It’s on us, Wash U

Student Union and S.A.R.A.H. are proud to announce “It’s On Us, Wash U”: a campaign designed to spark conversation about sexual assault at Washington University and make a pledge to improve our campus culture. “It’s On Us, Wash U” makes the University a part of the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign.

Libby Ward & Emma Tyler | Co-President, Sexual Assault and Rape Anonymous Helpline (S.A.R.A.H.); President, Student Union

On Piers Morgan and the N-word

This is the path that white people ought to take in the battle against racism: following those who know of its evils rather than leading with a false understanding.

Wesley Jenkins | Staff Writer

ResLife takes a step forward with gender-neutral housing

Good job, Residential Life. We give that office a lot of grief in this space throughout a given school year, from criticizing its strange enforcement of alcohol policies to discussing problems with its placement of students. But much to our delight, Residential Life recently acted swiftly and decisively in enacting a new policy allowing for gender-neutral housing across all ResLife properties.

Destigmatizing the call for equality

Beginning this past Wednesday, members of Washington University’s Representation Project stationed themselves outside of the art school, Underpass and Danforth University Center to ask passersby why they need feminism. The event aimed to correct misguided notions that surround the movement and demonstrate how feminism benefits everyone.

| Representation Project Committee Chair

Response to grand jury shouldn’t distract from larger issues

An announcement about charges facing Darren Wilson is expected any day now. It’s highly probable, based on recent news leaks and indications from every official ranking all the way up to Gov. Jay Nixon, that Wilson will go free without being indicted.

Spring 2015 course recommendations

It’s registration time, and that means it’s a time of sadness as you watch your preferred classes’ seats fill up with upperclassmen before you get the chance to register. Now it’s time to rely on alternate plans and change your mind if that schedule isn’t looking so great anymore.

The little-known noble cause behind No-Shave November

As we approach the middle of the month, the early results of No-Shave November are rolling in. Few of us sport respectable beards, while the vast majority clings to wispy patches of facial hair while weathering the (hopefully) good-natured ribbing of friends.

Wesley Jenkins | Contributing Writer

Reconciling Cosby with ‘Cosby’

When comedian Hannibal Buress denounced Bill Cosby as a rapist in a stand-up routine last month, I could scarcely believe it. However, a quick Google search revealed that Cosby had been accused of sexually assaulting 13 women.

June Jennings | Contributing Writer

MSU newspaper changes focus to self instead of racism

Students at Missouri State University picking up a copy of their student newspaper, The Standard, in late October were in for somewhat a shock: expletives and a racial slurs printed, uncensored, in large white font on a black background above the fold. Phrases included “I don’t care about n——. They’re just n——,” and “F— you all!”

Catcalling: More than just a harmless compliment

The 2013 Clery Report, which records crimes that have occurred on or around the Washington University campus, indicated a 150 percent increase in reported forcible sex offenses in the past year. This, in addition to the “carry the weight” movement spurred by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz, has contributed to the whirlwind of recent attention regarding sexual assault on college campuses along with street harassment.

Rima Parikh | Staff Columnist