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Lakota Stake Their Claim on the Earth

Lakota Stake Their Claim on the Earth

Pamela Huber

December 6, 2012


Filed under Politics, Uncategorized

Nestled in the southwest corner of South Dakota, the Black Hills rise out of the Great Plains like a new forest growing from its burnt ancestor. The surrounding scenery is light and dry like kindling, but the hills rise into view covered in lush dark pine trees. The ubiquitous “black” of the Black Hi...

The Strange Saga of Southeastern University

The Strange Saga of Southeastern University

Eleanor Greene

December 6, 2012


Filed under Campus Life, Uncategorized

Quick: name five schools in the District. Could you do it? There are some schools we naturally think of when we think about our fellow collegians in DC: our neighbors at UDC and Georgetown, our competitors at GW. Add to that those schools that are on the Metro lines: Catholic, Howard, Gallaudet, GMU, UMD. Ther...

Professor Profile: Alison Thomas

Professor Profile: Alison Thomas

Dinah Douglas

December 6, 2012


Filed under Campus Life, Uncategorized

Alison Thomas is a professor in the AU Department of Literature, teaching college writing and creative writing, including a humor-centric writing colloquium for Spring 2013. Her recent nonfiction work, “A Telescope at the Sky,” was featured in Best American Essays 2011. In addition to teaching at AU, ...

Out of Asia, Into the District

Out of Asia, Into the District

Emily Kate Edwards

December 6, 2012


Filed under Culture, Politics, Uncategorized

“My last memory of my childhood was being in my house in Burma… we used to practice how to gather each other and go into a tunnel under the house. The day, I don’t know if I saw a real person, or if it was an angel, but I saw something outside. So I grabbed my sister and we went into the tunnel, a...

Helping Heroin Users Get Clean: DC's Innovative Harm Reduction Policies

Jared Angle

December 6, 2012


Filed under Health, Politics, Uncategorized

A shift away from injection heroin use and the efforts of needle exchange operations in Washington, DC, have contributed to a decrease in the number of new HIV infections in the second half of the 2000s. But at the Kolmac Clinic Silver Spring addiction treatment program, which provides treatment for op...

Stopping Slavery in the Nation's Capital

Stopping Slavery in the Nation's Capital

Rachel Lomot

December 6, 2012


Filed under Culture, Politics, Uncategorized

It’s 1 a.m. She’s been standing on the corner for four hours. She cannot go home.  She cannot call the police.  She cannot tell her friends. All she can do is wait in fear. The customers will come, and she will do things she has learned to do. The customers will give her money, but she won't see a...

Smells Like Ethiopian Spirit: Ethiopian Punk Rock in the District

Smells Like Ethiopian Spirit: Ethiopian Punk Rock in the District

Ethan Miller

December 6, 2012


Filed under Culture, Uncategorized

Over the summer I had the opportunity to see one of my favorite DC musicians, David “Spoonboy” Combs, play a show backed by one of my favorite bands, Good Luck. While moving with the music in the front row, I happened to look behind the musicians. Instead of some cool punk poster or tapestry, I ...

Unhousing an Undergrad: AU Student Experiences Homelessness

Unhousing an Undergrad: AU Student Experiences Homelessness

Jess Anderson

December 6, 2012


Filed under Campus Life, Uncategorized

  There are a lot of things on my bucket list: skydiving, traveling, trying all 75 milkshake flavors at Z-Burger. And then there are a lot of things I never would have considered doing, like sleeping in an alley, learning dance steps from a complete stranger in a McDonald’s bathroom, begging for mo...

AU Employees and Students Fight for Workplace Fairness

AU Employees and Students Fight for Workplace Fairness

Taylor Kenkel

November 22, 2012


Filed under Campus Life, Commentary

As college students, sometimes it’s easy to focus on papers and parties and forget to pause and appreciate the people who provide the university with basic and often underappreciated services. AU’s Student Worker Alliance gave university employees a forum to talk about their experiences last w...

Your Family’s Politics and the Holidays: A Survival Guide

Your Family’s Politics and the Holidays: A Survival Guide

Emily Kate Edwards

November 18, 2012


Filed under Commentary, Culture, Politics

I love my family more than anything in the world. I really, truly do. But somehow, all of us – mom, dad, brother and I – ended up with polarizing political views. Literally opposite ends of the spectrum kind of politics. Usually, we manage our opinions by sticking to one simple rule: don’t talk ab...

Fighting for Less Tuition, More Representation

Fighting for Less Tuition, More Representation

Taylor Kenkel

October 28, 2012


Filed under Campus Life, Commentary

Rallying cries for a tuition freeze and for student bargaining rights filled AU’s campus on Friday afternoon as members of the Coalition of American University Students (CAUS) led a march that culminated in a rally outside of Butler Pavilion in an attempt to directly voice their concerns to Gail Hanson...

Let's Make Civics Cool Again

Let's Make Civics Cool Again

Allie Niese

October 20, 2012


Filed under Commentary, Culture, Politics

Think about the government or social studies classes you took in high school. They probably taught you that we had three branches of government and that our democracy is based off of a Constitution and Bill of Rights. But did you ever get a chance to apply this knowledge, figure out how it is releva...