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Angela Davis was “inspiring” to students, some disappointed with the “institutional” framing of the event

Angela Davis was “inspiring” to students, some disappointed with the “institutional” framing of the event

The iconic abolitionist left students questioning racist institutions
Talia Marshall, Staff Editor September 29, 2020

Black feminist and prison abolitionist Angela Davis spoke to American University students about sustainable activism, the global prison industrial complex and antiracism during a Zoom event on Sept. 18....

Former Sec. Julián Castro talks voting, advocacy with AU students

Former Sec. Julián Castro talks voting, advocacy with AU students

Young people raise concerns over disillusionment with 2020 politics
Jasmine Dean, Staff Editor September 21, 2020
Over 200 students tuned in to the conversation online, according to Sonali Doshi, deputy director of communications for the Kennedy Political Union, which hosted the event alongside the Sine Institute, the Latin American Student Organization, and the League of United Latin Americans Coalition.
Protesters outside of Department of Human Services director's house

Homeless activists call for D.C. Department of Human Services Director’s resignation

Protesters say the director neglected her duties by allowing for inhumane conditions in the District’s public housing and homeless shelters.
McKenzie Beard, Staff Editor September 16, 2020

Activists and community members gathered in front of the home of D.C. Department of Human Services Director Laura Zeilinger on Saturday, calling for her resignation over the quality of services provided...

Caroline Lougee

Mental Health Crises Spark a Call to Improve AU’s Counseling Services

At AU’s Counseling Center, long-term care for a few is sacrificed for short-term care for many
Maya Savoie, Staff Writer September 10, 2020
A student wrote in the post about how she had witnessed two suicide attempts in dorms on campus and how they were handled, including stories about crisis response from the AU Police Department. Dalaker ended the post by requesting students share their own experiences. 
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AU Antiracist Center aims to rebrand, rebuild

Antiracist scholars Christine Platt and Malini Ranganathan appointed interim co-directors of the center following Ibram X. Kendi’s departure.
Jasmine Dean, Talia Marshall, and Margaux Renee August 31, 2020
Kendi, founder of AU’s Antiracist Center, announced his move to Boston University in early June followed by an announcement via email that two members of the center’s original team, Malini Ranganathan and Christine Platt, would assume the role of interim co-directors of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center in July and would shape the new direction for the center, particularly in choosing the new director in the coming year.
Is AUx2 Enough?

Is AUx2 Enough?

Students unsure if university program is adequately addressing campus prejudice
Jasmine Dean, Staff Editor August 27, 2020
One major critique among students is that AUx2 has forced marginalized students to speak about their own experiences to teach more privileged students about issues such as racism and other forms of prejudice or discrimination.
Is American University really woke?

Is American University really woke?

What it really means to be the most politically active school in the nation
Talia Marshall, Staff Editor August 20, 2020
“There’s a lot of lip service paid to activism,” said sophomore Elliot Williams. “But very few students are willing to put in the time and the persistence that’s necessary to hold actions, events and to follow through with their goals.”
Inclusivity Requires Accessibility: Issues with ASAC Accommodations

Inclusivity Requires Accessibility: Issues with ASAC Accommodations

Sierra Cougot, Design Assistant August 13, 2020
When requesting his accommodations, Sackstein said, “I tried to get them to commit to offer rides to the quad, even for just the first week while I transitioned. But they wouldn’t budge.” “I mentioned that my friend who had an ACL tear was accommodated by her university, but they told me that this was AU,” Sackstein said.
Caroline Lougee

Racism, sexism, and abolition: a modern Greek tragedy

Reports of racist incidents and sexual misconduct connected to fraternities and sororities on anonymous Instagram pages have led many students to disaffiliate from their organizations and some to call for abolishing Greek Life.
Katherine Long and Grace Vitaglione August 4, 2020
Reports of racist incidents and sexual misconduct connected to fraternities and sororities on anonymous Instagram pages have led many students to disaffiliate from their organizations and some to call for abolishing Greek Life.
'This is not a heartwarming story'

‘This is not a heartwarming story’

Ryann Ersoff didn’t ask to become an app developer. But in the era of coronavirus, she saw an opportunity to help people.
Benjamin S. Weiss, Editorial Editor In Chief July 28, 2020

Ryann Ersoff wants you to know that she is not a STEM major. “Developing an app is not something that I knew how to do,” she said. “I’m very ‘communications’ and ‘literature,’ and just...

Ziyi Yuan

Boundary Breakers: Asian American Women in the film industry

Ziyi Yuan, Staff Writer July 23, 2020
The commercial film market doesn’t provide many chances for female directors. The documentary market is more diverse than commercial films, said Jayaswal, but there is still room for improvement.
Rojeen Azadi

College students work to prioritize mental health in light of COVID-19

Katherine Long, Managing Editor July 17, 2020
Two out of three college students don’t seek treatment for anxiety and depression, according to mental health awareness non-profit Active Minds. This doesn’t factor in the added layer of being self-quarantined and completing college courses remotely
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