Good News from Across the Sea

Or, the Tale of Evil vs. Relative Sanity

By Reuven Pinnata

Originally published in the November 2014 issue.

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I’d like to think that I have outgrown my once-beloved fairy tale books. I’ve become quite ardent in proclaiming that reality is now the only thing that I will sleep to—perhaps not because it is so beautiful and reassuring, as those children books usually are, but because it is just too much that I might as well ignore it at least for a few hours. However, if there’s one thing from those tales that I still like to cling to, it is the notion of the triumph of goodness over evil. In terms of clichéd-ness, that statement has already been mugged, robbed, shot, and beaten to death. We’ve gotten used to reading the extraordinary tales of how those with power once again manage to oppress the people, how an irrational war has once again been waged, how pressing issues have once again been safely swept under the rug. Whatever triumph it is, it still seems very far off. But I’m not encouraging you, dear reader, to lose hope; in fact, I’m going to share a bit about the latest presidential election in Indonesia last summer and how sometimes, ‘the good guy’ gets to win.

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Thou Shalt Put Down Thy Cellphone

Unlearning Technological Addiction

By Oscar Stephens-Willis

Originally published in the November 2014 issue.

If they ever rewrite the 10 commandments and it somehow gets to go to a committee, I’m putting forward one simple suggestion.

Put down the cell phone.

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Girls Talk Back

Forums for Reestablishing Agency

By Monet Harris

Originally published in the November 2014 issue.

“You can keep your thoughts on my body to yourself,” she asserts, staring out from a wheatgrass poster along the Ave.

The response, written in black ballpoint pen, is “Grow up.” Succinct and dismissive, the two-dimensional exchange is an echo of the larger dissonance surrounding the methods women take to combat and air their grievances with sexism and its day to day manifestations like street harassment.  What person scrawling across the poster does not realize is that the control of your person and how it is perceived is an important part of growing older with assuredness. With growth comes the lesson and realization that there are people who will try to either take your agency away or force their wants onto you.

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Stepping Forward is a Step Backward

Why Seattle Housing Authority’s Plan Won’t Help Anyone

By Mohamed Adan

Originally published in the November 2014 issue.

Despite massive public outcry, the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) says it will proceed with its “Stepping Forward” plan which will substantially raise rents for low-income residents in affordable housing.

If implemented, SHA will no longer assess rent for low-income residents based on their income but rather on the size of their unit and the length of their occupancy in public housing. All current residents will see their monthly rent increase annually for the next six years. For example, a one bedroom house with a current rent of $140 a month will have a rent of more than double that the second year and by year six the rent will be $720.

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Columbus Day Scrapped

By Anggie Tamayo

Originally Published in the November 2014 issue.

Seattle embraces Indigenous People’s Day

“I am so happy that my grandchildren are here today to witness this,” said Pam Nason, a

Colville woman who spoke at a October 13 ceremony celebrating the very first Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle . “I am so happy that you can be here to witness this…that we can be honored for all the suffering that [our] mothers and fathers had gone through.”

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All Together Now

A New Community for Student Parents at Seattle Central

By Christina Nguyen

Originally published in the November 2014 issue. 

It’s tough to be both a student and a parent. And single-mother and Seattle Central student  Brenna Richart knows that first hand.

Richart’s typical morning consists of waking up and taking a shower, brewing coffee, running Lucas (her seven year-old son) to the bus while trying to gulp down her coffee, then getting ready to leave, and finally biking to school to actually start her day. This and much more has become a robotic routine since she decided to enroll at SCC back in spring of 2013.

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Sharing Is Caring

Seattle Introduces Bike Sharing Service

By Jackson Quall

Originally published in the November 2014 issue.

They’re finally here! And they’re lime green and splattered with Alaska Airlines advertising! We all have a brand new way to get from point A to point B. Enter Pronto: Seattle’s new bike share service.

Jackson Pronto BikesHere’s the premise: There are now 500 green bikes stationed at 50 stations sprinkled all around Downtown, Capitol Hill, South and East Lake Union and The University District, effectively creating a pear shaped territory. Once you find a station near you, walk up to the kiosk and shell out $8 for a 24/hr pass, read every line of the 89 page user agreement, push several more buttons, grab a bicycle (and a helmet if you don’t have your own) and you’re off. You have to return the bicycle in half an hour or suffer a $2 fee, but you can take as many trips in that 24 hour period as you want. Memberships are also available to those who anticipate utilizing the Pronto chariots on a regular basis. The memberships are priced at $85 per year.

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Letter from the Editor

By Josh Kelety

Originally published in the November 2014 issue.

Well, the Circuit is back, alive and kicking. Despite this college’s less-than-supportive history with student press, so far we have survived the rebirth of journalism at Seattle Central.

If you’ve been reading any of our past issues, you’ll know that we are big on conveying the dangers of complacency. And you might be probably are sick of it. “Who do these people think they are to tell me what to prioritize?”. We know that people have a lot going on, and we don’t control you, nor should anyone. As we’ve said in the past, student and individual agency is paramount.

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Get Out and Vote, but Don’t Stop There

By Josh Kelety

Originally published in the November 2014 issue. 

I think it’s safe to say that many of us are very disillusioned with our political process. And understandably so. Given the constant barrage of reports showing how wealth inequality in the US is worse than ever, how twice a week a black person is killed by a white police officer, and how horrifyingly quickly the effects climate change are banging at our front door, it doesn’t stretch of the imagination to wonder why so many people, especially young adults, are jaded with participating in politics.

Well, despite your pretty-justifiable instincts to say “I’m not voting, my ballot won’t make a difference anyway” and/or revel in political idealism by declining to choose between the lesser of two evils or refusing to acknowledge the existence of the imperialist state, you still should vote.

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Letter from the editor

By Josh Kelety

Originally published in the December 2014 issue.

Though often blatant, oppression in all forms can also be incredibly elusive and hard to point out. It hides in plain sight, often perpetuated by the most well intending and progressive and liberal of people. We live in a ‘post-racial’ society, where we ‘don’t see color’. Yet whites routinely ask non-whites “no, where are you really from.” We don’t discriminate based on gender identity, but fail to think outside of the simplistic and constricting gender binary of male and female when building restroom facilities, leaving out those transitioning from one gender to the other or not identifying with any.

Such racialized and constrictive gender binary thinking is ingrained and institutionalized in our society, be it through racial categories on application forms or the ‘male’ and ‘female’ bathrooms on our college campus.

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