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McDonald's comes to campus

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A McDonald's franchise will open this semester in the Butler Pavilion despite the proximity of another franchise currently located less than one mile away on Wisconsin Avenue. The opening of the restaurant is slated for the end of October, though the size of the necessary construction project could delay the completion, according to Hillary Dallas, AU's director of Retail and Leasing Operations.

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Pearson takes SC spot

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Melissa Pearson took office Aug. 15 as the acting Student Confederation comptroller. SC President Ken Biberaj, a junior in the School of Public Affairs, appointed Pearson to the office after elected Comptroller James Abbott resigned to take a position with Student Activities.

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Students learn to live in lounges, triples

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Sophomore transfer student Kunnal Buxani and his two roommates did more than hang out in the first floor study lounge of Leonard Hall for their first two weeks at AU. They called it home. "I was on a wait list for housing, and when I got here for orientation, I found out I could live in a study lounge," said Buxani, a transfer student in the Kogod School of Business, last week.

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Presidential campaigns target Generation-Y voters

Due to feelings of disenfranchisement with mainstream politics, voter turnout among young people is projected to rise only slightly this year, according to a July 31 report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report, which summarizes voter activity for the November 1996 elections, stated that slightly over 12 million 18- to 24-year-olds registered to vote; less than 8 million, however, were reported to have actually voted.


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SC President outlines agenda of activism

Four fewer votes in last year's Student Confederation election and School of Public Affairs junior Ken Biberaj wouldn't have been able to refurnish the SC president's office the way he wanted. Biberaj defeated SPA senior Wojtek Staszkiewicz by six votes in what student government leaders called one of the closest victories in SC history.


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Abbott leaves SC for Student Activities job

Only one job was appealing enough to lure James Abbott away from the position of Student Confederation Comptroller; he started that position Aug. 14 in the AU Student Activities office as the new Accounts Specialist. "In this position I have a lot of the same abilities to help out with a lot of the same student activities.


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Dalai Lama brings teachings to AU

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet spoke to a crowd of approximately 5,000 students, staff, faculty and others in Bender Arena yesterday. The Dalai Lama held a four-hour teaching, broken up into morning and afternoon sessions, based on the Eight Verses for Training the Mind, an 11th Century Tibetan ...



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Ladner fires up flames of AU tradition

"Harvard on the Potomac" is no longer as new President Benjamin Ladner stepped into the AU public eye Wednesday at opening convocation. In his first major address to students, faculty and staff, Ladner saluted AU's past while speaking out against trying to imitate other universities.



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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Benjamin Ladner!!

Dr. Benjamin Ladner was sitting in Seattle one evening on a routine business trip when an official from the New York-based search firm that helped AU find candidates called to see if he would be interested in the presidency of AU. Six weeks later, he had the job.


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AU drinks more than average

In an effort to alleviate alcohol and drug abuse on AU's campus, the university circulated a comprehensive survey last spring in conjunction with AU's Division of Student Life.


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Stepping it up

The Capitol Steps look menacing as Secret Service agents overlooking the president.


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Permits now only obstacle to construction at Spring Valley Center

Construction is still on hold at the recently-purchased Spring Valley Center, new home to the Washington College of Law, and will not begin until construction permits are obtained. "The city provides no specific calendar as to when the permit will be released," said Andrew Popper, WCL deputy dean of space and planning.


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First-year diversity: the breakdown

Quick: what's the male-to-female ratio at AU? While you could go through your four years at AU without knowing the vital statistics of the university, your relatives are asking, so you might as well find out.


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Bender Library upgrades

Bender Library went through various improvements this summer, including the installation of high-tech periodical services and data bases as well as some revamped old services which are ready for use this fall.


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Renovating Anderson: Phase one

After a waiting period that left it last in the line of halls to be renovated, the Phase I renovations on Anderson Hall were finally completed this summer. And what was it that excited residents most about the refurbished hall? The source of excitement is not the temporary carpets, nor the better air conditioning units but is reportedly the new lounge kitchens.


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Candidates debate issues

The biggest issue in the upcoming city council election is D.C.'s financial crisis, candidates for Ward 3 council member and audience members said at a candidates' forum Thursday night. The forum, which was held at McLean Gardens condominiums, was one of several which have been held in the past several weeks to allow the public to ask questions to the four candidates running for Ward 3 council member, Democratic incumbent Jim Nathanson, Democratic challengers Kathy Patterson and James Montgomery, and Republican challenger Philip Murphy.


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Many changes come as Ladner arrives

Bill Ahlstrom, who served as special assistant to Presidents Joseph Duffey and Elliott Milstein, has left AU, as have Director of Student Activities Larry Williams, Director of Student Services Darion Carney and Associate Dean of Students Stacey Morgan-Foster.


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Sex in the afternoon

Suzi Landolphi, known for her frank approach to sex and safety in the '90s entertained and informed students last week in the Woods-Brown Amphitheater.



 Hosts Sara Winick and Sydney Hsu introduce themselves and talk about their favorite TV shows. This episode includes fun facts, recommendations and personal connections. 


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