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Students tidy D.C. park

About 35 AU students found everything from Cadillac tires to wheelchairs to mix tapes while cleaning up a creek in Marvin Gaye Park in Northeast D.C. Saturday morning. The cleanup of the creek - Watts Branch - was part of the 15th-annual Anacostia River Cleanup and Earth Day Celebration.

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SUB has no plans for porn

The recent screening of a pornographic film at the University of Maryland, College Park, has drawn controversy, but AU's Student Union Board said it has no plans to stir up similar controversy by showing an explicit film. SUB Director Josh Offsie said that although he was not aware of any AU policies prohibiting screening of pornography, SUB does not plan on showing any because he said AU students are not strongly interested in seeing it.

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Schools focus on mediation

Universities across the country are moving away from traditional forms of discipline to systems based more on mediation and restorative justice. Universities originally set up legalistic discipline systems in order to stand up better in court, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Senate defeats ROTC proposal

The Undergraduate Senate voted Sunday against a resolution to nullify a previous resolution urging AU administration to recognize the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at AU. Sixteen senators voted against the resolution, which would have condemned the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, compared to six senators in favor. Senators voting against the resolution said it was unnecessary and frivolous.

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Adjuncts form coalition

Adjunct faculty members from universities across the United States and Canada have joined together to create an organization to address adjunct faculty issues. Fourteen adjunct professors from universities on both coasts and the Midwest founded the New Faculty Majority.

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Anti-war rally draws crowd

Thousands of protesters, including some AU students, marched on the Pentagon and defense corporations in Arlington, Va., Saturday afternoon to protest U.S. aid to Israel the continued presence of U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The demonstrators chanted and shouted as they marched from a starting location near the Lincoln Memorial to the Crystal City headquarters of companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

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Economy changes abroad plans

The current recession has caused some AU students to reconsider their study abroad plans, but the AU Abroad office said it has not seen a significant decrease in study abroad applications. AU Abroad director Sara Dumont said she did not have the final number of applications submitted for fall 2009 programs but said she did not think the requests for admissions she had seen indicated that the economy was affecting the number of applicants.

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Tancredo urges assimilation

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., said immigrants need to assimilate and discussed why he thinks multiculturalism is divisive during a speech to an audience comprised mostly of protesters in Ward 1 Tuesday night. The protesters wore black and displayed signs that read "America is Multicultural" in multiple languages.

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AU student devotes year for service

Raphael Dunfey, a sophomore in the School of International Service, devoted an entire year of his life to service when he deferred his enrollment at AU to spend a year in D.C. as a City Year volunteer. "I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to school right away," he said.

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U. of the People offers cost-free online courses

Shai Reshef is starting a new online university, complete with courses, students, professors and deans. What it will not have, however, is tuition. The University of the People, as it is called, relies heavily on volunteers and both retired and active professors.

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