Seattle Game Day Veteran Explorer

gamedayIf you plan on playing in the Magic: the Gathering Aether Revolt Game Day (or any in-person event for that matter) it’s not always as easy to find out when to play at your local game store (LGS).  You could rely on knowing two other players to help you out.

1) Know a Regular

This player spends their Fridays, Saturdays, and sometime Tuesday at the same store, they know everything going on there.  Their tournament organizer is their Facebook friend and is a snapchat away.  They’ll know when their game day starts.  If you have a couple of places to play you’ll have to more than one regular.

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2) Know an Explorer

This player navigates every local game store’s web site,  Facebook page,  Twitter feed,  Wizards locator, or dry-erase white board.  Knowing this player is great, assuming you like the same style of magic they do – pptq grinder, frontier, legacy, EDH highlander frontier, or the similar.   Unfortunately there are not many Game Day explorer’s so this one may be harder to find, except, of course, if you know about arczap.com MTG Events.

ArcZap MTG Events is like a Veteran Explorer – both an explorer and a regular – that you can trust to find you events that meet your schedule and location.

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We have two features to walk you through today.

Hot Search

In our article Tap This! Searchable MTG Events we walk you through the basics of using MTG Events search engine. One additional new feature we’ve added to MTG Events is the hot search button, which searches automagically to whatever is the current set of events of interest- as of today, the Aether Revolt game day events.  This will change week to week.  You can find it in the menu on the left.

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To use it, just go to arczap.com/MTGEvents  and click the button and all the Seattle area game day events will be shown to you.

Store Front

The main MTG Events page shows all the stores and all the events – which you can further narrow down with our handy filters by store, tags, radius, or key words.  But our second new feature we are announcing is a dedicated page for each store that we have events.  You can bookmark these pages and have at a glance every Magic: the Gathering event for that store without filtering or searching or knowing a regular.  For example, here is Shane’s store front page.

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It shows the store, it’s address, phone number, map, and calendar.  One really nice feature is the ‘open map directions’ button which uses google maps to give you an immediate directions and traffic from your current location to see if you can make it on time.

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There are three ways to access the store front page for the store you are looking for.

1) On the main MTG Events page, in the ‘Filter by store’ area click the store name.

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2) In event details click the store name

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3) Go directly – bookmark it.

Each store has a unique url on ArcZap, they all exist under the /store area.  For example, Shane’s direct link is:  https://arczap.com/store/ShanesBigLeague

Here are direct links for all the Seattle area store front pages holding Aether Revolt game day events.

A World Of Collections Comics and Cards

Barnes and Noble – Downtown Seattle

Blue Highway Games

Calico Cat Toy Shoppe

Card Exchange

Card Kingdom

Crazy Timmy Games

DreamStrands Comics

Emerald City Games and Comics

Fantasium Comics and Games

Game On! – Puyallup

Games and Gizmos

GameStar – Lakewood

Gamma Ray Games

Geek Fortress

Geek Girls Collectibles

Green Lake Games

Heroic Knight Games

Hills of Comics

Let’s Play! Cafe

Luke’s Gaming Shop

Meeples Games

Mill Geek Comics

MOB Man Overboard Games

Moon Dragon Games

Mox Boarding House

MuGu Games

Northwest Sportscards

PFC Games

Phoenix Comics and Games

PLAYlive Nation – Redmond

Roadside Hobbies

Round The Table

Shane’s Big League

Tacoma Games

TerraCrux Games

The Dreaming Comics and Games

Uncle’s Games – Bellevue

Uncle’s Games – Redmond

Uncle’s Games – Tacoma

Uptown Espresso and Gameporium

West Coast Sports Cards and Games

Wishes

Zulu’s Board Game Cafe

 

 

 

 

Libraries have so many events!

We love events. We love the idea of getting together with your friends and bonding over an interest that you share.

In honor of National Library Week, we wanted to showcase a place that has events all the time. These events can be fun, informative, or even lifechanging. Here are 10 types of events that happen at libraries.

All Free!

1) Video Gaming (Or Card Games)

We all have a little geek in us. It’s what makes us interesting and fun! Libraries host video game events for teens. Want an adult one? Send your local library a comment and see if they can sponsor it!

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2) Survival

Did you know some libraries have events on how to survive in the wilderness? Or how to survive through college. They try to find ways to help people through bringing in professionals who have advice or authors who have lived through it all.

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3) Authors

That’s right. Libraries bring in famous and local authors to connect to the public. What a better reason to read a book? Or write a book?

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4) Business classes

Libraries want to develop communities by helping people turn their passions in to dreams, and then even to reality. Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Look no further than at your local library.

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5) ESL classes

Or even citizenship classses. These free classes are always attended well because there is a need. Libraries want to fill this need of building skills to find a job or go to school.

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6) Children’s Storytimes

Many of us have or will have children in the near future. Going to storytimes help jumpstart your child’s literacy skills by singing, playing, talking, reading, and writing! Even babies that are newborns benefit from these programs. The libraries give you tips on how to engage your child. It is also a great place to meet the same parents every week and form a communities of parents trying to pull it all together. Usually, they succeed.

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7) Science Programs

Since we are talking about children, libraries provide many STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for free! For example, have you ever wanted to build a rollercoaster? Or a robot that you can command? Many libraries have these resources for elementary age children and teens to explore!

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8) Technology Classes

For all ages, libraries provide free technology classes on everything from how to use a mouse to Adobe photoshop. Some libraries even have tech centers with a greenscreen and a camera for you to use. You won’t know until you check it out!

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9) Shakespeare, Opera, and More!

If the community wants programs about the arts, the libraries provide. Sometimes it’s a movie, sometimes it’s a real play.

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10) Book Groups, Language Circle, and More!

Have we gotten the point across that libraries have all sorts of events? It’s true. For example, check out the the Seattle Public Library Calender. There’s language learning groups, book groups, and even Shakespeare’s First Folio!!!

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We’re still at that point where we can’t believe these events are free to the public, whether you have a library card or not. Librarians are the best even planners.

What events would you like to see happen at your local library?

Don’t miss these weekend events!

This weekend is packed with events in all of our college campus areas!


 

Near UW

Jane Comfort & Company

Friday April 8, 2016

Meany Hall

8-9:30PM

Declared “a postmodernist pioneer in the use of verbal material in dance” by The New York Times, Jane Comfort addresses contemporary social and cultural issues with compassion and wit. The company is an extraordinary group of dancers, actors and singers whose multiple talents allow Comfort to create layered works utilizing a wide range of theatrical elements. The program features the critically acclaimed Beauty. This provocative dance theater work explores the American notion of female attractiveness by framing the dialogue of the cultural pressures surrounding women’s physique, attire and appearance around the quintessential image of Barbie. Beauty is “wickedly funny and …isn’t interested in forgiveness” (The New York Times).

Chinese Dumplings 101: Food, Family, and Culture

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Saturday April 9, 2016

Mercer Court A

4PM-8PM

For UW students and family! Join in a night of learning about dumplings and make some to eat for FREE.

Saturday April 9, 2016

Meany Hall

8PM

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar emits sonic beauty as she explores Indian music, electronica, jazz, flamenco and Western classical music. The daughter and student of the legendary Ravi Shankar, her genre-defying style produces music as intriguing as it is beautiful. A three-time Grammy nominee, Shankar has collaborated with a diverse roster of artists including Sting, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Thievery Corporation, Herbie Hancock and her half-sister Norah Jones.


 

Near BC

FREE Meditation: A Tool To Balance Your Life

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Saturday April 9, 2016

Bellevue Library Room 1
1111 110th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The practice of meditation can contribute to a more positive, healthy lifestyle; a tool to reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment in life as well as foster greater physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Join Ajili Hodari, Esq., who has been meditating for over 30 years as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives.

On Stage with Classical KING FM: Seattle Rock Orchestra

Saturday April 9, 2016

Resonance at Soma Towers 288 106th Ave NE, Bellevue 98004

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Classical KING FM 98.1 is the Pacific Northwest’s voice for classical music and the arts. “On Stage with KING FM” adds to that dimension by sharing our love of live performance. We hope you enjoy and spread the word. In 2015/2016, Classical KING FM presents 6 concerts featuring some of our region’s top classical music and crossover artists.

Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet (along with the mesmerizing Tamara Power-Drutis) transforms popular song into art song, performing a program that reimagines the work of artists such as Radiohead, Beck, Bjork and others as intimate and emotional chamber works born for the recital hall.


Near CWU

Board Game Nights

Friday April 8, 2016

Nerdcore Toys

6pm – 11pm

Board games all night!

The Inland Poetry Prowl

Saturday April 9, 2016

Downtown Ellensburg

Noon – 10PM

An all-day literary event, NOON – 10:00 pm, taking place at various venues within easy walking distance in historic downtown Ellensburg. Featured poets include Tod Marshall, WA State Poet Laureate; Jake Andrews, WA State Poetry Out Loud 2016 Champion; and many other highly acclaimed NW poets from Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, and Yakima. The prowl also includes craft talks, open mics, and a book fair. Immerse yourself in metaphor. Admission is FREE.

 


Looking for concerts?

Check out our Key Arena Calendar!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Spring Clean your Life: How to say “No”

It seems like in order to succeed in life, we have to pile stuff upon stuff on ourselves. This stuff includes:

  • Being part of organizations
  • Work goals
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Furthering your education

But when is it enough?

With websites like LinkedIn where potential employers could be searching for someone exactly like you, how do you compare to other people? Those other people may be doing more than you and rocking it like you never will.

First of all:

That’s not true. You rock too.

However,

It may be time to assess your life balance and do some spring cleaning on your life.

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Step 1: Always weight your options

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Just because adding one more line to your resume looks good, doesn’t mean do it. Ask yourself these questions first:

  • Does this thing benefit my professional goals?
  • Does this thing sound like me? Is it a good match?
  • Is the time and work involved worth what I am benefiting?

It is very possible that you will answer “No” to all these questions.

 

Step 2: Give yourself some time

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Don’t rush into anything too fast or rush into saying “No” too fast either. Want to know why?

Because there can be room for negotiation.

Step 3: Negotiation

So now you are teeter-toddering on the “no” side of the spectrum. In this case:

  • Is there a way to make this opportunity beneficial in your favor?
  • Is there free food and coffee involved? (This is a partial joke)

Give the opportunity a couple days to sit and absorb into our mind. When you are ready, negotiate.

 

Step 4: Keep the door open

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No matter what your decision is, keep everything friendly and mutual. Sometimes, if you politely decline an opportunity, they will reply with much better terms. These terms can be less hours, less involvement, less money, etc.

If it’s a for sure “No”, still leave the door open for when you may need to stop by when another similar opportunity comes your way. Maybe partially accept the opportunity in order to still be a passive part.


 

The reason why we wanted to bring this up is because we know college students may be stretching themselves too far. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 34% have felt depressed. Out of those who suffer anxiety, 70% hit their first episode at age 22.

It is time to take a step back and balance your life again.

After taking out some unneeded stress in your life through not taking on too much at one time, wind down by:

  • Hanging out with your friends
  • Go to events that you are interested in (This is a great study break)
  • Watch TV or read a book
  • Take a bath
  • Try out a new exercise

Let’s make life about you again. Why not? Life is too short to experience anxiety all the time.

 

 

10 Essential Things to Bring to a Convention

With Sakura Con in just a few days, it’s hard to keep your head straight. You may be super excited and forget some vital luggage items that may save you a lot of money and time.

1. Deodorant

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It’s easy to forget deodorant when you already have some on when you leave the door. However, this is a whole weekend of walking around and going to events. You don’t want to borrow your hotel-mates deo if you could have had your own.

2. A Change of Clothes… at least

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Those jeans may be ok for the next few days (really, it’ll be ok), but don’t forget to bring a new shirt and some underwear for each day you will be at the convention. The worst thing is to have someone notice you haven’t changed your clothes. If you are wearing a costume, make sure to have something underneath that you can change out (a tank top, shirt, etc).

In addition to clothes, you can also bring a pillow just in case you have to sleep on the floor.

3. A Bottle of Water

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Even though Seattle water is awesome, you may not want to walk to the store a buy a bottle (especially if you are on a winning streak in the game center).

4. Snacks and Food

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Eating out can get expensive with the Cheesecake Factory being right across the street. For meals that you are not going out to get with friends, make sure to bring peanut butter, jelly, honey, or any other non-perishable to make a sandwich. Cereal and non-perishable milk or ramen are great too. Mmmhmmmm.. ramen 🙂

5. Camera

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If you are as excited about seeing other costumes like most people, you probably won’t forget this vital item (that is probably on your phone too). Just in case, here’s a reminder.

6. Costume First-Aid Kit

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Yes, the con has a place where they can help you through a costume emergency. However, if you need it ASAP or you don’t want to wait, bring your own kit. This kit should have a sewing needle, thread, duct tape, buttons, scissors (mini ones!), and safety pins.

7. Extra Room in Your Luggage

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Some people do like to ship large amounts of things back home because they buy so much. But if you are buying a moderate amount, save money by just leaving a bit of room in your luggage. Pack light. It’s only a couple days.

8. Emergency Money

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Don’t spend all your money! You never know when you have a last minute emergency and you need a couple bucks. Sure, your new Seattle local friends may help if it was urgent but you don’t want to start your relationship on such a bad foot.

9. Comfortable Shoes

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Those wood sandals may look comfortable for the first few hours but they may start making you cranky. Bring another pair of flip flops or comfortable shoes that will last you the whole 72 hours.

10. Your Phone Charger/Contact List

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Don’t let your phone die and miss out on making a long-term friend at the con. That doppelganger may not have a lot of time to chit-chat right there. In that case, you may try an email, or a social media site. However, not everyone is comfortable with using social media that may harm their privacy. If that is the case (or you just want to), log into ArcZap and add them to your group with an email address. This way, they can use an alias that you will remember.


 

Are we missing any other essential items? Have fun at this convention or some of the other ones coming up!

National Women’s History Month

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We didn’t know this month existed until the middle of March. However, this idea needs to be celebrated. The National Women’s History Project ran a successful campaign in 1986 to have the whole month of March as National Women’s History Month. Let’s not let them down.

This celebration needs awareness because not all schools emphasize both genders in history. Children need role models but those role models are often written out or ignored in history books. Only 3 states have mandated teaching women’s history in their K-12 classes: Illinois, Florida, and Louisiana.

That’s it. 3 schools. This doesn’t mean that individual teachers are not including women in history in their curriculum, it means that it is not emphasized. There are so many amazing women that we wished we learned about in history class. We’re sure you all do as well.

Have you heard of these remarkable women?

  • Daisy Bates – leader of the Little Rock School Integration
  • Isabel Gonzales – secured American Citizenship for all Puerto Ricans
  • Ella Grasso – Governor of Connecticut, first woman governor of any US State elected in her own right
  • Suzan Shown Harjo – Native American Public Policy Advocate and Journalist
  • Oveta Culp Hobby – WWII Director of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and
    first Secretary of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • Barbara Mikulski – Longest serving woman in the United States Congress
  • Inez Milholland – Woman Suffrage Leader and Martyr
  • Karen Narasaki – Civil and Human Rights Leader on issues of Asian American equality
  • Nancy Grace Roman – Chief of Astronomy of NASA and advocate for women in sciences
  • Nadine Smith – LGBT Civil Rights Activist and Executive Director of Equality Florida

These are just a few of the Honorees of 2016 chosen by the National Women’s History Project. We haven’t heard of any of them, but it’s time to change that.

Their descriptions are found here

How can we celebrate National Women’s History Month?

Read up on women in history! Ask your local librarian for books and articles about women and girls that made history. What are some things that they did? How did they change society? Are their ways that you can make a difference?

  • Have a murder mystery night with a variety of historical women.

 

  • Host a costume party where the theme is historical women.

 

  • Create a book group with your friends that focused on nonfiction or fiction about a woman who changed history.

 

  • Be creative a make a board game about women who revolutionized science, politics, or arts! Who knows, it could be the next big thing.

 

Do you have any other ideas on how to celebrate? We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

5 Spring Break Getaway Ideas

Spring break is just around the corner. No, really, it is!

If you have been busy trying to finish your last quarter as strong as you can:

First: Great job! Winter quarter is the worst and if you have enough stamina to push it to the end, kudos to you!

Second: You probably had zero time to plan Spring Break.

If you planned a Spring Break elaborately already, share these 10 Spring Break Getaway Ideas with your friends!

1) Roadtrip!

Have you always wanted to see the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore? Why not go to those specifically and plan your own roadtrip!

Furkot has planned roadtrips and times specifically designed already or you can create your own.

Have enough time to go around the country? Check out the perfect road trip according to science. It takes you to all 48 states and their landmarks.

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3) Go Play in the Snow!

Who said Spring Break has to be about warm weather? Chill by the fireplace at Stevens Pass and enjoy snowboarding, skiing, or tubing. Nothing sounds better than hot cocoa by the fire with a book in hand after a long day shredding the slopes.

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4) Leavenworth

This place has serious Bavarian charm. If you wait a little bit, the Ale-fest is on April 22nd. Go explore the festivals, have fun outside, or just eat and drink all day.

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5) Go to Idaho!

Unless you are already in Idaho, check out the outdoor fun to be had there! Including the Brownlee Resevoir.

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Need help getting a group together and explore one of these fantastic places? Check out how to create an Arc on our site to privately invite your friends and plan!

Have an awesome Spring Break!

What’s Happening this Weekend?

Need a break from studying on your campus this weekend? Here’s a list of top events for you!


 

BC

Friday (Today!)

iHeartWashingtonWine Benefit Concert

  • Location:
  • The ShowBox at the Market
    1426 1st Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101

  • Time:
  • 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

  • Admission:$95
  • Auction of Washington Wines and 106.1 KISS-FM proudly present “iHeartWashingtonWine” a food, wine and concert event benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital and Wine Science research at WSU. iHeartWashingtonWine will feature bites from some of the area’s best local chefs, amazing wines from more than 10 Washington wineries, plus a special live performance by KISS-FM superstar Andy Grammer Featuring Gourmet Bites from These Five Popular Restaurants and Chefs: Vestal Stoneburner and Bastille Hollywood Tavern Blackfish Tulalip Bay Ticket price includes tasting and heavy appetizers Ages 21 & Over Only Please


BYUI

  • 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Manwaring Center 372 A Little Theater
  • Enjoy a night of hilarious fun and laughter at this popular comedy show featuring impromptu comedy by our very own skilled BYU-Idaho comedians.

Saturday:

  • 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Location: HRT 250
  • Don’t miss the biggest concert of the semester featuring BYU-Idaho student bands playing your favorite cover songs in a rock concert setting. The light show adds to the excitement! Dance follows– all for one low price!
  • 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Snow 107 Black Box Theatre
  • Behold the Theatre Department’s improvisational comedy troupe, Comic Frenzy. Witness this team of students tromp the stage and entertain with never-before-seen performances that spring to life based on the suggestions you give! Be part of the most organic creative process this side of childbirth! $1 per show!

 

CWU

Friday (Today!)

First Friday Art Walk

  • March 4, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 AM11:59 PM PST
  • Location: Downtown
  • Come join us and celebrate the exciting, diverse world of the visual arts in Ellensburg. The Ellensburg First Friday Art Walk is a downtown event that showcases art of all forms in galleries and non-traditional spaces in Ellensburg. The First Friday Art Walk is an event to honor the local artist and their work.

Board Game Nights

  • Date: March 4, 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM11:00 PM PST
  • Location: Nerdcore Toys
  • Event Description: Nerdcore Toys is hosting Board Game Nights

Saturday:

All You Can Eat Fish & Oyster Feed

  • Date: March 5, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 PM7:00 PM PST
  • Location: Cle Elum Eagles #649
  • Event Description:
    • All you can eat fish & oyster Cle Elum Eagles #649
    • Pick a Pearl / Pearl Dive
    • Fried Oyster, Breaded Cod, Tater Tots, Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw & Texas Toast
    • Free Oyster guaranteed to contain a pearl.

Sunday:

Breakfast

  • Date: March 6, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 AM11:00 AM PST
  • Location: Cle Elum Eagles
  • Event Description: Breakfast & Joker Poker

 

UW

Friday (Tonight!)

  • Campus locationSocial Work / Speech & Hearing Sciences Building (SWS)
  • Campus room: School of Social Work Gallery — First Floor
  • Friday, Mar 4, 2016,
  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • In keeping with its mission to create and improve post-secondary education programs inside prisons, Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education or HOPE developed I Cry Out: Reclaiming Identities Behind Bars—an exhibit on display at the UW School of Social Work Gallery (first floor) from Feb.,16 to June 1, 2016. The poems, letters and visual art created by the prisoners for this exhibit illustrate the humanity and spirit for renewal of each incarcerated participant. The multi-media exhibit allows us to gain insight into what life is like behind bars and how it is altered with access to education.

 

  • Friday, Mar 4, 2016 & Saturday, Mar 5, 2016
  • 8 – 9:30 p.m. PST
  • Campus location: Meany Hall (MNY)
  • Founded in 2013 under the artistic direction of Osnel Delgado, MalPaso Dance Company expresses the passion and uncertainties that define Cuban life and are embodied in the country’s rich dance tradition.  Touring the U.S. for the first time, the company exhibits its trademark fresh contemporary spirit in a program featuring 24 Hours and a Dog, a new contemporary dance piece by Delgado set to music by Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, who will perform live with members of the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Also on the program is a new work yet to be announced.

 

Sunday:

  • Sunday, Mar 6, 2016
  • 7:30 p.m. PST
  • Campus location: Meany Hall (MNY)
  • Newly appointed faculty artist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir (cello), artist-in-residence Cristina Valdés (piano) and associate professor Melia Watras (viola) are joined by Pacific Northwest Ballet Concertmaster Michael Jinsoo Lim (violin) in an evening of high-voltage chamber music, including works by Haydn, Kodály, and Dvorák.


Don’t see an event for you? Check out our event calendar!

 

 

How to relieve stress by decluttering

The worst thing is to come home and see this:

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After a long day at school or work, you just want to relax. But to relax you need a nice, serene place to collect yourself. That place may be at your keyboard.

 

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But if there is clutter on the one thing you go to in order to relax, it’s time to de-clutter your living space.

I know, I know. Housework is the last thing on your mind.

You probably have 5 papers to write and 2 presentations to prepare for before next Monday.

However, getting your living space organized helps block the flow of energy that you need to succeed in your day to day tasks.

Here are 5 easy ways to de-clutter your space a little at a time. Perfect for those who just don’t have time for it.

Continue reading How to relieve stress by decluttering

It doesn’t matter what classes you take

Do you struggle with choosing your college courses every quarter?

Yes

Do you juggle the questions, “Is this applicable to my future career?” and “Is this worth the money I am paying for this class?

Yes

These are the questions that one of our college ambassadors asked herself while registering for Spring classes this week.

Melody goes to the UW Information School. She is going for a Masters of Library and Information Science. This is a two year program.

 

Here’s what she has to say about college:

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“Doing a whole degree in two years is a lot more stressful than the four years I had to explore with during undergrad. Back then, I had time to bounce from chemistry, to anthropology, to music, back to anthropology, and then finally to business.

If I tried to bounce around that much with this degree, I’d be paying so so much money for a hodge podge of classes with no focus. That’s what I told myself at least.

Here were my doubts:

  • What if I didn’t have a strong enough tech background?
  • What if I can’t get a job in what I want to do but I don’t have the skills to go do something else?
  • What if I change my mind halfway?
  • What if the public librarian profession goes away forever? (This will never happen)

I was struggling and struggling; stressing over stressing about classes. I became obsessed with my 2 year plan.

After changing my two year plan countless times I decided to do even more research (I’m trying to be a librarian after all).

I emailed professors of classes that sounded interesting regarding their syllabus and what else goes on in their course. This was a lot more helpful than the 2 sentence descriptions the registration software gives us.

I went to current professors that I liked to talk about my path. These conversations were sometimes great, other times, I came out more confused than when I went in.

I talked to people at my work regarding what they took in school, if it’s applicable, and what skills they wished they got from school. These answers were mixed of course but it was apparent that there were no regrets from anyone.

What helped the most was talking to someone who graduated a few years ago with the same career path as me. They knew some of the professors I was thinking of taking. They knew how stressful it is to choose classes. They had great career advice. Basically everything I was stressing about, she stressed about it too.

But deep down, I still had my doubts about my choices.

It wasn’t until I reflected upon what a great librarian said to me in a Facebook post last week.

“A degree makes you a professional, the experience makes you a librarian”

I realized:

Why am I stressing so much?

This two year degree isn’t the end of my learning. It honestly is, just my beginning. No matter what classes I choose, as long as I fulfill my credit requirements to graduate, I will be fine. I will focus on what I enjoy and choose my classes accordingly. Not worrying about what everyone else is doing and how I need to find ways to better market myself than them. When I graduate, I will still have opportunities to learn.

I will have (more) mentors

I will go to conferences to hear about innovative changes in the library world

I will learn on the job

AND I will always be (though I already am) a lifelong learner.”


 

Stressing about classes is normal. But stressing about stressing about classes is not. Let loose a little and realize that this degree isn’t the end. You will learn more things throughout your career either through your job or your own initiative.

Here at ArcZap, we are all lifelong learners like Melody. All of us still do college classes just to stay ahead of the game when it comes to programming and business.

So when you register next time, do your research but don’t think of it as the only set of skills you will have for the rest of your life.