In the Media

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:42am
Tacoma News Tribune

Team member (and WWU faculty member) Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a 52-year-old paddler from Bellingham, spoke about the specific difficulties paddlers encounter in the race.

“It’s open-ocean conditions,” she said. “Conditions in the channel can be much bigger in terms of the wave size than we see here… There’s also a really mental aspect of going that long, that hard, in potentially gnarly conditions.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:46am
Bellingham Herald

With the staff of The Bellingham Herald moving into new office space in the Barkley district, the company will be leaving a building that has played a key role in downtown for nearly 100 years.

The second floor the newspaper staff is vacating will undergo renovation and be available for lease. At 8,210 square feet, Daylight Properties would like to find a single user for the second floor but would also consider remodeling to create smaller spaces for multiple tenants, Kane Hall said in an interview. He expects the second floor to be used as office space.

The other floors of the building are nearly completely occupied and are home to a variety of tenants, including restaurants, retailers, salons and Western Washington University.

The Herald Building on North State Street will keep its iconic look, including the Herald sign that lights up the downtown landscape, said Kane Hall of Daylight Properties, which manages both the building and the 10-foot-tall Herald letters.

That sense of place the sign provides makes it a poignant centerpiece for events. On Sept. 25 the sign will play a part in the fourth annual Paint Bellingham Blue event that welcomes Western Washington University students back to the area. Kane Hall said last year 2,500 students marched from campus to the downtown area for a variety of events, including seeing the Herald sign turn blue.

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 1:48pm
The Bellingham Herald

The 22-year-old female Western Washington University student who Rigoberto Galvan reportedly confessed to shooting multiple times and killing early Wednesday has been identified in Whatcom County Superior Court documents.

According to the documents, the victim was Stephanie Cresswell-Brenner, a former girlfriend of Galvan’s. She was a student at WWU, according to a letter to students from the school on Wednesday.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:08am
The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham police arrested a 22-year-old Burlington man on suspicion of murdering a 22-year-old woman who was known to him early Wednesday, Aug. 14, inside her apartment.

Rigoberto Galvan was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder at 6:21 a.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:25am
Jewish in Seattle magazine

by Yanara Friedland

Winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Fiction Award, Uncountry is a dreamlike stroll through fairy tales, myths, and Biblical tales. Connecting present to past, this “mythology” lives in the space between poetry and narrative, waking and sleeping. Friedland is a German American poet, translator, and professor at Western Washington University.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:24am

You'll find more hiking off of Mount Baker Highway, and lots of road cycling opportunities in Whatcom County and the city. The campus of Western Washington University is beautiful and worth a long stroll.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:20am
The Bellingham Herald

At Western Washington University, there was one reported hate crime in 2017, five in 2018 and one through May 2019, said WWU spokesman Paul Cocke.

Cocke said the 2017 crime was an anti-Muslim defacing of a poster.

“In 2018 there were five reported hate crimes, including two separate crimes on the vandalism of the books in the Jewish section in the library. There also was a swastika drawn on a residence hall poster but police believe that was targeting LGBTQ folks,” Cocke said in a May email.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 8:38am
Washington State Governor's Office

Story about the personal impact of the Washington College Grant by WWU student Citlaly Ramirez.

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:44am
Atlas Obscura

IT’S A CURIOUS THING WHEN there is an idiom—structured roughly the same way and meaning essentially the same thing—that exists in a large number of languages. It’s even more curious when that idiom, having emerged in dozens of different languages, is actually … about language. That’s the case with “It’s Greek to me.”

Chinese happens to be the most common replacement for Greek in the idiom around the world—and the language that tops polls as the most difficult natural language to learn.

“CHINESE IS CONSIDERED A LEVEL-FOUR foreign language—the most difficult—for native English learners in the field of second-language acquisition,” says Janet Xing, a professor of Chinese and linguistics at Western Washington University. Different organizations have different rankings for the difficulty of learning languages; the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the U.S. government’s department for training foreign diplomats, has five levels, based on roughly how long it will take a native English speaker to learn a given language.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:43am
Electric Lit

Talking to the editors of "Shapes of Native Nonfiction," Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton, about weaving together essays by Indigenous writers.

Editing an anthology, or a collection, is not for the weak. The curation and collation of myriad voices weaving into one another, collectively imbuing a relationship that is both structured and organic, takes focus, tenacity, and patience. Reading c, edited by Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton, this cohesion, and the planning behind it, is apparent. Beyond what’s explained in the introduction, with the concept-turned-theme of basket weaving, the pieces populating each section exemplify how materials, through words, come together. I came away from this collection clearly recognizing the intent of both Washuta and Warburton in how “shapes the content (material) enables a move away from a focus on a static idea of ‘Native information’ and, instead, emphasizes the dynamic process of ‘Native in formation.’”