Archive for March, 2012

Features

Freeset combats poverty and sex trafficking in Sonagachi

When Kerry and Annie Hilton and their four children moved to Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1999 with a mission to live with the poor, they didn’t realize that two years later they would be changing the lives of over 180 women. When they first moved into their three-bedroom apartment, they […]

Features

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 […]

Features

Women’s League Flea Market vendors report high sales

While the rest of the campus community was busy catching some sun (or rain) on Saturday, March 17, the University of Puget Sound Women’s League held their annual Flea Market at the Memorial Fieldhouse. The Flea Market has been held every year since 1968. The League’s Flea Market Coordinator, Grace […]

Features

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 […]

‘Ag-gag’ laws protect factory farms
Opinions

‘Ag-gag’ laws protect factory farms

Iowa recently became the first state in the U.S. to enact so-called “Ag-gag” legislation (‘Ag’ as in agricultural, ‘gag’ as in to censor). At first glance it’s difficult to figure out what these laws, which have recently been proposed in almost a dozen states, are actually supposed to do. The […]

New Stem Cell breakthrough reinvigorates debate
Opinions

New Stem Cell breakthrough reinvigorates debate

A month ago, a breakthrough in stem cell research occurred at Massachusetts General Hospital in Place, Massachusetts. Researchers claimed that they were able to extract stem cells from human ovaries and successfully harnessed their remarkable functionality to generate fertilizable egg cells. If these results are confirmed, then the sociopolitical debate […]

Cost of education impedes socioeconomic mobility
Highlights / Opinions

Cost of education impedes socioeconomic mobility

A student who works relatively hard in high school can be accepted to college if he or she chooses to apply. However, the decision to attend can be a costly one for those without means. If paying for tuition, living expenses and books doesn’t get you, then paying back massive […]

Opinions

Buffet-style religion

As the latter half of Lent slowly progresses, and my willpower to avoid eating chips for the duration of the Catholic observance has me jonesing like an addict, I have been thinking a lot about religion. I was raised in a very open household. While I studied the catechism for […]

Opinions

Government unable to create jobs

The recent political debates have unearthed a large number of unrealistic assumptions people make about government. The most ridiculous one of all is the idea that the government creates jobs. This mantra actually harms workers, threatening at every stage to prioritize businesses over people. Short of hiring people for government […]

Combat Zone

Underage Canadians streaming into U.S., drinking illegally

A new, youthful Canadian phenomenon is taking Puget Sound by storm, and it’s not Justin Bieber. The University has recently become a primo destination in the new Canadian student itinerary that has become the most popular spring break activity across Western Canadian colleges. Known as “alco-tourism,” the trend was spawned […]