Four people mugged a female student at the corner of Washington and Melville Aves. at 9:20 p.m. last night, holding her at gunpoint and stealing her backpack, according to Washington University Police Chief Don Strom.
University City Police, who supervise the area where the mugging took place, have not identified any suspects yet, as the student was unable to provide police with detailed physical descriptions of the muggers, who ran toward Delmar Ave.
Republican presidential nominee John McCain upended the presidential campaign this week, threatening not to attend the first presidential debate-set to take place tonight-should Congress not reach a deal by that time on the proposed federal bailout plan meant to alleviate the current economic crisis.
Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), speaking on behalf of Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign on Wednesday, proposed holding the first presidential debate at Washington University on Oct. 2 if a settlement is not reached on plans to delay the debate at University of Mississippi.
Gwen Ifill, a senior correspondent for PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and moderator and managing editor of that network’s “Washington Week,” will moderate the vice presidential debate at Washington University on October 2, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday, August 5.
This year’s incoming freshman class has political opinions which match the rest of the Washington University student body, according to a recent poll conducted by Student Life.
Nearly 80 percent of freshmen plan to vote for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in November’s general while Senator John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican nominee, would win 15 percent of the freshman vote.
Six scholars, each with expertise in a different field, will receive honorary degrees at Washington University’s 147th Commencement Ceremony on May 16.
The recipients include Chris Matthews, a political commentator on MSNBC who will also give the Commencement address; Quincy Jones, a music composer and film and television producer; Lee Seng Tee, a business executive and philanthropist of the arts; Washington University Professor Egon Schwarz, an expert in 19th and 20th century German literature; Jessie Ternberg, a professor emeritus of pediatrics and pediatric surgery at the University who helped open the door for women into the medical profession; and Phyllis Schlafly, a national leader of the conservative movement.
After organizing at a meeting earlier this week, students have created the Coalition for a Responsible Washington University in order to protest the University’s decision to award an honorary degree to Phyllis Schlafly.
Schlafly, a national conservative activist, will receive the award at this year’s Commencement Ceremony on May 16.
One of six people to receive honorary degrees at this year’s Commencement ceremony will be notable conservative political leader Phyllis Schlafly, a Washington University graduate and donor. Schlafly’s distinction has led to criticism of the University for what some see as implicit support of her views, several of which have aroused controversy.
Phi Delta Theta has partnered with Extra Hands for ALS to sponsor “Run For Your Life,” a 5 kilometer race to benefit the fight against ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
With the intent of providing investigative stories and conducting regional reporting in the St. Louis area, a group of journalists has established the St. Louis Beacon, an online news startup. Several professors from University College at Washington University are involved in the founding and upper management of the staff.