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The Dead Parrots Society, a student improv comedy troupe at Western Washington University, performed its annual Improv Musical in the Old Main Theater this past weekend.

The entire show was improvised by the cast based on a title that they get from the audience at the beginning of the show. This May 23 show was titled “Cheesecake of Love.”

The plot, characters and musical numbers were all subject to the creative whims of the performers.

The annual migrant youth leadership conference pairs youth with WWU student leaders for a day of touring the campus, workshops and activities. The idea of the conference is to give migrant youth a chance to explore Western and discover what higher education looks, feels, tastes, sounds and even smells like.

This year’s conference was held May 21, drawing students from both Whatcom and Skagit Counties. The end of the conference was held in the VU MPR where the Baile Folclorico de WWU and spoken word artist Nef, Neftali Ramirez, performed.

Western Washington University faculty award winners were honored May 14 at the annual Provost and Faculty Senate Spring Awards Ceremony in the Western Gallery on campus.

Wesrtern Provost Brent Carbajal and Faculty Senate President Johann Neem spoke at the event, which honored the various faculty award winners for the 2013-14 school year.

The winners:

The "Beyond NAFTA: Streamlining the Border to Strengthen North American Competitiveness" conference, hosted by the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, continues until 3 p.m. today in the Viking Union.

Scholars Week is underway on the Western Washington University campus. The events kicked off with an opening ceremony Monday in which Cyndie Shepard, director of Compass 2 Campus and wife of president Bruce Shepard, spoke of the philosophy behind the event and pointed to the week ahead.

The Third Annual 48-Hour Film Festival, put on by Western Washington University's KVIK Television, took place from April 17 to April 20.

Student teams were given 48 hours to plan, film, edit and deliver a film to festival planners.

WWU student photographer Mindon Win followed one team, Dolly Llama Productions, as they created their short film "A Part."

More than 700 students, faculty, staff and community members joined to march across the Western campus on Monday afternoon in support of diversity on campus and the university’s commitment to becoming a more diverse campus in the future.

After some brief remarks in front of the Wade King Student Recreation Center, the lively throng moved through campus, clapping, carrying signs, and chanting messages in favor of diversity and inclusion.

Most of the turf is down on Harrington Field on south campus, and the facility is nearly complete.

A $1 million gift from Western alumnus Scott Harrington and his family has helped begin the process of building the modern multipurpose athletic field. This project creates a fully lighted and fenced artificial turf play field that is sized for regulation soccer and will serve as the new home of Western’s NCAA Division II men’s and women’s soccer teams. It also will be an important resource for Western recreation programs and intramurals.

Every winter quarter, the Residents’ Resource Awareness Program at Western Washington University holds "Go for the Green," a competition amongst Western's nine residence halls to reduce water, waste, electricity and natural gas. Last quarter, residents saved 91,374 kilowatt hours through energy reduction practices.

The winner of this year's "Go for the Green" challenge was Edens/Higginson. Through winter quarter, Edens and Higginson had 60 percent of residents sign reduction pledges and had the largest reduction in electricity use.

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