Distractions 

    Summer 2020 



Welcome, new Huskies! One thing we all have in common this year: none of us know what to expect. None of us have ever experienced the UW in quite this format — socially distanced, masked up, and with a triple helping of Zoom classes. But let’s be honest, your college experience was bound to have a few curveballs. Plus, the fact that you are pursuing higher education during a global pandemic, a civil rights movement, and a recession, will be a great story to tell the grandkids (or anyone who gets on your case about your grades). This is truly one of the defining moments of our generation. It’s also a great opportunity to “zoom” (sorry) out and reexamine our priorities as a campus, as a community. How are we going to keep each other safe? How are we going to support each other from afar? What really matters to us? What we are doing in our virtual classrooms is as important as ever, but the world around us is there to provide us with a healthy dose of perspective as well. When you get tired of pondering the big questions, turn here. These pages are packed with tips to enrich your UW experience, venues for late-night shenanigans, and heartfelt well-wishes from current and past Huskies. We at The Daily are nervous but boundlessly excited to embark on this next year alongside you.

Mac Murray, Editor-in-Chief

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If you’re too exhausted to cook after a long day of classes or feel like mixing up your dinner routine after a week of the same Local Point dinner, you’re in luck because there are tons of delivery and takeout options near campus.

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When I was deciding what college to attend, I knew it was important for me to go to a place where I would be surrounded by sufficient distractions from my academic pursuits — accessible concerts, book readings, and beautiful parks and hikes — which, of course, is why I chose Seattle. All of …

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Few spots on campus have the capacity to welcome both new and returning students to campus like Rainier Vista. The vast open space between the fountain and the light rail station on the southern edge of campus will be, for many, the catalyzing first point of contact on the long, uncertain jo…

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Let me paint you a picture. The shadows are long and the light is slanted. You hear the soft, distant twangs of a country voice — the first chords of Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy-winning album “Golden Hour.” Someone is yelling at me for running a stop sign.

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As the quarter becomes more challenging in its final stretch, it’s  good to find a place of solace as a reminder that everything will be okay. To wander, ideally, is to stumble upon such a place and to call it your own for just a moment. 

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It seems like I never wanted to go outside until Gov. Jay Inslee told me I shouldn’t. Pollen makes me sneeze, I don’t like the sun, and laying in the grass leads to bugs crawling on me. But now that I’ve been holed up inside like the rest of the country, I miss the outdoors. 

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The entrance of The Grand Illusion Cinema resembles a page from an “I Spy” book more than it resembles a lobby; a bicycle sits contentedly in the corner underneath a faded poster for Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and two potted plants and a portable radiator have found a home across…

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Seattle experienced a splendid turn in weather this week. The city was granted six days of no rain, blue skies, and plenty of sun. 

 

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Many aspects of our college campus culture, including this edition of The Daily itself, are the products of the modern-day sex positivity movement. Sex positivity — a value system that seeks to destigmatize sex, sex work, and desire — has led to incredible societal progress, especially our c…

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Valley of Roses Boutique, a family established vintage clothing store in the building that was once Bruce Lee’s first martial arts school, just recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It’s a bit of a walk, but worth the journey up the Ave any day of the week. They carry men’s, women’s, and…