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Empowering Student Accessibility

Our world is becoming increasingly accessible, both for those with disabilities and the able-bodied individuals who benefit from the accommodation needs set out by the Americans with Disabilities Act. We’ve come a long way since ramps and elevators. Ever since the late 1970s, when the Disability Rights Movement truly began…

Snow Day Soliloquy

Seattle doesn’t often get snow; once, maybe twice a year, a couple inches at a time. Because the snow is so rare it turns the city into a temporarily magical wonderland of glittering white, the air unusually quiet as the snow absorbs any ambient sounds, the familiar streets and buildings…

SCC WiFi Goes Lo-Fi

There’s a brand new on-campus Wi-Fi procedure for Winter Quarter and heads up: it’s a little buggy In previous terms, the WiFi password was non-user specific; it was posted publicly in the halls and changed at the beginning of each new quarter.  Unfortunately, this didn’t keep non-students from popping their…

Does Gender Matter?

Have you ever heard someone say “I am a man so I don’t have to do that”? The idea of having different gender roles allows us to have different social expectations when it comes to gender. This has confused me ever since I was a child. I have wondered where…

Homo and Homeless for the Holidays

Yep. It’s December. The last month of the year, and goodness this year has flown by! Fall Quarter is over, finals are fading from the sight of students, and the holiday season is in full swing. Traffic is excruciating and rage-inducing. Christmas music accosts us in every conceivable establishment, advertisements…

The Border Is a Lie: Enough Is Enough

There was a time before the USA, before Mexico, before any need to demarcate the economic line between ‘us’ and ‘them’. There are people who are gathering in Tijuana. They are arriving by the thousands, on foot, by bus and truck and every means imaginable. They are coming alone and…

Culture Shock

Whether we call it Cross-Cultural Adaptation Stress, Intercultural Adjustment Disorientation, Displacement Anxiety, or Culture Shock, it remains as a genuine part of almost everyone’s sojourn abroad. We might have our own perspectives and definitions of culture shock, through the variations of our “shocking” experiences, but there is a widely used…

Tales of a Non-Traditional Student

Community colleges across the country have long been a welcome home for non-traditional students. Typically, non-traditional students are defined as someone who is over the age of 25 and who has significant responsibilities in work and life. A study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics from 1995 to…