Brian Benton, Student Union vice president of public relations, has resigned his post effective immediately, SU announced in a press release Tuesday morning. Benton, a junior, tendered his resignation in a letter on Monday, citing personal reasons. According to SU’s press release, Benton “determined that his time could be more effectively used elsewhere.”
The Big History Project, an international education initiative funded by Bill Gates that intends to provide a comprehensive history of the universe and humanity in a cohesive curriculum, features several notable scientists and historians, including Washington University professor of biology Ursula Goodenough.
Thanks to a collaboration between the Danforth University Center and Dining Services, students can now continue caffeine consumption well after the DUC’s Servery and Cafe Bergson close with the addition of the “DUC & CUP” on-your-honor coffee program.
As part of the Social Justice Center’s monthly Java & Justice event, Thursday’s discussion focused on Islamophobia, freedom of speech and problematic media portrayals in recent weeks.
The demands identified three areas of focus for the administration to modify: improving the experience of people of color on campus, developing a culturally conscientious campus population and repairing the University’s relationship with the St. Louis community. While students and the administration did not come to any official agreement from the conversation, both sides were optimistic about future discussions.
The Karp Family Quartet, a family of string players featuring Washington University senior Jonathan Karp, played its first complete quartet program in the Danforth University Center Tuesday night. The group is composed of Jonathan, his mother Margie, his father Benjamin and his younger brother Aaron.
Monday’s “The Prophetic Voice: A Time to Break the Silence” in Graham Chapel marked the 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. The event featured various student and faculty speakers, who focused heavily on the recent events in Ferguson and African-American relationships within the St. Louis area as well as on campus.
Larry Shapiro, the executive vice chancellor and dean of the Washington University School of Medicine, announced that he will be stepping down from those positions when his replacement is found.
With tuition on the rise once again for the 2015-16 school year, Washington University administrators unveiled a new official commitment for increased socioeconomic diversity on campus, specifically through the acceptance and support of more Pell Grant-eligible students.
The new plan announced by the University on Thursday evening calls for an increase in Pell-eligible students on the Danforth campus to 13 percent by 2020, with $25 million to be devoted annually toward achieving this goal.