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MLK Day: Celebration in action

The Viking Commons brimmed with energy and noise as community members from across Whatcom County and beyond gathered together around a free breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. 

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The practice of healthy sexuality

Turning the corner of the fourth floor of Western Washington University’s Viking Union on the night of Jan. 12, cheering, words of encouragement and music fill the hall outside room 464. Here, the burlesque club is learning the choreography for “Partition” by Beyonce. 

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Hunting pink snow

You’ve heard of white snow, you’ve heard of yellow snow ... but have you heard of pink snow?  Outdoor enthusiasts are likely to come across this pink snow on Mount Baker during a late spring run down the mountain.


Food allergies make navigating the dining halls difficult

Many students rely on the dining halls at Western Washington University for meals while in school. However, students with food allergies can struggle to find accommodating options. When deciding where to eat, students with food allergies must consider ingredients, cross-contamination and whether there will be allergen-free options.

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Letter from the editor: learning to do better

This quarter, The Front had a big wake-up call.  As fall editor-in-chief, I care a lot about both our publication and the community. That’s why in October, after The Front published a controversial guest opinion column about sexual assault, I knew we had to make a change. 


Growing the gardens

Sitting behind Arntzen Hall on the campus of Western Washington University is a patchwork of garden spaces — small raised beds full of soil, a greenhouse, a patch of growing camas bulbs and a compost pile. As part of the university’s campus, the Arntzen Hall gardens are utilized by the College of the Environment for classes that teach hands-on horticulture and agriculture concepts. 


BREAKING: Western Academic Workers United files to unionize

Western Washington University academic student employees of Western Academic Workers United filed to form a union on Friday, Dec. 2, with the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) in Olympia. Members of the group also delivered a letter of intent to unionize to President Sabah Randhawa. 

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Event Review: Yeehaw! Drag goes country

Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Hannah Montana blared over the speakers of the Underground Coffeehouse as The Royal Gambit drag performers lip-synced and strutted their way across the stage.   For their second show, Western’s Royal Gambit Drag Club put on their cowboy hats, boots and plaid attire for A Wild West Drag Show that took place on the night of Nov. 18. 


What's Western doing about hazing?

An email was sent to Western Washington University students including brief information about hazing prevention on Nov. 2, highlighting a new university policy and two educational programs.  Effective on Oct. 19, an interim policy set the new standard for preventing and responding to hazing at Western.

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The root to a healthy well-being is horticulture therapy

Western Washington University’s Wellness and Counseling Center is hosting a monthly workshop event called “Growing Wellness” between the months of October and May, with the workshops taking place on the second Wednesday of each month (excluding December). These workshops focus on the well-being of students while also allowing students to be more connected with nature using horticulture therapy practices.

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