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Last Updated May 23, 2008

AU in the News

Showcasing AU programs, professors, students and alumni in the news
Week of May 17 - 23

Close, But Not Quite
Although voter turnout has set records this primary season, the overall turnout will not will fall just short of the national record, according to a report by American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate. The remaining primaries, according to the center’s director, Curtis Gans, will not have enough eligible voters to break the record that was set in 1972. “There’s not enough numbers to do that,” he told the Wall Street Journal. (5/19/08)

Obama-Clinton: Dream Ticket?
With Sen. Barack Obama close to securing the Democratic presidential nomination, many are entertaining the idea of his opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, running as his vice president and creating the “dream ticket,” reports the Canadian Press. "These are professionals - they know how to do this," said Allan Lichtman, a political historian and author at American University, who also added that the opportunity would keep Clinton’s name in the limelight, as well as prepare her for a 2012 campaign should Obama lose to McCain in November. (5/18/08)

Kosher Food at AU
American University students, known throughout the city and nationwide for their politcal and social acumen, have turned their sights to their own campus--calling for Kosher food to be available to students. Although logistics are still being worked out for a kosher dining facility, AU officials have already proposed to make residence hall kitchens available, reports Washington Jewish Week. "I really wish we could do more," said Chris Moody, executive director of housing and dining. "My priority is that every student has access to a healthy diet according to his or her specific needs." (5/22/08)

Not Throwing in the Towel
Supporters for Sen. Hillary Clinton are still pushing forward, despite reports that Sen. Barack Obama has all but secured the presidential nomination, reports the Chicago Tribune. “Her tenacity has been an incredible symbol for women who come after her,” said Sarah Brewer, an expert on women in politics at American University in Washington. “The expectation of what to expect from a woman candidate has been changed.” (5/18/08)

Grounds for Concern?
With a list of clients that includes guerilla leaders and other notorious power figures, political strategist Charles R. Black Jr. has come under attack from Democrats calling for his removal from the campaign of Sen. John McCain, reports the Washington Post. However, according to said James Thurber, a lobbying expert at American University, that will not be an easy feat. “The bond of going through an election with somebody is like going through a war. That bond is very powerful,” he said. “They are like a family. It's a very strong bond, much stronger than money.” (5/22/08)

A Softer Job Market
Despite the housing slump and rising food and fuel problems, the job market has remained steady, though not entirely intact, reports the Associated Press Television. It is important to have a target, but other options should also be considered, said Paul Hughes, a recent MBA graduate from American University, who noted that some of his friends with specialization in finance and real estate have gone overseas to work because of the slow market in the U.S. (5/19/08)

Same-Sex Custody Battle
A ruling in Maryland's highest court, which prohibits visitation and custody rights to whomever helps raise a child before the dissolution of a relationship with the child’s legal parent, created disappointment among activists in the fight for gay rights in the midst of the state’s ban on gay marriages, the Washington Post reports. “This child had two mothers,” said Nancy Polikoff, author of the book 'Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage' and a law professor at American University. “The court should not be in the business of denying the reality of a child's family.” (5/20/08)

The Credit Crunch
In light of the subprime crisis, credit-rating firms are creating strategies to control the market before Congress intervenes, the National Journal reports. According to Kent Baker, a finance professor at American University who has studied the industry, such a move would be "for their own self-preservation and interest because if [they don't act], Congress will take some action on this as they did with Enron and WorldCom." (5/17/08)

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