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In the Media

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:29am
Inside Higher Ed

For the collective well-being of people in this country, higher education institutions must not reopen this fall.

This virus does not care about our efforts to find creative ways to reopen schools.

It doesn't care about paychecks or football or res life. It will continue to harm our communities until we face the stark reality that our 'normal' has changed in countless ways. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:27am

As US leaders work to control the spread of coronavirus, researchers across the country - and globe - are working to answer the mysteries that remain around infections.

One of those mysteries: why the experience can be so different from person to person. One expert says the answer may involve looking at previous vaccines individuals have had. Once you're infected, how much of the virus made it into your body could also have an impact on what your experience is, another expert told CNN on Monday, and masks could make a difference.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 9:13am
Mountain Life

Although there are a growing number of women working on peaks in the Coast and Cascade ranges, men still make up the overwhelming majority of guides, climbers and sponsored mountain-athletes. (WWU student Lael) Butler says that representation in media is a start, but like all progress there will need to be big systemic changes before these spaces are as inclusive as they claim to be.

Amelia Bynum, a climber from Oregon, is Butler’s housemate and peer at Western Washington University, where they both work at the campus rock wall. 

“The barrier to entry is already high in these sports,” Bynum says, “and what I’ve seen is a lot of women being even further discouraged from even participating because of how the sport is marketed and what climbing spaces feel like.”

Bynum and Butler talked about the competitive energy that surrounds climbing and mountaineering, something that is thrilling for those in-the-know, but frustrating for beginners still learning the difference between top-rope and lead. They also pointed out that a big barrier is the biological tendency for men to develop muscle more quickly, and make larger strides upon first entry into the sport. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 9:05am
The Bellingham Herald

Hateful and racist graffiti has been increasing over the past few weeks across Whatcom County, in the wake of local rallies and marches supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and community discussions about systemic racism.

In early July, the “graffiti rock” on northbound Interstate 5 just south of Bellingham was defaced with a swastika and the words “white power,” according to several Whatcom County residents who emailed The Bellingham Herald.

“It might be good for someone to get out here and take a picture before my friends go paint over it tomorrow, so the community knows that we are not immune to that sort of hate,” Jennifer Elliot of Bellingham said in an email.

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:52pm
Charleston (SC) Post & Courier

Western Washington University history professor Johann Neem, an expert on America’s public schools, said he worries the collision of longstanding GOP goals on private school choice with parents’ immediate needs in a crisis could erode support for public education.

Across the nation, parents with the financial means to do so are choosing between homeschooling, paying for private schools, hiring private tutors or getting together with other parents to hire a teacher for a “pod” of students, Neem said.  

“Parents are trying to do what’s right for their children in a tough situation,” he said. “My fear is, if a lot of parents start opting out and say, ‘This works for me, and I can provide my kids what I want,’ then we’ll end up with a system” that harkens back to the 18th century of education being a private responsibility, leaving “charity schools for people left behind.”

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:34pm
CBS News

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, only about one-quarter (23.5%) of the country's colleges and universities are planning to hold classes primarily in-person this fall. Slightly more (27.8%) will be mostly online, and 16% will be a hybrid of the two. And with weeks to go before the semester starts, over a quarter of schools (27%) have yet to determine how classes will be taught.

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:26pm
Inside Higher Ed

Colleges that have been struggling to get their yield rate equivalent (or at least close) to last year's may be in for a rude awakening.

SimpsonScarborough is releasing a survey tomorrow of incoming freshmen who aspired to attend a four-year residential college that finds that 40 percent of them say they are likely or highly likely to not attend any four-year college this fall. Further, 28 percent of returning students who have the option to return to their campus say they are not going back or haven't decided yet. (Some of both groups of students may be interested in attending a community college.)

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:08pm
New York Post

Bandannas, gaiters and knitted masks are some of the least effective face coverings for preventing the spread of coronavirus, according to a new study.

Researchers at Duke University made the discovery while testing 14 different types of masks, according to the study published Friday.

N95 masks, often used by health care professionals, worked best to stop the transmission of respiratory droplets during regular speech. Other good performers at stopping leakage were three-layer surgical masks and cotton masks, which can be made at home, the researchers with Duke’s physics department found.

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:06pm
The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., posted its "Orientation Anthem" on YouTube on Aug. 5, 2020, to go with its Fall 2020 orientation website.

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:02pm
Washington State Department of Health

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which reflects varying COVID-19 trends in different regions and age groups. The report suggests areas of improvement are likely driven by behavior changes like wearing face coverings and staying six feet apart when away from home.