One group of Western students is conducting some rather unusual research. They hike through the woods at night, breaking the silence with howls and striking trees with heavy branches. Then they wait and listen for a response — from a Sasquatch.
The task might seem straightforward but the main goal behind it all certainly isn’t — bring more women into STEM fields. Western's Youth Programs' GEMS (girls in engineering, math and science) Night Out sought to do just that by starting them off early, teaching them that being an engineer or mathematician isn’t all-boys club.
The script began to write itself. Stories sprung out of the interviewees like they had been locked up for years. A student struggling with their place on the gender spectrum was able to explain how they coped. A deaf student shared experiences of social isolation.
It was 11 years of service; it was a 17-year-old begging to enroll. Now scattered through a crowd of college students, senior Clay Lenssen and sophomore Liam Knight reflect on where they have been — and where they are now — after the towers fell on that fateful day.