The businesses that have “experienced-based transactions” like movies, dinners or non-essential goods will most likely take a sales hit as a result of the storms, said James McCafferty in an email. McCafferty is the co-director at the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University.
“Few people are going to say ‘I was going to see a movie last week so this week I will see two,’ or ‘I’ll have two pizzas please, I missed one last week,’” McCafferty said.
“The first time students come to our campus should not be the first time that they are hearing about affirmative consent, especially with the issues that campuses across the country are having with sexual assault right now,” said Henry Pollet, legislative liaison for the Associated Students of Western Washington University.
Though ore demand for materials usually means more mining (and with it, increased environmental impacts), experts agree that the benefits of renewable energy far outweigh the costs. “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” says Charles Barnhart, a professor of energy studies at Western Washington University. “But I want to be clear that when we talk about environmental impacts, we’re not trying to decide between ‘lesser evils.’” For Barnhart, deciding between more mining for renewables and continuing to rely on fossil fuels is deciding between “completely different sides of the spectrum” because the cost of a business-as-usual future with fossil fuels will cause so much harm.
Dr. Brad Johnson, Dean of WWU’s College and Science and Engineering, and Anna Tognazzini, WWU’s Graduate and Pre-Professional Programs Advisor, presented to the committee on Western’s pre-healthcare degree pathways, which include but are not limited to: pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-nursing, pre-physician assistant, etc.
Today the House College and Workforce Development Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1755, which would authorize the boards of trustees at Western, Eastern and Central to offer applied doctorate degrees in education (Ed.Ds).
Lynden and Lynden Christian schools were open with a two-hour delay and buses on snow routes. Bellingham Christian canceled classes Thursday after initially posting a two-hour late start.
Northwest Indian College was closed Thursday.
Western Washington University was open but warned of limited parking from the foot of snow that had fallen around Bellingham in a series of storms since Sunday.
Whatcom Community College canceled classes before 10 a.m. and Bellingham Technical College canceled classes that end by 10:10 a.m.
Temperatures in Whatcom County rose above freezing on Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 3 as a slow thaw began after four days of snow and a cold, hard wind that knocked out power, caused crashes and closed schools across Western Washington.
The overall picture for Bellingham continues to be slow and steady growth, said Hart Hodges, director at the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University. Bellingham ranked well because of consistent growth across many economic data points.
Around that time, in the same place - the spring of 1995, at the end of Chain of Craters Road - a Yale physics-and-English graduate was pondering where to do her postgraduate study. Kilauea sold her on the spot. Today Jackie Caplan-Auerbach is a geology professor at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, Wash., a geophysicist and seismologist who credits Pu'u 'O'o with inspiring her career.
"I took one look," she told me in an interview. "It was so mind-blowing to me that this primal and fundamental activity of the planet was right there to study. It was a life-changing moment."
Keynote speakers Anneliese Vance-Sherman, a regional labor economist for the Employment Security Department, and Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University followed.
Fairhaven is a liberal arts college at Western Washington University. At the college, students evaluate their own performance for their college classes. However, their self-evaulations are combined with narrative assessments from their teachers.