Stop discouraging electric car driving with tax hikes

Transferring the tax burden onto the small, progressive part of our society that owns electric cars or hybrids is illogical and ineffective. The green car tax won’t raise enough money to make back the money lost by normal drivers and it will stunt growth of the fledgling industry.

Aaron Hall | Contributing Writer

Speaker Series selections provide for wide range of talks

With the help of carry-forward funds from last year, Student Union devoted its most significant budget in several years to its 2014-15 Speaker Series. Assuming that the funded speakers have schedules amenable to coming, this year’s selection promises to end up as one of the best in recent memory.

A letter to depressed students on “Wash U Confessions”

Despite the smiling faces that grace the covers of our brochures and viewbooks, unhappiness certainly has an ominous presence on campus. I guess it isn’t completely surprising that this is such a common sentiment—after all, Washington University is an intensely high-pressure environment. It’s almost too easy to fall into the clutches of feeling inadequate, overwhelmed, lonely and everything in between.

Rima Parikh | Contributing Writer

Chancellor sidesteps larger issues in State of the University

If you missed the chancellor’s State of the University Address on Monday, you aren’t alone—only about 50 students were in Tisch Commons during the speech, and a hearty portion of those were Student Union members whose attendance was expected.
Then again, if you missed the address, you didn’t miss much.

Blowback: A lesson in American exceptionalism

Do we know we are falling into a trap? Do we have some alternate, possibly profitable, scheme of which I am unaware? Or are we simply backed too far into this corner of exceptionalism that demands we continue our pursuit to police the world?

Clark Randall | Contributing Writer

Toward repairing a broken college application process

The first semester of senior year in high school is completely consumed by the college process, and while there is a certain holistic aspect to the final product that applicants send to colleges, the college process is socioeconomically biased, egotistical and dishonest.

Peter Dissinger | Contributing Writer

A year later, Wash. U. lacking in economic diversity

By remaining the only top-20 school in the U.S. News & World Report rankings that is need-aware, Wash. U. is signaling an apathetic stance on the issue.

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.