2023 Rewind: An overview of the last year at the Ledger

As we step into the new year, here are a few highlights from the Ledger this year.

Welcome to the Winter Quarter and 2024 Huskies! I hope that you all had a great break and are ready for the new year. With that in mind, I thought we could rewind and reminisce about 2023 here at The Ledger. There have been a lot of topics and events that we have covered over the year. Here are some of our 2023 highlights:  

Social Movements at UWT:  

Here at UWT, students are passionate and work hard to bring awareness to social movements and politics. We also strive to create an inclusive space for all students from all backgrounds. This is one of my favorite things about UWT.  

One of the biggest conflicts that has taken over news and media in 2023 is the conflict in Gaza between Palestine and Israel. There has been a total of three protests over the last couple of months throughout the campus—such as the walkout on October 25—all aiming to bring attention to the crisis in hopes of creating some change.  

As for us at The Ledger, we have been trying to use our platform to further the messages being sent by these protests and others like it. Exploring subjects from Palestinian artists to Tacoma’s history of racist exclusion, we hope to bring more of this kind of coverage in the new year. 

Social Events at UWT:  

Another great thing about UWT is our sense of community. As a commuter campus, it can be difficult to get students to gather and form those relationships, but this has not stopped UWT. Over the last year, there have been several social events hosted by UWT that have brought students together for even just a moment.  

Last winter, the Student Activities Board organized the Winter Celestial Ball for students to gather and enjoy music and dancing. While I cannot dance myself, events like this create lasting memories that students will hold onto forever.  

There was also Dawg Bites in April which even featured Dubs the Huskie. This event was worth all the traffic it brought to UWT. Dicks was there in their food truck making some bomb burgers, among other food trucks, as well as games and so many more activities.  

Arts and Entertainment:  

Arts and entertainment are another big part of our work here at The Ledger. Our writers take their experiences with music and film and share them with all UWT and the city of Tacoma.  

This year our writers have covered a variety of things, including album releases and artist representation. Some recent articles that capture this include a review of breakout artist Ashnikko’s “Weedkiller” album, an exploration of Native American artists, and a review of Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.” 

There has been a lot going on this last year and not a lot of time to stop and process everything. Hopefully, this has given you some time to do that. This is a new year and there are so many possibilities for what that will bring. Happy New Year! 

This year has already contained a variety of interesting articles, from The Ledger. | Image by Cole Martin