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AU students spend break in Israel

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In the last two weeks of winter break, a group of AU students joined thousands of Jewish college students through out the world in a free pilgrimage to Israel. Hillel, the campus run religious and social organization that is geared towards the Jewish student population of American colleges and universities across the country, sponsored the 12-day trip.

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Homecoming court selection arrives

"Action Through the Ages" is the theme of this year's homecoming celebration, which will be held February 18-24. The highlights include men's and women's basketball games, a fashion show and silent auction in the tavern, a block party on the quad and the Founders Day Ball.

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Parade entertains thousands

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Despite the cold and the rain, the 54th Inaugural Parade, themed "Celebrating America's Spirit Together," drew a large and enthusiastic crowd on Saturday. The parade began at the Capitol Building at about 2:40 p.m. - almost an hour later than originally scheduled due to delays at the inaugural brunch.

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Chemical weapons not found

The Army Corps of Engineers found no chemical warfare agents during an excavation on campus this month, but results of soil tests for further arsenic contamination are pending and expected to reveal further arsenic contamination. Between Jan. 8 and 11, engineers removed 55-gallon barrels of soil within a 55-meter radius of the excavation pit behind the Hamilton and Kreeger buildings.


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WWF celebrates voter campaign in D.C.

A yearlong campaign to promote youth voting registration sponsored by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) titled "Smackdown Your Vote," culminated in a gala on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration at D.C.'s Club Insomnia.


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A four-month wait for fries

Following more than four months of construction and permit acquisition, a McDonald's franchise opened last Monday in the Tunnel at AU. The restaurant occupies the former site of Armand's Chicago Pizzeria, who had lost their lease in 1999 and vacated the space after an out-of-court settlement with AU at the end of spring semester 2000.


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CCPS holds early politics seminars

After last year's extraordinary presidential election, the last thing most people wanted to concentrate on was another political campaign. Most Americans, it seemed, had more than their fill of the speeches, commercials and public relations battles that dragged on well into December of 2000.


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MLK speakers call for equality

Standing at a "crossroads on the way to equality," as one speaker said, students and faculty came together in Kay Chapel Wednesday to remember the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and pledged to work for social justice in his memory. The Commemorative Ceremony featured speeches by AU President Benjamin Ladner, student leaders, a performance by AU's gospel choir and a candlelight ceremony.


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Wagshal's, Ruby Tuesday's restaurants open near campus

An American Caf? and a Rolling Stones-inspired restaurant are soon to become part of the AU community of dining services as Wagshal's American Caf? construction nears completion while Ruby Tuesday is tentatively scheduled to open at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. Wagshal's, which is occupying space once owned by Blue Mountain Caf? in the Tunnel, has been undergoing construction since October in preparation for opening this semester.



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Davenport to remain autonomous

The Davenport Coffee Lounge in the School of International Service building will reopen next week and remain exclusively student-run, in spite of recent talks of restructuring, Provost Cornelius Kerwin said. When the building was closed for renovation this summer, there were some regulatory issues in regards to serving food, and the University considered having Marriott run the shop.


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'Wheel' comes to Bender

At least one AU student will have the opportunity to join Pat Sajak and Vanna White as a participant in "Wheel of Fortune's" College Week. "America's Game" recruited contestants at AU on Friday for the show's first visit to the Nation's Capital. "We're looking for people with big personalities," Lisa Dee, "Wheel of Fortune" Promotion director, said.


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Students protest Boy Scouts of America

Scouting For All, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "get the Boy Scouts of America to rescind its policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults," held nationwide demonstrations Aug. 21 to kick off their latest campaign against the Boy Scouts of America.


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Tenley chapel converts to hold dance facilities

This year, as the door opens and the dance students raise their eyes, they are met by a vaulted ceiling and walls of stained glass windows. They are in the Tenley Chapel, which has recently been converted to a dance studio. After enduring pigeons, rats and roaches in the Cassell Building, the Department of Performing Arts is thoroughly enjoying its new location.


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WVAU revives the radio star online

Campus radio station WVAU has become one of the largest student groups on campus this year with live DJs playing tunes at nearly all hours over the station's Internet site and channel 30 on campus cable. This year, the brains behind this successful radio operation are the team of General Manager Josh Pearlman and Programming Manager Smith Rodes.


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Dole, Roe part of KPU line up for fall semester

Former presidential candidate Bob Dole will speak at AU over Parents' Weekend, leading a Kennedy Political Union line-up that will bring several politicos to campus this semester. Kicking off this semester's events is a speech by the executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, Linda Chavez, in the SIS lounge at 7:30 tonight.


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District students reach out to ANCs

While students at the Catholic University of America continue their bitter dispute with their neighbors, student leaders at AU are promising several proactive steps to improve community relations with the school's neighbors. Student Confederation President Ken Biberaj said the SC intends to expand their sphere of influence to include an activist agenda in the D.


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Internships lure freshmen to American

Everyone comes here with a story. "I met Kid Rock," claims Jacqueline Levine, a freshman in the School of International Service. "No, really, I have pictures," she assures. Having enrolled such a large class from across the country and world, there are even more stories to tell among the freshmen class this year.


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Bumpy roads ahead for traffic violators

Starting later this year, the Metropolitan Police Department will expand its already successful Automated Photo Enforcement program to use cameras to catch speeders. The goal of the program, according to the MPD, is to reduce crashes, injuries, and deaths related to traffic violations.


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GA speaker pro tempore survives vote

The General Assembly voted not to rescind the election of Speaker Pro Tempore Ben Wetmore by a one-vote margin Friday night. The controversial vote was due to statements made on a Yahoo! Club Web site for the Programmatic Review Committee founded by Wetmore.



Section 202 host Gabrielle and friends go over some sports that aren’t in the sports media spotlight often, and review some sports based on their difficulty to play. 



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