The Spectator

Seattle U’s Connection to Spotlight Investigation

Shelby Barnes, Author

May 30, 2018

*CONTENT WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT, SUICIDE AND MENTAL HEALTH* The Boston Globe’s investigative team, Spotlight, released an investigative feature in June 2002 that exposed leaders in the Catholic Church who concealed and relocated priests that had been molesting children for years. These troubling discoveries brought people to question not only t...

The Ineffectiveness of Mandatory Reporting

Shelby Barnes, Author

April 19, 2018

Last Thursday evening, students, staff and members of the Health and Wellness Crew gathered for three hours on the first floor of the student center to educate and share their experiences concerning sexual assault. This annual event, commonly known as Take Back the Night, is a time for survivors to share their stories in a safe space without worrying abou...

Marketing Spectacles: An out of this world album release

Shelby Barnes, Author

March 15, 2018

In July, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.  Now, 49 years later, science has reached all new heights. On Feb. 21, Towkio became the first rap artist to drop his album from space, which I think is an achievement of astronomical proportions. Sharing his music to listeners everywhere, Towkio shared his album, WWW, from a...

Your Holiday Wake Up Call

Shelby Barnes, Author

November 15, 2017

Imagine this (cue Brooklyn accent). You’re at the dinner table. Your mom sitting across from you, your sister adjacent. As you stand up to cut the turkey, you drop the knife. Everyone laughs. It’s cute. Change the scene, and now you’re kneeling in front of a tree. You grab a square box beneath the branches, handing it off to your estranged co...


The Doctor Clocks Out: Joy Sherman’s Final Year at Seattle U

November 1, 2017

Sometimes, college students may feel that they need a little bit of crazy in their lives. For some, that may mean jumping out o...


From Orlando to Las Vegas

October 11, 2017

An Era of Violence: The Post 9/11 Generation Note from the Editor: This article was co-written by Shelby Barnes, and Anna Kapl...


Father Sundborg Enters Last Term as University President

October 4, 2017

In his convocation speech to the class of 2021, President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J., announced that this would be his last t...

So Long, But Not Farewell

Shelby Barnes, Author

June 1, 2017

To my faithful minions, As this year comes to a close, I must share a truth that can no longer stay secret. I, Shelby (none of your damn business) Barnes, am writing as your A&E Editor for the last time. This, though as tragic as it may be, is something we must push through. If we can withstand the breakup of the Cheetah Girls or sit through...

The Hot Spots of Capitol Hill

June 1, 2017

Greetings, my sloppy slushies. Have you ever been famished after a night’s run at the bars? Do you find your mouth full of excess...

No Parents, No Problem

Shelby Barnes, Author

May 25, 2017

Have you tired from seeing those mother’s day posts? Do you find yourself rolling your eyes at every father’s day BBQ ad? Well keep those eyes still and relax, because this is the post for you. For the one’s that don’t yet understand, let me break it down. Not all have the two for one deal. Some were born this way, others lost it along the way....

Tips for Next Year’s Playday

Shelby Barnes, Author

May 18, 2017

Hey there, Redhawks. Playday Guru here. It’s spring quarter and you know what that means: Kirkland Lite Signature Beer. Saturday, hundreds of you gathered in students’ backyards for some fun in the sun. Don’t worry, this is one playdate mom won’t know about. As Playday Guru, it’s my job to see all. Below you will find some of the hottest...

Free the Nipple This Summer

Shelby Barnes, Author

April 26, 2017

For years we have fought this battle. With the emergence of the sun and change of season, I call on the women of Seattle to join me on the frontlines against our greatest nemesis: boob sweat. For those who don’t understand, let me describe it with imagery. It’s like a continuous stream similar to that of the niagara falls running down your chest....

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