The Spectator

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...

Los Angeles Opens Dumb Starbucks

Lena Beck, Author

February 13, 2014

It’s hard to say whether “Dumb Starbucks," a coffee shop established in Los Angeles on Friday, was purely a joke or actually a satirical attempt to comment on pop culture--perhaps it was a little of both. Comedian Nathan Fielder, star on Comedy Central for coming up with whimsical business ideas on television, was behind the creation of a...

Gov. Inslee Hangs Death Penalty in Wash.

Dallas Goschie, Author

February 12, 2014

Washington State’s murderers on death row got a new lease on life Tuesday afternoon. Governor Jay Inslee, in a surprise move, announced a moratorium on death penalties in the state so long as he remains in office. Inslee’s largest impetus for the move is his perception that the death penalty is not a means toward “equal justice” for the...

The State of the Student Could Be Stronger

Alaina Bever, Author

February 12, 2014

Do you know how many Seattle University students use tobacco related products? Did you know that SGSU is working on making gender inclusive bathrooms? Or how much value students put on where their tuition dollars are going? The answers to all of these questions and more were revealed this week in the results of the Seattle U State of the Undergraduate...

WA Fifth Worst For Gender Pay Gap, Study Says

WA Fifth Worst For Gender Pay Gap, Study Says

February 12, 2014

“You know, today, women make up about half our workforce, but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is...

Net Providers Threaten Internet Access

William McQuilkin, Author

February 12, 2014

If you’re going to hit college students where it hurts, take away their Netflix. Verizon and other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may be doing just that. In an important court case on last month, Verizon challenged the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules surrounding net neutrality. Essentially, this means that private Internet...

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...

Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Harrison Bucher, Author

February 11, 2014

The light at the end of the tunnel isn’t getting any closer. At least not for now. Seattle is in the midst of a huge project in which they will be removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct that has aged greatly. Discussion of its removal has been going on for years. In the viaduct’s place will be a brand new 1.7 mile long tunnel that will be part of Highway...

Security Issues Snowball At Winter Games

Security Issues Snowball At Winter Games

February 5, 2014

The Olympic Games are known to many as a symbol of solidarity and a chance for all nations to put their political differences...

Jesuits Take Ministry To The Web

Caroline Ferguson, Author

February 5, 2014

Brendan Busse, S.J., has two computers on his desk. One is a Dell, a hulking old fossil of a thing, hooked up to God-knows-where by a tangle of black cords. The second is a sleek MacBook Pro, all sparkling chrome save for the lacquer of glossy stickers that covers the front. It’s a pretty up-to-date piece of technology for a Jesuit, considering the...

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...

SU, Community Stay Invested In Divestment

SU, Community Stay Invested In Divestment

February 5, 2014

At last Wednesday’s open forum on divestment, the issue of oil investments began to get personal. The event included four speakers...

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