Student Life Archives (2001-2008)


Wrighton: Endowment down 25%; wage cuts, construction delays imminent

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

In an e-mail to the University community on Wednesday morning, Chancellor Wrighton announced that the value of the University’s endowment has declined approximately 25 percent since July and proposed several cost cutting measures.

“With the decline in the value of our endowment, coupled with leveling of research support, constraint on the rate of tuition growth, uncertain prospects for philanthropic support, pressures on healthcare costs, and the prospect of increased needs for financial aid, we must take some actions to assure that our University remains strong into the future, Wrighton wrote.

For the class of 2012, WU worth waiting for

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

With the number of national college applications at an all-time high, schools across the country-including Washington University-are using waiting lists more than ever to prevent incoming classes from growing too large. Though administrators planned to use the wait list for that purpose, its role was compounded by the fact that the most selective colleges and universities also admitted significant numbers of students from their waiting lists.

WU efforts take NASA to Mars

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

Many students begin their workdays at 9 a.m. every morning this summer, but for students like sophomore Kirsten Siebach, every day is unique.

Her unorthodox schedule comes because she is one of four Washington University earth and planetary sciences students who traveled to Arizona this summer to assist NASA with the Phoenix spacecraft’s mission to Mars.

Freshmen prefer Obama in November

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

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.

DUC eateries aim to diversify WU dining

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

While Washington University ranked 10th for food quality in the 2008 Princeton Review, with new food options coming in the Danforth University Center, the school may receive a higher ranking in the future.

The food options in the Danforth University Center (DUC) will focus on providing healthy and tasty food to students with combination of new dishes and meals that students already find popular.

New courses mix creativity with traditional subjects

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

The University has added a number of courses to its curriculum for this coming semester, including classes related to the vice presidential debate which will be held on campus in October.

There are also new freshman Focus seminars and 300- and 400-level Arts & Sciences courses that will investigate a variety of updated subjects.

Ifill to moderate VP debate

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

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.

McCain camp proposes holding presidential debate at WU

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

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.

Debates in limbo

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

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.

Student mugged at gunpoint near Greenway

Thursday, July 03, 2008 ||

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.

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