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Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates in fatal Gaza border protest

By Isaac Sims-Foster The Gaza Strip — a Palestinian territory adjacent to Israel, Egypt, and the Mediterranean — was the subject of international news on March 30, when 15 Palestinians lost their lives in a protest against Israel’s blockade of their territory and in support of a safe and fair return to the homes they consider stolen in Israel. Since its founding in 1948, just after World War II, Israel has been immersed in controversies and often open conflicts with its surrounding territories, especially the State of Palestine, which contains...
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How does substance abuse impact the campus community?

By Ayden Bolin PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND For many, college is a time of independence and transition into adulthood. With this comes the new responsibility of independent living. This transitional period also marks a time when many young adults may begin participating in substance use. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2014 more than a third of college students had been binge drinking in the past month, and one in five had partaken in an illicit substance in the past month....
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Strategic plan Interim Reports released

By Isaac Sims-Foster Over the next decade, big changes can be expected in the fabric of the University’s status quo, with this goal in mind: “To flourish, to achieve its vision, to become all that it hopes to be, an organization’s special features are helpful, its distinctiveness separates it from the crowd, but its strategic advantage(s) are most critical to its ultimate success. Rise above the day to day and the year to year. Imagine boldly,” says the webpage of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, which was established last September....
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Dexter Gordon honored as Regester lecturer

By Julia Schiff Nancy Bristow described Dexter Gordon as “a gifted teacher, brilliant thinker and scholar, and an innovative and imaginative leader and builder” while introducing him as this year’s Regester lecturer. On the evening of March 22, faculty and students gathered for the 45th annual Regester Lecture. The lecture is delivered by a distinguished member of faculty, voted to give the speech by fellow faculty. The speaker is honored for their academic pursuits and intellectual integrity. This year, Dexter Gordon was the featured speaker. Gordon is an African American...
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Library reduces open hours

By Marcelle Rutherfurd GRAPHIC CREDIT TO REBECCA SATHER-JENKINS Students returned to campus from spring break to find that the library had posted a notice reducing the open hours on Saturday. Saturdays are not a common time to be in the library, but the loss of a free study space an hour earlier than normal had students wondering why the change was made. “We have always opened at 9 in the morning on Saturdays — there is no change to the hours of the library opening for Puget Sound students, faculty...
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Benefits Task Force discusses how best to serve staff

By Ellen Finn Over the past two weeks, the University of Puget Sound Benefits Task Force (BeneTF) has held three forums for staff and faculty to learn and ask questions about benefits planning. The meetings were held on campus on March 19, 21 and 28. Every seven years the BeneTF convenes and looks at the changes in the benefits that are most important to staff and faculty. They also account for changes in prices within the healthcare industry and changes in Washington state laws regarding benefits. The first meeting had...
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University named one of top producers of Fulbright scholars

By Ellen Finn On Feb. 18, the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named the University of Puget Sound as one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars among Liberal Arts colleges for the 2017–18 year. According to the Fulbright website, the Fulbright program is an “American scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students and scholars.” Under the program, students are “competitively selected for scholarships to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad. It is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the...
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Is the University Preparing Students for the Job Market?

By Marcelle Rutherfurd Every student has received the question “What are you going to do after college?” at least once, if not many times, from family and friends. Most students find this question annoying and stressful, but there comes a time when students need to ask themselves the same thing. It is easy to forget that there’s world outside of the campus bubble, but eventually students have to leave and find some way to support themselves and their goals. How well does the University prepare students for employment, and what...
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