Even at the elementary school level, college is planted in the minds of youth as being the route to personal success. Today, 30 percent of all entering college freshman are the first in their families to enroll in college or university. Twenty-four percent of those students are low income. Without advice from their parents, first-generation students experience roadblocks with the application process and seeking aid. Many balance their schedules between work and being the first in their families to navigate a complex education system. According to the First Generation Foundation, an organization advocating for the success of first-generation college students, more than a quarter of these students drop out after their first year. Despite the odds, many of these students are pushing through to achieve their educational goals.
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Students and community members marched from Western's campus through downtown on Sept. 2 to voice their concerns about the university's contract with Aramark. // Photo by Suzanna Leung
Monuments honoring the Confederacy are still widespread across the country, but whether they should remain has become an important topic of discussion.
The name Eric Bostrom may be extremely familiar to students who have attended school on Western’s campus in past years. He has spent many school days in Red Square with Donald Trump signs and hateful signs directed towards LGBTQ+ individuals.
The number of students utilizing Western’s counseling center doubled from 2011 to 2016, according to data the univeristy reported to The National College Health Assessment survey. Unfortunately, the school’s limited resources have not caught up with the rising demand.
Letter to the editor response from the editorial board: Student convicted of sexual assault readmitted
Content warning: This story contains references to sexual assault.
Content warning: This article contains references to sexual assault
On April 28, Western’s student body elected Ana Ramirez as the Associated Students vice president of governmental affairs. She is also the first undocumented student to be elected to the AS Board. However, administrators could remove Ramirez from her position due to her lack of work authorization. This should not be the case.