“WUPD isn’t going to take me to the hospital any more.”
It’s Wednesday, April 22, and I’m sitting in my English major advisor’s Mallinckrodt office for my exit interview from the major. The interview, I’m told, is to help the department assess what’s working in the major, what isn’t and what it can do to better serve the next generation of Washington University’s literary scholars.
These are aspects of the WILD experience that we simply must accept. Here is what we won’t accept this year: weird WILD touching.
One such view is that Writing 1 is not an enjoyable class but still necessary in the college education framework. Another such view—my view—is that the entire course is irrelevant and should be done away with entirely.
However, in practice, College Writing 1 has become a pariah of subjective grading scales and teachers with terrible reputations. As someone who has now taken the class, I would argue against the stigma and say that the class actually benefits the majority of students by giving all students valuable writing experience.
When Washington University announced earlier this year that it would be attempting to increase the amount of Pell Grant-eligible students to 13 percent by 2020, the administration signaled a continuing commitment to expanding socioeconomic diversity on campus. Recently, however, Stanford University announced that it would be providing free tuition to families whose yearly income is less than $125,000.
Germanwings Flight 9525 was not supposed to crash—there were no thunderstorms in the area, no unexpected missile strikes, nor international terrorists on board.
The Indiana bill, which protects the free right of religious expression for all private entities against all other private entities, is egregiously problematic. On the most basic level, it introduces a loophole into the state’s legalese allowing for any business to discriminate against other groups, most notably the LGBTQIA community, on a religious basis.
A body of evidence reveals that current economic turmoil, rising student debt and an increasingly competitive job market have a significant impact on students’ mental health.
The topic is certainly heated, but institutions must make an honest effort to handle it, and that includes Wash. U. The question is whether we are capable of listening to voices in a context that also represents their narrative.