Kate Gaertner

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Don’t shirk from ‘goodbye’

The first version I wrote of this column was unapologetically sarcastic, an exercise in self-mockery that used the phrase “this is SO college” as refrain and lamented the lack of both Nietzsche and Natural Light in my life next year. It was reflective of what I found easiest to say and what, I figured, an audience of equally sarcastic and sentiment-avoiding Wash. U.

| Former Editor in Chief

Former economic aide to Obama stresses progressive taxation

Christina Romer, former chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers, served as the keynote speaker at Washington University’s Livable Lives Initiative’s first public event.

| Contributing Reporter

Rape: Listen, don’t blame

Last week, Student Life published an article telling the story of a rape survivor, fictionally named “Rachel” to protect her identity. For those unfamiliar with the article, a brief summary will hopefully suffice: As a sophomore, Rachel woke up naked after a night out at Morgan Street in the bed of a senior whose advances she had rejected the previous weekend and felt pain in her vaginal region. She had blacked out and could not remember what had happened the night before.

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WU-SLam places second at nationals

Washington University’s poetry slam team was runner-up in the nation’s premier collegiate spoken word competition this weekend. WU-SLam placed second to Macalester College in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), beating out 36 other collegiate poetry slam teams from across the nation. The competition was hosted at the University of Michigan.

| Contributing Reporter

A call for more collaboration in the humanities

Icome from a large extended family with a lot of engineers, and when I go home for holidays—aside from the usual queries about boyfriends and jobs—I’m generally asked a lot of questions about why I chose the majors I ended up with.

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Tumblr shuts down photo caption parody

A popular student-run website was taken down after its host claimed that it used copyrighted material illegally. Wash U Photo Captions, a blog started by senior Alex Christensen, has garnered up to 1,000 page views per day since its debut last December.

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Drums by the DUC

The South by Southwest diaries

For a week each year, Austin, Texas becomes the place to go for all things new and exciting: The South by Southwest music, film and Interactive festivals offer a vehicle for emerging artists and innovators to show the world what they have to offer. Press passes in hand, we headed south for our spring break to see what the music festival had in store this year.

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Politics needs more civility, Mo. politicians tell WU crowd

A bipartisan trio of Missouri congressmen came to campus Thursday to outline a course for political civility based on disagreeing in a more agreeable way. U.S. Reps. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau), Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis) and William Lacy Clay (D-St.

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At Missouri’s biggest liquor store, it’s all about the variety

With 6,700 wines, 900 beers and 1,450 unique spirits spread over 24,000 square feet, Lukas Liquor Superstore isn’t your average liquor store.

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