In the Media

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 1:48pm
The Bellingham Herald

The 22-year-old female Western Washington University student who Rigoberto Galvan reportedly confessed to shooting multiple times and killing early Wednesday has been identified in Whatcom County Superior Court documents.

According to the documents, the victim was Stephanie Cresswell-Brenner, a former girlfriend of Galvan’s. She was a student at WWU, according to a letter to students from the school on Wednesday.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:08am
The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham police arrested a 22-year-old Burlington man on suspicion of murdering a 22-year-old woman who was known to him early Wednesday, Aug. 14, inside her apartment.

Rigoberto Galvan was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder at 6:21 a.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:25am
Jewish in Seattle magazine

by Yanara Friedland

Winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Fiction Award, Uncountry is a dreamlike stroll through fairy tales, myths, and Biblical tales. Connecting present to past, this “mythology” lives in the space between poetry and narrative, waking and sleeping. Friedland is a German American poet, translator, and professor at Western Washington University.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:24am

You'll find more hiking off of Mount Baker Highway, and lots of road cycling opportunities in Whatcom County and the city. The campus of Western Washington University is beautiful and worth a long stroll.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:20am
The Bellingham Herald

At Western Washington University, there was one reported hate crime in 2017, five in 2018 and one through May 2019, said WWU spokesman Paul Cocke.

Cocke said the 2017 crime was an anti-Muslim defacing of a poster.

“In 2018 there were five reported hate crimes, including two separate crimes on the vandalism of the books in the Jewish section in the library. There also was a swastika drawn on a residence hall poster but police believe that was targeting LGBTQ folks,” Cocke said in a May email.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 8:38am
Washington State Governor's Office

Story about the personal impact of the Washington College Grant by WWU student Citlaly Ramirez.

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:44am
Atlas Obscura

IT’S A CURIOUS THING WHEN there is an idiom—structured roughly the same way and meaning essentially the same thing—that exists in a large number of languages. It’s even more curious when that idiom, having emerged in dozens of different languages, is actually … about language. That’s the case with “It’s Greek to me.”

Chinese happens to be the most common replacement for Greek in the idiom around the world—and the language that tops polls as the most difficult natural language to learn.

“CHINESE IS CONSIDERED A LEVEL-FOUR foreign language—the most difficult—for native English learners in the field of second-language acquisition,” says Janet Xing, a professor of Chinese and linguistics at Western Washington University. Different organizations have different rankings for the difficulty of learning languages; the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the U.S. government’s department for training foreign diplomats, has five levels, based on roughly how long it will take a native English speaker to learn a given language.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:43am
Electric Lit

Talking to the editors of "Shapes of Native Nonfiction," Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton, about weaving together essays by Indigenous writers.

Editing an anthology, or a collection, is not for the weak. The curation and collation of myriad voices weaving into one another, collectively imbuing a relationship that is both structured and organic, takes focus, tenacity, and patience. Reading c, edited by Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton, this cohesion, and the planning behind it, is apparent. Beyond what’s explained in the introduction, with the concept-turned-theme of basket weaving, the pieces populating each section exemplify how materials, through words, come together. I came away from this collection clearly recognizing the intent of both Washuta and Warburton in how “shapes the content (material) enables a move away from a focus on a static idea of ‘Native information’ and, instead, emphasizes the dynamic process of ‘Native in formation.’” 


Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 9:11am
Best 10 News

Western Washington University will bring out the inner outdoors adventurer in you.

If you’re one of the people who grew up watching Bear Grylls try to escape from remote mountains and dense jungles and thought, “I could do that,” Western Washington University might be the place for you. Located close to the Canadian border and near a snow-capped volcano called Mount Baker, Western Washington University is the perfect backdrop for your next adventure. 

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 10:20am
Lubbock Avalanche Journal

The Texas Tech University School of Theatre & Dance and the School of Art, both housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA), are hosting The Marfa Intensive, which began July 28 and runs through July 28 through Thursday.

Now in its fourth year, The Marfa Intensive is described as an unforgettable experience in learning and creating devised theater while considering the relationships between theater and visual art. Devised theater is the act of originating a new, ensemble-built work that does not depend on a previously written text, but rather starts with an “invitation to obsession” called a hunch. The hunch for this year’s intensive is “transformation.”

Under the direction of Rich Brown, professor and award-winning director/deviser from Western Washington University, theater students will follow his yearlong model for devising in an abbreviated, 11-day intensive workshop. Theater students will research, create, rehearse and perform a devised work based on the idea of transformation using Marfa and its environment as a backdrop for creative exploration and inspiration.