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WWU men’s rowing team setting sights on spring races

The Western Washington University men’s rowing club is working toward its mid-season spring races, following a successful 2022 season that saw multiple national championship medals. According to head coach and Western alumni Nick Jensen, expectations for this year’s athletes are high.

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Get in on the pinball action

Players stand perched over pinball machines, laser-focused; money is on the line, and they’re here to win.  Multiball Monday, a monthly pinball tournament open to all over the age of 21, is held on the last Monday of every month at the 1-Up Lounge in Fairhaven. 

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Picturesque Lake Samish hosts 10k and half marathon

Clouds wander over the water of Lake Samish early on Sunday, Jan. 15, as dozens of runners line up behind the start line. The air is cool and the wind blows gently. In a moment, these runners will travel around the lake for the 10k and half marathon races. The horn blows and they are off, making sure their watches are set and heads focused on the challenge ahead. 

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WWU softball ready and locked in for 2023 season

Vikings softball is setting off their season with a trip to Irvine, California, to play in the annual Concordia University Irvine Kickoff Classic after ending their 2022 playoff run with a loss in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships. 

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Finding community through fitness

The Wade King Student Recreation Center at Western Washington University offers daily fitness classes for those seeking a more social and inclusive space to exercise. The rec center offered a demo week – seven days of free fitness classes to all Western students – from Jan. 9 to 15.

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No snow? No problem.

Hoots, hollers, “oohs” and “ahs” filled the courtyard of Time and Materials Taphouse Saturday, Jan. 14, as skiers and snowboarders hit jumps, rails and even threw themselves off the awnings of the building. The eighth annual Box Jam, hosted by Boardworks Tech Shop, brought a miniature terrain park to downtown Bellingham. At 44 degrees Fahrenheit with a clear sky, snow was not on the forecast, but skiers and snowboarders in full gear could be seen walking down State Street. 

Western women’s soccer team celebrates after an early goal from Morgan Manalili in their game against Concordia University Irvine on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Harrington Field. The only score of the match led to a Viking victory and their fifth regional Division II championship in program history. // Photo by Jack Glenn

Viking women’s soccer triumph for fifth West Regional Final

Western Washington University women’s soccer won their fifth West Regional Division II Final, outplaying Concordia University Irvine on Thursday, Nov. 17.  The 1-0 Viking victory moves Western on to the elite eight to play Colorado School of Mines this Saturday, Nov. 19, at Harrington Field. 

City & County

Micromobility in Bellingham

On any given day, Western students can be seen zooming through campus on their various electric modes of transportation.  According to the National Association of City Transport, use of micromobility such as electric bikes and scooters is rapidly growing. Shared micromobility methods such as Lime Electric Scooters were used in 136 million trips in the United States during 2019, which is 60% more than in 2018. 

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Viking XC gunning for regional success following conference sweep

Western cross-country men’s and women’s teams are heading into regionals with high hopes after sweeping the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships in Monmouth, Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 5.  These first-overall placements for both teams mark their second GNAC sweep in the last three seasons and second in program history.  Division II cross-country West Regionals are set for Nov. 19 in Billings, Montana. 

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Holy Pow — La Niña good news for snow sports

Western students and Whatcom County residents who enjoy skiing and snowboarding are in luck this year — the Pacific Northwest is expected to have a snowy 2022-23 season due to a predicted La Niña winter.  La Niña is a climate pattern in the Pacific Ocean. 

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Want to cheer? Have no fear

Every year, Western Washington University's cheer team hosts clinics for anyone 14 or older to showcase their talent and get a sense of what college cheerleading is like. This year’s fall clinic will be held at Sam Carver Gymnasium on Nov. 13.

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