In the Media

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:45am


We gathered a list of college towns and narrowed it down to cities with fewer than 250,000* residents. We kept in mind that the metro areas surrounding the smaller towns would also include the student population.

Using data from the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we analyzed overall population, student population, rental costs, college education rates, transportation access, unemployment rates, and bar availability.

From there, we narrowed it down further by weighing the cost of living, unemployment rates for 20–24 year olds, and easy access to the city.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:30am
Miami Herald/Associated Press

Students at Western Washington University can minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies with a new program that will be offered starting this fall.

The Bellingham Herald reports the university announced Wednesday that in conjunction with the program officials will honor Nazi concentration camps survivor Noémi Ban of Bellingham in October.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:25am
Q13 Fox TV

A new study out of Western Washington University found restored wetlands stored a significant amount of carbon from the atmosphere, showing promise in the efforts to mitigate climate change.

Dr. John Rybczyk and his research assistant Katrina Poppe compared the rate of carbon being captured and held in restored wetlands to unrestored wetlands.

They partnered with The Nature Conservancy in 2011 to restore a 150-acre estuary in the Stillaguamish. They removed a levy that was once in place for farming and let the restoration begin. Within a year, the estuary responded positively with thriving wildlife and habitat. They then took dozens of core samples, a meter long, and analyzed how much carbon they contained. They found the carbon was sequestered at a rate twice as fast as the adjacent natural marshes.

"It's a small area of 150 acres, but once the restoration project is maxed out, we estimate that it will store the equivalent of removing 7,000 to 10,000 cars for one year," said Dr. Rybczyk.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:08am
The Bellingham Herald

Students at Western Washington University can minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies with a new program being offered starting this fall quarter, the university announced Wednesday, Sept. 4.

At a promotional event Thursday, Oct. 17, WWU will honor Noémi Ban of Bellingham, who died June 7 at age 96.

Ban survived Nazi persecution and the concentration camps, but her family was murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 4:06pm

“We know so little about the seafloor,” said Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a seismologist and volcanologist at Western Washington University.

It’s often said that 70 or 80 percent of the world’s volcanism happens on the seafloor, but this number is sketchy guesstimate, Caplan-Auerbach said. We actually don’t know how much volcanism is going on down there, but our knowledge of plate tectonics and seafloor surveys suggests that it’s a lot. Sadly, unless we stumble on it by chance, it’s often never caught in the act.

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 10:05am
The Bellingham Herald

Hart Hodges agreed, saying more people seem to be moving here with a belief they can find work. Hodges is the co-director at the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University.

“People are willing to change jobs and consumers are spending money,” Hodges said in an email.

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 9:59am

Family and friends gathered Friday for a memorial to honor Stephanie Brenner-Cresswell, the Western Washington University student brutally murdered inside her apartment last week.

“She brought so much love and happiness and joy to the world,” her mother Lisa Brenner told KOMO News. “I’m so above proud.”

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 9:53am
Seattle Times

Daphne Scott, 59, is warming up beside the track preparing for the 80-meter hurdles.

Scott, a math faculty member at Western Washington University, started participating in Masters Track & Field 12 years ago.

Keenly focused, she practices her approach to the hurdles over and over.

She’ll have just two competitors in this race — another runner and the clock.

She’s won national championships in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and decathlon, plus world championships in the 400 meters, pentathlon and pole vault.  She’s been named best women’s athlete of the year in her age group by USATF Masters Track & Field, which sanctions the master’s events along with some 8,000 other competitions.

Scott clears the hurdles with a form reminiscent of Edwin Moses, the great Olympian who defined the sport. She waits for the other runner to greet her at the finish line. To compete and finish is often its own goal.

She says she simply “wanted exercise that was fun to do and get out of here healthy.”

Scott’s looking forward to turning 60 so she can be the youngest in the next age group. “I’m happy to be alive.”

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:42am
Tacoma News Tribune

Team member (and WWU faculty member) Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a 52-year-old paddler from Bellingham, spoke about the specific difficulties paddlers encounter in the race.

“It’s open-ocean conditions,” she said. “Conditions in the channel can be much bigger in terms of the wave size than we see here… There’s also a really mental aspect of going that long, that hard, in potentially gnarly conditions.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 9:46am
Bellingham Herald

With the staff of The Bellingham Herald moving into new office space in the Barkley district, the company will be leaving a building that has played a key role in downtown for nearly 100 years.

The second floor the newspaper staff is vacating will undergo renovation and be available for lease. At 8,210 square feet, Daylight Properties would like to find a single user for the second floor but would also consider remodeling to create smaller spaces for multiple tenants, Kane Hall said in an interview. He expects the second floor to be used as office space.

The other floors of the building are nearly completely occupied and are home to a variety of tenants, including restaurants, retailers, salons and Western Washington University.

The Herald Building on North State Street will keep its iconic look, including the Herald sign that lights up the downtown landscape, said Kane Hall of Daylight Properties, which manages both the building and the 10-foot-tall Herald letters.

That sense of place the sign provides makes it a poignant centerpiece for events. On Sept. 25 the sign will play a part in the fourth annual Paint Bellingham Blue event that welcomes Western Washington University students back to the area. Kane Hall said last year 2,500 students marched from campus to the downtown area for a variety of events, including seeing the Herald sign turn blue.