An open letter to Dining Services: Or, why I now have trust issues

Listen up, Dining Services. I think it’s about time we had a chat. No, this isn’t about that weird meat in the case in Bear’s Den last week. And it’s not about the fact that there are never enough California Rolls at the sushi station. This is something a little more serious. Let’s talk about trust.

| Staff Writer

Campus speaker provides proof that prisoner torture isn’t needed

If Maddox was able to locate Hussein without needing torture, maybe this will be the proof needed to eliminate the ineffective method from the interrogation room for good. Recent studies and commentary have argued that torture is very ineffective for obtaining reliable information.

Zach Epstein | Contributing Writer

The Oscars problem: ‘Based on a true story’

The Academy plays favorites and has its prejudices—that’s pretty much common knowledge at this point. For the 2015 iteration of the Academy Awards, which air on Sunday, another controversy has consumed the mass media: what is the required historical accuracy for a story?

Wesley Jenkins | Staff Writer

Combating the stigma against asexuals and aromantics

In the wake of Valentine’s Day, I would like to remind everyone that it’s perfectly all right for the holiday to be all about the candy—in fact, for some people, it’s always been about the candy.

Hao-Han Pan | Contributing Writer

Take it easy on Brian Williams

Williams does not deserve the vilification he has received in the press. Did he deserve to be suspended? Yes. He made a mistake and deserves according punishment. But to viciously attack a man’s reputation for doing his job and doing it quite well is wrong, especially when the attack is led by a press corps that has made similar, if not worse, mistakes.

Wesley Jenkins | Staff Columnist

My spaghetti date with Tall Jerry: A church camp fling with a nice boy in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

For last year’s sex issue, I wrote about my first “real” date with “Dave,” a particularly smooth operator with a loaded duct-tape wallet. I specified “real” because, technically, my first sort-of date happened two years earlier.

| Staff Writer

With student activist demands come need for change

In some ways, University officials have demonstrated a laudable desire to seriously examine our own complicity in the institutional racism of St. Louis. When I say “our,” I mean all of us who study or work at Wash. U., not just the administrators who take most of the heat.

| Senior Forum Editor

Roger Goodell’s failures as a commissioner

Goodell’s eroding grasp on the league continued to wither away with the Adrian Peterson scandal, the continued emergence of player arrests for domestic violence, the peculiar and inconsistent handling of Josh Gordon’s drug violations, and the still-unresolved Deflategate controversy.

Zach Epstein | Contributing Writer

Why residential colleges don’t work anymore

When it comes down to a sense of community, your floor is basically the place you spend time hanging out. After Convocation and Residential College Olympics, residential colleges do not serve their purpose of uniting the student body.

Peter Dissinger | Staff Writer

End the Cuban embargo, end an era of hostile relations

I participated in a study abroad program in the capital city of Havana last summer—it was crazy to be one of the few Americans there. It was even crazier to experience the culture and politics firsthand (albeit to a much, much lesser extent) and separate it from the negative stereotypes and assumptions many Americans hold of Cuba.

Rima Parikh | Staff Writer