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Duty to help should be core U.S. belief, Edwards tells The Eagle

Increased minimum wage, better health care and social security will help the 36 million Americans who live in poverty said former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards at last night's address in Bender Arena. Edwards took a break from touring some of America's most impoverished areas to speak at the event, as he now directs the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which aims to alleviate the country's poverty problem.

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WAMU hires new director

Caryn G. Mathes will take over as general manager of WAMU 88.5 FM, AU's public radio station. Her appointment comes a little more than a year after AU's Board of Trustees removed Susan Clampitt from the position after The Washington Post brought attention to a financial deficit and employee morale problems at WAMU.

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School of Education to receive $6.4 million

AU's School of Education will receive a $6.4 million grant to be awarded over the next five years from the Department of Education's Teacher Quality Enhancement Program, AU announced Dec. 7. The funds will go toward programs to improve teacher education and increase the academic achievement of students in D.C. public and public charter schools.

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Students hope Bhangra beat will catch

Amola Trivedi and Arti Shah want to start a Bhangra dance competition on campus, but first they need dancers. "We've known that we wanted to start this for a year or two," said Shah, a junior in the School of Public Affairs. "There weren't many people to join before because of time commitments."

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AU study abroad ranks 12th for undergrad participation

AU ranked 12th out of the top 20 U.S. doctoral/research institutions for estimated undergraduate participation in study-abroad programs, according to a study from the Institute of International Education. This is the first time AU has achieved a ranking in this particular report. The total number of AU students going abroad has increased by 65 percent in the last three years to 887 students this year, according to AU Abroad.

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More U.S. undergrads go abroad, fewer foreign students study in U.S.

While the number of U.S. students studying abroad has increased since 9/11, the number of international students studying in the United States has significantly decreased due to factors that include difficulties in obtaining student visas and perceptions of American distrust of foreigners, according to a study released by the Institute of International Education. The number of international students studying in the United States decreased to a level unmatched since the 1970s, according to the 2004 Open Doors Report, which was released last month and funded by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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AU celebrates Lee Hamilton's service

AU's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies presented former congressman Lee Hamilton with the Distinguished Public Service Award at the center's 25th anniversary celebration Nov. 16. Hamilton is the president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and also commits time to the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and the School of Public Affairs. He has lectured on campus and received an honorary degree from AU last spring.

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Akbar Ahmed named D.C. professor of the year

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Islamic Studies professor Akbar Ahmed the 2004 D.C. Professor of the Year on Thursday. Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun chair of Islamic Studies and professor of international relations at AU, is a leading authority on Islam and its global impact on the contemporary society, especially in the Western world.

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Katzen Center appoints curator

Katzen Arts Center gained a director earlier this week when College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kay Mussell appointed AU alumnus and arts curator Jack Rasmussen after a three-month search. "[Rasmussen] has a great deal of experience in the art world," Mussell said.

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