Op-Ed: Welcome Class of 2023

The purpose of education is to teach you the necessity of thinking for yourself, the necessity of asking critical questions of yourself and of others and how to find perceptive and penetrating questions to ask.

Jonathan Katz | Professor of Physics

Lunch by the dozen: Intro to the first-year program

Nearly all of us are familiar with the difficulties that came with our first giant lecture courses at Washington University. Although we graduated from high schools of various sizes, I have yet to meet anyone who started college ready to thrive in a classroom with 300 other students, where the professor might go the whole semester without making eye contact with you in class and office hours are always swarmed.

Jonah Goldberg | Staff Writer

Don’t believe your professors, you will change the world

There is immense value in studying what has happened before and applying it to the present. But this does not mean that history is bound to repeat itself or that we must follow the same paths as those who have preceded us.

| Staff Writer

Staff editorial: Finals week calls for cooperation

The last few weeks of each semester are laden with stress for everyone—more so than the already stressful, typical week in the life of a Washington University student.

Olin Business School appoints five female tenure-track professors

Olin Business School hired five female tenuretrack professors to its ranks this fall, reflecting University-wide efforts to increase gender parity amongst its faculty.

Kathleen White | Contributing Reporter

Course listings need more substance

The editorial board of Student Life urges the Wash. U. administration to put better policies into place that require professors and departments to list more detailed descriptions of how classes will be run, whether through previous syllabi or a document outlining what the class will be structured like (effectively a less finished syllabus).

Fall 2013 class recommendations

It’s time to choose classes for the fall semester. Filling clusters and integrations aside, this is an exciting time and a chance to get outside of your academic comfort zone. Here are our picks for the best classes on campus: Sahil Patel, Editor-in-Chief: Beginning Hindi I The Hindi I and II sequence equals 10 total credits and a Language & the Arts cluster.

Be respectful in lectures

During the last couple of weeks, I have found myself battling a frustrating distraction that I take issue with: students talking during lectures. What upsets me is not that many students tend to talk during lectures; I don’t mind students conversing in low voices to help each other understand a lesson.

| Staff Columnist

Report shows that women earn less than men at WU

According to the May 2010 pay equity report, female professors at Washington University are paid less than their male counterparts. The report, which looked at the 2008-2009 salary information of both tenured and tenure-track faculty, concluded that female professors make less than male professors in every Danforth Campus school.

| News Editor

Finding value in the cultivation of knowledge

The cultivation of knowledge occurs right in the classroom when good professors are able to engage and connect with students. Simply put, a good or bad professor can make or break a subject for me.

David Cohen | Staff Columnist

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