In the Media

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 9:26am
Art Forum

A similar dynamic, in which the museum is utilized by an artist as an instrument capable simultaneously of discipline, coerced revelation, and strategic opacity, is activated in Chris E. Vargas’s Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art (MOTHA), founded in 2013. Across his work, Vargas is interested in queering hegemonic regimes, reinventing them as liberatory rather than confining; for instance, his feature-length film Criminal Queers (2015), codirected with trans theorist and activist Eric A. Stanley, casts a humorous eye on the serious topic of prison abolition and transforms a prison-break narrative into a campy trans/queer rebellion.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 9:15am

Features WWU Associate Professor of Management Meg Warren.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 8:43am
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

In the beginning of 2020, before the pandemic moved everything online, Nate Tilton was on his way to a classroom labeled as accessible. Except, when Tilton arrived, he realized the accessible spot in the classroom was actually too tight to maneuver his power wheelchair. So, he spent the entirety of the lecture (and the following lectures, until the classrooms were switched) facing the wall.

Tilton has been a master’s student at the University of California at Berkeley since 2018, and, through trial and error, word of mouth and his own exploration, he has come to know the campus well.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 8:38am
Associated Press

In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.

The decisions marked an escalation of the pandemic in several Western states struggling to convince skeptical people to get vaccinated.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 8:31am
Seattle Times

Don’t leave home without it.

Starting Oct. 25, proof of vaccination or a negative test for COVID-19 will be required to enter any restaurant, bar, gym, theater or entertainment venue in King County.

Citing a high number of hospitalizations and deaths because of the contagious delta variant, County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Thursday announced new requirements to enter certain indoor and outdoor establishments.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 8:19am
Seattle Times

Seattle mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell is a WWU trustee.

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 8:16am
The Bellingham Herald

Seattle and King County officials said Thursday that proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test will be required to enter certain establishments and attend outdoor events. Public Health – Seattle & King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin issued the order, which will go into effect Oct. 25. The order will require vaccination proof or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend outdoor events with 500 or more people such as sporting events and to visit indoor establishments such as museums, theaters, live music events, gyms, sporting events and conferences/conventions.

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 11:30am
Spokesman-Review (Spokane)

But in early November 2020, the virus still was raging. Classrooms, laboratories and lecture halls were empty. Most classes were offered online.

Nathalie Wagler, an environmental science student at Western Washington University, said the university resembled a ghost town. Nevertheless, students and the public turned to the campus to register, print out their ballots and turn them in on Election Day.

“We ended up helping about 80 people that day,” said Wagler, who helped set up Western’s Student Engagement Hub. “I think it turned out wonderfully, and we were really happy with it.”

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 11:04am

It's a bad time to get sick in Oregon. That's what many doctors are telling their patients and the public as hospitals full of COVID-19 patients have been forced to postpone some treatments of other medical conditions.

Charlie Callagan's scheduled bone-marrow transplant was postponed. Now he's waiting for a new surgery date, hunkered down at his home in Merlin, a small Rogue Valley town in southern Oregon.

Though he looks perfectly healthy, sitting in the smoky summer air on his outdoor deck, Callagan, 72, has multiple myeloma, a blood cancer of the bone marrow.

"It affects the immune system; it affects the bones," he says. "I had a PET scan that described my bones as looking 'kind of swiss cheese-like.'"

Callagan is a retired National Parks ranger. Fifty years ago, he served in Vietnam. This spring, doctors identified his cancer as one of those linked to exposure to Agent Orange, the defoliant used during the war.

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 10:57am
Seattle Times

Here we go, rain-loving friends! The start to our wet season could begin late Thursday night. The National Weather Service of Seattle is predicting winds of up to 50 mph. Also in the forecast: 10 times the precipitation we had all summer over the next 72 hours.

We may not wake up to rain Friday morning, said weather service meteorologist Steve Reedy, but it should be coming down pretty heavily by midmorning. And then it will likely rain all weekend, he said.