The Spectator

Op-Ed: In Response To “Home Sweet Home”

Volunteer Writers, Author

November 30, 2016

Dear Spectator staff, You missed several important elements in your exposé of SU’s purchase of the Jesuit Beaver Lake property: When you continually said home, you should have said property (as you rather luxuriously articulate at the beginning—which make the article sound like an exposé); the property is more significant than just t...

National Men’s Day?

Chris Salsbury, Author

November 16, 2016

This coming Saturday, Nov. 19, more than half of the world’s countries will celebrate men. Some will throw parties, others have even given males the day off from work in recognition of something known as International Men’s Day. The overwhelming sentiment these days—to the extent of my experience—is an emphasis on women and their endless...

Op-Ed: Response to the Presidential Election

Volunteer Writers, Author

November 16, 2016

To the Seattle University Community, on behalf of the Alfie Scholars of Seattle University, We, the inaugural cohort of the Alfie Scholars program at Seattle University, offer this response to the results of our nation’s recent Presidential election. Seattle University’s mission for a just and humane world compels us, as civility leaders,...

Dear Papa Jon…

Jon Cantalini, Author

November 16, 2016

Q: I am starting to stress out about finals… I feel like November has gone by so quickly, what do I do? A: Hello Classic SU Student, I feel the same exact way. This quarter has really been on turbo drive ever since it started. I suggest you start preparing for finals now, then you won’t feel as stressed when finals week is upon us. Also, ...

An Election Lament

Chris Salsbury, Author

November 9, 2016

As far as I am concerned, this presidential election is a lose-lose situation. But even as I watched all of my choice candidates drop out of the race without reaching their full potential, I knew America would still be okay. To be frank, I must admit that not all of the candidates I have supported had a chance in hell of winning, but I knew if by...

An Overdue Thank You Letter

Tess Riski, Author

November 9, 2016

Dear Mr. President, You don’t know me but I’ve known you for a long time. Since I was a little girl, actually, when I first heard you speak. I can recall the way your words permeated my worldview, how the poetic cadence of your voice sent trickles down the spine of my 12-year-old self. I was in 6th grade, sitting in my classroom and watching...

Dear Papa Jon…

Jon Cantalini, Author

November 9, 2016

Q: I am having a really hard time living with my roommate… what should I do? A: Hello B in Apt. 23, I highly suggest you go and talk to your RA. Your RA is always a good non-biased source that you can go and talk to who has some knowledge on how to deal with this kind of situation. If that doesn’t work, or you do not live on campus, I suggest yo...

Why Not to Participate

Shelby Barnes, Author

November 2, 2016

For the Participation That is 20 percent of My Grade, I’m done with you. For years, I have tolerated your existence. For years, I have let the distasteful requirement that you are impact my academic experience. Hell, I’ve stood idly by and watched as you’ve taken my grade from a solid 95,  and shoot it down to an 80. Call me Taylor Swift,...

Shooting the Messenger

Nick Turner, Author

November 2, 2016

Students circled like vultures as Michele Murray spoke last week about changes in the demonstration policy in the student code of conduct (see page 5). The meeting, which lasted two hours on Wednesday night, descended into uneasiness as Murray fielded questions from some of our most outspoken students on the policing of black and brown bodies, details...

Dear Papa Jon…

Jon Cantalini, Author

November 2, 2016

Q: Is it too early to start celebrating winter holidays? A: Hello, my beautiful snowflake—I say go for it! Hang up some lights, decorate for your holiday, and have some fun! I think it is never too early to start celebrating the holidays. I mean yes, Thanksgiving does have its place and most of us love stuffing our face like we stuff the turkey, but the ...

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...

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