In the Media

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:39am
The Bellingham Herald

In late October, he stepped out from behind a tree in Laurel Park, and masturbated while a woman walked by.

A week prior, he stood in a puffy jacket, and again masturbated on the back porch of a house on North Garden Street.

And just three days before that, he knocked on the window of a house to get the attention of a sleeping woman inside. He wore a tiger mask to conceal his identity, but wanted to make sure she saw him fondling himself.

These incidents are just three of the 20 or more cases of lewd conduct happening around Western Washington University that Bellingham Police say are connected to one white man in his 20s. Sgt. Claudia Murphy said the cases began in early August and have not stopped.

Murphy supervises the Family Crimes Unit at Bellingham Police.

“I’m not a psychologist, but I’ve been doing this for 25 years. People like this don’t just stop on their own. There are cases where behavior like this has escalated,” Murphy said. “I think like a lot of things, he’ll go until he’s caught.”

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:36am
The Daily Beast

Is it true, I ask Mike Duncan, that his 189-part podcast chronicling the history of Ancient Rome has been downloaded 56 million times?

“No, it’s more than that,” Duncan says with the erudite, cool-guy delivery that’s helped make his The History of Rome podcast a stunning success and turned Duncan into a kind of hipster Edward Gibbons. In fact, together with Duncan’s ongoing Revolutions series, which narrates the stories of the English, French, American, and Haitian revolutions, Duncan’s podcasts have been downloaded over 100 million times.

That’s a lot of downloads, and it drew the attention of a literary agent and a publisher who clearly know a platform when they see one.

This brings us to The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic, which debuts this week as number eight on The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Duncan’s new book chronicles the violent upheavals in the half-century before the celebrated ancients Caesar, Pompey, and Mark Antony bloodied the Mediterranean soil working out their political and personal beefs.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:50am
The Northern Light

It took Swenson 22 months to write the book. “I read every newspaper I could find from cover to cover,” he said. From the All Point Bulletin to the Ocean Star and Point Roberts Guide, Swenson gathered all he could, even combing through county and Western Washington University archives as well as interviewing locals and reading local histories housed at the Point
Roberts Library.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:17am

Professor Hodges says the 2008 recession very well could have played a part in delaying some kids from getting out on their own earlier.He also points to a longer life expectancy as a reason young adults may be putting off milestones like getting a career, getting married, even having children.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:16am
BBJ Today

The freshman class at Western Washington University is the largest in the school’s history, according to the fall enrollment figures.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:55am
The Bellingham Herald

An instance of lewd conduct was reported Monday morning south of the Western Washington University campus, but it was uncertain if it was related to a rash of voyeurism and indecent exposures that have plagued the area since August.

Bellingham and Western Washington University police departments responded to the scene of a man masturbating in his car about 8:15 a.m. Monday on 21st Street at Larrabee Avenue on the border of the Fairhaven/Happy Valley neighborhoods.

“It is not known if this incident is related to recent incidents of lewd behavior near or on campus,” said an email from WWU.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 9:22am
Everett Herald

By Johann H. Neem

In 2011, after much controversy, the Washington’s Legislature recognized online Western Governors University, a Utah-based nonprofit with no professors, as a state public college. Soon after, WGU became eligible to receive State Need Grant funds, which provide support to Washington’s neediest students.

At the time, I wrote in the Seattle Times that WGU does not offer a “real college education,” because education “requires students to struggle with difficult material under the consistent guidance of good teachers. WGU denies students these opportunities.” Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General agreed. It is time for the Legislature to do the same.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:56am
The Bellingham Herald

The Bellingham Police Department released a composite sketch Friday of the man they believe is responsible for the recent incidents of voyeurism near Western Washington University.

Police Detective Sue Howell received information from a witness who was in the 800 block of North Garden Street on Halloween – that witness told police the behavior of the person described in the sketch was not normal, according to a news release. The witness is familiar with the neighborhood and its residents, police said.

The physical descriptions of the man in the composite sketch match that of the suspect in the voyeurism cases, according to the news release.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:36am
The Bellingham Business Journal

Courtney Rambo has always been a leader.

“Thinking back to elementary school, middle school and high school, always being involved in (Associated Student Body),” she said. “I just think I have a lot of energy.”

Rambo grew up in North Bend, where, coincidentally, she attended high school with other Top 7 Under 40 winner, Allyson Farrar. They served on the Associated Student Body together.

“I came up here to go to Western in 2007,” Rambo said. “And I never left.”

While working on her bachelor’s degree, she started working at a small sales company, which was then bought out by SPIE, an organization that serves scientists and engineers who work with light.

Rambo started working in the marketing department, and discovered a passion for digital marketing, in particular.