Whitman is our first-year athletic director, having replaced John Schael after a tenure spanning nearly four decades. Whitman has actively recruited students to our sporting events with all-school email blasts advertising Red Alert. But one message he sent to only student-athletes last week is his most significant yet, and it has little to do with Bear sports.
As we approach the middle of the month, the early results of No-Shave November are rolling in. Few of us sport respectable beards, while the vast majority clings to wispy patches of facial hair while weathering the (hopefully) good-natured ribbing of friends.
When comedian Hannibal Buress denounced Bill Cosby as a rapist in a stand-up routine last month, I could scarcely believe it. However, a quick Google search revealed that Cosby had been accused of sexually assaulting 13 women.
Back when the web was just where spiders lived, college students were forced to mill about their dorm room to procrastinate, looking for a sock drawer to reorganize or a pile of dirty laundry to finally clean. But now there are entire websites built around the concept of consuming your precious time, bit by bit, and one of the most egregious culprits is Netflix.
I attended Lacob’s talk eager to hear his opinion on another issue that has dominated the NBA news cycle for the past several months. I asked what impact the franchise sales of Donald Sterling and Bruce Levenson after both made racially charged comments has on the dynamic of NBA ownership.
Since Aug. 9, I have read hundreds of articles running the gamut from critiquing black culture to condemning police brutality and conservative racism. White liberals have somehow slipped through the cracks of criticism and escaped unscathed. I’m a part of this demographic, and it’s time we talk about how we have treated Ferguson—and better yet, what Ferguson wants from us.
Racial identity functions on a spectrum and is something that an individual has the power to define independently. It isn’t an absolute concept, so there’s no reason why anyone should have to live up to certain expectations about his or her race. Just because you don’t conform to those expectations also doesn’t mean that you can’t still culturally identify with it.
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.
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.
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.