Freegans Fight Food Waste: Dinner’s in the Dumpster

Reina DuFore

April 28, 2016


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While most consumers stroll through supermarket aisles meticulously, searching for the reddest apple or the perfect pear, a different kind of search takes place nearby. Some people flock instead to the big metal bins that offer free food only 50 feet away from the supermarket doors. For them dumpsters d...

AU Debate Society Ranks Nationally: No Argument

Shelby Ostergaard

April 28, 2016


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When someone asks American University junior Frankie Orrico if she had a good weekend, her answer is a bit complicated. As president of AU’s Debate Society, Orrico’s weekends are usually spent competing at tournaments across the East Coast, from Boston to Chicago.“We travel every weekend to a ...

Changes in Mennonites’ Apolitical Culture: God Before Government

Paloma Losada

April 28, 2016


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The Mennonite community in the United States hasn’t been known to line up by the hundreds outside polling stations, hold picket signs protesting unjust laws or advocate for a certain candidate. Though they have traditionally stayed within their community, voluntarily withdrawn from the rough and tu...

Photo Essay: Holy Hill

Megan Yoder

April 28, 2016


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Washington, DC, practically shut down from Sept. 22 to 24 in anticipation of Pope Francis’ high profile visit. Roads closed to make way for his motorcade as he visited the White House, Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Capit...

Working Around Imposter Syndrome: Who do You Think You Are?

Kendra Yoshinaga

April 28, 2016


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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor once told the New York Times that she was always looking over her shoulder, wondering if she measured up. Author Maya Angelou said that every time she wrote a book, she felt like she had “run a game” on everybody, and they would find her out.“In every job I’ve had...

Strong Ladies of Women’s Rugby: Down and Dirty

Lindsey Grutchfield

April 28, 2016


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Rugby is an intensely physical sport. With 80 minutes of nonstop play and only a 10 minute halftime, it is more punishingly cardiovascular than football, with all of the contact and none of the padding. Needless to say, bumps and bruises are common occurrences for the American University Women’s Rugby...

The Dark Side of Anonymous Voices: Yuck Yaks

Shayna Vayser

April 28, 2016


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Over three billion people have access to the Internet, and those who reside within 1.5 miles of your location can get 200 characters of unregulated, entirely anonymous social publication with just the click of a “free download” button. “We were naïve,” admitted Yik Yak co-founder Brooks Buffington...

BDSM: Safe, Sane, Consensual: Untying Stigmas

Alex Mazzarisi

April 28, 2016


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A lot of the general public’s knowledge of the concept of BDSM is limited to the book 50 Shades of Gray, Rihanna’s hit song “S&M” and perhaps a few scenes from the film “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Other than that, the activities of the BDSM community tend to remain a mystery and many people wh...

Smoking Creates Tension on Campus: Got a Light?

Maris Laughton

April 28, 2016


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Many teens in today’s society find cigarette smoking to be a stress-relieving social trend. If discovered in high school, the habit can continue throughout college and into daily life. Felipe Herrera, a freshman at American University, has been smoking socially for the past two years. He enjoys t...

Music Majors Play with Pride: Take Note

Music Majors Play with Pride: Take Note

Chris Young

April 28, 2016


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It’s nine o’clock on a Monday night and most students are trudging their way through a reading or socializing with hall mates. For most, the day is coming to a close. However, across Massachusetts Avenue, in Katzen Arts Center, students are still in the thick of things. Musicians have been practi...

AU’s Battle to Save Their Bees: Just Keep Buzzing

Thomas Pool

April 28, 2016


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Andreas Elterich used to be afraid of bees. That was until he joined the American University Beekeeping Society (AUBS) and realized how important they are to the community, the economy, and ultimately, the world. “It’s not like your average club,” Elterich said.The beekeeping society has bee...

Questioning the Extent of Free Speech: Je Suis Charlie

Liza Layer

April 28, 2016


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The world came out in support for satire in January, as cartoonists rallied for a magazine that made a business out of criticizing popular beliefs. They formed part of the  movement known as “Je suis Charlie,” translated as “I am Charlie,” which is predicated on the right to free speech a...