Money Smart Week to promote fiscal literacy

With graduation weeks away, members of the Washington University community are working to educate students stepping into the real world about money smarts.

Claudia Vaughan | Senior Scene Editor

Habitat for Humanity, Global Brigades allow students to make a difference on alternative spring break trips

By the time spring break arrives, many students are feeling burned out and in need of a much-deserved escape from papers and exams. Yet while some choose to venture to laid-back lake houses or breezy, boozy beaches (read: the notorious Panama City Beach), others opt for trips that will help greater charitable causes.

Claudia Vaughan | Senior Scene Editor

Your guide to Mardi Gras

While the term “Mardi Gras” conjures more images of drunken revelry than it does of history, the celebration in fact has an interesting story behind it. The quirky day, which includes outlandish activities and crazy costumes, is the perfect escape for those of you that haven’t escaped the confines of Olin Library in more than a week.

Scene Staff

Read my lips: Study finds lip-reading is easier when they’re yours

From George Costanza farcically misreading the lips of Jerry’s deaf girlfriend in an episode of Seinfeld to the Youtube channel “Bad Lip Reading,” which left many Wash U. students giggling behind their MacBooks in Olin library this election season, faulty lip-reading skits find their niche in a wide range of popular comedies, sitcoms and spoofs.

Adam Cohen-Nowak | Contributing reporter

The most annoying people on your freshman floor (and how to avoid becoming one of them)

Hi, freshmen, and welcome to Washington University! Today you begin a transition to a life completely unlike high school. The biggest change is living by yourself away from home and surrounded by 40 or so of the smartest people you’ll ever meet. For the first two weeks or so, returning to your freshman floor feels like entering the cool cabin at summer camp.

Professor Michael Sherraden: One of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2010

Recently named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2010, Michael Sherraden, of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, established his reputation by founding the Brown School’s Center for Social Development. Time recognized Sherraden for his work in asset building for low-income individuals.

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The Haps: Tower Grove

The Loop, the Landing, the Central West End: been there, done it all. If you’re ready for a new place to go out, head to Tower Grove. The Grove, for those not already in the know, is an older part of St. Louis that’s building itself back up with trendy restaurants and popping nightlife.

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The Haps: St. Louis Craft Beer Week

So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but St. Louis is kind of big on beer. Although Anheuser-Busch has the biggest name and the biggest hold on the town, there are plenty of smaller breweries with high-quality products worth checking out.

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The Haps: Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!

The first time I gambled, my eyes anxiously followed the slot machine’s spinning cherries. It was stressful and exciting­­­. But it was also illegal: I was about 8 at the time. I was promptly escorted from the small casino and returned to my parents. Since then, I’ve continued to respect the glamour, exhilaration and fickleness of Lady Luck only from afar.

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The Haps: Those wailin’ 88s

It’s amazing what you can find across the street from a Shop ’n Save. Located across from the grocery store, on the corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard, is the piano bar called The Jive & Wail. It’s one of those places you would walk right by if the music didn’t reach out the door and grab you off the sidewalk. And once you get inside, the dueling pianos will keep a hold of you and show you a good time.

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