WWU cowboy shows fellow college students the ropes

An insistent whipping and thumping echoes across the Buchanan Towers lawn at Western Washington University. The sound stalls for a moment before the swishing of a lasso picks up again. A thud follows as it catches on a roping dummy, tightening as it would around live cattle.

Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, the Buchanan Towers Cowboy refines his lassoing skills on the lawn until his arm grows sore. Whether a hoard of people are watching or he is all on his own, first-year Western student Ethan Kibe works on roping his handmade wooden dummy.

Since being dubbed BT Cowboy, 20-year-old Kibe has faced a variety of reactions. Encouragement and awe are often thrown his way, but so are snarky comments and disapproving shouts. None of it changes how he sees himself, though — a real cowboy who works hard and refuses to hide who he is.

“I don’t mind [being called] BT Cowboy,” Kibe said. “I do mind people hollering at me from their cars.”

Story WWU student Lili Luna Cruz and submitted to CDN by Associate Professor of Journalism John Harris.

Friday, June 24, 2022 - 12:10pm