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Reduced bus routes result in commuter concerns

On March 1, Pierce County Transit’s main natural gas fueling station in Lakewood exploded, which created problems for the some 300 buses making routes in Pierce County, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Buses were forced to run on the Saturday schedule during the weekdays. This meant that buses stopped at each station every hour as opposed to the regular half hour schedule, creating many concerns for commuters. According to a March 28 press release from Pierce Country transit, regular service has been reduced by approximately 20% as a result....
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Senior gift donations garner mixed reactions

This year, the Senior Class Gift Committee has been working very hard to promote and educate students about the Senior Class Gift Campaign. According to the staff liaison to the Senior Class Gift Committee and Director of Annual Giving Abbie Larson, for the past six years the Senior Class Gift Committee—which consists of 40 seniors—has been asking seniors to make a “five-year pledge.” This includes donating $5 this year, $10 in 2012, $15 in 2013, $20 in 2014 and $25 in 2015, making for a total of $75. According to...
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Boiler malfunction closes S.U.B. temporarily

On the first day back from spring break, the Diner completely shut down between 1 and 2 p.m. and remained closed for approximately one to two hours, according to Director of Dining and Conference Services Julie Coykendall. The last time that the Diner was completely closed was several years ago, so students as well as workers were not prepared for such an event. An issue with the hot water boiler on Monday March 21 in the basement of the S.U.B. rendered Dining and Conference Services unable to fully function and, much...
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Watson winners anticipate research endeavors

Post-graduation plans are shaping up to be an exceptional adventure for seniors Margaret Shelton and Jacki Ward, who were announced recipients of this year’s Watson Fellowship last week. The fellowship, established in 1968 by IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, is a national grant which enables students to further pursue their interests after finishing college. Applications for the fellowship include in-depth project proposals and selected applicants are awarded a $25,000 stipend to travel abroad for one year following graduation. The grant is designed as an investment in individual students who demonstrate...
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Board of Trustees discusses tenure, admissions

The Board of Trustees met in February to discuss the adjustment of the University’s tenure-line proportion and admissions, among other topics. The Board of Trustees oversees almost every aspect of Puget Sound, including the tenure-line proportion and promotion of faculty members. Currently, the University’s tenure-line proportion is in the low-60 percentile, while the national average is approximately 66 percent. According to Bartanen, tenure is a commitment on the part of the University to continue career-long employment of a faculty member. “We do have a cap or a limit on the...
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Daily deals websites prove useful, despite frequent email alerts

A recent trip to Chipotle with a coupon redeemed from a random Facebook advertisement bought me two burritos for the price of one. When a friend gave me the coupon, the deal seemed too good to be true, but the coupon was in fact legitimate. And according to the Chipotle cashier, many burrito-buying customers had brought in the exact same coupon throughout the week. Recently, many daily deal websites have increased advertising for their services. Coupons like the one from Chipotle can be found in the “sponsored” section on the...
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Facebook ticket sales fare well

Facebook has become the portal through which to connect to everyone, and now, everything on the Internet. The social media site recently began selling tickets for many different events, from movies to local fairs to concert series. Close to home, the Puyallup Fair has also taken hold of this Facebook ticketing idea and is currently selling tickets for its Concert Series. To use the service, you must add the “Puyallup Fair” application, but once added, you can choose to buy a variety of tickets for concerts held at the Fairgrounds...
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