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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.

Western journalism student Hannah Johnson, the lead designer for Klipsun Magazine during summer quarter, coaches a student in the Klipsun office in the Communications Facility on campus. Most of the students in this group are from Sedro Woolley High Schoo

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.

The Sehome Arboretum includes more than 5 miles of walkable trails. Photo by Matthew Anderson / WWU

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.

Transitions, Western Washington University’s advising, registration and orientation program for new transfer and postbaccalaureate students, wrapped up this week, with more than 800 new students and 300 family members visiting campus.

Up next is Summerstart, which is the advising, registration and orientation program for new first-year students, beginning Aug. 4.

Western Washington University’s Grandparents U summer program for grandparents and their grandchildren continues July 18 on Western's Bellingham campus.

The Bellingham program is just one of four being offered this year. One program just wrapped up in Poulsbo, where it was offered for the first time. Two other programs -- one for children ages 7 to 10, and the other for children 10 to 14 -- will take place next month in Anacortes.

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