The 20-year-old man charged with racist vandalism and writing hate-filled slurs on doors of a Western Washington University residence hall and around campus has been expelled from school and trespassed from the Bellingham campus.
According to a WWU release Tuesday, Shayne Robert Merwin of Gold Bar has been permanently removed from campus and will not be allowed to re-enroll — the most significant discipline the university can levy through the student conduct process.
As Canada moves closer to legalizing marijuana, it may have consequences for Whatcom County residents who cross the border, including increased wait times.
That's one conclusion in a new report from Western Washington University's Border Policy Research Institute. The report looks at the impact legalization of marijuana in Canada will have in the Cascadia region, which includes Washington state and British Columbia. Canada is expected to have full implementation of legal cannabis later this year, possibly this summer.
Another factor that explains this year’s legislative backlash is the proliferation of ballot measures regulating the political process itself. After voters approved two anti-gerrymandering measures in Ohio, for example, lawmakers have attempted to restrict citizens’ ability to get measures on the ballot next election. Todd Donovan, a political scientist at Western Washington University, said legislatures are most likely to water down initiatives that limit their power to govern and their likelihood of being re-elected.
This also explains why lawmakers in Florida may be moving to limit the impact of the constitutional amendment giving felons the right to vote. “A changing electorate challenges a party’s power,” Donovan said. “Representatives in Florida might be thinking, ‘We’ve got to do this because it’ll be a different electorate next time and we’re toast.’ They’re abandoning the norm that when you lose an election you lose power.”
he early buzz was all lucky-duck pluckiness: We can make the entire thing a signature green space! The public will own all the land! Think not of tall buildings, but tall trees and higher purposes. Nearby Western Washington University can be connected — by a cloud-skirting gondola! Etc.
But the blank canvas presented by the mill’s demise revealed an instructive lesson about a town where passion sometimes overwhelms practicality, and folks are not always on the same page: Market realities often dampen enthusiasm and can even nurture paralysis.
Kids Night Out at Western is WWU’s quarterly event designed to give parents a “date night” and offer a stimulating activity for their children.
It’s aimed at students in kindergarten through fifth grades and features a science-oriented program in the university’s SMATE Building.
Afterward, there’s optional swimming in the campus rec center, Jiasong Yuen, interim manager for WWU Youth Programs said in an interview.
“Kids can learn about some kind of academic topic, and then they have pool time,” Yuen said. “It’s for kids to learn something that they don’t get in everyday school life.”
The Western Washington University student arrested Nov. 25 in connection with on-campus racist and homophobic vandalism has been charged with a hate crime.
Shayne Robert Merwin, 20, of Gold Bar is now facing one count of malicious harassment, Washington state’s felony hate crime statute, in addition to the second-degree burglary charge, also a felony, according to Whatcom County Superior Court records.
Merwin’s arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday.
It has been a fall to remember here in Bellingham, with temperatures hovering around 60 and sunshine well into October. I cannot recall a more colorful display in the 30 years I have lived and played in the Pacific Northwest. But this too shall pass. We have reached a turning point and now the rains and cold weather are upon us.
What does this mean for families with young children as the outside grows cold and wet, and the dark hours grow longer? One shudders to think of the wind and rain, the night hours longer than the day, and the walls suddenly feeling closer. The good news is, each season holds a gift of its own, and for this season it’s time to connect with each other. What better time to contribute to your family’s repertoire of memorable traditions than when the outside brings you inside for the long run?
Guest column by WWU's Carolyn Mulder of the AS Child Development Center
Students took over the president's office at Western Washington University on Monday night to show their outrage over the handling of a hate crime investigation.
Their concern is that a fellow student was arrested for vandalizing the school with racist and homophobic graffiti, but the university is still allowing him limited access back on campus.
“We don't feel that the university is responding in the best way that they could,” said Kiaya Wilson, one of the students taking part in the sit-in.
The Gold Bar man, a former student at Sultan High School and now enrolled at Western Washington University in Bellingham, was arrested late last month in connection with a string of vandalism reports that involved racist and homophobic slurs and a threat of sexual violence.
Shayne Robert Merwin, 20, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on charges of residential burglary the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Name tags on the doors of student dorm rooms were vandalized and racial epithets were scrawled on a large outdoor sculpture and a building pillar on campus.