AY 20-21, Issue V | October 3, 2020
More than 100 students demonstrate outside MGC in support of Gianna Wheeler during her student conduct hearing on Monday.
Dan Papscun/ The Eagle
This is the latest edition of our newsletter covering our work from Sept. 25 - Oct 2. To read any of these stories and more, check out our website or our coronavirus website, which covers news related to the pandemic. 

By: Isabel Wolff
COVID-19 Update:

  • As of Sept. 28, there are now 22 COVID-19 cases reported by the University for the fall semester. This is up two cases from last week's reporting.

The Eagle Explains: The Copy Team
By: Georgina DiNardo, Copy Managing Editor

I never dreamed that I would be where I am today. When the small, innocent freshman that I was joined The Eagle, I didn’t realize that I would even enter the copy team, let alone become the managing editor. In high school, I dreaded opening the AP Stylebook. At the beginning, my grammar was so horrible that I couldn’t tell you what a semicolon was if my life depended on it. But, as time went on, I learned from my mistakes and turned my hatred of the AP Stylebook into toleration. And soon that toleration became ingrained in my mind and, strangely, turned into excitement. I no longer thought of the stylebook as busy work or just boring grammar. Yet copy is all about grammar. Copy, unlike the other sections of The Eagle, has a very unique position. Instead of focusing on one aspect of The Eagle and reporting on that, the copy team edits all of the pieces produced by The Eagle to make sure the grammar is correct and that formerly-dreaded AP Style is used properly. 

While our names may not be on every article we edit, we edit them just as closely and properly as if we had written them ourselves. My wonderful team of copy editors helps me navigate the countless articles flowing through The Eagle and helps me catch grammatical errors that may slip through my fingers. They are amazing, intelligent people who are a crucial part of The Eagle. Without copy, every piece you read would look different. Not as clean or sharp, still great, but not the same. The copy team may not shine in the spotlight, but we do not need to. We work in the background to make sure the work gets done.

The other six managing editors are fantastic at what they do and edit their staff’s articles intelligently and diligently, but copy is always there to pick up certain errors that go unnoticed at first glance. Copy is the silent, yet crucial part of The Eagle. As the managing editor, I cannot count the amount of times that I have stayed up so late that I’m afraid to check the clock, while editing an article, because copy can be a lot of work. It’s hard to make sure every error is caught and every article cleaned, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my job and I cannot thank my copy editors, who help me get through all the edits and catch those I miss, enough.

News:

  • A student who was forcibly removed from her apartment by AUPD in 2019, sued AU on Sept. 25, alleging discrimination.

  • AU lawyers moved to dismiss a lawsuit from students seeking tuition and fee refunds for the spring 2020 semester, on the grounds that the lawsuit doesn’t identify a condition under which the University promised to provide in-person education. 

  • AUSG passed legislation focused on including student input in the spring semester planning process, aiming to avoid repeating the issues that left students feeling ignored over the summer.

  • A group of American University students created the new nonprofit organization Students Against Child Marriage this spring, in an effort to raise awareness of child marriage in the United States and promote anti-child marriage legislation.

  • After Ibram X. Kendi left AU’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center in July, new interim leaders set their eyes on strengthening relationships within the AU community and promoting activism on campus, including the “Black Lives Matter” series.

  • Amy Dacey reflects on her first year as the executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics and outlined her goals for the organization’s future.


Life:

  • In the latest edition of “Scenes That Stick,” Isabella Goodman wrote about "The Social Network": "More than anything, this scene is a perfect distillation of each of the main characters; their true colors are exposed by raw betrayal and the need for power."

  • “All In: The Fight for Democracy” is a new film that combines Stacey Abrams’ story with an informative look at the history of voter suppression in the U.S.


  • AU alumna Dawn Carpenter is launching a podcast this month called “What Does It Profit? discussing the topics of capitalism, sustainability and the well-being of society.

Sports:

  • AU grad Megan Lavins placed second among women in the virtual Boston Marathon, setting a personal record and finishing less than four minutes off the qualifying time for the Olympic Trials.

  • Next up in the countdown of the top 10 sports moments of the past decade are #6 and #5: swimmer Scott Callander breaking a 20-year record, and the 2015 women’s basketball team making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

  • ESPN and College Hoops Today reported that the Patriot League is expected to cancel non-conference 2020 basketball games due to the pandemic

Opinion:

  • Jonah Estess wrote: "Do not listen to anyone who tells you that your vote doesn’t count simply because of who you are or where you live. The vote is your most powerful asset in shaping a more perfect union."