Two LSJ alums in different phases of their post-graduate lives are pursuing careers in the federal government. Whether that be in the form of an internship, a temporary job, or a career, these former students are grateful to the UW and the LSJ program. After seven long months of waiting, LSJ alumna McKenzie Schnell, class of 2014, woke up one morning to very good news: she was chosen for an internship at the White House.
Senior LSJ major Alexandra Holmes spent many hours of her fall quarter in an unusual environment: a law firm that helps newly formed cannabis businesses get established. Fortunately, Holmes’ LSJ background proved to be very useful throughout the unfamiliar experience. Wykowski and Associates is based in California but opened a second office, Wykowski Law Group, in Seattle after the 2012 passing of Initiative 502, which legalized small amounts of marijuana, or marijuana products, in Washington state.
Although they occurred 15 years ago, the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle continue to generate much passion and discussion. That was certainly evident at a recent event, co-sponsored by LSJ and the Harry Bridges Labor Center. The event, officially titled “Militarized policing and public protest: from the WTO protests to Ferguson,” drew an overflowing crowd to the Ethnic and Cultural Center’s Unity Room.
Alumni, staff, faculty, and students filled the Walker-Ames room in Kane Hall on the evening of Nov. 14, to celebrate the life of Timothy Wettack and to support the endowment that has been created in his name. Wettack was an LSJ alumnus who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 2012. The accident occurred just days after he attended a meeting of the Concerned Lifers Organization (CLO) at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe. The CLO focuses on issues facing long-term prisoners.
Only 13 to 15 % of LSJ majors graduate from Law school. It isn’t that they drop out, but most choose not to attend. LSJ hosted a graduate school panel on Oct. 28 to educate these students who are interested in pursuing different pathways. Three representatives from UW graduate schools spoke on their respective programs.
This Saturday, October 18th, the 3rd annual Social Justice Film Festival (SJFF), co-sponsored by the LSJ program, will begin screening a variety of films related to global social issues. This year’s films touch on a variety of topics ranging from immigration, race, disability, and the penal system. Laura Brady, Assistant Director of the SJFF, says community involvement increased greatly this year, as well as the number of films submitted. The SJFF will only be screening 10 percent of the films submitted; last year they screened 50 percent.
“9034309,” Jessica Handy said. “I’ll never forget it.” She’s referring to her UW student ID number. After going to a small high school then transferring from a small college on the East Coast Handy was excited to enroll in a school so large she needed a 7-digit-number to distinguish herself.
Senior Nicholas Scott says there is just one similarity between ballet and academia, his two worlds. “Right before a test, the butterflies, the nausea, it’s the same as before a performance,” Scott said. “With dance you know exactly what you are supposed to do and when you are supposed to do it. The closest thing to that in academia is a test. So I over prepare, I go above and beyond. I read things three times, I study and study.”
As happens with many students, Timothy Wettack was transformed by one college course more than any other. That course, “Anthropology of Prisons”, taught by Lorna Rhodes, was one that he found fascinating. “My eyes and mind were opened to things I have never thought about, seen, or questioned in any way,” he later wrote.
The act of riding a bicycle might not ordinarily seem the best way to learn about social control, but a group of LSJ students in Amsterdam this summer discovered otherwise. In Amsterdam, bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation, and they far outnumber cars. The LSJ students all rented bikes for their four-week study abroad course, and worked to master the formal and informal rules of the road. The Dutch, they learned, are not shy about educating those who do not comport with the norms.