After taking Prof. Phillip Thurtle’s class BioFutures in the CHID department, I became very intrigued by Bio Art. And when I learned that Joel Ong, a grad student in DXARTS, was actively working on Bio Art projects, I knew I wanted to pick his brain. I hope you all find the subject as fascinating as I do. Feel free to check out his personal blog as well.
Classes are out, but the campus is still buzzing… While you were on winter break volunteering at your local food bank, visiting family, fixing grandma’s porch, or whatever else you did with your free time, many students and UW staff stuck around. The campus was largely desolate, like you might find around sunrise during the quarter, but it was far from empty; masons laid bricks on the quad, students worked in the library, and the food court in the HUB served up slices of freshly-prepared Pagliacci pizza. This photo essay attempts to capture some of the movement around campus while you were gone. Enjoy.
Student clubs, AKA Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), are not always worth your time or energy. That’s probably not the message you were expecting from a blog post on a university-run website, but it’s the truth. RSOs are great for meeting like-minded people, having fun, and building lasting friendships, but they also have the uncanny ability to suck more of your free time than you originally intended.
If I’ve learned one thing during my tenure at the UW, it’s that you don’t want to be so busy with extraneous commitments that you don’t have the free time to pursue meaningful opportunities. But with all that said, there are quite a few RSOs out there that are not just worth wasting your free time on, they’re worth actively pursuing.
In this mini-series, I’ll highlight some RSOs around campus that you may want to give a closer look.
The Hip-Hop Student Association (HHSA)
The HHSA recently hosted College Hip-Hop Night, an event featuring DJ Fish Boogie and showcasing MCs, breakdancers, and dance crews from the UW and other schools around the Seattle area.
HHSA hosts three major annual events: Reign Supreme (a breakdance battle judged by world-renowned breakdancers), Fresh Fit Fashion Show (showcasing local online streetwear designers), and Hip-Hop Summit (highlighting the five elements of Hip-Hop).
The main focus of HHSA is to organize events that feature the five elements of Hip-Hop (breakdancing, MCing, DJing, graffiti, and knowledge), as well as to promote and provide support for Hip-Hop performances around Seattle.
In addition to larger events, HHSA hosts weekly classes.
Monday Dance Sessions (6-9 p.m. at the Ethnic Cultural Center) offer students a chance to learn choreographed dances taught by a new guest teacher every week. “[Dancers] of all levels– people who have never danced before to people who regularly dance – can come and take classes” said UW junior Connie Hu, vice president of HHSA. In a second session directly afterward, a different dance instructor teaches a select aspect of dance which could range from popping to breakdancing.
On Tuesdays, HHSA hosts The Hip-Hop Cypher (7-9 p.m. at the Ethnic Cultural Center, Room 207), which offers advice and coaching for aspiring MCs and DJs. Instructors teach students how to write lyrics and make beats for their own songs.
Students interested in getting involved can attend weekly classes or email organization leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org to work on a team to help organize events.
What’s up Huskies?! My name is Nick, and I’m the newest contributor to Beyond the Quad. I’m a junior majoring in Comparative History of Ideas (CHID), with a minor in the History of Race, Gender, and Power.
I’m originally from a small mountain town outside of Yosemite National Park in California. I served five years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force, which has taken me all over the United States, abroad, and finally to the Pacific Northwest which I now call home.
I’ve written for The Daily and 360 News Network at the UW, and have run my own sports and fantasy sports blogs. I’m interested in baseball, photography, videography, baseball, journalism, creative writing, baseball, music, and oh yeah–baseball.
I have a wife, a house, a dog and a cat, a saxophone, a camera, glasses, a few pairs of shoes, and many other shiny things.
I’m looking forward to blogging about a bunch of stuff that I care about, some of which might even interest you. Contact me on Twitter @SeattleBragg.
DONE! With four years and 181 credits behind me, I can finally say that I have graduated from the University of Washington. Last Monday, I marched up the stairs of the Communications Building to turn in my last exam, closing one of the biggest chapters in my life. Walking back to my car, I found myself smiling.
I always knew that I was going to college, it was just a matter of where. I was lucky enough to move to a city with one of the best universities in the country and the world. The UW was the only university I applied to and I was very happy and relieved to know that I had been accepted four years ago. But getting into the UW turned out to be the easy part compared to choosing a major.
I always wanted to study film production and was disappointed to find out that UW didn’t offer such a program. So, I decided to try cinema studies to still be connected with the world of cinema. My first course was about the director David Cronenberg. I was fascinated by the insights, themes, and revelations one can find in a single scene, but at the same appalled by some of the films that were shown. If you’ve heard of the films “They Came from Within” and “Rabid,” you know what I mean. While I continued to take cinema courses out of interest, I started to think about what I would do with a cinema studies degree. I decided to pursue something morepractical and got started on DXARTS prerequisites. After a painful quarter of physics and computer programming (which I turns I’m not that good at), it turned out DXARTS wasn’t accepting new students into its program that year. I wasn’t happy.
There I was, closing in on the end of my sophomore year with no declared major. I always loved the idea of journalism but with English as my second language, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to excel in the field or even be accepted into the program. I decided that no harm could come from turning in my application and giving it a shot, and was pleasantly surprised to get the news of my acceptance with a scholarship attached. I embarked on a journey that would end with me publishing my stories at the Seattle Globalist, Seattle Times, Queen Anne & Magnolia News, and other publications. I’ve covered everything from the local Russian community to the Seattle salsa scene to the Seattle International Film Festival. It’s been exciting to learn the art of storytelling, network at various department events, and work on a research project that was then recognized by the Communications Department at the Excellence Awards. Most importantly, journalism helped me to get out of my comfort zone and realize that if you are really determined it is quite possible to reach for ambitious goals. It was hard at first but most definitely worth it.
I’m a perfectionist when it comes to grades (with a really bad case of procrastination), so I was one of those students who would bury herself in homework. I wasn’t very involved inschool life until this last year, where I started to attend drama productions, educational forums, galleries, and school-wide events such as Philanthropy Day. I also attended a UW hockey game, and would have gone to more games had I known about the Husky team earlier. One of my suggestions to current and future students is to be more active in school life and get yourself out there. You might be surprised by some of the incredible things you can find on campus.
Besides academic work, I was able to get a glimpse of how the UW operates by working first at UW Advancement and then at the College of Arts & Sciences Marketing and Communications. I got to work with some of the nicest people and co-workers I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. I learned about the important work that these people do with alumni and donors, and how this work helps students and the University prosper. The staff have always supported and encouraged me, and I deeply appreciate all of their insights.Listening to four different commencement speeches last week, some inspiring, some less so, I was glad to hear one of the student speakers vocalize what I’m feeling right now after graduating. It’s scary. True, you’ve got no essays to write and mathematical problems to solve, but now you have to make real and not hypothetical decisions, solve everyday problems, and pick up a pen and write your own story. Like I said, it’s scary, but absolutely exciting as well.
I congratulate the class of 2014 and wish the best of luck to the upcoming seniors. And while you guys are exploring the dozens of opportunities at the UW, I will be out there following Steve Ballmer’s advice given at the commencement. I’ll make mistakes, grab opportunity after opportunity until I find the right one, and stay hardcore!
On May 12, I was one of seven students who toured Q13 FOX News studio in Seattle. We were greeted by UW COM alumna Kaci Aitchison, former anchor and current features reporter on Q13 FOX. Aitchison started out at 106.1 KISS FM and moved to the TV realm in August 2009 when she joined the Q13 FOX News team. Since then, she’s served as the backstage host for The International, an annual Dota 2 championship (a multiplayer online battle arena hosted in Seattle), and was voted 2013 Best Local TV Personality in Western Washington in a KING 5 contest. It’s safe to say that for soon-to-be-graduates, Aitchison was a very exciting person to meet.