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Residents at Woodway Assisted Living protest ‘hellhole’ living conditions

Philip Emerson, general counsel for Ageia Health Services, said, "Some of those complaints are valid and being addressed." // Photo courtesy of Lorraine Howard   by...

Sexual assault survivors say Western, community should do more

Madison, a Western student and survivor. // Photo by Taylor Nichols By Asia Fields and Melissa McCarthy Content warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual assault. Eight...

Security expert: Western’s active shooter response, safety upgrade plans uninformed

By Sarah Porter Students, faculty and experts on campus security are questioning Western’s preparedness for an active shooter. Some Western faculty sent emails to President Sabah...

Former Huxley student frustrated with how Western handled sexual harassment case

By Asia Fields Content warning: sexual harassment Stirling Scott, the student who reported Huxley associate professor Paul Stangl for sexual harassment, did everything Western tells students...

Western classrooms hard to secure in case of active shooter, the Front finds

By Sarah Porter Run, hide or fight. Those are your options if there is an active shooter at Western. However, while University Police safety materials instruct people to...

Records show expulsion rare for sexual misconduct perpetrators

By Monique Merrill With reporting help from: Lexi Foldenauer, Dante Koplowitz-Fleming and Raelynn Sheridan Content warning: this story contains subject matter regarding sexual misconduct. From 2009 to 2016, 58...

Health Center Staff Spread Thin To Meet High Demand, Low Budget

Despite an increase in the health services fee this fall, Western’s Student Health Center employees will still be paid significantly less than others in...

Roadblocks to Resources

In a large, quiet room tucked away in a corner of Old Main sits the disAbility Resources for Students center, a place where almost...

When All Else Fails: Student failure rates in required courses continue to skyrocket

It’s 6 a.m. and sophomore Mamata Tamang is barely making her way out of bed to start the day. The 20-year-old gets ready by...

Dark Days

The entrance to Western Washington University’s Counseling Center. // Photo by Kevin LakeEvery day, he thought about death. But the image of his own — always on his mind — terrified him. More than death, senior Michael Ajeto feared himself.Ajeto, at his lowest, could never be certain just how far the depression might drive him, he said. He never attempted suicide, but the possibility always lingered on the heels of a bad day.“I would have a bad day and think, ‘Man, I just want to check out’ or ‘
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