In the Media

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:28am
The Economist

On december 1st last year the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, a Chinese telecoms firm, as she prepared to change planes at Vancouver’s international airport.

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:25am
Vice News

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a geologist at Western Washington University who studies the seismic signals produced by landslides and avalanches, told Motherboard in an email that the footage of the controlled avalanche didn't bother her as much as other sequences in the behind-the-scenes video.

“I have personal (not scientific) objection to the marketing of hazards," Caplan-Auerbach said. "For example, the video also shows someone filming a volcanic eruption and engaging with sharks (although it's not clear what type of shark)—those are both activities that I'd rather we not encourage."

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 10:50am
The Garden Island online

Ethan Whatmore grew up involved in Hawaii Children’s Theatre. He participated in the “Summer Stars” program. He was in the fall musicals. He took part in the “After Dark” productions.

“And now, I work here,” said the 2016 Kapaa High School graduate.

Whatmore is attending Western Washington University, where he is studying dance. He returned home this summer just to work with HCT.

While he has orchestrated dance numbers before, this is his first full-time gig being responsible for a show’s choreography.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:38am
KPUG Radio

Former Western Washington University softball coach Art Phinney died of a heart attack Monday in Vancouver, Washington.  He was 58 years old.

Phinney coached the Vikings from 1995 to 2001, winning 166 games.  He led WWU to the 1998 NAIA national championship.  He was named National Coach of the Year.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:37am
The Northern Light

The event featured presentations by Bruce Agnew, director of the Cascadia Center; Dr. Laurie Trautman, director of Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI); and others. Audience members including Blaine city manager Michael Jones, Blaine mayor Bonnie Onyon, state representative Luanne Van Werven and White Rock city councilor Scott Kristjanson also addressed the gathering.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 9:42am
Inside Higher Ed

Amazon’s recent announcement that it will provide job training and apprenticeship opportunities to its workers should be received as good news for American colleges and universities. That’s because many of the fastest-growing and highest-paying sectors of the economy demand highly skilled technical workers, but not necessarily college-educated workers. Yet, absent sufficient opportunities for technical training and apprenticeships, colleges and universities are being asked to be the primary site for job training. If more employers follow Amazon’s lead, four-year colleges and universities can be liberated from this burden and focus once again on their primary mission: liberal education and basic research in the arts and sciences.

-- response by WWU's Johann Neem

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 10:49am
The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University Communications photographer Rhys Logan compiled a look back at the 2018-19 year from the Bellingham, Wash., university.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 10:22am
KUOW Public Radio

It’s that time of year again! Goats are swinging from helicopters from the Olympics to the North Cascades. David Wallin is a mountain goat researcher at Western Washington University.

Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:44am
The Bellingham Herald

Stemma Brewing Co. may have just opened, but it’s been a nearly decade long dream for Jason Harper.

Harper and his wife, Kim, opened the brewery on June 29 at 2039 Moore St., near Interstate 5 and Iowa Street. It currently offers five Stemma beers and two locally made ciders on tap. A food truck called Mr. Frank’s “The Bus” is expected to open there in coming weeks.

Jason Harper has been home brewing since 2010. While at Western Washington University he wrote a business plan on a brewery for one of his classes in 2011, a time when Boundary Bay Brewery and Chuckanut Brewery were the main local breweries in Bellingham. After graduating from Western he needed to make some money for his brewery idea to happen, so he landed a job at Dickerson Distributors.

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 9:34am
The Vancouver Sun

One of the first classical festivals of the summer is upon us: the latest edition of the Bellingham Music Festival, which began over the long weekend. This summer’s audience will hear from guest artists including pianist George Li, violinist Benjamin Beilman, guitarist Pepe Romero, the Calidore String Quartet, and pianist Marc-André Hamelin, who is making the music of Brahms his festival assignment.

With a population of just under 100,000, Bellingham, like the festival, boasts a cheerful small-city atmosphere. Its one major drawback for casual visitors is an extremely frustrating street grid — a mishmash created when four smaller Victorian-era centres merged at the turn of the last century. Fortunately, Western Washington University, festival ground zero, is just off the I5, parking is plentiful, and the views from the campus across Bellingham Bay to the North Shore mountains alone are worth the trip.