In the Media

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 9:22am
Everett Herald

By Johann H. Neem

In 2011, after much controversy, the Washington’s Legislature recognized online Western Governors University, a Utah-based nonprofit with no professors, as a state public college. Soon after, WGU became eligible to receive State Need Grant funds, which provide support to Washington’s neediest students.

At the time, I wrote in the Seattle Times that WGU does not offer a “real college education,” because education “requires students to struggle with difficult material under the consistent guidance of good teachers. WGU denies students these opportunities.” Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General agreed. It is time for the Legislature to do the same.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:56am
The Bellingham Herald

The Bellingham Police Department released a composite sketch Friday of the man they believe is responsible for the recent incidents of voyeurism near Western Washington University.

Police Detective Sue Howell received information from a witness who was in the 800 block of North Garden Street on Halloween – that witness told police the behavior of the person described in the sketch was not normal, according to a news release. The witness is familiar with the neighborhood and its residents, police said.

The physical descriptions of the man in the composite sketch match that of the suspect in the voyeurism cases, according to the news release.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:36am
The Bellingham Business Journal

Courtney Rambo has always been a leader.

“Thinking back to elementary school, middle school and high school, always being involved in (Associated Student Body),” she said. “I just think I have a lot of energy.”

Rambo grew up in North Bend, where, coincidentally, she attended high school with other Top 7 Under 40 winner, Allyson Farrar. They served on the Associated Student Body together.

“I came up here to go to Western in 2007,” Rambo said. “And I never left.”

While working on her bachelor’s degree, she started working at a small sales company, which was then bought out by SPIE, an organization that serves scientists and engineers who work with light.

Rambo started working in the marketing department, and discovered a passion for digital marketing, in particular.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:28am
Skagit Valley Herald

While continuing to collect data from those 11 research sites — now as part of a partnership with Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes — Eisenlord has seen signs of eelgrass wasting increase and decrease at different locations.

Beach Haven on the north side of San Juan Island recently saw an increase.

“We only know for sure this year that that is not normal,” Eisenlord said of the need for long-term data.

Western Washington University graduate student Tyler Tran, who is also studying eelgrass, helped Eisenlord gather leaves from plants at Ship Harbor and other locations this summer for further analysis in the lab.

While at the beach July 25, Tran slid leaves between his fingers to clear them of mud before winding them up like ribbon and placing each in labeled sandwich bags.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:22am
KGMI Radio

Western Washington University junior forward Gabriela Pelogi scored the golden goal with just over six minutes remaining in the second overtime to give the No. 2-seed Vikings a 1-0 victory over No. 1-seed Concordia Saturday afternoon at Tuominen Yard to win a third consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships title.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:21am

A text alert also went out to students at Western Washington University as overnight snow cancelled some classes and delayed the start of school Friday. 

“All classes before 11 a.m. are cancelled,” said senior Amber Simon.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:18pm

This stigma hasn't necessarily abated since the publishing of "Fifty Shades of Grey," the bestselling erotic romance novel from British author E.L. James that spurred two sequels and a blockbuster film franchise. That series was many readers' first forays into erotic fiction, which had long been a vital part of the genre, said Jen Lois, a sociology professor at Western Washington University.

"Soccer moms were discovering it and in a way bringing more respectability to the genre," Lois said. "But at the same time, it became a stereotype for the entire genre. So it mainstreamed romance, but it stigmatized it as well."

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:14pm
Seattle Times

When Celina Espinoza and Jazmyn Williams arrived on Western Washington University’s campus in September, the Skagit County 18-year-olds already knew more about their new school than the average freshmen.

Espinoza and Williams are among the first students to arrive at Western after having gone through the university’s Compass 2 Campus program, which sends WWU students to area school districts to work with students in grades 5-12 to encourage them to complete high school and consider higher education.


Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 1:11pm
Cascadia Weekly

Nora Helmer’s husband is a clueless jerk who treats his wife like brainless chattel, but that didn’t stop audiences who first watched Danish playwright Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House from being aghast when her character chose to leave her spouse—and her children—behind at the end of the three-act play.

When the work by the father of modern drama premiered at Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre in 1879, the controversy wasn’t just contained to those who’d seen the production. Nope, citizens far and wide were concerned it wasn’t realistic that a woman seeking individual self-fulfillment would make the decision to flee from a man who refused to acknowledge the sacrifices she’d made for him over the years—including forging her father’s name for a loan designed to save her husband’s life.