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VOL. 16 ISSUE 13 FEBRUARY 14, 2012 WWW.UWTLEDGER.COM

SPORTS PG. 12

Bark Against Budget Cuts Huskies on the Hill INSIDE:

Tacoma City Council propose cuts to Police..........page 4 Meet & Greet..........................................................page 5

PG. 2 Diversity Summit preview.................................page 9 Easy PowerPoint tricks......................................page 12


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Huskies on the Hill gives students voice in Olympia By Eva Revear Staff Reporter

We are all aware of the drastic cuts that have been made to higher education in our state, which has shifted more of the costs to students. The value of higher education is disputed by no one with an office at the capitol; 60 percent of jobs these days require a degree. We need educated citizens to compete in the global marketplace and legislative members are fully aware of that. Despite this understanding, legislatures continue to make cuts that drastically affect higher education. Senator Michael Baumgartner explained to the crowd of rallying Huskies on Friday, February 3 that higher education, while considered important, is unfortunately not considered the priority that it should be. He believes that higher education should be second only to K-12 education, because it is almost as necessary. To address this he has proposed Senate Joint Resolution 8225, a piece of legislation that may be the solution to funding higher education. 8825 makes higher education a second priority and helps create a dedicated funding source for it. The plan calls for taking 1.75 cents from every dollar of tax that the state makes on retail sales. The estimated $890 million dollars raised in the next year will provide well over the $715 million the state needs to round off its higher education budget without raising taxes at all. Without such a solution, soon higher education in our state could go back to being exclusively for the rich during a time when having an education has never been more critical. The dozens of huskies that gathered on the steps of the capitol held banners and yelled rally cries to fight for higher education. Each one had a story. Each one

wanted to convince the legislature that cuts to higher education in our state would have devastating effects. One story told by UW Seattle Almeera Anwar, concerned Jake, an inner city high school student that she mentors. With Jake’s parents in and out of jail, he lives mainly with his grandparents. He dreams of going to college and becoming a mechanical engineer so that he can help provide for them. There are dozens of stories like this around our state where kids living on the streets can apply to UW and receive enough financial aid to get through college without a huge amount of debt. This helps them make a better life for themselves and their families. If higher education funding continues to be cut, opportunities such as these will disappear. “Education is the great equalizer,” Barb Ruble, an aide to Senator Jim Kastama told the group of ASUWT students who were lobbying in his office. That is why she believes that education should be a public good. Although this belief was a common theme through all of the conversations that ASUWT student leaders had with the legislative members, it is not the way that things seem to be going. In chatting with Representative Hans Zeiger, they specified that the students aren’t asking that the legislature not make cuts. They know that this is impossible. They are just asking that the legislature work with them. That is why Baumgartner’s plan to simply change the way in which education is funded might just work. While it seems like a perfect solution, it is imperative that students continue to step forward and push the legislature to pass it. Events like Huskies on the Hill help the legislature see the faces and hear the stories of those whom these cuts affect. Stand up for higher education. Write to legislators and tell your story so that Washington doesn’t lose higher education.

Photo by Jennie Cook

Photo by Anthony Vierra

Photos: (Top) Representative Hans Zeiger meets with ASUWT representatives to discuss cuts to higher education. (Bottom) Students rally on the steps of the Legislative Building.

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ASUWT Open public forum engages students By Kimberly Swetland Editor-in-chief

ASUWT held their winter quarter Open Public Forum on January 8 in William Philip Hall. The forum served as a time and a place for students to come and see the different aspects of ASUWT. “ASUWT is a multi-faceted organization and we want students to be aware of all the ways in which we serve them,” said President Jonathan Bowers. Tables representing the different members of the organization and their areas of expertise allowed students to move freely between them. This set-up encouraged a higher level of engagement with the various members and participants. Nearly every member of student government had their own table at the event addressing a different aspect of the organization. The President’s table included information on meetings, conduct, student rights, and state legislature, as well as tri-campus information. He also provided a visual for what his position entailed. “The work that I do at the end of the day isn’t very physical. It’s very cerebral,” said

Bowers. ASUWT Senator Tim Hyatt’s table provided information on Recreation and Fitness opportunities as well as Health and Wellness. He emphasized that students don’t often remember that we have a health services center on Market street that addresses everything from bumps and bruises to more serious problems. Hyatt pointed out that students can get free flu shots and reduced prices on other immunizations. Students also have twelve free counseling sessions available to them through the Student Health and Wellness center which is located in Mattress Factory 253. These services might be helpful to students dealing with anxiety for finals, school or family issues, or the stress of graduation. The Student Technology Fee Committee also had a table at the event, represented by ASUWT Senator Niko Ahkiong. The committee is currently soliciting feedback from students to find out what kind of technology students would like to see brought to campus. A couple of the suggestions submitted by students were more computers in the library and more printing stations across campus. Joseph Franco, Student Transportation Coordinator also had a table engaging students on

transportation issues, complete with a wheel you could spin to win blinky lights, umbrellas, mugs, notepads, or a highly fashionable reflective sash. Franco came to the event to speak with students about green transportation and carpools and suggested e-mailing uwtgo@ uw.edu if they needed any help with transportation. ASUWT Senator Andrew Chamberlain and Legislative Liaison Eric Lint had not one but two legislative tables. Their goal was to inform students about who their legislators are and what is currently going on down in Olympia. Postcards for the ASUWT postcard campaign were available for students at the tables to send to Olympia. These postcards allow students to let legislators know how they’re personally affected by budget cuts. Postcards are still available in the ASUWT office in MAT 106. ASUWT Senator Akua Asare-Konadu had an adjacent table dealing with student advocacy efforts. A student video campaign is underway and ASUWT is looking for students interested in sharing their stories on camera about how budget cuts will affect them. This importance of this cannot be overstated as it allows the state and the public to put a face to the students be-

ing directly affected by budget cuts. ASUWT encourages students to be involved in this campaign as well. E-mail ASUWT Senator AsareKonadu your name and phone number at asuwts2@uw.edu if you’d like to be involved in the video campaign. Another table allowed students to sign up to sit on the panel to select the graduation speaker and singer for the graduation ceremony this year. ASUWT Senator Kelly Mooney tended to the Student Concerns and Outreach table, which was one of the many initiatives and concerns tables at the forum. At this table, students were given the opportunity to provide input about what they want to see on campus. More Spanish tutors and more quiet places to study came up on the list. Elections for ASUWT are also around the corner. Newly elected Elections Committee Chair Rhonda Lowe said that applications to run for elections will be opening up around March 12, tentatively. With the quarter winding down, be sure to attend Exam Cram on March 6 and 7 from 10 p.m. to midnight. This event was also highlighted at the Open Public Forum.

State Representative Zeiger Huskies on the Hill garners student support By Edmond Dennis supports higher education Staff Reporter

By Joyce Marie Pace Opinions Editor/Copy Editor

As educational budget cuts continue to loom on the horizon, UW students from all three campuses had the chance on Friday, February 3 to address members of the state legislature in the annual event known as Huskies on the Hill. Organizers from the campuses urged the students to put a face on proposed cuts and show the legislators “the human side” of not what is being cut, but who. While not all representatives agree with students and educators about the impending loss of monetary resources from the state in higher education, the attendees found a friend and supporter in freshman state representative Hans Zeiger of the 25th District. “It is essential that the state continue to fund higher education,” he said. He agrees with Senator Michael Baumgartner of the 6th District that education needs a dedicated revenue source. Efforts are being stepped up to work with businesses and offer tax incentives to those who provide scholarships for state schools. However, Zeiger

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contends that while public-private partnerships are beneficial, the state is ultimately responsible to fund higher education. This means that things like work study and state need grants should not be cut. Zeiger also understands that students are not just looking for a handout. Instead, they simply want a place at the table and to have their voices heard when budget cuts are being considered. Events like Huskies on the Hill help highlight the concerns of students everywhere. Zeiger appreciated the delivery of the many postcards delivered to Olympia with hand written messages stating the personal struggles that many students go through in order to fund their college education. As a young representative, it was not that long ago that Zeiger faced the same issues as a college student. “These types of events and things like these postcards help students have a voice,” he said. He encourages Huskies to continue voicing their concerns to legislators. “Higher education funding will change over the years, but how it changes remains to be seen.” Engaging with representatives such as Zeiger will help students affect those changes for the benefit of future students.

Huskies on the Hill, held February 3, allowed for all three University of Washington campuses to voice their concerns over the potential burden it will place on students to pay for the education should the state legislators decide for further higher education budget cuts. At the event, the students learned that these potential budget cuts would mean a reduction and even loss of the Dream Project, which helps unconventional people of low socioeconomic status get an affordable education, especially when it comes to higher education. Also, that there are bills on the table that will help build revenue for higher education. It is for us, students and non-students alike, to support them and to convince these state legislators to get behind them. As one student, Bradford Now of UW Seattle, stated higher education, especially that of the UW, means so much to the state and is in jeopardy if these colleges and universities do not receive the proper funding. It is not only important to the state, but to students as well. Students like Kyle Butler of UW Seattle who stated how much the UW has shaped his life and how this budget issue is very personal to him considering that many of his friends couldn`t have afforded higher education without some kind of form of help with either funding or assistance. The importance of this event was made apparent considering the sheer number (nearly 100) of students who participated. According to Associative Students of the University of Washington Seattle President Conor McLean, student participation has increased dramatically since they started this event a few years ago. He stated how important student

engagement is, especially with more talks of education budget cuts. He hopes that students show state legislators that they care about their education and for these legislators to realize what cutting funding will do to education in this state. During the rally before our interviews with state legislators we were able to hear from Senator Michael Baumgartner. He wants to challenge to Washington State Constitution in order to make higher education a legal priority in this state other than simply basic education as it does now. His current plan calls for the state to set aside money and dedicate it toward higher education without raising or creating new taxes. This would allow for a 50/50 split between the state funding and student obligation. His current concern is that the state is seemingly on its way out of assisting anyone in attaining higher education. He is calling for support from citizens of Washington to make his plan a reality. After the rally, one group of student lobbyists met with Representative Tami Green, who considers higher education a priority in this state. This was further emphasized by the fact that she is a recent college graduate and understands the hardships college students face while trying to finance their education. As she told us, she still has loans she is trying to pay off. But the revenue for the state has been cut because of a reduced amount of money the state has gotten from its citizens in this bad economy. People are suffering pay cuts and some are even losing their jobs. All of which effects the revenue of the state. Considering this she has said that “she is not a fan of cutting higher education,” but in order to balance the budget she “probably” will. In order to avoid cuts she hopes to find other ways of building revenue in this state, such as “closing tax loopholes.”

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Celebrate Black History Month By Jamila Carroll Staff Reporter

Every year during the month of February, the United States of America commemorate AfricanAmericans and African descendants who have influenced today’s world through Black History Month. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, also known as the Father of Black History, founded Negro History Week in 1926, which ultimately became Black History Month in 1976. This is a month to emphasize African-Americans as remarkable people who have achieved what had seemed unachievable. Since much of Black history had never really been studied or documented as being part of our country’s history, Black History Month is an introspective approach to reiterate it for many years to come. Dr. Woodson even published journals to start documenting some of black history, and founded The Journal of African-American History, which led to the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). These organizations are still here, educating today’s society about the African culture, history, life, and accomplishments towards social, political, and economic change. The ASALH is also responsible for choosing the themes for every Black History Month’s focus of study. The themes are

to urge all Americans to reflect, examine, and explore our history related to what the topic of Black History Month is. Last year’s theme was “African-Americans and Civil War,” this year’s theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History.” This theme is convenient, because next month is Women’s History Month. Some of the accomplishments that Black women have achieved in the U.S., Phillis Wheatley was the first black poet in the 1700s, and published poems like “An Hymn to Humanity.” Shirley Chilsom was the first black women in Congress; she represented New York and served seven terms. Mae C. Jemison, was the first black women to travel into outer space on September 12, 1992. Harriet Tubman, was an abolitionist who freed over 300 slaves through the Underground Railroad. Michelle Obama, the first African-American women to be the first lady. Oprah Winfrey who is one of the most powerful and influential women in the U.S. uses her kindness and resources to help others. You may not be of an African descent this does not mean you cannot be reminded of some of the major roles that African-American’s have had in this country, please take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of Black women in our history.

Tacoma City Council proposes cuts to Tacoma Police Department By Jennie Cook Staff Reporter

In an effort to decrease the city of Tacoma’s $31 million debt a number of cuts are being proposed, one of which is to the Tacoma Police Department. The proposal would be to eliminate 56 positions through layoffs. These layoffs would not only affect the city of Tacoma, but the UWT campus and community as well. Our campus has held a good relationship with, and support for, the Tacoma Police Department over the years and the UWT Criminal Justice Department saw a need to advocate on their behave. Faculty members Tarna Derby-McCurtain and Alissa Ackerman, along with students Lauren Vetsch, Rebecca Knecht and Stacy Kahler, wrote a position paper encouraging the city council to reconsider this proposal and to think twice. In the recently submitted paper the benefits of community policing are carefully outlined and demonstrated through crime rate numbers related directly to Tacoma from 1991 to 2009; these numbers show a steady decrease in crime rates. Possible long term effects of these layoffs are also addressed. “Years of research by experts in the area of policing show that these cuts will make Tacoma less safe and its citizens less likely to cooperate with TPD.” If these cuts were to go through, all those years of hard work to decrease crime rates would be all for not. To further demonstrate how these cuts will affect our police and community, the paper discusses similar cuts in other jurisdictions. Vetsch said the students pitched in over their

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winter break because “these cuts went against everything we had been taught in our classes. Our professors tell us how good proactive policing is and how well it works, and it makes no sense to cut it.” “As members of the community, we wanted to look analytically at what these cuts might mean to Tacoma,” said McCurtain. In an interview with Patrol Sergeant Darren Kelly, he stated “this paper was like nothing I had ever seen in my career or the nation…this was huge.” Kelly could not express his gratitude enough in regards to the support UWT shows him, his fellow officers and the department in general. He was not sure how this campus would affect Tacoma when it began in 1991, but today he says “a lot of the larger campuses don’t see the police favorably, to have this kind of support is huge,” and it is something he hopes will continue for years. Kelly also stated that the position paper was shared throughout the department and many of his fellow officers felt the same gratitude for the support shown. Tuesday, January 24, the city council unanimously approved concessions which would spare the 56 officers from layoffs. Union officers agreed to defer raises until 2013 which will save the city roughly $1.2 million; with this agreement in place this will be the third year in a row that officers have not received a cost of living pay raise. In return a condition was set, if the city should layoff even one officer by year’s end the city will immediately pay postponed raises. Unfortunately a second round of layoffs could be in the works and this condition does not guarantee these layoffs will not happen.

Husky Calendar CRU presents “Fireproof” Tuesday, February 14, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Carwein Auditorium, Key Building A heroic fireman locked in a failing marriage accepts his father’s challenge to take part in a 40-day experiment designed to teach both husband and wife the true meaning of commitment in this faith-based marriage drama. Husky Hangout February 15, 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m. in William Philip Hall Come learn about clubs and organizations on your campus and opportunities to get involved. Proud Series: LGBTQIA February 16, 3:30 p.m. in the Diversity Resource Center Student Activities Board and the Diversity Resource Center team up to facilitate a discussion about self identity. Exploring Diversity: Take the Journey Toward Stewardship and Social Change 2012 Diversity Summit February 17, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in William Philip Hall Join us for the 2012 Diversity Summit, featuring the New Wilderness Project, whose performances are a multicultural dialogue of original music, poetry, prose, and movement choreographed to images and video. T Registration and more information available online at: tacoma.uw.edu/DiversitySummit SAB Presents Family Movie Night: “The Goofy Movie” February 17, 7 p.m. in Keystone Auditorium, Key Building Bring your family or come socialize with other students while enjoying a fun disney classic. SAB Presents Mayhem Poets February 22, 7 p.m. in Longshoreman’s Hall Having been dubbed “an amazing ride” by the New York Times, this mind boggling performance has been described as “The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert”. These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed. Come enjoy a free night of comedy and an opportunity to socialize with other students, brought to you by the Student Activities Board. CRU presents Basketball Tourney Saturday, February 25, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Longshoreman’s Hall Proud Series: Body Image Febraury 28, 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. in the Diversity Resource Center Student Activities Board and the Diversity Resource Center team up to facilitate a discussion about self identity. Tea with the Chancellor February 29, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. in GWP, 3rd Floor Terrace Students are welcome to come enjoy tea and conversation with Chancellor Friedman.

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More on the Hood Corridor

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By Nathan Pelland

Get to know some familiar (and not so familiar) faces from around UWT

Meet Cynthia Parrot

The Hood Corridor is a portion of the historic Prairie Line that runs through our beautiful UWT campus. The area is currently very bland, but the university and the city are planning to change that. On January 30, a forum was held in William Philip Hall focusing on three alternative designs for the Hood Corridor created by architects from Atelier Dreiseitl and SRG Partnership Inc. Several of the design concepts are very aesthetic and natural featuring water, steps, or grassy slopes, raising questions of usability. The trail is about 80 feet wide and the designers claimed they could not find a way to fit a 10 feet wide bike path in the space. The Hood Corridor was originally thought to become a path on the tracks, but designers have taken it to a whole new level. Although these new designs for the space did not seem well received, they offer their own set of advantages. Every design concept uses water filtration techniques to cleanse water on its way down the hill to the Thea Foss Waterway. The City of Tacoma purchased water rights to 45 acres of the hill just west of the UWT campus. As water flows down the hill, it will flow into one of the amazing designs where it will be cleansed, making for a much better Hood

By Nathan Pelland Staff Reporter

Meet Cynthia Parrot. Parrot is a Native American from Chief Leschi. What’s her tribe you ask? Squaxin. Her father is Mohawk Indian and her grandmother is Chehalis Indian. Cynthia has always been a Huskies fan and it has always been her goal to become one herself. She is 18 (almost 19), and is a typical teenage college student. She loves Apple products and would never use anything else. After UWT she plans to go on to law school and one day hopes to go into corporate law, maybe with Apple. Cynthia chose UWT because it was close to home and she has family that also attends here. In her spare time Cynthia loves to go to pow wows, attend canoe journeys, and take pictures of random things. On the topic of photography, she says, “I could make more money selling my camera than I could make off of photography.” Cynthia hopes to major in Social Work. She chose social work because she took a course in it last fall and fell in love with it. She loves helping people and social work is the perfect way for her to do that. Although she has no interest in pursuing social working as a career, she still thinks it is amazing to learn about.

Unity Among Brother and Sister Huskies By Randy Bekken Staff Reporter

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Parrot

Lowe named new Elections Admin Chair

By Johnny Dorrello Staff Reporter

Among the frenzy of preparations for The Huskies on the Hill event, ASUWT didn't neglect to appoint a new member. Rhonda Lowe was officially named to be the best candidate for Elections Administration Chair, and in turn, was unanimously voted into the position. ASUWT President Bowers noted her experience with ROTC being a relevant source of job experience. "I was impressed with the depth of her interview," said Bowers. Vice President Malloy noted her personality being what the job requires with relation to being firm and unbiased. Newly appointed EAC Rhonda Lowe noted that she is a friendly person who loves working with people. She also noted a majority of her experience was with the work she does at her church with the community.

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Corridor and a cleaner Thea Foss Waterway. This concept garnered approval from a majority of the forum attendees. A couple of cyclists attending the forum had concerns about bike accessibility. Cyclists were told that they should instead use Jefferson Street just above the campus. When multiple cyclists asked about the use of the Hood Corridor they were all told by city officials that the main purpose is not for cyclists, it is an area for people to come and relax, or to just pass through. The Prairie Line was a vital part of moving goods to the waterfront in Tacoma’s more industrial times. All three of the proposed ideas of what to do with the Hood Corridor pay homage to the history of the Prairie Line. All ideas keep the tracks visible at one point or another. The design proposals are titled “Rail Spurs,” “Docks and Channels” and “Garden Rooms.” There still remain some criticisms that the designs might not “fit” Tacoma. There are beliefs that the Hood Corridor needs to be a reflection of all of the industry that used to be there. UWT has different ideas for repurposing the land, intending for it to be a place that people will come from different parts of the city to enjoy. The open area design proposals are a major step in better connecting the university to the community.

There is no ‘i’ in the word team, but the there is a ‘u’ in the words club and unity. The clubs here at UWT have found a way to pull together and utilize their strengths and differences by meeting with one another on a regular basis to help each other. On January 31, the Student Organization Round Table (SORT) came together for their quarterly meeting. Many students have experienced being part of clubs in the past, whether it was in high school or at previous colleges. Most clubs try to do their own thing, and most of the time they stay within the bubble that they created for themselves. This is generally not a bad thing, because it’s part of a club’s nature. The very purpose of a club is to satisfy a common appreciation among a population of people. Instead of trying to do everything on your own, why not work with others? Common tasks that clubs carry out, like organizing special events, holding fundraisers, or upholding traditions can be accomplished more effectively when working with others. Here at UWT, clubs have realized this and because of the SORT meeting and their positive attitudes toward each other, they are able to work at a higher level. Catherine Wilmot, the registered stu-

dent organization program assistant says, “The SORT meeting allows the student club leaders to come together, collaborate and meet one another. They may have different interests, religious beliefs, or even stand for something different. But overall the purpose is to bring something back to the university for all the students to enjoy. The SORT meeting allows the students to come in a round table setting and just talk to one another.” Kim Scatton, the student programs specialist explains, “In so many ways the University of Washington Tacoma is an intimate college experience. There is a need for collaboration amongst one another in order to effectively put on events or programs that will support that experience. Let’s work together to make something bigger and better for the campus.” A prime example of this effort to help one another is the Marketing Society. At the SORT meeting they presented a document entitled, “Procedure on Executing a Successful Event.” This document is a great tool to help clubs move in the right direction if they have never put on an event before. Clubs such as the Marketing Society, Soccer Club, Japanese Language Club and many other clubs attended the SORT meeting to come together to interact as fellow UWT students and fellow UWT club members.

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Personality in Dating By Joyce Marie Pace Opinions Editor/Copy Editor

Happy Valentine’s Day. Wouldn’t it be nice to understand what types of people make good dates before you go out with them? As a writer and speaker on the many aspects of personality, here are some fun tips about various types of daters. Since more chocolate is sold for this holiday than any other I’ve divided the categories accordingly. Enjoy. M&Ms This person is the life of the party. They’re colorful, exciting, and love to be the center of attention. People are attracted to them because they’re fun-loving and exhilarating. They enjoy things like roller coasters and bungee jumping. If you’re looking for excitement and adventure then this is who you want. If you’re looking for a quiet walk on the beach then not so much. Hershey Bars This person likes to have fun, but within safe parameters. They’re steady and dependable, so they aren’t likely to stand you up. They also tend to be punctual and enjoy things like movies and dining out. If you like predictability and calm settings then this person is for you. If you want to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel then pick someone else to do it with. Rolos This person can be adventurous, but they also tend to like romance. In fact they will likely make you feel as if you are the only person in the room. If you want flowers, poetry, and snuggling under the stars beneath a blanket then find this person. They’ll be more than happy to oblige, although they might want your definitive input on the details. If you’re looking for someone who won’t go back and forth with you about where to go for dinner then this person might disappoint you. Twix Bars This person marches to the beat of their own drummer. There aren’t very many of them and sometimes they’re hard to understand. However, rising to the challenge may win you a devoted admirer that thinks you’re the greatest. Beware though that when they give their heart, they give it wholeheartedly. At the first sign of seriousness, unless you feel the same way, say something up front or else you’ll crush them. If they’re good with just being friends then great. Figuring out who you are and who those you might want to date will not only add some spice to your dating life, it will also help you understand and get along better with others. If things don’t go wonderfully, don’t sweat it. Eat some chocolate. After all, chocolate makes everything better.

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Give some love: Valentine’s Day isn’t just a holiday for couples By Marie Lahar Staff Reporter

Valentine’s Day is often portrayed as an over-commercialized or made up holiday from companies that just want money. But what’s wrong with that? When it’s Thanksgiving we’re thankful for our food and house. When it’s someone’s birthday we’re thankful for them. During these celebrations we don’t necessarily think about what our thankfulness costs us. So on Valentine’s Day why can’t we be thankful for the ones we love? I remember when I was little I was so excited to give my best friend a valentine. Not because I loved them like a significant other, but because I loved them like a friend. Not only was I excited to give my best friend a gift, I was super excited to give one to my mom. My mom would always give me a Valentine’s card; in return I’d give her handpicked dandelions from the yard, with a handmade card. When I was little I didn’t understand how significant this was to her. When I was older she explained how much she felt the love I had for her, and how she treasured those gifts of love.

Now that I’m older not much has changed for me. My mom and I still exchange cards and sometimes a gift. Sure I now have a significant other to celebrate with, but I don’t forget about all the other love that I have. I still celebrate it with my friends and family. However, although much hasn’t changed for me, there seem to be lots of changes to the overall thought of Valentine’s Day to the rest of the world. Valentine’s Day is no longer about love, now it’s about being a couple. Valentine’s Day is now about going on dates, and if you’re single it’s a day to remind you that you don’t have anyone to love. Well, I say that is asinine. Celebrate the holiday with your friends, send cards to your parents. Celebrate the love you do have. Sure stores and advertisements rule the holiday, and retailers make profits, but that’s okay. It’s a day that individuals need. They need it to remember all the forms of love they have, and celebrate it. Buy those flowers for your mom, buy a card or candy for a friend, make a gift if you’d rather. Just don’t’ forget, it’s a day to celebrate the love you have for all of your friends and family.

Old Enough to Know: Marriage before move in By Joyce Marie Pace Opinions Editor/Copy Editor

I recently sat at lunch with some classmates and before long the subject of Valentine’s Day and relationships came up. My young female friends discussed the prospect of not marrying a guy until after they had lived with him for a while. One stated how though her boyfriend’s mother objected to this they were planning to do it anyway. Another said her parents had insisted that living with a man before marriage was exactly what she should do. As an old-fashioned (and old) person, this didn’t really surprise me. Yet, I wondered about the many people who do live together before they get married and if doing so really helps marriage last longer. So I did some research. After all, I was a nineteen year old virgin who went from my parents’ house to my husband Don’s house when I got married. While he and I continue to enjoy nearly twenty-four years of married bliss, I figured I couldn’t very well make a judgment call based solely on my own experience that some might refer to as pure luck. According to The National Marriage Project, a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary initiative located at the University of Virginia, “an estimated half of all couples now cohabitate before they marry.” Dr. Brad Wilcox, an Associate Professor of Sociology that directs this project states that many couples feel they need to “kick the tires before settling down” and “try out different partners.” However, instead of strengthening the likelihood of staying together this actually “undercuts marriage.” Wilcox likens this to driving a car for awhile then taking it back and saying you don’t really like it enough to keep it. Not a bad plan if you’re the driver. It sucks if you’re the car. “Once couples adopt a consumer mentality, they open themselves up to marital breakup and unhappiness,” he states. In fact, he adds that the probability of marriage ending in separation or divorce within ten years is 63 percent for those who

live together first, as compared to 33 percent for those who don’t. Wilcox’s assertions are backed up by a mass of research issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. Numerous studies show that cohabitation is directly linked to poor marital communication, lower marital satisfaction, and higher levels of domestic abuse, which may not be just physical. Psychological and emotional abuse leaves unseen scars that can last far longer than those left from physical violence. Cohabitation also contributes to feelings of insecurity since one partner can choose to walk away whenever he or she wishes. This also plays a major factor in the “you versus me” mentality instead of the “we’ll get through this together” attitude. Experts confirm that one of the main reasons couples don’t stick it out in marriage is because the prevailing approach allows for an “out.” When the going gets tough, the tough don’t tough it out, they simply leave. This lack of staying power clearly contributes to the already too high divorce rate that plagues our culture. If living together before marriage causes this rate to rise higher then why would anyone risk it? Perhaps I’m an idealist married to an awesome man who puts up with all my crap because he’s one in a million. I can’t say there haven’t been times when I wanted to walk away. I’m sure Don has probably wanted to walk away on occasion as well. The fact that we didn’t is not a testament to our love. It’s a testament to our commitment. Commitment is what has made our love stronger, not the other way around. Besides, we decided up front that divorce would never be an option. Murder, however, is another matter altogether. So it is with a strong commitment and some humor thrown in, that he remains my forever Valentine. As an old married lady, my suggestion is to forego the living together and hold out for the one you’ll be committed to no matter what. It’s totally worth it. Trust me. I’m old enough to know.

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New Student Union Building: Progress but at what price

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use fee just like they do at their locations i.e.: YMCA, LA Fitness, and All-star to name a few. Going corporate also means the building will be built exponentially quicker with a corporaThe thing about progress is that it’s really in the eye of the tion’s almost limitless capital. The downside of course would be the fact that, unlike colleges with philanthropical mission beholder. As many of you know, a new stustatements, corporations have an obligation dent union building is in discussion, possibly first to their shareholders in that they must attached to Longshoreman's hall. While turn a profit before all else. Students’ needs many are focused on what great and would never be at the forefront however fantastical new innovations in couch they decide to word it on an inspirational and recreational equipment will be in promotion ad featuring a psychotically this new building, others are concerned happy and strategically placed couple more with how and why we are buildburning calories in an overpriced spin class. ing this Collegiate Tower of Babel, if you Anyone who has taken a class at UWT will. can theorize a student run student union With the recession, jobs have been cut, building as the preferable step, but the idea pay reduced, tuition increased and space of our tuition going up even more based on a increasingly limited i.e. parking, Where building that may not be necessarily "necesare we getting the money for a new buildsary" pokes at my ever so cynical bone of saring? One must question the well, quescastic social commentary. Let’s just say there tionable budget allocations occurring at was a third, cynical and slightly anarchistic our lovely little commuter campus. option where we didn't build it at all. Might I The current issue on the agenda is who suggest a more intangible allocation where will pay for the new student building; the we replace all the revenue cuts to salaries, students or a corporation? The pros and replace the dropped classes, increase parkcons are as follows; Student ownership ing and services and worry about expandmeans we see an increase in our service ing our infrastructure after there’s little to and activities fee but gain total control of nothing to complain about. There's two things the building, although this means the buildI've never heard on campus (I don't wear heading will take longer to complete. The corStock Photo phones, therefore I hear everything) and that is, "Gee, porate option means they get limited to full control of the building and can and most likely will charge a monthly I wish this campus was bigger!" or "Gee Paul, I really wish we had another library as I've already read everything in this one." Staff Reporter

Kiva provides sustainable donation By Eric Miller Staff Reporter

The Global Business Society hosted an event On February. 2 during lunch hour, educating students about Kiva, a non-profit organization which enables anyone to lend money to aspiring women and men in difficult circumstances around the globe. One needs only $25 and a PayPal account in order to help someone start a business and improve their own standard of living with little risk due to the 98.88% repayment rate. The high repayment rate of these loans helps to make them more sustainable than conventional charity. When a loan is paid back to the lenders, they often choose to pour their money back into a new client. In this way, a static amount of funds can be used repeatedly to help a multitude of people in need. The event’s primary speaker was Adam Cohn, a UW Seattle alumnus. Cohn was selected as a member of Kiva fellows for 2011, a volunteer position in which members venture to various countries in order to meet with people receiving Kiva loans. Cohn traveled to Rwanda, where he met with several recipients of the loans disbursed by Kiva. He recalled several success stories from people receiving the loans who changed their own lives through the businesses they founded. Cohn also discussed the sustainability which

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Kiva loans can offer where charity often cannot. Charity tends to dry up after a period of time and usually floats from one country to another when a new crisis arises in another part of the world. These loans help clients to start new businesses, self-sustained entities which help not only the recipient to improve their own standard of living but the community’s as well. More than 689,000 members have lent over 284 million dollars to over 726,000 clients in 217 countries through Kiva (kiva.org/about/stats). Students interested in participating in Kiva can do so at their website, kiva.org. University of Washington Tacoma has a lending team on the website, which students can join and contribute through. Search for it under the “Community” tab on the site.

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Diversity Summit will be first ever By Eva Revear Staff Reporter

By Kimberly Swetland Editor-in-Chief

If you are looking for an engaging, multifaceted way to learn about stewardship and diversity, look no further. The first Annual Diversity Summit on February 17 is presenting the New Wilderness Project, a collection of performing artists who talk about stewardship, diversity, and action. The summit will be held in William Philip Hall and will engage faculty, staff, students and the community with special guests. Keynote speakers Benjie Howard, a singer/songwriter and river expedition leader, and Maketa Wilborn, his brother, travel the country, teaching groups about diversity and equity. The goal of their workshop is to “build relationship across lines of difference, develop cultural competence and leadership skills, reinforcing and motivating student achievement and community involvement”. Last year, Assistant Chancellor for Equity and Diversity, Dr. Sharon Parker, Associate Director for the Diversity Resource Center, Jo Enscoe, and ASUWT Senator and Student Assistant for the DRC, Kelly Mooney, attended the PLU Diversity Institute and were all impressed by the New Wilderness Project. Enscoe said, “It’s a unique blend, it’s something you don’t normally see.” There is much excitement leading up to the event and for future recurrences. “I’m already looking forward to next year and this year’s isn’t here yet,” said Enscoe. “This was our vision last year. Everyone here has been working so hard on this,” Enscoe said. At the event, Chancellor Friedman is going to provide opening remarks. Speeches will also be given by Enscoe, Dr. Parker, and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, J.W. Harrington. The event will then move into a breakout session dealing with the topic of personal culture. There are also a lot of volunteers who will be on hand to help get the event underway. Black Student Union and Target Corporation have both provided volunteers for the summit. Erika Wolf, a UWT student is acting as a liaison to Target, which will be providing sustainable bags for everyone who participates in the summit. Representatives from Target will also be present at the event to speak with participants about sustainability efforts, diversity efforts, and work opportunities. There are also many other students volunteering. This year’s summit fuses sustainability into its theme in other ways as well, with Project Earth also collaborating to ensure that the event is as sustainable as possible

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and that event materials are recycled and reused. The summit will be catered and stainless steel water bottles will be provided to participants, as well as ten water cooler stations on site in conjunction with ASUWT’s campaign to cut down on plastic bottle usage, spearheaded by ASUWT Senator, Kelly Mooney. The event is all about building community and engaging people in a conversation about Diversity through different approaches. “It’s not just talking, there will be a lot of opportunities for the audience to be engaged and participate,” Enscoe said. “A lot of the time we’re so busy in our own little groups,” said Enscoe, and this event will provide opportunities to reflect and engage with our community. Speaking on what participants could gain, Enscoe said, “It’s an opportunity to learn about themselves, their role in society. We all have a role. Diversity is about ‘me,’ and people say ‘we.’ If I understand my diversity, everything I bring to this universe: my age, gender, ability or disability, race, religion, spirituality, nationality… it’s about opening our minds so we can learn and appreciate and place value on the unique contributions every person brings.” Having discussions on diversity brings awareness and creates movements for social change. It also distances us from acting and reacting on stereotypes. “The more we understand ourselves, the more we can understand what someone else is,” said Enscoe. This first Diversity Summit is made possible by a lot of people: Global Academic Leadership Alliance (GALA), Student Activities Fee Committee, local businesses, private sector donors, the Art & Lecture fund to name a few groups involved. “It really is a full campus collaboration,” said Enscoe. Students from Tacoma Community College, Pierce College, as well as high school students from Mt. Tahoma, Lincoln and Stadium will be attending the event. A non-profit group entitled, Girls Reclaiming their Individual Place in Society (GRIPS), which was started by a couple of former Black Student Union members has also helped with the Summit. When you leave the conference you will feel informed and ready to be a leader in a diverse and ever changing community. There will also be several opportunities for giveaways at the event thanks to private donations and different funds on campus. The DRC has received donations from over 15 local businesses. The DRC is doing everything it can to be as accommodating to Summit participants as possible. This opportunity is open to campus and the community; however space is limited so be sure to register online at: www.tacoma.uw.edu/DiversitySummit

Dear Husky Talk, “How do I respond kindly when I’ve gone out with someone and they think it went great, but I just thought it was ok. Now they want to go out again. They continue to text or call and don’t seem to take the hint. Any suggestions?” Dating dilemma Dear Dating dilemma, Telling the truth is probably pretty important in this situation. It’s nice when you can give subtle hints, but if they aren’t picking up those hints then you need to be a little more straightforward. Perhaps say something along the lines of “I’m sorry but I’m not interested in you in that way.” Try finding a happy medium between being blunt and kind. Good Luck, Your Husky Pal

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Murder Mystery: Dinner and a show By Jennie Cook Staff Reporter

By Jennie Cook and Eric Miller

“What is your idea of a perfect date?” Charlotte Singh Pre-Major Freshman “Coffee and a movie”

Aeron Llyod Pre-Major Freshman “Coffee and visiting a historical place”

Katie Thompson Pre-Major Freshman “Doing something creative together”

Dan Price Business Administration Freshman “Dinner and a movie”

Andrene Johnson Psychology Junior “Dinner and a nice hotel room with a gift in hand”

Alexander McVicker Works at Coco Bob’s “It involves a good cheese, a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, an avocado, a blanket, and a view of the sound”

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With delicious food, great company and endless laughs SAB hosted a murder mystery dinner theater, a free event for students and their families which took place on Friday February 3. The production was put on by Lucky Lady Interactive Events and the show was called “Capone’s Place.” During dinner, which was salad and lasagna from The Rock, the actors mingled with guests while in character preparing us for the show. During the conversations they gave us background on the characters as well as subtle hints which could be used later to figure out who committed the murder. During the breaks the actors were also available for questioning but we had to use bribe money, which was given to us before the show, in order to obtain answers. At the end everyone was given a slip of paper to write down who the murderer was and their motive for it. Those with the correct answers

were recognized at the end and presented with certificates for being super sleuths. Many students took this opportunity to have fun with their friends by putting them down as the murderer, giving not only the audience but the cast as well a great number of laughs.

Photo by Jennie Cook

Academy Awards: A year of beauty and nostalgia By Johnny Dorrello Staff Reporter

The 2012 Academy Awards nominations were awash with nostalgic odes to the past giving such films as “The Artist,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Hugo” all nods. Each of these films had one thing in common, a romantic viewing of what film was in all its beauty and simplicity before Hollywood became what it is today. It used to be that movie going consisted of bogus bow ties, women dressed to the nines, and a full orchestra playing along with the film. It would be cliché to describe this time period as classy, though one can almost smell the cologne and visualize the thin mustaches of the gentlemen wearing it. Meanwhile, the working class wore suits and everyone had a favorite pomade. Insert your Dapper Dan joke here. This period of 1925 to the mid 1930s saw the reign of silent film as it peaked in all of its quietly desperate glory while films with sound waited in the wings, their development on the cusp of innovating film history. The aforementioned films take us back to some of that glory which we will explore. Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” is a French film whose score provides a charming swag nearly hiding the fact that it is a silent film and causing a modern fellow to want to go about learning the Charleston. Its stars stepped into their larger than life roles in a way that made a viewer instantly feel like one of their adoring fans portrayed in this sepia toned picture. Jean Dujardin plays a silent film star at the peak of his career. Dujardin, a splitting image of Guy Williams, the original actor to portray the masked avenger Zorro, plays the role so to the tooth that the thin mustache of yesteryear he wears transcends itself from a stage prop/make up piece and becomes a charming and plausible fashion choice. Pack your bags we’re moving to Portlandia. “If you want to be an actress you have to have something the others don’t,” Dujardin says as he places a fake mole on character Peppy Miller’s face. Berenice Bejo plays the love interest, Peppy Miller and carries a quaint spunk about her that perfectly matches the flapper like persona she was tasked with encompassing. With shortly cropped hair and a flapper hat to boot, she won over the audience with a wink and a smile. John Goodman surprisingly seemed to be born to play the role of the larger than life, greasy haired 1930s manager who seemed to have been born with a cigar in his mouth. In the days of silent film, overacting became a necessity as the only tools an actor had back then were their personality and look about them. They lacked voice, color, and Michael Bay. So say-

ing these actors are talented is an understatement. The second nostalgic film up for countless nominations was Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” starring the walking satirical mastermind Owen Wilson and the always lovely Rachel McAdams. The film follows the disgruntled writer Gil and his obsessions with the golden age, a romantic time in history when everything great lived and drank in Paris, if you will. Quite science fictionally, Allen sends Gil back in time for a rustic adventure in 1920s Paris. Needless to say, Gil runs into Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso and Dali’ just to name a few. The film is a beautifully rendered episode of the twilight zone complete with probably the greatest film portrayal of Papa Ernest Hemmingway. If you fancy yourself a Hemmingway fan, seeing this movie may or may not make you cry based on your maturity level in relation to the ability to admit when a movie made you cry. Just me? The last and arguably quaintest cinematic piece of nostalgia that received an Oscar nod was Martin Scorcese’s film “Hugo.” This insightful delight makes the Hallmark channel look like Spike Television. The film’s undertone and theme of orphans of all ages, shapes and classes trying to make something of themselves in 1920s France perfectly synthesized with the limitless charm of Paris in the Golden Age. A fantastical telling of an orphan who runs into history’s first special effects master, George Mellies, the film is full of such amazing color and saturation that it could be theorized to have been edited by fairy like creatures whose main source of food are glitter and glitter alone. But don’t let me be misunderstood, like everything Scorcese, there is a universality about the film which makes it accessible to all who have ever loved and lost. Sacha Baron Cohen, most notoriously known for his portrayal of Borat, portrays a semi serious character, with equally comedic and skillful acting. Like a typical Scorcese masterpiece, this film comes with multiple layers of meaning, undertones, and themes, most notably the film’s obsessions with clocks and its relation to man’s past, present and future. “A year of Nostalgia!” exclaimed UWT’s Doctor Claudia Gorbman in a lecture to her French cinema class concerning the Academy awards. Although film has always evolved in a somewhat linear fashion, from people running from a film of a train arriving at a station to people yawning during a Spielburg action scene, film’s destiny may continue to move exponentially towards the skies, transcending the limitations of our bodies and what it is to be human. But 2012’s nominees were anything but, which implies a future of appreciation and simplicity much needed in our age of CGI.

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Valentine’s Sweet & Spicy: A Valentine’s Day Burlesque Tuesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts: Pantages Theater 901 Broadway #700 98402, Tacoma, WA Join us for a naughty but nice Valentine’s Day special event. Your ticket(s) include a decadent dessert buffet, a glass of wine or other beverage, and music and dancing. We’ll have everything you need to celebrate in style, from roses, chocolate, bath bombs from Smitten, and jewelry for purchase. Bring your honey and spend their money! At 8:30, you’ll take your seat for a performance by two of the Northwest’s best burlesque troupes - Gritty City Sirens and Tush! Burlesque. Sweet & Spicy will benefit two sassy causes - the YWCA of Pierce County and the Broadway Center. Cost: $40 per ticket Ages: 21+, show ID at the door. Buy tickets by calling 253-591-5894 or by going online to: https://tickets.broadwaycenter.org/Online/ Tickets can also be purchased in person at the box office M-F 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Valentine’s Day Clean Comedy Show Tuesday, February 14, 8 p.m. Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market Street, Tacoma WA The Tacoma Comedy Club will be hosting a Clean Comedy Show with Comedian Kermit Apio on Valentine’s Day. If you’re in the mood for an evening filled with laughter and love, head on down to the Tacoma Comedy club. The show is a benefit for the House of Matthews. Apio was the winner of the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival and has had numerous appearances on television and radio. He has showcased at comedy festivals in Aspen, Las Vegas, and Vancouver and has performed in 47 states and 3 Canadian

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provinces. He is a past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition and was a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Cost: $12 online (including a $2 service fee) by visiting: http://tacomacomedyclub. com/show.cfm?id=124926&cart or by calling 253-282-7203 Ages: 18+ Valentine’s Day Show & Wine Tasting Tuesday, February 14, 6 p.m. Tacoma Little Theater, 210 N. I St., Tacoma, WA Your ticket includes a 7:30 p.m. performance of the play “Califonia Suite,” by Neil Simon, a wine tasting, and sinfully delicious bite-sized appetizers and desserts. A great way to have a romantic evening with your date. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. For more information call: (253) 272-2281 or e-mail: tlt@tacomalittletheater.com Valentine’s Day Dinner Tuesday, February 14, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mandolin Cafe, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA Bring your sweetheart for an enchanting evening of champagne, a solo piano performance by Kacey Evans, and a romantic four course dinner. Dinner consists of: Bruschetta trio, Strawberry spinach salad, Stuffed salmon fillet served with herb roasted fingerling potatoes and seasoned green beans. *Substitute a spinach and artichoke stuffed red pepper for our vegetarian guests. Dessert will be molten chocolate cake with fresh raspberries. Tickets available from Brown Paper Tickets for $25 at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/224560 or at the Mandolin Cafe.

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The Iron Lady

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A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.

The Artist

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As a silent movie star wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks, a young dancer set for a big break.

The Descendants

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A land baron (George Clooney) tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident. Photos by Dickson Kwong

Jennie Cook Staff Reporter

Chinese New Year began January 23, 2012 and marks the year of the dragon. It is the most important celebration of the Chinese calendar, a celebration which lasts for 15 days. To mark this special occasion SAB and International Student Association held a “Year of the Dragon Lunar New Year Celebration” on February 2 in WPH. This event included Chinese horoscope games, traditional calligraphy demonstrations, a red envelope give away and lantern making. Students and staff that participated in any of the games or demonstrations were invited to share in traditional Chinese food from Happy Teriyaki and Shanghai House Restaurant.

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A Dangerous Method

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A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons.

Tuesday Films

February 14 • Sidewalls February 21 • Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

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Easy tricks to speed up PowerPoint making By Dickson Kwong Media/Web Editor

PowerPoint is a presentation program that most of us spend a lot of time on. Here are a few useful tips for how to get the most out of your presentation. Slide Master

Step 3. Click “Close Master View” on the slide master tab when you finished all the changes.

Slide master is the top slide in a hierarchy of slides that contains all the information about the theme and layouts. Each PowerPoint presentation has at least one slide master. The key benefit that you will get from using slide masters is that you can make universal style changes to every slide in your presentation. When you use a slide master, you save a lot of time as you do not have to do the same changes over and over to each slide.

Step 2. Check “Apply to selected pictures only,” click OK. Remove the background of a picture When you’re working with an images in PowerPoint you may want to remove the unnecessary background of the image so that you can see other graphics behind it.

Compress the file size We often need to compress PowerPoint files especially when sharing them as an attachment. If the presentation contains a lot of images, you can try compressing these images to reduce the overall file size.

Step 1. In PowerPoint 2007: on the View tab, in the Presentation Views, click “Slide Master”

Step 2. Select the slide layout on your left that you would like to change

Step 1. Select an image, on the Format tab, in the Adjust, click Recolor, and click “Set Color Transparent button,” then click on the background that you would like to remove.

Step 1. Select an image, on the Format tab, in the Adjust, click the “Compress Pictures.”

Huskies remain atop Pac-12 with 69-41 victory By Dickson Kwong Media/Web Editor

The Huskies mens basketball team (16-7, 9-2 Pac-12) rocked the Alaska Airlines Arena in front of their fans with their fifth consecutive win against the USC Trojans (6-18, 1-10). A freshman guard, Tony Wroten (14), had a season-high eight assists with six rebounds and just one turnover in 33 minutes to help the Huskies keep a hold on first place in the Pac-12 with a 69-41 win over USC Trojans on Saturday night. Huskies Sophomore guard Terrence Ross (31) added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies. The result was rare as the Huskies previous four games had been decided by fourteen points or fewer. The Huskies will have another home game with Arizona State on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. (Photos) Left: Huskies forward Shawn Kemp Jr., (40) hangs on the rim after dunking over USC, during the second half of Pac-12 in Alaska Airline Arena, Saturday, Feb. 4. Right: Huskies guard Terrence Ross (31) vies with Trojans guard Alexis Moore (3) during the second half of Pac-12 in Alaska Airline Arena, Saturday, Feb. 4.

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