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Ferkat Jawdat talks to students about prosecution of Turkic Muslims in China

(02/13/20 8:48pm)

Ferkat Jawdat, an Uighur American activist whose family was targeted for his continued advocacy against the prosecution of Turkic Muslims in China, spoke at AU on Jan. 28. Jawdat had not seen his mother in 14 years and said she spent time in one of China’s internment camps for Muslims in Xinjiang.

Column: Women’s basketball is struggling right now, but their future looks bright

(02/07/20 8:15pm)

AU women’s basketball has been having a rough season to say the least. That was even further compounded by a tough loss to the Lafayette Leopards on Saturday, sinking them to 4-6 in Patriot League play and 8-12 overall – a significant dropoff for a team that just last season made it to the Patriot League championship game.

Opinion: Vaping crisis or gun crisis?

(02/06/20 9:14pm)

President Trump signed a piece of legislation that raised the federal minimum purchasing age of tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21 on Dec. 19, 2019. The legislation was passed after a wave of a mysterious lung disease struck the country last year. Little was known about the exact cause of the lung disease, except that it was linked to vaping. Concrete evidence has still not linked the disease to one singular vape, but investigations are underway. 

Staff Editorial: Email on mental health aid reveals out-of-touch view of administration

(02/06/20 5:00am)

On Jan. 26, Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Dr. Fanta Aw sent the AU community an email regarding mental health resources on campus. The email, masquerading as an attempt to reach out to students searching for support, had an accusatory tone and was punctuated by statistics that functioned to place blame on students for the state of counseling services on campus. It seemed that rather than taking steps to address students’ requests concerning these resources, the administration chose to place that burden back on the struggling students asking for help.

The movement to save D.C.’s independent movie theaters

(02/04/20 6:08pm)

When he was growing up in Chevy Chase, American University professor and film producer Josh Levin would visit his neighborhood theater, the Avalon Theatre, which opened in 1923. In fact, Levin frequented many local theaters, like the Key Theatre in Georgetown and the MacArthur Theater in the Palisades, as a child, before most of them closed down.

Women’s basketball suffers setback in a tough loss to Lafayette

(02/04/20 12:46am)

AU women’s basketball experienced a setback on Saturday in their chase for a home-court playoff game, overcome by Lafayette’s size advantage in a 67-52 loss inside Bender Arena. AU (8-12, 4-6 PL) dropped to seventh place in the Patriot League standings, while Lafayette (11-9, 7-3 PL) shot up to third place following their fifth consecutive victory.

Opinion: Don’t blame students for requesting better access to mental healthcare

(02/04/20 12:38am)

I like to compare my anxiety disorder to a spiral. It coils around my heart, and on a good day, it’s relaxed, hanging loosely around it. There are other days, though, when the coil winds itself tight around my chest, making it hard to breathe and work and do any of the countless other activities of an AU student. Those days were the reason I sought out the Counseling Center at AU – but I quickly learned that it would be three weeks before an intake appointment.