Where do I find Lunar New Year Events?

Want an event with great food, history, culture, or grand performances? You are in the right place. There are celebrations all over our campuses and we wanted to compile this list of them for you.

Now let’s welcome the Year of the Monkey!



Near Bellevue?

Come to:

The Lunar New Year Celebration

Location: Bellevue College

February 5, 2016 – – 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

The Chinese Student Association invites you to a traditional Lunar New Year Celebration. Celebrate the Year of the Monkey!

Join us Friday, February 5, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm in the Cafeteria for a celebration including festive Chinese food and traditional dance. Honor the coming of Spring with your friends, other students, faculty and coworkers and usher in good luck.

Admission $5 in advance (tickets are available now in the PALS Center), $7 at the door.

Sponsored by the Chinese Student Association, International Talk Time, the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives, Taiwanese Student Association, Indonesian Fellowship, and Student Programs.

Image from: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/events/?mc_id=4749



The Lunar New Year Tea Discovery Program

Date: 2/6/2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 2:30 PM

In this 90 minute presentation, discover the history and origins of true tea: white, green, oolong, black and pu’erh tea and how each of these teas is made from the leaves of the same plant. Also learn about how tea, with its Chinese origins, made its way throughout the world, and how it has touched many cultures to become the popular beverage that it is today. Taste the five types of tea and get familiar with what works with our personal taste chemistry, and we’ll talk about some of the practical aspects such as health claims and caffeine content.

Library: Bellevue Library




Near UW?


Come to:

The Lunar New Year Festival

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Feb 13

11-4 PM

Seattle’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration is back on Saturday, February 13 from 11am – 4pm in the heart of the Chinatown-International District. Come out and help us usher in the Year of the Monkey!

Join us at the Main Stage where there will be non-stop cultural performances from dragon and lion dances, traditional Japanese taiko drumming, Bollywood dancing and the 7th annual Children’s Parade and Costume Contest.

For foodies, over 30 neighborhood restaurants will be participating in this years $3 Food Walk presented by Delta Airlines.. Make sure to collect stamps when you buy $3 items for a chance to win by collecting 5 stamps and turning them in at the Information Booth, last entry will be accepted no later than 4 PM. Winner does not need to be present to win.

– 1st place winner will receive two international round trip plane tickets from Delta Airlines
– 2nd place winner will receive two domestic round trip tickets from Delta Airlines
-3rd place winner will receive (1) Season Pass ticket to Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
-4th place winner will receive two (2) lift tickets to Stevens Pass Mountain Resort

Kids of all ages will enjoy the Arts and Cultural Pavilion, with arts and crafts projects for all!



Tết Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year

February 13-14 2016
Seattle Center Festál presents Tết Festival – Vietnamese Lunar New Year, February 13-14. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Vietnam through live performances, hands-on activities, foods, crafts, games, martial arts and a lively marketplace.
The Lunar New Year Celebration welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. Revisit one thousand years of the Vietnamese history at this festive New Year celebration.

Near Ellensburg?

Come to:

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016
6:00 pm
SURC Ballroom
$10 advance ticket required

You are invited to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and the year of the monkey!

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association will be selling $10 tickets Feb. 1, 3 and 5 in the SURC tabling area from 12 – 2 p.m. Tickets will include food, shows and a chance at lucky draw. Advance tickets are required.

Are we missing any events near you? Tell us and we’ll add them to our list!
























Top 10 Interview Tips

It’s that time of the year! Employers are starting to interview for summer internships and jobs. Are you ready to walk in a room and strut your stuff?

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Don’t worry, everyone is nervous during an interview. Even those who have had experience in interviewing get nervous. With our team’s combined decades of interviewing, here are the top 10 tips we want to share with you.

1) Research the company

It is important to deeply understand the mission of the company and their current news. You can do this by setting up a Google Alert or check their website and blog a few times the week before your interview. Try to think about what you can contribute to their mission and how their mission fits with your experience and background

Depending on the company, you can go as far as researching the people interviewing you. When you get called in for an interview, as the receptionist the names of those who will be interviewing you. Sometimes knowing their faces beforehand eases your nerves and eliminates the nightmares you may have of faceless interviewers.

2) Make a list of all the things you want to learn

Especially for those who are in college or coming out of college, employers want to see that they want to learn. Show that you have a passion for life-long learning and a passion for their company. Even though you may not have the experience, interviewers will take note that you are confident and inspired to work for them. In many cases, this gets you a job over someone who has more experience.

3) Prepare for the hard questions

Here are some top questions that stump new interviewees.

  • What is your weakness?

For this one, don’t make something up. Make it a genuine answer. If you are not a public speaker, tell them. But add that you constantly come out of your comfort zone by volunteering to speak while presenting for group projects. Show that you know your weaknesses and that you are facing them head on.

  • What do you currently like about your job?

There may be nothing that you like about the job. But dig deeper. Do you like your coworkers? What about the work you do? This is also a great opportunity to look at the bigger picture and share that you are a small part of a bigger mission. Letting them know that you have a great work ethic and outstanding outlook on jobs that are not top priority speaks highly about you.

  • What do you currently dislike about your job?

This is a hard one. If you are looking for a promotion, you definitely don’t want to offend the company. If you are at a new one, you also don’t want to offend the company. You can always default to explaining that there is little opportunity to grow and use what you learned in school. Maybe there is little training for your entry level position. Explain that you want to make a bigger impact on the company’s mission and give examples of the type of impact you want to make.

3) Craft a story

There are many questions where they want to hear what you have done with your professional life already and what results came out of them. These questions help employers see who you already are and how you handled situations before. This is called behavioral interviewing.

This type of interviewing is great to practice because it is truly the hardest.

The steps are divided up with the acronym STAR:

  • Situation/Task
  • Action
  • Result

Look for the most impact you have ever made in a class assignment or a work project. Tell them about the project, tell them your role, what you did, and what was the result.

4) Practice

Especially for those story interview questions, practice practice practice. Have a friend listen to you. Make notes on situations that you may want to share and use. Make it sound relaxed and natural. Focus on the questions and try not to wander too far from them.

5) Dress for success

Dress like you already belong in the organization and position. Let them imagine you working there from the first step you take towards them. This makes you look serious about the job and subconsciously gives you a leg up.

6) Look prepared

Bring copies of your resumes and references. Bring a notepad to jot notes down and even bring your own notes with permission.

7) Body language

Body language is key to a successful interview. To make it easier, smiling and greet everyone from the moment you step out of the car. This gets you in the mood of being optimistic and cheerful. Then right before, go to a quiet, private area like the restroom to breathe and powerpose. You can even do some standing yoga in there to get the blood flowing. You don’t have to but at least get your arms above your head and feel taller and more powerful.

8) Ask questions

With your handy-dandy notebook, jot questions that come up during the interview. Show them that you are a curious person who wants to know all the details before taking a job. These questions can be as simple as asking about the growth opportunities within the company or just details about the job itself.

9) Be bold

This will make you stand out of the crowd. Be confident. You got called back for an interview for a reason. This means that you are qualified and look great on paper. Whatever is on the paper is already who you are. So show them who you are! Add a special piece to your wardrobe that is characteristic of you. This way, you feel comfortable in your interview outfit and maybe you’ll be complemented on it. It may even start a bonding conversation.

If you are feeling really bold, then there is a question you can ask at the end of the interview that may get you the job. This question has been circling around the internet and shown to work.

“Have I said anything in this interview or given you any other reason to doubt that I am a good fit for the role?

This question allows you to fix any mistakes that the interviewers saw in your interview and allows you the opening to correct them. Nothing is more bold than this.

10) Thank your interviewers

Your interviewers took time out of their day to sit and listen to you talk. Give them a thank you note, an email, or even a mailed letter to show that you acknowledged their time. This shows that you are courteous and polite, something they may not expect out of a young student. Write this and get it in their possession within 48 hours. Show them that you are fit for the job.

Good luck! Are there any other tips you have encountered that have landed you the job or internship? Share with everyone!


Our 2016 Resolutions

Yeah yeah, New Year’s resolutions are a bit cliche. Lose weight, get smarter, all of that jazz. However, these are more than just resolutions (though they include losing weight and getting smarter) they are also goals. Very achievable goals we have thought about for the last 2 weeks. We want these goals to better serve ourselves and better serve all of you.


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How to be Lazy Productive Over Break

Teachers say: “Have a great break!”

Classmates say: “I’m going to be productive this winter break”

You say: “I’m just going to sleep in and eat cookies while watching TV all day”

You are not alone. The gloomy weather and time of the year makes it super hard to be motivated.

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What other time in the year can you catch up on your favorite shows?

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Or read all those books you put on order at the library?


Here are 5 ways to be lazy and productive before school starts again.

1) Set an alarm and do a free Youtube workout every morning.

This may seem daunting at first but doing this will give you energy for the rest of the day. Our favorite right now is the channel fitnessblender.

Start out slow with a 15 or 20 minute workout (kickboxing!!!!) then move on to the 30 or 40 minute workouts. If you are feeling extra motivated after a few days, try the 5 day workout challenge. You won’t regret it!


2) Download a learning app

Were you one of those classmates that bragged that they were going to learn something this winter break? Well, why not do it for real?

Want to learn to code? There’s an app for that. Learn HTML is a good start. The Hour of Code is another fun one to get started.

Want to learn a new language? There’s an app for that. Libraries subscribe to Mango Languages so that you don’t have to. Why not get those tax dollars to work?

Want to just exercise your mind? There’s an app for that. Lumosity is a popular one. It’s free and created by neuroscientists. What’s not to trust? Coursera or Khan Academy for educational lectures or TED for inspirational TED talks are awesome as well.

If you haven’t figured it out already (but we’re sure you did), there’s an app for anything. Just search for something you are interested, download it, try it out, and brag about your productivity to your friends!


3) Learn to cook!

Nothings worse than gaining the Freshman 15 or just the holiday gut. It means that cooking healthy during college is a necessity.

Watch TV and learn how to cook. There’s a huge variety of cooking shows on Netflix. After each entertainment TV show, watch a cooking show to say you are learning how to cook. Why not?

If that doesn’t work, there are amazing apps that teach you each step to cooking your new favorite meal. Nom Nom Paleo is a delicious choice.

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4) Get an audiobook

Do you have to take the bus to work or to school? Maybe to that temporary holiday retail job that you just started? Well, make the commute worthwhile through audio ebooks! Buy them or get them at your local library.

Feeling a bit depressed? Get free therapy through listening to biographies of people who had to struggle to succeed. Mindy Kaling’s books are hilarious! Other popular ones are Amy Poehler’s Yes Please or B.J. Novak’s books.


5) Find a creative outlet

Better yet, use your creative outlet to create gifts for your friends and family. Learn to knit, crochet, sew, or just color! Coloring is a great way to decrease stress and have fun. Have you seen this awesome coloring book yet?

Color it, frame it, and give it away. What a better way to start off 2016.



Are you ready to be lazy productive now?

We certainly are!



New Features: Mobile and More

Have you logged in lately? There have been many new changes to ArcZap! But here are the major changes and new features:

1) Look and feel

We went with a friendlier interface this time with a softer color scheme and friendlier fonts. The event calendar is easy to navigate and the side menus have been consolidated.

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2) Navigation bar

Groups, Events, and Messages  now share the side navigation bar with easy access from the top

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3) Mobile friendly

Look for events on the go and upload photos right away! We want to make searching for your next party fast and easy.


4) Goodbye to “spam” emails

Emails are no longer sent immediately but instead come in a single daily summary email.

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However, you can choose to receive event invites and reminders immediately.

Emailing your group alias will stay normal but comments, updates, and messages will be sent in a summary email once a day.

5) Event Reminders Revamped

Event Reminders are individualized and you can have it text you, email you or both.



6) Event editor

If you own a community or a group, there is now an event editor that can tell you when there are errors in events to be corrected. Tutorials for this will be given to those who curate events.

7) Are you sponsored by a community?

Groups who have a sponsor community, can see the community events amongst your group events. This reduces your need to check both places.



Now… screenshots can only show you so much. So, try out some of these features for yourself!



Looking for Winter Break Events?

Some of you are already on Winter Break!


But some of us still have a few days to wait…


So after a few days of Netflix binge-watching and eating everything in sight, what is there to do? (Besides see Star Wars)


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Thinking about buying a hoverboard to cruise around campus?

You may want to think again. Or settle for what’s out there.

Everyone, including each one of us, wants to be like Marty Mcfly, but is the future here yet?

Sure, there are the hoverboards on two wheels that face the front. But those are so disappointing. They don’t hover, they are balancing on two wheels. Other names for them are Swagway or Skywalker. We’re going to call them “two wheel thingies” for now.

Also, those two-wheel thingies could explode if charged too long. We don’t want to read tragic news reports about students getting exploded by hoverboards.

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5 Free Online Tools Everyone in College Should Be Using

Oh college. We all have a love/hate relationship with it. Group projects, research papers, and studying until your brain hurts.


But on the flip side. College is where you build meaningful relationships and your professional network. It’s not something to take for granted. The knowledge you gain will be worth it in the long run.


Here’s 5 tools that every college student should be using to ease the pain of going to college.

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How to throw a Halloween party in college

So, you still haven’t been invited to those popular Halloween house parties that you see on TV.


Do you wish you were there? Do you have friends? Well why not throw your own?

No! I'm way too busy studying!
No! I’m way too busy studying!

Scared to host a party? Well here’s a quick party planning guide that will impress your friends.

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What’s Cool at CWU? According to Taban Cosmos

Some of you may know Taban Cosmos.

Taban Art lover

Taban CWU startup

Taban agreed to be out first featured CWU upperclassman to tell us what’s cool on campus. Did you just start at CWU? Well here’s some go-to places for you!

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