Fall 2020

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How to stay motivated: study tips and tricks for virtual finals

As students everywhere are facing a lot of unknowns amidst the pandemic, staying on top of schoolwork may feel overwhelming. This is not uncommon.  Results of the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium student survey at UPS found that 20% of students rated their ability as “poor” in terms of pushing themselves to stay motivated in a pandemic. 40% reported this ability as fair, and only 37% of students who took the survey reported their abilities in this area as good. In terms of finding healthy ways to manage the challenges,...
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Three-dimensional art piece, The Girl House, takes students’ experiences on a tour of the Tacoma area

You’ve probably noticed the little yellow house parked across Safeway on N. Adams St.  The Girl House is the summer research project of Emma Piorier ‘21 and Miranda Karson ‘21. The installation is a resistance to rape culture through the telling and sharing of experiences of coming of age, gender, sexuality, and sexual injustice to create community in a society that seeks to isolate narratives of girlhood and womanhood. The installation, a 7’ x 14’ tiny house on a trailer, creates a physical space for the submissions they received on...
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Tacoma brings in new prosperity with the Light Rail system that connects Tacoma to Seattle, but will it sweep away long-time Tacoma residents?

The Hilltop neighborhood in Tacoma, Washington, is one of the most impacted by gentrification in the country, according to a study that compared census data from 2000 and the 2016 American Community Survey. Hilltop was ranked #20 in the entire country — this was in comparison to rapidly grow neighborhoods in San Francisco, New York City, and Houston. Hilltop was once a thriving part of midtown life in Tacoma’s early history, but the migration of major businesses away from Tacoma — as well as the development of the Tacoma Mall...
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New beginnings: the class of 2024 goes virtual

The class of 2024 is having one of the most unique freshman experiences ever to be recorded in history. On July 29, President Isiaah Crawford sent out an email letting the entire student body and community know that we were going to be virtual during the fall semester. The school had held out until the end of July to decide in hopes that we would be able to continue in-person during the fall. When President Crawford announced that we would be going virtual, the entire semester became an unknown. The...
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McMaster lecture draws controversy from student groups

The Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture in Public Affairs and the Arts normally invites esteemed speakers such as Jed S. Rakoff and Valerie Jarrett to campus. This year, however, the student body was less than pleased about who the university chose to speak: H.R. McMaster.  McMaster has a long history of working for the military, from his time in the Gulf War to teaching at West Point. Most notably, there are a multitude of human rights violations against him. When he was a commander in the second Iraq war, he oversaw...