As students, it is imperative that we first put ourselves on trial before looking to correct the faults in any institution. Once we have exhausted our own abilities, we can then turn to pressuring administration for help.
While we may tend to focus on micro-issues and grumbles with the building itself, like the strange accent walls or the exposed ceilings, the Lofts are indicative of a much larger and overlooked subject: how the Lofts represent Wash. U.’s desire to expand without consideration for the city that houses it.
University City is continuing to investigate last week’s robbery on Kingsbury Blvd. that has raised concern among students who live nearby but never received a crime notification about it. Last Sunday night at about 7 p.m., a male student said he was walking on the 6600 block of Kingsbury when he was knocked to the ground and punched by a suspect.
An energy-saving measure to be proposed at Monday night’s University City council meeting could affect the design of Washington University’s planned housing north of the Delmar Loop.
University City police are investigating about 10 gunshots allegedly fired by the corner of Interdrive and Clemens Avenue Sunday evening. Police would not comment on the investigation, but nearby residents said the shots were fired in two bursts just before 9 p.m.
The City Council of University City has voted to allow Washington University to take the next step in its $80 million development project on the Delmar Loop. A pair of small buildings on the Loop will be demolished Monday to formally start the process, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported earlier this week.
When junior Zach Hembree left his apartment on Waterman Blvd. to bike to campus about two weeks ago, he found that his bike—or at least most of it—had disappeared. “I had locked it out in front of Waterman the night before and when I woke up in the morning to use it, it just wasn’t there,” Hembree said.
Washington University is leasing a parcel of land to University City for a new firehouse. University City hopes to break ground on a new firehouse in early 2012, nearly three years after receiving a federal stimulus grant to replace its current facilities. The University is leasing the land to University City for one dollar per year for 75 years.
Despite concerns last spring about students’ disorderly conduct on the Delmar Loop, behavioral issues have subsided considerably in recent months, officials say. According to University City Manager Lehman Walker, an increase in law enforcement officials on the Loop beginning last spring has yielded positive results.
The recent combination of bad weather and joint police presence on the Delmar Loop has subdued the unruly teen behavior that community members noticed earlier in the month. Student Life reported earlier this month that University City was weighing policy changes to handle the rampant disorderly behavior around the street.