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An American University student-run magazine since 1999


  • After Early Struggles, DC United Looks to Build on Last Season’s Success

    DC United’s home opener against the visiting Colorado Rapids was a frantic, and often sloppy, game at RFK stadium which ended 1-1 on Sunday.

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  • Sister Care: Beauty Tips to Highlight Your #BlackGirlMagic

    #SisYouAreBeautiful! This uplifting hashtag was started by Sister Sister AU – a new organization on campus whose mission is to foster a sisterhood …

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  • The Trials and Tribulations of Transit

    I’m not going to lie: Spring Break was a major bummer for waste-free me. This was my first time leaving the comfort of my waste-free home for longer …

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  • March Madness is Back

    It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, for college basketball fan at least. This tournament has the making for one of the best in years.

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  • D.C.’s Cozy Cat Haven

    Cat cafes, a concept that started in Japan, have begun popping up across the United States. D.C.’s very own cat cafe, Crumbs and Whiskers, opened …

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  • Challenging the Gender Binary

    What does it take to make a difference in the way that gender is portrayed in society? DarkMatter, the poetic trans South Asian performance duo, can …

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  • A New Era Of Programming

    Disclaimer: This article was written by Mary Hamula who is also a member of the executive board of the Student Union Board, which is overseen by …

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Around DC

D.C.’s Cozy Cat Haven

D.C.’s Cozy Cat Haven

Cat cafes, a concept that started in Japan, have begun popping up across the United States. D.C.’s very own cat cafe, Crumbs and Whiskers, opened last summer and has been popular ever since.

In Love With the Cocoa

In Love With the Cocoa

February is coming to a close, but winter is stubbornly clinging to the air in D.C. The age-old cure for stinging cheeks, dripping noses and other forms of the winter blues is none other than that liquid gold, hot chocolate.


Lifestyle

The Trials and Tribulations of Transit

The Trials and Tribulations of Transit

I’m not going to lie: Spring Break was a major bummer for waste-free me. This was my first time leaving the comfort of my waste-free home for longer than two days.

March Madness is Back

March Madness is Back

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, for college basketball fan at least. This tournament has the making for one of the best in years.

Jaclyn’s Declassified Shopping Survival Guide

Jaclyn’s Declassified Shopping Survival Guide

With the resources I have around me, including corporate grocery stores like Giant, Whole Foods and Safeway, I genuinely found it to be an easy transition into waste free living.


On The Quad

Sister Care: Beauty Tips to Highlight Your #BlackGirlMagic

Sister Care: Beauty Tips to Highlight Your #BlackGirlMagic

#SisYouAreBeautiful! This uplifting hashtag was started by Sister Sister AU – a new organization on campus whose mission is to foster a sisterhood between the young women of the African-Diaspora.

Challenging the Gender Binary

Challenging the Gender Binary

What does it take to make a difference in the way that gender is portrayed in society? DarkMatter, the poetic trans South Asian performance duo, can answer that question.

A New Era Of Programming

A New Era Of Programming

Disclaimer: This article was written by Mary Hamula who is also a member of the executive board of the Student Union Board, which is overseen by Jack Fitzpatrick.

The first thing that jumps out at you in Jack Fitzpatrick’s corner of the Student Government offices is the list on the whiteboard.


Health

Eating Healthy in TDR

Eating Healthy in TDR

We’ve all experienced that feeling of dread when you’re out of cash and need to use your meal swipes.

What Does It Take to Beat a World Record?

What Does It Take to Beat a World Record?

1,902. The number of pushups Edric Machi completed in one hour. The number should have earned the freshman a spot in the Guinness World Records book, but Guinness’s administrative process and another pushup enthusiast got in the way.


Politics

Rave for Rove: Karl Rove’s Controversial Return to AU

Rave for Rove: Karl Rove’s Controversial Return to AU

Karl Rove is a political consultant known for his work during the George W. Bush administration as Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff. In 2007, his visit to American University was met with approximately 20 students lying in front of his car as he tried to leave.

The Goings at Gitmo

The Goings at Gitmo

From a campaign promise in 2007 to an order signed in 2009 declaring the base would be shut down within the year, President Obama has struggled to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility located within the U.S.-controlled Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, or Gitmo, in Cuba.


Around DC

D.C.’s Cozy Cat Haven

Cat cafes, a concept that started in Japan, have begun popping up across the United States. D.C.’s very own cat cafe, Crumbs and Whiskers, opened last summer and has been popular ever since.

In Love With the Cocoa

February is coming to a close, but winter is stubbornly clinging to the air in D.C. The age-old cure for stinging cheeks, dripping noses and other forms of the winter blues is none other than that liquid gold, hot chocolate.


Lifestyle

The Trials and Tribulations of Transit

The Trials and Tribulations of Transit

I’m not going to lie: Spring Break was a major bummer for waste-free me. This was my first time leaving the comfort of my waste-free home for longer than two days.

March Madness is Back

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, for college basketball fan at least. This tournament has the making for one of the best in years.

Jaclyn’s Declassified Shopping Survival Guide

With the resources I have around me, including corporate grocery stores like Giant, Whole Foods and Safeway, I genuinely found it to be an easy transition into waste free living.


On The Quad

Sister Care: Beauty Tips to Highlight Your #BlackGirlMagic

Sister Care: Beauty Tips to Highlight Your #BlackGirlMagic

#SisYouAreBeautiful! This uplifting hashtag was started by Sister Sister AU – a new organization on campus whose mission is to foster a sisterhood between the young women of the African-Diaspora.

Challenging the Gender Binary

What does it take to make a difference in the way that gender is portrayed in society? DarkMatter, the poetic trans South Asian performance duo, can answer that question.

A New Era Of Programming

Disclaimer: This article was written by Mary Hamula who is also a member of the executive board of the Student Union Board, which is overseen by Jack Fitzpatrick.

The first thing that jumps out at you in Jack Fitzpatrick’s corner of the Student Government offices is the list on the whiteboard.


Health

Eating Healthy in TDR

Eating Healthy in TDR

We’ve all experienced that feeling of dread when you’re out of cash and need to use your meal swipes.

What Does It Take to Beat a World Record?

1,902. The number of pushups Edric Machi completed in one hour. The number should have earned the freshman a spot in the Guinness World Records book, but Guinness’s administrative process and another pushup enthusiast got in the way.


Politics

Rave for Rove: Karl Rove’s Controversial Return to AU

Rave for Rove: Karl Rove’s Controversial Return to AU

Karl Rove is a political consultant known for his work during the George W. Bush administration as Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff. In 2007, his visit to American University was met with approximately 20 students lying in front of his car as he tried to leave.

The Goings at Gitmo

From a campaign promise in 2007 to an order signed in 2009 declaring the base would be shut down within the year, President Obama has struggled to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility located within the U.S.-controlled Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, or Gitmo, in Cuba.