In the Media

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:07am
KUOW radio

So how could Bush have handled it differently? Western Washington University psychology professor Alex Czopp has studied this, and he says there are strategies you can use to push back against people who say something offensive.

"Depending on the person and how well you know them, something slight like changing the subject and hopefully relying on that person's emotional intelligence to read this as a cue of disapproval," Czopp said. 

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 8:48am
Financial Buzz (Canada)

"Stronger patent protections would encourage the development of new drugs and medical devices, which could improve and even save the lives of Canadians," said Steven Globerman, Fraser Institute senior fellow, Kaiser Professor of International Business at Western Washington University and editor of Intellectual Property Rights and the Promotion of Biologics, Medical Devices, and Trade in Pharmaceuticals.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 9:12am
The Seattle Times

From Fairhaven, look out across Bellingham Bay to Lummi Island. Pulitzer Prize- winning author Annie Dillard lived there when she served as Western Washington University’s writer-in-residence in the 1970s.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 9:03am
The Northern Light

Washington State Representative Luis Moscoso speaks at a meeting held to discuss regional transportation options. Washington state advocacy group All Aboard Washington hosted the meeting, which lasted from noon to 4 p.m. on October 8 at Western Washington University’s Viking Union facility. The prospect of increasing services through Amtrak Cascades, including a stop in Blaine, was discussed with local stakeholders and interest groups.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 1:22pm
New York Times

Then the researchers, under the guise of fellow participants, push back. “We confront them in a variety of ways, sometimes harshly – ‘That’s racist!’ – and sometimes much less so, appealing to equality: ‘Shouldn’t everyone be treated the same?’” said Alexander Czopp, director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Research at Western Washington University. “Depending on how the confrontation is done, the participants might show different levels of defensiveness and anger right away; but they usually show less race-based attitudes on tests we do later.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 10:49am
The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts has planned a diverse lineup of musical guests and challenging theatrical productions.

Here a few selections; for a full lineup, go to

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 11:18am

Following a dinner with policymakers and alumni in Tacoma on November 4, 1987, the president of Western Washington University, G. Robert Ross, boarded a small plane. Two of the school’s vice presidents, Jeanene DeLille and Don Cole, joined him. As they made their way north to Bellingham, home of their university, the pilot dipped low for reasons that are still unknown. The plane became lost in the fog, and that was the last anyone heard from its occupants. A later news report would say it “disintegrated” as it hit a forest, killing everyone on board.

The university of roughly 10,000 students was thrown into disarray and grief following the crash. And as WWU worked through the tragedy, the school turned to Martha Choe — then a banking executive in her early 30s and member of the college’s board — to play a key role in guiding the institution into its next chapter, chairing the search committee for Ross’ replacement.

For Choe, this event was the start of her career in leadership.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 9:50am
The Bellingham Herald

Sabah Randhawa, Western Washington University’s new president as of about 10 weeks ago, took the helm at an interesting time.

The U.S. Department of Education announced in April 2015 that it had opened an investigation into how WWU administrators handled reports of campus sexual abuse. In November 2015, threats toward students of color on social media prompted a day of canceled classes and a turbulent discussion about campus safety.

The Bellingham Herald sat down with Randhawa on Thursday morning, Oct. 6, for a wide-ranging discussion about his priorities and goals as Western’s 14th president.

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 12:23pm
Edmonds Beacon

Don’t be surprised to see numerous Vikings in Edmonds this month.

Edmonds is the first city in the state to participate in the Sustainable Cities Partnership, a collaboration between the city, Western Washington University (the Vikings) and the Association of Washington Cities to focus and promote sustainability.

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 10:42am

Western Washington University junior outside hitter Arielle Turner recorded a match-high 16 points to lead the 20th-ranked Vikings to a three-game sweep (25-18, 25-19, 25-17) over Central Washington Thursday evening in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference match at Whatcom Pavilion.