PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University is going through a tough time.
The annual U.S. News college rankings came out Tuesday and WSU came up near the bottom of the list. On top of that, there are troubles surrounding the football team. Not only is the team is 0-2, two players have been arrested and several others are under investigation following a house party brawl.
WSU students on campus have differing opinions on everything that is going lately. But they also have some solutions on how things could get better.
“I would hope they always want to do what they can to improve their ranking as well as a student here doing what they can to represent my school the best I can," said one student.
While academics are always important for students, what has been making headlines are the criminal investigations of several football players.
“Even if you're an athlete and you are partaking in that I think it is something that you should stand up, man-up. I mean you did it, just because you're an athlete you don't have a right to assault anyone else," said another student.
Most students agree people should be held accountable for their actions. Some are concerned there can be a double standard when it comes to students athletes or other groups.
“I think when it comes to conduct especially, not necessarily between the police and the school, but conduct in general. Whether it’s Greeks or athletes, anyone with a history is treated differently," one student commented.
Moving forward, students said they are keeping an open mind.
“I think WSU is in a transition period identity both on the campus with our students and as a brand as well," one student mentioned.