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Web exclusive: Present-day Irish immigrants come together "In America"

According to Loren Bonner, " 'In America' is an ideal family holiday flick, depicting the tragic, yet magical and comical experience of an Irish immigrant family coming together and starting over in the all-too-real streets of modern Manhattan. It is a typical, yet touching and highly individualized film that shows how the terrible and the miraculous can co-exist."

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Ataris breaks SUB contract

An estimated 400 AU students filled the Tavern on Saturday night to see the Ataris play its final show on a national tour. Despite the high attendance, however, the Ataris' visit was not successful on all fronts. "I'm happy because all in all it was a success," Jason Geisinger, assistant director of the Student Union Board, said. "But we were taken advantage of so badly. [The Ataris] took our contractual obligations to an extreme."

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SmarTrip cards now testing on D.C. buses

Good news for those who have trouble scrounging up exactly $1.20 to ride the Metrobus - Metro started testing the use of SmarTrip cards on several routes in D.C. and Maryland last Monday, Nov. 17. All Metrobuses and many other transport systems in the D.C. area will eventually accept SmarTrip cards, which are reusable plastic fare cards that can be used on the Metrorail system.

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Stronger drinks lead to blackouts

College students often drink more alcohol in one night than they think, according to a recent study. "Students tend to have pretty liberal views about what constitutes a single drink," said Duke University Medical Center professor Aaron M. White, the author of the study.

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Students post roommate ads online

AU students struggling to find housing this year have a new option to make their search a little easier. Liveoffcampus.com, a Web site started by three George Mason University students, has been advertising heavily around AU's campus and offers a unique approach to the apartment hunt.

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Campus Briefs

Campus briefs, including reports on a new Web site for purchasing textbooks, local charities around Thanksgiving and a successful Thanksgiving Turkey drive

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Fourth attack in a week

A female student was grabbed by an unknown assailant last night in an apparent sexual attack in the garden adjacent to the amphitheater, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The attack was the fourth such incident in the past week and is the sixth reported incidence of an unwanted sexual advance on campus this semester.

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Hip-hop masters face off

Two of rap's biggest names moved up the release of their albums to Nov. 14 because of bootlegging Internet piracy. Jay-Z moved the release of "The Black Album" from Nov. 28 to Nov. 14. Following Jay-Z's decision, G-Unit - prot?g?s of 50 Cent - announced that it would release its debut album, "Beg For Mercy," originally slated for release on Nov.

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'Boys of Summer' Ataris plays Tavern

Coming off a co-headlining stint on this summer's Vans Warped Tour, The Ataris will bring its energetic and emotionally-charged live show to the Tavern Saturday, backed by Planes Mistaken For Stars and Hopesfall. The Ataris' fifth and latest full-length CD, "So Long Astoria," which deals with growing up, is also the band's first major-label record.

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Town Hall Meeting addresses sexual attacks

Several changes and improvements are in the works to make AU's campus safer and better lit, according to student government and administration officials at a town hall meeting Tuesday night. The meeting was held in response to the five unwanted sexual attacks that female students have experienced so far this semester, three of them occurring late last Wednesday and early last Thursday.

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Rodriguez and Draughn look to lead B-ball this year

The road's been neither straight nor easy for senior basketball players Andres Rodriguez and Jernavis Draughn. Both members of the twosome have graced other programs than the Eagles during their four years of eligibility. And despite senior status, their first year playing together was last season.

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The man, the myth, the Goldberg

Volleyball coach Barry Goldberg has been combining compassion with coaching at AU since he took the reins of the program in 1989. In his 14 seasons, he has taken a tiny program without uniforms for its players and turned it into one of the most successful in the region, amassing a 370-149 record and four NCAA Tournament berths.

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The best of R.E.M. packed into two CDs

On Oct. 28, Warner Bros. released "In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003," a two-CD conglomeration of choice album tracks and a slew of B-sides and rarities, which appropriately treads the waters of R.E.M.'s greatness.

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