General Stories

Published Monday, August 17, 2009 - 1:13pm

To the campus community:

As you know, everyone on campus is facing budget reductions. Academic Custodial Services also has been affected and must reduce annual custodial expenses by 8 percent, or $165,000, for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Because of that, starting Sept. 1, Academic Custodial Services will be reducing state-funded custodial services within academic buildings on campus. These reductions are intended to maximize available resources and also to align with university sustainability goals.

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 1:42pm

The students are scattered throughout the library, sitting in groups of two or three and concentrating hard on the work before them.

At a long bank of computers, Shuksan Middle School students David Trejo and Sumeet Panwar, both 13, squint at their computer screens at a pair of flyers they’re creating to advertise Operation Change, an effort to increase awareness in the community of issues related to homelessness and violence. Western Washington University student Kaelee Berg leans in on occasion to offer advice.

Published Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 2:18pm

A lot has changed for Death Cab for Cutie since its members met at Western Washington University more than 10 years ago: They’ve traded Red Square for international tours, Grammy nominations and legions of screaming fans.

But Death Cab never forgot its Western roots. One of the band’s two April sold-out shows at the Mount Baker Theatre was reserved for WWU students.

And judging by the crowd that screamed itself hoarse that night, students haven’t forgotten Death Cab for Cutie, either.

Published Monday, July 20, 2009 - 4:17pm

Beginning Tuesday, July 21, no parking will be allowed east and south of Miller Hall.

The contractor for the Miller Hall renovation project, Dawson Construction, will be installing the construction fence starting Tuesday. The fenced area is represented by the dotted line in the image to the right.

Construction signage is starting to be put in place today along East College Way. Commuters and pedestrians should give themselves a little extra time over the next few days to become familiar with the new pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle routes in and around this area of campus.

Published Monday, July 20, 2009 - 2:31pm

The key to unlocking 1,000 years of Pacific Northwest climate data is locked in a 600-foot-thick sheet of ice on British Columbia’s Mount Waddington—and Western Washington University geologist Doug Clark knows just how to get it.

The data is trapped in the ice; layer upon layer of hundreds of years of storms, droughts, volcanic eruptions, blizzards, pollution and more, sealed within a solid chunk of sky-blue ice 200 meters deep.

Published Monday, July 20, 2009 - 11:26am

According to Western Washington University music professor Walter Schwede, his recent award from the state chapter of the American String Teachers Association is another in a long list of examples that WWU’s relationship to the state’s public schools is paying off in spades.

Published Monday, July 20, 2009 - 8:47am

Thomas Tran is a busy man.

His work day begins at 9 a.m. in a tidy rambler at the corner of Nevada and Texas streets in Bellingham. There, in a small shed at the side of the house, Tran operates his Thomas’ Hair Studio, cutting hair and coiffing ’dos for back-to-back customers until his 2:30 p.m. closing time.

Published Friday, July 17, 2009 - 4:15pm

Yoga isn’t as easy as it might appear.

“There are a number of movements and positions that really make you sweat,” says John Farquhar, the manager of multimedia and Web development in Academic Technology at Western.

Farquhar has been attending the free noon yoga classes in Gym A at Carver Gym for about a month.

“I have two kids at home, and ever since they’ve come along, I haven’t had time to exercise,” he says. “To be able to fit something into the middle of the day allows me to spend more time with my kids.”

Published Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 11:00pm

Jere Hawn is shipping out.

Hawn, manager of the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management program in the Department of Decision Sciences, is being involuntarily recalled to active duty with the U.S. Navy.

He leaves in late May for a 500-day deployment, much of which will be spent on the ground in Afghanistan.

Though Hawn does have combat experience from his previous stint with the Navy, this will be an entirely new experience for him, he said.