The Association of International Educators, said in its report, released Nov. 18, that sending more college students abroad, especially to developing countries, can remedy this problem. Former Illinois Sen. Paul Simon, who heads up the organization's Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad, along with former Education Secretary Richard Riley, requested money to send 500,000 students to other nations, and give them need- and merit-based scholarships.
While Congress authorized the construction of a National Museum of African American History and Culture Nov. 20, the question of where to put the new museum remains. Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas said the museum is in the beginning stages, and what the museum will contain is unknown.
An AU sophomore was robbed at gunpoint in the National Cathedral area Sunday morning. Jill Tyler was waiting for a ride at 3000 Wisconsin Ave., to take her to her job at the Cheesecake Factory, around 7:15 a.m. when a man dressed in black approached her and asked for her purse. She initially refused. "He pulled a gun and held it to my stomach," Tyler said. "He said, 'Give me your purse, I don't want to have to shoot you.'"
Former AU researcher Gao Zhan pleaded guilty to exporting technology to China in U.S. District Court Nov. 26. Gao, who is no longer with the University, had been held captive by China and charged with espionage from Feb. 11 to July 25, 2002.
The flicker of candlelight was seen on the main Quad last Friday as 30 Falun Gong practitioners held a candlelight vigil to 'rescue' practitioners who are persecuted in China. Members from AU's Falun Dafa Club and the AU community showed up to give their support and bring awareness to the campus about practitioners such as Dr. Charles Lee, who has been detained in China for over 10 months.
The 2002-03 American Jurist, the AU Washington College of Law news magazine, was voted the number one law magazine by the American Bar Association. American Jurist won the honor under the leadership of Shea Scanlon, who was the editor in chief during the 2002-03 winning year.
The AU Men's Basketball team will travel to Honolulu this December to participate in the 40th annual Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic basketball tournament. The three-day tournament includes eight teams and takes place from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30. Teams featured in this tournament are Hawaii, East Tennessee State, Bowling Green, Lamar, Fairfield, IUPUI and Pepperdine.
Public Safety Director Colleen Carson is no longer with the University as of late Tuesday, according to an internal AU memo. Pat Kelshian, executive director of Risk Management and Safety Services, which oversees Public Safety, would not comment on why Carson left the University.