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President Randhawa hosted a live Q&A with Western students May 20. In fall 2021, Randhawa will welcome back students to Western’s campus. // Photo courtesy of Western’s Director of University Communications Paul Cocke.

Seventeen takeaways from Western’s forum on fall 2021

On May 20, Western President Sabah Randhawa held a Q&A where he addressed questions about Western Washington University’s plans for fall quarter. He was joined by Provost Brent Carbajal and vice president for enrollment and student services Melynda Huskey. 


Bellingham


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.




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. 


Whatcom





Whatcom County Courthouse on Friday, April 23, 2021. Several of the police reform bills were sent to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk to be signed into law in April 2021. // Photo by Kelton Burns

Police reform bills on their way to be approved in Washington state

Following the widespread demonstrations and growing number of Black Americans killed by the police, the Washington Legislature is moving forward on reforming the police statewide. A majority of police reform bills have been delivered to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk to be signed into law while others are making their way through the Legislature.


Sports Recreation



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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