STUDENT LIFE | THE STARTING LINE 15 STAHL: The Women’s Building, of course! Home of the First Year Center, dance and performing arts classes, and various and sundry student organizations’ suites. The card access office is here, as well as the Registrar and the Social Programming Board. And it just happens to be where my office is, Room 117, and I hope that members of the class of 2018 will quickly find their way here. Even though it is called the Women’s Building, men are welcome! THORP: Upper floors of Olin Library— one of the most beautiful views in American higher education. WRIGHTON: There are many great places on the campus, but I especially enjoy going to Whispers Cafe in Olin Library. Sometimes I just go there, do email, have coffee and interact informally with students. WHAT SHOULD EVERY STUDENT DO IN ST. LOUIS BEFORE GRADUATION? BINNINGTON: Every student should spend some time at the Botanical Garden—such a beautiful place.
QUATRANO: Reach out and interact with and contribute to some part of the St. Louis region, for example, area charter and public schools. Also, attend a symphony or theater performance or a professional sporting event, and visit the Missouri Botanical Garden and Forest Park. The museums in Forest Park and the Saint Louis Zoo are free. SMITH: Go to a farmer's market! Meet the people who run local farms, and a cross-section of St. Louis area residents. STAHL: Run, bike and boat in Forest Park. Visit the Zoo, the Art Museum, the Missouri Historical Society and the Science Center; when the weather is cold enough, ice skate at Steinberg. Go to a Cardinals game and to see the Blues play hockey. And be sure and eat at the Crossing if your parents are paying. If you are paying, there are all kinds of great places in the Loop, Tower Grove Park, the Central West End and the Grove. And if you are braver than I am, go up in the Arch. Maybe you can convince me to be brave enough to go with you. THORP: See Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill and eat the street corn at Mission Taco.
WHAT DO STUDENTS NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND/OR WASH. U. THAT THEY SHOULD? BINNINGTON: I once performed in a Rockette-like kick line on several TV shows. GUPTA: Our doors are always open for you. Walk in knowing we care about your growth, experience and success. SMITH: Everybody at Wash. U. has a great personal story—you should get to know as many as possible. My geological research took me to Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, the Canadian Arctic and many other places, so I haven’t always been office-bound as I am now! STAHL: I don’t know if people should know this, but when I was an undergraduate, my work-study job was serving as a tour guide in a nuclear reactor facility. My husband says that all that exposure to radiation explains a lot about my sense of humor. THORP: I once played the keyboard in a play starring Josh and Reba from “The Guiding Light.”
WRIGHTON: Many people do not know how Washington University got its name! Regarding me, most people are not aware that I have taken up regular physical fitness activity. Everyone should do this, and I should have begun earlier!
GEORGIA BINNINGTON associate dean of students, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts DANIELLE BRISTOW director of First Year Center Programs JUSTIN CARROLL dean of students MAHENDRA GUPTA dean of the Olin Business School RALPH QUATRANO dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science JENNIFER SMITH dean of the College of Arts & Sciences SHARON STAHL vice chancellor for students HOLDEN THORP provost MARK WRIGHTON chancellor
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ANTI-COLLEGE CHECKLIST EMILY SYBRANT | MANAGING EDITOR The college checklist seems like an essential part of the college experience. After all, you’re leaving home to live on your own and you don’t want to arrive at college and realize that—gasp!—you forgot to buy a shoe organizer. How can you possibly start your new college life with disorganized shoes? A more likely scenario is that you will find yourself in a dorm room much smaller than you imagined, trying to figure out how you are going to fit all your “college essentials” in your half of the room. And in eight months, you’ll be throwing away half this stuff simply because it’s easier to trash it than move it.
Mattress pad/topper Throw/blanket Curtains
You’ll hopefully need this stuff the first night.
LOGISTICS For many items, I suggest waiting until you arrive in St. Louis to buy. If your parents drive you to school, there’s no reason not to buy most of your stuff here. It will be a great bonding activity for you and your parents to drive to Target and fight stackable plastic drawers away from other students. Alternatively, I suggest buying online from Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target and then picking up your stuff in store to avoid some of the move-in crowd madness and make sure you get exactly what you want. Additionally, many basic items are available on campus in Bear Necessities or the campus bookstore if you ever need them. If you fly, you still have options to get your stuff to your dorm. Use your Wash. U. email to sign up for Amazon Student for six months free, and take advantage of the free shipping to send stuff to yourself and pick it up when you arrive at the mailroom. Alternatively, it won’t be hard to find someone on your floor who drove whom you can accompany to Target. Finally, Wash. U. provides all students with a free U-Pass that allows you to ride the St. Louis buses and MetroLink for free, so you can always get to stores off campus by yourself.
Just like Christmas is an excuse for Walmart to sell you tiny baubles you don’t need as stocking stuffers, Back to School is a chance for Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target to use the college checklist to sell you more stackable drawers and organizers than you could possibly need. This checklist takes on a combination of the Bed, Bath & Beyond checklist and the Washington University checklist and tells you what you really need. Ultimately, you’ll probably still get wrapped up in the fever of it all and end up with stuff you don’t need, but hopefully this list will cull your desires to indulge in every form of underbed storage known to man.
Alarm clock Sheets (twin XL) Comforter/duvet Mattress protector Duffel bag/luggage Umbrella It rains a lot in St. Louis. You should have one.
Flashlight First-aid kit Pack one, but don’t go overboard. You’ll just need the basics.
Power strip Ethernet cable It’s really nice to have one of these when the Wi-Fi is acting up. It’s small and easy to pack.
Extension cord You’ll definitely want this. Outlets are never where you want them to be.
Travel mug Towels/washcloths Backpack Bike Blue tape It’s small and easy to pack, and it’s the best (and only allowed) way to hang posters and decorate your walls.
School supplies The bookstore and Target can be pretty picked-over during Back to School, so if you have a specific kind of notebook you like, you want to make sure that you have it.
These are really bulky. But you’ll probably want some sort of drawers or stacking boxes, so buy these after you see your room and know what you need.
Hangers Hooks/3M supplies Door mirror There are mirrors in some of the rooms and definitely mirrors in every bathroom. Mirrors are awkward to move—just wait and see if you want/need one.
Tool kit Cleaning supplies Whether you’re in modern or traditional, your bathrooms will be cleaned for you by the cleaning staff. If you find that you need some Febreze or Lysol wipes, you can always buy them on campus.
Desk lamp/floor lamp/lightbulbs Desk organizer Wastebasket Lap desk Dry erase/bulletin board Fan Area rug Frames/wall art Coffee maker/fridge Shower tote/caddy If you’re in a modern dorm and have a bathroom in your suite, you likely won’t need one. If you’re in a traditional, you might want one. Wait and see what the bathroom situation is like before you decide you need one.
Laundry basket/hamper TV Pillows
Worry about beautifying your room later. The blinds in the room will work just fine.
Bed lifts Wash. U. beds are adjustable, and they go up high enough that you’ll have to jump to get into bed. You don’t need additional lift.
Bookshelf/other storage Batteries You can buy these easily on campus when you need them.
Sewing kit Hand vacuum Plates, bowls, glasses, silverware Most people think they’ll cook. Most people never end up cooking, even if they claim they will. You’ll know within the first month if you actually want to cook, and you can buy stuff then.
Water bottle Microwave Iron Ironing board Drying rack Envelopes/stamps Printer There are printers in every residential college. Having your own printer takes up so much space, and ink is really expensive.
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FALL SPORTS NICK KAUZLARICH | SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR While you won’t be surrounded by 80,000 screaming fans at a football game at Washington University, there are other perks to Division III sports. Nosebleed seats don’t exist, so you will always have a prime seat at games. Most importantly, this is good news for those of you who will use athletic events as a floor bonding activity: you’ll most likely befriend some floormates who play a varsity sport, and you will easily be heard cheering on your new friends as they spike, score, tackle or cross the finish line. Here’s a guide to Wash. U.’s fall sports scene as well as a key home game for each team: FOOTBALL After losing two of its first three games last year, the football team won its final seven regular-season contests to notch a playoff bid for just the second time in school history. The Bears went on to lose on a touchdown with 18 seconds left in the first round, but the team has retained some key players from a stingy defense that held opposing offenses to seven points or fewer in more than half its games a year ago. Although a new, inexperienced quarterback will be at the helm, the Bears are still a defensefirst squad and possess a deep running attack that should produce a number full of close games.
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