Kim Selman



Panel: Media, military need better relations

It is crucial that the media and military members understand each other's roles as professionals to create better relations between the two groups, reporter Darrin Mortenson said yesterday during a panel discussion in Mary Graydon Center. "Breaking down [the] initial barrier that we have an adverse relationship" would be one way to help unite the media and military, Mortenson said.


Provision would counter digital piracy at colleges

Provisions in the newly renewed Higher Education Act would mandate colleges, including AU, to purchase computer tools that would detect student music and video piracy. Officials from Educause, an information technology association for higher education institutions, and the American Council on Education are pushing for the removal of these provisions.


Health insurance costs rise at some U.S. colleges

College students across the nation are facing unforeseen health insurance charges on their tuition bills, but AU does not require students to buy a school-sponsored insurance policy if they already get coverage from a policy. While the Student Health Center does offer an AU insurance policy, they do not require students to buy it if they have insurance that has an equal or greater level of coverage, according to Cynthia Wilson, the center's business manager.


Sallie Mae cuts student aid

Sallie Mae's decision to cut loans to students at colleges with low graduation rates will affect only a small number of AU students, according to Martha Holler, managing director of corporate communications for the company. "A small number of AU students with low credit scores and no cosigner may see a decline in their approval rates and may need to work with another lender to secure a private loan," Holler said in an e-mail.


Metro fare increase faces glitch

Newly increased Metro fares have not gone into effect flaw-free, as thousands of Metrobus riders who used SmarTrip cards had to pay the full fare instead of a free or discounted charge earlier this month. Approximately 23,000 Metrobus riders who paid their fares with SmarTrip cards were inadvertently charged the full rate, rather than getting a free or discounted charge, according to information on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Web site.


Student advances to singing contest semifinals

Leeanna Goldstein Rubin, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, beat out 3,600 entrants from 53 countries to become one of only 35 semifinalists in the Voice of McDonald's 2008 International Singing Contest. The competition is open to the more than 1.


Impromptu concerts given new regulations

The creation of new protocol to better accommodate the scheduling of spontaneous performances on campus is underway less than a week after two a cappella groups were asked on different occasions to not spontaneously sing on the first floor of the Mary Graydon Center.


Army digs for WWI weapons

Digging of the last known buried munitions pit from the World War I era in D.C. officially began Oct. 29 in an area that could be considered AU's backyard. Spring Valley Munitions Pit 3, the official name of the site, is located at 4825 Glenbrook Road, a property owned by AU and located directly next to AU's unoccupied official university president's house.


Public Safety reaction tested

Public Safety and several campus organizations tested the response times of AU Public Safety officials to activated student emergency mechanism during a one-and-a-half-week span in mid-September. Officers responded to five blue light system tests and one red telephone test at varying locations and times during a one-and-a-half-week period, according to Student Government Chief of Staff Joe Pavel.


AU GOP brings Paul to fundraise

A libertarian-leaning Republican presidential candidate from Texas may turn out to be the College Republicans' best fundraiser of the fall term. It cost $10 per person to hear Rep. Ron Paul speak at one of the AU College Republicans' biggest fundraisers of the semester Wednesday evening.

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