Make college discipline records publicly available

Published in The Seattle Times May 14, 2014

Many universities which refuse to publicize information about sexual assault are not maliciously trying to silence victims — they are trying to comply with federal privacy laws, writes guest columnist Alison Haywood. Continue reading

What will ASPLU be remembered for?

Originally published in The Mooring Mast May 2, 2014

As I count down the days until graduation, I’ve begun spending some serious time reflecting on Pacific Lutheran University.  I think of how much has changed since I came here four years ago, like the residents in my wing who switch out every year, the rules regarding alcohol and tobacco on campus — even the university’s president is different.

One organization particularly affected by the waves of incoming first-years and outgoing seniors is Associated Students of PLU. In my time at this university, no two ASPLU Senates have been alike. Their presidents ran on different platforms, the senators pushed different agendas and the directors brought us new events.

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WANDERLUST: There’s more than one kind of freedom

Originally published in The Mooring Mast Nov. 4, 2013

Americans like to think they live in the number one free country. Not just a free country — the freest of the free. Freedom is a major theme in most of our patriotic songs, not the least of which being the national anthem. Continue reading

WANDERLUST: Generalizations are always false

Originally published in The Mooring Mast September 27, 2013

When you come back home after traveling, all of your friends will ask you the same question: how was it?

You freeze. How to answer? How do you summarize a possibly life-changing trip in a foreign country that lasted weeks, or even months, in just a few sentences? Continue reading

WANDERLUST: Editor reflects on navigating new culture

Originally published in The Mooring Mast September 20, 2013

When you travel to a foreign country, at first you don’t know anything. You don’t know who the local sports teams are. You might not even know what sports are popular.

You do not know the differences between the political parties, or even how many there are. You don’t even know whether to say “sorry” or “excuse me” when you bump into someone. It’s confusing, it’s embarrassing, and I want you to embrace it. Continue reading