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Students simulate refugee experience in workshop

Thursday afternoon in Seigle Hall, Washington University students bribed border patrol officers, committed theft, prostituted themselves and even carried out murder. Students assumed the role of African refugees seeking asylum in Israel as part of the International Leadership Program freshman seminar’s two-day event “Right to Refuge?

New College Diabetes Network chapter on campus aims to increase diabetes awareness

Washington University students are working to educate and raise awareness about diabetes within the student body, which they say often holds misconceptions about the disease. Junior Hansika Narayanan and freshman Melanie Goldring have started a College Diabetes Network (CDN) chapter at Washington University.

Anti-Peabody rally elevates support as students await negotiated terms

Although it fell short of its goal of 1,000 participants, Saturday’s rally on Brookings Steps—the largest to date—brought together hundreds, who reiterated their demands that the school cut ties with Peabody Energy.

‘Mr.’ Wash. U. crowned: With half the usual candidates, show raises two-thirds of previous year’s total

For the second year in a row, and the second time ever, a female contestant won the Mr. Wash. U. competition. The annual Mr. Wash. U. show, along with the organization’s yearlong fundraising efforts, benefits City Faces, a charity founded by architecture professor Bob Hansman in 1993.

Autism awareness panel discusses spectrum disorders and inclusion

Halfway through National Autism Awareness Month, Washington University’s The Night Off Program sponsored a panel discussion on Tuesday that focused on inclusion for students on the autism spectrum.

Administration discusses potential savings from new efficiency measures

Administrators highlighted Washington University’s efforts to cut costs without affecting services at a public forum on Wednesday morning, At the beginning of 2013, the University retained the services of Huron Consulting Group to find methods to reduce expenditures in four areas where other universities have implemented similar measures.

Ceremony preludes new AC renovation

Students, alumni and faculty gathered near the Athletic Complex Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Gary and Rachel Sumers Recreation Center, set to open in the fall of 2016.

ThurtenE mixes nostalgia with modern tech

Although this year’s ThurtenE theme centered on the past and nostalgia of the event, the carnival saw new developments, with ThurtenE Honorary releasing a mobile app to guide visitors. This year’s theme, “Endless Discovery: Explore the Tradition,” was intended to remind attendees of the history behind the oldest student-run carnival—or, as it was once known, “Younivee Surrkuss”—in the country. Although the honorary ordinarily hands out advertisement books, it introduced a smartphone application for 2014’s carnival.

‘Grab a Duck’ event fosters new student interactions

A fleet of colorful rubber ducks floated in an inflatable kiddie pool outside the Danforth University Center Friday, inviting curious passers-by to step in. This project, entitled “Grab a Duck. Make a Friend!,” is a new community-building initiative spearheaded by seniors Michael Liu and Victoria Wang in an effort to encourage students to meet new people.

Food for Thought: Office visits helping the hungry

Hoping to stimulate thought while helping out charity, Dean Jen Smith is donating a can for each College of Arts & Sciences student who visits office hours during the PB&Joy food drive. The fourth annual food drive, which runs from April 3-15, is a University-wide effort to raise awareness for hunger issues in and around the St. Louis community and to support Operation Food Search. Operation Food Search is a local organization focused on teaching the community about cooking and nutrition with the goal of ending hunger.

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