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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...

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

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

AU students respond to Office of Campus Life’s email about Counseling Center grievances
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...

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...

Sustainability: The New Fashion Trend

Sustainability: The New Fashion Trend

How fashion industry members in D.C. are working to create sustainable clothing.
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...

Mental Borders: Mental Health Challenges in the Latinx Immigrant Community

Mental Borders: Mental Health Challenges in the Latinx Immigrant Community

Immigration status plays a large role in mental health, but barriers often prevent needed treatment.
Savanna Strott 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”...

At Their Most Vulnerable: The Rise of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

At Their Most Vulnerable: The Rise of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Public hospital closures in historically Black neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. have left the most vulnerable communities at the mercy of fake abortion clinics
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....

Deaths in the District, Part I

Deaths in the District, Part I

The beginning of an investigation into the effects of environment on opioid overdoses in the District
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...

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

Conspiracy theories around the secretive Freemasons are ever-present.
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....

Fighting Racism in Grading: Will Anti-Racist Pedagogy Fix Freshman Writing Classes at AU?

Fighting Racism in Grading: Will Anti-Racist Pedagogy Fix Freshman Writing Classes at AU?

One AU Professor is showing how labor-based grading contracts can help alleviate the stress freshmen feel when writing college papers.
Maaz Qureshi January 15, 2020

This story first appeared in the Fall 2019 print edition of AWOL. Should students be allowed to use different forms of English in their writing? Is Black vernacular English equivalent to the English...

Pledging #MeToo: AU Frat Culture During #MeToo

Pledging #MeToo: AU Frat Culture During #MeToo

The #MeToo era brings more conversation about the culture of sexual assault in fraternities
Elizabeth Posada January 15, 2020

This story first appeared in the Fall 2019 print edition of AWOL. Greek life has been a staple of American culture for decades. Starting in 1776 with Phi Beta Kappa, fraternities began as groups of...

Underpaid and Underrepresented: The AU Adjunct Experience

Underpaid and Underrepresented: The AU Adjunct Experience

One of AU’s largest faculty populations still grapples with the same issues they unionized to fight against nearly 9 years ago.
Teddy Everett, Staff Editor January 15, 2020

This story first appeared in the Fall 2019 print edition of AWOL. Derek Tokaz would like to put some savings into the 401(k) plan his adjunct benefits include. Unfortunately, he doesn’t make enough...

AU Swipes

AU Swipes

The termination of a program allowing students to donate meal swipes
Lana Green, Web Editor January 15, 2020

This story first appeared in the Fall 2019 print edition of AWOL. American University student Nickolaus Mack received an email on Oct. 22, 2018, asking for the immediate termination of AU Swipes, a...

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