AU professors plan protest of Smithsonian

Several national and international groups, including AU professors, are planning to protest an upcoming exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. Museum Director, Gen. John Dailey said that the Smithsonian will display the B-29 airplane "in all of its glory as a magnificent technological achievement," a phrase that many find objectionable. The exhibit is expected for Dec. 15 and will be presented in the museum's new annex at the Dulles International Airport. The Enola Gay will be displayed with other World War II aircraft. AU history professor Peter Kuznick said he doesn't oppose an exhibition of the Enola Gay, but what he finds to be inappropriate is the manner in which the plane will be displayed. "Clearly, the Enola Gay is more than a magnificent technological achievement," Kuznick said. "If [the Smithsonian] wanted to celebrate World War II military technology they could choose any B-29. The Enola Gay is the most symbolically significant plane there is for one reason - it dropped the first atomic bomb and wiped out most of the population of the city of Hiroshima."

AU community must mature

On my wall in the Student Confederation office hangs a pin stating the word "civitas." It is a token of the Office of Campus Life's new campaign to encourage civility on campus, but to also define civility. Civility, the simple act of conducting oneself as a positive and polite member of the community, was completely void the evening of the hurricane.


Events on and off campus from Oct. 9 to Oct. 15

Travel agency's future in doubt

AU Auxiliary Services has confirmed that STA Travel, the on-campus travel agency, will not renew its contract with AU. However, this decision will not be confirmed by the STA Travel Corporation until December.

Women's Soccer shuts out, 4-0

Sometimes a team is just overmatched. This was the case Wednesday when the Women's Soccer team hosted Youngstown State, coming off a 3-1 loss at Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 4. AU got a much-needed victory, jumping out to an early lead and winning, 4-0.

Scoreless losing streak plagues Men's Soccer

AU Men's Soccer's scoreless streak continued last Saturday as the Eagles fell 2-0 to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Reeves Field. The Eagles are now scoreless in their last three games and the last 273 minutes and 40 seconds, including the final minutes of their 3-1 win at George Mason back on Sept 20.

Picasso exhibit opens

During an eight- to 10-month time frame in 1909, Pablo Picasso produced many portraits of his friend, Fernande Olivier. These works ranged from oil paintings to penciled sketches, some of which Picasso called "representations." More than 90 years later, art enthusiasts have the opportunity to experience these works first-hand through "Picasso: The Cubist Portraits of Fernande Olivier," an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.

Nothing short of 'Intolerable'

For love or money? It's the eternal question film-makers try to answer and inevitably they choose love in the end. "Intolerable Cruelty" wants to be that kind of film, the kind of film that leaves audience members sighing with the hope of true love as visions of "happily ever after" dance in their heads.

'Dopamine' gives a realistic high

A computer programmer and a teacher explore the chemical aspects of falling in love in this delightfully un-Disney romance. John Livingston and Sabrina Llyod star in this movie, which hits theaters today.

Small, magnetic cast powers 'Proof'

The crazy man doesn't know he's crazy. In the fight against lunacy, the little currency he has is the faith of others in his sanity in the award-winning play "Proof." For the past few years, 25-year-old Catherine (Keira Naughton) has cared for her unstable father Robert (Michael Rudko), a brilliant former mathematics professor at the University of Chicago.

AIDS Walk raises $685 grand

Almost 8,000 people participated in the AIDS Walk Washington on Saturday morning. The event, which raised nearly $684,882, will benefit the Whitman-Walker Clinic, which works with D.C.-area HIV and AIDS patients.