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2012-13

2012-13

As the academic year comes to a close, The Daily looks back at some of the most notable moments of the past nine months.

September:
HUB reopens

The $121.1 million, more than two-year renovation brought entities like the ASUW Bike Shop, The Scissor’s Edge salon, and the University Book Store branch back under one roof. In May, Perkins+Will received an American Institute of Architects Washington Council Civic Design Honor Award for their work on the HUB. 

October: 

Tully’s woes

After the closure of the Tully’s on the Ave after 12 years in late September, news that the Seattle-based coffee chain would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Oct. 10 raised questions about the contract between Housing & Food Services and Food Services of America, which purchases coffee for the university from the company. However, Tully’s will continue to be served across campus until the contract expires in June 2014. Meanwhile, the Tully’s chain has since been purchased by a group led by actor Patrick Dempsey. 

November:
R-74 and I-502 pass

Washington state voters approved a pair of ballot measures Nov. 6, legalizing same-sex marriage with the passage of Referendum 74, and decriminalizing the possession of marijuana for those 21 and older through Initiative 502. However, the current campus policy, which prohibits the use or possession of any illicit drugs, including marijuana, remains in effect.

January:
Ethnic Cultural Center reopens after 1.5 year renovation

After three years of planning and construction, the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center reopened to great fanfare with a pair of events Jan. 10 and 11. The building, renamed after the first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D), is the first UW building to be named for an African-American, and serves nearly 90 student organizations.  

February:
House floor passes bill limiting differential tuition at UW lobby day

While 200 UW students descended on Olympia for the annual Lobby Day on Feb. 15, the state House of Representatives passed House Bill 1043, which would permanently limit differential tuition. Less than a week later, the Senate Higher Education Committee passed legislation of its own that would temporarily limit differential tuition.

May:
Edward McClain passes away

A familiar face to customers of the U-District Safeway after nearly 18 years at his post selling the newspaper on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast, the passing of “the Real Change guy” on May 3 came as a shock to the community. McClain would typically work 10-12 hours each day, asking customers, “Real Change?” followed by, “Have a great day, ma’am,” or, “Have a great day, sir.”

Diversity requirement passes

Years of efforts led by the UW Student Diversity Coalition (SDC) culminated with the passage of the diversity requirement, after just 21 faculty members submitted written objections to its implementation. 213, or 5 percent of the eligible faculty members, was the minimum needed to suspend the legislation. Beginning this fall, incoming undergraduates will be required to take three credits worth of coursework that falls under the areas of knowledge requirement and will not add to the number of credits needed to graduate.

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