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COMMENCEMENT 2015

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STUDENT LIFE THE FINISH LINE

Contents STUDENT LIFE ARCHIVES

Sections

Features

04 News

20 Cadenza

8 Honorary degrees

10 Forum

24 Sports

16 Explore the Lou

Overviews of each year and honorary degree recipients.

Student Life seniors share final words of advice.

16 Scene

Places to go and during graduation weekend.

The Cadenza staff reflects on the past.

Coaches say goodbye to their senior players.

Find out about who is receiving an honorary degree.

Find family-friendly sites in in St. Louis.

29 My baby is graduating 20 A look at 2011 Parents, family and friends congratulate the graduating seniors.

Everything you watched your freshman year. COVER DESIGN BECCA CHRISTMAN PHOTO STUDENT LIFE ARCHIVES

Megan Magray Editor-in-Chief

Emily Schienvar Senior News Editor

Rima Parikh Senior Scene Editor

Noah Jodice Associate Editor

Wesley Jenkins Senior Forum Editor

Mark Matousek Senior Cadenza Editor

Sarah Hands Manvitha Marni Maddie Wilson Managing Editors

Aaron Brezel Senior Sports Editor

Stephen Huber Skyler Kessler Senior Photo Editors

Zach Kram Long-Form Editor Becca Christman Design Chief

Alex Berger Art Director

Ray Bush General Manager

Noa Yadidi Design Editor

Claire Martin Advertising Manager

Lindsay Tracy Copy Chief

Katie Marcus News Editor

Copyright Š 2015 Washington University Student Media, Inc. (WUSMI). Student Life is a financially and editorially independent, student-run newspaper serving the Washington University community. Our newspaper is a publication of WUSMI and does not necessarily represent the views of the Washington University administration.


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4 years in review STUDENT LIFE ARCHIVES

FRESHMAN YEAR

Missing McLeod, big speakers & Occupy CHLOE ROSENBERG | STAFF REPORTER

Heading to their respective basements to print the Automating Reserves (Ares) pages for their first class, students discovered they had to pay for printing for the first time, and suddenly people brought their laptops to class with more frequency. In addition to saving trees, the University cemented its dedication to the environment and hired Washington University alumnus

Phil Valko to fill the position as director of sustainability, which had been open for a year. When water cups caused a stir and disappeared from Whispers, students suspected sustainability reasons, but really the water cups were removed from the library to keep spills from ruining the tables in Olin Library. In September, the entire campus mourned Dean James McLeod’s passing. The former vice chancellor for students and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences was loved by all and left a legacy of kindness and respect for all in his wake. September also saw the expansion of the Bear Bucks program, the system in which students can add money onto their campus cards and spend it on items like laundry, vending machines and on-campus meals when their meal points run out. Starting in September and expanding through the year, students were able to

use Bear bucks to pay for food and drinks at Bobo Noodle House, Kayak’s, several establishments on the Loop and Chill Frozen Yogurt. In spite of Bear bucks expansion, students had to be careful in the fall about venturing off campus. A string of six robberies occurred over five days, and police suspected the same perpetrators and temporarily increased patrols north of campus and in Skinker DeBaliviere. While robberies churned out trouble on the Loop, butter was churning back on campus with the new student group WU Churn, which made its own butter on campus. The group initially had about 50 members, more Wash. U. students than were involved in the Occupy movement, which left campus mostly untouched. Occupy wasn’t the only big name to skip over the University. Though Student Union Treasury approved funding for big speakers Al Gore

and Sofia Vergara, of “Modern Family” fame, they both had no room in their schedules to actually visit Wash. U. John Legend was able to come to campus, as were chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov and tiger mom Amy Chua. Students also celebrated across campus when the Cardinals won the World Series. As always, signs of construction were all over campus with the renovations in Umrath Hall and other buildings. Notably, the University installed bike nodes outside the library as a part of its ongoing bikepath plan. Gates were temporarily placed along the overpass but were removed when they proved incapable of keeping bikers from the walkway. In October, 10 strange structures appeared on the lawn in front of the Women’s Building as an artistic interpretation of sukkahs for the competition Sukkah City STL. Architecture students and firms


STUDENT LIFE | THE FINISH LINE 5 from across the world competed to have their versions of the traditional wooden shelter constructed for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot featured on the lawn. While new structures were erected, one was slated to fall: the administration announced plans to bulldoze Eliot Hall and McMillan Hall and begin construction on two new buildings to hold Olin Business School’s graduate program this summer. In December, the administration announced an increase in its endowment, allowing departments to start rolling back the budget cuts they had been forced to make a few years ago when the endowment fell. The board of trustees then approved a 1 percent increase in endowment spending. As the year wound down, the University selected Jennifer Smith as the new dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Sharon Stahl as the new vice chancellor for students.

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SOPHOMORE YEAR

Greek issues, fundraising and major celebrities MICHAEL TABB | STAFF REPORTER

Before the 2012-13 year had even started, tragedy had struck over the summer. Rising junior Gabby Reuveni was fatally hit by a pickup truck during a morning jog in Pennsylvania only months after her Alpha Phi sister and freshman Emily Benatar passed away from meningococcal disease. Vigils on campus honored the lives of the women intricately connected to the campus community. As Alpha Phi dealt with devas-

tation, the Greek community also lost one of its fraternities over the summer, with Sigma Alpha Mu losing its University recognition and national charter following a University investigation into drug abuse and hazing. It would be the first of three fraternities majorly disciplined through the year, with Sigma Phi Epsilon being suspended indefinitely and Sigma Alpha Epsilon being suspended for more than a month as the latter saw a pledge activity in Bear’s Den become racially offensive. The year was also remarkable for its explosion of University -specific social media communities. “Wash U Compliments” appeared on Facebook early in the fall semester, with students submitting compliments to be posted anonymously by a moderator. The anonymous groups proliferated, with satirical groups like “Wash U Backhanded Compliments,” the more straightforward “Wash U Admirers” and the some-

times earnest and overwhelmingly popular “Overheard at Wash U” and “Wash U Confessions.” It was a year of substantial university growth. Chancellor Mark Wrighton announced in October that the school was halfway through its largest fundraising campaign yet, dubbed “Leading Together.” When the campaign went public, the University also announced its plans to do a major renovation of the Athletic Complex over the next few years. Meanwhile, the University also began construction of new student housing on the Delmar Loop, which is slated to open in fall 2014. Team 31 put on its last WILD, headlined by electronic dance musician Wolfgang Gartner, before ceding the stage to the new conglomerated Social Programming Board. SPB’s first major event was bringing Comedy Central’s Demetri Martin to Graham Chapel for the Spring Comedy

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6 STUDENT LIFE | THE FINISH LINE Show, and the group reworked Spring WILD to have three major bands instead of one—Yeasayer, Mat Kearney and Atmosphere. A number of major speakers brought students together for evening entertainment over the course of the year. Comedian Hannibal Buress mocked Student Life during the Fall Comedy Show; three of the MythBusters talked in Graham Chapel about their experiences in the special effects industry and how their TV personas were actually not personas at all; Nate Silver talked about “being foxy” during political analysis—and brought the audience to applause when he said he might quit blogging if he started actually affecting results; and James Deen joined Tori Black and Lance Hart for a porn star panel that finished off Sex Week. The University garnered national attention in April when the Clinton Global Initiative University conference brought in major politicians and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea Clinton and Stephen Colbert, among others, to talk about committing to social action. Around 1,000 students from around the world came to the University to attend a weekend of workshops intended to inspire a generation of rising leaders to use modern technology to spur change. The year was also highlighted by the fall elections, in which students voted with the nation to reelect President Barack Obama and to help Senator Claire McCaskill triumph over her wordfumbling opponent, Todd Akin. Mr. Wash. U. held a nearly-naked run at the end of the fall semester to raise money for charity, and the competition saw its first-ever female winner in senior Mamatha Challa. The year closed on a hesitant note. Congress of the South 40 became the target of student rage because of bumbled ticket distribution for Macklemore after a snowstorm forced WUStock to

be moved to The Pageant. Holi stopped using water balloons in an effort to return to Indian tradition, and the University resolved to move forward from February’s Bear’s Den incident to pursue additional diversity programming for the following year.

JUNIOR YEAR

New buildings, the Mosaic Project and Peabody sit-ins MANVITHA MARNI | MANAGING EDITOR

Students returned to campus in the fall of 2013 to find that significant progress had been made on the new Olin School of Business buildings. Work continued into the next semester, and Knight and Bauer Halls opened for classes in March. Academic buildings were not the only renovations, however, as the long-expected demolition of Rubelmann House, which was opened in 1958, was announced to take place over the summer. Residential Life officials said they expected the Lofts of Washington University, an upperclassman housing facility on the Delmar Loop that will open in fall 2014, to compensate for the loss of beds created by Ruby’s demolition. Because of the Lofts’ cost and distance from campus, however, many students were upset to be placed there for the following year. While diversity initiatives were taking form on campus, many students were upset by a picture shared on Facebook at Halloween. The photograph depicted several students dressed in camouflage costumes pointing fake guns at a

kneeling student who some perceived to be representing Osama bin Laden, while others saw the student’s costume as harmless. Administrators apologized for their failure to respond to student concerns about the picture in a timely manner. At the start of the following semester, the Mosaic Project, an initiative created in response to a divisive incident in Bear’s Den the previous February, released the Bias Response and Support System, which was intended to gather data on incidents of bias students experienced on campus. For the same purpose, a campus climate survey was sent out to students to gauge attitudes toward various groups on campus. In November, senior Josh Aiken was named a Rhodes Scholar— the University’s first since 2010. Aiken has said he intends to pursue a master’s of philosophy in sociology and demography at Oxford University before returning to the U.S. to study law. The University mourned the losses of Reagonomics architect Murray Weidenbaum, a University professor who passed away in March, and alumnus Harold Ramis, who was best known for his work on “Ghostbusters” and “Animal House.” Other long-time faculty and staff also announced their decisions to leave the University: long-time Athletic Director John Schael will retire at the end of the school year and General Chemistry Laboratory supervisor Kit Mao at the end of the summer. Washington University’s first attempt at online education came to a halt when faculty voted to end the University’s participation in Semester Online, a consortium of several universities in the U.S. and abroad that offered online classes to Wash. U. students. After the University’s withdrawal, the company behind Semester Online decided to end the program entirely. However, the University has announced an intent to restore its sociology department and is re-opening the question

of whether to offer credit for Reserve Officer Training Corps classes. As the year drew to a close, students upset with the University’s ties to Peabody Energy organized a sit-in beneath the Brookings Archway. The sit-in lasted more than two weeks, from April 8-24, with students involved demanding that Peabody CEO Greg Boyce be removed from the University’s board of trustees and that Chancellor Mark Wrighton visit Peabody extraction zones.

SENIOR YEAR

Ferguson, Yik Yak, and socioeconomic diversity EMILY SCHIENVAR | SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

Students returned to campus in August amidst the frenzy in the greater St. Louis after the death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown. Students participated in marches and protests both on and off campus throughout the semester. University faculty, staff and students gathered around televisions to watch St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announce that a grand jury had decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown the Monday before Thanksgiving break, which led into another bout of protests in Ferguson, Clayton and Shaw, where teenager Vonderrit Myers was killed by a police officer in October. The new business school buildings, which opened in March 2014, opened for classes in the fall with a full-service Starbucks and a new food station, while the


STUDENT LIFE | THE FINISH LINE 7 Women’s Building basement underwent renovations, displacing the Office of the University Registrar, the First Year Center and other institutions until Dec. 1. Washington University was criticized for the second year in a row by the New York Times for its low enrollment of low-income students compared to other colleges and universities with similar endowments. The University, meanwhile, reported that 8 percent of the freshman class was eligible for Pell grants, which are awarded to students from low-income backgrounds. The figure, though preliminary, was an increase of 2 percent over the Pell-eligible percentage in the current sophomore class. Provost Holden Thorp announced in January that the University would be increasing the number of Pell-eligible students on the Danforth campus to 13 percent

by 2020. There was additional shifting among the University’s upper administration, with Vice Chancellor for Students Sharon Stahl announcing her plans to retire at the end of the school year, being replaced by Lori White, and Dean of Engineering Ralph Quatrano stating his plans to step down and resume his position as a biology professor in 2016, who will be replaced by Aaron Bobick. Meanwhile, professor of economics Steve Fazzari was named head of the rebuilding sociology department. In October, Alpha Delta Phi, the fraternity that had been operating unofficially on the Danforth campus since early 2012, received recognition from the University and Interfraternity Council, making it the first new fraternity recognized at Washington University in 86 years.

The Women’s Panhellenic Association also voted to invite a new sorority to campus to keep up with the growth of the undergraduate population and recruiting classes. The family of Yongsang Soh, a member of the class of 2014 who fell from the balcony of his 23rd-floor off-campus apartment and died in October 2013, filed a lawsuit against Washington University in November. The lawsuit claims that the University did not refer members of Sigma Alpha Mu—the fraternity of which Soh was a member before its disbandment—to local police for prosecution for drug violations and other alleged criminal activities. It further alleges that because SAM was not disbanded, Soh was able to participate in these activities, which led to his death. In an effort to consolidate re-

sources and increase efficiency, the current community service and civic service offices known as the Community Service Office and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service will be joining forces at the conclusion of the academic year. In January, the Office of Sustainability took on a new initiative: Green Monday. Students, faculty, and administrators made pledges to eat vegetarian on Mondays for the sake of sustainability. Adjunct faculty voted to unionize in January to negotiate with the university for better stability, pay and benefits. They participated in April’s “Fight for $15” minimum wage protests in support of low-wage workers while emphasizing their own goal of earning $15,000 per class they teach in addition to other benefits.

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In response to the events in Ferguson and other areas of St. Louis, Washington University held its inaugural Day of Discussion and Dialogue, which featured a university-wide day of discussion on the issues of race and ethnicity and the University’s role in the St. Louis community. Black Anthology looked at the events in Ferguson, centering around general struggles with racism on college campuses as well as the various large-scale issues brought to light by Michael Brown’s death. Saturday Night Live veterans John Mulaney and Kenan Thompson headlined Social Programming Board’s second year of comedy shows in the spring and fall, respectively, drawing massive crowds and huge lines outside of the Graham Chapel venue. AltaVoz, a student political engagement group at Washington University, planned to put on the panel comparing the social movements in Ferguson, Ayotzinapa and Palestine on March 19 at the Missouri History Museum, but the museum informed the group on March 17 that it would need either to remove the Palestinian panelists or change the venue. AltaVoz started a social media campaign with the hashtag #SelectiveHistory and planned a demonstration outside the museum, which was held during the time the event was initially scheduled. On April 21, Washington University kicked off a yearlong public health initiative dealing with the issue of gun violence. The 2014-15 school year also saw the rise of Yik Yak, a social media app where users can anonymously create and view posts within a 10-mile radius of their location. It led to controversy on several occasions when dealing with hot-button issues of racism and homophobia on campus, sexual assault within Greek life and political contention.

University to award 5 honorary degrees STUDENT LIFE ARCHIVES

EMILY SCHIENVAR | SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

The 154th Commencement ceremony will see Washington University award five honorary degrees on May 15 in addition to the approximately 2,800 members of the Class of 2015.

Ken Burns, Commencement speaker

Burns, a noted filmmaker, is director and producer of some of the most well-known documentaries in the world, including “Baseball” (1994), “The Civil War” (1990) and “Jazz” (2001). His documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards and have won multiple Emmy Awards. He will be awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities.

Mary-Dell Chilton

Chilton served on the faculty of Washington University in the late 1970s and early 1980s, where she led a research study that produced the first genetically engineered plants. She is a distinguished science fellow at Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. and a key founder of modern plant biotechnology. Chilton is author of more than 100 scientific publications, and her work with the plant bacterium Agro-

bacterium tumefaciens blazed a trail for crop improvement through genetic engineering. She will be awarded an honorary doctorate in science.

Susan Talve

Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish congregation located in the city of St. Louis, and was named one of the nation’s most inspirational rabbis in 2014 by the national newspaper The Jewish Forward. Talve has led her congregation in promoting radical inclusivity by developing ongoing relationships with African-American and Muslim congregations and by fostering civil liberties for the LGBT community. Based on a core value of radical hospitality, her congregation provides a safe home for many individuals and groups that have been marginalized. She will be awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters.

Herbie Hancock

Hancock is a prolific musician whose work spans more than five decades with over 50 solo albums and 14 Grammy awards. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music. Hancock’s best-known solo works include

“Cantaloupe Island,” “Watermelon Man” (later performed by dozens of musicians, including bandleader Mongo Santamaria), “Maiden Voyage,” “Chameleon” and the singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit.” He will be awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters.

Gerald Fischbach

Fischbach, an internationally renowned neuroscientist and chief scientist and fellow of the Simons Foundation, where he contributes to its scientific endeavors in its life sciences, mathematics and physical sciences divisions and in its autism research initiative. He spent nine years at the Washington University School of Medicine, where he served as the Edison Professor of Neurobiology and head of the department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. Fischbach is primarily known for his work with the formation and maintenance of synapses, the contacts between nerves cells and their targets through which information is transferred in the nervous system, particularly with the neuromuscular junction, a synapse that is easily accessible to experimental manipulation. He will be awarded an honorary doctorate in science.


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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE

CLASS OF 2015! Student Union thanks you for the powerful legacy you’ve left at Washington University and wishes you all the best moving forward!


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StudLife seniors say goodbye STUDENT LIFE ARCHIVES

A place to call home JOHN SCHMIDT Former Managing Editor

NOAH JODICE | STUDENTLIFE

It’s fall 2011 and I’m a freshman Student Life reporter standing outside Olin Library, pen and notepad in one hand, iPhone recorder in the other, trying to interview alums of the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) about

the organization’s 20th anniversary after an outdoor picnic catered by Pappy’s. I’m mid-interview with a man whose name I no longer recall but whose response to one question has stayed with me for four years.

What drew you to ALAS, I asked. I had gone through freshman year and never really found my place, he said. I think a lot of freshmen feel this way. And then I found ALAS, and I was home. He asked me my year, and I told him I was a freshman and said this was my first article and I hadn’t written for a newspaper since a couple of pieces for a student publication in eighth grade. Had I found my place yet, he wanted to know. When you enter a new environment already having a place, it makes questions like this a little strange because you take for granted the community you’re already enmeshed in and the fact that not everyone starts out with the same sense of belonging. Before August of freshman year, I decided to participate in a pre-orientation program with Student Life. I remember the sign-up process well because I was convinced every one of the roughly 1,500 other freshmen would want to be in this pre-o, so in the way only an overly enthused entering freshman can, I meticulously tracked the registration start date and had my enrollment deposit down within the first hour of its opening. I didn’t think much of it then—I just wanted to write, and StudLife seemed like a great place to get started. It wasn’t until this fall interview that I realized the significance of that deposit. StudLife was my first community at Washington University. StudLifers were the first people I explored downtown St. Louis with, they were the first students to give me the rundown on campus hotspots, they were the first people who made an effort to say hi to me when we

encountered each other on Tuesday/ Thursday class changes and to make me feel welcome. Over my time at Wash. U. I’ve found myself a part of countless communities—my freshman floor, Washington University Student Associate, resident adviser, Black Anthology, Lunar New Year Festival, the Nemerov Scholars program and probably more than a couple I’ll later turn red at having left out of this column. Without the communities I’ve been honored to call a home away from home for the past four years, my Wash. U. experience wouldn’t be the same, and quite frankly, I can’t imagine having gone through college without the people who have become some of my closest friends and greatest support systems. Somewhere along the way, I decided at the close of senior year I was going to write a thank you note to everyone who’d impacted my experience at this university. I’m not sure why—maybe it has something to do with the fact my mother instilled in me the belief one should write thank you notes after receiving gifts, no matter how small. Perhaps it’s because I’m getting sentimental in my old age. It may be neither. It may be both. With that in mind, I’d like this to be the thank you note I send to StudLife and the people who made it the wonderful organization that made me feel at home from before day one and kept me feeling like I had a place during each of my undergraduate years. So thank you, StudLife, for four unforgettable years, and I’ll catch you on the flipside.


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On overcommitment EMILY SYBRANT Former Managing Editor

NOAH JODICE | STUDENTLIFE

When you go off to college, one of the things they tell you repeatedly (besides to bring flip flops to use as shower shoes so you don’t get foot fungus) is to be cognizant of your commitments—don’t overcommit. As I started my freshman year, I decided to start with just one extracurricular activity and planned to add in more as I got a better handle on the workload of my classes. Four years later, I realize that I never actually got around to joining another activity. I’d like to say that I walked into the Student Life office wearing my blue Superman freshman press pre-o shirt and never left, because that would be poetic. (But let’s face it—I’m not a certain former editor-in-chief, who one could accurately describe as more poetic than me as well as a true office resident). What they don’t tell you when they give you all that sage college advice (along with a list of ABOSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL COLLEGE ESSENTIALS that leads you to spend a small fortune at Bed Bath & Beyond) is that it’s entirely possible to overcommit to one activity. I’ve often wondered if being overly involved in one thing is unhealthy. Some-

times, sitting in the StudLife office at 3 a.m., I found myself wondering, “What am I even doing here?”When you have a project due in a few hours that you have yet to start, it’s not always gratifying to work on a paper that your sleep-deprived brain is convinced no one reads. But despite these moments of doubt, I can’t convince myself that I’ve made a mistake by committing myself wholly to the few things that I do. Between my weekly Wednesdays and Sundays in the StudLife office and the hours I’ve spent with my Communication Design compatriots in studio, I’m pretty sure that I’ve spent more time away from home than at home. (Honestly, though, that’s probably a good thing—if I were allowed too much time at home, I’m pretty sure my hermit-like tendencies would take over and no one would ever see me again.) In the past four years, I’ve constantly grumbled about dragging myself out of my nice warm bed to head into either the StudLife office or studio. But, as much as I’m ready to graduate and, in many ways, leave Washington University, I find myself unable to picture my life without them.

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Reflecting on the good times DEREK SHYR Former Associate Editor

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Throughout this semester, I’ve lived my life in denial of the inevitable. I didn’t want to believe that my time as an undergraduate was coming to a close. Why must the journey end? I didn’t want those feelings of nostalgia to take over me, and I wasn’t sure if I was ready to move on. But as the weather started warming up, my sentimental feelings started to creep up on me, and I felt an overwhelming

desire to reflect back and appreciate the good times. And so I let my mind wonder and I started thinking about how I’ve changed and the significant events of my college career. I remember the excitement that I felt during pre-orientation week as a freshman. I picked up my room key and ID, walked over to Ursa’s Fireside and found a crowd of students who were wearing a Superman logo on

their t-shirts and shouting, “Welcome to Freshman Press!” Little did I know that one week in the newsroom would be the start of a four-year tenure with Student Life. I loved doing newspaper in high school, but it was never my intention to become extremely involved in college. But as my freshman year ended, I knew, without a doubt, that StudLife was the place to be. Tons of people have asked why I’m so willing to lose sleep, pull all-nighters and spend nearly 30 hours a week making the paper. The answers are simply because I love reporting and meeting new people. There’s an inexplicable joy that I get from hearing about the lives and stories of other people, finding out the latest news and making that accessible to the community. The countless interviews and articles that I’ve conducted and written have blossomed into relationships with so many students, coaches, administrators and professors, something that very few student organizations get a chance to do. But most importantly, I found a family of friends whom I truly love hanging out with every Sunday and Wednesday night. Friends who willingly go through the grind with me twice a week. Friends who know which jokes will crack me up and embrace me for who I am. StudLife has played a huge part of my college career, but nothing less can be said about my time with Asian Christian Fellowship (ACF). Religion was on my mind when I first came to college, and I was honestly curious to find out who God was. I hoped to find faith in something that would forever define me and show me the way to live my life. Growing up around a Bible belt community, I actually tried avoiding Christians mainly because the pressure

that I was getting to convert felt overbearing. But as I look back now, I’m thankful of that community because they ultimately planted a seed in my soul. I’m so thankful for all the ACF upperclassmen who reached out to me as a freshman and sophomore. Through them, I discovered God’s love and compassion for us and just how awesome and great He is. From becoming a Christian, God has given me a new heart filled with love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfcontrol. Having a community of brothers and sisters who truly support and love each other and being able to lead an outreach team that is selfless and sacrificial has made a huge impact on my life and has taught me so much. But ultimately, I’m grateful for the unexpected miracles that God has shown me throughout my college career as it has solidified my faith in Christ. I have no doubt of His existence, and I hope to glorify Him with everything that I do. There are several people in particular who have been with me every step of the way in college, and they are my best friends, Alvin Su, Saad Sheikh, Kevin Tsao and Kurt Belusko, and my parents. No matter what mood I was in, they have always been there to cheer me on. My parents have been unbelievably supportive, and I cannot thank them enough for their unconditional love and the money they’ve spent on my education. My best friends and I have had so many great moments, and I will always remember the laughs, basketball games and the random 2 a.m. conversations that we’ve had together. It saddens me that we’re leaving, but I know that our friendship will last and we’ll be connected for life.


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ETA still TBD ALEX LEICHENGER Former Senior Forum Editor

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ConGratuLations stuDents & FamiLies

Need a break? Come visit Starbucks or Bauer Cafe. Great food and refreshments on campus.

3rd Floor Bauer Hall Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m Saturday 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m Saturday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner everyday.

College started in a Bed Bath & Beyond during early August of 2011, when I didn’t know the right sheets to buy, and the guy helping us assumed I’d be going to school in Seattle. Six living arrangements and three cities later, it turns out that those elements of the Washington University experience were more complicated than expected. Wash. U. not only took me to St. Louis, but Shanghai (summer after freshman year) and Washington, D.C. (spring semester of junior year) for some of the most memorable times of my life. Less thrilling was the process of arranging my new rooms for each location, including the two dorm rooms and two apartments that I called home at one point in St. Louis. But even the broken printers and drives between Public Storage were central to the Wash. U. experience, which was one of growing up and running head-on through the transition to adulthood (ETA still TBD).

There were moments of happiness, sadness, excitement, frustration, anger, relief, anxiety and more—sometimes all in the same day. Excitement was the sophomore year Saturday, when half of the South 40 residents erupted in a massive snowball fight at 10 p.m. on the Swamp. Happiness was meeting new friends, joining new extracurriculars, going to something like 30 Cardinals games—many for reduced price, thanks to Wash. U—and finishing a long Student Life story or academic paper (actually, more like relief). The other emotions were painful but instructive, offering lessons that could be more valuable than anything else from my four years here. Thank you to all the friends, classmates, professors, staff, community members and David Freese that made Washington University in St. Louis/ Shanghai/Washington, D.C. memorable. I will miss you all.


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Congratulations

Class of 2015

To report your plans, visit careercenter.wustl.edu/plans.

Effie Adjei, Tufts University, Medical School, Boston, MA, Kristen Ahlquist, Sterling Associates, Associate, Cleveland, OH, Manuel Angel, A.T. Kearney, Business Analyst, Mexico City, Mexico, Keaton Armentrout, Duke University, Graduate Student, Durham, NC, Malcolm Avery, ZS Associates, Associate - Business Analytics, Evanston, IL, Asriel Barker, Chungdahm Institute, Teacher, Seoul, South Korea, Henry Barry, BlackRock, Analyst, New York, NY, Elan Baskir, Neuman Geriatrics, Research Assistant, NY, Matthew Beary, Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Ryan Bednar, Hunt Construction, Project Engineer, Indianapolis, IN, Sourik Beltran, Varsity Tutors, Tutor, St. Louis, MO, Anna Bernard, Columbia University, Medical School Student, New York, NY, Paige Biles, University of Missouri - Columbia, Graduate Student, Columbia, MO, Amelia Blumberg, Emory University, Graduate Student, Atlanta, GA, Ryan Blumenstein, Washington University in St. Louis - School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Graduate Student, St. Louis. MO, Robert Borovsky, Washington University in St. Louis - School of Engineering & Applied Science, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Jonathan Bost, Bridgewater Associates, LP, Trader Associate, Westport, CT, Miles Bothwell, Shambhala Mountain Center, Grounds Caretaker, Red Feather Lakes, CA, Garrett Bourg, Square, Software Developer, San Francisco, CA, Daniel Bram, Hillary for America, Grassroots Organizer, St. Louis, MO, Claire Brownstone, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Graduate Student, Davis, CA, Amy Brummer, Epic, Engineer, Madison, WI, Whitney Burkes, Chungdahm Learning Center, ESL Instructor, Seoul, South Korea, Ethan Busis, Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Shane Carr, Microsoft Corporation, Software Development Engineer Intern, Bellevue, WA, Chelsea Casareale, Washington University School of Medicine, Research Assistant, St. Louis, MO, Israella Chan, Epic Systems Inc., Technical Services, Madison, WI, Jennifer Chan, University of California - Davis, Graduate Student, Davis, CA, Ingrid Chang, 72 and Sunny, Design Intern, Los Angeles, CA, Lucy Cheadle, University of Colorado - Boulder, Graduate Student, Boulder, CO, Guo Chen, Epic Systems Inc., Business Intelligence Developer, Madison, WI, Amelia Chen, North Carolina State University, Graduate Student, Raleigh, NC, Elena Chintala, Epic, Employee, Madison, WI, Alexandra Churchill, PhysAssist Scribes, Medical Scribe, St. Louis, MO, Swazoo Claybon, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Graduate Student, Blacksbury, VA, Addison Cobb, Big Shark Bicycle Company, Mechanic, St. Louis, MO, Leah Cohen, Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Medical School Student, Miami, FL, Trinidy Combs, Accenture, Analyst, Minneapolis, MN, Emily Condiff, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Post-baccalaureate IRTA Fellow, Bethesda, MD, James Cooper, General Mills, Inc., Manufacturing & Engineering Associate, Milwaukee, WI, Maria Coronelli, Washington University School of Medicine, Medical School Student, St. Louis, MO, Benjamin Crisman, University of East Anglia, Graduate Student, Norfolk, United Kingdom, Jennifer Crump, Blue Engine, Teaching Assistant, New York, NY, Mariah Cushman, DuPont, Field Engineer, Wilmington, DE, Tyler Darwin, University of Texas - Austin, Graduate Student, Austin, TX, Christian Del Rio, Monkey Deux, Production Assistant, Los Angeles, CA, Cody Deterding, Kiewit Power Engineers Co., Mechanical Design Engineer, Lenexa, KS, Steven Dhawan, Epic Systems Inc., Technical Services, Madison, WI, Natalie DiProspero, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Technical Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow, Bethesda, MD, Samuel Donohue, IMC Financial Markets, Trader, Chicago, IL, Sophie Donta, University of Michigan, Graduate Student, Ann Arbor, MI, Charles Dorison, Harvard University, Graduate Student, Boston, MA, Lisa Dorn, Ohio State University, Medical School Student, Columbus, OH, Paul Drabinski, Lockheed Martin, Systems Engineer Associate, Denver, CO, Raul Duarte, Harvard University, Research Associate, Cambridge, MO, David Edelman, Vanderbilt University, Medical School Student, Nashville, TN, Timothy Ellis-Caleo, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Medical School Student, Los Angeles, CA, Evan Engel, Capital One, Business Analyst, McLean, VA, Alexandra Fen, J.P. Morgan, Investment Banking Analyst, New York, NY, Mackenzie Findlay, Fulbright, English Teaching Assistant, Sarah Fisher, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF), Educational Programming Intern, St. Louis, MO, Max Fleisher, University of Florida, Medical School Student, Gainesville, FL, Sara Fletcher, Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Samuel Forman, Boston Teacher Residency, Graduate Student, Boston, MA, Sheridan Frank, University of Washington, Graduate Student, Seattle, WA, Alison Frieder, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Business Technology Analyst, Chicago, IL, Samantha Gaitsch, Self-Employed, St. Louis, MO, Eric Galles, Epic, Technical Services, Madison, WI, Elizabeth Garai, BNY Mellon, Sales Associate, Chicago, IL, Sonali Garg, Hamline University School of Law, Law School Student, St. Paul, MN, Tayler Geiger, Writing/Gap Year, St. Louis, MO, William Geyer, DC Energy, Investment Analyst, Washington D.C., Jeffrey Giancana, University of Michigan, Law School Student, Ann Arbor, MI, Christopher Gibson, House Committee on Homeland Security, Intern, Washington, D.C., Brandon Gillman, McKinsey & Company, Business Analyst, Summit, NJ, Michelle Giove, ‘stache Media / Sony Music, Stache Llifestyle Rep, New York, NY, Samantha Givens, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Sales Development Associate, St. Louis, MO, Kara Golebiowski, NetSuite, Professional Services Analyst, Chicago, IL, Nelson Gomes Boronat, AIM Group Inc. Consulting, Employee, Falls Church, VA, Jimena Gracia, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Student Docent, St. Louis, MO, Jordan Grainger, Mayo Clinic, Graduate Student, Rochester, MN, Jessica Greenberg, Epic, Project Manager/ Implementation Consultant, Madison, WI, Joely Grieff, Morningstar, Inc., Employee, Chicago, IL, Steven Grigsby, Washington University School of Medicine, Medical School Student, St. Louis, MO, Shira Grosman, COOKFOX Architects, Junior Architect, New York, NY, Jamie Gross, Boston Medical Center, Ward Associate, Boston, MA, Caroline Grossman, University of Missouri - Columbia, Graduate Student, Columbia, MO, Ryan Hagerbrant, Epic, Project Manager, Madison, WI, Eiftu Haile, Capital One, Human Resources Rotational Program Associate, McLean, VA, Jacob Hale, Epic Systems Inc., Project Manager, Madison, WI, Joseph Hambry, Lloyd & Co, Business Intern, New York, NY, Suk Jae Han, Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Da Hye Han, Twinword, Assistant Developer, Anyang, Korea, Gabriela Hanco, Kuchnir Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Medical Assistant, Boston, MA, Amrita Hari-Raj, Washington University School of Medicine, Research Assistant, St. Louis, MO, Jonathan Harrell, CodeHS, Software Engineer, San Francisco, CA, Mark Heimann, Algorithmia, Algorithm Development Intern, Seattle, WA, William Hennessey, Justin Amash for Congress, Campaign Manager, Grand Rapids, MI, Sarah Hereford, Washington University School of Medicine, Medical Student, St. Louis, MO, Robert Hinshaw, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, Graduate Student, Cambridge, MA, Daniel Hong, Vanderbilt University, Medical School Student, Nashville, TN, Isaac Howell, Yale University, Graduate Student, New Haven, CT, Alexander Hoyer, Deutsche Bank, Analyst, Jacksonville, FL, Satcher Hsieh, University of California - Berkeley, Graduate Student, Berkeley, CA, Andrew Huang, Epic Systems Inc., Technical Services, Madison, WI, Benjamin Huang, TIOSA, Intern, St. Louis, MO, Clark Ingram, Epic Systems Inc., Technical Services, Madison, WI, Arian Jadbabaie, Washington University in St. Louis, Research Intern, St. Louis, MO, Rohit Jaswaney, City Year, Inc., City Year Corps Member, Washington D.C., Alyssa Johanson, Accenture, Business & Systems Integration Analyst, Chicago, IL, Jasmine Jones, B Lab, B Corps Fellows, New York, NY, Jessica Joseph, Johns Hopkins University, Graduate Student, Baltimore, MD, Cecilia Joy Perez, Johns Hopkins University, Graduate Student, Baltimore, MD, Lindsay Juriga, Washington University in St. Louis, Student, St. Louis, MO, Taylor Justman, McMaster-Carr, Development and Design, Chicago, IL, Arunita Kar, University of Illinois - Champaign, Graduate Student, Champaign, IL, Samantha Karlow, Washington University School of Medicine, Professional Rater I, St. Louis, MO, Allison Karp, Pennsylvania State University, Graduate Student, State College, PA, Sophie Karpf, City on a Hill Charter Public Schools, Tutor, Boston, MA, Matthew Katz, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Business Technology Analyst, New York, NY, Alexa Katz, CGN Global, Business Transformation Consultant, Chicago, IL, Emily Kenney, Siemens, Student Co-op - Siemens Healthcare Division, Hoffman Estates, IL, Abigail Kerfoot, Latinos en Axion STL, Office Manager, St. Louis, MO, Patricia Kilbride, Regional Arts Commission - St. Louis, Marketing and Communications Intern, St. Louis, MO, Gillian King, Koch-Glitsch, Research and Development Engineer, Wichita, KS, Madeline Kleiner, Microsoft Corporation, Program Manager, Seattle, WA, Amy Krause, Teach For America, Teacher, San Antonio, TX, Christina Kreisch, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, DAAD Scholar, Garching, Germany, Sarang Kumar, Washington University in St. Louis, Medical School Student, St. Louis, MO, Neha Kumar, University of Arkansas, Medical School Student, Little Rock, AR, Grace Kuo, University of California - Berkeley, Graduate Student, Berkeley, CA, Benjamin Kweskin, University of Missouri - Columbia, Law School Student, Columbia, MO, Maya Kyles, University of Delaware, Graduate Student, Newark, DE, Sahil Lalwani, LinkedIn, Business Leadership Program Analyst - Strategy & Analytics, Mountain View, CA, Robert Landis, Less Annoying CRM, Customer Service Rep, St. Louis, MO, Sarah Langer, Washington University in St. Louis, Law School Student, St. Louis, MO, Oliver Lazarus, Vineyard Gazette / Atlantic, Editorial Fellowship / Internship, Martha’s Vineyard / Washington, D.C., Andrew Ledbetter, Washington University in St. Louis, Research Intern, St. Louis, MO, Jay Lee, Palantir Technologies, Product Engineer, Palo Alto, CA, Quinn Leventhal, Capital One, Business Analyst, Washington, D.C.,


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Katrina Leyden, Accenture, Technology Analyst, San Francisco, CA, Katherine Li, ZL Technologies, Business Developer, San Jose, CA, Leslie Liberman, Tulane University, Law School Student, New Orleans, LA, Ashley Lin, Epic Systems Inc., Project Manager/Implementation Consultant, Madison, WI, Qiyuan Liu, FleishmanHillard, China Master Exchange Program, St. Louis, MO, Evan Liu, Microsoft Corporation, Software Developer Engineer, Bellevue, WA, Rebecca Lothan, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Student Docent, St. Louis, MO, Alexander Lu, TU München, DZNE, Fulbright Research Scholar, Munich, Germany, Olivia Lugar, Trillium Investments, Summer Research Intern, Portland, OR, Emily Luken, Seventh Grade Poetry Foundation, Graphic Designer, St. Louis, MO, Pria Mahadevan, Market Metrics, Analyst, Boston, MA, Troy Makous, L’Oreal USA, Inc., Operations Management Development Professsional, North Little Rock, AR, Mitchell Manar, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Graduate Student, Madison, WI, Seth Margolis, University of California - Riverside, Graduate Student, Riverside, CA, Adriel Martinez, University of Illinois - Champaign, Graduate Student, Champaign, IL, Christine Marx, Peace Corps, Benin Rural Community Health Volunteer, Benin, Africa, Kastyn Matheny, Humboldt University, Field School Teacher’s Assistant, Bezlawki, Poland, William Matthews, Promontory Financial Group, Analyst, Washington, D.C., Sarah McDowell, Environmental Systems Design, Mechanical Engineer, Chicago, IL, Brendan McIntyre, Teach For America, Corps Member, San Jose, CA, Alexandra Mei, Harvard University, Graduate Student, Boston, MA, Yuwen Memon, Expensify, Software Engineer, San Francisco, CA, Michael Merzel, Macy’s Credit and Customer Services, Manager, Executive Development Program, Bridgeton, MO, Adam Metts, Vanderbilt University, Graduate Student, Nashville, TN, Taylor Micelotta, Washington University in St. Louis, Monitor, St. Louis, MO, Michael Mishkin, Emagination Computer Camps, Leadership Program Coordinator, Lake Forest, IL, Neil Mohile, Washington University School of Medicine, Research Assistant, St. Louis, MO, Sara Molinsky, Wigdor LLP, Paralegal, New York, NY, Ashley Montgomery, Target Corporation, Technology Leadership Program - Software Developer, Minneapolis, MN, Adan Montoya, QGenda, Inc., Software Consultant, Atlanta, GA, Maximillian Moore, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Research Assitant, New York, NY, Jillian Morgan, Vogue, Employee, New York, NY, Jeffrey Morris, Peace Corps, Corps Member, Robert Moynihan, Accenture, Technology Analyst, St. Louis, MO, Joseph Mulhall, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Medical School Student, Omaha, NE, Lindsay Muller, Bain & Company, Inc., Analyst, Dallas, TX, Julie Mulvaney-Kemp, Bain & Company, Inc., Associate Consultant, Houston, TX, Emiko Nagashima, Dow Chemical Company, Production Engineer, Freeport, TX, Emily Ness, McLean Hospital, Clinical Research Assistant, Belmont, MA, Rachel Neubert, Palantir Technologies, Platform Writer, Palo Alto, CA, Hanna Newstadt, Trinity Consultants, Consultant, Denver, CO, Andrew Ng, UC Berkeley/UCSF PhD in Bioengineering, Berkeley, CA, Jordan Nick, Accenture, Strategy Analyst, Chicago, IL, Matthew Nutter, Honeywell International, Inc., Product Design Engineer, Torrance, CA, Eunji Oh, Duke University, Graduate Student, Durham, NC, Catherine Page, Medtronic, Inc., Associate Mechanical Engineer, Minneapolis, MN, Lauren Paley, Indagare, Travel Planning Intern, New York, NY, Lucero Paredes, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Medical School Student, New York, NY, Mariana Parisca, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Student Docent, St. Louis, MO, Jin Soo Park, Consulting firm, Business Analyst, Seoul, South Korea, Sang Hyun Park, Washington University in St. Louis - School of Engineering & Applied Science, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Kunal Patel, Accenture, Analyst, Sacramento, CA, Sayan Patra, Boeing, Intern Student Engineer, Seattle, WA, Amy Patterson, Chicago Botanical Garden, Conservation and Land Management Intern, Hines, OR, Wesley Pawson, Cerner Corporation, Velocity Software Engineer, Kansas City, MO, Ruowen Pei, PhysAssist Scribes, Medical Scribe, St. Louis, MO, Hayley Perlis, Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Amanda Phan, University of Iowa, Graduate Student, Iowa City, IA, Jeremy Philipp, AppFolio, Engineer, Santa Barbara, CA, Alexandra Pierce, Epic, Quality Assurance, Madison, WI, Sarah Plovnick, DREAM Project, Music Program Intern, Cabarete, Dominican Republic, August Price, Accenture, Technology Analyst, San Francisco, CA, Alexa Profozich, Teach For America, Science Teacher, Cleveland, OH, Dominic Quaranta, Capital One, Business Analyst, Chicago, IL, Orma Ravindranath, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant, Bethesda, MD, Lukas Rees, Epic, Technical Services, Madison, WI, Ryan Rees, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Medical School Student, Loma Linda, CA, Matthew Rega, University of Maryland, Graduate Student, College Park, MD, Mary Reischmann, The Muny, St. Louis, MO, Jocelyn Reynolds, M Financial, Actuarial Analyst, Portland, OR, John Rincon, Peace Corps, Secondary School Chemistry Teacher, Mozambique, Denise Rogers, Washington University in St. Louis, Research Assistant, St. Louis, MO, Carrie Ross, Epic Systems Inc., Quality Assurance, Madison, WI, Michelle Royle, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, Student, Kansas City, MO, Dana Rubenstein, AT&T, Associate Applications Developer, Dallas, TX, Alanna Ryan, Goldman Sachs, Credit Risk Management and Advisory, Salt Lake City, UT, Pratik Sachdeva, University of California - Berkeley, Graduate Student, Berkeley, CA, Monica Sager, ZS Associates, Business Associate, Boston, MA, Victor Sammond, Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Gary Savell, Accenture, Business and Systems Integration Analyst, Arlington, VA, Abhishek Saxena, Vanderbilt University, Research Assistant, Nashville, TN, Brittany Scheid, Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Carley Schleien, Columbia University, Graduate Student, New York, NY, Sonya Schoenberger, The Avascent Group, Analyst, Washington, D.C., Andrew Schoer, MIT Lincoln Labs, Engineer, Lexington, MA, Chloe Schwarz, RBC Capital Markets, Analyst, New York, NY, Laura Scott, Epic, Technical Services Analyst, Madison, WI, Christopher Seager, Boeing, Structural Analysis Engineer, St. Louis, MO, Seiko Shastri, Casa de Salud, Development Coordinator, St. Louis, MO, Tejas Shekhar, Morgan Stanley, Analyst, New York, NY, Ana Paula Shelley, Emcay, Account Management, New York, NY, Jason Shumacher, Hamilton Place Strategies, Intern, Washington, D.C., Satchel Siegel, McMaster-Carr, Management Development, Chicago, IL, Elanee Simmons, Washington University in St. Louis, Student, St. Louis, MO, Olivia Simon, Fahrenheit 212, Analyst, New York, NY, Claire Simons, University of Illinois - Champaign, Graduate Student, Urbana Champaign, IL, Kirinne Slaughter, Sea World Orlando, Education Camp Intern, Orlando, FL, Jodi Small, Abbott, Quality Professional Development Program, Abbott Park, IL, Olivia Smith, Eastern Illinois University, Graduate Student, Charleston, IL, Amelia Snyder, Indiana University - Bloomington, Graduate Student, Bloomington, IN, Dana Sprague, Epic, Problem Solver - Technical Services Department, Madison, WI, Gayathri Srinivasan, Boston University, Graduate Student, Boston, MA, Kelsey Stiles, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Intramural Research Training Award Research Assistant, Bethesda, MD, Samantha Stone, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Technology Advisory Associate, Chicago, IL, William Strauss, Epic, Business Intelligence Developer, Madison, WI, Xiaodi Sun, University of California - Berkeley, Graduate Student, San Francisco, VA, Manar-ul Islam Swaby, New York University-Steinhardt, Graduate Student, New York, NY, Kathleen Szabo, ZS Associates, Business Analysis Associate, Chicago, IL, Peter Szostak, Boeing, Engineer, St. Louis, MO, Sara Taege, Dr. Valori Treloar, Patient Care Coordinator, Newton, MA, Alan Talmage, Pennsylvania State University, Graduate Student, State College, PA, Biao Tong, Koch Industries, Applications Engineer, Tulsa, OK, Jacqueline Treiger, Green Corps, Green Corp Organizer, Denver, CO, Connor Van Meter, Accenture, Business & Systems Integration Analyst, San Francisco, CA, Govin Vatsan, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Technology Consulting Associate, New York, NY, Anna Villanyi, The Walt Disney Company, Animal Behavior Intern, Orlando, FL, Maureen Virts, Vanderbilt University, Graduate Student, Nashville, TN, Lisa Vongchingtrong, Target Corporation, Business Analyst, Minneapolis, MN, Paras Vora, University of Kentucky, Medical School Student, Lexington, KY, Chase Walker, Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate Student, St. Louis, MO, Xiao Wang, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Student, Philadelphia, PA, Joseph Warren, Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, LLC, Restructuring Analyst, Chicago, IL, Laura Watkins, University of Chicago, Graduate School, Chicago, IL, Shira Weissmann, Project Interchange, Goldman Fellow, Washington, D.C., Hannah Weitz, Morningstar, Inc., Morningstar Development Program, Chicago, IL, Lane Wenner, Alcoa, Inc., Environmental Engineer, Pittsburgh, PA, Keaton Wetzel, Cornell University, Graduate Student, Ithaca, NY, Chelsea Whitaker, Epic, Project Manager, Madison, WI, Charles Wu, Accenture, Analyst, Sacramento, CA, Danica Yu, Google, Recruiting Coordinator, Mountain View, CA, Xueer Yu, Northwestern University, Graduate Student, Evanston, IL, Bowei Zhao, Johns Hopkins University, Graduate Student, Baltimore, MD, Yanzhe Zhu, California Institute of Technology, Graduate Student, Pasadena, CA, Eric Zishka, Accenture, Analyst, St. Louis, MO, Anthony Zunica, Saint Louis University, Medical School Student, St. Louis, MO.

“Even if you don’t land your dream job or internship, do every job well. People will recognize your talent and you will go far.”

Jeremy Scheiner (Class of ‘13)

Best of luck to the Class of 2015 and all your future endeavors! The Career Center is always here to support you, even beyond graduation. For advising appointments, call 314-935-5930.


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Parents’ night out STUDENT LIFE ARCHIVES


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MADDIE WILSON | STUDENTLIFE

It’s graduation time, seniors. It’s the time in your life where your loving parents will watch you put on a cap and gown and be awarded a piece of paper worth $240,000. In between the tears and existential meltdowns, though, you’ll have to take some time to show your parents the best of St. Louis. After all, they birthed you, and it’s high time that you take them somewhere classier than the Mallinckrodt Subway. Here are some of the coolest areas in St. Louis to take your parents.

1 | Delmar Loop PUBLICO 6679 Delmar Boulevard Check out one of the newest additions to the Loop. This Mexican-inspired gastropub will provide great eats, all while making your parents think you’re cultured in the St. Louis food scene. Keep up the facade, friends!

PICCIONE PASTRY 6197 Delmar Boulevard Located at the end of the Loop, Piccione specializes in Italian pastries. It’s open late and is also spacious enough for your parents to put those seven giant bags of stuff that they always carry around for whatever reason.

SUNSHINE DAYDREAM 6608 Delmar Boulevard Support a local business by purchasing your dad a fitted baja hoodie. He’s wanted one for a while, but has been too afraid to ask. While you’re at it, definitely get some incense to make your parents feel like they’re in their college days again.


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2 | Central West End

4 | Cherokee Street

JUNIPER

FOAM

This is a great place to get Southern-inspired comfort foods like chicken and waffles and barbecue. It would be a disgrace to the state of Missouri if you didn’t get barbecue. Do not disgrace the state of Missouri. It deals with enough as it is.

This coffee shop serves great drinks during the day, but doubles as a full bar and music venue at night. It’s an intimate space to catch up-and-coming local bands and stand-up acts.

360 North Boyle Avenue

THE CUP

28 Maryland Plaza

Get a cupcake at Central West End’s premiere cupcake shop. Their flavors include Confetti, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel Pretzel and more. Treat your parents to a few of these to remind them that having a child 22 years ago was a good idea.

CASSIE’S SCENTS

316 North Euclid Avenue

Stock up on scented candles and eclectic gifts at this boutique. It has a range of votive and full-sized candles, along with inappropriate greeting cards and socks with swear words on them, which I think are a requirement for most post-grad jobs. Bonus points if you meet Cassie.

3 | The Grove

3359 South Jefferson Avenue

LA VALLESANA

2801 Cherokee Street

Cherokee Street is known for its authentic Mexican fare. This restaurant has the feel of a taco stand, mostly because its name translates to “Taco Stand.” You can either seat yourself at the counter to eat or take your meal to go. Or do both! Or do neither! The possibilities are endless, just like Olive Garden’s breadsticks. But don’t go to Olive Garden. You’re not in Bloomington-Normal.

HAMMOND’S BOOKS 1939 Cherokee Street

This bookstore is in the same vein of Cherokee Street’s many antique shops in that it sells rare and vintage used books. They also allegedly sell vintage costume jewelry for all of your day-to-day costuming needs.

5 | Clayton

RISE COFFEE HOUSE

NORTHWEST COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY

Start your morning off with a cup of coffee from Rise. They also have a “buy one, give one” option where you can purchase a coffee in advance for anyone who comes into the store and can’t afford a coffee.

Grab coffee, smoothies or sandwiches at this Clayton coffee shop. There’s also a personalized egg menu, where you can have a barista make you eggs with your choice of additions, like cheese and veggies. Your parents love eggs almost as much as they love you. This is the perfect place to go.

4180 Manchester Avenue

EVEREST CAFÉ

4145 Manchester Avenue

For lunch, stop by Everest for their fusion of Nepali, Korean and Indian cuisine. It is so good. There is no other way to describe this place. It. Is. So. Good.

URBAN CHESTNUT BREWERY 3229 Washington Avenue

Get dinner and grab a beer with your parents at one of St. Louis’ staple breweries. You and your parents are pals now. You can have a few beers together and talk about fiscal responsibility like all true friends do.

THE READY ROOM

4195 Manchester Avenue

Head over to a show at the Ready Room. Find the corner that you threw up in during your freshman year and point it out to your parents!

8401 Maryland Avenue

PASTARIA

7734 Forsyth Boulevard

Easily known as one of the best restaurants in the St. Louis area, Pastaria’s Italian cuisine is almost as good as the homeland’s. Finish off your dinner with a scoop of the good stuff from their gelato bar. You can pretend you actually went abroad to Italy like you told yourself you would.

VINCENT VAN DOUGHNUT 40 North Central Avenue

This recently-opened doughnut shop describes their fare as artisanal, which is probably French for “not crusty Dunkin Donuts in a flimsy box.” With options like French Toast, Lemon Lavender and Cheesecake Cookie Crumble, it’s hard to argue.


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Olin Business School’s juniors, sophomores, and first-year students extend a hearty congratulations to the BSBA graduating seniors. May 2015 Graduates Jonathan Jeffrey Abrams Danielle Romano Adesman Sandy Joseph August Matthew Fox Ayanian Xueyan Bai Morgan Ann Banti John Evan Barrow Aaron Scott Bergman Marc Joseph Bernstein Frances Klein Biedenharn Eric Gregory Bishop Alexandra Nicole Blasch Victoria Elizabeth Bliss Zachary Jon Bluestone Sarah Elizabeth Buckley Nicholas Richard Burt Patrick Steven Cantwell Jr. Pedro Cebollero Rajat Chadda Hannah Elizabeth Chase Katherine Chen Peter Perapadh Chollapand Yen Lin Choo Kunyong Chung Caroline Michelle Clark Ann Elizabeth Cole Hamilton Wright Cook Benjamin Jacob Cutler Ryan Alexander Daily Brandon James Deger Melissa Taylor DeMuro Tyler Royce Dickinson Mengyao Ding Kenneth Scott Dolgin Marianna Belle Earhart-Price Patrick Andrew Edwards Anna Lauren Eisenberg Chelsea Brooke Eisner Neel Krishan Erickson David Oladeji Fatoki Jonathan Robert Finch Jamie Lauren Fisher Paolo Fornasini Jiayu Fu

Dara Faye Fuhrman Seira Furukawa Matthew Philip Gallop Ryan Christopher Geczi Avery Ann Geisler Jonathan Leonard Geremia Mathias Hamilton Gesser Daniel Joseph Gibbs Melissa Catherine Gilkey Andrew Michael Goldstick Jacob Matthew Goodman Andrew Douglas Green Lucas Aaron Grunberger Aydin Miguel Gultekin Alison Taylor Guttridge Sichong Han Hayley Samara Hanes David Patrick Hart Jr. Andrew Jacob Hausdorf Alexander Leo Hinch Evan Rae Hindes Connie Lee Ho Lisa Renee Holzman Xueyi Hua Danielle Michelle Huxley Zachary Stephen Jacobs Zhiwei Ji Ashley Marie Johnson Cody Michael Justus Lindsay Leigh Kaminski Margaret Rose Kelleher Ian Alexander Kelso Zackary Ryan Kessinger Kang Hyeon Kim Abigail Elizabeth King Justin Thomas Kirtley Zachary Merguerian Klein Andrew Jordan Konigsberg Kevin John Kosiewicz Carly Allyn Krasnoff Michael Robert Kruse Michael Robert Land Arielle Ilyssa Lang Samantha Megan Lavin Sue Youn Lee Christopher Adam Levine

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2011 in review

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MUSIC

Mark Matousek R&B served as something of a unifying theme for popular music in 2011. From analog throwbacks to a nascent, forward-thinking resurgence, the genre manifested itself in many forms throughout the year, most visibly through Adele, whose full-bodied classicism dominated the charts. Her sophomore album, “21,” spent a total of 24 weeks at number one between 2011 and 2012, eventually going platinum 11 times, spawning four top-ten singles and nabbing six Grammys. Impressive as those numbers are,

they still can’t fully illustrate her reign over popular music. Three years later, her presence loomed so large that her failure to release an album in 2014 warranted a note on her label XL’s year-end financial report. On the progressive end, The Weeknd’s mixtape “House of Balloons” set the R&B renaissance, presaged by Kanye West’s “808s & Heartbreak” three years prior, in motion. Soon, artists such as Frank Ocean and How to Dress Well cemented the genre’s return to critical prominence, leading their starker, headier strain of the genre to be dubbed “PBR&B.” The effects of this re-

surgence have reverberated in the years since, positioning R&B as a hotbed of sonic innovation. 2011 also marked the beginning of Drake’s ascendance to culture ubiquity. Beginning with leadoff single “Marvins Room,” Drake used the year as his creative coming-out party, bolstering his already-established commercial bona fides with sophomore album “Take Care.” One part celebration, four parts therapy, “Take Care” paraded Drake’s endless supply of hooks with his newfound technical competence as a rapper and producer Noah “40” Shebib’s luxe soundscapes. The indie world was largely pre-

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TV

Noah Jodice 2011-12 was a year square in the middle of what we now understand to be television’s new golden age. It was a wonderful time to be a television fan.

Almost any channel you turned to (except maybe Food Network and C-SPAN) had a critically acclaimed show to bolster its reputation and draw in viewers. This may have resulted in a lot less studying, but why should that matter when “Game of Thrones” is in full swing? HBO was in peak form with both “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” which helped the subscription channel once again garner the most nominations at the 2011 Emmys. While primetime dramas like “Mad Men” brought in the hardcore drama fans on cable networks, family sitcoms still ruled the major networks like NBC, CBS

and ABC. “Modern Family” continued to clean up at awards season with its just-edgyenough family comedy that brought in both hardcore critics and casual watchers. NBC had yet to conclude its rock-solid block of comedies, with “30 Rock,” “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” giving smart sitcoms a home on network television. With the help of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, 2011-12 was the year that cable channels finally began to understand what the future of television would look like: shows available the next day online, ready for immediate consumption by a hungry view-

ership. At last, TV was for the people. Netflix was the biggest player here, when they released their first original series, “Lillyhammer,” in a binge-friendly, all-episodes-at-once format. Just think of a time without an entirely new season of “House of Cards” available at your fingertips. This was the television world pre-2011/12, one of the medium’s richest years in recent memory.

FILM

Kimberly Henrickson Summer 2011 marked the establishment of the modern


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comedy, so this year’s graduates started their freshman year with plenty of raunchy references to make. For the previously sheltered, “Bridesmaids” movie nights broke the ice between new friends and “Friends With Benefits” gave students unrealistic expectations for their college relationships. The “Hangover Part II” forced the kiddies to re-examine how “crazy” their previous nights really were, “Horrible Bosses” made their summer job stories boring and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” introduced them to a post-“Office,” sad Steve Carrell. Still reeling after the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” many

probably flocked to theaters for the release of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1” in November for reasons that they explained as “ironic” but really weren’t so. For those still finishing up their summer reading lists, “The Help” was a popular destination for freshman floors starting to get to know each other. Later that year, freshmen watched the funny man of their youths turn into a bona fide actor when Jonah Hill was nominated for an Oscar for “Moneyball.” Meryl Streep brought one home for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” as did Woody Allen for his “Midnight in Paris” screenplay.


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Coaches bid atheletes farewell STUDENT LIFE ARCHIVES

MEN’S BASKETBALL To the Men’s Basketball Seniors (Nick Burt, Trevor Casson, David Fatoki, Kent Lacob and Matt Palucki) These past four years have flown by and now you find yourself moving on to a new life and new challenges. I am so proud of all that you have done during your time at Washington University, both on and off of the basketball court. You have represented your team, your family and your school extremely well. Your hard work and commitment have made these past four years very special. Your four years have produced an 85-22 won/loss

record and along with three UAA Championships. Each year your efforts have ensured that we were one of the best basketball teams in the country. We have shared many memories and successes during this time that will never be taken from us. Serving as captains this past year, you provided strong mentoring for the many young players that we have in our program. Because of your leadership they learned what it takes to develop a strong basketball program and the type of commitment that is necessary to be successful in whatever they want to do. You showed them the

true passion that goes into the building of a basketball tradition. They are truly prepared to accept the basketball legacy that you leave behind and are anxious to build on what you have done. As you grow older I hope that you can look back at these four as having had a significant impact on how you handle life’s challenges and setbacks. When you decided to attend Washington University, I sent you a letter in which I stated that “Together all things are possible.” Hopefully our four years together have shown you the relevancy of that statement and the true value of teamwork.

We are proud of what you have accomplished and are excited to see who you become. We hope that you will continue to support the programs at Washington University and take pride in the tradition you have helped build. You have made some lasting friendships with classmates, faculty, teammates and coaches that define your true college experience. Thanks for loyalty and support these past four years. I look forward to your continued friendship as you watch your future Bears chase the dream you chased. —Mark Edwards


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MEN’S TENNIS After a blistering four years of exciting competitive tennis, four of our outstanding student-athletes are finally leaving Wash. U. for a new life experience. During their four years the varsity men’s tennis team reached some milestones that will be carved into their collective memory bank of splendid accomplishments. The team won the UAA Conference Championship two years in row (’13 and ’14) which had never happened before, and won the 2014 ITA National Division III Indoor Tennis Championship, also a new achievement. All of these seniors played a significant role in achieving not only wonderful athletic success but, equally important, were instrumental in binding their teammates together in energizing a team experience that will maintain team relationships for many years to come. What a great leg-

acy! These seniors: Parker Chang (economics); Kevin Chu (engineering); Ross Putterman (business) and Eric Zishka (engineering) will be sorely missed, but their drive for excellence, both in academics and sport, will linger on and be remembered as models for the next generation. Have a great life and you will always be an integral image in the Bears Varsity Tennis tradition! Go BEARS!!!!!  

—Mike Merbaum & Roger Follmer, WUSTL tennis coaches

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Lauren and LindsayYou are finally done!!! Can you believe how fast it went??? I know we have only had you for a year but what an AWESOME year! We are both so happy you were the leaders of our first class at Wash-

ington University. You truly made our first year one of the best years in our coaching careers. It was fantastic to watch your leadership and communication skills on and off the court with your teammates. You held our team to a high standard and made them accountable in all they do. You are natural leaders. Take what you have learned the last four years, in and out of the classroom, and use it to dominate in your everyday life…just as you did on the court! Always know that you have two people you can reach out to at any point, and ALWAYS remember that we are proud of you every single day!! Good luck to you. Don’t be strangers. Most importantly, THANK YOU for everything you have given to the volleyball program. You have left your mark and you will be greatly missed. —Coach Walby and Coach Rust

FOOTBALL Fellas: Congratulations on reaching the summit of your undergraduate experience here at Washington University. You have been a part of a great ride. While this leg of your life’s journey is over, I would like to think that you have not yet reached your destination; there is so much more to come. You participated in so many great games in your career. You had the opportunity to play the best teams in the country. You rose to the occasion, and helped take our program to a new level. And while we experienced so many different outcomes in those games, I hope you leave here with the thought that winning and losing are truly imposters. Success is measured by the standards of preparing to be the best you can be at all times.

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STUDENT LIFE | THE FINISH LINE 27 Being a champion is a lifestyle and a thought pattern, not the result of a ball caroming off the upright or sustaining a goal-line stand. Not all of you could climb Pike’s Peak, but each of you conquered a larger mountain – that of Washington University. Some parts were tough; some were scary. There were times that you were grasping for air or felt weary from the daily challenges you faced on the field and in the classroom. There were also the times that each of you became the support for others. Y ou were great teammates to your friends and tremendous representatives for Washington University. To play four years of football and get a Washington University degree all the while is incredible. I am in awe of all of you.

have experienced what it means to be a part of the great family that you will carry with you forever. When each of you came to Washington University, you came to write your own script. I am eager to read the next chapter for each of you. Football is a tough, physical game. So is life! L ive each day with a Warrior Spirit, taking challenges head on. Make the tough decision, have a positive mental attitude and be Great by Choice.

Now that you reached the summit, you can look back on the trail to see what you have accomplished. From the play-off announcement in January Hall to the locker room at Carnegie your last game, you

—Coach K

SWIMMING AND DIVING

To the Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Seniors (Hannah Chase, Katrina Leyden, Sara Taege, Courtenay Willcox, Jacob Hale, Will Miller, Matt Nutter, Michael Postetter, Zane Turpin) Since arriving on the campus in the fall of 2011 you have brought with you a competitive spirit and provided tremendous leadership along the way. You have faced

challenges and grown stronger as young men and women. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Washington University and the Swimming & Diving team over the past four years. Your decision to attend Washington University has provided you a quality academic degree and memories of a competitive NCAA swimming & diving experience. You have prioritized academics and athletics into your collegiate experience and have made us a better program in the process. As you progressed from freshmen to seniors, you touched the lives of everyone you came in contact with including coaches, faculty, teammates and classmates.

the boundaries of the pool. You will always be a WUSTL Bear!  Set your goals high and expect the best in everything you do. We are proud of what you have accomplished and look forward to seeing where you will go after leaving Wash U. You are forever a part of our program and Washington University, and we are excited about your continued involvement now that you are alumni.

As you leave Washington University, take with you the belief that you are ready to meet life’s challenges head-on. The goals that you set were definitely more than just achieving a personal best or winning a race, and the benefits you will receive will extend beyond

CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES TO THE

Graduates of the Class of 2015

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope to see you at our next Alumni Meet. BATTLE ON!  

—Brad Shively, Head Swimming & Diving Coach

RUNNING Seniors,

It has been a joy to watch each one of you grow through failures, successes, trials and celebrations. It has been a true privilege to be your coach. I hope that you can

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apply the lessons we tried to teach on this team in the real world. I can’t wait to hear how you grow as business owners, doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc…and potentially loving spouses and parents. I am confident that you will each change the world one person at a time. My biggest hope is that each one of you will take the time to stay in touch over the coming years. Nothing means more than when alumni take the time to keep us posted on their lives, and I hope that each of you will try and do that. Time goes too fast; please stay in touch as you are forever a part of “TWO TEAMS, ONE FAMILY.”

tournaments, 70 wins, cameo appearances by Kiss, minions and a bobsled team, while creating thousands of unforgettable memories. You four ladies have left the program better than when you entered. You have left an impression that will never be forgotten, and you will be missed dearly. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being a Bear, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.      

All the best, Jim Conlon

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Gilks, Maddy, AYO, Alexandra, Vuk and Lexi,

—Stiles

WOMEN’S SOCCER Four different paths have led to an amazing experience. Thank you to Kaylin, Tessa, Tessa and Lillie for being such wonderful women. We took four young ladies from four different states that had four different Wash. U. experiences, and it turned into four unbreakable friendships, four NCAA

Since arriving on campus in the fall of 2011, you have cemented your legacy. You have helped our program grow and have provided tremendous leadership along the way, not to mention a 90-17 career record. Your dedication and commitment never wavered, and we could not be more proud of the young women you’ve become.

Your commitment and selflessness has gained you the biggest compliment of all…you have earned the respect of your teammates and coaches. Thanks for an incredible four years. You will be missed, and remember your Bear family will always be here for you! —Coach Fahey and Coach Patterson

WOMEN’S TENNIS Dear Hanna, My one and only SENIOR!!! You have

been a rock for me and the women’s tennis team. Hanna, you have been an inspirational friend, leader, competitor, captain and scholar-athlete. You have dedicated your time, your heart, your words, and your actions to the WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM! You are leaving this team with a strong legacy that we will miss every day. It has been an honor and privilege to be your coach and friend. I will miss your honesty, your laughter, your support, your loyalty, your passion, your big heart, your overheads, your wicked volleys, your down-the-line drives and your trick shots (i.e. slices/ chips)! T  his quote by Winston Churchill describes how I see your contribution to the women’s tennis team over the past four years: “Excellence is…caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe; dreaming more than others think is practical; expecting more than others think is possible.” THANK YOU HANNA, AND I WILL SEE YOU SOON!!!   Love and Rawrr, Coach Kelly

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Ryan O. Hagerbrant

WU Class of '15 Congratulations Ryan! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments at Wash U. With Love, Mom, Dad, Sarah and Alyssa

Brittany Hajek Scheid

U W Class of '15 Dear Alex, ion is the We hope your graduat towards the beginning of a journey ams. Through fulfillment of your dre r success will ou y , rt ea h s ou er n ge your better place. a ld or w e th e ak m also in your We love you, rejoice lieve in your accomplishments, be l for the joy u ef at gr e ar d an h gt stren lives. of having you in our ang Mom, Dad and the G

WU Class of '15 From car team to Chorus, dance marathon to Take Steps For Kids, and all the stellar bioengineering all along, we’re so proud of all you’ve accomplished. Love, Mom and Dad.

Sydney Meyers

WU Class of '15 Sydney, Congratulations! We are all so proud of you!! We wish you the best on your next journey and can’t wait to see where it takes you. Love you, Sami, Philip, Bianca, Mom & Dad

James Joel Lucas

WU Class of '15 Congratulations on your graduation. We are so very proud of you! Love always. Mom (Beverly), Lance, Erika, Brenda, Sandra, Lee, Deborah, Kenneth, Paula, and all of your cousins


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Steven Michael Kawer

WU Class of '15

Dan Kronthal

Congratulations Steven! We are very proud of you. With love, Mom and Dad WU Class of ‘15

WU Class of '15

Andrew Elstein

WU Class of '15 ”...an exciting thing about your life, is there’s no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective. The paths infinite, results uncertain….accepting that is key.” -Jon Stewart.

WU Class of '15

We are SO PROUD of you!

Kara Golebiowski

Congratulations D an! Good luck on your next We are all so proud adventure! of you! Much love, Mom, Dad, Melissa , & Lauren

Alex Leichenger

WU Class of '15 We are so very proud of you and all of your accomplishments in four short years. We can’t wait to see what your future holds! Love, Mom, Dad, Abby & Grace

Rachel Williamson

WU Class of '15 Congratulations on a strong finish, we’re so proud of you. We never stopped believing in you. Now you will begin another new journey. We don’t know what it will be but we know you will conquer. Love, Mom & Dad

Thank you for keeping us informed for the last 4 years (through StudLife and other articles) about life and issues at WashU, St. Louis and beyond. We look forward to learning more from you. CONGRATULATIONS!! With much love and admiration, Mom, Dad, Matt and all of your aunts, uncles and cousins.

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CHRISTINA M. CHADY

Esther Moon

WU Class of '15 We Love you. We are so proud of you. We trust you. We are all happy because of you.

CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTINA! WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU. LOVE, MOM & DAD

Dad, Mom, and Sora

WU

Class of '15

Trevor Casson Our wish for you is that life becomes all that you want it to... Your dreams stay big and your worries stay small.

Patrick Mannon

WU Class of '15 Congratulations Patrick as you finish this chapter and begin the next in life’s journey. We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad and all your family

Congratulations! All our love, Mom, Dad, Ryan and Michael

Blake Avery

WU Class of '15 It has been such a pleasure to watch your continued growth into such an awesome young man of strength and character. We wish you all the best ahead! Love, Mom, Dad, and Morgan


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ISAAC LEE GOLDENTHAL

WHAT A SPECTACULAR 4 YEARS! YOU COMPLETED COLLEGE, DEAN’S LIST EVERY SEMESTER, MASTER’S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING, PRESIDENT OF PI TAU SIGMA AND JOINED TAU BETA PI AND SIGMA XI. YOU CULTIVATED AND ENJOYED A FABULOUS GROUP OF FRIENDS. PRACTICING JIU JITSU AND PAGANINI TOO! CONGRATULATIONS ISAAC. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOUR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE. LOVE YOU MOM, DAD, & ARIEL

WU Class of '15

a x e l A z t a K Congratulations!!! Dean’s List, AEPhi, Madrid, Mathematics, Supply Chain Management. You continue to amaze us as you attain and surpass all your goals!!! You have made so many new friendships and created memories that will last a lifetime. We are so proud of you, your confidence, zest for life, and love of family!

xoxo

Mom, Cary, Josh, Zach, Shaina, Grandma, Grandpa

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Claire Brownstone

Sara Marie Taege Our precious daughter... We have loved you from the time the Lord put you in your mommy’s tummy :) We have enjoyed your company, love, adventures, dedication, determination, passion, powerful brain, and that beautiful smile! Now, take His hand and reach for the stars!

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Alexandra Neuman

WU Class of '15 Congrats! We are so proud of you and all your accomplishments. We wish you a lifetime full of health, happiness, and continued success. Love always, Mom, Dad, and Jon

Carrie Nicole Ross

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Class of '15

Congratulations to our beautiful daughter, Carrie. Your journey at WashU has been spectacular and set the stage for a wonderful future. We are very proud. Love, Mom, Dad & Justin


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Brandon, It seemed like only yesterday that we sent you off to college. The past four years have flown by, and now you are graduating. Not only are you receiving a BSBA in Economics & Strategy, but a Master of Science in Finance as well. You have worked hard while having a blast doing so. We love you and are so proud of you.

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Congratulations on this amazing achievement. Mom, Dad, and Matthew


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Henry Barry

b e i l t t o G n a d r Samantha Jo

WU Class of '15

Congratulations to you and the WashU Class of 2015 on reaching this important milestone! Being your parents has given us so much joy, and we are in awe of the phenomenal man you have become. Here’s a wishing you a future filled with love, happiness and success as your adventure continues... Mama and Dad

Congratulations, Samantha! We are so very proud of you and all that you have accomplished in your four years at Wash U. Savor the moment. You’ve earned it! We cannot wait to see what the future holds for you. With love and admiration, Mom and Dad

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STEPHANIE VUKOTIC

ALEXANDER HINCH

CONGRATULATIONS STEPHANIE! OUR IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY YOU WERE LITTLE GIRL GETTING ON THE BUS GOING TO KINDERGARTEN…NOW YOU ARE RECEIVING YOUR COLLEGE DIPLOMA. EP KEEP LEARNING, KEEP TRYING AND KE ACCOMPLISHING YOUR DREAMS. LOVE ALWAYS! MOM, TATA AND ALEX CONGRATULATIONS, ALEXANDER, ON FOUR YEARS OF GREAT EDUCATION, GLOBAL ADVENTURES, LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCES, AND LONG LASTING FRIENDSHIPS – YOU HAVE SEIZED AND MADE GOOD OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY. WE ARE INCREDIBLY PROUD OF YOU, NOT JUST FOR WHAT YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED, BUT ALSO FOR WHO YOU’VE BECOME ALONG THE WAY. GO MAKE A DIFFERENCE – WE KNOW YOU WILL. LOVE YOU, MOM, DAD AND PHILIP

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Blake Mullenix

Shane Carr WU Class of '15

“ All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - J.R.R. Tolkien Congratulations Blake! We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Joshua & Rachel

WU Class of '15

With admiration from your proud parents for your many roles and achievements during these awesome four years: ACM President, WUPOPS, WUGS, Teaching Assistant, Outstanding Junior in Computer Science, Slanderous Saxes, Undergraduate Researcher, Varney Prize in Physics, Tau Beta Pi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Dean’s List, Sigma Xi, EECE International Experience, Engineering Senator, serious student of Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Nanotechnology.


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Michael Tarazi

Annie Cole

WU Class of '15 Congratulations! Love, Mom, Dad and Patrick

Leslie Liberman

WU Class of '15

Habibi Michael, Congratulations on your graduation. You made us proud. Follow your passion and all the very best for a healthy, joyful and bright future. With all our love always, Your Mom, Teta Argentine, Halim, Rula, Mansour, Maria, Randa, Dina, and Fuad Abu-Rahmeh

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Alexa Katz

WU Class of '15 Congratulations Alexa on a wonderful achievement and a boundless future! You make us all very proud and we love you!! Love, Dad, Melissa, Josh, Grandpa Marv, Grandma Sue and the rest of the clan

Sam Funderburk

WU Class of '15 You have learned from the past, savored the moment and are excited about what lies ahead. We are so proud of you Sam! Mom, Dad and Chris

We are so proud of you today and always! Congratulations on your graduation from Wash U! We’re behind you 100% as you tackle law school next year! We love you! Mono and Dad

Abbey Bush

WU Class of '15 “I can do anything I want. And so can you” -Donnie Darko We are so proud of you Abbey! Love, Mom, Dad, Haley, Ben & Edison and Jupey

MacKenzie Lauren Findlay

WU Class of '15 We are so proud of you – for the beautiful, smart, funny, passionate, courageous and caring woman that you have become. We love you!! Mom, Tom, Spencer and your daddy in Heaven.


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Jason Silberman

Hayley Michelle Perlis

WU Class of '15

Jason, Jason, Jason!

We are zo proud about you! Pillow+ WUSA+ RA+ Civic Scholar, athlete and all around great friend- you’ve always helped others. You have an infectious smile and some great dance moves. You are de best! May you go from strength to strength. You’ll always be our Mr. (Dr.) WashU! Love you always, love you forever, Mommy, Daddy, Donny, Ricky and Matthew

Hayley, We’re so proud of all you have accomplished and know the best is yet to come! Follow your dreams. XOX Love forever and always, Mom, Dad, Sarah and Caroline

Samantha Ligeti

WU Class of '15 Congratulations Sam!!! We love and adore you!!! Mom & Dad “Growth itself contains the germ of happiness” – Pearl S. Buck

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The sky’s the limit. Congratulations Class of 2015!


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