When you’re hired at Western as a faculty or staff member, you have to complete an online training known as EverFi. It’s a program that takes up to an hour to complete and trains users on spotting and preventing sexual assault and violence. In addition to that, faculty and staff must complete a separate training on workplace sexual harassment through the Equal Opportunity Office, with a refresher course every three years.
When Western’s chapter of Students for Life of America brought Kristan Hawkins, the president of the national organization, to speak on campus, her talk was fraught with controversy. Days before the event, a poster advertising the event, titled “Lies Feminists Tell,” was lit on fire. A group of community members organized a direct action against the event, making educational handbills and protesting outside the Communications Facility. They said Hawkins was there to spread hate under the guise of the pro-life movement.
Opinion: Keeping AS employees from making public candidate endorsements disenfranchises Western's communityBy Julia Berkman | May 2
Associated Students Elections are a time of year at Western where it really matters that you keep up with what’s happening. There are candidate debates on Facebook, campaigns being run on Instagram and discussions to be read on Twitter.
-Eric Trent, Journalism Student
It’s time again for the “holiday” of choice for stoners: 4/20. The name, started by a group of high schoolers in San Rafael, California, referred at first to the time of day whereupon these stoners would ditch class and smoke weed. Soon, the terminology and culture of 4/20 spread everywhere, and it became the bonafide cannabis indicator, joining the ranks of Bob Marley tapestries and white dreadlocks as a symbol of the popular plant.
Western and its diversity problem, as told by a professor who's been here since 1997
God, I wish this was a joke. Even if it isn’t a joke, it has a pretty good punchline. Here’s the set-up: a guy walks onto a liberal campus in a Make America Great Again hat. Sounds funny, right? Sounds like a joke you’d hear at open-mic night your freshman year, sitting with a bunch of people you only vaguely know in the Underground Coffeehouse.
By Bianca Lancia
Hey Western! We know you all have some good one-liners. Why not get them published? Submit your caption to the unlabeled cartoon below and you could be featured as the winner in this week's issue of The Western Front.
Over the long weekend, Western's ranks thinned out as many college students traveled home for the holidays, leaving behind a small portion of students who either chose not to or couldn’t make the trip.
Now that midterm voting has come to an end, policies, social issues and basic human rights are up for debate once again. One of which is the right to abortion.
Submitted by Kai Bjarke, Huxley College student. A response to Western's handling of disciplinary actions against Huxley professor Paul Stangl.
Cartoons by Cole Sandhofer