With the help of carry-forward funds from last year, Student Union devoted its most significant budget in several years to its 2014-15 Speaker Series. Assuming that the funded speakers have schedules amenable to coming, this year’s selection promises to end up as one of the best in recent memory.
If you missed the chancellor’s State of the University Address on Monday, you aren’t alone—only about 50 students were in Tisch Commons during the speech, and a hearty portion of those were Student Union members whose attendance was expected.
Then again, if you missed the address, you didn’t miss much.
By remaining the only top-20 school in the U.S. News & World Report rankings that is need-aware, Wash. U. is signaling an apathetic stance on the issue.
The dissolution of the slate system removes a cumbersome barrier to entry for freshmen, allowing more interested students to run and fostering a more competitive environment that should lead to stronger slates overall and greater voter participation. The new electoral system, in turn, will lead to better Freshman Class Council-sponsored events and activities while nurturing a culture of political commitment on campus.
Dining Services’ decision to cut the main dining options on main campus is rather problematic. While Cafe Bergson and Whispers Cafe remain open, most human beings—yes, even college students—require greater sustenance than packaged salad, pastries and turtle lattes.
We do not intend to criticize Service First now that it has come to an end, but rather to use it as a learning experience to relaunch and rethink a different kind of Service First. We propose that more meaningful, enjoyable projects could be selected to not only add greater value to the overall experience but to also enlighten students about Washington University’s vast array of community service organizations.
While posts about your excessively wonderful drinking adventures may seem harmless, Yik Yak definitely has an effect on perceptions of our University, especially to freshmen who don’t have fully formed opinions of campus yet.
While we may tend to focus on micro-issues and grumbles with the building itself, like the strange accent walls or the exposed ceilings, the Lofts are indicative of a much larger and overlooked subject: how the Lofts represent Wash. U.’s desire to expand without consideration for the city that houses it.
Regardless of how you approach course registration and the initial shopping period at the beginning of a semester, the system here needs tinkering.
While the FYC has good intentions of providing freshmen with a memorable and educational orientation experience, freshmen tend to be overwhelmed and exhausted at the end of Bear Beginnings, and there isn’t enough time to recover for the first day of classes.