Mary Rutenbeck, 20, a Wake Forest University student working at American University this summer will study abroad this fall. Photo credit Alex Mazzarisi.

Residents say terrorism here to stay; vow to live life

Michael Barr believes terrorism in the United States and abroad is here to stay. Attempts to stop militants or radicals from disrupting everyday life only will make terrorists more vigilant. He cites a fracture between two cultures that he feels will be “long and demanding.” Barr, an aviation and aircraft safety expert in California, is…

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Should mental health issues stop you from getting a gun?

Marinella Yada, 52, believes in-depth tests to determine mental competence should be required before an individual is allowed to own a gun in America. Yada, interviewed Monday at a Tenleytown Starbucks, said that an abundance of firearms but a lack of access to mental health care is one reason why the United States continues its…

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Wage gap concern for District men and women

Frank Rivera, a Washington, D.C. resident and American University alumnus, feels that wage gaps between men and women in the United States are unfair. “It disturbs me, of course,” Rivera said. “When we talk about justice and this happens. I feel helpless, frustrated, and anger.” White women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by…

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Third party candidates polling highest since 1996

Third party candidates run for the presidency of the United States every four years. They never win, and likely won’t this year, but a leading polling group on politics found this election cycle has allowed a small breakthrough for third party candidates–they’re polling higher than they have in 20 years–with many American voters unsatisfied with…

People walk on American University's campus Wednesday, July 13. Photo credit Olivia Azulay.

Skipping voting a disservice; students, staff say

Students and employees at American University on Tuesday said although this year’s presidential election seems more contentious than those in the past, voting still should be a priority. Most agreed voting is an important part of being an American citizen, and said those refusing to vote in an election is a disservice. “Crazy presidents happen…