The students behind the ROTC uniforms

When senior Claire Henkel reunites with friends from her all-girls high school, most of them don’t know how to broach the subject of her career goals. The battalion commander of Washington University’s ROTC program, previously a member of the varsity softball team, doesn’t come from a military family.

| Senior News Editor

On the front lines of equality

On Thursday, Jan. 24, the Pentagon officially lifted the military’s ban on women serving in combat. This opens up more than 200,000 jobs that were previously unavailable to women, including serving on front lines and in special operation units such as the Navy SEALs.

Rachel Westrate | Student Life

How We Perceive the Military: A Distortion

While flying home for the winter break, I noticed, as I’m sure many of you did, literally hundreds of soldiers wandering the airport in uniform on their way home. For me, this meant that I was reminded of my feelings toward the military and the way in which our country uses our armed forces around the world.

Ian Swenson

U.S. Marines return to thank alma mater

For two recent Washington University graduates, four years at the University may have done more than prepare them to start a business. It may have helped them survive.

| Editor-in-Chief

Winning the Race

On a dark, crisp summer morning, choices I had made more than two years ago were reappearing. The sweat dripping off of 23-year-old Tyler’s face was evidence of a goal he had set just a few days earlier. His legs were tired, but he wasn’t giving up. The two-mile run was nearing an end; he was going to finally pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.

| Staff Columnist on Deployment

Breaking down gender barriers as WU’s first female ROTC battalion commander

Senior Rachel Atkins has challenged the male dominated Army establishment with her appointment to cadet battalion commander for Washington University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Atkins is the first female to attain the rank in the Gateway Battalion’s history.

| Scene Assignment Editor

Don’t ask, don’t tell?

Recently, a California judge ruled the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy unconstitutional. This whole debacle surrounding this ruling and the Justice Department recommendation not to enforce it by an injunction only serves to reinforce my cynicism toward democracy and politics in general.

| Staff Columnist

Top three practical trends for guys in fall

If you’re a guy or you know anything about men’s fashion, you’ll know that recent trends in menswear have been a bit daunting. Spring and summer shows had male models sporting crop tops, man-leggings and other crazy things no guy at Washington University—or elsewhere, for that matter—should wear. Ever. This fall, however, is all about […]

| Scene Fashion Columnist

The DADT paradox

‘Catch-22” is a funny book. It’s probably one of my favorite books that I read in my AP English class senior year. But we all know the reason why it’s such an iconic book—it provides readers with a searing account of militaristic violence and bureaucratic entrenchment in the modern world through its sharp sarcastic undercurrent. To think, then, that the U.S.

| Staff Columnist

Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum

Located downtown, the Soldiers’ Memorial is often overlooked when one thinks of St. Louis museums. A mere half mile from Union Station, the memorial has served as a testament to the soldiers from Missouri, who, according to the museum’s Web site, “made the supreme sacrifice in the [first] World War.” Its construction is actually a somewhat tragic story.

| Scene Reporter