General Stories

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.