Does our academic schedule compare poorly to other schools?

Washington University’s fall academic calendar is unique—starting a full week before most private universities, with two one-day breaks (Labor Day and fall break, which falls a week after Columbus Day), a traditional Thanksgiving break and then ending with a three-day reading week and five days of exams. In the research I have done, I have yet to find a university of the same caliber or size with a directly comparable schedule.

Peter Dissinger | Contributing Writer

Aim for more socioeconomic diversity needs concrete goals

We view the given explanation as logical but insufficient, failing to mask the administration’s attempt to beat around the bush when it comes to the pressing issues of socioeconomic diversity at this school that have been ignored for several years.

Re: ‘Professors’ endorsement of Israel boycott…’

Last week, we printed an op-ed submission entitled “Professors’ endorsement of Israel boycott deserves condemnation” in the pages of this Forum section. The writer’s conflation of anti-Semitism with criticism of a government is a reckless accusation and in no way a defense of the academic freedom or nondiscrimination he claims to hold dear.

| Senior Forum Editor

No justice for Vonderrit Myers, no justice for Mike Brown

A police officer shot and killed Vonderrit Myers, a black male, Wednesday night on Shaw Avenue—this is the only undisputed truth we have as of today. Meanwhile, people have pressed protesters to justify the inclusion of Myers within the Ferguson October demonstrations that took place over the weekend.

Clark Randall | Staff Columnist

Parent and Family Weekend should end weak scheduling

If you were annoyed by the timing of Parent and Family Weekend, you weren’t alone. Traditionally, the First Year Center has held this weekend either the week before or after fall break, which we believe is an inopportune time for students, who are held down by school and club obligations, to host their parents for a weekend.

My experience with sexual harassment

He didn’t break eye contact until I did, until I had to straighten out and put the car into drive. Then I heard it again: Slut, Bitch. His voice, then two more voices.

Kea Wilson | MFA 2013

Sam Fox Fest not a fun freshman replacement for Bauhaus

Just like that, without any prior conversations involving ASC, Bauhaus was no more. The funding cut was a strong-armed move by SU and a clear abuse of its power over smaller student organizations, but ASC has been forced to adapt with the sudden change. Instead of Bauhaus this year, expect an all-new and entirely revamped weeklong Sam Fox Fest.

Professors’ endorsement of Israel boycott deserves condemnation

Every nation has policies that should be challenged, but holding one country to a higher standard is not legitimate criticism. A call for an academic boycott of Israel, the only free democracy in the Middle East, perpetuates an anti-Semitic double standard.

Paul Felder | Class of 2018

The St. Louis Metro is your friend, and other transport observations

It’s Sunday, and the MetroLink is packed with football fans. I emulate my inner-sardine and stand to one side of the door, barely clutching onto a pole. I’m from the fringe of Chicago, so I’m no stranger to public transportation. Being cramped in a small space where the awkward, accidental groping of sweaty strangers is inevitable almost feels like second nature.

Rima Parikh | Contributing Writer

Alcohol ban an ineffective solution to a bigger problem

What perhaps seems on the surface to be a reasonable measure to curb the abuse of alcohol on the South 40 instead reeks of heavy-handed forcefulness on the part of Residential Life administration, to likely little effect.