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Crafty Connie’s helpful hints for do-it-yourself plumbing

Plumbing problems are all too common in the domestic world. Today, our distinguished guest plumber Randy P. Ipelayer will offer up convenient DIY solutions to your flow-related problems. Domestic Dilemma #1: Hey Randy, the drain in my shower keeps backing up. Now I just take really shallow baths. Help! That […]

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Grassroots Campaigns Inc. sued over abusive labor practices: Critics say outsourced activism can be exploitative

A campaign against hate? Save our wilderness in a summer? A job for an international charity? Name an issue on the progressive buffet, and there’s probably an advertisement on Craigslist to join the good fight with organizations like The Fund for Public Interest, Dialogue Direct or Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. With […]

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Crafty Connie’s hints for your alternative spring break

Your domestic dilemma: Crafty Connie, I need an arts and crafts project for spring break, or else I’ll die of loneliness and boredom! Crafty Connie’s solution: Arts and crafts are a great way to pass the time! In fact, they are better than sitting around and waiting to die until […]

Professor Hans Ostrom on poetry, hosted by Phi Eta Sigma
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Professor Hans Ostrom on poetry, hosted by Phi Eta Sigma

English and African-American Studies Professor Hans Ostrom is well-known and well-liked on campus. His talk on Thursday, February 23, 2012 entitled “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Poetry” filled the Rotunda with an engaged and appreciative crowd. Perhaps less well known, though, was the sponsor of the talk: […]

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Crafty Connie’s tips for an effortless, efficient moving day

Here in Tacoma, spring is in the air. It smells exactly like winter (pulp mill and dog poop), but with the imminent threat of moving day. Also, jobless day. Employment is your problem—but moving? Crafty Connie is here to help. Moving day is dreaded far and wide by anyone who […]

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Al-Anon joins campus Alcoholics Anonymous program

Linoleum flooring, folding metal chairs, harsh florescent lighting— even devoid of people, the setting seems familiar from pop culture depictions. The concrete stairs leading to the Kilworth Memorial Chapel basement are tucked away near a loading dock, and the ceiling panels inside are various stained shades of off-white. Every Friday […]

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Teaching demo to take center stage in hiring decisions

Like any business, the University of Puget Sound faces the problem of employee turnover. The unique nature of some higher education jobs, however, means that the consequences of hiring decisions are long-lasting. Hiring a new professor means making at least a multi-year commitment, and perhaps some years down the line, […]

Connie’s comprehensive snowpocalypse survival guide
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Connie’s comprehensive snowpocalypse survival guide

Crafty Connie’s solution: Snow days are excellent… for the first day. By the second, you may be running low on key supplies, such as beer, wine, whiskey, and fresh milk. Did I mention beer? Anyways, don’t despair. The following list of activities should keep you well-entertained until the weather relents […]

Medical Marijauna: Laws, Co-ops, and Users in Washington
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Medical Marijauna: Laws, Co-ops, and Users in Washington

Located just a few blocks away from the University of Puget Sound, the Cannabis Club Co-op serves the needs of medical marijuana patients on Tacoma’s North End, including some Puget Sound students. Despite the ambiguous legal position of the co-op relative to federal laws, it is open for business and […]

Spreading the holiday cheer:  Crafty Connie’s solutions
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Spreading the holiday cheer: Crafty Connie’s solutions

Your Domestic Dilemma: “I need some festive ideas for the holiday season! What do you recommend for food, drink and decoration?” Crafty Connie’s Answer: Ah yes, the holiday season. A time to eat, drink and be merry. Actually, it’s usually a time to drink, inducing merriment followed by drunchies.  (I […]