April Seipp



Creating a reputation, protecting diplomas

I thought that once President Ladner was dismissed from the university and his severance package was decided that the situation would have finally reached its conclusion. Now the Senate Finance Committee has requested documents regarding Ladner's dismissal and the investigation.


On faith and politics

Since the 2004 election, Christian groups have been viewed as a political force. People are now encouraging Democrats to talk about their faith and not let Republicans have a monopoly on morals. I think we've lost the point. Throughout much of the country, conservatism is equated with Christianity.


Santa gets professor an award

AU journalism professor W. Joseph Campbell recently won the American Journalism Historian Association's top faculty research award for his work on the editorial "Is There a Santa Claus?" He presented his 20-page paper on Oct. 23 in Cleveland at the organization's annual conference. His work is part of a larger project that he hopes to turn into a book on the importance of the year 1897, which he describes as "a pivotal time in news media, especially print media."


Chemicals tested at AU in WWI may cause disease

Spring Valley residents are questioning the link between the chronic diseases they have and the chemical weapons that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tested and buried at AU during and after World War I, the local newspaper The Northwest Current reported last week. Military objects were discovered in Spring Valley, a 66-acre area in Northwest D.C. that includes AU land, in 1993, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Arsenic was discovered at AU's main campus in 2001 after student athletes who played on the intramural fields noticed that blisters appeared on their bodies when it rained, The Eagle previously reported. The Army Corps had tested chemical agents and munitions at AU during the World War I era.


Metro's red line still not given green light

Metro riders experienced more delays on the Red Line this weekend, as work continued in preparation for the opening of the New York Avenue station on Nov. 20. The same delays can be expected until the new station opens. Next weekend, the Red Line will be shut down between Union Station and Fort Totten, and another closing of this kind is scheduled for late October or early November.


Victims mourned

Hundreds of people, including Madeline Albright gathered at the Russian Embassy this week to mourn the deaths of more than 300 people who were taken hostage at School 1 in Beslan, Russia.


Museum explores terror

A special exhibit on terrorism will open May 6 at the International Spy Museum, joined by a lecture on May 19 that explores the mindset of terrorists. The exhibit, called "The Enemy Within: Terror in America - 1776 to Today," highlights nine major events and periods in U.


Metro strengthens security

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is strengthening security with new equipment and increased policing in the wake of the terrorist bombings that killed over 200 people on trains in Madrid last month. Metro staff purchased $180,000 worth of equipment, including surveillance cameras, portable X-ray kits, incident-related communications tools, computer equipment, additional police protective gear and chemical weapon identifiers.

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