Leave the Ray Rice jerseys, racial costumes at home this weekend

It’s 2014. Somewhere a misguided someone is heralding the end of racism and the beginnings of a post-racial society in which no one sees color. And somewhere, an equally misguided someone on Instagram is posting a photo of a young white child clad in a Ray Rice jersey, face smeared with brown makeup, a baby doll dragged behind him by the curls of her hair. It’s 2014 and apparently blackface and domestic violence are appropriate subjects to mock via a child’s Halloween costume.

With expansion of Wash. U. class sizes, bigger isn’t always better

For many applicants to Washington University, the school’s small-to-medium size is a huge advantage on the college pros and cons list. Smaller colleges offer more individualized education—you aren’t just a face in the crowd. You have the advantage of taking smaller classes, knowing your professors personally and getting opportunities for a customized education. At a smaller college, you are part of a community—even though it’s impossible to know everyone at Wash. U., you will see lots of familiar faces walking around campus.

Go crazy at WILD, but keep these guidelines in mind

It’s that time of the year again—when you can drink in the daytime and feel like you go to a state school for a fleeting afternoon and evening.
WILD is an event that comes with abundant anticipation, and as midterms wind down, it’s a perfect moment for students to let loose. Even while making the day live up to its acronym, keep in mind the following guidelines for remaining a responsible human being.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10 activities you have to do before it gets really cold

Winter is not so far away. And in St. Louis, that means anything from endless rainy days to snow to freezing temperatures. Before you bundle up in a North Face jacket and bring snow boots out of storage, try these 10 outdoor activities in the weeks before the cold arrives.

Alert! (Red) Alert! Bearing witness to Wash. U. sports

If you ask the average Washington University student whether he or she regularly attends athletic events to support the Bears, your odds of getting “yes” as an answer will likely be slim. Being in NCAA Division III, our athletics get much less media or national attention compared to any big university like the University of Alabama and the University of Florida. This doesn’t mean our teams don’t deserve attention.

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.