AY 2020-21, Issue XXII | March 12, 2021
The Eagle's next editor-in-chief, Clare Mulroy.
Courtesy of Clare Mulroy
This is the latest edition of our newsletter covering our work from March 5 to March 11. This newsletter is condensed because this week was Wellness Weekand we wanted our newsletter to reflect the University’s intentions for this week. To read any of these stories and more, check out our main website or our coronavirus website, which covers news related to the pandemic. 

We're excited to announce that The Eagle's advisory board has selected Clare Mulroy, The Eagle's current life managing editor, as its editor-in-chief for the 2021-2022 school year. Congratulations Clare!

By: Isabel Wolff (iwolff@theeagleonline.com)
The Eagle Explains: Being a student journalist and reporting on COVID-19
By: Nina Heller, Online Managing Editor (nheller@theeagleonline.com)

I have to start this off by saying that I love The Eagle. Not only have I grown immensely as a person and as a journalist during my time here, but I’ve also met some of the best, most talented people that I’ll ever get to know. And I’m glad I get to be a part of something like this, especially at such an important moment in time. Journalism is the first rough draft of history, and all of us at The Eagle take that to heart.

But in the year and a half I’ve been on The Eagle’s staff, I’ve written almost 50 stories. Almost all of them have been about the coronavirus. 

As student journalists, we live a piece of every story we report. It’s an experience you likely won’t find anywhere else in the journalism world, and one I don’t take for granted. Sometimes it can be fun, but lately, I’ve noticed how exhausting it can be. Every story we write about how the University has been dealing with the coronavirus and how students are impacted, we’re also the students who are impacted, too. 

However, the journalism industry is not perfect and neither are we, as student journalists. As someone who self-identifies as a perfectionist, I have always thought that working myself far beyond my limits was normal. I’ve only recently started to realize that I’m not invincible. It’s so easy to feel alone and voiceless when your world has been reduced to the screen in front of you. 

As I look back on the over 600 stories that have been reported by our staff since this time last year, I see how little I realized that these stories were affecting me, too. I had spent so much time reporting on how everyone else had been affected by all of it that I never realized how much I’ve been affected, too. It’s a lesson in what happens when you don’t take care of yourself and don’t ever stop to catch your breath. 

COVID-19 Update:
  • On March 8, five COVID-19 cases were reported by the University for the week of March 1. There have been a total of 77 cases reported for the spring semester. Two of the previous week’s cases were reported from students living off-campus, and one case was from faculty and staff. Two cases were reported among students living on campus. There have been more than 9,200 tests completed so far this semester, and over 1,900 tests were done last week. 

Some of this week's stories:

  • The University hopes to hold an online and in-person graduation ceremony for spring 2021, if the University receives permission from the D.C. government, President Sylvia Burwell announced on Monday.

  • President Burwell revealed that the University will offer $1.27 Million of financial aid for summer classes in her first community forum. 

  • "In my opinion, we need to take steps to return to normalcy.” Community members around AU's campus share their thoughts on students moving into the area for the Mid-Semester Residential Experience.

  • Months after Student Government President Eric Brock called for the University to implement a camera policy that does not require students to keep their cameras on during class, the University says the decision on camera usage remains up to individual professors. 

  • Trying to find the best pizza near AU? The Life staff tried and reviewed five different locally owned pizza places near campus in order to find the best one and help you get the most bang for your buck.