In the Media

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 1:37pm
The Bellingham Herald

Islamophobic flyers and graffiti have been found on Western Washington University’s campus on three separate occasions since early August, University Police records show.

The flyer-size sheets show a photo of a demonstration with words written with what appear to be a Sharpie-like marker that call for the extermination of “Islamo-Nazi scum” and “Islamo-Fascist Vermin.” The flyers also made derogatory statements about gay people, called the Democratic Party fascists, and mentioned wanting free speech not political correctness, the records show.

Other anti-Islam statements were written over several posters on bulletin boards in Miller and Haggard halls.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:59pm
The Bellingham Herald

As more family arrive in Las Vegas to support her, Melinda Brockie continues to improve.

Brockie, a Lummi Nation tribal member, was among the more than 500 people injured by a gunman during a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday night. Brockie was shot in the right cheek, shattering her jaw, said Lona Johnson.

Johnson was also at the concert and is a member of the Nooksack Tribe. The shooting killed at least 59 people and is considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:57am
Whatcom Talk

When Daman Wandke first arrived at Western Washington University over a decade ago, he found there were few accessibility services or resources for students with disabilities like himself. He took the initiative to create the services desperately needed by those students attending the university, including the Disability Outreach Center.

Now, over a decade later, the Disability Outreach Center recently celebrated its tenth annual Student Disability Awareness Week, an event created by Wandke during his time at Western Washington University.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 9:37am
West Virginia Metro News

Unfortunately, the search for meaning can be frustrating and even frightening.  Psychologists say the randomness of terrifying violence is destabilizing to society. That’s why terrorists use it.  The math is always in our favor, but one cannot help thinking, “If it could happen there, it can happen anywhere.”

Dr. Ira Hyman, a professor of psychology at Western Washington University, has written that research shows that if we can understand a horrific event it doesn’t impact us as profoundly. “When you can explain an event that explanation makes the memory seem further away in time, further from the self, and removes some of the emotional content.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 9:17am
The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University students lined up Tuesday to donate blood, answering an urgent call following the Las Vegas massacre Sunday night.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 2:27pm
The Bellingham Herald

A Lummi Nation tribal member and recent WWU grad was among those injured in Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas.

Melinda Brockie was shot during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival near the Mandalay Bay resort. The mass shooting has killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500.  

According to her LinkedIn account, Brockie graduated from Western Washington University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in human services and is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Washington.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help pay for travel expenses of family members who are flying to Las Vegas to be with Melinda Brockie. Family members traveling to Las Vegas include her two sons.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:18am
The Bellingham Herald

There have been some concerns that Salish Village could pull retail dollars out of Bellingham, which would affect revenue going into the city’s general fund. The general fund pays for the cost of running the city and providing services.

A study from Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research estimated that the city could lose $300,000 to $1.6 million in tax revenue, depending on how much the property is developed and estimating what could go in there.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:06am
The New York Times

This is not to say there are no through lines. Grounding the show are historical references that keep the gay-trans-queer links always in sight. We get an encyclopedic dose of that history in a newsprint photo-collage posted in the museum’s main elevator. Produced by the artist Chris E. Vargas, and attributed to the Museum of Transgender History and Art that he founded as an archive in 2013, the picture is a group shot of L.G.B.T.Q.I. (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) celebrity spanning the centuries.

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 9:09am
The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham welcomed its newest residents Wednesday as the freshman class of Western Washington University converged en masse downtown.

New students, Western alumni and friends were on hand for the second annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU celebration to kick off the start of the academic year. More than 180 trees throughout downtown were decked out with blue lights, and several businesses offered discounts.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 9:13am

To gain a better understanding of the age, number, and magnitude of earthquakes on the faults, Elizabeth Schermer at Western Washington University and her colleagues plan additional trenching of fault scarps and coring of swampy areas along some scarps later this year.

The new BSSA study suggests that the Olympic Mountains have been moving westward, relative to the Coast Range and Puget Lowland, since the late Pleistocene, said Schermer.

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