Subconscious Communications of Queer Identity: From Schubert to Anohni and Modern Day Pop Music

Any kind of music can communicate environmental, behavioral, and aesthetic forces, and this can heal someone significantly through spiritual, subconscious communication, no matter what “level of artistry” the music is at.

Response to a Campus Conversation on Brock Turner

TW: Sexual violence, rape The forum held on Brock Turner was one of the most upsetting and out of touch conversations about sexual assault that I have attended in my time at the University of Puget Sound.

My Appeal for Justice

by Kyle Chong I was asked by a staff member in CICE to submit my ideas for a talk during Alternative Spring Break on Disability Justice. As I plan for that, I reflect on the campus culture and what the words "justice," "equality," and "access" mean to me. The campus climate on these issues seems [...]

On-campus Organization Discriminates Against Transgender Women

by Anonymous There has been a lot of talk about SAI on the Puget Sound campus over the past few months. It's time to bring some things to light. Sigma Alpha Iota is a music fraternity for women that has been present on the Puget Sound campus since 1948 and currently has 223 active chapters [...]

Guest Editorial “To the ‘Liberal Arts’ Institution of the University of Puget Sound”

As graduation approaches, I find myself reflecting upon my experiences here at the University of Puget Sound. These reflections are not always easy for me or kind to the university. In looking at the time that I have spent in this institution, I look not only to my relationships with my peers and professors; I [...]

In Response to “RDG Got the Moves Like…Who?: Cultural Appropriation and Repertory Dance Group”

Guest post by Jenny Malone-Brown I am going to cut to the chase here: as a woman of mixed-race heritage and a student at University of Puget Sound, I am confused and troubled by a recent article published online by Wetlands Magazine. Many aspects of the article were on-point in regards to Miley Cyrus “playing black” [...]

Response to “Cultural Appropriation” from the President of Repertory Dance Group

This guest blog by Jo Ann Kassebaum, President of the University of Puget Sound's Repertory Dance Group (RDG), is a response to our earlier published piece "RDG Got the Moves Like...Who?" by Erika Barker. I would like to thank Wetlands and Erika Barker, in particular, for opening up the conversation about cultural appropriation on the Puget Sound [...]

Oooh Gurl, You Got Ignorance!: A Critique of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Guest post by Sam Mandry, University of Puget Sound, 2014 My name is Sam, and I am Co-President of UPS Queer Alliance. This Friday, April 18th, Queer Alliance (Q&A) will host its 12th Annual Drag Show in the Fieldhouse (for more information visit the Facebook event). As Q&A’s largest event of the year, the proceeds [...]

Figure Sculpture and the Ethical Implications of Objectification

Guest blog by Jonathan Steele. A response to Elise Richman's From Ambivalence to Conviction  Working from the figure is an ethical dilemma for me. Because I am male, heterosexual, cisgendered, white, and rich enough to be attending University of Puget Sound, I come from an angle of every privilege. As Elise Richman states in her post From [...]

A Public Letter to the Faculty and Administration of the University of Puget Sound

Guest blog by Mariana Molina, Senior at the University of Puget Sound I am writing this letter out of concern. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about increasing the diversity on this campus, but to be honest, I hope that the University of Puget Sound does not increase its enrollment of students of [...]