Op-Ed: She Told Me, “The Ground is Shaking.”

I never thought I would have to write something like this, and I hope you never have to either. Imagine skyping your best friend across the world on a lazy Saturday evening. You haven’t seen them in a while and you miss them, so you’re talking about school and classes, memories and anecdotes. The sun […]

Earthquake Hits Pakistan, Afghanistan and India

“The first earthquake in the morning was scary—terrifying. I was still in bed and my whole bed was shaking,” said Seattle University graduate student Kashaf Saleen, recounting her experience with the harrowing 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. The geographically tumultuous region, which includes Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of India, is especially susceptible to devastation. This became […]

The Week in Review

MASSIVE FEDERAL PRISON RELEASE— Beginning Oct. 30, the U.S. Department of Justice will release 6,000 prisoners from federal prisons across the country. This is one of the largest releases in American history. The effects of mandatory minimums are longstanding and supersede this release, but many believe that this is just the beginning. The introduction of […]

Letter From The Editor

Welcome back, Redhawks. It’s been a few. For those of you who don’t know, we are The Spectator—Seattle University’s student-run campus newspaper since 1933. As a journalist and Seattle U student, I cannot help but notice that readers are becoming more engaged, educated and aware about injustices felt on a cultural, social, political and institutional […]

SU Rounds Up To Join Nepal Relief Efforts

More than two weeks have passed since the strongest earthquake to strike Nepal in 80 years devastated the country. Reports claim that the death toll has passed 7,500, though it is predicted that the number will exceed 10,000. Those numbers have sent shockwaves of anguish around the world, and the Seattle University community is no […]

Bye-Bye, Bertha: Infamous Drill Goes Belly-Up

What drills, breaks and costs $80 million? The answer is Bertha, the world’s largest-diameter tunnel digging machine, currently stranded beneath downtown Seattle. In the summer of 2013, Bertha began her historic journey beneath Seattle’s downtown waterfront. The goal of the project was relatively straightforward: replace the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct that was damaged […]

UN Releases Grim News on Climate Change

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released their fourth report since 2013, sharing grim predictions of what will happen if the world does not start making an effort to slow down global warming. The report recommends that greenhouse emissions be reduced by at least 40 percent by 2050, and that emissions are […]

U.S. Prepares, Offers Help Amid Ebola Crisis

In the coming weeks, it is possible that U.S. residents who evacuated from West Africa in need of treatment for Ebola will be treated at Harborview Medical Center, just blocks from Seattle University. Two months ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be a global emergency. Harborview’s announcement […]

Obama Visits Oso, Declares ‘Major Disaster’

“The country is thinking about all of you, and have been throughout this tragedy. We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be here as long as it takes.” President Obama used these words to speak to the town of Oso, still reeling from last month’s devastating mudslides, on April 22. Obama spoke to the resilience and strength […]

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