On Halloween a group of students posted a picture of themselves on Facebook which represented, as best I could tell, four American soldiers posing with an ambiguous, bearded, dark-skinned man. Two of the “soldiers” pointed toy guns at the man, who was kneeling below them.
The Diversity Affairs Council, a branch of Student Union, recognizes that the image posted online on Oct. 30, regardless of the intention, has hurt members of our community. As representatives of the Washington University in St. Louis student body, we are disheartened by this incident.
This time last year, I was 5,000 miles south of St. Louis, navigating the city of Santiago, Chile, studying alongside students of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and living with a family that welcomed me as one of its own. After six months, Chile and the people I developed relationships with became a new home.
Last week, Student Life published an article reporting on Mayor Francis Slay’s visit to our campus. My organization, the College Democrats, brought the mayor to campus primarily to speak about national issues that have local significance: the impact of health care policy and anti-gun violence measures. These are topics that require our attention.
Although much has been made of the Affordable Care Act’s debut, especially the recent disappointments of HealthCare.gov, it is important to remember that the most far-reaching effects of the Affordable Care Act have been in place since its enactment in 2010.
Over the years, the federal government has created a series of entitlements that, although occasionally successful, have consistently contributed to our ever-increasing debt obligations to be repaid by future generations.
A few weeks ago, CNBC took a poll about health care reform. In the survey, 46 percent of individuals polled said they were opposed to “Obamacare.” Only 37 percent of individuals were opposed to the law when asked how they felt about the Affordable Care Act.
Almost three months after George Zimmerman was declared innocent in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, little has improved in the cases of “stand your ground” laws and castle doctrines. These pieces of state legislation were created to allow citizens to defend themselves. However, they have grown into much more than that.
Last week, Student Life printed its second “Spotlight on Social Action,” highlighting the rapid rise of Wash. U.’s chapter of the Half the Sky Movement. The student group’s goals are noble: among them, to “support educational and economic development programs…and increase the opportunities available to women and girls throughout the developing world.
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols committed a grievous act of terror, the devastating bombing of a government building in Oklahoma City. One hundred sixty eight people were killed and many more were injured. I hadn’t even heard about this bombing until the summer of 2010 when I went to the memorial in Oklahoma City. On Sept.