In the Media

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 10:12am
KNKX Public Radio

In 1972, the court heard Branzburg v. Hayes regarding a journalist who refused to testify about drug crimes he had reported on in Kentucky. The court ruled that compelling the reporter to testify before a grand jury did not violate the First Amendment.

The problem with Branzburg is the decision came down 5-4 — a split decision with a total of four written opinions. Any precedent set by the case was not binding and up to each circuit court to interpret.

That was exactly the issue when Carolyn Nielsen was subpoenaed seven years ago.

Nielsen was already teaching journalism at Western Washington University when she was subpoenaed in 2010 for notes about a 15-year-old murder case she covered while she was a student in Chicago.

"It was really shocking to me," Nielsen said. "I can't say that I expected it at all."

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 11:17am
True Viral News

As for where you attend college, Dave Miller, a recruiter at Artefact, put together a short list of American schools from which he always sees standout recruits. While by no means exhaustive, it provides a good sense of the schools that are training for the design challenges of the future:

  • University of Washington
  • California College of Arts
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • College of Creative Studies (CCS)
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Western Washington University
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Parsons School of Design
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:34am

From a community garden program aimed at teaching people how to grow their own food, to an open mic night that encourages teens to get moving to live music, a group of 60 Western Washington University students gathered in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room Wednesday afternoon to unveil their ideas for parks and recreation programming in Edmonds.

The visit by students in Western’s Recreation Program was part of the Sustainable Cities Partnership between the university and the City of Edmonds, which was approved by the Edmonds City Council in summer 2016. During the 2016-17 academic year, staff have been receiving a helping hand from WWU students and faculty on a range of projects. n January, a different student group presented sustainability-enhancing ideas for the Edmonds Marsh.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:52pm
The Bellingham Herald

Big changes begin soon on bus routes across Whatcom County, including expanded Sunday service in rural areas, consolidation of routes serving Western Washington University, and added service to Bellingham International Airport.

“It affects every single route we have in one way or another,” said Rick Nicholson, director of service development for the Whatcom Transportation Authority. He said the changes beginning March 19 are the product of years of ridership studies, public forums and rider surveys.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:50pm
The New York Times

In the days since, Mr. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, has moved to stock the top offices of the agency with like-minded conservatives — many of them skeptics of climate change and all of them intent on rolling back environmental regulations that they see as overly intrusive and harmful to business.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:46pm
The Bellingham Herald

Health care providers are being encouraged to talk to their patients, and community members to their loved ones, about preparing advance directives for medical care.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:41pm
The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University’s Opera Studio and Orchestra present Cole Porter’s sophisticated and sassy hit musical, “Kiss Me, Kate,” at 7:30 p.m. April 14-15, 21-22 and 2 p.m. April 16 and 23 at WWU’s Performing Arts Concert Hall.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:39pm
Cascadia Weekly

When I first heard about the movie Gone, which was produced, written and directed by a collective of Western Washington University students and filmed locally, its premise of “strangers brought together by a hit-and-run car crash” caused me to envision some kind of low-budget I Know What You Did Last Summer knockoff.

I am exceedingly happy to say I could not have been more wrong, and perhaps one day I will learn to stop jumping to conclusions.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 1:27pm
The New York Times

Some free-speech advocates, however, have their doubts. “There are already laws on the books in states that say if you break something or harm somebody, you’re going to be prosecuted,” said Patrick F. Gillham, a sociologist at Western Washington University who studies protests. “They’re troubling. They potentially have a chilling effect on protest.”

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 11:47am

John Feodorov is Native American. And he’s an artist. But don’t call his work “Native American art.”

While he may not work in traditional Native idioms, Feodorov is critical of non-Native artists who appropriate those designs in their own work. Now an art professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College, Feodorov says students often ask if it’s okay to borrow imagery from other cultures.

“I can’t understand the artist that needs to do that, you know?” Feodorov says. “Many people approach me, and say, ‘I wish I had a culture.’ Just turn on the TV!”