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Ferguson tragedy begs discussion of St. Louis’ ongoing tensions

Most Washington University students are proud to call St. Louis home for at least nine months out of the year—as such, it is important for us to fully grasp the tension in Ferguson and the tragic events occurring so close to our adopted home.

Change W.U. can believe in

In our last staff editorial of the 2012-13 school year, we asked the Washington University administration for a number of changes on campus. And while some were perhaps a bit too ambitious, we did see our wishes for the return of the sociology department and a Starbucks in the new b-school buildings realized.

Gambino’s good, but is there a chance we won’t get a rapper?

Since the formation of Social Programming Board in 2013, the group has taken steps to improve W.I.L.D. each semester as it gains clout as an organization.

For visiting students, OWL pairings could be better

High school seniors have only a week left before they must decide where they’re attending college next fall, so April, as usual, has seen our campus inundated with accepted applicants who are still debating between our institution and others.

Course recommendations for Fall 2014

Whether you’re looking for another class to fill a distribution requirement or are just scrambling to replace a class already filled up by upperclassmen, we at Student Life have some suggestions for course registration.

Peabody protest an encouraging sign of campus activism

The Brookings Archway sit-in against Peabody Energy is nearly a week old, and though the protest’s organizers have had their demands rebuffed by Chancellor Mark Wrighton in a meeting Saturday morning, the sit-in doesn’t show any times of ending soon.

Mosaic Project survey results need to be accompanied by action

Recently, Washington University released the results of the Mosaic Project’s campus climate survey. The results, predictably, provided very few (if any) surprises.

Greater visibility needed for new Student Union exec

With Elevate! sworn in this past Thursday, we are interested in seeing what parts of its platform the slate plans on following through and what changes will occur within Student Union in the coming year. A primary issue that we see within Student Union now is a general lack of visibility and clarity.

A need for awareness of gender diversity and values

When Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced that Tony La Russa, former MLB manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, will be the speaker at this year’s commencement, no one was really complaining; however, no one was really excited, either.

Focus on construction should expand to other schools

Two weeks ago, Washington University officially opened Knight and Bauer Halls, the two newest business school buildings. While construction has not been completely finished, students and faculty have started using both buildings’ grand lecture halls, high-tech study rooms and spacious offices. We can already see the benefits of adding Knight and Bauer Halls.

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