Album Review: ‘Double or Nothing’

By: Dawson Finley Never before has trap seen such a mainstream appeal as it has in 2017. While the subgenre’s definition is more fluid as it continues to intertwine with pop, there’s no doubt that there are still hits to be made by many of the artists and producers in the industry. As the year is coming to its close, we see one of the more interesting collaborations to come out for a producer/rapper pair project: “Double or Nothing” by Big Sean & Metro Boomin. Metro Boomin is one of the biggest producers right now, responsible for creating some of the […]

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Western Cooks: Pull-apart Pumpkin Bread

By Emma Agte I missed out on pumpkin pie over Thanksgiving break and it has left me with a pumpkin shaped hole in my heart ever since. I was inspired to make pumpkin bread (the grocery store was out of pie) but my pantry lacked baking soda – a key ingredient. I knew this recipe for Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf from crazyforcrust.com would be perfect for my boyfriend and I to make together. His family has roots in the South so he always has ready-to-bake biscuits on hand; it’s practically a food group over at his place. I have to be honest, […]

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Reporter Column: As print news dies out, visual journalism adapts

Opinion by: Dan Thomas Technology is rapidly changing the world around us. Only a couple decades ago, the majority of mass media news was distributed through newspapers and evening television anchors. Nowadays, the 24-hour news cycle is overwhelmingly populated with digital content. Technology has opened the door for more variety in powerful journalism – digital storytelling through multimedia video content, 360-degree recording, virtual reality, and social media storytelling on Snapchat or Instagram. These all present a unique opportunity to retell world events or stories in an immersive way over a convenient medium. Reputable newspapers like The New York Times and […]

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Western Cooks: Orange Duck with a Beet and Pomegranate Salad

By: Cutter Kilgore Original recipe from Food Wishes blog: http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2014/02/orange-duck-orange-you-glad-i-didnt.html Ingredients for the duck and sauce: 2 duck breasts, 6 to 8 oz each 1 vegetable oil 1 navel orange 2 tbsp Grand Marnier (orange liquor) 1 tbsp sherry vinegar pinch of cayenne 1 rounded tbsp Seville orange marmalade 1 cup chicken broth 1 tbsp butter salt and pepper to taste   Ingredients for the salad:   1 lb beets, trimmed and scrubbed 6 tbsps extra virgin olive oil Fresh rosemary 1 pomegranate 1 small white onion 4 oz. chevre goat cheese Small, tender leaves from the center of a […]

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Tips and Tricks from Bellingham’s Budtenders

By: Jimmy Goulding Cannabis has been newly legalized in states across the U.S., meaning valid and accurate information can be quite scarce. I went out and talked to three budtenders from three separate stores around Bellingham to get their opinions on the industry and some tips on purchasing good quality cannabis. I sat down with Zac Freman, a budtender at Trove Cannabis. When recommending and looking for superb cannabis, he looks for the biggest nugs. “The bigger nugs can usually have that stronger potency and taste,” Freman said. “If you find nugs that are big you know you’re getting the […]

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Hikes of Whatcom: Pine and Cedar Lakes

By: Sierra Sandoval A quick and easy hike can do wonders to free your mind. This one is perfect for getting outside on a nice day, and getting away from your computer screens and school work. The hike to Pine and Cedar Lakes is a relatively easy hike with a total round trip of around 2 hours and 30 minutes. This doesn’t include the time it would take to walk around both lakes and adventure around though. The starting point that I like to go from is off of Chuckanut Drive, where the interurban trails start. From there you can […]

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Western Works Out: Deadlifts

By: Alex Dupille   If there is one weightlifting exercise that encompasses almost all the muscles in one fluid motion, it would be deadlifts. The deadlift engages all the major muscle groups simultaneously. Some of the major muscles that are engaged are the hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, adductor magnus (inner thigh) and your soleus (smaller part of your calf). Deadlifting will not only increase your muscle strength and size, but if done properly will improve your posture too. Although the deadlift seems like a very simple exercise, it can be extremely dangerous if not conducted with proper form. There are […]

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Playlist: All Covers, All the Time

By: Kristina Rivera To me, a good song cover reworks the original song. The cover should showcase the artist’s own flair and personality. One of my favorites is the Flaming Lips’ cover of the The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”. It seems appropriate for psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips to cover one of The Beatles’ most psychedelic-sounding songs. However, The Flaming Lips adds a level of bombastic production that builds into the chorus. Miley Cyrus performs the vocals and is a perfect accompaniment to the cover. If The Flaming Lips isn’t your cup of tea, another one […]

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Whatcom Gems: Bellingham Bay Collectibles

By: Logan Portteus When I enter an antique shop, I’m not seeking a sparse room with standalone items on display for upwards of $200.  I seek a place packed to the ceiling with items of all kinds, one where I weave through isles in amazement of the sheer quantity of history engulfing me.   Bellingham Bay collectibles, located at 314 W. Holly St., is exactly the kind of antique shop I love, and truly a Whatcom gem.  Among the things on display in the shop’s front windows were mannequins dressed for a 1920s dinner party, a huge stuffed tiger and […]

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Book Review: ‘The Alchemist’

By: Ray Garcia “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” The end of fall quarter reminds me of how dynamic life can be. In the beginning, there’s a type of invincibility that comes with an unweathered spirit, but that feeling seems to become almost nonexistent over the span of those 11 weeks. In Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”, he tells an enlightening story of a young, Andalusian shepherd named Santiago who has a recurring dream of a wonderful buried treasure. It […]

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