Former UW student Amanda Knox was acquitted Oct. 3, 2011, in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also released from prison.
Husky Stadium demolished
The renovation of Husky Stadium began Nov. 7, 2011. The project is on track to be completed by fall 2013. The continuous work on the stadium can also be seen online. The construction is tracked by three cameras, photographing it every 12 minutes.
Ana Mari Cauce becomes UW provost
Dr. Ana Mari Cauce was announced as the new UW provost Dec. 6, closing a search that began last August. Cauce began at the UW ranks as a psychology professor more than 25 years ago. She taught American ethnic studies, Latin American studies, gender, women & sexuality studies, and education. She began work as the provost in January.
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed same-sex marriage into law in Washingon state Feb. 13. Gay-marriage opponents have challenged the new law, petitioning for Referendum 74 to be on the November ballot. Referendum 74 would prevent the start of legal same-sex marriage in Washington state, scheduled to begin June 7.
May Day rallies in Seattle
May 1, known as May Day, celebrates workers’ rights and left-wing movements and is often demonstrated through street rallies. The rallies in Seattle varied in nature — some were peaceful and others attracted heavy police attention when they turned violent.
Multiple UW student groups marched in support of human rights at the May Day rallies. Members of MEChA de UW, the School of Social Work, and United Students Against Sweatshops all carried signs. The group remained peaceful, accompanied by riot police, as it marched through downtown Seattle.
UWPD station relocation
The UWPD’s new station will be located in the Gould Hall parking lot. Originally, a committee selected a location across from the Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC). After members of the ECC community and student leaders expressed concerns, the committee overseeing the new UWPD station’s location decided to change it. The budget for this new station has not been decided.
UW students to see more tuition increases
After last year’s 20 percent tuition increase, the UW administration has proposed a 16 percent tuition increase for the 2012-13 school year to the UW Board of Regents. The proposal would raise total tuition and fees to $12,385 for undergraduate residents. The increase is in response to the two-year budget adopted by the Washington state Legislature last year — offsetting $217 million in higher-education cuts. No further cuts to higher education funding were made in the recent legislative session.
Shootings in U-District, downtown, West Seattle claim six lives
A gunman killed five people and later took his own life after police cornered him in West Seattle on May 30.
In the U-District, three men and a woman were fatally shot and others injured at Cafe Racer on Roosevelt Way Northeast at about 11 a.m. The fifth victim was shot as a part of a carjacking in downtown Seattle. The gunman later shot himself in West Seattle.
Students will have the choice to live with any other student, regardless of gender, on select floors in Poplar Hall, Nordheim Court, and in select clusters in McMahon Hall. The move makes the UW the 10th school in the Pac-12 to implement some form of gender-neutral housing.
The ASUW Student Senate again passed a resolution supporting gender-neutral housing in January 2011. The Gender-Neutral Housing Advisory Committee crafted a 45-page proposal to present to administration. The report was approved by UW President Michael Young.
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