Traditional Mexican dancers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, June 29. Photo by Lauren Markwart.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival features international cultures

The opening ceremony of the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall commenced Wednesday to celebrate both Basque culture and the sounds of California. The Folklife Festival showcases each year cultural identity from the featured locations including art, food, dance, clothing and games. Jacob Jaureguy, 21, and Sebastian Caldoron, 22, are both from Spain’s…

A food station at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Yarah Swan-Sullivan.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Kicks Off This Week

The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicked off Wednesday, June 29, with an opening ceremony of traditional Basque music. Festival organizers chose the Spanish region of Basque, in the northeast corner of the country, and California to celebrate. Max Walker, 21, explained where exactly Basque is located. “Basque lies between Spain and France, in the Pyrenees…

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.…