Blair Payne



Teen poet slams opponents

Thirteen-year-old Rhia Hardman couldn't stop smiling after she found out she won third place at Wednesday's Poetry Slam in Kay Spiritual Life Center, beating out not only three of her fellow classmates, but also graduate and undergraduate students from AU.


'90s Flashback

If a recent party hosted by AU students says anything, the '90s are definitely making a comeback. Guests sucked on Jolly Ranchers and nursed wine coolers while listening to the hottest tracks by Lou Bega and the Offspring. Several students snacked on Dunkaroos and stood in deep thought over a shrine dedicated to Kurt Cobain.


Flu-ency Lesson: Five ways to stay healthy

Whether or not you have the flu right now or just want to prevent it, here are some tips to stay healthy this winter: 1. Always wash your hands - after coughing, after sneezing, before and after eating, and any time your hands could come into contact with surfaces like desks and doorknobs.


'That'll do.' Babe's ends its 12-year run

Last night, faithful Babe's Billiards patrons gathered to play pool, eat food and drink beer for the last time. Some people came from as far as Houston to mark the closing of the Tenleytown pool hall and bar, while others walked from campus. The AU weekend-night staple closed because its owner lost the bar's lease. A 42-unit, five-story condominium complex will replace it.


'Charlotte Simmons' strays from true college living

Originally posted at Jan. 19. Can a man who is more than 70 years old effectively write a novel about college life? Better yet, can he realistically portray an 18-year-old woman? In "I Am Charlotte Simmons," Tom Wolfe manages to do both, more or less.


It's all Greek ... at AU and in movies

Greek recruitment, which begins Friday, provides students with an opportunity to get involved with AU's fraternities and sororities. While many students partake in these activities, not everyone chooses to participate in recruitment. In fact, AU has fewer sororities and fraternities than other schools in the area, including University of Maryland-College Park and George Washington University.


AU artists celebrate at AmLit party

A standing room-only crowd gathered to hear American Literary contributors read their work from the student magazine's fall edition at a 1970s porn-themed party Sunday night. American Literary features photography, artwork, poetry and prose from AU students and faculty.


Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 'shake' up the Black Cat

New Jersey-based rockers Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are finally being rewarded for years of relentless touring and little recognition. Wednesday night at the Black Cat, the band played to an energetic, sold-out crowd of college students, rowdy high schoolers and aging hipsters who all seemed to come to the general consensus that Ted Leo really, really rocks. Not only does he rock, he's pretty damn funny. Leo is so nondescript looking, he doesn't even look like he has a sense of humor, but he kept the crowd entertained with his self-deprecating, sarcastic wit.

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