Why Us? The alt-right’s assault on American University

Why Us? The alt-right’s assault on American University

Ben Weiss

December 6, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Politics, Slider Feature

Graphics by Hannah Tiner On Tuesday, Sept. 26, American University opened another chapter in its sordid history of racist acts on campus with the school’s second high-profile racially motivated incident on campus since May. That evening, circulating first on Twitter, then on Facebook, were photos...

Ripped From the Wall: Episode 2, The Firing of Will Mascaro

Ripped From the Wall: Episode 2, The Firing of Will Mascaro

Maddi Cole, Multimedia

November 20, 2017


Filed under Multimedia, Podcast, Slider Feature

In this week’s episode of Ripped from the Wall, Katya Podkovyroff Lewis and I dug into the most recent American University Student Government (AUSG) scandal. On Oct. 31, Will Mascaro, director of the Center for Advocacy and Student Equity, was fired for alleged misuse of student activity funds. The ...

Students Walkout for DREAMers

Students Walkout for DREAMers

Stephanie Lopez, Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Blog, Slider Feature

“Let’s march for the DREAMers,” shouts Erika Soto, a student organizer for United We Dream and American University (AU) student. After weeks of planning, Soto was finally seeing her hard work realized as students rallied in front of AU’s Mary Graydon Center to march to the Hart Senate Office Build...

Ripped From The Wall: Episode 1, The Mysterious Holding Cell

Ripped From The Wall: Episode 1, The Mysterious Holding Cell

Zach Vallese, Multimedia Assistant

November 6, 2017


Filed under Multimedia, Podcast, Slider Feature, Uncategorized

AWOL is bringing an audio component to our repertoire of subversive journalism. In our new podcast, Ripped from the Wall, we harken back to our original message of hard-hitting, investigative reporting about controversies at American University. Before AWOL was an official part of Student Media, in 2008...

A “Forgotten War:” America’s Military Campaign in Africa

A “Forgotten War:” America’s Military Campaign in Africa

Ben Weiss, Multimedia Director

October 27, 2017


Filed under Blog, Slider Feature

The White House met its quota of offensive behavior this week as the leader of the free world traded blows with a soldier’s widow. America’s news cycle was dominated by Myeshia Johnson’s account of her condolence call with President Trump. This call came 19 days after her husband was killed in...

Opinion ||: Look for the Helpers

Opinion ||: Look for the Helpers

Antoinette D'Addario, PR Director

October 16, 2017


Filed under Blog, Slider Feature

While many argue bigger is better, America seems to be taking this challenge to new heights lately. Barely a year has passed since Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which became the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history up to that point. But this was surpassed in magnitude...

Lessons Learned at Boston’s Hempfest

Lessons Learned at Boston’s Hempfest

Michael Karlis, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Blog, Culture, Slider Feature

“Bong rips are $20, dabs are $10, and edibles are $10,” said a disheveled looking man with a long, white beard as the Grateful Dead plays on vinyl in the background. This was Hempfest. This year marked the 28th annual Boston Freedom Rally, affectionately called "hempfest" by some, on Bos...

Fall 2017 Photo Essay Submission Drive for AWOL

Fall 2017 Photo Essay Submission Drive for AWOL

Melany Rochester, Photography Director

October 2, 2017


Filed under Announcements, Slider Feature

Got a photo essay? We are currently accepting submissions for photo essays for Fall 2017 issue until October 22nd! If you'd like to submit, please fill out the form and follow instructions here. We accept all kinds of photo essays from fine art to documentary photography and everything in between, but photo essays that are subversive, critical, irrepressible, and investigative are high...

Enough is Enough: AUSG & Antiracist Research & Policy Center Hold Rally

Enough is Enough: AUSG & Antiracist Research & Policy Center Hold Rally

Michael Karlis, Writer

October 1, 2017


Filed under Blog, Campus Life, Slider Feature

“Enough is enough” chanted a crowd of around 200 people on the steps of the Mary Graydon Center late Friday afternoon, two days after 10 posters of the Confederate flag with cotton attached to them were found by students and university police. American University Student Government (AUSG) President Taylor ...

Not Your Average Girls

Not Your Average Girls

Reina DuFore

March 30, 2017


Filed under Blog, Campus Life, Culture, Slider Feature

Mawal Sidi and Meriam Salem are changing the way Muslim women are portrayed in media with one weapon—a camera. Through the creation of a web-series called Not Your Average, Sidi and Salem highlight the successes and experiences of local Muslim-American women to reframe how the media portrays them. ...

Fighting for Workers’ Rights One Protest at a Time

Fighting for Workers’ Rights One Protest at a Time

Aya Elamroussi

March 22, 2017


Filed under Blog, Slider Feature

Emma-Claire Martin has been fighting the food service company Aramark since she was young. In the seventh grade, Martin marched to a school board meeting at her Rutledge, Pennsylvania middle school with a power point presentation demanding healthier food from Aramark, who catered their lunches. “W...

The 17% – Trying to Create Meaningful Inclusion

The 17% – Trying to Create Meaningful Inclusion

Casey Chiappetta and Evangeline Lacroix

January 25, 2017


Filed under Campus Life, Sections, Slider Feature

In 2007, you could count the number of faculty of color in the School of Communication on one hand. Three black faculty members and two Asian American members. When Angie Chuang, now an associate professor, accepted a role as an assistant professor in the journalism department, she singlehandedl...