Benjamin S. Weiss
I'm a Junior in SIS, and my areas of interest are: anything that’s worth writing about.

I've been writing for as long as I can remember, but was really drawn to journalism via the take-no-prisoners style of early VICE documentaries. I joined AWOL in my first year at AU after seeing an old ad on the Wonk bus and have been contributing ever since. I think that the press has a unique ability to elicit positive social change and that AWOL has a duty to keep the student community informed on issues that don't necessarily make the front page.

I take a lot of inspiration from the motto of the Aspen Daily News: “If you don’t want it printed, don’t let it happen.”

Fun fact: before I was a broke college student I used to wrench cars -- I was a mechanical intern on a rally racing team and Googled my way through an engine swap procedure. Now I keep my skills fresh through a diet of Forza Motorsport and car maintenance YouTube videos, until I have the money to start racing again.

Benjamin S. Weiss, Fall 2018 Editor In Chief

Feb 04, 2019
Student Government targeted by email scams (Story)
Nov 19, 2018
Behind the Curtain: AU’s Board of Trustees, Part II (Media)
Nov 14, 2018
Behind the Curtain: AU’s Board of Trustees, Part I (Media)
Nov 09, 2018
University Administration, Student Government Slow to React to Allegations of Hazing Against Former AUSG President (Story/Media)
Oct 24, 2018
COMMENTARY: AWOL on Recent Attempts to Silence Student Media (Story)
Jul 19, 2018
After Wednesday’s “Armed Intruder” Scare, It’s Time to Talk Seriously About AU Emergency Preparedness (Story)
Dec 06, 2017
Why Us? The alt-right’s assault on American University (Story)
Oct 27, 2017
A “Forgotten War:” America’s Military Campaign in Africa (Story)
Sep 08, 2017
State of the Union – AWOL Mini-Documentary (Spring 2017) (Media)