Around the World at NSLC

BERKELEY, Calif. — At the National Student Leadership Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, there are 116 students attending the communications sessions. Of those, 12 are visiting from other countries— Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Panama and Sweden. Brian Vu, 17, is one of them. He hails from Ontario, Canada, and…

Live and learn: Students use summer programs to gauge interest in colleges

At a meeting several years back with an American University academic adviser, Willoughby Dobbs, then a high school student, expressed an interest in attending the university. Dobbs wasn’t basing his decision on a campus tour, friend recommendations or a brochure. He had already spent a summer at American University in the National Student Leadership Conference,…

From hipsters to Cal girls

BERKELEY, Calif. — It’s impossible to generalize Berkeley’s style because of  its diversity. To describe the town as a haven for “hipsters” would stereotype the majority of the town. Mars Mercantile, the famous vintage thrift store in Berkeley, is at the extreme end of the fashion spectrum. Anastasia Roderigues, a Mars employee for two years, refers to herself as…

A look into the Berkeley campus

BERKELEY, Calif. — Walking around the beautiful campus at Berkeley one can see energized students laughing and walking to class with friends.  All over the campus hundreds of students are connecting. What draws them to one of the top-ranked public universities in the country? Amanda Young, an activist from Los Angeles, transferred to University of…

Freshmen at Cal introduced to utopia

BERKELEY, Calif. — Caltopia — the event described by sponsors as the “largest college lifestyle event in the nation” — kicks off its 10th anniversary in two weeks. What makes it so special? Kirk Robles, who works at the Cal Recreational Sports Center, said the purpose of the free event is “to give the incoming freshmen a taste of what…

Bears take on London

BERKELEY, Calif. — Neil McGuire has an insider’s view of Olympic athletes Alex Morgan and Betsy Hassett. As coach of the women’s soccer team at University of California-Berkeley, McGuire knows them well since they also are soccer student athletes. At the London Games, Morgan plays on the U.S. women’s team, and Hassett will play for her native New…

Players Come in First

On Monday July 10th, there was a press conference with the athletic director at American University, Keith Gill, as well as the associate head coach of men’s basketball at American University, Kieran Donohue. Both of the men had some interesting things to say about budget cuts and how AU would handle that. AU athletic director,…

The Panda Project

Every stroke and every line are all thought out precisely and carefully. The colors, the symbols and the patterns make the artwork come to life. Some people don’t know the panda sculptures outside of the Butler Pavilion have a history. Some people walk past them every day and take advantage of their presence, but they have a past. They…

Sophie in the Spotlight

Sophie Smith may live in the small town of Irvington, New York but in no way does she dream small. She has her eyes set on the city. Smith exclaims the lights of the theater entrance her and she has seen “more Broadway shows than [she] can count.” Broadway is more than just a street name…

Advice from career center adviser: Learn to be a specialist and generalist

With the job market bleak for many graduating seniors, students are turning to career centers for help with life after moving the tassel. The career advisers at American University strive to provide networking opportunities, teach students interviewing skills, find scholarships and find internships or jobs. Julia Beyer, the career adviser of the Schools of Communication…