The Spectator

Talking Politics on Campus

Jenna Ramsey, Author

October 26, 2016

Plenty of people have come and gone from the Spectator staff each year, as is the nature of a school paper. But in the time I’ve been here, one conversation has come up consistently, no matter who’s in the room at our meetings: the political climate on this campus makes a balanced political discussion nearly impossible. With an important presidential...

The Congress Kerfuffle

Chris Salsbury, Author

October 26, 2016

C-SPAN: all the cool kids are doing it. With a reputation as boring and honest as what it stands for—Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network—it has taken an act of congress to get me and my fellow students interested and far more informed. The kind of dramatic, fantastically critical cross-examinations you’d pay top dollar to see in the movies...

Dear Papa Jon…

Jon Cantalini, Author

October 26, 2016

Q: Hey Pops, What temperature should I cook my pizza at? Letmeknow A: Hello there my little slice of cheese, It depends on what kind of pizza you are buying! If you bought the kind that is not cooked yet, then I suggest you turn the oven on to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter what though, I suggest you turn up that oven to HOT, just like papa...

The Sad Truth: I Can’t Vote

Shelby Barnes, Author

October 19, 2016

To my fellow Citizens, Barack Obama said it, Anziz Ansari said it, hell, even Katy Perry did as well. Vote. Vote, vote, vote. Everyday I open my Facebook, that’s the first thing I see. My feed is filled with celebrities, politicians, and college students, all preaching the importance of our generations involvement in this year’s presidential...

On McCain’s Recent Statement

Sam Schultheis, Author

October 19, 2016

The American political system has struggled with gridlock since the Republican party gained control of Congress in Nov. 2014. A notable example of this struggle is the current empty seat on the Supreme Court left by the late Antonin Scalia. The Republican party has vowed to deny President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland—an immensely qualified...

Op-Ed: What Sort of Community Is Seattle University?

Volunteer Writers, Author

October 12, 2016

I write this from a place of raw emotion in response to Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg’s announcement that the University is continuing its anti-union fight by refusing to bargain with non-tenure track (NTT) faculty. As The Spectator reported just two days before the President’s announcement, NTT faculty voted to join the Service...

Op-Ed: On Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Volunteer Writers, Author

October 12, 2016

On this third recognized Seattle Indigenous Peoples’ Day I am preoccupied with thinking about one of the greatest current threats to Indigenous people in this country. More than 500 years ago, the greatest threat was disease, enslavement, displacement, and murder at the hands of a man who until recently was celebrated in this city (and still is to...

An Increasingly Frustrating Presidential Election

Jenna Ramsey, Author

September 28, 2016

I consider myself a bit of a political junkie. I enjoy the drama of it, the games candidates play, the heated speeches and debates. But the 2016 Presidential election has, for me, gone from an entertaining-yet-concerning spectacle to an embarrassing, flaming mess. As is the case every four years, November will present a defining moment for the future...

What Does the National Anthem Really Represent?

William Goldstein, Author

September 28, 2016

The past few weeks I haven’t gone a day without hearing or reading something about the national anthem protests that are taking place in the sports world. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he kneeled during the national anthem. He has kneeled in every game since and gained both haters and followers. He says he is...

Op-ed: Department of History Statement

Volunteer Writers, Author

June 1, 2016

The faculty of the History Department wish to express our support of the students and faculty of Matteo Ricci College (MRC). We ask that the Seattle University community as a whole engage in difficult dialogues. The occupation by the MRC Student Coalition has been highlighting the urgent need for the entire Seattle University campus to intensively...

First Small Victory In One Big Battle

Alexa McConville, Author

June 3, 2015

After several months of unrest, students and staff against the OMA and ISC merger won a small victory. Michele Murray sent out an email early this week announcing the delay of the merger, stating that it would be paused until further student input was received in the fall. As a student that utilizes OMA’s services on occasion, I am pleased by the...

An Ode To Graduating (Spec)tator Tots

Melissa Lin, Author

June 3, 2015

To the graduating Spectator staff: You have been with me through it all. You guided me when I was a volunteer writer with a healthy fear of the editors I would soon call my friends. As a staff writer you encouraged me to pursue the stories that piqued my curiosity—and sometimes rage. You trusted me as the news editor to tailor the section to reflect...

Seattle University's student newspaper since 1933
Opinion