Thursday, January 25, 2018

WSU launches Spanish website to smooth financial decisions for Hispanic students

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM

WSU Spanish translation team - ROBERT HUBNER, WSU PHOTO SERVICES
  • Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services
  • WSU Spanish translation team

A year ago, when Washington State University was redoing its financial aid website to make it "faster and friendlier," they came up with an idea, says Brian Dixon, WSU assistant vice president of student financial services.

"We said, 'what we should do is translate the whole page into Spanish,'" Dixon says.

Today, the university announced that it had launched a student financial services website that is entirely translated into Spanish. Dixon says WSU might be the first in the country to do so. He adds that it's an important step in helping bilingual students and their families navigate the financial aid system.

"Parents are part of financial decisions, and students were telling us about stories where they were translating stuff to parents, and it was confusing information to them," Dixon says.

The Spanish website, he says, makes it that much easier to make important financial decisions for a growing student demographic. According to WSU, in seven years the number of Hispanic undergraduate students as more than doubled at the university — from 1,405 Hispanics in 2009 to 3,512 in fall 2016. Hispanics make up roughly 14.1 percent of WSU's undergraduate students.

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REVIEW: Motown: The Musical packs in the music classics at INB

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Yes, the Jackson Five make an appearance in Motown: The Musical - JOAN MARCUS
  • Joan Marcus
  • Yes, the Jackson Five make an appearance in Motown: The Musical

If ever an entity seemed a natural source for a jukebox musical, it's Motown Records and its decades of hits that help define American music history.

I challenge anyone to head to the production of Motown: The Musical running at the INB Performing Arts Center through Sunday and not leave humming one of the dozens of songs glutting the show from beginning to end, whether it's the Supremes or the Jackson 5 or Smokey Robinson. This morning after watching Wednesday night's opening performance, I turned on some Marvin Gaye to enjoy with my morning coffee.

Of course, none of us needs a theatrical production to know that the music delivered by the Detroit label founded by Berry Gordy is some of the best ever made. We've had decades of radio play, TV shows and movies to educate us to that fact. So the success or failure of Motown: The Musical beyond its virtually non-stop musical performances relies primarily on how interesting you find Gordy's personal story.

Make no mistake, Motown IS Gordy's story, from its scrappy beginnings as a record label to its later struggles to maintain success through strained personal relationships between Gordy and his stars, competing labels' "theft" of of the label's artists, and Gordy's insistence on pushing the label beyond his hometown and beyond just doing great music.

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Family terrorized, Nassar's sentence, fake porn and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 9:52 AM


Sexual harassment and coverup, legal claim says
A woman was sentenced to Stevens County's work crew, where the supervisor commented on her breasts, her intimate relationship with her husband and her "sex appeal," according to her legal claim. Then another employee worked to cover it up, the claim states.

The kid next door
A local family took in Anthony Garver as a teenager. Now they're terrorized by the man he's become.

'Boobs look funny when you're having sex'
... is a small taste of Broad Comedy brand of humor. The all-female comedy team is coming to Spokane this Friday with fresh songs and sketches on parenting, abortion, climate change, North Korea and immigration. The show benefits Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho.

Crossed the line?
"I feel that if I would have given him the chance, then he would have slept with me even though he knew I was only 19," says an EWU student who says she endured sexual harassment from her supervisor, an EWU cop.

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