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Love cat videos? Attend the Internet Cat Video Festival and help out SPU’s Theatre Program

April 11th, 2014 by Laura

Henri Film FestivalWhat would the internet be without cat videos? If you like classics like keyboard cat or moody films featuring Henri, or, just about any random cat doing cat-like things that we humans find hilarious, you’re in luck!

Tonight only you can catch 75 minutes worth of cat videos at SPU, with ticket proceeds helping fund SPU’s Theatre Program.

The Internet Cat Video Festival features “the best and funniest Internet cat videos” curated by the SPU Theatre Department. After the compilation, there’ll be a Q&A with SPU alum Wil Braden, creator of the Henri le Chat Noir videos.

The feline festival is tonight at 7:30pm in SPU’s Upper Gwinn Commons (3310 6th Ave W). Tickets are $5 for SPU students, $10 for everyone else.

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SPU Theatre Department production of Letters to Sala begins this week

April 15th, 2013 by Laura

Beginning this week, the Seattle Pacific University’s Theatre Department is presenting “Letters to Sala” on its main stage, as well as an accompanying traveling exhibition of letters, photographs, and documents on loan from the New York Public Library and the French Children of the Holocaust Foundation.

Letters to Sala

Photo courtesy of Seattle Pacific University

Letters to Sala is a new play by Arlene Hutton, based on Ann Kirschner’s book Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story. Kirschner based the book on over 300 letters that her mother received from friends and family when she lived in a World War II labor camp. This week’s opening will be the Northwest premiere of the play.

The traveling exhibit of letters, photographs, and documents from the Sala Garncarz Kirschner Collection is on loan from the New York Public Library and the French Children of the Holocaust Foundation. It’ll be on display in SPU’s Kreider Gallery in McKinley Hall during the month of April.

The play runs April 18-20 and 25-27 on the main stage in SPU’s McKinley Hall. Following the Friday, April 19th performance, both Hutton and Kirschner will participate in a Q&A session with the audience.

Per SPU, tickets are going fast, so get yours now; $12 general admission and $10 for students/seniors. Tickets are available online or by calling 206.281.2959.

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If you’re in the market for a piano, check out the SPU Music Department sale next Sunday

March 17th, 2013 by Laura

The Seattle Pacific University (SPU) Music Department has been using Yamaha pianos for its program via a loan program with Classic Pianos. It’s now time to refresh their program, benefitting the community with a public sale of the used Yamahas (grands, uprights, player, and digital pianos) as well as new pianos from Bösendorfer, Schimmel, Estonia, and Steinway.

All pianos have been professionally maintained and include a new factory warranty. The pianos will first be offered to SPU alumni, faculty, and staff before the general public sale on Sunday, March 24th. The Sunday sale will be held at SPU’s Crawford Music Building from noon to 5pm.

SPU is also offering interested buyers the option to see the available pianos in advance. You can call 206.281.2842 to set up a private appointment for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

Proceeds from pianos purchased during the sale will benefit the SPU Music Department loan program.

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Tent City Leaves SPU

March 25th, 2012 by SA

Tent City 3 left its temporary home at Seattle Pacific University today, after 90 days in residence.

Tent City 3 is a community working to help decrease the number of people on the street by providing transitional housing. In 2002, Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr signed a consent decree giving the encampment an ongoing permit. Today, Tent City 3 offers shelter for up to 100 men, women, and couples.

A number of activities surrounded the SPU campus stay, including an on-campus forum “Growing Up Homeless”  and “Homelessness: A Crisis of Affordable Housing.” Students volunteered by cooking meals, holding multiple clothing drives (including one just for socks), and starting knitting groups.

Tent City 3 now resides at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Capitol Hill, where it will remain until mid-June.

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Look for phone book opt-out cards in your mailbox

July 11th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities is mailing yellow reminder cards to 280,000 residences and business online canadian pharmacy this month, reminding them how to opt out of getting phone books delivered to their front door.

Since May, the Phone Books Opt-Out Registry website registered more than 36,000 addresses that declined delivery of more than 227,000 phone books this year.

“Preventing waste by choosing the phone books you don’t want is a good example of what sustainability means,” Timothy Croll, SPU’s director of solid waste, said in a press release. “Last year, the average Seattle household got six phone books weighing more than 11 pounds. So opting out saves tons of paper — more than 200 tons per year already — and cuts down on greenhouse gas generation.”

Seattle residents and businesses can also use the website to stop much unwanted junk mail. Croll acknowledged the irony of sending out mail to encourage people to stop junk mail but he pointed out that the mailer, which will use four tons of paper, is expected to help 28,000 more households and businesses stop 168,000 phone book deliveries, saving 150 tons of paper.

The stop phone books card also provides a phone number, (206) 504-3066. The mailer and phone number can only be used for addresses within the City of Seattle. However, from the website, those outside the city can also access the CatalogChoice website and stop both phone books and junk mail. King County is expected to add access to the CatalogChoice service from its website later this summer.

The Phone Books Opt-Out Registry is funded by a fee charged to yellow pages publishers. Publishers can be fined when they don’t honor requests through the city’s opt-out program.ciprofloxacin or cipro

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Seattle Public Utilities proposes rate increase for drinking water for next three years

July 5th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

The bad economy is forcing Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to propose a rate increase for drinking water each of the next three years to maintain Seattle’s drinking water system.

According to a release sent out by SPU, the rate for a typical Seattle household would go up between $2.41 per month in 2012 and $2.91 per month by 2014. The rates would be more for commercial customers, depending on usage. Even with the rate increase, SPU says water will still cost less than a penny per gallon.

Drinking water rates pay for:

  • Protecting the safety and security of the water supply system.
  • Operating two state-of-the-art water treatment facilities.
  • Daily testing to maintain drinking water quality.
  • Covering open water storage reservoirs in Seattle.
  • Maintaining and repairing 1,800 miles of pipeline, 20,000 valves, 180,000 water-service connections, 13 water reservoirs and dozens of pump stations.
  • Providing services to help customers manage their bills and resolve problems.

The Seattle City Council will consider the rate proposal over the next few months, with a decision expected by Thanksgiving. The new rates, if approved, would take effect on January 1, 2012.

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Local 5th graders spend a day in college at SPU

May 5th, 2011 by Thea

Sixty-three Dearborn Park Elementary School fifth graders got a chance to see what it’s like to go to college on Wednesday, spending the day at the Seattle Pacific University campus with a 17-year-old alumna of their school and recently admitted SPU student Christine Palpalotoc, who will be starting at the college in the fall.

Palpalotoc spent the day showing the kids from Dearborn around SPU and talking to them about what first led her to think about attending college. She is one of the first Dearborn Park Elementary School graduates to be admitted to SPU.

As part of SPU’s “go to college” day program, the fifth graders were divided into pairs and accompanied by an SPU education student. Throughout the day the kids got to participate in an investigative science activity, an information hunt at the SPU library, attend a music class and physical education course, and get the true college dining experience at SPU’s “all you care to eat” dining hall.

The day concluded with a presentation entitled “College Is a Plan, Not a Dream,” and a chat with Palpalotoc.

This was the seventh annual SPU “go to college” day, sponsored by the SPU School of Education, alongside the Lilly Foundation, and with contributions from a number of on campus groups and organizations.

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Have you seen Stormy?

November 28th, 2010 by Thea

You know the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’? While for Kathleen Cifu and her neighbors, the same is true of their cat Stormy.

Up until Thanksgiving Day, Stormy has lived in an apartment building between 13th and 14th Avenues W, near W Barrett, as the communal pet of the building. According to Kathleen, a family that moved out of a house across the street three years ago left Stormy behind, and since then “he hasn’t been interested in being anyone’s personal pet.”

“He will saunter into our apartments, but refuses to be stuck indoors, so a small group of us came up with a plan. He lives in a rather elaborate set-up under an eave off the back of my apartment building, which includes a box with a blanket that gets changed once a week, heat lamp, and a waterproof cover in the winter months and a shade screen for the summer. Even though he wishes to remain outdoors, he still loves affection and greets me in the same spot just about every day when I come home,” Kathleen wrote.

On Thursday morning one of Kathleen’s neighbors informed her that Stormy has been taken during the night, most likely by someone who didn’t realize that he was being cared for.

“We are very worried about his safety as he is not an inside cat and refuses to be.  We all take care of him and make sure he is safe and warm,” Kathleen wrote. “We provide, food, water, shelter, and heat.  We let him into the walk way leading to our doors for a time to warm him up as well.  Again, he refuses to be an indoor cat and prefers to live outside.”

“At some point last night someone must have thought he was not taken care of and he was alone because my neighbor woke this morning to find his box, his food/water bowls, his blankets, and the cat himself were all gone.  I assure you the cat has been very well cared for and he means the world to all of us.  We would like to put out the word for his safe and speedy return.  I can provide proof that he lived here as he was featured in the faculty/staff newsletter at SPU.”

Kathleen and her neighbors hope that whoever took Stormy will contact them immediately. Kathleen can be reached at

“We are very worried about Stormy and hold no grudges against who took him as we believe they were just acting out of compassion,” she wrote. “We simply would like them to know he was cared for and we hope he returns.”

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Work on 3rd Ave W should finish Friday

May 3rd, 2010 by Thea

For the last week and a half crews have been sporadically working on the west side of 3rd Ave W, between W Smith and W Raye streets. Though the work generally stays off the street, it occasionally slows traffic to one lane.

When crews are not working, signs from the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Public Utilities warn pedestrians that the west sidewalk is closed off. We called both SDOT and SPU to see what the work was and when it would be finished (it looks like crews are digging space for a paved sidewalk where there previously wasn’t one, but we haven’t confirmed this).

Neither SDOT or SPU had any records of ongoing construction at this site, and the last few times I’ve passed by there hasn’t been anyone working to question. But the temporary “No Parking” signs across the street say the work will continue from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through this Friday, May 7.

If anyone has any more information, please comment below.

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The Grinder coffee stand closes up shop

April 30th, 2010 by Thea

Longtime Queen Anne coffee post The Grinder, located at 41 Dravus St. off Nickerson (and just around the corner from Tully’s), closed up shop on Wednesday, April 28.

In a letter posted on the door to customers and patrons, owner Kristin Wilhite, who started the Grinder after graduating from SPU 15 years ago, wrote:

“The time has come to close the doors of The Grinder. For 15 years I came to work looking forward to who I would serve that day. I worked hard to not only provide you with good coffee, but with a safe place to laugh, cry, converse and be heard.”

Kristin, who gave birth to her son Max just three months ago, wrote that while she will miss The Grinder, she is thrilled to be starting a new career as a stay-at-home mom.

In her letter Kristin expressed the gratitude she felt for her customers and friends over the years.

“I have: Witnessed relationships turn into marriages. Freshman enter SPU and graduate four years later. Shared in retirements and in promotions. Celebrated our local, now well known author. Lived vicariously through your travels and heard your stories… Watched customers become parents and parents become grandparents. Made more friendships through serving coffee than I ever could have imagined. The stories are endless!”

Kristin invites anyone with a memory to share about The Gridner, to post it on the coffee spot’s Facebook wall.

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GospelFest10 rocks SPU through May 1

April 29th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Beginning today, the soul uplifting sounds and spirit of gospel music will grace Seattle Pacific University as part of GospelFest10: A Celebration of the Gospel Music Legacy. Three days of an educational symposium, rehearsals and a dinner culminate Saturday night in a mass gospel choir concert – proving that there is so much more to Seattle than alt-indie-pop.

For $10 a person, the symposium at the First Free Methodist Church adjacent to the SPU campus features workshops and sessions in the history, literature, and ministry of the Gospel music tradition, as presented by some of the genre’s pre-eminent practitioners and scholars, including Robert Darden, an associate professor of journalism at Baylor University and author of “People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music,” (which is the subject of one of the symposium’s clinics).

Saturday’s concert will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in SPU’s Royal Brougham Pavilion, 3414 Third Ave West. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Free parking is available in the Nickerson, Ross, and West Dravus street parking lots. The event is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-281-2966 or visit the GospelFest10 website.

The audience will be in for a real treat as they bear witness to some of the region’s finest gospel choirs, including JudahSong, SureHouse, The Sound of the Northwest, SPU’s gospel choir, and gospel choirs from Antioch Bible Church and University Presbyterian Church. If the memory of these stirring voices isn’t enough, a souvenir booklet will also be available for purchase.

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Dr. Benjamin Carson talks health care at SPU today

April 6th, 2010 by Thea

Renown pediatric brain surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson will be giving a lecture on health care at  1 p.m. at Seattle Pacific University today, Tuesday, April 6.

In 1987, Carson led a team of 70 in the first successful separation of craniopagus conjoined twins connected at the back of the head. During his distinguished career, he has received hundreds of awards and recognitions, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A highly regarded motivational speaker, Carson has addressed audiences from grade school classrooms to the National Prayer Breakfast. The 2009 movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., is based on Carson’s life.

This event is free and  open to the public. The lecture will be held in the Upper Gwinn Commons at SPU. For more information contact Bobbie Taylor at 206-281-2723 or

(Photo courtesy of Tracy Norlen, SPU News and Media Relations Manager).

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