Features & Highlights

Old Main under a blanket of snow on a sunny winter day
Published Monday, November 7, 2022 - 9:48am

We had our first dusting of the snow this morning (Nov. 7), so it is the perfect time to review what happens at Western when the campus is on the receiving end of a significant snow event. Regardless of who you are or what you do, severe winter weather is rare enough in Bellingham to cause a lot of…

Man wearing a toadstool hat
Published Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 10:49am

Did you dress up yesterday? Take a look at the photo gallery below and see if you find yourself or one of your friends, and great work on the costumes, Viks!

Students examine a seismometer than has just been retrieved from the sea floor
Published Monday, October 31, 2022 - 11:25am

Communication is a two-way street; when one speaks, the other listens, and tries to interpret the sometimes subtle signals in the language. But when you’re a geophysicist, and what you’re listening to are the not-so-subtle signals of one of the most active fault systems in the world – and then the…

A black and white photo of trees in the fog in the arboretum.
Published Friday, October 28, 2022 - 12:57pm

Western students have populated the Bellingham campus and Sehome Arboretum with ghosts – or at least, ghost stories.    Students in English Instructor S. Hayley Steele’s Mixed Genre Writing class picked particular spots on campus and created an idea for a ghost that could linger there. “Ghostwalk…

Cleveland's Cuyahoga River burns in 1969 as fire crews scramble to put out the blaze
Published Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 11:30am

In June 1969, Cleveland's Cuyahoga River, polluted with oil and chemicals from the city's steel mills, caught fire, and the images of city fire crews fighting a river so fouled with pollution that it could actually catch fire set in motion what would become in 1972 the Clean Water Act, federal…

Undergraduate Research AssistanLola Demurger examines fruit flies in a lab to make sure they go in the right test tubes.
Published Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 4:15pm

Summer at Western is usually a quiet time, with fewer in-person classes making for nearly empty buildings. That’s one of the reasons why the Biology Department created the new Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), led by seven faculty in the department. SURP cuts some of the isolation…

JoeHahn smiles at the camera; behind him is blurry leaves and greenery
Published Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 10:20am

JoeHahn, the new director of LGBTQ+ Western, arrived on campus in August, and he recently chatted with Western Today about the new job, goals, and their vision for the office moving forward. WT: Tell us a little bit about yourself! My name is JoeHahn. I use a mononym of my first and last name. I…

Mary Hunt on a deck with woods behind her
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 10:54am

Assistant Professor Mary Hunt of the Health and Human Development Department studies several aspects of sexual and reproductive health. But an area of enduring fascination is the complexity of people’s attitudes about abortion. “You probably know someone who has had an abortion — and yet, it’s not…

Director Brooke Pepion Swaney and protagonist Kendra Mylnechuk Potter speak to a packed crowd following a screening of their film for Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Published Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 11:33am

There were laughs, tears and a standing ovation as a packed crowd gathered to commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday night. The event, which brought more than 300 people to Whatcom Community College’s Syre Center, started with a traditional Coast Salish dinner of barbecued salmon, salad and…

Students sit in the sun near the Viking Union
Published Friday, October 7, 2022 - 9:18am

WWU also sees gains in Graduate School, Honors College enrollment   Recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Washington University’s fall enrollment is showing strong signs of a return to pre-pandemic levels with the largest incoming first-year cohort – 3,225 new students –…