Issue 8

UW Bothell Spotlight Newsletter

Stories in this Edition

Mikel WalkerBusiness Student Releases Hip-Hop Album by Andrew Nguyen
Local artist and producer hopes to launch independent record label


Rome First Time Overseas by Marlene Manzo
Rome academic program


Richie Becoming the Change by Nate Stout
Student makes a path to bettering the world through education


Business Student Releases Hip-Hop Album

Local artist and producer hopes to launch independent record label

By Andrew Nguyen

Mikel Walker wants to fill a gap in Seattle's rap and hip-hop sound. He works toward this goal every day.

Walker grew up with hip-hop in his blood. He found love for words and word associations in grade school. He showed talent during middle school rap battles and wrote lyrics and beats for a high school rap group.

He was always comfortable as the producer in the background. Then Walker realized two years ago he needed to be out front.

Mikel Walker "I can't say what I have to say without using my own voice. To put my stamp on something, and deliver my message, I have to craft every portion of the music," says Walker.

For the past eight months Walker released singles in anticipation for the March 5 release of his full album. It's a constant back and forth between production and post-production editing, he is his toughest critic.

Walker explains, "It's like making a movie, it has to deliver a cohesive story. The beginning has to set up the tone and I constantly edit and re-record to get the cadence, tone, rhythm, and soundscape to deliver my message."

Walker studies business administration at UW Bothell to build credibility for launching a Seattle hip-hop record label. As a resident advisor in campus housing, he says the apartment style allows him to find seclusion and space for cultivating his voice. "At the end of a long day I can come home and have a room where I can reflect, and turn that into music with the equipment at my desk."

Walker graduates in June 2013. Mikel's music video can be found here, and his album here.

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First Time Overseas

Rome academic program

By Marlene Manzo

I still cannot find words to express how I feel. The best way to describe my excitement is through wild gesticulation and bizarre facial expressions. I am going to Rome!

Rome I have this uncontrollable desire to consume the world with my senses. The Rome academic enrichment program is an opportunity that I cannot take for granted. I will admit it's an extensive process. The program is offered through the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs at UW Seattle. Two UW Bothell students are nominated for the program. Applicants have to submit an essay that addresses why we believe we are the best candidates for the trip. Once the selection process is made, the nominees must apply through UW Seattle for the Rome course (it is a class believe it or not). That requires financial aid documents, transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and ANOTHER essay, with a different prompt. Just the thought of it stresses me out. But the best thing of all is knowing that I will be taking the trip of a lifetime!

I leave March 17 and will be in Rome for 10 wonderful days. My anticipation builds as the day gets closer. I can't believe I am only days away from embarking on the most important trip in my young life. I have never been overseas, and when I moved to Bothell a lot of people were surprised that I didn't have such opportunities growing up. Although I did not have the opportunity to travel when I was younger, it does not mean I cannot travel as an adult. And that's exactly what I intend to do. I do not plan to waste a minute of my life hoping to do something big. I am going to do big things, and I will live them every day of my life. Rome, here I come!

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Becoming the Change

Student makes a path to bettering the world through education

By Nate Stout


Richie Meyer is beaming from his seat  on the second-floor vista of UWB-1.

"My younger brother just played Sound-Off a couple of weeks ago," he smiles proudly. "Nobody was expecting much but as soon as they started everyone was blown away."

Meyer himself has spent some time playing in bands around Seattle while earning his degree in society, ethics, and human behavior. While he enjoyed the opportunity to get together with friends and play, he wanted more for his life than what rock and roll has  to offer. "My friends wanted to practice every night and start booking tours on our own, and I just couldn't see putting so much time into that when there is so much more I could be doing in the world."

Coming to UW Bothell after two years at North Seattle Community College, Meyer is using his education to help try to make the world a better place.

"I was raised Buddhist and I'm conscious about actively trying to make people's lives better. The faculty here at UW Bothell has really helped me develop a clear sense of how to make a material impact on the world."

When asked about his favorite courses, Meyer counts "The Ecology of Food" with Rachel Mitchell and "Political Institutions and Processes" with Professor Keith Nitta among the most interesting and important.

"I really got some insight into the environmental and social complexities surrounding what we eat," Meyer explains. "And Professor Nitta helped me get a clear sense of power and how it is used through different political institutions."

Meyer also cites Professor Bruce Kochis as formative in his development as a writer. "He really changed the way that I think about communicating. I think more critically and I'm more deliberate about saying what I mean rather than leaving it up to another person to sort it out."

Meyer is in the process of applying to Policy Studies graduate program and if accepted will continue his studies at UW Bothell in the fall.

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