break. Finish up (or start) your shopping, attend a tree lighting ceremony and more this weekend!
As a person who has never seen a Shakespeare play live before, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to see theatre troupe Duomuzi’s production of “Antony and Cleopatra.” I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it. I didn’t think I would be so moved.
Eating healthy in college is a challenge. On AU’s campus, with limited healthy options, that challenge is an unavoidable reality.
As the semester is winding down, days are getting shorter and we’re all exhausted from three months of work.
If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to immerse yourself in a culture without traveling abroad, going to an event at a D.C. embassy might be your calling. Each year, the embassies around D.C. host several events open to the public. Many of the events have an entry fee, but there are also a few with free admission.
On Nov. 12, Sophomore Trevor Pugh was sworn in as the speaker of the 13th Undergraduate Senate.
The Kennedy Political Union and the Intercultural Greek Collective hosted Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis on Saturday as part of the D.C., Maryland and Virginia Multicultural Greek Summit.
The night before the African Students’ Organization Renaissance Pageant, sophomore Amanda Nyang’oro was anxious.
Legendary music mogul Jay-Z is slated to hit Washington, D.C.’s Capital One Arena with fellow Roc Nation label mate Vic Mensa on Nov. 29. Already set to be his highest grossing tour ever, which is saying something, Jay-Z continues to push the boundaries of live rap music with the “4:44” tour.