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Two music groups with roots stretching back to when band members were students at Western Washington University announced Friday plans to co-headline a benefit show this spring back in Bellingham.
Odesza and Death Cab for Cutie announced their “Double Major” performance scheduled for 5 p.m. May 18 at Civic Stadium will anchor the university’s Alumni Weekend festivities.
Just a few weeks before Western Washington University wraps its spring semester, a few of the Bellingham college’s most famous alumni are throwing a huge off-campus bash.
On Friday, Death Cab for Cutie and ODESZA announced a joint benefit concert on May 18 at Civic Stadium. Appropriately dubbed Double Major, the show aims to raise money for WWU’s Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment. Both the Ben Gibbard-led indie-rock titans and the big-shot dance duo got started during their respective times at the university and hinted at a possible Bellingham hookup yesterday on social media, posting photos of where they used to live. (Two years ago, Death Cab released a recording of its first acoustic show at a Bellingham house in 1997.)
Western Washington University students may have plenty of study parties planned for their winter quarter finals on the horizon, but some of the university's alumni have a different kind of party in mind.
On Friday, Death Cab for Cutie and ODESZA announced a joint benefit concert that aims to raise money for the WWU's Alumni Scholarship Endowment. The show is scheduled for the Civic Stadium on May 18
Commissioners for the Port of Bellingham are growing impatient about what they see as a lack of progress in Western Washington University’s plans for the waterfront.
Port Commissioner Ken Bell led a discussion about the status of the Western Crossing project during a meeting on Feb. 19. He expressed frustration that a document recently submitted to the port by the university showed no progress in the past year to put a major facility on the waterfront.
Members of Congress don’t have the same ability to take credit for those kinds of things, said Todd Donovan, a professor of political science at Western Washington University.
“Whether you were responsible for it or not, it’s a lot easier to make that claim if you are an executive and in charge of government,” Donovan said.
A team of Western Washington University students, researchers, and faculty are making the trip to Mount Everest this spring, in an effort to study the global effect of climate change.
The group will be exploring both Everest and the neighboring peak, Lhotse, in an expedition that will run from late March to early June.
Features WWU's Erika Block