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Environment at American U a priority

Four years away from its goal of “Climate Neutrality” but with some students skipping participation in its greening efforts, American University has pledged to continue its sustainability efforts on campus. Students and staff  interviewed this week said the university’s commitment to environmental issues on campus including composting, recycling and the maintenance of a community garden…

An American University staffer walks by an emergency tower on campus. Photo

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…

Computers share space with print reference materials in the basement of AU's Bender Library.

Books aren’t going anywhere at AU’s Bender Library

Even in our technologically advanced society, both American University students and professors think books are here to stay. At AU’s Bender Library, Alyse Minter, 27, a librarian, said books will never go away, but on a recent July morning in the basement level five people were plugged in with print material nowhere in sight. AU’s…

A sign posted inside a bathroom stall at American University. Photo by Zoe Searles.

Sexual assault on campus

Students and professors at American University interviewed this month shared their opinions on how security measures affect college rape culture and the prevalence of sexual assault on their own campuses and nearby housing in Northwest Washington D.C. Campus rape is a problem plaguing universities and colleges across the country, and it’s receiving attention from many here. Almost everyone…

Discover the World of Communication student Naima Fonrose from Laurel, Maryland observes a blue phone emergency system on American University's campus. Photo by Emily Boyle

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…

Tenleytown librarian Joanna Harris hopes for more cultural understanding. Photo by Anne Yang.

D.C. students and residents want more, better cultural education

Residents and workers in Northwest Washington D.C. talked this month about their experiences with foreign cultures and discussed their interactions with world cultures. Taylor Dewey, an American University student majoring in international relations, spent 4 months in Spain and England. She thinks that Spanish people know a lot about the U.S, but she thinks some…

Campus healthy living accessible but not always desirable

American University students provided mixed opinions on the selection of healthy options on campus everyday and agreed that they must work hard to stay fit. Students find that they have to be motivated to eat healthy on campus because the options are mainly unhealthy. “The healthy options are not right in front of you so…

Because People are People- NSLC Edition

From June 28 to July students flooded the American University campus for the second session of the Journalism, Film, and Media Arts session of the NSLC program. Here are some of their stories:  “My dream is to become a best-selling novelist and write a book that has an impact on everyone who reads it.” Abby…