Freedom, Hate, and a Campus Divided

Mahilet Mesfin stood front-and-center at a barricade, one of many spanning the University of Washington’s Red Square last Saturday. The 18-year-old protester and UW student felt she had to be there. The UW College Republicans (UWCR) had invited Joey Gibson, conservative speaker and leader of Patriot Prayer, to campus for a Freedom Rally to furtherContinue reading “Freedom, Hate, and a Campus Divided”

UW College Republicans use fake domain to reroute to their website

After a slew of posters were put up  by the likes of neo-nazi groups like Evropa and Atomwaffen Division last year, the UW College Republicans (UWCR) are now plastering the Ave and the UW campus with their own posters for recruitment using a seattleantifa.com URL that misidentifies who they are. Via The Daily

UW ahead of the curve on plastic-free straw campaign

In 32 years, the ocean is slated to have a 1:1 ratio of plastic and fish. Since the ‘50s, plastic production has multiplied by 20, reaching 311 million tons in 2014. This is why the Lonely Whale Foundation decided to advocate for marine life protection. Founded by actor Adrian Grenier and producer Lucy Sumner, the foundationContinue reading “UW ahead of the curve on plastic-free straw campaign”

UW creates affordable housing for employees

The UW recently announced it will build 150 to 200 affordable housing units, with priority given to UW faculty and staff, by 2021. The building stages are just beginning, however. The UW has yet to choose a developer, make design or construction plans, and decide financials. The university has chosen a site: Roosevelt Way NortheastContinue reading “UW creates affordable housing for employees”

Trump just removed DACA, here’s what that means for undocumented students

It has been rumored since Thursday that President Donald Trump planned to remove Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and now what many nonprofits and undocumented people feared has become true. The Department of Homeland Security said it will stop processing first-time applicants for DACA today. But DACA recipients, or Dreamers, who would’ve otherwise renewed theirContinue reading “Trump just removed DACA, here’s what that means for undocumented students”

UW tenured professor fired

Trigger warning: sexual harassment and vulgar/racist language included. In an unprecedented turn of events, the UW fired microbiology professor Michael Katze after two investigations into his misuse of university funds and sexual harassment. He gained tenure at the UW in 2009, a time at which Katze already had numerous complaints against him on record. ViaContinue reading “UW tenured professor fired”

Every journalist should read this

We hosted an immigration panel on last week featuring professionals working to protect the rights of (un)documented immigrants. Together, we broke down what journalists can improve on when it comes to marginalized voices. … [The Northwest Immigrants Rights Project has a hotline specifically for potential sightings of ICE. This group then sends people to checkContinue reading “Every journalist should read this”

Court hearing for UW shooter reduces bail

The two defendants in the Jan. 20 UW shooting pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in the King County Courthouse. Elizabeth and Marc Hokoana had their bails initially set at $50,000 each before the figure was reduced to $10,000 because neither of them have a criminal history, they’re unlikely to flee, and neither are receiving anyContinue reading “Court hearing for UW shooter reduces bail”

An Inside Account of the UW Red Square Shooting

The UW shooting showed me, yet again, how screwed up the systems are. The political system, the legal system, the administrative system, the educational system, the capitalist system. But perhaps what’s more frustrating about the shooting is how it’s emblematic of a much larger problem. Everyday people are taught to, and in fact often do,Continue reading “An Inside Account of the UW Red Square Shooting”