Alex Leichenger | 119 articles

Ray Rice case demonstrates issues in media, victim blaming and league response

Let’s start here with the Ray Rice case: do not blame Janay Rice under any circumstances. If you are blaming Janay Rice under any circumstances, then stop. Immediately. Domestic violence is a remarkably complex issue, and Janay choosing to marry Ray does not negate her victimhood.

| Senior Forum Editor

Missouri is poster child for out-of-control death penalty

The death penalty is wrong under any circumstance in a modern criminal justice system, and public officials from both sides of the aisle keep defending it anyway.

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Hot and cold on Katy Perry

No, I am not a 15-year-old girl, and yes, I went to the Katy Perry concert on Sunday at the Scottrade Center.

| Contributing Writer

Michael Brown: A victim of a racist system

Michael Brown died because police forces are not designed to protect people like him. They are designed to imprison people like him.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: The national game at a crossroads

For the 30th year in a row, football is America’s most popular sport, and it’s not even close. In fact, it has been America’s most popular sport ever since the Harris Poll started asking people in 1985, with more than twice as many survey respondents saying they preferred the NFL to baseball, our supposed national pastime.

| Senior Sports Editor

Sports & Society: Fulfilling Mandela’s vision?

After the passing of Nelson Mandela last week, sports websites lauded the former South African president for his masterful ability to make sports a pathway for social change. “Mandela realized the transformative and unifying power of sports, and used that power to make changes that protests and diplomacy could not,” read the featured story on Yahoo! Sports.

| Senior Sports Editor

Five soccer players earn regional honors, Conlon named top coach

After a record-setting season that ended in playoff disappointment, Washington University head women’s soccer coach Jim Conlon earned Division III Central Region Coach of the Year honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Conlon received the award for the second straight season. He led the Bears to the second No.

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Club sports teams close fall seasons at nationals

Though the top-ranked Washington University women’s soccer team missed out on a travel opportunity to San Antonio for this weekend’s national semifinals, the women’s club soccer players had punched their tickets to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Soccer Championships Nov. 21-23 in Phoenix.

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Men’s cross-country finishes fourth in nation, three Bears named All-Americans

Injury and sickness marred the Washington University cross-country rosters at the NCAA Championships Saturday in Hanover, Ind. Yet the women’s team matched its national ranking, and the men’s squad attained a point total that would have tied for last season’s national title. Three All-Americans drove the efforts.

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Swimming sweeps team titles at Illinois Wesleyan Invitational

Winning eight of 12 events apiece, the Washington University swimming and diving teams both claimed first place Saturday at the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational. The women’s team routed its competition, with a point total of 172 well ahead of runner-up Augustana College, which had 102 points.

| Senior Sports Editor