Members of Greek life organizations are finding it more difficult to enter and decorate new members’ rooms during Big/Little Week in accordance with new regulations.
Student Activities created the regulations to coincide with Housing and Dining rules in the Student Conduct Code to reduce trespassing, said Curtis Burrill, the University Center’s assistant director for fraternity and sorority life.
Read the rest of the story at The Eagle, which includes interviews with student leaders in Greek life on the changes to a longstanding AU tradition.
Back in January, I had the opportunity to get to know the members of the Second Monday Book Club, which celebrated its 40th birthday late last year.
The piece is now published by Current Newspapers, a local chain of four newspapers in Washington, D.C., in their “Senior Living” section.
Check out the story in the Northwest, Georgetown, Dupont and Foggy Bottom editions.
Thanks to managing editor Chris Kain and staff writer Graham Vyse for helping make this happen. Additional thanks to Brady Holt and Beth Cope at Current for providing valuable feedback and copy editing.
In case you hadn’t heard, if you live in certain parts of DC, it is currently unsafe to drink the water.
Follow The Eagle for all the latest news on the water situation. I’ve been contributing reporting remotely (where it is safe to drink the water).
I did some reporting on road and sidewalk conditions in Northwest Washington during a snow storm in February.
Turns out my colleagues at The Washington Post were able to put it to good use. I got two contributing tags Feb. 5.
“Ice here and there but not everywhere, as the weather fault line divides the D.C. region”
“Freezing rain closes schools in Montgomery, Loudoun; slippery roads reported”
My latest for Latin Pulse in this week’s newscast is my report from the release of a new book by Guillermo Valdes Castallanos, the former director of the Mexican intelligence agency (CISEN).
Organizing the event was Manuel Suarez-Mier, a former Mexican diplomat and my professor for “World Politics” at American University. Mexican Ambassador to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora was also there.
I had the privilege of interviewing Juan Pinera, a friend of the late Alfredo “Freddy” Tello, Jr., who was killed in 1997 by Samuel Sheinbein. Sheinbein was killed in an Israeli prison Feb. 23.
This the first A-section story for The Washington Post I have worked on. It begins on A1, and my contributing tag is on A5. It also lived on the homepage of washingtonpost.com above the jump.
It was a pleasure working with Dan Morse, Victoria St. Martin and Maria Glod on this story. Coordinated effort well done by all.
Grisly story ends in shots 6,000 miles away
BY PAUL DUGGAN AND DAN MORSE
The Washington Post
Feb 25 2014
Zach C. Cohen, Ruth Eglash, Victoria St. Martin and Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.
“A neighbor described the missing youth as a shy and conscientious teenager, the youngest of three children, who was ‘extremely handy with tools.’ ” — The Washington Post, Sept. 23, 1997 Samuel Sheinbein, then 17, a senior at Montgomery County’s John…read more…
You can also find the story online at washingtonpost.com.
UPDATE Feb. 25, 10:34 a.m.: This post was updated with info on the print story as well as mentions of members of the team I worked with.
Another tragic story out of Seven Corners, Va. His wife got away safe, but Alvaro Zepeda will be missed by those who knew him.
Thanks to my Spanish, I got to learn a little about Mr. Zepeda. Everybody I talked to described him as a friendly and helpful member of the community.
My latest for The Washington Post. Special thanks to Dana Hedgpeth for doing the first write based on police reports and to Luz Lazo (an American University alumna!) for helping me with the more advanced Spanish.
Fairfax stabbing leaves man dead, woman injured
BY DANA HEDGPETH AND ZACH C. COHEN
Luz Lazo contributed to this report.
The Washington Post
Feb 21 2014
A Fairfax County man was stabbed and killed and woman was wounded Thursday morning at an apartment complex in Seven Corners, county authorities said. Police responded to a report of a stabbing at a low-rise brick apartment building on John Marshall…read more…
Read the story online at washingtonpost.com.
This post has been updated with thanks to Dana and Luz.
Each week on Latin Pulse, the able Megan Ekhaml hosts a roundup of that week’s news in Latin America.
This week, I stepped in and earned the role of associate producer by guest hosting the newscast. This week, we focused on Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay. Thanks to executive producer Rick Rockwell for writing the script and editing the final package.
If Lipnitskaia’s performance is inappropriate, then anything other than straightforward facts about the Holocaust, according to these commentators, should be forbidden.
If art is meant to force its viewers to struggle with complex emotions, what is the difference between Spielberg’s use of Schindler’s List to make money and Lipnitskaia’s use of the movie’s theme to win points? Would these same commentators condemn Everything is Illuminated, a Holocaust movie that also contains some of the most brilliant comedy I’ve ever seen? Should libraries pull Phillip Roth’s Plot Against America off the shelves for altering the history of the Holocaust? Should Ballet Austin have shut down Light, a ballet that showcased the beauty of humanity and its suffering during the Holocaust? Should American University, my school, have shut down a children’s musical about the Holocaust (of which I was a cast member) because it originally had a song about cheese?
When did political correctness force us to lose our humanity, our ability to recognize art for what it is: defiance of people like the Nazis who preferred a world of hatred and death?
Read the rest of my take at New Voices.
I returned to The Eagle newsroom for last week to for some marathon copy editing in the first print edition of the semester. Following some print delays, it was released today.
If you’re on campus, pick up a copy today for stories on evolutions in the WONK campaign, an off-campus housing guide and a great profile of men’s basketball’s “Pee Wee.”