In the Media

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:26am
King 5 TV

Western Washington University has identified six cases of whooping case on its main campus in Bellingham over the last two months.

The university announced the outbreak Monday through an advisory alert warning students and staff to take precautions against the respiratory illness.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:56pm
OUT Magazine

Chris E. Vargas’s superpower is prescience. In 2013, a year before Laverne Cox’s TIME cover announced the “transgender tipping point,” the interdisciplinary artist created a black-and-white broadside poster in response to the mainstreaming of the trans community, and how transness was being discussed as if it were a recent phenomenon. According to his online store, the promotional collage highlights more than 280 “hiroes & trancestors; artists & activists; the famous & the infamous; the real & the fictional; the living & the passed; those who self-identify as trans & those who predate the category.” And just above those figures, in bold sans-serif typeface, lies the name of his dream: the then-imaginary Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art, or MOTHA.

“I saw a ramp-up of representation in mass media of trans culture and stories, and I thought about the process marginalized people go through when they suddenly have this platform to deliver their story in a larger way,” the Bellingham, Washington-based artist says. “I saw institutions looking at trans culture and experience, but I decided I wanted to do something bigger, like look at history and queer and trans biography in a more expansive way.”

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:44pm
The New York Times

WWU alums Caroline Van Hemert and Patrick Farrell on the adventure of a lifetime - sailing up the Inside Passage with their two small children.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:33am
The Bellingham Herald

“It never seemed possible to us,” Death Cab bass player Nick Harmer told The Bellingham Herald. “The first few years when we were in Bellingham, we hoped to play the Viking Union to open for a national touring act. We had dreams of driving down to Seattle and playing our own show at The Crocodile. That seemed attainable — a reachable dream.”

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:11am
Seattle Times

The cerebrally throbbing dance party continued under the moon, the stadium encircled by the silhouettes of towering pine trees against the night sky adding a touch of Northwest magic to the proceedings. ODESZA and Death Cab aren’t the first or last stars to similarly rise from a tranquil college town with a fertile arts scene. But last night’s all-star team-up felt like something that could only happen here.

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:04am
The Washington Post

In the climactic battle at Avengers headquarters in 2023, Thanos' blue-hued daughter Nebula confronts - and eventually kills - an earlier version of herself who had traveled forward in time, from 2014. But if she kills that version of herself, then that version cannot return to 2014, in which case she cannot do other things we know that she did from earlier films - make peace with her sister, join up with the Guardians of the Galaxy or fight alongside the Avengers. Even more basically, if the "later" Nebula kills the "earlier" Nebula, there can be no "later" Nebula.

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 9:45am

Low familiarity with the name is likely a reflection of the relative newness of the term Salish Sea. The name was adopted in 2010 after two decades of leadership by Bert Webber, a natural scientist at Western Washington University. It pays respect to the Coast Salish, the indigenous people who lived in connection with the sea long before western settlers arrived.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:21pm
The Bellingham Herald

The sold-out Death Cab for Cutie and Odesza “Double Major” concert will bring about 13,000 concert-goers to Civic Stadium on Saturday, May 18.

Both bands got their start in Bellingham, when members attended Western Washington University, and the benefit concert will raise money for a WWU scholarship endowment fund.

It will be the largest music concert in Bellingham’s history, according to the city of Bellingham.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:16pm
The Bellingham Herald

For some it’s a walk through Boulevard Park at sunset with a stop at Woods Coffee — others might covet a beer from a favorite local brewery.

But Odesza’s Clayton Knight says a stop at Super Mario’s Food truck for some Salvadorian food is an absolute must.

“It’s just not a trip to Bellingham without that,” Knight told The Bellingham Herald. “It’s something you just have to do. We’ll probably also want to drive along Chuckanut Drive and pick up one of our favorite beers at Boundary Bay (Brewery), but yeah, we’ve got to stop at Super Mario’s.”

Knight and Harrison Mills will return to Bellingham — the city where they formed Odesza in 2012, when both were students at Western Washington University — as part of Saturday’s “Double Major” concert with Death Cab for Cutie — another band that got its start in the City of Subdued Excitement while attending WWU.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 10:08am
The Bellingham Herald

Classes continued as usual Tuesday at Western Washington University, but with extra police presence, after an early morning manhunt failed to locate an apparently armed man who approached a WWU shuttle bus driver two blocks south of the main campus in the Happy Valley neighborhood.

Bellingham Police and Western Washington University officers searched the campus and surrounding areas after the bus driver reported seeing a man with a gun who said he had to “take care of” some “bad people” shortly after 4 a.m.