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Valuing Diversity

Chris Salsbury, Author

May 3, 2017

They say a picture paints a thousand words—this is only 500. I ask you to read on with an open mind and an empathetic lens; also, to email me because I always appreciate a good discussion. To some extent, we are all probably aware that one is defined both by their experiences and by how one applies the lessons from those self-histories as they...

Why We Shouldn’t Criticize Obama’s Speech Fee

Tess Riski, Author

May 3, 2017

Former President Barack Obama just agreed to give a not-so-free speech and people aren’t too happy about it, some going as far to label him a hypocrite. Obama spent his eight years in office championing the problems of the poor and advocating for the middle class. During a speech just last Monday, he spoke to students at the University of Chicago...

Dear Papa Jon…

Dear Papa Jon…

April 26, 2017

Q: So, like, it is still freckin' raining and I don't understand why... can mother nature plz figure her shat out? A: I mean weather is an interesting topic, for sure! I think that you might be better off...

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....

Dear PlayDay,

Sam Schultheis, Author

April 26, 2017

Once a year, the streets of Capitol Hill are flooded with drunk youngsters, wearing rainbow T-shirts and partying the whole day long. Unfortunately, I’m not writing today about Seattle Pride. The event I’m referring to is the (in)famous PlayDay. Before we go any further, I should offer a quick disclaimer and admit to some personal bias. I am,...

Dear Papa Jon…

Dear Papa Jon…

April 20, 2017

Q: I want to be on wheel of fortune. How do I get there? Yours, Getme Money A: Hello, Getme Money! First, I would have to say that you should drop out of school and start studying all and any phrases t...

Melting the Seattle Freeze

Nick Turner, Author

April 20, 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...

Dear Papa Jon…

Jon Cantalini, Author

April 12, 2017

Q: Hello papa, I am sitting in the Quad and all of a sudden it started to pour rain... why is the weather so unpredictable? Your man, Steve Pool A: Hello Mr. Pool, I thought that you were supposed to tell me what the weather was doing? ANYWAYS, I think that because it is spring in Seattle, the weather has full reign on what it wants to do. J...

Letter From a 20.9-Year-Old

Tess Riski, Author

April 12, 2017

Today marks the one-week countdown to the day I’ve been dreaming of since I was an 18-year-old playing “Hey Mister” in the Safeway parking lot of my hometown. (Also, I highly discourage asking strangers for alcohol—very risky. Don’t do it, kids!) On the eve of this momentous occasion, there are some memories of my past life that I am more...

Need a Friend? April Is Here

Shelby Barnes, Author

April 12, 2017

Are you stressed about this quarter? Have you found that staring into the abyss no longer satisfies your boredom? Well look no further, because the internet has once more out down itself by providing live coverage of nature’s long necked friend; April the giraffe. For over 3 months, the New York Zoo has provided live coverage of April, the soon...

Dear Papa Jon…

Jon Cantalini, Author

April 5, 2017

Q: The sun is coming out and my bod is not rockin'... WHAT DO I DO?! Your friend, Ineda Workout A: Hello Ineda, I hear you, my bod is not banging, YET. As my friends at the Jersey Shore say, "GTL (Gym, Tanning and Laundry)." Make sure you do all of these and, in no time, you will be looking like a full blown model. Hope that helps, Guido Jon Q: Hi Papa, I have a...

Skills < Degrees?

Chris Salsbury, Author

April 5, 2017

Today, many citizens believe that a four-year college degree is the only path to home ownership, financial stability and happiness. Dissection of this stereotype reveals that this is not only a recent trend, it may be a misguided one. The idea that good jobs are only attainable with a degree starts with the definition of a “good job.” There used...

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