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Accountability, Transparency and Diversity: A look into AUSG candidates’ spring campaign promises

Accountability, Transparency and Diversity: A look into AUSG candidates' spring campaign promises

Chloe K. Li, Web Director

April 13, 2020

In preparation for this week’s election, American University Student Government candidates have been posting campaign promises and plans for their term the past few weeks. The most prominent agenda items included accountability, transparency, increase of diversity and Founders Ball reform. “We...

AU WCL student bar association president resigns over “reprehensible, immoral and incredibly damaging” racist tweets

AU WCL student bar association president resigns over “reprehensible, immoral and incredibly damaging” racist tweets

Braeden Waddell and Benjamin S. Weiss

April 9, 2020

The president of American University law school’s Student Bar Association resigned last night following resurfaced racist tweets from 2011 to 2015 that showed her repeatedly using the n-word and fetishizing black men and lesbian women. Three hundred participants attended an emergency Senate meeting...

“Zoom bombers” interrupt AUSG debate with explicit messages and images

Courtesy of American University Student Government Secretary, Alex Behle.

Katherine Long and Teddy Everett

April 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — An American University Student Government electoral debate held Wednesday on Zoom was interrupted by multiple “zoom bombers,” who shared sexually explicit content. The debate for president and comptroller, which was hosted by American University College Democrats, began at 7 p.m....

DC Council to vote on COVID-19 consumer protection measures Tuesday

DC Council to vote on COVID-19 consumer protection measures Tuesday

Margaux Renee, Staff Editor

April 6, 2020

In an effort to further address the critical needs of residents as coronavirus cases spike in D.C., the city council will vote on the COVID-19 Response Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 this Tuesday. 

AU extends pass/fail options in light of coronavirus: students and faculty weigh in

AU extends pass/fail options in light of coronavirus: students and faculty weigh in

Kaela Roeder, Grace Vitaglione, and Shannon Durazo

March 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — American University decided Thursday to give undergraduate and most graduate students the option to take their classes pass/fail for the Spring 2020 semester, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Beginning April 1, students can opt-in to take their classes pass/fail until the last...

Mardi Gras at the Wharf 2020

Mardi Gras at the Wharf 2020

Ava Kowalski, Copy Editor

March 6, 2020

An elderly man with a voluminous golden wig and a splatter-painted green and purple suit stands on a bench. He cheers as swarms of people of every shape, size, color and age pass by him, trying to catch a glimpse of a parade float. Among the crowd are others  that seem to be wearing every article green,...

Buttigieg campaign manager: A few days is a really long time in politics

Buttigieg campaign manager: A few days is a really long time in politics

Maddi Cole, Podcast Director

March 2, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. ─ On the eve of the highly anticipated first-in-the-South primary, the longtime friend and campaign manager to Pete Buttigieg, spoke with a quiet confidence to a group of eager American University students reporting on the primary. At the time, Mike Schmuhl’s candidate faced looming...

American University professor talks “pleasure activism” in campus event

Clarissa Cheung ( far left) and other members of AASU advocacy committee introduce the “Self Care as Rebellion” event. This event took place Feb.4 on American University’s campus.

Grace Vitaglione, Podcast Director

February 25, 2020

American University’s Asian American Student Union debuted its advocacy committee with the “Self Care as Rebellion” event Feb. 4, where professor Sybil Williams lectured on the importance of self-care in activism. Attendees learned about “pleasure activism,” or healing from injustices through...

Community profile: Berlin Thomas

Photo by Shane Matheu Ryden.

Savanna Strott, Editorial Editor in Chief

February 24, 2020

It’s a happy Friday at American University. Before our interview, Berlin Thomas smiles proudly behind the cash register as Shane Ryden, AWOL’s multimedia director, snaps her photo. A student walks up to the register. “Happy Friday!” Thomas says and takes the student’s order with a smile from m...

The Future of Black Affinity Housing at AU

The Future of Black Affinity Housing at AU

Jasmine Dean, Staff Editor

February 24, 2020

For the first time in the school’s history, American University will begin offering a black affinity housing option for students living on campus in the Fall of 2020. Representatives who initiated the housing proposal hosted a press conference on Wednesday, February 12 to inform student media about...

Two AU freshmen shown in social media video using racial slur

Two AU freshmen shown in social media video using racial slur

Talia Marshall, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

A video of two women at American University where one, a freshman, used a racial slur circulated widely on social media Tuesday night.  The video shows two women who are newly associated with the university's Chi Omega chapter, one of which recorded the other saying the n-word. Neither student is ...

American University library hosts “Reparations for slavery: History and ongoing debates” event, featuring Dr. Ana Lucio Araujo

 Dr. Ana Lucio Araujo presents  on the history of reparations before taking questions from the audience.

Jasmine Dean, Staff Editor

February 17, 2020

Dr. Ana Lucio Araujo: author, historian and professor at Howard University, spoke to attendees from the American University community Feb. 6 about the ongoing debates and historical significance of reparations for slavery. The event was part of the “Exploring Social Justice” series hosted by ...