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Opening 4

History 18

Campus 34

Clubs and Candids 68

Performing Arts 106

Greeks 112

Sports & Athletics 132

Metro 160

Administration 176

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t is the subtle blending of two worlds that allows
us to achieve success and peace of mind.

S/7ie coor/cfofc//*ea/?i$. . . dreams are necessary for creating
that first step towards setting goals for the future, as well as for
providing a creative outlet for our thoughts and ideas.

THE WORLD OF REALITY... breathes life into our dreams
for the future through hard work and dedication, while also
providing a check on plans that may be temporarily out of our

This book blends together the themes of dreams and reality to
show how they compliment each other in our memories. It is
only through dreams and hard work that we will find success
and happiness. Our years at college play a big role in our future
paths, as it is a stepping stone towards who we become as adults.

While earning a college degree may have been the primary reason
why we came to American University, we found out right away
that our education would extend beyond the classroom and
campus, opening up a world of opportunities and possibilities.

In dealing with the realities of everyday life, we concentrate on
where we want to go in the future. We form dreams, set goals and
use our skills enhanced from our experiences in life to overcome
barriers and complete our tasks. And then we dream again.

And the cycle endlessly continues...

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he American University
has a rich history, dating
back to the time when it

was chartered by an act of Congress in


We were given the support by the
dream of General George Washington,
who wanted a national university in
Washington D.C. that would stand as
a symbol of excellence for the country

While it took time for our university
to build a name for itself, it did so in a
way that demanded attention and the
respect it deserved.

From protests to national speakers,
American University has stood at the
forefront of academic excellence in pro-
viding opportunities for life after
graduation. It seems as if the dreams
of our founding fathers hav


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University Arckives

resident Woodrow Wilson conducts the ceremony
for the official opening of The American University on
May 27, 1914.

Special tkanks to Arnold, <£/) ie College of History, later renamed Hurst Hall, in
University Archives the late 1800s.


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-resident Franklin Delano -president Dwight D.Eisenhower
Roosevelt receives his honorary de- speaks with President Hurst Robins
greefrom Chancel <li M. M. Anderson at the Opening Ceremony

Gray. of the School of International Service

on June 9, 1957.

2.0 AU: Past, Present & Future


who served

on AU's Board

of Trustees

Teddy T^oosevelt

Oalvin (Z-oo\\acj&

C^rover Cleveland

Warren -Harding

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\\)ooarow Wilson

FVcmKlm Roosevelt

3okn T~, Kennedy

T-Xviqn+ D. (Sinsenhower

herald Pord

■Harry Truman

Building a university

When Congress charted The American
University in 1893, it envisioned a school of
advanced governmental studies that would
help shape future leaders. But, could it ever have
imagined how officials would use this school
to help shape the world? The American
University has been lucky enough to host key
political and social figures since its founding.

Our political connections began in 1889 when
President William McKinley was asked to serve
as an AU Trustee. Even though an assassin's bullet
would rob him of that chance, other presidents
have found their connections with AU to be more
conducive to their longevity and health. Presidents
also served AU in other ways.

In 1993, Bill Clinton would act as a
graduation speaker and, what many students
do not know, is that Jimmy Carter was even
asked to serve as AU President!

But AU would act as much more than a
runway for a presidential showcase. Robert
Kennedy would address our Washington
Semester students five years before his death.
The Dali Lama would use his visit to campus in
1984 to spread a message of peace and make a
political commentary on the persecutions in his

AU also attracted international politicians
as well. Kim Young Sam, President of South
Korea, and Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma had
only kind words for AU when they received
their honorary degrees.

American University has a long-standing
history with the Washington scene. Officials
travel here to speak, debate and offer praise to
the school and its community. We have worked
hard to maintain our reputation of involvement
and kept the dream of a politically influential
hub alive.

Would John Fletcher Hurst and his
Methodist followers even recognize !


T-'Ko+os Courtesy
of tke American LAniversify


(jhancellor Bishop John Fletcher Hurst at the ground
iking ceremony on March 5, 1896 for the College of
History building, which would later bear his name.

zjDuring the ceremony that marked the laying of the
cornerstone of the McKiuley Building, President
Theodore Roosevelt addresses the croivd.


drawing of the campus map,
taken from the 1948 Aucola.

-/Juring World War 1, The American University's cam-
wused U. S. military soldiers for training before
shipped off to Europe.

22 AU: Past, Present & Future


resident John F. Kennedy participates in the reces-
sional after addressing the Class of 1963 during Com-
mencement exercises.

continued from /><{(/<? 2/

American University? We can assume that our
founders would be proud of the University we
have built.

American University adapted to this ever-
changing world in many ways. Whether it be
by increasing tuition or adding buildings, the
vision of John Fletcher Hurst and the Methodist
community evolved into a diverse, growing
place dedicated to academics and community

The tents of Camp AU, which decorated the
quad 80 years ago, were a doughboy's last stop
before being shipped off to war. Our minority
population has grown from the first few African
American students who were admitted 27 years
before Brown vs. Board of Education to about ten
percent of our student body.

We have obtained, from the women who
began it, the Washington College of Law, which
shifted the focus of the school away from
government. The Lucy Webb Hayes School of
Nursing and Continuing College Education
began and ended within three years. Thirty
years ago, students founded buildings in which
the pursuit of art, music, chemistry and
communication could flourish. The Washington
Semester program of 1947 allowed interested
people from around the country and the globe
to work through AU in learning about the
government in our nation's capital.

As the university grew, it became much
more than a place for learning. We noticed that
changes were made to improve the lives of the
students and not just their minds. In 1980, the
Career Center opened to help students with
their lives after AU. Many panel discussions,
like the American Forums on Communication,
were established to promote the circulation and
development of ideas.

With the rich past and culture that AU
offers, we must always remember that heritage
and strive to continue making the dreams of
our founding fathers and their success*:



tZfhe quad has been a place of refuge for lounging stu-
for many decades.

'leeping on the couches in th
lobby of Mary Graydon Center is an
age old tradition that can still be
found at All today.

tJtudents participate in a vest but-
toning contest, in which women
would wear gloves and attempt to
button a man's vest as quickly as

nZF rater nity members celebrate
their chapter initiation with a special

ilice forces use tear gas to break up organized pro-
tests during the Vietnam War.

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While the geographic outline of the AU
campus has changed, many aspects of the
student body have not. The same type of
student has been drawn to this university from
the very beginning. Perhaps these are aspects
typical of all college students, but the eternal
AU community is bonded by a continuity of
beliefs, traditions and experiences. From then
until now, students could be found sleeping on
the couches in Mary Graydon Center, studying
on the quad or pleading with a professor to hold
class outside. Whether they were driving a
Packard, a VW Bug, a Nova or a Jeep, AU is
renown to all generations for its lack of parking
spaces. These details make up the quintessential
AU existence.

Alum can relate to stories of moving-in
blunders, dorm life and excursions to the
National Mall. Even WAMU stands as a
gateway to the past, a fixture on this campus
since the early days of radio. It has evolved from
a simple one-turnstile-one-man operation into
a station with thousands of volumes of every
style of music that any student can enjoy.

Other personality characteristics seem to be
shared by AU students, old and new. A higher
political consciousness has drawn people to this
university. Campaign posters have long
covered bulletin boards and leaflets are always
strewn about the quad.

Such a heightened political consciousness

sparked one of the largest Vietnam protests in

this area. AU students and other young people

from across the District stopped cars to talk to

anyone who would listen, handed out leaflets

and blocked traffic in a peaceful protest.

Unfortunately, this large rally also sparked one

the biggest cases of police brutality in the area

at the time. Yet, not even fire hoses, police clubs

and imprisonment could deter this crowd. They

selflessly continued on their struggle for t



tJtudents walk their pets across the quad on campus.
Policy now states that only fish are allowed in the resi-
dence halls.

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rotesters gather in Ward Circle on May 5, 1970 to 1
protest American involvement in Vietnam and to voice
opposition to the shootings at Kent State.

Photos Oourtesy

of the ;Am L 'i'i lt in (,\ni\'iM'sity


tJmoking on campus is now only
allowed on certain floors of the resi-
dence halls. Students in the past were
allowed to smoke in common areas,
but classrooms were usually off lim-


-Pledges take part in an initiation ceremony. Due to
■ trict rules regarding hazing, fraternities and sorori-
:' not as free with initiation ceremonies as their

26 AU: Past, Present & Future

O^h September 15, 1968, students are overjoyed to hear
that the university would allow beer and wine on cam-
pus. This tradition has since faded away, with All's sta-
tus as a "dry" campus.

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When not out fighting injustices, the fun-
loving spirit stands out. Music can often be the
definitive marker of a generation. Chicago, the
Grateful Dead, Bonnie Rait and Better than Ezra
- each band a symbol of their time - have played
here. Long before no-smoking sections, smokers
found the steps of Mary Graydon a haven for
their habit.

The tradition of The American University
stands as a continuous path that our students
can not help but follow. We walk down this long
road, enjoying the same delights as our
predecessors, hardly aware of the traditions of
which we are now a part.

This is not to suggest that nothing has
changed here in 100+ years. The symbols of AU,
from our flag and emblem to the look and feel
of Clawed, have undergone serious changes.

The ill-fated "The" has also disappeared
from university stationary, but many students
of past and present remember our days as the
definitive university for America. Quigley's and
Maggie's no longer provide locals with an array
of drinks and good music on Tuesday and
Friday nights.

Surprising to most people, AU sports have
often been a dominant force in their sections.
Our football team had a great record in 1973,
only a few short years before it was disbanded.
Gymnastics, too, gave American national
recognition. Golfing and fencing attracted many
students, when they had full sport status.

Each fraternity's favorite pet dog no longer
roams the halls of their frat houses. Roper, Gray,
McCabe and Clark have become more useful
as office space for professors. Sororities, too,
have lost their "sorority rooms" with couches,
tables and, sometimes, a piano for each of them.
Of course, these were the days when a "large"
pledge class consisted of ten people! The greeks
and other on-campus organizations no longer
elect "Sweethearts," girls chosen for their
popularity and contributions to the comrr



' tudents take a moment out from dancing to speak with
friends at the Sadie Hawkins dance, which lias become
an AU memory.


.aving class outside on a sunny day is a tradition
that is still carried out at AU. Students, however, are
most often the ones who must invoke the past and con-
vince their professors to head outdoors.


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Inother AU tradition that has cfymnastics athletic events at AU
died out was the i 'mi's Dinner, were very popular and successful, as
which featured a holi y for evident for the national recognition

it brought to campus.

area children

AU: Past, Present & Future

t^ueens and fraternity sweethearts pose for a picture.
This tradition is still seen at AU today, but has been
downscaled dramatically.

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Sororities and fraternities of American
University also used to hold two major social
events a year. The Songfest, in which members
of each organization would have to perform
before the students, no longer fills our halls with
music. Competition was fierce back then, as
they bid for great prizes. Moreover, the Sig
Olympics - including a pie-eating contest -
offered a chance for all of the AU men to show
off their physical prowess and impress the
ladies. The male-female ratio came out to an
almost equal percentage back then.

Freshmen, too, had a more difficult period
of adjustment than today's classes. During a
very solemn ceremony, each student was
capped with a beanie by an upperclassman.
Each new student had to sport the headwear
during the first few weeks of school. They were
also required to string signs around their necks,
detailing their name, hometown, major and
other assorted interesting information. Besides
providing the upperclassmen with some fun,
these tactics were used to help new students
get to know each other a little better.

Luckily, we have witnessed the resurgence
of some parts of our antiquity believed to be
long forgotten. The pomp and circumstance of
University Opening Ceremonies came back in
the early 1990s to a gracious welcome. The joys
of Homecoming, too, which had long been
absent from our calendar year, returned around
the same time. The Graduation Committee has
again begun to invite high-class officials to
speak after a ten-year lull.

Tradition here at AU seems to be a give-
and-take experience. Some are better off as
distant memories, while the fun others might
bring to the community lie in waste. Yet, we
have not lost touch with our roots. Students
who attend this university remain joined by a
common spirit. We can learn from the past,
dream about it and grow with it. But we always
need to make our own present-day di

Year in



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• Mars Voyage - Path Finder eras)
lands on Mars

• The last word from Pathfinder October 7,

1997 ^TTWlMBm

• Princess Diana & Dodi Fayed die in a
car accident on August 31, 1997

• Elton John's rewritten version of


• Septuplets Born to Iowa couple (the
McCaugheys) - 4 boys, 3 girls - all live

• Justice Dept. tries to take down

• Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks
(January 1998)

• TWA flight 800 explodes

Candle in the Wind," becomes highest '; • Government Claitqg^lFO sightings in

selling single (Sept .J^7
• Comedian Chris Ffirley dies
El Nino storms \/ j.

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New Mexico are weather balloons (June


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• Chicago Bulls win NBjT&hampionship against President

>e is alloiygd to proceed
y on, per Supreme

4-3 against Utah Jaz

• Detroit Red wings beat Washington
Caps in Stanley Cup finals

• Robert Mitchem (actor) dies

• Titanic becomes highest grossing
movie ever made

• Clinton Visits American University
(September 1997)

Court ruling that a president may be sued

while in office

•Ted Kazinsky undergoes trial as the


• Israel celebrates its 50th birthday
(April 1998)

• SPICE GIRLS Storm the World

• Florida Marlins defeat Cleveland Indians'


AU: Past, Present & Future


n the seventh game of the World Series

* Louise Woodward (British Au Pair)
'ound guilty, but judge overtur
is "time already served"

* Judge in Woodward trial makes history Ahamed Yassin

more "west friendly'

• John Huang arrested after trying to flee


icoln Bedroom
• Assassination botched against Sheik

\iy being the first to release the verdict of

i trial over the Internet

' Kelly Flinn, bomber pilot, given a dis

tonorable discharge from service

■ Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney sexual h


assment case

• Hong Kong turned over to China, led by
Tung Chee-hwa who becomes the first
Chinese leader of the region (July 1, 1997)

VIAGRA released on U.S. market
Advances in cancer research

• McVeigh found guilty in Oklahoma

Ron Carey accused of misappropriating City bombing trial (June 1997)
undsfor Teamsters Union • McVeigh later sentenced to death

Fred Thomspon investigates Clinton/
ore finances during election

• Big Tobacco coughs up documents and
admits knowledge of addictive/ cancerous

ssissippi Attorney General Michael

Laurent Kabila - the large sub-Saharan nature of their products (June 20, 1997).
ountry of Zaire became the Democratic
lepublic of Congo.

Pol Pot caught, but died before

Mohammed Khatami tried to become tory." The occasion: a settlement be

Moore hailed what he called "the most

c public health achievement in his-


Year in Review: June '97 - May '<

Year in

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the tobacco industry and the attorneys
general of 40 states worth billions of dol-
lars in exchange for the industry's immu-
nity from future legal action.

• July 1997 - Andrew Cunanan commits $
cide in Florida after suspected MJfing spn

• July 1997 - Gianni Versace, designe
killed. Cunanan suspected.

Sept 5, 1997 Mother Tlteresa dies
William S. Burroughs, writer, dies
Allen Ginsberg, poet, dies
Michael Dorris, writer and novelist,



Grappelli, jazz violinist, dies
Kooning, artist, dies

• Rou Lichtenstein, artist, dies

• JonBenet Ramsey killing stiti unsoJv^df • James Michener, novelist, dies
no leads ° /^\\\ ^Sviq toslav Richter, pianist, dies

• UPS strike affects millions of businesses
across world

• Bull Market on Wall Steet

• Line item veto originally upheld by Su-
preme Court, with provision that it would
befurthe ked at once "cases with
standing" si? federal court.

• School shootings nation wide

• Americans Spend $15 billion on alterna-
tive medicine

^Jacques-Yves Cousteau, oceanographer,

• Eugene Shoemaker, comet co-discoverer

• Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist, dies

• Charles Kuralt, broadcast journalist,

• William J. Brennan, retired Supreme
Court justice, dies

• Deng Xiaoping, Chinese paramount


AU: Past, Present & Future


eader, dies

* Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm
£ & civil rights activist, dies from burn
njuries suffered from afire. Her grandson
vas later suspected of starting the blaze.

* Paul Tsongas, former U.S. senator and
iresidential candidate, dies

1 John Denver, singer and songwriter,

lies in a plane crash
Notorious B.I.G., rap artist, dies
Michael Hutchence, INXS lead singer,

Murray Burnett, playwright, dies
Burgess Meredith, actor (ROCKY), dies
Red Skelton,

' Jimmy Stew
Tony Blair a

vin elections,

nto power

* Revolution in Zaire

zvins his first Superbowl as
a member of the Denver Broncos

• Asian Markets in trouble! collapse
•Abortion Clinic bombings (Jan.1998)-
Fugitive bombing suspect Eric Rudolph
still on the run from authorities.

• Independent counsel Ken Star begins
his investigation into President Clinton,
with possible impeachment ramifica-

• Whitewater continues

• Jim McDougal dies

• KC Martin plays golf in cart

• Marion Barry announces he is not seek-
additionaljjsxm as D.C. mayor

• Two suicide bombings in Jerusalem dur-
ing the summer left 22 dead, including five
bombers , a n d hg 4ght£fied Israeli fears. No

ress yet in the Israel/ Palestine Agree-

Year in Review: June '97 - May '98

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erhaps the best part of being a

member of the AU community
was the fact that there was al-
ways something happening on or around
campus. We were not only educated in the
classroom, but also benefitted from events
like Artemas Ward Weekend and Presi-
dent Clinton speaking in Bender, which
created memories that will fondly be re-

Freshmen may nervously remember
the SOAR programs while sophomores
and juniors were able to jump right back
into their college routine. Seniors tried not
to go insane with graduation looming
ahead, which would end four very short

years of their lives.

In the time spent here, we became a com-
munity dedicated to advancing our <
mon and individual goals for the

Undents took advantage of international
cuisine at a weh r held in Bender Arena

civil/ in the school war.

'ike Smith tries to get the crowd's attention
by blowing bubbles at the Club Fair. The Clul
Fair featured tables manned by campus
organizations interested in recruiting new

enovations to the
Ward Building began
early spring semester,
forcing the school to utilize
all of the campus buildings
to make up for the lost
classroom space.

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rVraffic rules were tested as the south side
of campus opened a road between McKinley
and the Letts-Anderson buildings. The road
was later closed because of concerns for

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to AU.

// orkers transplant trees into
the small garden in front of Bender
Library. Due to pipe and drainage
renovations, incoming students
were not able to get the feel of lying
in the middle of the quad on a
sunny day until after classes

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By Mike Kalyan

The summer was the perfect time to make changes to AU, both

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