Op-ed: Divesting is a wise choice for the University

Responding to calls from students and faculty to have the school divest from companies that profit from fossil fuels, Chancellor Mark Wrighton of Washington University said, “our position has long been that our investment policy will not be…used to support political, social or other agendas.”

Eric Zencey | Former Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies

Wrighton appoints Benjamin Akande as leader of new Africa initiative

Benjamin Akande, former president of Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., was appointed by Chancellor Mark Wrighton as a senior advisor to the chancellor and director of Washington University’s new Africa initiative.

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University updates weapons policy, clarifies reporting system

Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced an update to “clarify and streamline” regulations on the possession of weapons, explosives and fireworks on campus in an email sent to the University community Tuesday.

Julia Arbanas | Staff Reporter

‘A slap in the face:’ How the Republican tax bill would affect Wash. U.

The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping tax reform bill which would implement taxes on earnings from university endowments in a heavily partisan 51-49 vote Saturday.

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BREAKING: Chancellor to retire

Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced he plans to retire no later than July 1, 2019 at the Board of Trustees annual fall meeting on Friday.

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Risa Zwerling Wrighton

To understand how dynamic a person Mrs. Wrighton is, one only has to look back on her careers. Mrs. Wrighton helps students get acquainted with both the city and Wash. U. through the program she started, Home Plate.

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Flexibility defines McDonnell’s $60 million gift

With an aim toward encouraging and developing University initiatives, John F. McDonnell and the JSM Charitable Trust have made a $60 million gift to the University. This is the third largest gift that the University has ever received, after two $100 million donations from the Danforth Foundation.

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Wrighton urges WU community to vote for Prop A

Chancellor Mark Wrighton on Monday called on community members to turn out for the April St. Louis County election to vote in favor of a sales tax for funding Metro, as Washington University continued efforts to mobilize the community around the measure.

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WU announces upkeep cutbacks

Come springtime, the large supply of tulips on campus will be nipped in the bud. As a part of a plan designed to reduce the Washington University maintenance and landscaping budget by at least 5 percent, the number of tulips on campus will be cut in half. The new plan will also reduce the number of on-call maintenance employees around the Danforth Campus, thereby producing a delay in response time.

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Washington U. sustainability woes

On Jan. 14, Chancellor Wrighton unveiled a draft of Washington University’s “Strategic Plan for Environmentally Sustainable Operations” by e-mailing each and every one of us. Rarely do we receive such e-mails. The plan is comprehensive, but may be a bit incomprehensible.

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