Washington State University

Senate wants to lower tuition costs

The Washington Senate voted 37-12 Wednesday to reduce state college tuition by significant amounts on Wednesday. But such a move appears to have a $354…

Can mushrooms save the honeybee?

Paul Stamets has had a life-long love affair with mushrooms, one that goes well beyond their culinary and psychedelic qualities. Wearing his signature hat — made…

Energy’s Holy Grail? You can find it at Redmond’s Helion Energy

The glass ampule of water is the length of your little finger, only narrower. That single gram of deuterium-laced water has the potential to create…

Calling all students: We want to publish you!

Are you a student in the Pacific Northwest? We want to pick your brain. Crosscut is launching a new project called the Student Voice, because…

Inslee protects research fund from legislative ax

Washington's Life Sciences Discovery Fund remains intact for another year.  Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday vetoed a section in the Legislature's 2014-2015 supplemental operating budget…

College sports: Fish or cut bait with student athletes

"As far as I am concerned, all of college football should go to an Ivy League model in which ordinary students compete, recruiting madness is…

Washington’s higher ed challenge: 50/50 by 2020

Quality public education, including higher education, provides a ladder to the middle class and prepares students for the jobs of the future. A recent study…

NCAA’s exploitation of players at risk in court action

Discussing the threat posed by a lawsuit aimed almost directly at amateurism, the foundation of big-time college athletics, University of Washington athletics director Scott Woodward…

Where the jobs are: State told to increase STEM degrees

The devil is in the details. The Washington Roundtable released a report Tuesday on the gap of jobs-versus-education in Washington and how to tackle that gap…

State eyes a tax on marijuana brand names

Suppose one of Washington's prospective marijuana growers decides to call its brand "Grays Harbor Ganja." That trademarked brand name would be taxed under a bill…

House wants to protect students, parents on tuition

A new bipartisan effort to dramatically slow rising college tuition costs emerged Thursday in the state House. But the plan faces a big hurdle. The effort…

UW’s Young: Reasonable solution needed to ‘cliff’

Everyone knows what the task is for the remainder of the year in Congress. The so-called fiscal cliff looms, and the challenge confronts each and…

Washington state jobs, universities vulnerable to D.C’s fiscal cliff

Echoing concerns heard around the country, University of Washington and Washington State University say the outcome of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations in D.C. could do significant…

A Cougs fan clocking a Husky? There’s historic precedent for that

Scroll down for an exclusive video from Crosscut correspondent Art Thiel.  Dumbfounding as the Apple Cup outcome was Friday, the parallels to the game 30…

Apple Cup revolt: It’s time for UW, WSU to join forces

Scroll down for "Two Minutes with Thiel," an exclusive video segment from Crosscut contributor Art Thiel.  Whichever genius thought that playing the Apple Cup in…

What WSU could learn from Mike Tyson’s ear-biting incident

Scroll down for exclusive video from Crosscut contributor Art Thiel.  The news that Washington State's athletic program and the Pac-12 Conference were beginning separate investigations into…

We’re not in Lubbock anymore, Coach Leach

Scroll down for original video from Crosscut contributor Art Thiel.  After Mike Leach offered such flattering terms as "zombies" and "empty corpses" to describe his Washington…

Seattle Weekender: Joaquin Phoenix goes nuts and justice is served at Town Hall

The Master Pervert, scoundrel, animal, drunk, lackey. Joaquin Phoenix’s character Freddie Quell in the newly released movie The Master is all of these and more.…

Debunking organics: Not in Seattle’s backyard

A Stanford study finding little evidence of health benefits from organic foods provoked international attention last week, prompting dozens of reports in U.S. and international…

Legislature can’t just bail out state’s universities

As most Washington-state natives, I value our state's constitutional commitment to public education. As a product of that public-education system, from grade school through undergraduate…

Saving state universities requires a key ingredient

The debate over the state’s education funding dilemma took a hopeful and perhaps decisive turn last week when the University of Washington Board of Regents…

Will taxpayers be taken for a ride on new state irrigation plans?

It's all about getting to one: The federal Bureau of Reclamation can't fund a water project for which the calculated public benefits don't at least…

WSU giving gets a boot forward with new coach

Since the hiring of new football coach Mike Leach, more than $1 million in annual giving has been pledged to the athletic fund at Washington State…

UW’s last-minute show warms up the MLK basketball events

All the coaches showing kids how to play today (Monday, Jan. 16) in the annual King Holiday Hoopfest events should note that the University of…

Heritage Turkeys of the year

Here are my annual picks for the Heritage Turkey Awards, examples of the worst in Northwest heritage and historic preservation during the last year. The…