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American Magazine: August 2014

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class notes -2009- TIME CAPSULES TOP TUNE “Boom Boom Pow,” The Black Eyed Peas TOP-GROSSING FLICK Avatar IN THE NEWS Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger lands a U.S. Airways plane in the Hudson River after striking a flock of geese; Michael Jackson dies at age 50; Air France flight 447 disappears off the coast of Brazil with 228 on board FROM THE AU ARCHIVES Lines snake around the Student Health Center as more than 2,000 AU community members wait for the H1N1— or swine flu—vaccination. AT THE HELM Andrew MacCracken was 2009–2010 Student Confederation president; he’s now executive director of the National Campus Leadership Council in Washington, D.C.. Emily Willard, SIS/BA ’08, SIS/ MA ’09, was named a Rotary Peace Fellow. She is one of the youngest ever selected for the program. Michaela McGill, SOC/BA ’09, and Andrew Beideman, SIS/BA ’09, were married on December 31, 2013, in Omaha, Nebraska. Many AU alumni attended the wedding. The wedding party included Elizabeth Prevou, CAS/BA ’09; Benjamin Kern, SIS/BA ’08; Griffin Greenberg, SPA/BA ’08; Michael Kerman, SPA/BA ’09, WCL/JD ’12; and Ritesh Patel, Kogod/BSBA ’09. Jesika (Pufnock) Steuerwalt, SPA/BA ’09, married Benjamin Steuerwalt on July 19, 2013, on the lawn of Wagner Vineyards in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The wedding party included American University field hockey alumna Katie Turner, Kogod/ BSBA ’09. Several AU alumni were in attendance. 2010s Melissa Gang, SIS/MA ’10, and Sara Cady, SIS/MA ’12, each had a paper published in the winter 2013-2014 issue of Peace and Conflict Review, a journal published by the University of Peace in Costa Rica. Andrew Clark, SIS/MA ’11, has been published on EcoMENA.org, a highly influential knowledge bank on sustainability in the Middle East and North Africa. Will Hubbard, SIS/BA ’11, accepted a position with the Student Veterans of America national organization as the vice president of external affairs. Aaron Sutch, SIS/MA, ’11, coauthored a paper outlining the potential economic and energy benefits of a solar industry in West Virginia. “Thailand’s ruling military junta has a midnight to 4 a.m. curfew. It hasn’t had a big impact on my life, but it’s been problematic for people who want to watch the World Cup.” —Emily Willard, SIS/BA ’08, SIS/MA ’09, one of 20 Rotary Peace Fellows, on adjusting to life in Bangkok Elliot Bell-Krasner, SPA/MPP ’12, was unanimously approved by the Alexandria City Council for his first civic office. Bell-Krasner is now a member-at-large for the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission. Tangela D. Richardson, SOC/ MA ’13, was awarded a Social Security Administration Commissioner’s Citation for her work involving African American national outreach. To update your address EMAIL alumupdate@american.edu VISIT american.edu/alumni/connected WRITE Office of Alumni Relations American University 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20016-8002 Five plaid-clad, pickax-packing coeds pitch in to build a new stone walk on campus during AU’s Arbor Day celebration, April 14, 1937. They are, from left: Ella Harllee, Margaret Snavely, Margaret Warthen, Florence Yeager, and Ruth Hudson. Green thumbs gathered every year for AU’s Arbor Day festivities from 1933 to 1945; students got the day off from classes to help build bridges, fireplaces, and walkways. S. Barton Gephart, CAS/BA ’50, WCL/JD ’66, November 30, 2013, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Margaret Graham Kranking, CAS/BA ’52, November 26, 2013, Chevy Chase, Maryland William Jones, CAS/BA ’64, March 12, 2014, Virginia Beach, Virginia Kenneth Cook, CAS/PhD ’67, October 28, 2013, Arlington, Virginia Frank Spillman, SIS/BA ’67, March 18, 2014, San Francisco, California Shawn Kuykendall, SOC/BA ’05, March 12, 2014, Washington, D.C. 42 AMERICAN MAGAZINE AUGUST 2014

memories Excerpts from the Eagle archives at theeagleonline.com REMEMBER when David Bromberg headlined orientation weekend ’74? Share your memories: email magazine@ american.edu. KURT COBAIN PHOTO: FRANK MICELOTTA/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES 1968 Though some griped that the Student Union Board shelled out $10,000 to lure the Godfather of Soul to AU (papa got a brand-new bag), James Brown’s May 11 show at the Leonard Center was the highlight of spring weekend for 3,500 sweaty, cramped concertgoers (the baseball field, which would’ve allowed more elbow room, was rained out). After the show, Mayor Walter Washington presented Brown with the key to the city as thanks for helping to “cool down” riots in D.C. after the April assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 1974 Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band treated 1,200 lucky concertgoers to four hours of tunes, November 16 in the Leonard Gym. The marathon show was one of the earliest stops on the Jersey-based band’s yearslong, multicontinent, seven-leg, Born to Run tour. The setlist included “Jungleland” and “She’s the One,” songs that would appear the following year on the Boss’s third album, Born to Run (considered by many to be his mainstream breakthrough). Tickets were free to students, included in their $27 activity fee. 1986 Slam dancing, fistfights, and flying beer cans: the crowd at the Ramones’ October 24 show in the Tavern was anything but sedated. During its hour long set, the New York punk band—which toured virtually nonstop for 22 years—treated 1,000 rowdy fans (250 over capacity for the Tavern, which contributed to the chaos) to such hits as “Rock and Roll High School” and “I Wanna Be Sedated.” “I flipped out when I saw [frontman] Joey Ramone,” junior Melissa Rubenstein told the Eagle. “He is so hot.” 1993 The announcement came moments before Nirvana took the stage at Bender Arena, November 13: “Please do not throw shoes on stage or Kurt will walk away.” (Cobain was clocked in the nose by a shoe earlier that year.) The Seattle trio served up the hits, including “Come As You Are” and grunge anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” before a crowd of 1,000 flannel-clad fans. The show was something to tell the grandkids about: it was Cobain’s last Washington concert, as he committed suicide just five months later. Pearl Jam, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, the Roots, Joan Jett, Moby—what band rocked your world? Email your favorite concert memory or a photo of your ticket stub to magazine@american.edu. AMERICAN.EDU/ALUMNI 43