Gorbachev speaks to more than 4,000

Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the U.S.S.R., told an audience of more than 4,000 AU students Tuesday night that the United States must assist the international community while recognizing the dangers of creating an empire. "Any repetition of the attempt to impose a political utopia on the world is unacceptable," he said.

The Rusty Nail

Columnist L. Russell Allen IV believes that insurance should cover the Quad damage, as mud wrestling during Hurricane Isabel is an Act of God.

Election empowers few

According to Adam Montgomery, the East Coast media corporations have turned the purest form of democracy into a carnival.

'Casa de los Babys' drama of adoption

"Casa de los Babys" is a political and emotional drama that chronicles the story of six American women from different backgrounds and principles, with one thing in common: each has found her way to South America to adopt a baby. The circumstances of their stay create a dynamic that is certain to create competition, questioned confidence, and that thing women are known best for, bonding.

Reaction to smoking ban mixed

The University's "Smoke Free in 2003" ban on cigarette sales and smoking in and around residence halls has caused a mixed reaction on campus. Some students have embraced the smoking ban, while others have not. Still others believe that smoking should be banned from the residence halls, but the Eagle's Nest should still sell cigarettes.

New drug view

The University is re-interpreting its policy regarding illegal drug use on campus and will notify parents after first-time drug use, which is one part of an initiative to hold students accountable for their actions and lower AU's alcohol and drug use among students. In the past, most parents have not been notified until the second alcohol or drug violation, which may correspond with major judicial action resulting in removal from residence halls, suspension or expulsion. Under the new interpretation, which is currently in effect, all illegal drug use will be judged as egregious after the first violation and parents will be notified, Dean of Students Faith Leonard said. The change reflects that drug use carries more serious judicial action than alcohol violations, as it is always considered an illegal substance, while alcohol use is illegal for those under 21.

Cats prowling in D.C.

A show that has run for 18 years on Broadway has a lot to live up to. "CATS," now being performed at the National Theatre, did not disappoint.