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Business is booming during Boomuary

Boomer’s Drive-in, a Bellingham staple, is having its 34th anniversary sale. The sale is locally known as Boomuary, as it takes place during January and February every year. Instead of their normal, individually marked prices, every burger on the menu is reduced to $3.44. 





Western


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WWU Lost and Found hosts second-hand event

Was that person wearing your lost sweater? Did a stranger just drink from your long-lost water bottle? With the return of Western’s Lost and Found sale, those thoughts are more likely to arise than you’d think.


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All you need to know about the AS Outdoor Center

The Pacific Northwest has long been known for its natural features that lure the most adventurous people to clamber over mountain tops and ski down powdery slopes. However, the great outdoors can be a dangerous place, and those who lack experience may be daunted by all it has to offer. 


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Sunday scaries? You’re not alone!

Picture this: It’s Sunday night, and the sun is just starting to set. Your mind and heart start racing as all the tasks you’ve been avoiding begin to cloud your mind. 



Bellingham



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Woodstock Farm seeks new management

With its winding, meandering trails, expansive views of Chuckanut Bay and multiple historic buildings, Woodstock Farm is one of Bellingham’s lesser known special use facilities. 


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Farewell, What’s Up!

What's Up! Magazine's 25th anniversary would have been this year. To celebrate, former owner Brent Cole has announced two farewell parties that will take place on March 3 and 4.



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Armory Pickleball begins hosting College Nights

Since its grand opening last October, Armory Pickleball has become a hub for players of all ages. The membership-only establishment is now offering a drop-in court opportunity for college students.


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Neko Cat Café’s social media accounts stir up cat-loving fanbase of thousands

In recent years, Neko Cat Café has gained a large following on both TikTok and Instagram for their creative and fun videos showcasing the cats’ personalities. The social media accounts share content of cats from both the Seattle and Bellingham locations. The café’s Instagram page has over 103K followers and their TikTok account has gained a following of over 345.5K adoring cat fanatics.



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When the levee breaks

Late at night on Dec. 24, 2022, chunks of ice slammed into and overtop a section of levee on the Nooksack River, breaching a 200-foot section of the human-constructed river bank meant to reduce the impacts of flooding. 


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Picturesque Lake Samish hosts 10k and half marathon

Clouds wander over the water of Lake Samish early on Sunday, Jan. 15, as dozens of runners line up behind the start line. The air is cool and the wind blows gently. In a moment, these runners will travel around the lake for the 10k and half marathon races. The horn blows and they are off, making sure their watches are set and heads focused on the challenge ahead. 



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WWU softball ready and locked in for 2023 season

Vikings softball is setting off their season with a trip to Irvine, California, to play in the annual Concordia University Irvine Kickoff Classic after ending their 2022 playoff run with a loss in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships. 


Opinion


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OPINION: 'Queer' is an empowerment

The year is 2009, and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” blasts from the radio. My friend and I are listening to the song, blissfully unaware of the innuendo that is cherry chapstick. 


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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