The Spectator

Out of the Blocks, Spectator Welcomes Editor-in-Chief

Nick Turner, Author

June 10, 2018

Oxford commas, em dashes and parenthetical notes are just a few of the things that make Michelle Newblom happy. A writer, poet and record-breaking track star, she has a strange obsession with literary devices, which should come in handy next year when she takes the helm as editor-in-chief of the Spectator. Newblom started working here one year ago as a ...

Law Experts Reflect on Japanese-American Incarceration

Nick Turner, Author

April 19, 2018

Gordon Hirabayashi was 24 years old the first time he challenged the United States Supreme Court. It was after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and President Roosevelt had just ordered the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-American people living on the West Coast. A curfew had been imposed on all people of Japanese descent. Hirabayashi, a stude...

Counting Down the Days: A Letter from the Editor

Nick Turner, Author

April 16, 2018

Last Tuesday was the first day of my final quarter in college. Provided I don’t sleep through all my classes, come June I’ll be walking across the stage dawning the cap and gown as I accept my diploma. Now, I don’t want to get too sentimental but, the truth is, I’m going to miss this place. For the last three and a half years, this has been...


Is Our Campus Safe?

March 1, 2018

The bell rang 17 times last Thursday at the Chapel of Saint Ignatius, and 17 flowers were set afloat in the reflection pond below...


Where to Start: The Spectator’s Guide to the 2017 Election

November 1, 2017

By this time next week, many of Seattle’s public offices will be filled with new faces. Voters will elect a new mayor, new ...

A Letter from the Editor

Nick Turner, Author

October 4, 2017

On Sunday, a terrorist opened fire on a Las Vegas music festival, leaving at least 59 dead and 527 wounded. Politicians and pundits have already started pointing fingers while bodies remain strewn across the concert venue. What they’re calling the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history comes about a year and a half after the previous d...


Mayoral Race Raises Questions of Student Civic Engagement

May 25, 2017

“It’s important to vote where you live,” said Patrick Schoettmer, an instructor in political science at Seattle University....


Faculty and Staff Respond to FY18 Budget with Concern

May 17, 2017

“We’re in real trouble,” Chris Paul said over the phone on Monday. “Running SU costs more money every year, and we’re m...


SU Students Shut Down Chase Bank, Keystone Pipeline

May 10, 2017

It was a typical Monday morning at the Chase Bank on Marion and Madison Street. Cars drove by as customers went in and out of...

An Aztec dancer standing in front of a statue of Sealth, the Chief of the Suquamish and Duwamish after whom the city of Seattle is named.

Peace and Protest on May Day

May 3, 2017

Thousands took to the streets on Monday in one of Seattle’s most peaceful May Day protests ever. Various groups marched through...

Melting the Seattle Freeze

Nick Turner, Author

April 21, 2017

I’ve heard time and again that Seattle is a cold place, that the people here are mean; that we’re sarcastic, passive-aggressive and no fun to be around. While this may be true in some cases—I mean, every city has its fair share of introverts and assholes—the years I’ve spent living here have led me to think otherwise. I was scrolling through...


Hidaka Taiko Club, First of Its Kind

February 8, 2017

Thanks to an enterprising group of foreign exchange students, this year Seattle University has its first Taiko Club. NICK TURNER •...

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