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Freshman seminars provide invaluable education

An education is a long and strenuous process, made harder by the numerous prerequisites students must take in order to graduate. At the University of Puget Sound, the first core class students must take is the freshman seminar. Known as a “Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry” (SSI), this requirement entails two […]

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University practices not as sustainable as we hoped

You might notice that you see about a hundred stickers around campus that say “Loggers Live Green.” These stickers are on everything including water bottles, binders and walls. But how much truth is there to what these stickers say? Puget Sound talks a lot about sustainability, and to some degree, […]

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Language change should be welcomed by all

A new version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) came out this March, containing almost a quarter of a million words. Avid dictionary readers may notice a few unusual entries. According to the OED’s website, the words “bestie” (noun), “wackadoodle” (noun or adjective) and “badassery” (noun) all joined the esteemed […]

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Campus in need of designated smoking areas

The first lovely days of spring have arrived, and campus is abuzz with the sound of vitamin D-starved college students shedding their heavy winter coats for slightly lighter coats. The air is fresh and clean. But then you smell it: a cigarette permeating the crisp air. Smoking is a fairly […]

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Distracted students make learning harder for others

For some students, the most effective learning can only happen in a class where they are allowed to interact directly with the professor and other students. Rather than the anonymity of a 400-person lecture hall where every student is just one of many, these students prefer the chance to make […]

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Sleeping more will keep you more alive, awake and cute

At 7 a.m. every weekday morning, an hour before the first classes of the day begin, a gloom descends over campus. Hundreds of students awake to a brutal alarm clock they may have set only a few hours before and drag themselves out of bed, barely conscious, in need of […]

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More foreign language requirements and their benefits

There is nothing more practical (or classier), than being able to speak more than one language. Bi- or multi-lingualism gives graduates more opportunities than monolingual students. And they will sound sophisticated while opening those doors. To graduate, Puget Sound requires students to take at least two semesters of foreign language […]

Greek life on Puget Sound campus: the perspective of a new member
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Greek life on Puget Sound campus: the perspective of a new member

Two pieces in an issue of Puget Sound’s Wetlands magazine caused controversy earlier this year: “Greek Life and Straight Supremacy” by C.J. Queirolo and “An Open Letter to Greek Life” by Philip Brenfleck. Both heavily criticized the Puget Sound Greek system based on the opinion that Greek life is a […]

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Military sexual assault brought to light: Proposed bill addresses startling statistics of reported assaults among members of the US armed forces

  In May, Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Krusinki, the U.S. Air Force’s head sexual assault prevention officer, was himself arrested for sexual assault. Drunk and stumbling across a parking lot, Krusinki grabbed a woman standing outside of a bar from behind. She confronted him  and punched him several times in the […]

Video game violence major threat for the mentally ill
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Video game violence major threat for the mentally ill

The first ever video game was created in 1958 by William Higinbotham. It was a simple game called “Tennis for Two,” and its gameplay was exactly as its title implies. Thirty-nine years later, in 1997, the first version of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series was released. GTA has achieved […]