Since most people are gone in four years, there’s a very good chance that in eight years, notable events that happened in your time, will be a mystery to the current undergrads.
There is a subculture of history jokes and memes on Tumblr that follows these principles. In doing so, it is rewiring the mechanisms through which history is communicated and interpreted.
Washington University’s early history with racial integration was a rocky one. In the late 1800s, with the onset of Jim Crow segregation throughout the nation, institutions like Wash. U. that had previously accepted black students, however infrequently, completely barred their doors to them.
Walk In Lay Down, or W.I.L.D., has been held biannually at Washington University since 1973. The event has been selected as one of the “15 Insane College Parties That Will Make You Want To Transfer” by Buzzfeed and even has its own Wikipedia page. Throughout the years, W.I.L.D. has seen many up-and-coming artists that went on to become huge names.
A little more than a decade ago, W.I.L.D. did not simply mean free pizza and a concert. It meant catered Chinese cuisine and barbeque. It meant couches and kegs on Brookings Quadrangle. It even meant Jell-O Wrestling.
In recent years, the world has seen a rise in civil disorder. Many Middle Eastern countries have experienced nation-shaking protests, and Greece, perpetually in debt with a shrinking economy, has seen violent demonstrations of its own.
Nestled within the heart of St. Louis, yet largely overlooked by both the city’s residents and Washington University students, lies St. Louis’ Union Station. The railroad station, formerly known as one of the preeminent train stations in the world, now mereley houses a mall and a hotel.
“Deadliest Warrior” is what happens when barstool arguments get out of hand. The guys at Spike are determined to find out which historical bad boys kicked the most butt and took the most names. Throw a ninja and a knight in a ring and let ’em duke it out; what could go wrong?
As a new resident of St. Louis, it was a pleasure to read up on some of its history in Gail Milissa Grant’s “At the Elbows of My Elders.” This former professor, U.S. Foreign Service officer and Wash. U. alumna, describes her life as the daughter of the late, illustrious civil rights lawyer David W. Grant in segregated 1950s St. Louis.
Though heightened security and bustling activity surrounds the run-up to the vice presidential debate, the national spotlight is nothing new for administrators at Washington University.