Veterans who are trading helmets for mortarboards bring skills and experiences to the classroom that often surpass those of typical college students, but financial challenges can make success after service even more elusive, according to some veterans.
“Veterans are very focused, and now their mission is to get an education,” says Ann Beck, assistant director of Veteran’s Services at Western Washington University. “They also have a really good perspective on things. They may get frustrated or tired, but they know what they are capable of because they’ve been pushed to the limit and have seen a lot more.”
A man was arrested Tuesday in Bellingham on accusations that he exposed himself, according to a report in the Bellingham Herald.
Daryl James Coates, 38, of Ferndale, was booked into jail on charges of indecent exposure with a previous conviction and a suspected controlled substance violation.
Detectives with the Bellingham police are investigating if Coates is connected to a string of recent exposures that happened around the campus of Western Washington University.
Coates is reported to have convictions for indecent exposure extending back to 2014, along with other violations.
This is the latest in a string of incidents that have been reported on or near Western Washington University.
My great aunt, Milagros Ortiz, has an air about her that's warm and calm. Her laugh is loud, and when she speaks, it's right to your soul.
In her house in British Columbia, we listen to traditional dance music she recorded when she visited Nicaragua a few years ago. It's a place she has mixed feelings about because "pain is there." But there's also resilience and joy, my Tia (aunt in her native language, Spanish) tells me.
Instead of toting his usual backpack full of books across campus on Wednesday, Alec Regimbal carried a Ziplock stuffed with whistles.
Alec is what's called a "Green Coat" -- a group of 18 or so unarmed students who patrol Western Washington University and provide escorts when people don't feel safe.
"We are an extra set of eyes," said Alec. "We are in the places the police can't be all the time."
I thought I had a good handle on all the good athletes who have come through this region, but then I came across an individual I had never heard of before.
Willis Lee Ball.
That probably does not ring a bell for you either. Ball, a 1946 graduate of Bremerton High School, is in the Western Washington University Hall of Fame, inducted in 1987 for football. He was an honorable mention Associated Press Little All-American (1955), honorable mention UPI All-Coast (1953) and All-Evergreen Conference (1953). Ball, who died in 1987 of complications of renal failure, was a 6-2, 210-pound defensive tackle for what was then called the Western Washington College of Education. He became the first African-American to graduate from the school, obtaining a degree in 1956 in education.
Rowe earned a B.S. at Eastern Michigan University and an M.A. at Western Washington University. She worked as a reporter for the Bellingham Herald, at Western's Office of Communications and Marketing, was a lecturer in the Journalism Department at WWU, and later worked for Bellingham Public Schools in Administration.
On bi-weekly Monday evenings, students at Western Washington University gather in the Underground Coffeehouse on campus. They gradually fill up the couches and tables and take seats on the floor in front of the stage. The coffeehouse is usually filled to capacity. Cacophonous chatter and the clinking of coffee cups come to a pause when the co-president of WWU’s Poets and Lyricists Society (PALS) steps on stage. Anna Marie Yanny welcomes everybody to the open mic, presents simple guidelines for the evening and mentions that PALS meets on Thursday evenings and any student is welcome to attend. She then invites performers from the sign-up sheet to the stage, one by one, to present their poetry.
One’s a sci-fi writer who’d never, ever, fly in space. The other’s a NASA scientist who won’t rule out a trip aboard a rocket ship.
But in a sense, both of them have been to the Red Planet – and they took many space enthusiasts with them.
As a rash of voyeurism and lewd conduct incidents continue at Western Washington University and surrounding neighborhoods, more people on campus are using the “Green Coats” public safety assistants, officials said.