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Historic paper publicizes AU

Even before American University received its charter from Congress in 1893, The American University Courier, the predecessor to today's student newspaper, The Eagle, debuted in 1892, chronicling the lives of the school's first students. "Bishop [John Fletcher] Hurst started a fund-raising campaign and used the paper to promote the university," said Ignacio Moreno, the assistant archivist in Bender Library.

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Persian New Year to be celebrated on AU's Quad

A holiday unknown to most AU students will make its debut on campus Monday. Nowruz, Persian for New Years, will be celebrated on the Quad by the Persian Club, which brings Iranian cultural events to AU. Zubin Amiri, president of the club, said he hopes the AU community will get a sense of Persian culture and what it means to be Persian.

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Eagle celebrates 80 years of news

The Eagle, AU's student-run newspaper, celebrates its 80th year today as the sole student-life journal at the University. The paper has chronicled students, faculties, the district and the world since its debut in 1925. The Eagle's archives include everything from the end of World War II to a debate between then-Sen.

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Despite violence in Lebanon, peace awaits, prof says

As Middle Easterners watch protests in Lebanon and elections in Iraq, AU professor Abdul Aziz Said is optimistic that people from the region may embrace more liberal and less repressive systems of government. "There is a crisis of governance in the Middle East," said Said, the Mohammad Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace in the School of International Service.

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Presidential candidates debate

The four Student Confederation presidential candidates debated their policies at a televised debate on ATV Thursday night. The candidates talked about Bender Library, the downloading program Ruckus and the need for a more transparent student government. The 30-minute debate, which was moderated by representatives from campus media, sought to provide a window to students on the candidates' platforms.

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AU history 'Honored'

The history of AU, and the honors program's place in it, was celebrated on Wednesday at a tea talk in Hurst Hall. Professor Abdul Aziz Said, a veteran of the school for half a century, explained to the audience what it means to be from AU and how its alumni have "a lineage to be proud of.

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Campus Calendar

Monday, Feb. 14 Habitat for Humanity Valentine's Day Fund-raiser 12-5 p.m., Mary Graydon Center Habitat for Humanity will sell Hershey's Kiss roses for Valentine's Day to raise funds to build a house in D.C. for a family that cannot afford one. Contact Marissa Kargman at Marissa.

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Metro Brief: Iranian Revolution event exposed

An event celebrating the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Bethesda was cancelled after the owners hosting the event were informed that it is illegal to do business with Iran, The Washington Post reported. The event, which was billed as the "Twenty Sixth anniversary of the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution and Death to America Day," was scheduled for Sunday at the Bethesda Marriott, according to Activist Chat, an Iranian dissident group based in the United States.

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Goldberg opines on state of the world

Conservative pundit Jonah Goldberg spoke to the AU College Republicans last night about foreign and domestic policy, as well as the future of the Republican Party. The speech, which came on the same night as the State of the Union address, often drew laughter from the crowd of roughly 60 people in the University Center.

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For one Kurd, Iraq elections are fresh start

As Iraqis around the world participated in their first elections in half a century, one Iraqi Kurd studying at AU summed up what the first elections since Saddam Hussein's overthrow means to him. "It will be written in history that a dictator was toppled and that a democracy was put in his place," said Rawand Darwesh, a 29-year-old working toward his master's in journalism.

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