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The practice of healthy sexuality

Turning the corner of the fourth floor of Western Washington University’s Viking Union on the night of Jan. 12, cheering, words of encouragement and music fill the hall outside room 464. Here, the burlesque club is learning the choreography for “Partition” by Beyonce. 





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Food allergies make navigating the dining halls difficult

Many students rely on the dining halls at Western Washington University for meals while in school. However, students with food allergies can struggle to find accommodating options. When deciding where to eat, students with food allergies must consider ingredients, cross-contamination and whether there will be allergen-free options.



The Setonian

Letter from the editor: learning to do better

This quarter, The Front had a big wake-up call.  As fall editor-in-chief, I care a lot about both our publication and the community. That’s why in October, after The Front published a controversial guest opinion column about sexual assault, I knew we had to make a change. 


Bellingham


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The Banff Film Festival’s return to Bellingham

The Banff Centre’s Mountain Film Festival returned to Bellingham last Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Mount Baker Theatre during its 2023 world tour. Human triumph, commitment, environmental preservation, cultural heritage and a grand love for the natural world were all themes presented during the sold-out, two-and-a-half-hour show hosted by the AS Productions team at Western Washington University.


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Vintage clothing market comes to Bellingham

Rather than buying mass-produced, trend-based clothes, thrifting can provide alternatives to modern consumerism. Community-run events such as the most recent vintage clothing market seek to grow Bellingham’s thrifting culture.




Whatcom


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Madison Joy LeFever: Art as Healing and Empowerment

Sweaty bodies pack a room filled with dizzying, strobing lights and bone-rattling bass. Amidst this chaos, Madison Joy LeFever captures images — fleeting moments between lighting cues and blackouts that somehow encapsulate entire evenings in one still frame.  LeFever is a 21-year-old Bellingham-based creative. Her many titles include playwright, director, photographer, composer, singer and songwriter.





Sports Recreation


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No snow? No problem.

Hoots, hollers, “oohs” and “ahs” filled the courtyard of Time and Materials Taphouse Saturday, Jan. 14, as skiers and snowboarders hit jumps, rails and even threw themselves off the awnings of the building. The eighth annual Box Jam, hosted by Boardworks Tech Shop, brought a miniature terrain park to downtown Bellingham. At 44 degrees Fahrenheit with a clear sky, snow was not on the forecast, but skiers and snowboarders in full gear could be seen walking down State Street. 




Western women’s soccer team celebrates after an early goal from Morgan Manalili in their game against Concordia University Irvine on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Harrington Field. The only score of the match led to a Viking victory and their fifth regional Division II championship in program history. // Photo by Jack Glenn

Viking women’s soccer triumph for fifth West Regional Final

Western Washington University women’s soccer won their fifth West Regional Division II Final, outplaying Concordia University Irvine on Thursday, Nov. 17.  The 1-0 Viking victory moves Western on to the elite eight to play Colorado School of Mines this Saturday, Nov. 19, at Harrington Field. 


Opinion


The Setonian

Response to the "We need to change the stigma around sexual assault" column

The assertion that Bellingham is an intolerant liberal echo chamber is made often, and it can be valid – but more realistically, many members of the Bellingham community feel that they cannot speak against social warriors. The silent majority of Western students are not committed to the brand of social justice that some Western students are selling. 


The Setonian

Response to "We need to change the stigma around sexual assault" column

Addressing the topic of sexual assault in an ethical and comprehensive manner requires diligence, empathy, sensitivity, courage and nuance. It is a difficult topic for anyone to write about. As a disclaimer, my perspective on the recent opinion piece is inevitably informed by my personal experience. I am fortunate: I have not experienced sexual assault.


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OPINION: Antisemitism is on the rise; Western needs to fight back

On the week of Oct. 20, two antisemitic displays were found on the “free speech” board in the Viking Union. The first depicted an antisemitic caricature, and the second was the Nazi dog whistle “1488.” This understandably affected the Jewish student body at Western Washington University, and unfortunately, this kind of antisemitism is nothing new in our culture or at WWU.


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OPINION: Casual Games: Rated E for Everyone

When I was in high school, it was common to be considered a nerd if you played video games. At Western Washington University, you walk five feet and you overhear someone talking about Animal Crossing or Minecraft.


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