Chris Cottrell



AU receives low grade for campus sustainability

AU received a D+ for environmental sustainability on a Sustainable Endowments Institute report card, which ranks U.S. and Canadian colleges. The second annual College Sustainability Report Card assessed 200 public and private universities with the highest endowments.


Bush awards medal to Dalai Lama despite Chinese scrutiny

The U.S. Congress awarded the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda. Outside on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building, a diverse crowd gathered to watch the ceremony on a large screen.


AU given middling grade for LGBT help

AU received slightly above-average rankings on a recent study that rated universities' friendliness toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and employees, but was rated lower than two other D.C. area schools. AU received 3.5 of a possible five stars, or 61 percent on the Campus Climate Index survey.


Indiana University considers removing segregationist's name from building

What do a Saudi-Arabian arms dealer and a bigot from Indiana have in common? They both sat on the boards of trustees at two accredited American universities and have had campus sport complexes named after them. At Indiana University, the sports complex adjacent to the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, bears the name of Judge Ora L.


Library reference desk adjusts to new technology

"IM Reference - Get Comfy," an advertisement for American University Bender Library's online help desk, accurately reflects how the Internet has impacted library research. Reference desks, referred to by The Chronicle of Higher Education as "the heart of the institution," are simply being revamped to accommodate an influx in new technology.

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