Keep SU accountable, pay attention to upcoming elections

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.

SU, SPB members express concern about WILD cancellation

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.

| Senior Editor

Counterpoint: No WILD, no tradition, no transparency

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.

| Senior Forum Editor

Because of magnitude, SPB owes students transparency

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.

Lack of transparency causes student issues with health insurance rollover

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.

| Managing Editor

Wash. U. should clarify how tuition dollars are spent

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?

Fangzhou Xiao | Staff Columnist

Letter to the editor: In response to “A call for CS40 budget transparency”

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.

2009/2010 & 2010/2011 CS40 Executives and Committee Chairs

New student group pushing transparency in endowment

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.

| Contributing Reporter

Financial troubles: University prepares for another hard year

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.

| Assignment Editor

Construction communication a nonexistent effort

Once again, Washington University in St. Louis has failed to communicate with its students about construction, both on a macro and a micro level.