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AU community will see more gender inclusive signs on restrooms

American University will increase the number of gender inclusive restrooms on campus and will up the number of signs indicating where they are located, according to a university official. The university had previously referred to the facilities as family or unisex restrooms,in the wake of a 2006 Washington, D.C. law. Sara Bendoraitis, 37, the Director…

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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…

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From barely talking to Bear Talking

BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California, Berkeley is widely known for many things: amazing academic programs, a picturesque campus and award-winning sports. Situated in the basement of a building in the middle of the campus is a place that may not be as well-known: KALX, 90.7 FM, the campus’ broadcasting radio station. The radio station provides…

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…

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Marshmallow-infused whip cream s’mores latte? Calorie counts help some decide

American University Starbucks consumers have been provided with calorie count information at the campus location for years, but the impact of this information on consumer behavior is mixed. Nationwide, Starbucks has required its stores post calorie counts next to drink names since June 2013. With that, Starbucks joined a host of other fast food chain…

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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…