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Are Hover Boards Finally Here?

Sheldon Costa, Author

March 5, 2014

Since I was a young boy, hover boards have always been my most immediate image of the future. Next to flying cars and robot maids, nothing seemed more likely to usher in the turn of the century than my own personal flying skateboard. Unfortunately, science and technology in the 21st century have more or less let down my generation in this regard. Sure,...

Critic’s Corner: ‘Pompeii’

Sheldon Costa, Author

February 26, 2014

The story of Pompeii is fertile ground for fiction. When the bustling city was demolished by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E., it was occupied by over 20,000 people and was one small component of the world’s current economic and military superpower: the Roman Empire. A supposedly “modern city” with a thriving port and a complex water...

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Rebranding Posters Aimed At The Individual

February 26, 2014

“Seattle University is a sleeping giant, and we need to awaken the sleeping giant.” These were the words that Scott McClellen,...

Should We Cover I-5?

Sheldon Costa, Author

February 26, 2014

The 1-5 Freeway creates a very tangible barrier between downtown and capitol hill. It also happens to be—for some—a particularly ugly gash in the center of Seattle. In the same way that Downtown is currently trying to reprioritize city space with the viaduct downtown, The Northwest Urbanist, a blog run by a Seattle urban planning graduate student,...

Cantwell Fights Offensive Team Names

Sheldon Costa, Author

February 19, 2014

Sports in the United States have a long and ugly relationship with racial slurs and ethnic stereotypes. Despite decades of resistance and activism by Native Americans, a number of major league sports teams—and even more high school programs—still fight to retain their offensive titles and mascots. Last week, this issue was brought back to the...

Writing Conference Comes to Seattle

Sheldon Costa, Author

February 19, 2014

The common cultural image of the writer is largely defined by solitude. When non-writers think of those who have dedicated their life to the written word, the first image that usually pops into their mind is one of some melancholy figure, poverty-stricken and lonely, scribbling away ecstatically in some basement, with eyes illuminated by candle light...

Critic’s Corner: ‘The Lego Movie’

Sheldon Costa, Author

February 12, 2014

“The Lego Movie” might be one of the most enjoyable films of 2014. No, I’m not being facetious. Apart from being perhaps one of the greatest pieces of toy advertising ever produced, the movie also happens to be a beautifully crafted, well-acted, and surprisingly thought-provoking piece of art. Plus, it’s about one of the greatest...

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Search For Meaning Brings Literary Q’s to SU

February 12, 2014

In his book “The Art of the Novel,” acclaimed Czech novelist Milan Kundera argued that the form of the novel is able to grapple...

How Expensive Are the Olympics?

Sheldon Costa, Author

February 12, 2014

Ah, the Olympics. That special time, every four years, when nations all around the world can, for just a little time, put aside their political differences and use their finest athletic specimens to one-up each other. Not only are the Olympics a good way for nations to find new and interesting ways to despise one another, but the event as become notorious...

Seattle 2035: Building a Better Tomorrow

Seattle 2035: Building a Better Tomorrow

February 5, 2014

Alyssa Brandt • The Spectator In case you haven’t noticed, Seattle is growing. Whether it’s the explosion of new residen...

SPD Tries To Arrest Chaos Inside and Out

February 5, 2014

For those who have been reading the surge of Public Safety emails sent out over the last few weeks, some might be wondering if...

Philip Seymour Hoffman Passes at 46

Sheldon Costa, Author

February 5, 2014

Three days ago, we lost one of the greatest actors of our time. Philip Seymour Hoffman, known for his exceptional skills both on the stage and on the screen, was found, on February 2nd, dead in his Manhattan office. According to police reports, he had suffered a drug overdose. He was 46. The news has struck everyone—both those involved directly...

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