AU students headed to the polls to vote for their representatives to the General Assembly and Class of 2007 Council yesterday and continue to vote today. Unlike last year, sheets of paper and pens greet them instead of computers offering online voting. "I've done paper ballots before," said Polson Kanneth, chair of the Student Confederation's Board of Elections. "It's accountable. When someone wants to check the count, they are there. And there's a hard copy." The election, which includes votes for open seats on the GA as well as the new freshman class council, shifted away from the computer system after problems in the past. "Some people were able to vote for themselves five times," Kanneth said, "while others weren't able to vote for themselves once."
An audio revolution and a multi-million dollar legal mess have been caused by a little thing called an MP3. Hundreds of thousands of students download these files, yet how many really know anything about them? For starters, an MP3 is a compressed audio file that takes up less space on a computer or disc than a standard CD file.
AU janitors and members of the student group AU Solidarity petitioned people on the Quad Thursday and Friday, asking for student support and claiming that AU's 110 custodial workers lack good working conditions. The main complaints of AU custodians - who work for the company Aramark and are represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 82 - are that they lack pension plans, have inadequate healthcare and receive low pay when compared to janitors at other District universities.