AWOL

Bye bye Birdie

Nathan Strauss

January 8, 2015

At their peak, a passing flock could darken the sky for hours. The downbeat of their wings would cause a chilling draft. By some estimates, a single discharge from a gun could bring down 30 birds or more. The last passenger p...

From phone to fork

Eleanor Greene

January 8, 2015

Jack Vogtle sits in a metal chair in front of the Davenport Coffee Lounge at American University. Even though he leaves his backpack on when he sits down, he seems instantly comfortable.Over the summer, Vogtle was a bike courier for Postmate...

Environmentalism in Dubai and DC

Miranda Cleland

January 8, 2015

Visions of Dubai include enormous malls, vending machines that dispense gold and a police force that drives around in Lamborghinis. Rarely does environmental sustainability come to mind when thinking of this oasis in the Arabian ...

The elephant in the room

Casey Chiappetta

January 8, 2015

It’s 2014—it’s time for a frank conversation about coming out. Fearing backlash from family members and friends, and ostracism from social circles shouldn’t determine when people acknowledge a very large part of who...

Protesting pedophilia

Shelby Ostergaard

January 8, 2015

John Wojnowski is the man who can’t be moved. He’s the man on the corner, the one holding his sign in front of the Apostolic Nunciature, unofficially referred to as the Vatican Embassy. He’s been standing on the corner of Massa...

Dead man walking

Laura Saini

January 8, 2015

Alan Gell spent six years on death row. At the age of 21, he was convicted of robbery and first-degree murder of a 56-year-old retired trucker, Allen Jenkins. Gell’s girlfriend at the time and her friend gave false testimon...

Writing on the walls

Alexa Marie Kelly

January 8, 2015

*Trigger warning*American University students are reminded of sexual assault every time they pee.Stickers on bathroom stalls outline resources for sexual assault survivors. These university-designed stickers never refer to anyone ...

A is for Adderall

Lydia Crouthamel

December 12, 2014

Performance-enhancing drugs aren’t just for athletes anymore. The usage of prescription ADD and ADHD medications as "study drugs" is becoming increasingly popular among college students. A study from the U.S. Department of Health...