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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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Three Democrats vie for Ward 3 seat

With D.C. primaries just over a week away, the three candidates vying for the democratic nomination for Ward 3 council seat are making the final push for your votes. The candidates include incumbent Jim Nathanson, who has already served two four-year terms, Kathy Patterson, and James Montgomery.

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Music Review: "The Crow" Soundtrack

The music of "The Crow" is so interwoven with the film that it is much more than the normal filler between dialogue. In an interview two-and-a-half years ago, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits said he disliked soundtrack work because the music often became trapped by the sounds and circumstances of the film.

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Film Review: "Barcelona"

If you are someone who likes movies with a plot, character development, and continuity, "Barcelona" is not the movie for you. This new film written and directed by Whit Stillman, also the creator of the critically "disclaimed" "Metropolitan," is quite reminiscent of his past work ... unfortunately.

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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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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.

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'Powerful' help getting to and fro

This summer Neil Simon founded Powerful Productions, an information service for summer interns staying in D.C. who were looking for entertainment. Now that the school year has begun, he and his staff of 11 are providing similar services for students at AU, busing them to and from clubs and bars in the area.

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Hot Coffee lawsuit

I was recently made aware of a lawsuit against a fast-food restaurant. A woman purchased a cup of coffee in a drive through, stuck the piping hot Java in between her knees and drove off. As she jetted from the scene, the hot coffee spilled, causing third degree burns.

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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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Music Review: b-tribe

Simplicity is pure. But b-tribe artfully combines many styles and sounds together with surprising fluidity. B-tribe was the result of a collaboration project between The Gypsy Kings and Enigma, if you could imagine such a mix. The basis of this compilation is flamenco music - flamenco puro- and synth melodies.

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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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Film Review: City Slickers II

"City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold" repackages the Western adventure as a cure for the mid-life crises of Mitch (Billy Crystal) and Phil (Daniel Stern). Either Ed (Bruno Kirby) found a new vacation-type catharsis for his yuppie-dom, or the rumors of tension between Kirby and Crystal are more than rumors, because Kirby is replaced by John Lovitz, stiff at first, as Mitch's brother.

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Levellers fight censorship

Politics has rotated around the rock 'n' roll music world since Elvis' pelvis was first censored by the Ed Sullivan Show. Through the "Make Love, Not War" slogans of the Hippies, to the shocking and politically-inspired lyrics of the Clash and Jello Biafra, Rock 'n' Roll has often taken up both cause and controversy.