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Editor's Note: Here at The Daily, we encourage our readers to submit guest editorials and letters to be featured in our Free Speech Friday column. We welcome all voices to contribute positively to campus conversations. Our submission guidelines can be found here.

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Filling out course evaluations can often be my favorite part of a class. I think I’m in the minority of people who diligently fill out one for nearly all my professors — as a psychology major, I have a deep-seated respect for good data — and usually, it’s pretty standard stuff.

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Editor’s Note: Although the UW is a notably diverse school, many times it does alienate people of color. This column is dedicated to exploring issues that ethnic individuals face in and outside the campus, in hopes to serve this community.

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It’s June, which means it’s Pride month. Some of the most prominent queer activism has taken place in June, and Pride celebrates that with colorful parades and celebrations.

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When students at the UW consider what our school is academically regarded for nationally, the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and the Michael G. Foster School of Business come to mind. What is often forgotten is that the UW is also a national leader in non-STEM dis…

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series where one Muslim writer tries to figure out just what religiousness is supposed to be. It’s something we all have to figure out at some point, so he is trying to do it here. This conversation on religion continues in our linked podcast…

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Shortly after the birth of my niece, my mom told me that my dad wanted a Tibetan sky burial — which involves leaving your remains to be picked clean by vultures — when he died. She followed this up by saying that there was no way in hell that’s going to happen and that we need to just cremat…

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Editor’s Note: Although the UW is a notably diverse school, many times it does alienate people of color. This column is dedicated to exploring issues that ethnic individuals face in and outside the campus, in hopes to serve this community.

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As a college student without a car, I, like many others, rely on the bus system. Throughout my bussing career, I have relied on a handful of lines throughout the city, which I’d like to maybe think gives me some authority on public transportation.

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Some of my most notable souvenirs from growing up are my old ID cards. The first one came my way around the same time as my first locker — in middle school as a student ID. At 16, a driver’s license brings unprecedented freedom, and that same piece of identification unlocks the world of gamb…

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Earlier this year, the Seattle Times published an article on the most and least educated major cities in the United States. Seattle was ranked at the top with 63% of its 25 and older population having a college degree.

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Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series where one Muslim writer tries to figure out just what religiousness is supposed to be. It’s something we all have to figure out at some point, so he is trying to do it here. This conversation on religion continues in our linked podcast,…

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The opinion section today is devoted to a fair assessment of the candidates for the ASUW Board of Directors (BOD). The Daily’s editorial staff collectively reviewed candidates’ platforms, prior experience, and performances at the living communities, election administration committee (EAC), a…

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Of all the subjects we learn in college, sex education is one of the more complex and crucial topics that we should leave college understanding. Of all the required classes that the UW has set out for us, sex education isn’t one of them. Of all 50 U.S. states, only 24 require that sex educat…

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Friday was the 20th Annual Polynesian Day (Poly Day) at the UW, hosted by the UW Polynesian Student Alliance. The event is a cultural celebration that showcases Polynesian and Pacific Islander music and dance with the theme Talanoa: Binding of Stories.

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In elementary school, my best friend’s dad was a professor. My parents told me that I had to address him as “Dr. Straus.” I was confused as to why I had to call him “Dr.” and couldn’t just address him as Bill or Mr. Straus. I thought I sounded oddly precocious calling him “Dr.”

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This time last year, I had a problem. I was getting urinary tract infections (UTIs) every month for five months. For a long time, my doctors and I couldn’t figure out the cause of the recurrent infections. I hadn’t been doing anything different with my life, but I had started on birth control.

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When I think of May Day, I just remember seeing news channels covering live street protests on the first day of May and questioning why people were breaking storefront glass displays. Now, I catch myself joining the class of people dismissing it as another day where people somehow find a way…

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I started college with many false pretenses about how to begin my journey. Among the embellished visions I thoughtfully considered, I didn't even acknowledge the degree of growth and difference that would inevitably transpire in the coming months, leaving my home thousands of miles away. A n…

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The sum of our choices such as the professional paths we take and the company we keep do not equate directly to the eventual outcomes of our lives. This is often due to social factors, such as race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. This is especially important to remember when cons…

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In February 2017, the Seattle City Council passed a now well-known upzoning bill that would change the neighborhood design layouts of approximately 27 Seattle neighborhoods, including the U-District, to allow for taller and denser buildings. Last month, the Ave was temporarily removed from t…

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Seattle’s homeless population rose by 4% in 2018, meaning that homelessness defines the lives of over 12,000 individuals in the city. When considering the connotation of the term homeless, however, there is often a lack of empathy associated, dehumanizing a condition that for many is not all…

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Since the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire and suffered severe damages last Monday, a social media frenzy spawned in the wake of mourning for the Parisian icon.

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Editor’s Note: Although the UW is a notably diverse school, many times it does alienate people of color. This column is dedicated to exploring issues that ethnic individuals face in and outside the campus, in hopes to serve this community.

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ASUW senators passed R-25-27: A Resolution Supporting Consideration of an Undergraduate Sustainability Requirement last week. The bill supports the implementation of a “sustainability requirement” for undergraduate students. It suggests that the requirement be included in the Areas of Knowle…

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This last summer I decided to sacrifice dairy 一 a food group that I had placed on a pedestal of gourmet excellence 一 and embody a lifestyle that I considered to be the pinnacle of environmentalism. In the past six months, I have been a somewhat consistent vegan, transitioning from vegetari…

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Like many kids, I grew up terrified of bugs. I will still attest that I am the kind of person to squish a bug instead of let it outside — feel free to judge me.

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Last Friday, UW Sustainability hosted an environmental justice conference in the Maple Great Room. By the EPA’s definition, environmental justice refers to the equal treatment of all people “regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation…

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Smoking marijuana: what was once a part of the American counterculture has become a rite of passage. Like underage drinking, teenagers are also beginning to consume marijuana, whether it’s with friends, at parties, or once they enter a college setting.

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These past few years, with the construction of new dorms and demolition of old ones, have brought generally good news to people living on campus who want better living arrangements. New dorms are certainly an attraction for incoming freshmen and transfer students when they arrive at the UW.

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Editor’s Note: Although the UW is a notably diverse school, many times it does alienate people of color. This column is dedicated to exploring issues that ethnic individuals face in and outside the campus, in hopes to serve this community.

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Like most people, I had no knowledge of what Carry the Love was before last week. Carry the Love is a grassroots Christian campaign that focuses on bringing a Jesus movement to this generation. They travel around the country each year, sponsored by the Circuit Riders, visiting hundreds of co…

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I vividly remember my first experience with inadequate cultural teaching in a classroom. I was in sixth grade, still grappling with my multicultural identity, excited by the prospect of gaining a wider global awareness for my own religion and culture, and being taught by a white, male teacher.

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The Washington State Legislature passed legislation March 27 that will raise the sale age of tobacco and vapor products to 21-years-old beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The bipartisan legislation passed with a vote of 33-12 in the Senate after being passed 66-30 in the House. Governor Jay Inslee offi…

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If you happen to be in the Quad, you may hear people singing and others playing their instruments in the Music Building. If you’re taking any sort of music class at the UW, you will most likely be in Meany Hall or the Music Building. I had the opportunity to talk to Caty Barber and Sadie Gai…

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I am not going to come out here waving the struggles of being a biology major in relation to everyone else as a trophy. Those who spend their days with zebrafish embryos and micropipettes do, however, get quite friendly with 800-person lectures, professors who do not know their name, and a n…

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I applied to the UW interdisciplinary honors program largely on a whim. This was back during senior year of high school, when I regarded the UW as a safety school with no real intentions of attending (suffice to say, I overestimated my desirability in the eyes of college admissions offices).

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Everyone knows the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering houses one of, if not, the most coveted major at the UW. To know more about the daily life of a computer science major, I talked to Stephen Tameishi, a third-year computer science major and with Tali Magidson, a fo…

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Students from every major on campus might need to pull an all-nighter once in a while, but only one group of students stays up with cardboard and glue, trying to piece together buildings. Camille Fain, a sophomore studying architectural design, says that it isn’t that uncommon for her classmates.

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Spring quarter is my savior, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. It’s worthy of ALL the hype: it brings light and warmth, and it prevents class from being canceled due to snow and set back by a week.

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The cost of college is notoriously known as troublesome, stressful, and exhausting for students and parents alike. The ability to pay for college should not be an extra barrier to get through for people to gain college degrees. However, that is unfortunately how it works in today’s world.

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Protests. Public demonstrations. They are what brings the most incendiary issues to the forefront of the public’s conscious. College campuses are integral spaces for free expression and activism to flourish. If, historically, college campuses have been sites where these movements begin and g…

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During her time at the UW, playwright Seayoung Yim took a class on Asian-American activism. Growing up in mostly white areas as a Korean-American woman, taking this class brought to light the violence and destruction the United States waged in Korea, and how it shaped the histories of not ju…

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“Racing Thoughts” is a five-part series where one very tired Pakistani American grapples with questions of race in Seattle. Because if he has to suffer like this, he’s not doing it alone, dear reader.