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ThurtenE mixes nostalgia with modern tech

Although this year’s ThurtenE theme centered on the past and nostalgia of the event, the carnival saw new developments, with ThurtenE Honorary releasing a mobile app to guide visitors. This year’s theme, “Endless Discovery: Explore the Tradition,” was intended to remind attendees of the history behind the oldest student-run carnival—or, as it was once known, “Younivee Surrkuss”—in the country. Although the honorary ordinarily hands out advertisement books, it introduced a smartphone application for 2014’s carnival.

‘Grab a Duck’ event fosters new student interactions

A fleet of colorful rubber ducks floated in an inflatable kiddie pool outside the Danforth University Center Friday, inviting curious passers-by to step in. This project, entitled “Grab a Duck. Make a Friend!,” is a new community-building initiative spearheaded by seniors Michael Liu and Victoria Wang in an effort to encourage students to meet new people.

Food for Thought: Office visits helping the hungry

Hoping to stimulate thought while helping out charity, Dean Jen Smith is donating a can for each College of Arts & Sciences student who visits office hours during the PB&Joy food drive. The fourth annual food drive, which runs from April 3-15, is a University-wide effort to raise awareness for hunger issues in and around the St. Louis community and to support Operation Food Search. Operation Food Search is a local organization focused on teaching the community about cooking and nutrition with the goal of ending hunger.

Ineffectual meeting with chancellor fails to put end to sit-in

Students are continuing their sit-in under the Brookings Archway after Chancellor Mark Wrighton rejected their core demand to remove Greg Boyce, CEO of Peabody Energy, from Washington University’s board of trustees Saturday.

Library expands tech rentals to laptops, iPads and more

“But my computer crashed!” will no longer be an excuse for late papers—Olin Library is now lending out laptops. On Monday, the library began another phase of its technology rental program: five MacBook Air computers, along with other new offerings such as iPhone chargers, are now available for borrowing by students.

Brookings sit-in urges WU to cut ties with Peabody

Cradling bowls of homemade chili in their laps as the sun set behind Ridgley Hall, about two dozen students seated in a circle took turns explaining why they were fighting to dissolve Washington University’s ties with Peabody Energy.

Engineering school to cease offering credit for UCollege classes

Starting this fall, engineering students will no longer be able to count most University College courses toward their graduation requirements.

Despite University opposition, students offer Palestinian-American poet public venue

Though the International and Area Studies (IAS) department tried to prevent him from addressing the public, Palestinian-American slam poet Remi Kanazi nevertheless performed at an open “solidarity” slam Wednesday night.

Diversity Center seeks director, set to open in fall 2014

Washington University aims to open its Center for Diversity & Inclusion by this fall, with a director for the center to start work this summer. The decision to open a center was made based on the results of reports by an external consultant, Lori Patton Davis of Indiana University, and a University task force, which concluded that a center should be opened in 2014.

Speaker cancellations disrupt campus programming

Three speakers who were funded through the Student Union Speaker Series cancelled their planned appearances this semester, leaving student groups scrambling to come up with alternate programming. Neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel, actor Joe Pantoliano and astronomer Steven Squyres added to a list of speakers who have been scheduled to appear but were forced to cancel.

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