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Visiting professor encourages students to view Quran and Islam through egalitarian lens

(02/22/18 7:52pm)

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.”



Letter to the editor: American University should change the Founder's Day Ball venue

(02/21/18 4:50pm)

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.






2018 SOC Film Series aims to inspire students

(02/19/18 6:49pm)

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.






PD-Ayy or PD-Nay? Public displays of affection differ along cultural lines

(02/15/18 12:53am)

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 welcomes Tarana Burke, founder of #MeToo movement, to campus

(02/14/18 11:45pm)

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.


Staff editorial: Congratulations to the women’s basketball team

(02/14/18 7:44pm)

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 Breaking Ground Monologues running this weekend

(02/14/18 6:17pm)

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.




Burwell leads panel discussion on new diversity and inclusion plan

(02/14/18 1:19am)

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.


Identities: Modern discourse on the hijab is problematic

(02/13/18 9:49pm)

When we were asked to write an article about the hijab in honor of World Hijab Day (Feb. 1), we sat and brainstormed possible topics. We came to realize that all of our ideas centered on the assumed oppressive nature of the hijab. Muslim women have a learned instinct to defend it. The words “oppressed, forced and medieval” have been thrown at us. Our immediate response is to reply with “empowered, liberated and it’s my choice.” We realized our discourse surrounding the hijab should not just pertain to its relation to oppression.