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Global warming? But did you see all that snow?

Shay Longtain

April 21, 2010

It was an unusual winter in Washington, D.C. While the city was buried beneath the area’s largest snowstorm in recorded history, AU students relished a week without classes and witnessed the collapse of the Mary Graydon Center canopy as it succumbed to the weight of over two feet of snow, falling to th...

The Art of the Possible: Obama and the Progressives

Richard Phillips

April 21, 2010

Standing on the National Mall in the midst of President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony, it’s no wonder the crowd’s excitement was visible. Having come into political consciousness entirely under the Bush administration, college-age progressives felt like things were finally improving afte...

Too many girls? College gender ratio

Too many girls? College gender ratio

Kelcie Pegher

April 21, 2010

On a normal Friday night, Monica Sindwani is getting ready with her friends for another night at Lotus Lounge, a club near Dupont Circle. The four girls are listening to music and making cocktails before they take the Red Line Metro out for a night of dancing. Boys are commonly absent from this part...

The Tour You Never Had

Suzanne Monsivais

April 21, 2010

It’s a gorgeous mid-April day in the District. So gorgeous, in part, because the Office of Admissions at American University has chosen today to be AU Preview Day.  Incoming freshmen from all over the Eastern Seaboard flock with their parents to this beacon of higher education in our nation’s c...

My Encounter with Howard Zinn

My Encounter with Howard Zinn

Chris Lewis

April 21, 2010

The progressive community took a loss this past January with the death of historian Howard Zinn — college professor, World War II bombardier, and author of the renowned “A People’s History of the United States.” Zinn was a relentless critic of war, inequality and injustice wherever he saw it. He wa...

Explained: What is CASJ again?

Explained: What is CASJ again?

Geoff Ramsey

April 21, 2010

The Community Action and Social Justice Coalition -- like many American University clubs -- has an office on campus managed by volunteers. But unlike other groups, it doesn’t promote a single activist issue on campus; instead, it promotes general activism. In many ways, the CASJ office, located in ...

Rebellious Recreation – Drugs, Alcohol and Activism

Richard Phillips

April 13, 2010

Marijuana is a gateway drug. Drugs will fry your brain like an egg. If you take ecstasy once, you could die. Scared yet? If you paid attention in high school, these are just a few of the lessons you should remember. They are also lessons that ring rather hollow after even limited interaction with...

Myth Busting: False Rape Reports

Myth Busting: False Rape Reports

Mahri Irvine

April 5, 2010

Last week, Alex Knepper’s column generated a buzz on campus and around the country. While many read the piece as an irresponsible condonation of sexual assault, others argued that it was merely identifying an age-old truth: some women routinely get drunk, have sex, and then “cry rape” the next m...

Blog Roundout: Why is the Eagle so Hostile to Feminists?

Jack Strauss

March 30, 2010

Junior Ashley Joyce has added her voice to the exploding debate on Alex Knepper's misogynistic diatribe in AU's student paper, The Eagle.  Knepper's editorial has received a lot of attention (see below for links) and created a vocal and active backlash on campus from women's rights advocates.  For more on that, check out the Campus...

Why is the Eagle So Hostile to Feminists?

Ashley Joyce

March 30, 2010

Like many college campuses, AU hosts a predominately female student body. Though the gender breakdown is curiously absent from the university’s Web site, the Princeton Review reports AU to be 61.5 percent female, and according to a recent Timespiece,the figure is in line with the national average: as of 2000, 57 pecent of students at American colleges are female, a numb...

Did Obama Even Want the Public Option?

Chris Lewis

December 26, 2009

Health care reform is pretty much in the bag. President Barack Obama was triumphant in at least getting a bill passed, and folks on the left seem to have come to some consensus that hey, at least it's better than nothing. But over at The Progressive, Matthew Rothschild is having none of it. "Seems to ...

Corruption in Afghanistan: Blocking the Way to Civil Society

Corruption in Afghanistan: Blocking the Way to Civil Society

Steve Spires

December 23, 2009

The debate in the United States over the war in Afghanistan has been too focused on the military conflict. What is missing? The civilian side. Progressives’ hopes for an end to the war in Afghanistan were dashed earlier this month when President Barack Obama announced a 30,000-strong troop increase. ...