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  • Why Oppose Student Loan Reform?

    Millions of Americans’ hopes that their student loan debt would be granted lower interest rates were indefinitely delayed.

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  • The People’s Climate March Did Not Change the World, But We Still Can

    We yelled at the top of our lungs, condemning the pollution of our earth. We screamed for system change and demanded climate justice, two hundred AU students ...

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  • The Hilltern Chronicles

    When I began interning on the Hill, I thought I was aptly prepared. I had researched the senator’s stance on issues ranging from the economy to marriage ...

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  • Experience D.C.’s Diversity at the Georgetown Flea Market

    Going to college in a city has many perks: an abundance of internship opportunities, easy access to public transportation and tons of restaurant options, ...

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  • The Perfect Spot for a Spring Fling with your Holistic Health Nut

    Down Macomb Street past 2Amy’s and Cactus Cantina, you will find Hawthorne Organic Juice Bar & Homemade Marketplace across the way. Flourishing ...

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  • Work for The American Word this year!

    Are you looking for a new way to get involved on campus or would just like to further your experience in journalism? Work for The American Word!

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  • 10 Things I Think I Think: Sophia Wirth

    *1. I don’t want to get rid of the politics in AUSG, but I don want to try and reform it.* “We go to AU, we are one of the most politically active ...

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Around DC

Summer Soundtracks

Summer Soundtracks

*If you are staying in D.C. this summer, here are the top ten live music performances you will not want to miss: * *9:30 * _La Roux_ – Sun 6/8 A performance that artfully combines visual glamour and sonic drama is a surefire guarantee from La Roux.

Inequality Takes the Red Line

When I was a freshman, I used Metro to go everywhere. If I could have taken the metro from AU to Tenleytown, I would have.


Lifestyle

Gearing up for Summer

Gearing up for Summer

The days of sleeping in, working to earn money, and staying up late to watch Netflix are upon us. Summer is rapidly approaching and your life slowly will start to become less chaotic.

On Recovery and Hope: Emily's Story

On Recovery and Hope: Emily's Story

Emily Rosenberg, a junior in the School of Public Affairs, is currently in recovery from an eating disorder that began in high school.


On The Quad

AU’s Alternative Break Programs: Redefining College Learning

As we searched for an NGO in Sulukule, a neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, a man approached us and explained how to get to the nearest museum. He looked at us, a group of 12 obviously foreign students and our faculty advisor, and probably thought, “Tourists come to Istanbul to look at museums and mosques, not to engage in social issues plaguing the city.” We continued to wander.

Bringing the Spark Back

Bringing the Spark Back

If you’re a biology major, you no longer have an excuse to avoid making art. A new student arts festival, ArtSpark, will provide students, faculty and staff the “spark” they need to release their inner creativity.


Sports

Ultimate Not a Fad, Here to Stay

When most students hear the word “frisbee” thrown around, there’s a good chance all they’ll think of is a bunch of people on the quad tossing a white disc.

After Successful Season. Future is Unknown

The 2013-14 AU men’s basketball season had a little bit of everything. The raucous overtime win in the home opener against UMBC was followed by an inconsistent non-conference trek.


Politics

Why Oppose Student Loan Reform?

Why Oppose Student Loan Reform?

Millions of Americans’ hopes that their student loan debt would be granted lower interest rates were indefinitely delayed.

Social Frats and Title IX

For most women, the thought of living in a frat house is the stuff of nightmares. Solo cups, dirty bathrooms and perpetually sticky floors are only some of the images that come to mind when fraternity residences are simply mentioned.


Around DC

Summer Soundtracks

*If you are staying in D.C. this summer, here are the top ten live music performances you will not want to miss: * *9:30 * _La Roux_ – Sun 6/8 A performance that artfully combines visual glamour and sonic drama is a surefire guarantee from La Roux.

Inequality Takes the Red Line

When I was a freshman, I used Metro to go everywhere. If I could have taken the metro from AU to Tenleytown, I would have.


Lifestyle

Gearing up for Summer

Gearing up for Summer

The days of sleeping in, working to earn money, and staying up late to watch Netflix are upon us. Summer is rapidly approaching and your life slowly will start to become less chaotic.

On Recovery and Hope: Emily's Story

Emily Rosenberg, a junior in the School of Public Affairs, is currently in recovery from an eating disorder that began in high school.


On The Quad

AU’s Alternative Break Programs: Redefining College Learning

As we searched for an NGO in Sulukule, a neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, a man approached us and explained how to get to the nearest museum. He looked at us, a group of 12 obviously foreign students and our faculty advisor, and probably thought, “Tourists come to Istanbul to look at museums and mosques, not to engage in social issues plaguing the city.” We continued to wander.

Bringing the Spark Back

If you’re a biology major, you no longer have an excuse to avoid making art. A new student arts festival, ArtSpark, will provide students, faculty and staff the “spark” they need to release their inner creativity.


Sports

Ultimate Not a Fad, Here to Stay

When most students hear the word “frisbee” thrown around, there’s a good chance all they’ll think of is a bunch of people on the quad tossing a white disc.

After Successful Season. Future is Unknown

The 2013-14 AU men’s basketball season had a little bit of everything. The raucous overtime win in the home opener against UMBC was followed by an inconsistent non-conference trek.


Politics

Why Oppose Student Loan Reform?

Why Oppose Student Loan Reform?

Millions of Americans’ hopes that their student loan debt would be granted lower interest rates were indefinitely delayed.

Social Frats and Title IX

For most women, the thought of living in a frat house is the stuff of nightmares. Solo cups, dirty bathrooms and perpetually sticky floors are only some of the images that come to mind when fraternity residences are simply mentioned.