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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.

UW custodians call for improved working conditions

A group of 65 marched, signs in hand, from Red Square to the third floor of Gerberding Hall Tuesday morning chanting, “Fill the vacancies.” 

The group — comprised of UW employees, union representatives, and students — gathered to rally against unfair working conditions for UW custodians and janitors.

Crime blotter

A female UW student contacted the UW Police Department (UWPD) on Jan. 12 because of an ongoing problem with her ex-boyfriend. Her ex-boyfriend would not stop calling and texting her; she received over 100 phone calls from him in one day. He had also threatened to post naked photographs of her, which she did not know he had taken, to Facebook. The couple signed a lease together in September, but she has been staying with friends since they broke up on Dec. 31.


Sports

Yorks continues sprint into history

After crossing the finish line in the mile race at last year’s Husky Classic, Washington track and field junior runner Izaic Yorks looked at the clock. What he saw made his jaw drop.

Pac-12 men’s basketball power rankings: week four

There’s little that is set in the Pac-12 a month into conference play. The top two teams are almost definitely Arizona and Utah, the bottom two are likely California and USC, and we know basically nothing else.

Cook takes over as indoor volleyball coach

When Keegan Cook joined the Washington indoor volleyball program as an assistant coach two years ago, he envisioned he could some day ascend to the top job.


Opinion

Will’s word of the week: smother

Some words evoke a definite sensation or feeling, a creepy-crawly tingling of the skin, simply in the way you say them. This week’s word, as suggested by my esteemed colleague, office-mate, and friend, Matt Bellinger, is one such word.

To “smother” is to “cover up so as to prevent from having free play or development,” or “to cover up, cover over, densely or thickly by some thing or substance,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Deconstructing Guilt

Fighting the need to justify

Disconnecting

Sharing less could bring you more


Arts & Leisure

Pop culture news

The adventures of Chris and Chris

Teach me how to hobby: Fan fiction

Read it the way it should have happened

Book review: ‘A Small Indiscretion,’ Jan Ellison

So divorced from reality, it’s like taking a break from life


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

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.

Seahawks fans make waves

QuickShake 

CenturyLink Field erupted with ear-splitting cheers, jumping, and wild celebrations Sunday after the Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers, earning them a spot in Superbowl XLIX. Fans left the game with their ears ringing, a souvenir of the crowd’s roar. Meanwhile, UW researchers watched as their monitors showed evidence of yet another quake generated by the 12th Man.


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