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.

Spring 2015 course recommendations

It’s registration time, and that means it’s a time of sadness as you watch your preferred classes’ seats fill up with upperclassmen before you get the chance to register. Now it’s time to rely on alternate plans and change your mind if that schedule isn’t looking so great anymore.

MSU newspaper changes focus to self instead of racism

Students at Missouri State University picking up a copy of their student newspaper, The Standard, in late October were in for somewhat a shock: expletives and a racial slurs printed, uncensored, in large white font on a black background above the fold. Phrases included “I don’t care about n——. They’re just n——,” and “F— you all!”

Missouri’s same-sex marriage ruling a step in the right direction

A day after midterm elections drastically altered the makeup of the national legislature, a substantial judicial decision hit Missouri: St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, adding to a wave of similar rulings nationwide.

Student Union elections are on Tuesday, and you have a voice

Raise your hand if you know that midterm elections are on Tuesday. Keep your hand raised if you’re planning on voting, whether in Missouri or your home state. Congratulations—you’re one of just 37 percent of people who are of voting age in our country, if 2010’s turnout data carries over to 2014.