The Husky 100 is not dead

What’s up everybody, it’s dǰ pišpiš. Since the emergence of coronavirus in Washington State, University of Washington had been scrambling to figure out how to best support students in what ended up being a prolonged transition through remote learning. These challenges will be no different as students and faculty continue this transition into 2021. But during the much-needed Winter Break, at a time when departments and units were gearing up for Winter Quarter 2021, Student Life is preparing to accept the next cohort of the Husky 100.

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The day the boys bathroom stood still

Credit: Flickr user Jason Wilson

What’s up everybody, it’s dǰ pišpiš. This is more of a story and less of a usual commentary post. I attended a small high school that shared a campus with two other small schools. The campus was a collection of smaller buildings, sort of what you would find at a college campus. My school had a couple of buildings, a lab, and a portable to itself. However, one of the buildings has the school’s only bathrooms, so we students frequently move between buildings during class just to use the facilities.

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20 Durable Moments of 2020 on a Tier List

The full 2020 Durable Moments tier list

What’s up everyone. It’s dǰ pišpiš. COVID 19 upended the lives of virtually everyone in the globe. Despite this, there are some moments of 2020 that likely could have happened whether or not there is a pandemic. I term these durable moments. Today, I’m here to place these durable moments on a tier list. They range from personal triumphs to the successes of BIPOC communities. Without further ado, let’s do this ****.

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Business and Technology II saved my academic career

I’m a late Internet bloomer. My family’s first Internet-enabled device was a Nintendo DSi, which I used to browse the web despite the device’s measly 16 megabytes of RAM. I got my first computer during freshman year of high school, and my first smartphone when I was 16 years old. But there’s one obscure part of my technology experience that I never talk about. It’s my first semester in middle school, when I took a class called Business and Technology II. My counselor put me in the class either because I enrolled late and this was only elective with space left, or my mum secretly insisted that I be put in a computers class. I thought I can confidently scratch out the latter, so I was left with a class I didn’t want to take. And God **** it, Business and Technology II was the most important class I took during my entire academic career.

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ʔalʔal Part II. Kaimana alone

xʷac(ə): to take something off to lighten a load; to carry a canoe; to carry
=gʷiɬ: canoe, waterway; curved side; narrow passageway

Pain of betrayal engulfs me
I stumble out of the hostel
Of men who don’t give a f***
At the bus shelter
Located on sxʷacəgʷiɬ
To lift a canoe
I wept a river

A 48 coach greets me thereafter
I boarded and held on
Over the hills through places in transition
Across the smooth concrete
I felt calm despite movement
Stability in place of insecurity
Of my place in this world
Buses have always been a home for me
To heal

ʔalʔal Part I. A town neither white nor centered

ʔalʔal: home, house

Minutes from the herring house
A town neither white nor centered
Home to many Asian and Hispanic shops
Among them a homage to Superman
And a green bridge to Dubsea
Across from my old place of residence
A familiar musty smell surrounds
The rear of the low budget Super Saver
The epitome of change over time
Remains of the charred funeral home
Where my father once transitioned
While Evergreen remains evergreen
The line that made me moves on
Towards red and mustard
From t̕uʔəlaltxʷ to home

Above the Motorway

I sit above the motorway
The city gazes at me
As beasts stream up and down
I look below
At the bellies of the beasts
A peculiar calm in liminal space
Amongst a chaotic river of movement

Alexander Dennis rumbles towards me
I wave as she disappeared
Uninterested and unrelenting
I stand and turn around
People scuttle hurriedly above the motorway
The crevasse that separates
šilšul and sluʔwiɬ

I turn around
Towards the rumble and the screams I feel
A peculiar lull in a place of transition
Amongst the hurried flow of change

Let’s learn Indigenous place names on public transport

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, public transport agencies highly discourage leisure trips on public transport. All public transport agencies in the Puget Sound region charge tariffs, and masks are required under state law.

What’s up everyone, it’s dǰ pišpiš. To celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020, I am posting to this website a collection of King County Metro timetable covers that I edited. Language is derived from the Burke Museum’s Waterlines project map, and their second edition is posted at this link: https://www.burkemuseum.org/static/waterlines/project_map.html. The work began as my final project for the Northwest Indigenous Architectures and Placemaking class (Autumn 2019). Its purpose is to disrupt our settler colonial knowledge on place and space across the Seattle area, using public transport to aid in the awareness and knowledge of Indigenous placemaking. Since the initial work, I continue to expand the scope of the project, adding new routes while keeping up with the regular service shakeups.

Follow my Instagram, where throughout the next several months, I’ll be breaking down the intellect of these bad boys. See the project gallery for the latest timetable covers.

We stand here today to recognise the stewards of Coast Salish lands, the original and current caretakers: Duwamish Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot. Our hands go up and recognition spreads.

After such a satisfying outcome, what comes next? (Part V)

What’s up everyone, it’s dǰ pišpiš. In an astonishing twist, Asian Alliance for Mental Health (AAMH; formerly API Cares) announced they are undergoing a major rebranding and organizational transition. This is such a big outcome for the UW Pacific Islander student community that would leave even Seattle Time’s Danny Westneat speechless. AAMH’s reasoning for making the transition is below the jump.

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Bad Courses Tier List

In the Worst Course Ever, I mentioned that I’ll talk about some of the other bad courses that I took at University of Washington. But I couldn’t figure out how to tackle the subject without sounding overly negative. Until now. Today, I’m going to put a spin on this disco ball and create a tier list of bad courses I took at UW.

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