In the Tacoma News Tribune, two articles by freshmen on their perceptions of Tacoma to date as seen through Urban Plunge. Read one of the pieces here; the other I can't find online.
One of the unfortunate threads running through both opinion pieces was that UPS students are given strongly negative views of the city around them, only reinforcing the sense of a "bubble" that divides the town and gown. To that end, I will try to post more on the blog about things around town that students should check out. There's more to Tacoma than the North End...
Oh, you'll also be happy to know that when you search "best politics university" on the Saudi version of Microsoft's search engine, this blog comes up third, as a recent visitor to the site from Riyadh just discovered.