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.…

S'mores Frappuccino® Blended Coffee. Photo courtesy Starbucks.com.

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…

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…

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…

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Campus summer programs offer future college insights

High school students taking summer programs at American University listed their expectations of their future college experiences as taking challenging classes, meeting people and being busy and tired. In Fall 2014, about 21 million students were expected to attend American colleges and universities, an increase since 2000, according to the National Center of Education Statistics.…

Students, faculty and staff prepare for D.C.'s Fourth of July celebrations and local family traditions.

Celebrating America’s birthday in the nation’s capital

WASHINGTON— Students and locals interviewed on American University’s campus Wednesday said they will be celebrating the nation’s 238th birthday this coming Fourth of July with fireworks and barbecues. D.C. local and American University student, Emily Whitworth, 19, usually has a traditional barbecue with her family, but this year decided to try something different. Whitworth is going to a rooftop party…

Entrace of the Bender Library and Learning Resources Center by Claudette Soler

Bender Library moves into the future

WASHINGTON — The Bender Library and Learning Resources Center isn’t just your regular library. It’s for people who want to sit down and study as well as people who just want drink coffee and have a conversation with friends. Susan McElrath and Katie Demetri from the library archives opened their doors and shared their knowledge about the history…