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Professor Spotlight: Catalina Ocampo Londoño

It is Catalina Ocampo Londoño’s first year teaching here as a Visiting Professor in the Spanish department. She’s come here by a rather circuitous route; she was born and raised in Colombia, went to school in Virginia and Boston, and in between getting her various degrees (her dissertation is still […]

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PSO offers three spring break trips to California

Tomorrow, 12 students will pile into a Puget Sound Outdoors (PSO) van at the crack of dawn to drive the 19 hours to Burlingame, Calif. From there, they will start a five-day backpacking trip in Death Valley National Park, the hottest and driest of all national parks in the United […]

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Professor Spotlight: O Chem’s William Dasher

Professor William Dasher, known as “Dasher” to anyone who is remotely familiar with him, teaches one of the hardest courses at Puget Sound: Organic Chemistry. On the days when there is a test in O Chem, Oppenheimer gets ready early so that students can get their caffeine fix before the […]

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Avoid the hassle and cost of dorms–move off campus

Imagine this: sitting outside on a sunny day, drinking mimosas and basking in a kiddie pool while Chaka Khan and Rufus’ “Tell Me Something Good” wafts through the air. Your best friends are all around you, everyone is dancing, the day feels endless and just when you think it can’t […]

Kittredge Art Show emphasizes quality of students’ work
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Kittredge Art Show emphasizes quality of students’ work

Kittredge Gallery has been displaying student art since Nov. 14, greeting visitors with a bundle of black plaster hands hanging from the ceiling, a six-foot-tall wooden structure resembling a kaleidoscope and a gown of stitched leaves. The rooms are packed with prints, paintings, multi-media installations, films and ceramic structures that […]

Meet Alan Thorndike, our reluctant physicist
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Meet Alan Thorndike, our reluctant physicist

When I first walked into Physics professor Alan Thorndike’s office, he was in the midst of giving a graduated student a red puffy jacket that was big enough and warm enough to double as a sleeping bag, along with a tent that he hadn’t used in 40 years but claimed […]

Occupy Wall Street: A Puget Sound’s Perspective
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Occupy Wall Street: A Puget Sound’s Perspective

On Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, Trimble Forum was filled with the buzz and heat of over 200 students, spilling out into the hallway. The hot air was filled with words like “inequality,” “the 99%” and, of course, “occupy.” In the front were three professors—Stuart Smithers of the Religion department, Brad […]

Getting to know Doug Sackman
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Getting to know Doug Sackman

History Professor Doug Sackman’s classes are distinctly concerned with our surroundings. His courses include the History of the West and Pacific Northwest, Frontiers of Native America, American Environmental History, and a freshman seminar called Ecotopia. Professor Sackman specializes in Environmental History, a discipline that examines how humans have changed and […]

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Look to the stars in Thompson Hall

Monday, Oct. 24 was an unusually clear night in Tacoma. From the top of the tower in Thompson hall, all that was visible was the orange glow of sodium streetlights, the ever-present cloud of steam rising above the port and the stars. The stars were exactly what brought me up […]

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Student art and crafts on display

Last Saturday, the Rotunda was transformed into a bustling market place showcasing the do-it-yourself creativity of the Puget Sound student body at the biannual Student Market. On display were tie-dyed tennis shoes, vegan baked goods, rocks wrapped in wire, those ubiquitous feather earrings, bee balm, homemade pasta, canned pickles and […]