A pair of first-half goals proved to be the difference as Western Washington University fell to NCAA Division I Seattle University, 2-0, in a men's soccer exhibition game Saturday night at Robert S. Harrington Field on the WWU campus. It was the first varsity game played on the new field and the first time Western soccer has played on campus since 2000.

Brady Ballew opened the scoring in the seventh minute, blasting home a half-volley from six yards after a low cross from Josh Greene.

Whenever we ask Western students, alumni, employees and parents what places they love to visit in Bellingham, Boulevard Park inevitably appears near the top of the list. It's a great place to dance, to walk, to study, to listen to music, to play catch and to watch the sunset.

Odds are that sunsets will continue to be beautiful (like the one pictured, captured by J.T. Williams on Tuesday, Aug. 19) for at least the next week or so, as weather forecasters are predicting sunny weather with highs in the upper 70s.

Western students organized a pair of ceremonies on Aug. 14 in Red Square to honor the memory of Michael Brown, who died on Aug. 9 at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo. The death of Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was unarmed at the time of his death, set off several days of protests in Ferguson as well as discussions on social media.

The gathering in Red Square was one of many throughout the nation held to remember Brown and to observe a moment of silence. The gathering included a candlelight vigil, speeches, songs and a forum for those in attendance to speak to the crowd.

Presented by Western's Summer Youth Theatre Institute, "Monster Keeper" is a lively, all-ages stage adaptation of the best-selling middle-reader novel "Demonkeeper," by Royce Buckingham.

The play hits the PAC Mainstage at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 10.

This is definitely relaxing weather.

Jacob Kinser, a program assistant in Woodring College of Education, snapped this photo of his son, Solomon, lounging near one of the characters that make up the "Feats of Strength" sculpture by Tom Otterness in Haskell Plaza near south campus.

The weather is expected to stay mostly sunny through the weekend, topping out at 88 degrees on Monday but dipping to 79 degrees, with a 40-percent chance of rain, on Tuesday.

South campus was swarming with student journalists this past weekend, as roughly 150 youth in grades eight to 12 from all over Washington state met for a four-day journalism camp.

The students, along with a number of high school journalism advisers, were at Western Washington University Aug. 1 to 4 to take part in the Washington Journalism Education Association's 2014 summer workshop.

The camp is part of WJEA's broad effort to enhance the quality of high school journalism programs throughout the state, said Kathy Schrier, the association's executive director.

Summer is a great time to visit the Sehome Hill Arboretum, the 180-acre park located just behind Western Washington University's campus.

All summer long, students at the Associated Students Outback Farm have been harvesting vegetables at the farm and delivering them by bicycle to the Bellingham Food Bank.

These photos, taken on Wednesday, July 30, show the students boxing and delivering 134 pounds of leafy greens and root crops. So far this summer, the students have donated 496 pounds of vegetables to feed those in need.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visited Bellingham on Thursday, July 31, to hear about plans for the redevelopment of Bellingham's waterfront.

Included in his visit was a Q-and-A session at the Bellingham Ferry Terminal in Fairhaven, at which he also discussed Western Washington University's plans for the waterfront.

Other local politicians, including Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and State Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-40th District) also attended the event.