By Linda Claycamp
During spring semester 2002, anyone within a 15-mile radius of Wheelock Student Center (or worldwide via the Internet) could tune in to the Tim and Tim show on 90.1 KUPS, the campus radio station. Tim Kezele and Tim Putnam both work on the university’s grounds maintenance crew. For one hour every Friday afternoon the pair plays an eclectic collection of music ranging from The Chieftans to Yes. Tim and Tim also invite guests to join them in the booth to spice up their hour with a little talk radio. … KUPS started 25 years ago as a closed-circuit AM station (the audio was transmitted over electrical wires all over campus). The switch to FM began with just 10 watts of radio broadcasting power; it increased to its current 100 watts after some persuasion by the FCC. Their motto is “KUPS: Better than static.” To listen over the Web, go to http://kups.ups.edu/listen.html.
IT’S GREEK TO ME
Last fall semester, the 3.19 grade point average (GPA) of students affiliated with the Greek system was higher than the GPA of all undergraduate students at the university, which was 3.14. The all-sorority GPA was 3.29, compared to the undergraduate female GPA, 3.24. Two of the fraternity chapters had GPAs higher than the undergraduate male GPA (3.00). … The National Panhellenic Conference is celebrating its 100th year this year. In commemoration, the University of Puget Sound’s Panhellenic Council hosted a celebration event in April for UPS sorority members as well as women on the campus community who were members of one of the 26 Greek-letter organizations affiliated with the national conference during their college years. … The University of Puget Sound seal, which is prevalent in the bookstore on items such as giftware, notebooks, and apparel, contains a motto written in Greek that many take for granted without learning its translation: pros ta akra, toward the heights.
SEEN ON CAMPUS
Phillip Walker was on campus in March, performing Can I Speak for You Brother? a one-man play that explores through poetry, storytelling, dance, puppetry, speeches, and songs, the history of black leaders and the endeavor to find the next Martin Luther King Jr. Walker has been performing this play for 24 years; his other credits include movies such as Bicentennial Man and live performances as a member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Before becoming a full-time performer, he taught theater arts at Fisk University, Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, and was the first black tenure-line teacher at the University of Illinois. … An informational fair titled “Assistance Dogs, Disability, and the Law” was held on campus in the spring. The event was attended by people on campus and interested members of the public. Participants included organizations such as Dogs for the Deaf, Canine Companions International, and the Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound. In addition to the three workshops that were offered, a personal account of an assistance-dog issue was shared by a visually impaired man who had trouble going outside with his guide dog because of a neighbor’s disregard of leash laws. Cases such as his resulted in legislative action last year mandating punishment for those who interfere with the work of assistance dogs.
TOP OF THEIR GAME
At age 31, Assistant Professor of Music Rob Hutchinson has the talent of professional composers twice his age. His composition The Slow Voyage Through Night was one of the four pieces selected from among 400 submissions to be performed at the National Conference of the Society of Composers this year. Jeux des Enfants, which he wrote during the break between semesters this year, was selected by the Charles Ives Center for American Music to be performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra on its American Music for the Chamber Orchestra series. … Students in the UPS Honors Program are chosen on the basis of exemplary academic performance. During their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, Honors students must complete seven Honors courses in addition to their major and minor requirements. The courses prepare students for the research and writing of a thesis in the senior year. Honors theses cover a wide range of topics; this year’s titles included “Labor Regulation in Agriculture: An Economic Analysis,” “Journey to the Middle of Nowhere: A Fictional Portrait of the Travel Experience,” and “Slayers and Cyborgs: A Cultural Critique of Mysticism and Technology in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’” After successfully completing the prescribed coursework and writing an approved senior thesis, Honors graduates are designated Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholars upon graduation.
COMING UP LOCALLY
June 22 and 23: Gardens of Tacoma Tour. Shuttles to the garden locations will leave approximately every 20 minutes from Lowry Wyatt Hall on the UPS campus. Garden lectures and a variety of related vendors will be accessible within Wyatt Hall. Among the talks offered: UPS Facilities Services Manager James Vance will present “Paths and Patios for Beautiful Outdoor Living.” Tickets are available for purchase in several Pierce County locations and on campus either day of the event. For more information and ticket sales locations, go to www.arc tacoma.org/News/Archives/garden/garden02.html. Proceeds will benefit the Tacoma-Pierce County chapter of the American Red Cross for disaster relief and emergency preparedness programs. … Students who leave town over the summer will be sorry to miss Champions on Ice, July 27 in the Tacoma Dome. This show features Olympic skaters Sarah Hughes, Irina Slutskaya, Michelle Kwan, Elvis Stojko, Victor Petrenko, and others.
THE VERVE TO SERVE
The University of Puget Sound Community Involvement and Action Center (CIAC) answers the overwhelming student desire to serve the community by finding opportunities to volunteer in the local community that are a good fit for each student. Examples of service requests publicized in the monthly newsletter Service Scene include “The International Service Program wants volunteers to facilitate land mine-awareness presentations for the public” and “Chief Leschi School needs volunteers to help children learn to read.” … Compendium reported last fall that Puget Sound had been ranked 9th among small U.S. colleges for the number of alumni serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers (we had 17). This year’s standings came in with UPS moving up a few notches, ascending to 4th place with 19 alumni currently serving. … The Alumni Association provides many opportunities for Puget Sound grads to do a good turn for the university: Be a mentor for a current Puget Sound student; become involved in student recruitment through the Alumni in Action admission program. To learn how, go to www.pugetsound.edu/gateways/alumni/volunteer-opportunities.