Is it hard to be a Christian in Iran or North Korea or wherever else? Yes. Is it hard to be a Christian in the United States, a nation founded on (at least sort of) Christian ideals and concepts of expressive and religious freedom? No.
The University’s indifference to students with greater need is unacceptable. Purposely ignoring legitimate student concerns in favor of a horribly inefficient residential college system is an egregious offense.
The meeting between students and administrators represented a meaningful moment of dialogue. Due to the impossibility of implementing all demands, community members invested in the efforts should prioritize the most important points and work toward gaining wider backing in the University community.
When it comes down to a sense of community, your floor is basically the place you spend time hanging out. After Convocation and Residential College Olympics, residential colleges do not serve their purpose of uniting the student body.
Countless economic analyses have shown that sports stadiums do not generate the money for cities that politicians, developers and chambers of commerce would have you believe. The money goes to owners, sponsors, players, the lucky few local businesses—anywhere but the public.
I participated in a study abroad program in the capital city of Havana last summer—it was crazy to be one of the few Americans there. It was even crazier to experience the culture and politics firsthand (albeit to a much, much lesser extent) and separate it from the negative stereotypes and assumptions many Americans hold of Cuba.
The model minority myth gives us this privilege but simultaneously oppresses us because we have internalized this myth; we see ourselves as the “good” minority, which prevents us from creating solidarity with other people of color. Because of this myth, anti-black racism and a strong belief in a meritocratic society permeate our community and have been used to justify our absence from this movement.
“It’s like France’s 9/11,” she explained to me. “It is the worst terror attack France has seen in two decades.”
While the administration dragged its feet for many years coming up with a plan, it is encouraging to see the University making strides to improve this glaring blemish on its record. This marks the first time Wash. U. has set concrete goals, and it comes after The New York Times in consecutive summers publicly took the University to task for standing out among elite universities for its dearth of low-income students.
Satire is often called the highest form of wit in that it points to the world’s hypocrisies and trivializes them. Through satire, we as a global society can grow by addressing the problems that someone more cynical identifies for us.