Dreams, disillusionment

International students face uncertainty under Trump

It all started as a joke. While living in Indonesia, senior Joshua Loupatty joked about studying abroad away from home in the United States, but his father took it seriously. Loupatty said that his father began researching agents and schools overseas shortly after their conversation. “A week later, he said that I needed to go […]

Facing trials with faith

Student’s journey from Ethiopia to SPU

Ephrata M. Siyum recalls one night in 2012 when Nancy, the “head girl” of her Kenyan boarding school, Le Pic High School, approached her dormitory and addressed the group of girls. “She said, ‘I feel like there’s something bad gonna happen. We need to pray,’” Siyum said, recounting the moment. “And we actually did pray,” […]

Trial starts for shooting on campus

Aaron Ybarra’s attorney invokes insanity defense; testimony begins

More than two years after the shooting at Seattle Pacific University, the trial for gunman Aaron Ybarra is under way and is expected to last five to six weeks, according to the state’s trial memorandum. Opening arguments began on Monday, with 16 jurors – 12 main jurors and four alternates chosen from a pool of […]

Learning to make campus accessible

Students with disabilities must find alternative routes at SPU

There are 59 steps to climb on a routine route from Tiffany Loop to the main entrance of Gwinn Commons. When getting nearly anywhere on the Seattle Pacific University campus, facing a steep hill or several sets of staircases is common. For students with disabilities, this proves to be a challenge, and part of the […]

Facing Sexual Misconduct at SPU

When it comes to reports of sexual assault and harassment, students find SPU community responds ‘well, but well is not good enough’

Editor’s Note: This story was originally posted on June 1, 2016 to thefalcononline.com by Cassandra Calderon, the previous Editor-in-Chief of The Falcon. Due to the importance of this issue, The Falcon editors in consultation with Calderon decided to republish the story here for the first time in print. Further reporting did not allow for the […]

Celebrating heritage with graduating class

BSU presents African-American culture, arts

Guests ate food, mingled and listened to rap gospel music in Upper Gwinn. More than 30 guests attended the Second Annual African-American heritage hosted by Black Student Union. The event celebrated African-American art and culture through live performances as well as congratulating black senior students who will be graduating this June. Co-president of Black Student […]

Bomb threat cancels fashion show

Campus lockdown initiated

Students, staff, faculty and guests filed out of Royal Brougham Pavilion on Saturday evening after the university sent out texts, e-mail messages and phone calls, from the Seattle Pacific University Alert system to notify individuals of a threat on campus. At around 7:00 p.m. reports from the alert system were sent out to notify students […]

Undergraduate research recognized

  For this year’s Erickson Conference, Seniors Katya Bergeron and Grace Andrews created a presentation about proline quantification in Agrobacterium tumefaciens C58. In other words, their research sought to gauge how much proline a certain bacteria gene produced. Their project started in Molecular Biology this past fall quarter. “[Dr. Wood] gave us a question. He […]