Photo by Lenny Ignelzi, Associated Press.

Transgender movement gathers awareness and supporters

Washington D.C. residents and students expressed varying viewpoints about the transgender movement, which has gathered momentum in the last couple of years in the wake of several high-profile celebrity advocates and television shows. This week in Tenleytown, a half dozen interviewees leaned toward a more accepting and liberal standpoint of transgender icons, people and the…

People celebrate the June 26 same-sex marriage decision by the U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Associated Press photo by Jaquelyn Martin.

SCOTUS same-sex ruling brings diverse opinions

Students and residents in the Washington D.C. area offered diverse opinions regarding June’s historic U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, with many people’s views mirroring how they feel about homosexuality as more than just the right to marry. On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage is a Constitutional right, prompting passionate…

Bloomberg White House reporter Margaret Talev takes American University Discover the World of Communication students on a tour of Bloomberg's TV studio. Photo by Margot Susca.

Students get inspired on visit to downtown Bloomberg offices

Students in American University’s Discover the World of Communication professional news-writing program visited on Wednesday Bloomberg’s Washington D.C. news headquarters to see how a professional media outlet runs. The professionalism of the Bloomberg offices gave the aspiring journalists high expectations for their future careers. “If I weren’t interested in sports I could definitely see myself working…

Steve Monroe, a retired editor and current freelance communications professional, reads The Washington Post. Photo by Madeline Jarrard.

Scraping by on D.C.’s minimum wage

Jacob Atkins, 24, has worked several minimum wage jobs and participated in a service program called AmeriCorps to put himself through several colleges including American University in Washington D.C. A Maine native, Atkins has been living in Washington D.C. for a few years, but he believes the city’s minimum wage is not enough to live…

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 broadcast tower on American University's Northwest Washington D.C. campus. Photo by Peter Billovits.

Public preference shifts towards digital news as cable news declines

People on American University’s campus gave their opinions in July regarding digital methods of accessing news in contrast to cable news services, an increasing concern about accessing information in a democracy. The decline of broadcast and print news sources is no secret to the American public, as the Internet gains popularity as an alternative news source.…