WU-SLam, Pride Alliance to present Grand Slam on Friday

After many long weeks of writing and practicing, 10 performers will take to the stage this Friday in the largest and most competitive poetry slam on campus: The Grand Slam.

Elena Wandzilak | TV Editor

Treasury rejects appeal to fly students to Poland

Student Union Treasury rejected an appeal to send students to Poland for a climate change conference due to concerns about funding academic work. The Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment (WUSICE) appealed for $5,000 to defray the cost of traveling to Warsaw for a United Nations Climate Change conference next spring.

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PostSecret gets its message out

With over 170 secrets submitted, Uncle Joe’s Peer Counseling and Resource Center’s PostSecret event aimed to allow students to express their innermost thoughts and feelings through anonymous postcards. The Monday night event held as part of Mental Health Awareness Week had a large turnout and positive responses from students.

Leigh Brosof | Contributing Reporter

The word behind spoken word: Unmasking the poets of WU-SLam

If you haven’t heard slam poet Franny Choi’s rendition of Lil Wayne’s “Pussy Monster,” you clearly haven’t been hanging around the members of WU-SLam, Wash. U.’s own slam poetry club. I sat down with five slammers, asking them a set of five questions about their WU-SLam experiences and inspirations. If you want to know more […]

Caroline Ludeman | Scene Reporter

Treasury funds poetry slams, bone marrow registration, bus rides

Despite concern with the group’s continued debt, Student Union voted in favor of funding WU-SLam to bring three nationally noted poets to campus this fall. They also voted in favor of funding a bone marrow registration drive and transportation to see speaker Kal Penn at their weekly meeting Tuesday night.

Richard Matus | Contributing Reporter

WU-SLam’s fourth Grand Slam packs Edison

At the front of a dead silent auditorium, a single spotlight illuminated individual poets as they stepped forward to communicate their experiences relating to topics including personal identity, St. Louis and even masturbation. About 800 people gathered Friday night to see 10 student poets compete in the fourth annual Poetry Grand Slam.

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WU-SLam places second at nationals

Washington University’s poetry slam team was runner-up in the nation’s premier collegiate spoken word competition this weekend. WU-SLam placed second to Macalester College in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), beating out 36 other collegiate poetry slam teams from across the nation. The competition was hosted at the University of Michigan.

| Contributing Reporter

Room reservation fees cripple new groups

If you’ve been following the uproar over the new Residential Life room reservation fees, there are three things you probably know: First, that student groups are unhappy about it; second, that ResLife made the decision out of financial need; and third, that ResLife has not been open to student group input on the fee structure or on how this affects student groups.

Lauren Banka | Op-Ed Submission

Watsky, WU-SLam pack Edison

Host George Watsky performs an original poem Friday night to open the third annual Grand Slam in Edison Theatre. The event, hosted by WU-SLam, packed the 627 seats of the Edison and drew over 1800 live viewers around the world, according to Kuumba.tv, which hosted an online broadcast of the slam.

WU-Slam competes against national team

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, Washington University’s Edison Theatre will host a heated battle between Washington University’s WU-Slam Performance Crew and the Denver based Slam Nuba team. Six of Wash. U.’s own will compete against the nationally recognized, award-winning slam poetry troupe.

| Scene Reporter

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