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AU Newsmakers in the News 1.25-2.1, 2019
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American University Students Hand Out Hand-Warmers to Homeless People in Cold
This week's polar vortex resulted in snow and harsh weather conditions that prompted two American University students to take action. WRC-NBC4 reported that AU students Carly Holencik and Kendall Malinchock were handing out hand-warmers to homeless people in the area. Holencik said, “We know how cold we are out here, and I can't imagine staying out here for a very long time.” (1/30)
For Students, a Semester of Promise Becomes a Month of Frustration
Gihan Fernando, executive director of the Career Center, spoke to the Washington Post about the impact the government shutdown has had on students and interns across the country, including at AU. Fernando said, “Students are caught in a bad situation, because it could be too late for them to register for classes or find an alternative internship. It's a loss for the students and the government.” (1/26)

Faculty Authors
What Alexander Hamilton Could Teach Trump and May
Associate Professor of History Laura Beers wrote an article for CNN Online about the political lessons Donald Trump and Theresa May could learn from Alexander Hamilton. Beers wrote, “Yet both May and Trump could learn a lot from Hamilton's willingness to reach across the aisle and negotiate a grand settlement that transcended party divides.” (1/30)
3 Ways to Make Your Voice Heard Besides Protesting
Anna Amirkhanyan, associate professor of public affairs, co-wrote an article for The Conversation about ways to express your opinion. Amirkhanyan and her co-author wrote, “This quieter kind of activism, in our view, is at least as important as mass protests.” The article ran in 15 outlets, including WTOP-FM Online. (1/25)

Colleges Mine Data on Their Applicants
Andrea Felder, assistant vice provost of undergraduate enrollment, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about how American University reviews ‘demonstrated interest' during the application process. Felder said, “It is certainly a factor in our decision making. It helps us in predicting which students are likely to enroll.” (1/26)
The Furlough Is Terrible for Workers-- Even When They Are Back on the Job
Robert Tobias, director of business development for Key Executive Leadership Programs, spoke to The Washington Post about the long-term effects the furlough will have on employees. Tobias said, “These folks, I believe, are going to return to work both frightened and angry. Angry that they've been made hostages and pawns in a fight over which they could have no control, and frightened about the future.” (1/25)
How Do You Define 'Wall'? Keeping Washington Open May Hinge on the Answer
David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about how President Trump and Democrats define the “wall.” Barker said, “That offers the possibility that Trump could claim victory because he got his underlying interests served, because he can say he secured the border, and Democrats can say they didn't capitulate to this idea of the wall.” Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke about the border wall issue with Fox Business Network. (1/28, 1/25)
U.S. Special Envoy for Venezuela Has Long, Controversial History in Latin America
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to CNN about Elliot Abrams, the Trump Administration's new envoy for Venezuela. LeoGrande said, “Elliot Abrams, like his neo-conservative colleague John Bolton, believes in using U.S. power to overthrow regimes Washington doesn't like, not negotiate with them.” Michael McCarthy, research fellow in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to The Hill about Venezuela's political crisis. (1/26)
Generation Z Is About to Hit D.C. Here's What Employers Need to Know.
Professorial Lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative Stef Woods and Dawn Leijon, adjunct professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to Washingtonian about the impact Generation Z will have on businesses in the D.C. region. Woods said, “The shifts will feel gradual, but there will be a need to have creative solutions and increased communication if there's a desire to retain younger workers.” Leijon said, “It will continue to be relatively easy to recruit people right out of college to work in D.C., but it will be an ongoing challenge to keep them happy staying here.” The article appeared in the January 2019 edition of Washingtonian. (1/17)
Why Big-Name Performers Don't Want to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show
Associate Professor of Communication Aram Sinnreich appeared on KCBS-FM to discuss why big-name musicians don't want to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. Sinnreich said, “We're living at a moment in time where the politics are so polarizing that anybody who makes one wrong decision, it can essentially end their career.” (1/30)
Should a Nonprofit Disclose Pro Bono Legal Services Under Campaign Finance Law?
Louis Caldera, senior adjunct professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to InsideSources about whether campaign finance laws compel nonprofits to disclose pro bono services. Caldera told InsideSources that in cases involving campaign assistance or donations, the free speech argument tends to benefit special interest groups, unions and parties with a lot of money. (1/27)
American University Professor Discusses Content Development in the Digital World
Benjamin Wright, professorial lecturer in the Kogod School of Business, appeared on MarketScale's Sports & Entertainment podcast to discuss content development in the digital age. Wright said, “Strategy has to be at the forefront of every decision that we're making. It's not necessarily building a digital strategy, it's looking at strategy in a digital world.” (1/30)
Why Watch the Pats and Rams When You Can Play the Eagles' Super Bowl Win on Endless Loop?
Cristel Russell, a marketing professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke with The Inquirer about what the Philadelphia Eagles' 2018 Super Bowl win means to the city one year later. Russell said, “This game is a piece of collective history. It's not a personal nostalgia, it's a communal experience.” (2/1)

''Online, consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffingtonPost, NY Times
"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffingtonPost, NY Times
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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