Samantha O'Neill



Gym use on the rise

Lately hundreds of AU students are determined, pushing themselves to their limits in order to obtain a noteworthy goal: to lose weight and get into shape. Since January this year, the number of students who regularly work out at Jacobs Fitness Center has increased; creating long lines in which people are forced to wait as much as thirty minutes before beginning their workouts.


AU Sharjah to be accredited

Tucked away in AU's New Mexico office building is the Sharjah Liaison Office, which was designed to offer "administrative support and educational consultation services" for the American-modeled institution American University of Sharjah, in the Middle East.


McNair focuses on a safer AU

Campus safety has been a major concern for the AU community since the latter part of fall semester, when a series of sexual attacks occurred on campus. As a safeguard against crime, Michael McNair, the newly hired acting director of Public Safety, is determined to ensure that the campus is as safe as possible.


AU Abroad expands programs to new locations

AU students considering studying abroad now have the chance to study in Canada, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates, the three nations added to the AU Abroad program this semester, according to Amy Morrill Bijeau, associate director of AU Abroad, formerly the World Capitals Program.


Civitas: What is it?

Civitas, a new initiative that was started this semester, is geared to promoting civilty programs and attitude throughout the AU community.


AU joins national garden association

AU's landscape, which includes more than 1,700 plants, a Civil War era white oak and a blossoming Franklinia, named after Benjamin Franklin, led to its becoming a member of the National Arboretum and Botanic Garden Association last year. Landscape architect Michael Mastrota explained the process of beautifying the campus.


Suicide a leading cause of death among college students

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Take Action Tour, which visited D.C. Saturday, stresses the same message as many health care professionals - that it is imperative for students to be aware of the options available to them if they feel depressed or suicidal.

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