The year is coming to a close, and soon, many students will be heading home or abroad, missing all of the events that St. Louis offers during the spring and summer. Well, not all of them. Some spring celebrations have already started, and others will begin soon.
Freshmen Chris Kammerer and Aaron Samuels dream of sweating on stage with mikes in their hands, yelling something intensely personal out loud to hundreds of cheering strangers in San Francisco or Chicago.
But for now, they are content to move furniture in the lobby of Lien House, helped by six other poets dedicated enough to give up two valuable hours of their Monday nights.
Every week, sophomore Elena Losey reads. In a little study room on the second floor of Koenig residential hall, she marks up research papers. She scribbles notes in the margins of rhetorical analyses. She sits with poets and asks them what they were going for in line two.
The coat just sat there. Her boyfriend was in the gas station. To keep from peeking in his pocket, Missouri State University junior Kenvie Fischer had to play with a baseball she found on the ground.
She had no idea where they were going, but she had an idea of what might happen there.
“What are your biggest political influences?”
Imagine a trip to New York: You stay in a nice apartment with someone from Scotland, someone from Sweden and a local who cooks you dinner and shows you around the city. And you don’t open your wallet once.
Sound impossible? This is what sophomore Kayliegh Hill did early this month.
Freshman Tim Krah never knows for sure what food is safe for him to eat.
The wrong bite can earn him a terrible stomachache. Too many of those and he might get cancer.
What exactly does he have to look out for? Almost everything.
Specifically, Krah is intolerant to gluten, a component of wheat, barley and rye.
All engineers are dorks.
All business students are lazy.
And don’t talk to the art kids-they’re only friends with each other.
Like any institution, Wash. U. harbors its own prejudices and stereotypes. A student’s school, or even track within a school, can influence people’s opinions about his workload, activities, social life and potential for employment.