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Nepalese student association diversifies UW campus

According to the UW’s international student profile, only 14 Nepalese students are currently enrolled at the university. Compared to the number of international students from other Asian countries, that equates to less than 0.1 percent of the international student population.

The recently-founded Nepalese Student Association (NSA) aims to present the country’s rich culture to the UW and create a space for communication between Nepalese students. 

Choreographed umbrella dance breaks records

It was 50 degrees and sunny Wednesday afternoon when approximately 2,000 UW faculty, staff, and students propped umbrellas above their heads. 

The Whole U, an entity geared toward developing a stronger sense of community for UW faculty and staff, was willing to dance in the rain if that meant breaking the Guinness World Record for largest choreographed umbrella dance. Fortunately, they didn’t have to. 

Students unite to appreciate SpongeBob SquarePants

In the underwater city of Bikini Bottom, a yellow sponge and a pink starfish have been sharing their adventures on the television screen for more than 10 years.

Last fall, the UW SpongeBob Appreciation Club was formed to celebrate the Nickelodeon cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants” through weekly meetings and events. They currently have more than 70 members in the club.


Sports

Battle royale: Jan. 29, 2015

The Daily's sports staff debates the UW men's basketball team's future without Robert Upshaw and catchphrases for interviews.

New additions creating competition for Huskies

After missing the NCAA tournament for the first year in two decades, the Washington men’s tennis team did not rebuild. It reloaded.

Undersized Huskies dominated at home by Cardinal

It didn’t take long for an opponent to make the Washington men’s basketball team miss Robert Upshaw.


Opinion

The take: Homelessness — The logic behind giving homes to the homeless

When I was in high school, I went on a service trip to Washington, D.C. While there, we participated in a program where we went out onto the street and gave socks to people who were homeless. All we asked for in return — if people were willing — was to hear their story. Some people just took the socks and left, but the vast majority sat and spoke with us. For me, an upper-middle-class kid who grew up in the suburbs, it was an eye-opening experience.

The take: Homelessness — What the foster care system can do to decrease youth homelessness

For most kids, 18th birthdays mean celebrating the perks of adulthood, maybe registering to vote, perhaps buying a lottery ticket. Perhaps they are anticipating their upcoming move to college. And it’s more than likely they have the love and support of their parents behind them. 

The take: Homelessness — Applying for government aid without an address

One of my vivid memories from fifth grade is the day my class participated in a welfare office simulation.

My teacher led us into an empty multipurpose room in the school where a table was set up. Two women were seated; one in front of an A-M sign, the other in front of N-Z.

We had been “homeless” all week, engaging in exercises like carrying our backpacks at all times, including recess and lunch. If we left them accidentally unattended, our teachers would take them away for the rest of the day.


Arts & Leisure

Ear to the streets: “Sorry 4 the Wait 2,” Lil Wayne

When anyone hits me with any “Lil Wayne fell off,” “Lil Wayne is bad” nonsense, I remind them:

From 1998 to 2009, Wayne was one of the most creative writers on Earth, and his stretch from “Tha Carter”in 2004to “No Ceilings”in 2009 was near-untouchable in terms of critical and commercial success in rap. His mountain of quality music more than makes up for his fair share of unfortunate missteps.

Leisure time: Freaks and monsters

The curiosity of the human marvel

Collegi-ATE: Beef stew

We’ve covered a wide range of baked goods and healthy dinner options in this column, but one genre of season-appropriate fare has been grossly overlooked: slow cooker meals. Let us right this wrong with a series featuring hearty recipes that can easily be prepared by a student on the go with little to no cooking experience. Not only does each dish in this series hit the spot on a cold winter day, but they are nearly impossible to mess up.


Features

A presidential address

UW students work to bring President Obama to 2015 graduation ceremony

For the love of song

Street performers along the Ave share why they busk

The making of a mascot

Inside the world of Dubs, the UW's 13th live mascot.


Science

Campus Pulse

Docs on demand at UW Medicine Virtual Clinic

Last week, UW Medicine launched a virtual health care clinic where Washington state residents can get answers to their health care concerns 24/7.

UW mechanical engineers protect sea life from marine construction

A sharp sound pulses through the water, emitting pressure waves like a mini explosion. Whale and seal ears are damaged, fish flip upside down, and drown as their swim bladders, or inner-balancing systems, pop like balloons. The sound happens again and again. Marine construction is occurring above water, and the hammering of giant metal piles into the seafloor is extremely loud.

Campus Pulse

Life-saving opioid-abuse treatment not available to millions

A UW-led study published last week in Annals of Family Medicine found buprenorphine-naloxone, an effective treatment for opioid addiction, is not available to patients in many rural U.S. counties.


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