Dressed in orange jumpsuits, bearing signs and chanting anti-Gonzales slogans, more than 100 Washington University students and members of the St. Louis community protested former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ speech on Tuesday night. Click here to view a video of the protest.
After a several months of hype for Alberto Gonzales’ speech on campus, the former Attorney General calmly walked onto the stage of the 560 Building, wearing a traditional suit with an American Flag pin, to a mixture of cheers and jeers, and delivered a 24-minute speech of his American dream to University students.
Washington University students from families earning less than $60,000 will no longer be expected to take out student loans, the University announced yesterday.
Both newly admitted students and returning students will be eligible for this new aid.
The University will instead provide those students with grants that will not need to be repaid.
Several students, including a student at the Washington University School of Medicine, recently attended a summit in Washington, D.C. discussing the impact of HIV and AIDS in Africa. Shijing Jia, a student at the School of Medicine and a member of the Physicians for Human Rights Student Chapter, attended the summit, which was held on Feb. 5 and Feb. 18.
Last Wednesday, Green Action presented Chancellor Mark Wrighton with a petition bearing 1,986 signatures in support of making Washington University carbon neutral and joining the President’s Climate Commitment.
This commitment has already been signed by 492 other universities, and according to senior Lee Cordova, president of Green Action, it represents a commitment to reach carbon neutrality based on a timeline to be determined by the school.
Less than an hour before his formal speech was set to begin last night, Alberto Gonzales met with a small group of 25 students for a session of questions and answers.
The session was moderated by Professor Ronald Levin from the Washington University School of Law.
The Fourth Annual Symposium on Latino Contributions will take place tonight in Holmes Lounge at 6 p.m., with a theme aimed at strengthening the community: “Bienestar: Building a Healthy Community.”
The event, a joint effort by the Annika Rodriguez Scholars and the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), will feature undergraduate presentations, Washington University mariachi band Mariachi Cuicacalli, a speech by University professor Louis Zayas and refreshments.
While the roles of class councils are not clearly defined by Student Union, this year’s Freshman Class Council is proving to be an active force in freshmen’s social lives, planning events such as the upcoming Fire and Ice Ball. Members of the Freshman Class Council (FCC) and the freshmen class are excited about the semi-formal event, which is scheduled to take place in the Gargoyle on Saturday, Feb. 23.