In the Media

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 8:53am
The Olympian
A controversial proposal to establish an income tax in Olympia will go before a judge Wednesday to determine whether the initiative is legally valid for the November election — or any election, for that matter. A Thurston County Superior Court hearing has been scheduled with representatives from the city and Opportunity for Olympia, a group that collected thousands of signatures from local residents who support the ballot initiative, which is unprecedented in Washington. The proposal calls for a 1.5 percent tax on Olympia households with income that exceeds $200,000 to raise about $3 million a year for a public college tuition fund. If it passes and is considered valid, voters would create the first local income tax in a state that has long prohibited an income tax.
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 8:38am
The Bellingham Herald
In the Bellingham Public Schools, high-quality beginning teachers typically have been plentiful, because of our close affiliation with the teacher education programs at Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education. But in recent years, our district has started to experience the effects of a teacher shortage that has resulted in smaller hiring pools for specific teaching roles and a shrinking substitute teacher pool. A stronger economy has created more optimal conditions for teacher retirement; as a result, young teachers who might otherwise have become substitute teachers for the first few years after graduation are more in demand for immediate full-time work.
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 8:34am
Skagit Valley Herald
Cedar weaving — be it baskets, vests or hats — is not only a process, but an art. For some in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, it’s an art that’s passed down from one generation to the next. On Wednesday morning, teachers and principals from the La Conner and Concrete school districts tried their hands at weaving thin, moistened cedar strands. It was harder than it looked, said La Conner Elementary School Principal Beverly Bowen. Later, the educators took a journey in one of the tribe’s traditional canoes. “(It’s) understanding us from our perspective,” Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby said. The lesson was part of a four-day teachers training session that is partnering Swinomish tribal leaders, faculty from Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education and Huxley College of the Environment, and educators from the La Conner and Concrete school districts for a project called “Science and the Swinomish.”
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 11:23am
The Chicago Tribune
Actress, comedian and singer Rashawn Nadine Scott is currently performing in Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu at Chicago's premier improvisational comedy club, The Second City. The show is in its 104th Mainstage Revue and has been running since December 2015. Scott is originally from Tacoma, Washington. She has been with Second City for two years. After receiving her degree in Dramatic Theater from Western Washington University, she began studying and teaching improv comedy in Chicago. She was also a recipient of the highly competitive Bob Curry Fellowship program.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 10:42am
The Bellingham Herald
What if the HERALD sign atop the Herald Building glowed red and green for Christmas? That will soon be possible. How about blue in honor of Western Washington University? Definitely a possibility. For decades, the rooftop sign with 10-foot-tall neon letters has provided reliable guidance and familiar comfort to pilots, boaters and folks on the ground.
Monday, August 15, 2016 - 2:37pm
Seattle Times
In the wake of a hate-speech incident last year, Western Washington University plans to build a bigger, better space for the university’s 16 student ethnic clubs, an idea that has been in the works for several years.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:40am
The Seattle Times
Sarah Appleton loved her time at boarding school, and wanted to become a teacher in a boarding school in turn. So a teaching assistantship at Western Washington University was a natural fit — and saved her a ton of cash. Appleton received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the university, while working as a TA and teaching 24 students English 101 every quarter. She would prepare lesson plans and teach her section, as well as grade and evaluate students.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:33am
Cascadia Weekly
The beginning of Western Washington University’s fall semester is still more than a month away, but that doesn’t mean all is quiet on the edifice of learning on the hill. Far from it, in fact. Since returning to liven up WWU’s campus in July, Western Summer Theatre is once again ensuring that even if classes aren’t in session, there are still plenty of reasons to go to school—among them are performances of Nunsense, Seminar: A Comedy, and A Little Night Music in Concert.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 2:48pm
PBS NewsHour
Marine biologist Jenny Purcell is a research associate at Western Washington University in Bellingham. She studies huge aggregations, or smacks, of moon jellyfish that have exploded in Puget Sound.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 2:38pm
Academe Blog
At the Democratic National Convention, Bernie Sanders argued that the Democrats came together to support debt-free higher education for all students in American public colleges and universities. The Democratic Platform pledges the party to “making debt free college a reality.” To achieve this goal, Democrats support “bold new investments by the federal government, coupled with states reinvesting in higher education and colleges holding the line on costs.” The question, of course, is how will debt-free college be achieved.