Trek through the Tek

March 2015

Springtime in Seattle

Tek Member Spotlight: Michael Bussiera

This month we've experienced an oddly warm winter quarter. However, despite the amazing weather outside, it's always just as amazing to come into the Tek to see some familiar faces. In this Spotlight, we meet one of those familiar faces and get to know more about the man behind the beard!

Name: Michael Bussiera

Year: Junior

Major: Environmental Science

Transferred from: Pierce College in Tacoma

Have you always lived in Seattle? I lived in Virginia Beach before going into the military, and after the military I moved here to go to school.

Favorite hobbies? Drawing; mostly observational drawing with the intent to do illustration for things like comics.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would that be? I would make myself more handsome. Wouldn't you say a lot of people would want that as well?

Favorite thing about the Tek? The puzzles. I like that when I'm in the middle of doing something that's stressing me out I can always stop and have a little puzzle break.

Short-Term Goals? I have a comic story that I'm thumbnailing the pages for, so my goal for the next couple months is to finish drawing it and put it all together. It's called Michelle's Language.

Mid-Term Goals? Hunt down an internship, a useful internship at that. Something in the realm of environmental science.

Long-Term Goals? Save the world - through environmental science. There is a dire need to prevent global catastrophe, which may sound dramatic, but it most definitely is a relevant problem that affects literally all of us.

Favorite food? Cheeseburgers. That's one of the best things about Seattle, every 5 feet is a burger joint.

Favorite genre of music? Indie. Although, after listening to The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, I haven't heard anything that could come close.

Favorite thing about Seattle U? My favorite thing about SU is the collegia program. It's a really special, clever thing about the school that works really well for me.

If you had a time machine, where would you go back in time to? I would go forward in time actually, and I'd go forward to where I could pick up a dozen time machines for really cheap in some kind of package deal and then use one to go back in time to when time machines are really expensive.

Have you been outside the US? Where? Oh yes, a lot of places. Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, a bit of Africa, and a ton of the Middle East.

Where would your dream vacation be? Japan. I haven't been there yet, and I think it'd be an awesome to place to vacation.

If you were to be given $100k, what would you do with it? Rather than spending it all on something, I'd put half in a retirement account, and the rest I'd spend it day to day.

And finally, and most importantly, cats or dogs? Dogs. Dogs all the way!

I'm personally excited to see how his graphic novel turns out. It was extremely fun talking with him on all sorts of subjects, particularly on comics and world affairs. Be sure to tune in next quarter for my next Tek Member Spotlight!

Mike Takes a Hike: Washington Park and Arboretum.

The sun was shining on a late-winter day, warming the air to a pleasant 58 degrees. Today, I felt like I needed to get up and move around, to shake out the worries of exams. I looked at Google Maps and saw the largest and closest patch of green there was. Washington Park and Arboretum looked like just the place. A simple walk north on Madison and I was there. I put on my boots and headed out the door.

The walk was about a half an hour to the park from my dorm, a length perfect for some healthy exercise. Walking into the Washington Park Playfield, I could tell how beautiful the park was. Crossing one intersecting street, I was into the thick greenery of the park. This pocket of nature was the retreat I needed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Large evergreen trees towered overhead. Small ferns and shrubs lay below. Moss covered most of everything. I walked up to the hill of what was called the Pacific Connections Garden. Different trees were labelled. Plaques lined the walkway with information on the classifications of each highlighted plant. From there I walked through an alleyway of tall bushes bursting in pinks, whites, and oranges. The wildflowers cheered me up, signaling the coming of spring.

Magnolia gardens, Asiatic Maple forests, Japanese gardens, and amazing displays of beautiful plants lined my walk. I strolled around the place until I stumbled across the visitor center. I stopped inside to take a peak. They had a small gift shop , ran green house tours , and displayed a bunch of information about gardening.

Eager to move on, I crossed the bridge at Duck Bay and walked onto Foster Island, the coolest part of my walk. Foster is a small Island across Union Bay from University of Washington. The Grass was spotted with picnic tables. Boating launch sites were scattered across the coast. The salty air of the wetlands reminded me of home, of how much I missed the beach. Continuing down the path, the trail passes under 520 and the splendid chaos of highway construction. The section opened up to a grass field overlooking the water of the bay. The UW stadium stood to the northwest. Boats motoring to Lake Washington passed by, waving to on-looking picnickers. The air was chilled by the wind over the water, but the sun kept on shining.

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