SU officials have failed to fulfill their obligation of accountability to the student body through their conduct and their work ethic. But no one has posted in outrage on social media. No conversations are calling for change.
Questions of transparency continue to dog Student Union Executive Officers in the wake of the governing body’s decision to cancel next fall’s WILD, with critics suggesting that Exec might be setting a precedent for long-lasting changes to the semesterly concert without first seeking student input.
Come fall of 2016, students will congregate on Kingsbury Avenue, in South 40 common rooms, at various other quasi-contained arenas, hoping in vain for the electric WILD atmosphere. Yeah, the concert series is pretty overrated, but, honestly, who cares? It’s a fun day to hang out and pretend our lives don’t revolve around academics.
Transparency among student groups is a tricky subject. Most students neither need to know, nor would they care, about the inner workings of almost any regular group on campus.
Students using the student insurance plan offered through Washington University this year were not automatically enrolled when their previous policy expired, a change that caused confusion among a number of students. Changes to the University’s insurance requirements allow students to opt out of the previously required student health insurance by Sept.
It was 5:30 in the morning, and I was looking for Chancellor Mark Wrighton, having heard he makes a habit of walking his dog on the South 40 before sunrise. Caressed by the humid breeze, I walked down Shepley Drive while murmuring to myself: “Could you tell me—in detail—how my tuition is spent?
Dear Editor, Last Friday, a staff editorial questioned the budget for CS40, and the way money is allocated within the organization. We appreciate the interest and respect the concerns voiced in this article; however, it suggested that money is spent irresponsibly, and vaguely quoted figures from a past budget with little to no explanation.
Despite the improving national economy, Chancellor Mark Wrighton reported earlier this September that as of June 30, 2009, the market value of Washington University’s endowment, about $4.2 billion, is down by 30 percent from its peak value two years ago, and the University anticipates an annual deficit of $30 million through fiscal 2011 and beyond.
In the midst of the worldwide economic crisis, Washington University is dealing with a difficult financial situation of its own. As of the end of May, the University’s endowment is down by 20 to 25 percent.
Once again, Washington University in St. Louis has failed to communicate with its students about construction, both on a macro and a micro level.