U.S. student debt tops $1.4 trillion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–American University students and Northwest District of Columbia residents said Wednesday that student loan debt which is above $1.4 trillion in the United States today is a serious issue facing those seeking higher education in America. “Interest rates are rising and I’m scared that I’ll still be paying of loans when I’m 35,” said…

New Snapchat feature not favored among users

WASHINGTON D.C.–Tenleytown residents and American University students opposed the new location update released by Snapchat last week. Some believed it was similar to initiatives taken by different forms of social media while others felt it could be harmful. On June 21 Snapchat, the billion dollar social media platform released a new feature called ‘Snap Map’.…

Despite urban area, AU students and staff feel safe

Emergency blue light towers stand throughout American University Northwest Washington, D.C. campus and offer an extra l ayer of safety and protection, but many interviewed on campus this month said they feel completely safe. “I think on certain campuses safety is an issue but not here,” said 20-year-old Cristina Tejada, sitting at the campus Starbucks. “I…

Marc-ing his territory

OAKLAND, Calif. — Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics shortstop, grew up in the Bay Area and loved baseball. Everyone in his family was a San Francisco Giants fan. Semien’s grandmother took him to those games, and he remembers watching Barry Bonds play ball at Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park) and saw Bonds’ 700th career home run. “Honestly, I’m happy…

Berkeley farmers’ market builds relationships

Every Saturday, locals and tourists come together to see food, plants, music and people that the Berkeley’s http://ecologycenter.org/fm/ has to offer. One of the most memorable parts of this experience is the sound of Lindell Reeves’ voice, a mixture of country twang and Southern soul. Reeves is 80 and has been playing guitar and writing songs since he was…

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Berkeley’s Farmers’ Market brings community together

BERKELEY, Calif. — Different vendors began to set up early Saturday morning at the weekly downtown Farmers’ Market here. While putting out fresh tomatoes, strawberries and peaches, displaying honey and oils and calling out different pastries and breads, area farmers attracted locals as well as tourists. Suzan Chun, a local from the Bay area, continually comes two to three…

Bringing a taste of Italy to the USA

BERKELEY, Calif.—Of the many stands set up at the weekly downtown farmers’ market, one that stands out is Enrico Bariani’s. Bariani, who is originally from Italy, sells olive oil and cosmetic products, and has been setting his tent up at the farmers’ market since the 1990’s. He came to the United States with his family in 1989,…

Chez Panisse celebrates 44 years in late August

With more than 500 customers a day and a menu that changes depending on what’s freshest, Chez Panisse proves to be on the cutting edge of farm-to-table dining.  BERKELEY, Calif. — When entering Chez Panisse, one is instantly transported to a cozy, European atmosphere. The homey restaurant opened its doors in 1971 when Alice Waters and…