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This week’s ASUW board of directors (BOD) meeting focused on an issue that directly affects students in a number of ways: the U-PASS fee. The BOD had been talking about raising the fee for a couple weeks now, but a decision was finally reached Thursday evening. The fee will be raised from $76 to $80 for the 2015-16 school year, and then to $84 for the 2016-17 school year. This was approved by the BOD and is subject to rejection by UW’s Housing and Food Services (HFS).

Q-Center holds Safe Zone training

UW faculty have a lot to deal with on a daily basis: grading, research, and communicating with students. Working with such a diverse student body, it can be hard to know how to respect each student in a meaningful way. Luckily, there is an option for faculty members: Safe Zone.

Diversity Week presents 'Queering Justice'

People with name tags, hand stamps, and plenty of food were chattering at the ends of the UW School of Law hallways Friday afternoon. 

They had come for one thing: the event “Queering Justice.”

“For me, it’s really heart-warming to see that we had 100 people register ahead of time,” said Erika Bleyl, a first-year law student. “The turnout was a lot larger than I envisioned.”


Sports

With season winding down, Huskies head to No. 11 Stanford

The No. 22 Washington gymnastics team is making its final push this year. With two away meets and one home meet left in the regular season, every score counts for the Huskies. They intend to keep that in mind Monday, when they take on No. 11 Stanford at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif., at 7 p.m.

Pan, Pereira in top-10 after first round in Cabo

A strong first round by a pair of UW competitors has the No. 22 Washington men’s golf team in contention after day one of the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

UW handles Saint Mary’s to complete weekend split

After clinching the Washington men’s tennis team’s win against Saint Mary’s on Sunday at Nordstrom Tennis Center, Viktor Farkas couldn’t stop thinking about the match he couldn’t clinch.


Opinion

All deaths are not created equal

On Jan. 7, France mourned the loss of 12 people killed for Charlie Hebdo magazine’s satirization of the Prophet Muhammad. The terrorist attack was met with shock in the international community, drawing world leaders’ expressions of sympathy for the victims and France.

Leave Bruce Jenner alone

Why the trans* discussion needs to change

The Futurist: Virtual reality, empathy and solipsism

For most of us, the pop-culture reference for virtual reality (VR) is The Matrix, where VR made Neo fly and learn kung fu instantly. It mainstreamed the idea of being a version of yourself in a simulated world. But what if you became a completely different person in a simulated world? What would happen if I, a cisgender, straight, Indian male, could have an inkling of what it is to be a Chinese sweatshop worker, an Armenian farmer, or a Syrian refugee?


Arts & Leisure

Out & About

Friday

Old Man Gloom Live at the Crocodile

Old Man Gloom is a long-running metal band that features members of Converge, ISIS, and Cave In. The band caused a stir last year when it leaked a fake version of its new album, “The Ape of God,” online, only to reveal there were actually two different albums called “The Ape of God.” A bit confusing and a tad controversial, but an awesome band nonetheless that should make for a great show.


Features

It's not about your age, it's about your attitude

UW Sigma Kappa house director stays active at 85

Coming full circle

UW alumna survives cancer and helps provide scholarships to other patients

Keeping it real

Husky Real Food Challenge hopes to bring higher food standards to campus


Science

Campus Pulse

Urbanization causing ‘rapid evolutionary changes,’ says UW paper

 

A recent paper published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution explores “rapid evolutionary changes” in the ecosystem caused by urbanization. 

The paper explains that these evolutionary changes are happening more quickly than originally thought and may “have significant implications for ecological and human well-being.”

Meet the poo-sniffin’ pooches of Conservation Canines Saving endangered species one scat at a time

Conservation Canines knows poop. In fact, its fridge is full of “poops” from all over the world. 

At a training facility tucked into a cool corner of UW’s Pack Forest near the foot of Mt. Rainier, the Conservation Canines team trains dogs to sniff out the scat of a variety of animals. Since 1997, they’ve been collecting a myriad of scat to study, ranging from that of local killer whales to tigers in Cambodia to the sesame-seed-sized pooh of Pacific pocket mice. 

Rolandi Research Group develops new water purification system

With the use of a biomaterial found in crustacean shells, the Rolandi Research Group at the UW is working to develop a water purification system for people in developing countries.

This biomaterial, chitin, can be extracted from most crustacean shells, though the research group is specifically working with crab and shrimp shells. Chitin acts as a filter: It absorbs dyes, metals, contaminants, pathogens, and microorganisms from water.


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