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About: Sahil Patel

Sahil Patel is a managing editor for Student Life.
Sahil Patel has written 178 articles.

Softball wins 30th game to close out regular season

April 28, 2014 | Sahil Patel

With the regular season coming to a close, the Washington University softball team recorded its 30th victory after winning its fourth game of the weekend, but two losses against a regionally ranked opponent left the Bears wondering whether they will make the postseason.

2013-14 athletics achievements by the numbers

April 28, 2014 | Sahil Patel

2013-14 was a banner year for Washington University athletics. Three teams earned No. 1 rankings, and 10 University Athletic Association championships were brought back to the Danforth Campus. Ten student-athletes were named UAA MVPs, and the Bears’ rosters featured 28 All-Americans. Here is a review of each team’s accomplishments from the year through April 27.

Bear Basics: pitching with Annie Pitkin

April 24, 2014 | Sahil Patel

Bear Basics returns with Washington University softball player Annie Pitkin teaching Sahil Patel how to pitch.

Track hopes for two titles at UAA Outdoor Championships

April 24, 2014 | Sahil Patel

Men’s track and field Looking for its sixth straight University Athletic Association outdoor title, the Washington University men’s track-and-field team is projected to be in a dead heat with Carnegie Mellon University at the UAA Outdoor Championships in Chicago. According to head coach Jeff Stiles, the two are tied on paper.

Patel takes advantage of opportunity on mound

April 17, 2014 | Sahil Patel

All junior pitcher Kunal Patel wanted was a chance. Once he got it, he made a statement. With the Washington University baseball team in a 5-1 hole after three innings against Rhodes College on Feb. 23, head coach Steve Duncan made the call to the bullpen, and Patel made his collegiate debut in the third game of his third season with the Bears.

Student Life earns 16 Missouri collegiate newspaper awards

April 08, 2014 | Sahil Patel

Student Life, the independent student newspaper of Washington University, won 15 awards in the 2014 Missouri Collegiate Media Association newspaper contest, presentation slides by the Missouri Press Association revealed Tuesday. Honoring excellence in collegiate journalism in Missouri, the contest receives entries from all over the state.

No ‘maybe.’ Call me, please

April 07, 2014 | Sahil Patel

I was up until 3 a.m. Thursday morning because of Student Life production. About 2 1/2 hours later, I was woken up by a siren blaring to announce the arrival of the first tornado of 2014—what literally everybody wants to be woken by. I got on my iPhone’s Twitter app, did a quick search for “tornado St. Louis” and found that one had touched down in University City at 5:22 a.m.

Speaker cancellations disrupt campus programming

April 07, 2014 | Sahil Patel

Three speakers who were funded through the Student Union Speaker Series cancelled their planned appearances this semester, leaving student groups scrambling to come up with alternate programming. Neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel, actor Joe Pantoliano and astronomer Steven Squyres added to a list of speakers who have been scheduled to appear but were forced to cancel.

Lugar wins tournament as golf falls one stroke short

April 07, 2014 | Sahil Patel

The third annual WUSTL Spring Invitational came down to one stroke, and the No. 1 Washington University women’s golf team was on the wrong end of the final standings. Despite the narrow loss to NAIA No. 6 William Woods University, which has now won every rendition of the tournament, the Bears chose to dwell on the positives.

Small talk with Tony La Russa: A sports fan calls up the 2014 commencement speaker

April 03, 2014 | Sahil Patel

The last time I was intimidated by somebody I was interviewing, I was a wee freshman walking into the office of Larry Kindbom, the head coach of the Washington University football team; it was my first ever interview for Student Life. But as I sat in my office, about to make the call that would be my last interview as editor-in-chief of StudLife, I was also sweating.

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Freshman Kenzie James squares up to bunt in the seventh inning of the Washington University softball team’s 4-1 loss to DePauw University Wednesday evening. James had two hits in the game, including a single in the bottom of the seventh that extended the game.
Junior Sara Taege competes in the 500-yard freestyle in a dual meet with DePauw University on Nov. 2, 2013. Taege finished sixth in the 400 individual medley and eighth in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Division III Championships last weekend.
Sophomore Connie Zhou putts at Gateway National Golf Course in Illinois at the Washington University Spring Invitational on April 7, 2013. Zhou led the Bears to a one-stroke victory at the George Fox Westbrook Invitational with a two-round 152 (75, 77).
Senior Maggie Ingell makes contact on March 23, 2013 in a game against Central College. Ingell leads Wash. U. in nearly every offensive category and is the all-time school leader in runs scored.
Head coach Nancy Fahey gives a pep talk during a 30-second timeout in the Washington University women’s basketball team’s game at Fontbonne University on Dec. 10, 2013. Fahey has led the Bears to a 23-2 record this season.
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The round-by-round recap of the Student Life Spring Fantasy Sports 2014 draft.
Mardi Gras Parade
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Patrons of Chill Frozen Yogurt on Wydown Boulevard are visible behind the establishment’s facade. Chill will be closing its doors on March 2 after almost four years in business.
Junior Claire Simons vaults at the WUSTL Mini Meet on March 25, 2013. Simons finished third in the women’s pole vault this past weekend at the IWU Keck Invitational, clearing 3.47 meters.
Junior forward Melissa Gilkey posts up against a Loras College defender on Saturday, Dec. 14. Gilkey scored 22 and 17 points against the University of Rochester and No. 16-ranked Emory University, respectively, this weekend.
Bear Basics: 3-Point shootout
Junior Matt Palucki dribbles right towards the corner in a game against Coe College on Dec. 15, 2013. Palucki scored 29 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the Washington University men’s basketball team’s 81-65 win over New York University on Jan. 19.
Chancellor Mark Wrighton discusses the contents of his message to the Washington University community Wednesday morning. Wrighton announced an increase in need-based financial aid, to be supplied through fundraising efforts as a part of the University’s Leading Together campaign.
Sophomore guard Jordan Thompson drives to the basket in the second half of the Washington University women’s basketball team’s 83-53 victory over Fontbonne University on Dec. 10, 2013. Thompson scored 27 points in the Bears’ 87-72 win over the University of Chicago on Jan. 11 to increase her points per game average to 7.9.
Junior Matt Palucki pulls up for a three-pointer in the Washington University men’s basketball team’s 62-59 win over Coe College on Dec. 15, 2013. Palucki has scored 74 points in the month of January and is shooting 63.6 percent, including 54.2 percent from three-point range.
Seniors Lily Pinchoff and Rahul Jaswaney go over a reading exercise in Beginning Hindi. The course meets each day of the week to provide an immersive experience.
Professor Mohammad Warsi observes Beginning Hindi students as they practice Hindi speech on Wednesday afternoon. Due to popular demand, three sections of the course were opened in Fall 2013.
Senior Lucy Montgomery dribbles down the court on a fast break in the second half of the Washington University women’s basketball team’s 83-53 victory at Fontbonne University Tuesday evening. Montgomery had a season-high 13 points off the bench for the Bears.
Senior Austin Spurlock rides a mechanical bull in Tisch Commons of the Danforth University Center after completing the Nearly Naked Run on Sunday night. The run continued despite icy pathways and falling snow in 26-degree weather, and afterward, the festivities continued indoors.
Freshman Michael Lagieski swims the 200-yard breaststroke in a dual meet with DePauw University on Nov. 2. Lagieski won two events and broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke at the Wheaton Invitational over the weekend.
Senior Nelson Nwumeh applies pressure on Case Western Reserve University quarterback Erik Olson in the Bears’ 29-0 victory over the Spartans on Nov. 9. Nwumeh played in the fourth annual National Bowl Game on Sunday in Miami, one of 100 players from around the country to participate.
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