We read Aaron Brezel’s Sept. 8 column about the St. Louis Garlic Festival in Carondelet with interest. As residents active in Carondelet’s community development efforts and not so far removed from college life ourselves, we thank Mr. Brezel for making the journey down Highway 55.
An anthropology professor wrote a letter advocating for increased measures by the University to keep students informed during emergency situations.
Student Life’s decision to profile the prominent candidates for president was a terrific way to inform Washington University students—most of whom may soon be voting for the first time—of their options. But the tones of the profiles have been at times disappointing and potentially damaging to our reputation as a university.
Edward “Tad” Foote, former vice chancellor and general counsel at Washington University passed away this week.
The recent article announcing the relocation of athletic director Josh Whitman to the University of Illinois quoted a few student athletes who were overcome with a sense of abandonment and doubt. Specifically, a feeling that the “We. Us. Our.” mantra Whitman employed was somehow fabricated and will leave with him. I believe what Whitman did here cannot be forgotten. He accomplished more in 18 months than any of us could have imagined, including increased fan attendance and a newly generated sense of pride for Washington University athletics.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I spent two years taking undergraduate upper division classes, several more years studying for my Ph.D. and then almost three years as a post doc researcher in the Washington University physics department. It was a good place to be a woman.
I am puzzled and concerned that in a recent article Student Life senior editors Zach Kram and Megan Magray referred to the Occupied Palestinian Territories as “contested land.”
Chancellor Mark Wrighton released a statement on the Wash U Voices website Friday with the message, “we agree.” The Washington University contingent of STL Students in Solidarity is hesitant to accept that claim. We thank Chancellor Wrighton for accepting our demand for a meeting in January to discuss more detailed and tangible demands with the Washington University administration. However, we find the Chancellor’s response to the protest on campus last night to be inadequate.
When it’s dark and rainy, cyclists are nearly impossible to see until they’re a few yards away. Traffic around Forest Park Parkway and Skinker is already wild as it is, especially with the lane shifts and changes from Forest Park Parkway to Wydown Boulevard. I’ve been a part of a lot of close calls, and I imagine those close calls would be potentially fatal with drunk drivers or people who aren’t already watching for cyclists.
We ask the University community to recognize that Michael Brown’s death was not an isolated incident, but the result of a broken system.