Study abroad offers new cultural experiences; lifelong memories

WASHINGTON, D.C.–American University students and alumni interviewed this week described their study abroad program as an opportunity for them to experience new cultures first hand and understand the dynamics and lifestyles of different groups of people.  Sara E. Dumont, executive director of AU’s study abroad program, stated that with over 130 programs available at the…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…