SPU community shares stories of culture clash

Commonalities found within biracial experiences of SPU students, faculty

For Associate Professor of Theology Brian Bantum, growing up as a “mixed black person” had a large effect on his childhood. “Because I was black and grew up with my [white] family in a white neighborhood, I took on  presuppositions about the world, and I saw myself as more white,” Bantum said. In grade school, […]

Senate changes leadership qualifications

By-law updates bring further inclusivity to ASSP roles

Student government is focusing on accessibility. This week, Senate heard proposals about changing language to make hiring within ASSP more inclusive, as well as adopting language to clarify functions of ASSP Core positions. Senate also approved the budget for the upcoming KSPU spring concert. During the meeting, the Senate body also revisited old business. ASSP […]

Event discuses dangers of porn

Mental health counselor talks on effects of living in ‘pornocracy’

While some people may not see porn as a problem, Danielle Meier from SPU’s Office of Safety and Security (OSS) thinks otherwise. Starting last year with the event “Pornified,” The Office of Safety and Security kicked off a four-part sequence of events they hope will help start a conversation on porn and its harmful effects […]

SAMEA hosts Palestine speaker

Reverend calls for freedom from misled ideas

For Palestinian Reverend Alex Awad, whose current home is in Jerusalem, Palestinian oppression is a daily reality. Awad recalled his daily encounters at Israeli military border checkpoints. “I look to the left and right, and there are Jewish settlements on Palestinian land,” he said. “I look at the checkpoint, and there are young Israeli soldiers […]

New by-law updates impact ASSP Core Functions

During Monday’s Senate meeting, Senators revisited past proposed by-law updates and also introduced new by-law proposals. Senators reviewed by-law proposals that were introduced by ASSP President Lola Sosanya and ASSP Executive Vice President Mara Kramer. Their proposals were tabled for one week of academic consideration during the April 25 Senate meeting. Sosanya’s proposed updates to […]

Writing, vehicle for discovery

Milton fellow opens up about awakening via written word

To Isaac Anderson, writing has power. Writing jars “the reader awake” and wakes up the author in the process as well, he said. To him, writing is an opportunity to discover more about the world or about himself and others. “And also importantly, I would say, it’s an opportunity to locate myself within communities of […]

Engaging homelessness through personal experience

Students gather to talk about Urban Plunge and Seattle’s homelessness crisis

To many students at Seattle Pacific University, being a part of Urban Involvement’s Urban Plunge has given them a much more realistic outlook on homelessness. This was especially the case for first-year physiology major Samuel Black who got involved in Urban Plunge in December of 2016. “We were only out for five days, so [our […]

Breaking down rape stereotypes

Lecture exposes harmful myths about sexual assault

  Last month, attorney Steve Farese, who was defending Memphis businessman Mark Giannini accused of rape, said the following to the attending jury in the trial: “People can be really good at lying,” Farese said. “Women can be especially good at it because they are the weaker sex.” For Sexual Assault Awareness Month here at […]