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Volunteers for Empire: Our Help Isn't Helping

Volunteers for Empire: Our Help Isn't Helping

Robbie Cavooris

November 18, 2010

As I fumbled through the day’s lesson plan, I realized I wasn’t going to fill enough time. “Uh, all right,” I said in Spanish, “Now we’re going to play a game. I’ll draw an animal on the board, and you all raise your hands if you know its name in English.” Here I was in a villa miseria, ...

No / Wonk: Advancing Universities Instead of Students

No / Wonk: Advancing Universities Instead of Students

Erin Lockwood

November 16, 2010

Not long ago, the Davenport Coffee Lounge received a dubious donation from AU’s University Communications and Marketing (UCM) office: coffee mugs, painted with white block capital letters. They read “KNOW,” and underneath, “WONK.” Dr. Teresa Flannery, UCM’s Executive Director, said the mug...

Coming Soon: AWOL Fall 2010

Coming Soon: AWOL Fall 2010

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November 15, 2010

buying viagra in mexico400" height="518" /> It's that time of the year. Our fall 2010 magazine is currently at the printer, and your first chance to see it is at our release party this Wednesday. Read More »...

Socrates and the Sophists

Socrates and the Sophists

John Bly

November 15, 2010

Forget that it costs over half a million dollars. Ignore that it sounds like a product of name calling between second-graders. Pay no heed to the page of the dictionary defining it as “an unattractive person.” AU refers students, staff and bystanders who don’t know what to make of its new ...

Nonsensical Data: Our Erratic U.S. Census

Nonsensical Data: Our Erratic U.S. Census

Nora Pullen

November 14, 2010

It’s a sunny Wednesday morning in July, and a couple of guys in jeans and t-shirts are sitting with their coffees at a table outside Starbucks at 18th and Connecticut. They’re bouncing names off each other: “Russell Johnson, sounds like a black dude.” “Yeah, definitely African-American.” “...

Revolutionary Tourism: Cuba's Deal with the Devil

Revolutionary Tourism: Cuba's Deal with the Devil

Chris Lewis

November 14, 2010

Viñales Valley, Pinar del Rio. Cuba: The island 90 miles south of Florida is an alluring mix of tropical heat, fine cigars and bearded revolutionaries. The nation is shrouded in mystery for most Americans, but a study abroad license allows a handful of AU students to visit for a semester. Here, Che Guev...

An Open Letter to President Obama, Or Change I Believed In

An Open Letter to President Obama, Or Change I Believed In

Mike Lally

November 14, 2010

Dear President Obama, You’re not the man I thought you were. Roughly a week ago, you issued a waiver that would allow the US to continue to provide military assistance to four countries—Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, and Chad—whose militaries recruit or deploy chil...

Photo: Election Day Blues

Photo: Election Day Blues

Chris Lewis

November 2, 2010

5pm today, 37th and Calvert Streets NW.

AU shuttle accident

AU shuttle accident

Amberley Romo

October 31, 2010

An AU shuttle apparently hit a tree sometime early Sunday morning. Nebraska is closed to traffic between Massachusetts Ave. and Van Ness St. AU Alert: "AU shuttle service is operating on a modified route with major delays. The shuttle will only pick up at the 2 main campus stops, WCL and the Tenley ...

Tearing Down Walls: Thoughts from a Jewish-Muslim Discussion

Tearing Down Walls: Thoughts from a Jewish-Muslim Discussion

Matt Shlonsky

October 14, 2010

“We can’t pick the facts of the world, but we can choose how we react to them.” That was the message on Monday from Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Senior Rabbi Bruce Lustig. Here at American University, he and Akbar Ahmed—Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom—discussed ways ...

Inside “The Other City”

Sarah Allen

October 12, 2010

“The Other City,” a documentary about HIV/AIDS in the nation’s capitol, premieres in Weschler Theater (on the 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center) on Thursday, October 14th, at 5:30 P.M. At least 3 percent of all Washington D.C. residents are diagnosed with HIV or AIDS—the highest ratio of...

In 1492, Columbus Sailed The…Hell, Let’s Stop Kidding Ourselves

John Bly

October 12, 2010

When’s the last time you’ve celebrated the existence of a liar, slave trader, thief, and genocidaire? The answer may be more recent than you think. Read More »...