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Wednesday, August 27, 2003

AU blogging: Day three of classes. In case anyone wants a Rachel Lucas vibe from me, here’s what I’m taking:

Introduction to Political Research
West in Crisis, 1900-1945
Civil War and Reconstruction
The Presidency
Democracy: Vision, Nightmare, Reality (DVNR, henceforth)

I haven’t been to DVNR yet. West in Crisis is something I’m pretty well-versed in (given that last semester I took Nazi Germany and America Between the Wars, 1919-1941). It’s a small class, so it should be pretty good. Civil War and Reconstruction is a large class (comparatively, the largest AU classes are about 40). However, the professor seems to know the material well and it should be pretty interesting. Same for The Presidency, in which the professor seems pretty balanced in a class which could cause ideological problems. Intro to Political Research is a class I have to take, and it could get a little boring, but the professor’s interesting, and besides, I’m a math dork anyway (which is why I’m a government/history double major, right?).

As for other AU news, the first weekend of events in Welcome Week went very well. You really can’t screw up a movie and the Capitol Steps. However, SUB (Student Union Board) is on a roll. Last year, we had headliners such as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Edwin McCain (I’m not counting the SPA Leadership Tonic concert). This year? A wonderful September kickoff with Dashboard Confessional, Vendetta Red, MxPx, and Brand New. Quality at last! KPU (Kennedy Political Union) is doing well too, given the rumored speakers ( had reported the Parents’ Weekend speaker, but I can’t find it, so I’m not going to reveal it here.) Given the rumors I’ve heard about both KPU and SUB, this may be a quality year for campus entertainment in both bands and speakers. (Full disclosure: I know the KPU director very well, and the SUB director peripherally.

Still to come: Commentary on the U.S. News and Princeton Review rankings.


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