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…

AU students and faculty react to campus safety measures

American University students, staff and summer program attendees expressed both confidence and apprehension about campus safety in interviews this month. Cassidy Luciano, a rising junior at AU, said she felt comfortable on campus with the various safety measures implemented. Though Luciano has never seen the blue “emergency” towers around campus in use, she has felt comfortable knowing they are present. Luciano lives…

Because People are People- Tenleytown Edition

 “I would say that my main passion is creating music and playing music.”  Ellen Rice, 26 While waiting for the bus in Tenleytown, a young woman wearing bright pink pants and listening to music shared her passions in her life as a twenty-something. Ellen Rice plays cello in an indie rock band and guitar in a…

Extending roots into the community

  WASHINGTON — The Newark Street Community Garden is tucked between Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues: two of the District’s busiest roads. Just north of the garden is the National Cathedral. “We’re fortunate that they haven’t put high rises here; we were worried,” Susan Akman, a longtime gardener, said. The garden, celebrating its 40th anniversary, features 200 plots of land…

Steak ’n Egg: an amiable atmosphere

WASHINGTON — Osman and Joe’s Steak ’n Egg Kitchen, a 24-hour staple of the Tenleytown neighborhood, is where Clauton Kum has spent the last three years learning to cook. “It’s fun to have a staff that works with you,” Kum said. “We goof around with each other all the time, making jokes. It makes the night go faster.” The 24-hour…

Middle C strikes a chord with Tenleytown

WASHINGTON — “If they want to be a rock star, we have someone who does that,” Elizabeth Ennis says of the clientele of Middle C Music Corporation. Nestled in the heart of Tenleytown and tucked behind a patch of trees lies Middle C, owned and operated by Myrna Sislen and a cast of friendly characters. Among these…