AWOL writer told to leave by university official at public meeting: Student media refuses to be silenced

American University Terrace Dining Room (TDR).

Will Fowler and Katya Podkovyroff Lewis

February 7, 2019

Last week, AWOL writer Noah Vehafric went to cover a public meeting held by the American University Dining Advisory Board. The topic of the meeting, and the reason he was there, was the controversy about next year's proposed meal plans. However, upon arriving and identifying himself as a member of th...

Sine Institute Fellow Bill Kristol, speaks about the bright side of current political climate


Kayla Benjamin, Copy Editor

February 6, 2019

The Political Theory Institute hosted the talk, titled “The Future of Conservatism and the Republican Party,” which focused on the present political atmosphere and its historical context.

Outrage Against Meal Plan Proposal: Changes to campus meal plans

Outrage Against Meal Plan Proposal: Changes to campus meal plans

Chloe K. Li, Noah Vehafric, and Michael Karlis

February 5, 2019

The university is receiving backlash from students for its 2019-2020 academic year’s meal plan proposal, which requires underclassmen to purchase a $2,540 yearly meal plan. This new meal plan would prevent sophomores from switching to a cheaper meal plan resulting in a $952 loss in savings. The ne...

Student Government targeted by email scams

Courtesy of American University Student Government Secretary, Alex Behle.

Benjamin S. Weiss, Editorial Editor In Chief

February 4, 2019

American University Student Government became the target last week of a series of fraudulent emails from someone claiming to be the AUSG president. Student Body President Valentina Fernandez told AWOL that she was aware of the situation, and AUSG Comptroller Gisselle Gladden confirmed that she wa...

The Conversation of Comedy, Roy Wood Jr. Explains

Photo Courtesy of American University's Student Government Student Union Board (SUB) and Kennedy Political Union (KPU)

Chloe K. Li, Editorial Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2019

Sporting Beats headphones and a bright orange-red Hawaiian shirt, comedian Roy Wood Jr. arrived at the Mary Graydon Center as the sun set on the District for an event co-hosted by the Kennedy Political Union and the Student Union Board, this past Saturday. “Just letting you know ahead of time, in c...

Has the 2020 Campaign Trail Already Begun? : Elizabeth Warren comes to AU and talks foreign policy

Has the 2020 Campaign Trail Already Begun? : Elizabeth Warren comes to AU and talks foreign policy

Ian Gardner, Multimedia Member

December 12, 2018

“I hope she runs for president in 2020,” exclaimed freshman Jenna Whitaker as the crowded auditorium cleared out following a foreign policy address by Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday, November 29, 2018. The air in the room was electric. Nearly 450 AU and Washington College of Law students cam...

Ghost Stories: The Parker Family Murder

Ghost Stories: The Parker Family Murder

Emma Herbst, Writer

December 5, 2018

Clarksdale, Mississippi's infamous true story.

“Here In My Garage…”: False promises from “web influencers”

Art by Chloe K. Li and Ben Black

Alec Schemmel, Copy Editor

December 5, 2018

Internet "mentors" use misleading language and imagery to gain followers.

Seoul Searching: K-Pop’s Cultural Divide

Seoul Searching: K-Pop's Cultural Divide

Grace Vitaglione, Podcast Director

December 5, 2018

A conversation about K-pop's appropriations from black culture.

Helter-Shelter: Motel living for D.C.’s homeless population

Art by Chloe K. Li

Lana Green, Web Editor

December 5, 2018

D.C.'s homeless face tough conditions in government-provided housing.

The District At Dawn: Decriminalizing sex work in D.C.

Art by Chloe K. Li

Taylor Sabol, Managing Editor

December 5, 2018

A spiritual successor to AWOL's Issue 10 cover story, "The District After Dark: Keeping Sex Work on the Street."