Washington’s new two-year budget makes a historic commitment to educational opportunity for Washington residents. Beginning in the 2020-21 academic year, the Washington College Grant will be a guarantee for eligible state residents at or below median family income (MFI), which is currently $91,766 for a family of four.
The state’s existing financial aid program, State Need Grant, is not a guarantee for all eligible students. This year alone, 18,000 did not receive grants because of budget constraints. By 2020-21, the new budget will eliminate the waitlist of students who are eligible, but unserved, and expand service to many new families as well. Currently, the state’s financial aid program doesn’t serve families with incomes higher than 70 percent of MFI, or $61,500 for a family of four.
For eligible students, the maximum award will cover full tuition and fees at public colleges and universities. Students can also use the grant at any of Washington’s eligible private colleges and universities. Another significant change to state financial aid is that the Washington College Grant will also serve people in registered apprenticeships. They can use the grant to pay for tuition and required equipment. The budget included apprenticeships as part of Career Connect Washington, an initiative that creates new pathways to postsecondary credentials.
But there is still activity at the Hawaii volcano and on Sunday morning UK time geologists recorded powerful magnitude 4.2 quakes at Kilauea.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the earthquake at a distance of 12 miles southeast of Kilauea and at a depth of more than three miles.
The earthquake struck Hawaii just three days after the Seismological Society of America (SSA) warned past indicators point towards future activity at Kilauea.
Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach, a volcanologist from Western Washington University, revealed at the 2019 SSA Annual Meeting similarities between Kilauea and Loihi.
University Police are investigating after they found offensive vandalism at Western Washington University.
The University released a campus advisory saying a LGBTQ-themed poster in a residence hall elevator was vandalized on April 11 with an anti-gay slur, written on the poster with ink.
The poster was quickly removed and Fairhaven Residence Hall staff noticed another vandalized poster located in the elevator this Wednesday.
If you have any information on these incidents you’re asked to contact University Police at 360-650-3555.
It takes just a few minutes on the right social media string to recognise that such inflammatory comments are raw meat for a sizeable and dangerous ethnocentric online community who consider Muslims sub-human.
We've spent the past several months reviewing more than 120,000 Twitter posts and Facebook comments involving Muslim candidates for the 2018 midterm elections.
Across the world today, academic freedom is endangered. Political leaders in Brazil, India, Poland and Turkey have all recently threatened professors. Two of the world’s most powerful states, China and Russia, are famous for monitoring what universities teach. Authoritarian-minded leaders attack professors because such scholars are experts in their domains of knowledge and because, by their profession, they are committed to seeking and sharing truth -- even when they are challenging political and economic power and thus risking their lives and livelihoods.
In the United States, such explicit efforts to undermine academics are less common. Instead, the erosion of academic freedom has occurred more subtly. Much press has been devoted to President Trump’s recent executive order requiring that colleges and universities protect free speech. The executive order no doubt reflects the president’s constituents’ concerns that college campuses are limiting the expression of conservative ideas. Yet even for those who believe (as I do) that we need more conservative voices on campus, the president’s order is worrisome. It implies that he believes that the federal government should perhaps police the content of speech and thought on campuses.
Conversation with Maria McLeod
Detroit author Steve Hughes will chat about his book “STIFF” with Western Washington University professor Maria McLeod at 7 p.m. today, April 11, at Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham.
Poets will have a special place at the podiums of Lit Con, a celebration of the written word running Thursday, April 11, to Sunday, April 14, at locations around town.
The overall event, presented by Vashon Center for the Arts, will feature authors from Vashon, Seattle and Tacoma in 75 events and other enticements, including ongoing art exhibits at VCA. Lit Con will also include a free slate of programs, many for youth, at Vashon Library. The conference’s entire schedule, as well as links to purchase spots for ticketed events and to a mobile app to navigate the event, can be found at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Another visiting poet, Elizabeth J. Colen, will present “Generating Prose Through Juxtaposition,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Blue Heron classroom. This workshop will focus on Colen’s technique for generating work so that participants never have to sit cold in front of a blank page.
Colen, who lives in Bellingham and teaches at Western Washington University, is the author of “What Weaponry,” a novel in prose poems, two poetry collections and other works.
Nonetheless, traditional ecological knowledge is making its way into more academic settings, starting with the Salish Sea Institute at Western Washington University. “It doesn’t make sense for us to do any work without considering the historical perspective from the tribes and the current perspective from the tribes,” director Ginny Broadhurst told me. “You can’t really look at one piece of this without looking at the whole.” The institute, still in its infancy, is a new program at the university that combines Western sciences and TEK in a concentration devoted to the health of the Salish Sea. Regarding the inclusion of TEK with Western science, Broadhurst said, “It’s not how do you do it, it’s how could you do it without it? What the Western world has sort of done too much is think that we know everything and don’t need to ask others, and we just proceed and we do that to own detriment with blinders on.” The program is one of the first of its kind, but it is building on a 30-year history of collaboration of First Nations and regional scientists.
The number of women represented in the film industry remains low, but the third Cascadia Film Festival has grown since last year, with its unique lineup of female-driven films.
The 2019 Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival will take place from Thursday through Sunday, April 11-14, at various locations around Bellingham, including the Pickford Film Center, Mount Baker Theatre and Western Washington University. The festival only screens films directed by women.
Listener Paulette Thompson asked our SoundQs team: How much do Americans know about our neighbor to the north?
We turned to Canadian Kyla Sweet. She's with the Canadian Studies Centers at the University of Washington and Western Washington University.
Sweet said Americans don't know much about Canada — but then Americans don't know much about anywhere, even their own country.
"When they did a poll recently as to how many Americans would pass the citizenship test, only 39 percent were successful," Sweet said.