The Spectator

Seattle U Speaks up for New Voices Bill

February 1, 2017

Washington State holds the collective future of student journalism in its legislative hand this week. Since the escalation of...

Becoming the Enemy

Nick Turner, Author

January 18, 2017

Let me backtrack a little. It’s been two months since Thanksgiving when my family got into a spat over the presidential election. My parents, siblings and I nibbled on turkey as my uncle’s family—a trio of white collar, east-coast types— argued why there was no way Donald Trump could win. When they tried to imagine, in this satirical, almost...

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...

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...

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...

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