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It was all Greek to me: What we discovered about sororities by joining them

As the semester comes to a close, hundreds of Washington University women are completing their first semesters as members of the Greek community. Joining a sorority, though a common choice on campus, often brings with it unexpected elements. It seems that many women don’t know what to expect from their experience.

At long last: My parents’ first visit to Wash. U.

Throughout this year, my first at Washington University, it has been difficult to fully share my experience with my parents. They’ve never met the friends whose names I mention, attended the classes I discuss or known the pain of working in the B-stacks at 3 a.m.

Pre-frosh on the Scene: Two takes on the hosting experience

Having a pre-frosh stay with you comes with not only a sense of bittersweet nostalgia but also the desire to impart all of the wisdom learned during your freshman year onto this metaphorical newborn who is standing in your shoes, one year back.

Street Style No. 2: Marilla Havens

Those of us who didn’t receive a nice sheet of paper detailing the exact definition of “business casual” upon our enrollment at Washington University—so those of us not in the business school—have absolutely no idea what to wear to events with dress codes. Without Olin telling us what’s appropriate and what isn’t, students in other [...]

Street Style No.1: Nay’Chelle Harris

In the wake of spring, many students find themselves struggling with the newfound freedom to expose their ankles without being struck by hypothermia.

Whispers etiquette

Maybe you fear the silence of the A-stacks. Or perhaps you want to eat a delicious chocolate-chip scone without worrying about your noisy chewing or that crackling noise of the paper bag. Maybe you just want to do some people-watching while attempting to read a chapter from your psychology textbook. Whatever the situation, you find yourself in Whispers Cafe.

Taxi trapped: Unfortunate cab rides

When you think about it, riding in the back of a taxicab is quite an intimate experience. There aren’t all that many people we know with whom we would trust our lives or choose to be locked in a room—and yet that’s exactly what we do with cab drivers.

Stepping Out: Central Table

[rating stars="3.5"] Featuring a sushi bar along with a varied menu of pizzas, pastas and other entrees, Central Table, located in the Central West End, offers something for everyone. This upscale restaurant with valet parking has a modern vibe and advertises an excellent dining experience. The latter claim, however, is quite debatable.

Five must-have pieces for spring

This recent outpouring of rain means that spring has recently sprung, and it hasn’t come a moment too soon. However, the weather here in St. Louis is known to change quite quickly, so you may have found yourself—and especially your closet—quite unprepared to take on the fashion scene this spring.

Small talk with Tony La Russa: A sports fan calls up the 2014 commencement speaker

The last time I was intimidated by somebody I was interviewing, I was a wee freshman walking into the office of Larry Kindbom, the head coach of the Washington University football team; it was my first ever interview for Student Life. But as I sat in my office, about to make the call that would be my last interview as editor-in-chief of StudLife, I was also sweating.

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