Carolyn Phenicie



Same old 'Kids,' new low

Like any good young 20-something female, I was elated by the return of New Kids on the Block. Who wouldn't be thrilled to once again hear the original boy band, those who made the soundtrack of my elementary school days and spawned the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and countless others? The debut of the Kids' single "Summertime" earlier this summer only heightened my anticipation.


A Guide to: Tenleytown

For those who don't feel like a big night out or who are crunched for time, here's the best of Tenleytown and the surrounding campus. Everything is within walking distance of AU's campus or the university's Tenleytown shuttle stop.


There's no real taste like home

The easiest way to sum up the wave of feelings I've had here is to describe my relationship with Spanish food. It begins much the way standard "culture shock" does - with excitement about all the new possibilities and opportunities in the host country. Chocolate and churros all the time! The world's best oranges grown nearby! And, for a while, that's what it was.


Homes abroad prove not so homey

If you think about it, homestays aren't really all they're cracked up to be. In an ideal situation, a homestay would work like this: A warm, inviting family opens their home to a foreign student because they want to gain knowledge of the student's home culture and help the student acclimate to life in the host culture.


Women's world hidden in Morocco

Sure, it's a cliché immortalized in Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi," but it's true: You don't know what you got 'til it's gone. While studying abroad this semester, this concept has manifested itself in losses ranging from the trivial, like the loss of Saturday afternoon reruns of "America's Next Top Model" (sometimes you just need a little runway coaching from Miss Jay, or life wisdom from Tyra Banks), to what I experienced on a five-day trip to Morocco in early March: The loss of women in public life.


Kosovo may set precedent

In a strange fate of timing, I arrived back in Madrid from Barcelona, just a few hours after Kosovo broke away from Serbia and declared its independence. Kosovo, though formally part of Serbia, had been under U.N. and NATO control since the end of the Kosovo War in 1999.


U.S. politics translates into Spanish

"Te gusta Barack Obama o Hillary Clinton?" The question - "Do you like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?" - is a common one when I introduce myself to a Spaniard. Of all the similarities between Spain and America I could have anticipated before coming to study abroad in Madrid this semester, the Spanish fascination with the American presidential race was not one of them.


ROTC battalion honors veterans

As a few soaked students hurried across Copley Lawn at Georgetown University Friday afternoon to take shelter from the rain and cold, another group of students braved the weather solemnly to honor members of the United States' military. Cadets from AU's ROTC battalion joined others in the Hoya Battalion, D.


Last known pit of WWl weapons to be excavated

World War I-era weapons buried on university property and in the surrounding neighborhood is scheduled to begin Oct. 29, Army Corps of Engineers officials said at a public meeting at Sibley Hospital Auditorium Tuesday night. The area, known as "Pit 3," is located at 4825 Glenbrook Road, a university-owned property.

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