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  • Colman McCarthy: Teacher, Writer, Peacemaker

    Colman McCarthy lets out a low chuckle; his narrow shoulders shake up and down in cohesion with his contagious laughter.

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  • Bringing the Spark Back

    If you’re a biology major, you no longer have an excuse to avoid making art.

    A new student arts festival, ArtSpark, will provide students, faculty …

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Working Behind the Scenes in D.C.

Working Behind the Scenes in D.C.

Throughout his 26 year career in the government, John Cassara has been a spy in Europe, stood guard at the White House, convicted South African arms dealers in Georgetown and investigated terrorism financing in the Middle East.

Beauty of Barbara Allen

The Appalachian Mountains are the oldest mountains in North America, stretching all the way from Newfoundland to Alabama.

Post-Fratergate

Flashback to April 24, 2014, when more than 50 AU students took to the streets and the quad, chanting “End the silence, stop the violence” and “E-I-E-I-O, this is students saying no.” They held signs saying “We reject your rape culture” and “Your silence is compliance” to spread awareness regarding sexual assault on college campuses and to pressure AU’s administration to act against sexual violence.

A week earlier on April 17, an anonymous source forwarded screenshots of messages sent between the brothers of the unrecognized fraternity, Epsilon Iota (EI), to AU student leaders and the administration.

AU’s Alternative Break Programs: Redefining College Learning

As we searched for an NGO in Sulukule, a neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, a man approached us and explained how to get to the nearest museum.

He looked at us, a group of 12 obviously foreign students and our faculty advisor, and probably thought, “Tourists come to Istanbul to look at museums and mosques, not to engage in social issues plaguing the city.”

We continued to wander.

Bringing the Spark Back

Bringing the Spark Back

If you’re a biology major, you no longer have an excuse to avoid making art.

A new student arts festival, ArtSpark, will provide students, faculty and staff the “spark” they need to release their inner creativity.