The second floor of the Olin Library was a bit louder than usual on Tuesday afternoon as the Center for Diversity and Inclusion officially welcomed Washington University community members for its grand opening.
In his annual State of the University Address this Monday, Chancellor Mark Wrighton discussed the Lofts of Washington University and the undergraduate graduation rate, but many students in attendance seemed most interested in the school’s work on socioeconomic issues.
A new international affairs concentration could be available to International and Area Studies students by fall 2015, IAS Director of Undergraduate Studies Andrew Sobel announced at a Tuesday meeting of Sigma Iota Rho, the IAS honorary.
“Conversation Circles” is a series of one-hour open discussions for faculty and staff coordinated by the Office of the Provost, the Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the Office of Human Resources to discuss issues surrounding recent events in Ferguson.
The full-service Starbucks in Bauer Hall will open on Monday, Aug. 25 along with the new Bauer Hall Cafe. The Starbucks will accept gift cards and Bear Bucks, but not meal points.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion, housed on the second floor of Olin Library, is open for students, though the grand opening is not until Sept. 23.
For the past few years, the University’s first day of classes has been on a Tuesday following a five-day freshman orientation program. This year, however, classes will begin on Monday.
With the sit-in against Peabody Energy now in its third week, Washington University officials have made their first counteroffer to the student organizers’ demands. Organizers, however, have deemed the offer, which directly addresses only one of their stated demands, insufficient, and they plan to continue their sit-in under Brookings Archway, which began April 8.
Despite the Students Against Peabody sit-in under the Brookings Archway providing the backdrop to one of Washington University’s largest events, Social Programming Board and the Washington University Police Department expect Friday’s W.I.L.D. to proceed as planned.
Students in the Danforth University Center on Wednesday afternoon were interrupted by the shouts of classmates wearing green and white T-shirts to raise awareness about socioeconomic diversity in admissions.