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At community forum, AU leadership talks fall reopening

(03/05/21 7:26pm)

President Sylvia Burwell and American University leadership hosted a community forum on Feb. 25 where they discussed the University’s plans for the remainder of the spring and upcoming fall 2021 semesters, including contact tracing, a possible face-to-face component for spring commencement and some in-person summer classes. 

Opinion: Our only shot at freshman year

(03/03/21 9:32pm)

When I imagined what my freshman year would be, I imagined friends, all-nighters and parties. I did not picture Zoom, online class and isolation. I, along with many other freshmen, was heartbroken when the University announced that our first semester would be entirely online. The freshmen year we all wanted was not going to happen. Most of my friends from high school ended up in-person for the fall semester, even my friends who were attending large state schools. They all had “normal” freshmen experiences, while AU freshmen did not. They were able to make the memories and friends that we were not.

Opinion: Wellness Week needs a temperature check

(03/03/21 5:56pm)

On Oct. 26, American University, upon releasing its plan for the spring semester, decided to cancel spring break “to support the health and safety of our community.” It is a perfectly understandable move, considering what most of the college-aged population does with it. After all, when you google ‘spring break,’ you are greeted with images of crowded parties and intercontinental escapades — a recipe for a never-ending pandemic. 

Wrestlers Fitzpatrick and Curry place third at EIWA Championships, Clarke out due to COVID protocols

(03/01/21 1:44pm)

AU wrestlers Tim Fitzpatrick (174 pounds) and Gage Curry (125 pounds) both finished in third place at the EIWA Championships Friday and will now advance to the NCAA Championships. Fitzpatrick, a redshirt sophomore, went 3-1 before placing third due to Lehigh wrestler Jake Logan’s medical forfeit. Fitzpatrick was seeded seventh to open the day and improved from last year's tournament, where he finished eighth.

Men’s basketball sweeps Bucknell, clinches fifth seed in PL Tournament

(03/01/21 2:18am)

With the fewest games played in the Patriot League this season, the American University men’s basketball team was expected to be ineligible for the postseason tournament this year as recently as Wednesday. When the Patriot League announced Thursday that it was expanding the tournament to its usual format with all 10 teams, the Eagles stood last in the standings. But after completing their sweep over Bucknell (4-6) this weekend with a dominant 81-68 victory at Bender Arena, the Eagles (4-5) were able to move all the way up and clinch the fifth seed. For head coach Mike Brennan, the absurdity of the last few days have been a testament to his team's resilience in what has already been a bizarre season for his players.

Staff Editorial: AUSG’s AUPD community advisory board proposal remains unclear

(02/28/21 7:06pm)

American University students’ relationship with the AU Police Department has been tenuous since a student was forcibly removed from their apartment by AUPD in September 2019. The “wellness check” resulted in a protest led in part by Black Lives Matter DC and a lawsuit from the student. AUSG President Eric Brock’s proposal of a community advisory board to oversee AUPD is the latest attempt to reform the department after the fall 2019 incident. This proposal, while welcome and forward-thinking, still leaves many questions as to whether this board will actually be implemented at AU and what that process will look like. 

Today’s Trailblazers: Black student activists at AU reflect on accomplishments, goals

(02/28/21 10:51pm)

As Black History Month draws to a close, work is not done for the Black student activists who have committed to social change at American University and beyond. These are just a few of the students and organizations doing this work. In particular, these three groups are run by Black women and non-male identifying folks fighting to make a better future in their own ways.