With help of others, college students learn to deal with grief

Just before Morgan Boydston started at the University of Colorado-Boulder, she lost one of her friends and received news that her best friend had cancer. During her first semester of college, her grandfather died. His death affected her so much that she decided to go to counseling. After one session, Boydston decided it wasn’t for her. She…

Colleges move toward LGBTQ acceptance

Matt Bruno’s job can be depressing. As coordinator for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning programming at American University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, he has helped suicidal students as well as students kicked out of their homes for not being straight. Bruno knows that many young LGBTQ people face extremely difficult circumstances. But in…

AU art museum finds its niche in D.C. area

A large canvas explodes with a multitude of objects. A trombone, television and picture frame are just a few of the many colorful artifacts depicted in the oil on linen painting. “Things Being What They Are,” by San Francisco artist Chester Arnold, is one many works on display at the American University Museum at the…

Students with eating disorders find help on college campuses

Amanda Rahimi helps students with all sorts of concerns. The assistant director for outreach and consultation at American University said that a common issue on campus is students with eating disorders. Rahimi holds one-on-one sessions with students who are concerned about their body image. “Our culture is very into looks and it stirs up a…

Profiling Irena Yang

When Irena Yang finished a summer arts course last year at a California college, she was left somewhat unfulfilled. The Oak Park, Calif., resident was in search of career options. She joined the class in hopes of getting involved in visual arts, but she realized that she just didn’t have the same passion for the…

Profiling Jack Miller

After suffering from depression, Jack Miller decided that he wanted to raise awareness and support for those suffering from mental health illnesses. Miller met a German teenager online dealing with similar struggles. Miller realized that he could help other people get through obstacles by writing about common problems. So Miller started a Tumblr blog in…

Is the death of newspapers greatly exaggerated?

Over the past decade, an increasing number of major metropolitan newspapers — from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to the Rocky Mountain News — have discontinued their print editions. Other publications have reduced print circulation to several days a week. By now, the death of printed newspapers is seen as inevitable. We’ve all heard the reasons why:…

Profiling Mihir Powers

When his brother left for college during the summer of 8th grade, Mihir Powers had a major hole to fill. He and his brother had spent countless hours together, and Powers, 15, soon grew bored with just talking to his parents. But instead of turning his attention to the television or playing sports, he decided to…

Profiling Amanda Pruett

At age 15, Amanda Pruett got her first digital camera. She took photos of her pets. She took photos of flowers. She even took photos of her family and friends. When the memory on the first camera ran out, Pruett was given her father’s old camera: a Canon Rebel Ti3. Soon, she was snapping countless…

Profiling Allison Johnson

After a long and stressful day at school, Allison Johnson returns to her Williamston, N.C., home to express her emotions through writing. While most teenagers release their tension through sports, dance or music, the 17-year-old rising senior finds writing poetry to be the perfect way to relax. She writes essays about the books she reads…