Megan Slack


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Fair educates AU about consumer choices

Students in Charlene Gilbert's "Communication and Social Change" class held a Consumer Fair on the quad last Friday to educate students about the importance of practicing ethical buying habits. Those who stopped by the fair were invited to try samples from vendors that follow organic guidelines or use fair trade business models, like Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Honest Teas.

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Committee considers college testing

As statistics show disturbing trends in college completion rates and poor performance by graduates on basic college-level skills tests, the U.S. Department of Education is looking for a way to measure how well universities are teaching their students. A federal committee commissioned by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is studying the use of standardized testing in colleges and universities to evaluate and compare how much students are learning at schools across the country.

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AU board cooperating with U.S. Senate investigation

The AU board of trustees is cooperating fully with the U.S. Senate investigation into its decision to award a $3.75 million severance package to former President Benjamin Ladner, and is turning over all documents related to the probe, according to recently elected AU board of trustees chair Gary Abramson said.

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U.S. Senate investigates board of trustees

The U.S. Senate has requested all documents related to the investigation into former President Benjamin Ladner's expenses, as well as information about the $3.75 million severance package the AU board of trustees awarded Ladner following his resignation. Chair of the Senate Finance Committee Charles E.

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Board of trustees under Senate investigation

The U.S. Senate is requesting all documents related to the investigation into former President Benjamin Ladner's expenses, as well as information about the $3.75 million severance package the board awarded Ladner following his resignation.

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Board elects Abramson as new chair

The AU board of trustees reached an agreement late in the week which would give former President Benjamin Ladner the choice to accept a severance package worth between $3 million and $4 million, or be fired "for cause" and jeopardize the severance offer, a source close to the board told The Washington Post.

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Ladner accepts $3.7 million settlement from board

Former AU President Benjamin Ladner accepted a $950,000 settlement payment from the university today, along with a deferred compensation package, which includes a life insurance policy of close to $1 million and about $1.75 million dollars from retirement accounts.

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Timeline of events in Ladner probe

March 2005 The AU Board of Trustees' six-member Executive Committee receives an anonymous whistle-blower 's letter, alleging President Benjamin Ladner had used university money for personal expenses, including a French chef, expensive vacations and family parties.

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D.C. artists take part in art show at AU

Displaying his work, titled "Elephant," Javier Salinas, 23, is one of the many D.C. area artists helped by the After-Breakfast program at Miriam's Kitchen, a non-profit center that offers assistance to the homeless population in D.C. Since 1983, the program has served breakfast every weekday, including holidays to its guests, 75 percent of whom are sleeping on the streets or in shelters.

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