Guilty or not, questions remain about Oscar Pistorius’ trial

Pistorius attracted widespread support with his feel-good story, but as the saying goes, “the bigger they are, the harder they fall.” And Pistorius fell. Hard.

Zach Epstein | Contributing Writer

Wash. U. is more than a set of statistics

I am starting to feel less like an ant and more like individual: someone who potentially matters here.

Peter Dissinger | Contributing Writer

SU’s removal of freshman slates shows encouraging signs

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.

You can still send your kid to an Ivy League school–or Wash. U.

Trust me, I’ve spent plenty of Holden Caulfield-motivated evenings lamenting the perils of, if you will, “the system.” It saddens me when I encounter passionless flesh-sacks, whose primary goals are to make six figures and die in some beautiful suburban fantasy. I wish that academic institutions placed less emphasis on conventional success and career preparation. I wish that there were less pressure on students to become passionless flesh-sacks in the first place.

Rima Parikh | Contributing Writer

A pathway to engagement with St. Louis

As students, it is imperative that we first put ourselves on trial before looking to correct the faults in any institution. Once we have exhausted our own abilities, we can then turn to pressuring administration for help.

Clark Randall | Contributing Writer

Lack of weekend food options will lead to unhealthy eating

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.

‘The Date’ generates valuable thought, discourse

This year’s Bear Beginnings, or freshman orientation, was loaded with programming to help first-year students like me adapt to college life. One feature definitely spoke to me the most—a skit called “The Date,” which educates students about rape and sexual assault.

Gavin Rackoff | Contributing Writer

Celeb nudes, weird dudes and victim blaming

We as a society seem to be under the impression that a woman’s body is not her own, especially if the woman happens to be an attractive celebrity. If Jennifer Lawrence walks out in public wearing sweats and a bare face, her picture is everywhere. If Kirsten Dunst gains five pounds and decides to do something drastic like, I don’t know, wear a swimsuit, her picture is everywhere. If Hope Solo takes a private picture of herself meant for the eyes of a specific person, well, you can guess the rest.

| Staff Writer

End of Service First allows for fresh ideas and improvements

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.

Yik Yak attacks shouldn’t put freshmen on the wrong track

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.