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Wash. State Leave ‘No Child’ Waiver Behind

Sheldon Costa, Author

April 30, 2014

Washington schools will soon lose the one thing currently protecting them from the unpopular No Child Left Behind act. Back in 2012, Washington received a NCLB waiver along with 42 other states. The waiver was conditional, however, and required that the state implement a number of educational policies established by the Obama administration that would...

Online Sports to Compensate for Real Ones

Sheldon Costa, Author

April 24, 2014

Sports. They seem like a really good way to work out. Rather than going to the gym every week and doing a bunch of exercises that feel horrible, in the company of a dozen or so strangers who are all calculating who can bench the most weight, people who get to play sports are awarded all of the benefits of physical exercise with the added bonus of camaraderie...

‘NFFTY’: Age Is Not A Premise For Film Talent

Sheldon Costa, Author

April 23, 2014

A man wakes up on a planet with no people. A boy accidentally sends a sext to his girlfriend’s mother. A mime falls in love with a woman who can make sound out of anything she touches. A group of thieves use time travel to fix a crime. What do all of these things have in common? They are just a few of the storylines on display at this year’s...

Web Fights in Vein Against Heartbleed Virus

Sheldon Costa, Author

April 23, 2014

Tumblr users might have noticed a strange advisory appear at the top of their screens last week. The “friendly reminder” advised users that it might be a good time to change their passwords, and alluded to something called “Heartbleed.” As it turns out, the bug, which compromises over two-thirds of websites on the Internet, has been reported...

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Trash Talk at Seattle University

April 17, 2014

In 2012, Seattle produced an amount of solid waste equivalent to over 3,000 blue whales. That is a lot of whales. T...

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Pollinator Pathway Buzzes As Spring Nears

April 16, 2014

Chances are, any time you take a bite of food you have a pollinator to thank. While the numbers aren’t exact, about a third...

Why Does Capitol Hill Look Like Lego Land?

Sheldon Costa, Author

April 16, 2014

Last week, I spoke a little bit about how the linguistic roots of gentrification could help us understand what the term implies, and how it relates to our current way of moving through the world. The qualms with gentrification on Capitol Hill, however, move beyond rising rents. Like any kind of change in the Urban landscape, Capitol Hill residents ha...

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Passion Play Reimagines Jesus’ Life, Death

April 9, 2014

The Passion, the period in Jesus’ life ranging from when he entered Jerusalem to his crucifixion, is one of the most well-known...

Critc’s Corner: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Sheldon Costa, Author

April 9, 2014

Since “Iron Man,” Marvel films have chosen to explore the tension between security and freedom. The movies all bring the morals of their heroes up against systems increasingly interested in building the biggest and best guns. It should be no surprise, then, that the newest film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” takes up this issue...

What is Gentrification, Really?

Sheldon Costa, Author

April 9, 2014

Gentrification. The word has become almost as ubiquitous here on Capitol Hill as the lego-themed apartment complexes that have come to dominate the neighborhood’s skyline. Whether it's in reference to the destruction of old buildings, the skyrocketing rents, or the abundance of high-priced ultra modern boutiques, there seems to be nothing that folks...

Critic’s Corner: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

Sheldon Costa, Author

March 12, 2014

When I first saw “300” back in 2006, I loved it. A lot of that probably had to do with the fact that I was 16. The hyperstylized violence, explicit content and stunning set pieces were a dream come true for my high school self. And, despite being totally outlandish and even a bit offensive, the film created a new method of delivering action that...

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Writers and Readers Unite at AWP ’14

March 5, 2014

Seattle might have seemed strange last week when the Association of Writers and Writing Programs came to town. Instead of the...

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