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With several significant fault lines in the region, Western Washington University is at risk from major earthquakes. Western administration, local experts and a student from Alaska have provided their insights on how to prepare for these major natural disasters. // Illustration via Pixabay

How to Survive an Earthquake at Western Washington University

Tons of information exists about earthquake preparedness, from the general cover and hold and standing under door frames to recommendations for survival gear. This is information for students, faculty and staff at Western Washington University about the risk of earthquakes and what to do when they strike.  




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Bellingham City Hall on Friday, May 14, 2021. The city council is moving toward an unarmed response team for behavioral health crises, assisted by recent state legislation. // Photo by Kelton Burns

Unarmed crisis response coming to Bellingham

Bellingham and Whatcom County are finalizing plans for an unarmed crisis response team this year. This team will handle emergency calls from individuals experiencing mental illness-related crises among other situations where an armed response is not deemed necessary.



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A beekeeper grabs ahold of part of a hive during May in Bellingham, Wash. Beekeeper Marisa Papetti said a late spring may have been a factor in fewer bee sightings in Bellingham this year. // Photo courtesy of Noah Hadley

Where are the bees?

The rain begins to dwindle, the weather warms and flowers bloom; bees buzz by to pollinate. That familiar buzzing, however, was absent for a time in Bellingham this spring. 



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Western Washington University artist Rachel Rothberg stands next to her piece called Requiem, an oil painting of four colorful birds, on June 1, 2021. The Western Gallery Material Mind Exhibition showcases the thesis work of graduating Western students from the BFA program. // Photo by Crystal Tucker

"Material Mind" exhibition has begun

After a year of hard work and conceptualization, graduating Western Washington University students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program will finally get the chance to present their thesis projects to the public from now until June 11. 




Opinion



We're changing the name. Here's why

This website is a part of a larger evolution that has been in the works for a while. It couldn’t have happened without the hard work and contributions of numerous past editors. Some of the changes have been happening subtly over the past few months; others are rolling out for the first time today.  Here’s a rundown:




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