Unfeasible to expect implementation of all Students in Solidarity demands, but starting point is commendable

The meeting between students and administrators represented a meaningful moment of dialogue. Due to the impossibility of implementing all demands, community members invested in the efforts should prioritize the most important points and work toward gaining wider backing in the University community.

Rams’ new stadium should come from owner, not public funds

Countless economic analyses have shown that sports stadiums do not generate the money for cities that politicians, developers and chambers of commerce would have you believe. The money goes to owners, sponsors, players, the lucky few local businesses—anywhere but the public.

Pell news should not be taken for granted, but concerns remain

While the administration dragged its feet for many years coming up with a plan, it is encouraging to see the University making strides to improve this glaring blemish on its record. This marks the first time Wash. U. has set concrete goals, and it comes after The New York Times in consecutive summers publicly took the University to task for standing out among elite universities for its dearth of low-income students.

‘Je suis Charlie’ slogan lacks full expression of freedoms

This is about France’s—and the world’s—continuing and increasing tendency to conflate acts of terrorism by a small slice of a massive and otherwise quite peaceful religion with everybody who identifies as a Muslim. This is about those who, in their aggressive cries of “Je suis Charlie!” and defense of free speech, silence the overwhelming number of Muslims attempting to condemn the terrorism of a radicalized few.

Wrighton’s new email addresses concerns, needs concrete action

On Wednesday afternoon, Chancellor Mark Wrighton sent out a campus-wide email. And unlike in previous emails that have largely ignored the issues surrounding this semester’s events in Ferguson in favor of concern for the on-campus safety of students, Wrighton finally took a stance.

Dialogue is welcome, but activism is not an inconvenience

With hundreds of students participating in protests responding to this semester’s events in Ferguson and police brutality across the United States, student protesters are claiming a new kind of class is in session for Washington University.

Acknowledging rape culture on campus isn’t enough

Wash. U., like most institutions of higher education in this country, has a rape problem. One woman out of four being assaulted is a problem. Assumptions of being better just because we did not get a Rolling Stone article written about us is a problem.

What we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means that final exams are approaching and stress is gradually building. Though the rainy and snowy weather hasn’t done anything to brighten the mood, it’s time to take a step back from our concerns and recognize what we’re thankful for this year.

ResLife takes a step forward with gender-neutral housing

Good job, Residential Life. We give that office a lot of grief in this space throughout a given school year, from criticizing its strange enforcement of alcohol policies to discussing problems with its placement of students. But much to our delight, Residential Life recently acted swiftly and decisively in enacting a new policy allowing for gender-neutral housing across all ResLife properties.

Response to grand jury shouldn’t distract from larger issues

An announcement about charges facing Darren Wilson is expected any day now. It’s highly probable, based on recent news leaks and indications from every official ranking all the way up to Gov. Jay Nixon, that Wilson will go free without being indicted.