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Prioritizing the Accessibility of a Wash U Education

Prioritizing the Accessibility of a Wash U Education

A WU/FUSED EDITORIAL In August 2013, the White House announced a plan for a new college rating system based on accessibility, affordability, and graduation(?) outcomes. The rankings, which would serve as a basis for federal allocations of student aid, would use metrics such as tuition affordability, percent of students receiving […]

 
 

St. Louis: A Segregated City

St. Louis: A Segregated City

BY GOVIN VATSAN Segregation in the United States has existed since our nation’s inception. Although it has gradually been removed from our laws, segregation still lingers in our society, especially in the inner cities. St. Louis is one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States. But just […]

 
 

Washington University Goes to Prison

Washington University Goes to Prison

Good news: after you graduate, odds are you won’t be going to prison. For all the self-deprecating jokes you’ll make about getting a liberal arts education, it’s worth noting that statistically speaking, it’s the most powerful thing standing between you and a life behind bars. In fact, go further back […]

 
 

Sexual Assault on Campus: Statistics, Definitions, and Culture

Sexual Assault on Campus: Statistics, Definitions, and Culture

  During our years at Washington University, we have listened to many of our friends describe instances of sexual assault that they have experienced at the hands of other Washington University students. Frequently, these cases are not clear-cut—one person may not intend to violate the other person; one or both […]

 
 

Missouri Compromised

Missouri Compromised

George Washington wielded uncommon influence by seeming to transcend politics. John Adams nominated him to lead the Continental Army, seeing him as the unifying figure that could turn the thirteen colonies into the United States of America. During his presidency he warned of the toxic effect that political parties would […]

 
 

Coming to Terms with “Self-Segregation”

Are we so quick to label this segregation, as well?

Washington University has a self-segregation problem. The problem does not lie with the communities centered around certain identities, but with the criticism and labeling of such groups as “self-segregating.” This term takes the word “segregation,” which is inextricably linked to a century of legalized oppression and applies it to individuals […]

 
 

The Tenure Tradeoff

Crow Hall Physics Department, October 1, 1954

It’s Complicated Universities are peculiar organizations. A student’s relationship to a university can take multiple forms; but fundamentally, we, as students, are its customers. On paper, we pay to prepare for the rest of our lives, but anyone who has had a work-study job or a research assistantship will tell […]