Some of us are lucky enough to live within walking distance of school, but in reality Western students are spread throughout Whatcom County, some even commuting from Skagit County or Snohomish County. Leaving over an hour before your class starts can take a toll on your morning, with the cherry on top of arriving to campus to park in the depths of the C Lots and being late to class.
Whether it’s in the Viking Union or The Atrium market, we’ve all been there — staring at a wide selection of garbage cans, wondering what’s recyclable, what goes in the landfill and what goes in the mysterious unlabeled can at the end.
“WikiLeaks” has become a buzzword for anti-establishment Americans. The organization, specializing in revealing otherwise-restricted documents to the public through hacking, has been a subject of controversy among the government and media since 2006.
As someone who uses gender neutral pronouns, I encounter many well-meaning people who don’t understand the concept and value of personal pronouns. You know: she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, and the variety of other pronouns that people may choose to be referred to by. It may have never crossed these well-meaning folks’ minds that they, too, have pronouns that they depend on in social, academic, familial, occupational and other realms of life. The secret is this: pronouns are important for everyone.
In my role at Western, I have the privilege of participating in conversations with students, faculty and student services professionals about ways we can shift our language to be inclusive of people with diverse gender identities. Though sometimes subtle, these shifts are powerful in their recognition that transgender people — and particularly people with non-binary gender identities — are possible, and present.