A Trek to the Tek

Tek Updates:

We wish you all a very happy and relaxing winter break, for the Tek will be closing Monday, December 8th at 5pm, and will not be open for the rest of finals week. But we will return after the break Monday, January 5th!
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Mike’s Winter Tunes


In preparation for the winter, I must remind you folks that it is important to cover your ears… with great music. This is some of the music I will have on my winter playlist, and I think all listeners will enjoy these tunes. I’m always looking for good recommendations.


Bon Iver by Bon Iver- Not only is Justin Vernon’s stage name seasonal, coming from the French phrase for “good winter”, but his music goes perfectly with a warm cup of tea. A must have album for the cold weather, combining electric synth sounds and folk melodies for a perfect cozy combination. What can you expect from a guy who spent a winter in a Wisconsin cabin to record his first album?

Lonesome Dreams, by Lord Huron- Named for the Great Lake Huron, this LA based band is the perfect music for a holiday road trip. Combining many layers of instrumentation and vocals, Lord Huron will give you a full sounding melody that will melt your frostbitten ears. Based on George Ranger Johnson’s adventure series by the same name, these tunes will make you search for some more winter thrills. WARNING: listening may cause spontaneous adventure-seeking and existential wanderlust.


My Head is an Animal, by Of Monsters and Men- This Icelandic band sure knows how to make great music, especially for those icy mornings. Famous for their hit “Little Talks”, Of Monsters and Men delivers the perfect configuration of relaxing verses and energizing choruses. Of Monsters and Men will set your season off right with their lead, beautiful-sounding siren, Nanna, and her impassioned partnering tenor, Raggi.


Allen Stone, by Allen Stone- Self-described as a “hippie with soul”, this Washington based R&B folk artist is perfect for those trying to beat the cold weather blues. Influenced by the greats like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, Stone creates an irresistible tone that is light, playful, and surely to make you shuffle your feet, without overshadowing his sharp lyrical mind. This is a great album for entertaining your cool friends over holiday break.

Staying in Seattle over winter break? Here are Gloria's ideas to enjoy festive events in and around the city.

Christmas in Seattle

Celebrate Christmas Without the Cash

Although the events above are festive, as a college student sometimes the cheapest can be the best option. Here are some other quick ideas that are still great to get you in the holiday spirit:


- SAM Lights: Hosted at the Olympic Scuplture Park, this free event happens on December 11th from 5:30-7:30. Not only is the sculpture park a site to see in the daylight, but also when it is lit up by luminaries along the pathways. There will also be live music and free hot drinks to keep you warm! 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121.


- Seattle Sheraton Hotel Gingerbread Village: From now until January 4th, you can take a trip to the downtown Sheraton Hotel to see a magnificent gingerbread village wonderland. Located in the lobby of the Hotel (don't worry you don't need to stay in the hotel to see this), the artwork of local culinary chefs team up with local architects to create masterpieces of gingerbread and candy. One of my personal favorite holiday traditions is to see this! 1400 6th Avenue · Seattle, Washington, 98101


- Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel: If you happen to stop by the Sheraton, only a couple blocks away is this next favorite of mine for downtown holiday spirit. Taking place from now until December 24th, the Fairmont Hotel creates a fluffy and fun wonderland of countless teddy bears in one of their hotel rooms. If you need a good teddy bear cuddle after finals, this is the place to go.

Sean's Spotlight Member

Spotlight Member: Oka Mahendra Putra

  • Year: Junior
  • Major: International Business
  • Transferred from: Seattle Central Comm. College
  • Favorite hobbies: Car enthusiast, as well as keeping up with new innovations.
  • Extracurricular activities: Thinking of joining the Albers Investment Club.
  • Short-Term Goals: Finishing the quarter strong, preferably with a GPA above 3.5.
  • Mid-Term Goals: Cut down on spending.
  • Long-Term Goals: Make his first million by 25.
  • Favorite food: Bacon-wrapped scallops
  • Favorite genre of music: Hip hop
  • If you had a time machine, where would you back in time to? I don't want to go back in time, for instead, I'd want to go to the future where life expectancy is longer; I want to see the advancements in medicine and how the world has evolved in matters of technology and society.
  • What would be your dream vacation? Going to the Turks and Caicos Islands near Haiti
  • What is your life philosophy? My dad always told me: "Never do anything halfway in life; if you want to be a bad person, be a really bad person. If you want to be a good person, be a really good person."
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs

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