Allyson Scher

Allyson Scher is a staff reporter for Student Life.

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Head librarian Baker to retire after 23 years

She doesn’t go around shushing people or wear horn-rimmed glasses, but Shirley Baker has been the face of Washington University’s libraries since 1989. This June, she will be retiring, handing the job off to Jeffrey Trzeciak, the University Librarian of McMaster University in Canada.

Southwest to add nonstop flights to LaGuardia and San Antonio

Southwest Airlines plans to add two nonstop flights every day between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as well as between Lambert and San Antonio International Airport beginning Aug. 12. Southwest Airlines currently serves 72 cities in 37 states. The company currently offers one-stop flights between St.

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University lecturer’s first novel lands major publishing deal

Washington University MFA alumna and current English lecturer Anton DiSclafani recently sold her first novel in a competitive seven-way bidding war. The resulting deal was rumored to be worth seven figures, although DiSclafani declined to disclose on the final award.

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Student Health Services allows men to pick up Plan B.

While Washington University has offered Plan B for several years, it previously refused men the right to pick it up. For the past several months, though, male students have been able to pick up the pill at SHS. The policy is in keeping with the national standard that any person, male or female, may pick up Plan B if over the age of 16 years.

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South African author discusses sex, race and identity

“Cross your legs like this—not like that—so no one suspects you are the mommy’s boy we’re concerned you’re becoming,” Professor Mark Behr read during a lecture on campus Tuesday evening.

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Dining Services works to update and post more nutritional information on its website

Dining Services is working to make nutritional information more available to students by posting nutritional facts on its website. Student Life reported earlier this year that Dining Services was behind in posting nutritional information, and that information available was, in certain instances, incorrect.

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WU professor connects humans to their Neanderthal ancestors

In a world in which people pride themselves on the virtues of being human, physical anthropology professor Erik Trinkaus aims to unite modern man with the Neanderthal—society’s depiction of the village idiot.

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Students collect box tops for local schools

Two Washington University students have taken the initiative to give back to the St. Louis community by involving the University in the Box Tops for Education project. Senior Cyrus Bahrassa and sophomore Valerie Bostrom connected Wash. U. with the Box Tops for Education project after participating in Student Union’s Engage 360 service trip last year.

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WU class takes steps to preserve local history

Some Washington University students have the opportunity to create history in the classroom this semester. Students taking history professor Sonia Lee’s course called “Building St. Louis History: The City and Its Renaissance,” will engage in local history by helping a St. Louis family apply for a family-owned building to receive historical preservation status.

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Architecture classes applied in treehouse design

Tree houses aren’t just for children. Four Washington University architecture students’ design will be featured as one of nine “Extreme Tree Houses” at the Missouri Botanical Garden starting on Saturday. The team, seniors Dave Adkin, Alvin Kong, Meghan Lewis and C.C.

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