What started as another student Instagram page has become one of Western Washington University’s newest LGBTQ+ clubs.
Free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests became orderable to each U.S. home address on Jan. 19 according to a White House fact sheet. However, Western Washington University students are still relying on sold-out tests from pharmacies and on-campus testing.
Winter quarter at Western Washington University got off to a tumultuous start. Students and faculty received an email on Jan. 10 saying that courses were moving online for two weeks due to the spike in community COVID-19 cases.
With new faces, returning regulars and improved COVID-19 precautions, open mic night returned to the Underground Coffeehouse at Western Washington University on Tuesday, Jan. 25 for the first time since fall quarter.
This month the Instagram account, WWU Viking Memes, will make matches among Western Washington University students for its third year in a row. The creator of the account usually sifts through an average of a couple hundred students, matching applicants in either a friendship or relationship pairing. The event will be open Feb. 5 through 11:59 p.m. on Feb 8.
Students for CHOICE, a newly-formed and student-led organization, hosted a protest on both Monday, Jan. 31 and Wednesday, Feb. 2. The group is fighting for choice at Western Washington University when it comes to class modality, urging for both online and in-person options in order to accommodate students who feel unsafe coming to class.
On Wednesday, Feb. 2, Western’s President, Sabah Randhawa, hosted an in-person forum in the Viking Union. Students were invited to ‘Join the Conversation,’ ask questions and share their opinions.
Product shortages, unpredictable deliveries and longer restock times can all be tacked on to the list of ways COVID-19 has affected campus.
School isn’t the only thing on a college student’s mind, believe it or not. Aside from the regular stresses of being an adult, it is mental health that becomes the biggest struggle for many.
On Monday, Jan. 10, Western Washington University announced that classes would be held online for two weeks in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, specifically the highly contagious variant, omicron. In response to that announcement, Western student Charlotte Clark-Slakey started a petition demanding lower tuition while students are asked to return to online-only learning. As of Jan. 29, Clark-Slakey’s petition has received 2,487 signatures via Change.org.
Student volunteers at Western Washington University logged onto Zoom to meet with state legislators on Monday, Jan. 17. They spoke to over 60 representatives throughout the day, lobbying for the Associated Students’ legislative agenda.
The Omicron variant has spread quickly to Western Washington University’s campus, causing a shortage in tests at the school’s Student Health Center and leaving symptomatic students with fewer options.
In an email to students and faculty at Western Washington University on Monday afternoon, President Sabah Randhawa announced that remote learning will be extended another two weeks, starting Tuesday, Jan. 11. The extension will last until Jan. 24.
This November, Western Washington University welcomed internationally renowned artist Fred Wilson to campus, preceding the installation of two of his glass chandeliers in the Viking Union outside the Multicultural Center.
Every Friday, students from Western Washington University and others share their love for “Star Wars” in the Bellingham Order of the Saber club.
Amy Salinas Westmoreland has joined the Western Washington University community as the new director of Multicultural Student Services, with her office located in the Viking Union’s Multicultural Center.