Claire Maude


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Campus Brief: Competitive elections needed, politicians say

Panelists stressed the need for competitive elections at a forum on gerrymandering and redistricting hosted by the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies last night in McDowell Formal Lounge. Less competitive elections mean that Congress is "more populated by hard-edged partisans that make it more difficult for congress to get its job done," said former Congressman David Skaggs (D-CO).

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Protesters demand stronger HIV/AIDS relief from gov't

More than 3,000 students lobbied for increased HIV/AIDS awareness Saturday, waving signs and chanting slogans as they marched from the White House to Capitol Hill. "We're here to demand that the government take action," said Student Global AIDS Campaign coordinator Healy Thompson in the first speech of the event at Lafayette Park, just north of the White House.

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Ahmed first Muslim to address National Cathedral

The National Cathedral held its first service ever to honor a Muslim, School of International Service professor Akbar Ahmed, on Sunday afternoon. Senior Rabbi Bruce Lustig joined Ahmed and Bishop John Chane by reading a passage from Hebrew scripture and speaking about the work that Ahmed has done.

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Ladner answers to the crowd

President Benjamin Ladner commented on budget, tuition and University improvements last night in an informal question-and-answer session hosted by the 2007 and 2008 Class Councils. Ladner said he was in the "final stages" of deciding the budget, including next year's tuition raise, and that he would "make a final decision [on the budget] to present to the Board of Trustees in a week or so.

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SC starts spring election process

About 40 students signed up to run for the Student Confederation class and school council at last week's Board of Election information session, leading up to the SC nominating convention on Feb. 13, Board of Elections Chair Hye-Jin Lee said Monday night. "We may not have enough candidates to fill spots," said Lee, mentioning that there may be one or two extra information sessions this week for students who were not at the one last week.

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Students compete in one classy concerto

The handful of people who attended Saturday's concerto and aria competition in Kay Spiritual Life Center learned just how much talent hides in AU's Kreeger music building. Violinist Alyson Slack won the competition and the opportunity to play with the AU symphony orchestra in its spring concert with her phenomenal performance of Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor.

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AU professors, writers net $700 for AIDS charity

AU professors raised more than $700 for a local AIDS charity group last night at the annual Visiting Writers Series Faculty Benefit Reading in the Butler Boardroom. The event, which featured the writing of Cornelius Eady, Andrew Holleran, E.J. Levy, Richard McCann, Kermit Moyer, Denise Orenstein and Myra Sklarew, drew a full audience.

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Bush supporters confront protesters

Amid throngs of anti-Bush protesters at Thursday's inaugural events, small groups of conservative counter-protesters held signs and talked to passers-by to show their support for the president. The counter-protesters ranged from anti-abortion activists to Christian evangelicals and from Vietnam veterans to college students.

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'Tis the season for student giving

December means finals, stress and last-minute parties before it's time to travel home. However, for students involved in many of AU's clubs and organizations, the holiday season also means charity. Alexandra Perrotta, a freshman in the School of Public Affairs, spent Friday afternoon selling student-made holiday cards in Mary Graydon Center. Profits benefited AU's chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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