Rebecca Bellville



Social sites shrug off advertising

Just for fun, some college students have created Web sites that connect students to one another through friends. While they could potentially make money from these sites, for now they don't seem interested in that.


Election depression grips students

Rob Famigletti, a freshman in the School of Public Affairs and a Sen. John Kerry supporter, said he couldn't get out of bed Wednesday. "I couldn't deal with the fact that all the hard work we did resulted in failure," Famigletti said. Famigletti's feelings are similar to some other Kerry supporters who expected an entirely different outcome on Nov. 3.


Celebration and mourning mark Bush re-election

Once it became clear who would be the next president, supporters of President George W. Bush said they were happy about the Republican's official victory Wednesday, while those who supported Sen. John F. Kerry expressed hope for a winning Democratic ticket in the 2008 presidential race. After hours of suspense over which candidate would receive the crucial 20 electoral votes from the swing state of Ohio, Kerry conceded the electoral victory to Bush Wednesday afternoon. The president gave his acceptance speech a few hours later.


Democrats nervous, then fearing the worst

8:50 p.m. Tuesday night, Ward 1 - Between 100 and 200 students gather in a relatively low-key atmosphere, lounging in chairs and eating sandwiches with friends. The College Democrats and AU Students for Kerry have decorated the room with streamers and posters reading "Help is on the way" and "Nov. 2: Regime change." A few hundred red, white and blue balloons hang in clear plastic from the ceiling.


Straight student 'allies' herself with GLBT rights

The most prominent figures in women's rights, such as Susan B. Anthony and Gloria Steinem, are women. The most prominent figures from the civil rights movement, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, are black. So some people might assume that those fighting for the rights of gays and lesbians, whether nationally or on campus, are gay. Not so at AU. Allison Waithe is straight and president of the AU Queers and Allies club. She works for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center and Stonewall Democrats United, a group mobilizing GLBT people to vote for Democratic candidates this year. The latter two take up about 26 hours each week, she says.


Draft bill dies on House floor

Despite months of rumors that the war in Iraq would bring back a military draft, several congressional officials said last week that it will not be reinstated. A Democratic bill that would have required "all young persons in the United States, including women, [to] perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service" died on the floor of the House of Representatives Oct.


Letts game room opens

A game room that includes foosball, an Xbox, arcade games and billiard tables officially opened in the Letts Formal Lounge Wednesday. Student Confederation President Polson Kanneth went to a VIP opening Wednesday at 4 p.m., along with resident assistants and staff from Housing and Dining Programs.


Final debate changes few opinions

Some AU students said both President Bush and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) appealed to their base of voters in the final debate Wednesday night. "I'd say it's probably a draw," said Tim Meyer, a senior in the School of Communication after the Wednesday debate.


Business Week ranks Kogod in top 70

The Kogod School of Business is ranked among the top 70 schools in the United States that offer a master's degree in business administration, according to the Oct. 18 issue of Business Week magazine. The list ranks the nation's top 30 MBA programs, and then lists the next 20 schools and another 20 schools "also considered for ranking.


Students, polls say Bush improved in second debate

Some students in AU political clubs think President Bush performed better in the second presidential debate than he did in the first, which more evenly matched him with his opponent, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). A Friday poll conducted by ABC News showed that 44 percent of viewers thought Kerry won the debate, while 41 percent said Bush won. An ABC News poll after the first debate had 45 percent of viewers favoring Kerry's performance and 36 percent favoring Bush.

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