RIO DE JANEIRO — If it were a marriage, the divorce papers would’ve been filed already. But with the spotlight now turned on Brazil and the opening of the World Cup, the nation’s embattled president and the head of soccer’s governing body have no choice but to play nice.
The National Museum of American History may not necessarily be the most austere of the Smithsonian museums, but it is certainly the most entertaining.
The museum’s youthful, pop culture-infused exhibits were a surprisingly suitable fit for this year’s Founders’ Day Ball, which celebrated the 120th anniversary of AU’s founding in 1893. All three floors of the museum were open to the attendees, including all of the exhibitions in the museum, turning the traditional ball into a deeper celebration of the past.
Campus Beautification Day, the annual planting of trees and flowers and laying of mulch around the campus, had a record turnout of 392 staff, faculty and students volunteers April 16, according to Assistant Grounds Director Mark Feist.
Savanna Rafto, Kelly Zahn and Brittany Traeger waited for hours in the cold inaugural morning not only to see the president, but to support their siblings.
The three AU students bundled up for the first, and probably last, time for a chance to experience a moment in history. While Rafto and Traeger saw their brother and sisters perform in the parade, they caught only a glimpse of President Barack Obama in his limo.
Sandra Fluke discussed the struggle for immigrants’ rights with AU students in the University Club on March 18.
“[Immigrants] stood with the rest of us last year when we fought for the Violence Against Women Act ...but immigrant women were left behind in the legislation,” she said. “So now it’s our turn to stand with them.”
President Barack Obama gave a message of optimism about the efforts of Americans recovering from Hurricane Sandy as he and his family lit the National Christmas tree on Dec. 6 for the ceremony’s 90th anniversary.