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Washington November DACA Protest

Natalie Harder

February 13, 2020

Photojournalist and student Natalie Harder covered Washington's DACA protest on the steps of the Supreme Court in November 2019. Luz Chavez is a student at Trinity Washington University and also a protected under DACA. Read more about her story here.  ...

With the fate of DACA unclear, undocumented students seek legal help

With the fate of DACA unclear, undocumented students seek legal help

Zach Vallese, Media Editor In Chief

February 13, 2020

Luz Chavez didn’t know she was an undocumented immigrant until the week before applying to colleges. As a student in Montgomery County, her dream schools were American University and the University of Maryland. However, walking into her meeting with her high school guidance counselor, she was told that wh...

Advocate: Being a college “sugar baby” not so sweet

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Chloe K. Li, Web Director

February 11, 2020

Laura Ramirez walked into a room full of other young women at a New York City conference in April 2015. College-aged women were all sharing tips about how to make more money and better connections. Unlike those women, Ramirez was undercover. “I’m a feminist, meaning every system that exploits th...

Iowa residents caucus for the first time in Washington

Iowa residents caucus for the first time in Washington

Maddi Cole and Dónal Gannon

February 10, 2020

Washington political junkies watched as Iowans caucused for the first time outside of their home state on February 3.  For the first time in Iowa caucus history, satellite caucuses were held around the country and abroad so Iowa residents could participate in their first-in-the-nation contest. The ...

Women’s March on Washington 2020

Women's March on Washington 2020

Kaela Roeder, Staff Editor

February 10, 2020

Thousands of protestors gathered for the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 18, demanding justice on reproductive health, climate change, and immigration.  After facing criticism on the lack of inclusion and intersectionality, the march has dwindled in attendance.  In its first event in 2017,...

Students: University email about mental health services “incredibly dismissive”

Students: University email about mental health services “incredibly dismissive”

Benjamin S. Weiss, Editorial Editor In Chief

February 3, 2020

American University’s Office of Campus Life added last Sunday to a longstanding controversy between the administration and students over the university’s mental health services. Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Fanta Aw addressed student complaints about the quality of services offered by the AU C...

Profile: Mildred Smart

Profile: Mildred Smart

Grace Vitaglione, Podcast Director

January 28, 2020

Mildred Smart has no complaints. “If I tell you I have a problem, I would be lying,” Smart says with a smile. Smart, known as “Patricia” in the workplace, has been working at American University for 26 years. From Sunday to Thursday, she rides the bus for an hour to arrive at work by 7...

Sustainability: The New Fashion Trend

Sustainability: The New Fashion Trend

Ziyi Yuan, Staff Writer

January 15, 2020

This story first appeared in the Fall 2019 print edition of AWOL.   Joelle Firzli, a trilingual fashion researcher and writer, is the CEO and curator of the sustainable fashion retailing brand Tribute in D.C. Firzli is a founding member of the D.C. Sustainable Fashion Collective, which was buil...

Mental Borders: Mental Health Challenges in the Latinx Immigrant Community

Mental Borders: Mental Health Challenges in the Latinx Immigrant Community

Savanna Strott, Editorial Editor in Chief

January 15, 2020

This story first appeared in the Fall 2019 print edition of AWOL. Tatiana Murillo came to the U.S. from Nicaragua at 11 years old with hopes of better opportunities and a chance to “be somebody” if she worked hard enough. She didn’t know that “somebody” would become paralyzed by anxiety, ...

At Their Most Vulnerable: The Rise of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

At Their Most Vulnerable: The Rise of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

McKenzie Beard, Staff Editor

January 15, 2020

This story first appeared in the Fall 2019 print edition of AWOL. It’s a quiet Tuesday afternoon in Capitol Hill and a woman stands in front of a brick building painted white with a forest green trim. Her stomach hangs low over her waist band and a toddler cries at her feet.  There’s a phon...

Deaths in the District, Part I

Deaths in the District, Part I

Braeden Waddell and Grace Vitaglione

January 15, 2020

This is the first part of an AWOL investigation which examines the effects of environment on deaths caused by opioid overdose, with a focus on the D.C. area. The second part of the series will focus on the location of overdose calls throughout Washington. This story first appeared in the Fall 2019 print edition of AWO...

Freemasons and the Future Apocalypse: A Look into the Denver International Airport Conspiracy Theories

Freemasons and the Future Apocalypse: A Look into the Denver International Airport Conspiracy Theories

Maddie Eunis

January 15, 2020

This story first appeared in the Fall 2019 print edition of AWOL. There’s a secret society that has housed many of the country’s founders, like George Washington, James Monroe, Benjamin Franklin. With suspicions of covered-up murders and random disappearances, the Freemasons continue to influence soc...