Peril and Power of College

By Julian Finholm The life of a college student is one of life’s more complicated stages. On one hand, it’s bound to be boring as you spend most of your time being forced to do things you don’t wish to do, like essays and exams. On the other hand, it’s quite a strength-building chapter in your life when you put in the effort towards getting things done. These character-building challenges can make anyone better at adapting to challenging topics, improve on interests that they are eager to improve on, and,...

Scholarship season: a breakdown

By Hannah Lee The University of Puget Sound, like all private schools, is more expensive to attend than a state school. So how can students justify the cost of going to an expensive private university? One way to offset the cost is through scholarships. Joan Potter, the scholarship coordinator for Student Financial Services, provides insight into the financial aid the University provides. She explained the difference between a grant and a scholarship, stating that “they’re both free money,” but that they “come from different sources.” Scholarships can be awarded by...

Access Student faces housing insecurity during breaks

By Emma Loenicker In the fall of 2014, the University of Puget Sound launched a new scholarship program for Tacoma Public School (TPS) students. This initiative is part of Puget Sound’s Access Programs which has offered enrichment opportunities in partnership with TPS for grades 7 to 12 since 1995. The Access Programs provide various opportunities for pre-college programming, including weekly tutoring, college-specific skill workshops, and the summer academic challenge program (SAC). Recipients of the Access Scholarship are typically students from low-income families, communities of color, or first-generation college students. Access...

Underpaid and overlooked: Staff face uphill climb toward compensation

By Albert Chang-Yoo The 424 full-time staff members employed at the University of Puget Sound are the lifeblood of the campus. Anytime you go to the bathroom, eat a meal, or connect to the Wi-Fi, it’s probably because of a staff member’s work. Yet, for the past decade, staff have experienced sparse increases in compensation, causing financial turbulence, stress, and high turnover rates. Recently, the Staff Senate Compensation Committee renewed their request for a 10% increase in the salary pool (the accumulation of all staff salaries). For the past six...

Debates over movie runtime miss the point

By Andrew Benoit If you’ve seen a movie recently, you’ve probably been confronted with the common complaint that movies are just getting so long these days. Whatever happened to movies being 90 minutes? Plenty of recent long haulers do come to mind, like Scorsese’s “The Irishman” or Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water,” both of which clock in at over three hours. Critics of these movies’ runtimes ask whether it’s reasonable for audiences to pay attention for such a long period of time. Yet these movies are the exception, not...
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