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Colleges prepare for meningitis scare

As colleges across the country brace themselves for the largest freshmen classes in recent history, administrators are also weary of the increased risk for meningitis. With three recent outbreaks of meningitis in Manchester, Iowa, local health officials are hoping University of Iowa students get vaccinations.

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Car crash kills AU student, injures another

One AU student was killed and another is in stable condition today after an early morning car accident in Silver Spring, Md. Wednesday. Thomas Peter Gallagher, 21, died when the car he was riding in veered off16th Street, struck a sign and a tree, then overturned at approximately 1:25 a.

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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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Battelle renovations underway

Construction on the Battelle-Tompkins building began this summer and should last about a year as the College of Arts and Sciences looks to centralize and improve their faculty office space. "Right now, we're in good shape," Gerry Gager, director of planning and development, said.

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Music Quicktakes

OMD "Menace to Society" (Atlantic) Hip hop has become as ubiquitous in American culture as McDonald's and Coca Cola. The fashion and music of hip hop have left their mark on everything from the designs of Tommy Hilfiger to the chart-topping songs of Everlast and G Love And Special Sauce, whose pop-rap fusion is proving to be quite lucrative.

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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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New women's basketball coach out to improve record, attitudes

Shann Hart, AU's new women's basketball coach, begins most of her sentences with the words, "I'll be honest with you." It's almost as if she is telling you that she does not have time to make up stories and make everything seem to be something it is not. She was hired late, she knows that those extra months were precious and now she does not want to kid around.

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DPA seeks new audiences

AU's Experimental Theatre is an unassuming building. Many students sit in economics or history classes in the Butler Instructional Center completely unaware that theater majors are leaping, lunging and singing right above their heads. Despite its location, however, the theater will see plenty of foot traffic this season, from patrons and performers alike.

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Women's soccer loses one, ties one at home

The women's soccer team opened its season last week with a loss and a tie in two soggy non-conference games. The Eagles (0-1-1), which added just two freshmen to their squad this year, played two rain-soaked games at Reeves Field. In the Eagles' first match with Rutgers on Sept.

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AU sues CAA over post-season play prohibition

AU filed suit Monday against the Colonial Athletic Association in Federal District Court, alleging the CAA unfairly penalized student-athletes by prohibiting AU from post-season CAA competition after AU announced its intention to leave the CAA in the 2001-2002 school year.

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Volleyball ranks #1 preseason

The AU women's volleyball team expects big things of themselves this season, but apparently so does the rest of league. In a preseason coaches' poll the Eagle were picked to finish first in the seven-team Colonial Athletic Association this year. The Eagles will return five seniors winners to a squad, which finished last season at 25-7.

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Summer cinema recap

Ah, 2000, a new century... and one of the least memorable summer film seasons ever. Usually, there are maybe five or six truly bad films, a lot of enjoyable eye candy and a couple gems. This summer, it was either really good or disappointing crap (most of the latter).

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CUA off-campus houses face reprimand

Catholic University of America student tenants at three Brookland houses will be alerted this week of their school's groundbreaking decision to designate their homes as "disciplined properties" where no party can occur pending university sanctions. The policy dictates that any party or gathering at a "disciplined property" which, in the university's judgement, involves underage or abusive drinking and results in a disturbance warrants strict disciplinary action, CUA General Counsel Craig Parker said.

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Men's soccer loses to Hoyas

Men's Soccer lost its home opener against cross-city rival Georgetown University Hoyas in the opening game of the D.C. Challenge tournament on Saturday 1-0, despite dominating most of the game. The Hoyas took revenge for last year's 2-1 loss against American on a header from senior Charles Beyer in the 38th minute.

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Students learn to live in lounges, triples

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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Housing crunch hits

Campus residence halls are at 106 percent occupancy this fall as freshmen and Washington Semester student enrollments soar, Julie Weber, director of Residential Life and Housing Services, said. There are 1,364 freshmen living on campus this semester, an increase of 122 from last year, according to Anna Pugliese, associate director of undergraduate admissions.