With the recent reinstatement of the men’s soccer team following a Washington University investigation into allegations of derogatory statements made by the men’s team toward the women’s team, there are still many questions that must be answered moving forward. While we commend the University for acting swiftly and efficiently in the investigation process, we caution them against acting passively from here on out.
Chancellor Mark Wrighton, rarely one for political gestures, sent an email out to our community expressing his personal opposition to what is now being called the “Muslim ban” and clarified a Washington University statement of principles.
In the past few days, details of the indictment of former Dean of Students Justin Carroll have left the entire Washington University community reeling.
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—from entering the United States for 90 days.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows that the freshman class at Wash. U. during the year of “The Six” was 4.8 percent African-American. This year, for the class of 2020, that number is up to 12.4 percent. But has the culture that led to the discomfort and insecurity following that year’s production actually changed with the changing demographic?
As has become clear with the confirmation hearing of Betsy DeVos, education will be one of the quiet battlegrounds in this administration. The administration’s views on school choice and public education are deeply problematic for the state of Missouri.
Student Life’s Editorial Board is always looking for ways to help our beloved school be a better institution for the undergraduate student body, and this year is no different. With such a hectic and riveting semester behind us, here are some things we would like Wash. U. to improve in the spring semester and beyond.
Today, Chancellor Wrighton and the administration released a letter declaring Washington University’s support for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Washington University Police Department’s desire to not involve itself with students’ immigration status and the need for an accepting, discrimination-free environment on our campus. His words are a welcome assurance from the University that they are committed to undocumented students (and families) across the United States, but there is much to be done in the coming months when the president-elect takes office.
We commend the University for responding concretely to the prevailing issue of sexual violence on campus.
With the holiday season fast approaching, and Thanksgiving just days away, the Student Life editorial board wanted to take a pause from this hectic, challenging and frustrating semester to offer thanks to our favorite things about Washington University.