Western Washington University’s Ethnic Student Center clubs are hosting Heritage Dinners, which are end of the year celebrations filled with food, performances and other forms of entertainment varying based on the club to build and celebrate their communities.
Climate activism at Western Washington University has opened a new front with the founding of the Students for Climate Action. Holding its first meeting on May 6, the club seeks to use direct action and demonstrations to advocate for greater environmental protection and defense against climate change.
As the end of the school year approaches, students in the Honors College are working to complete their capstone projects. Third-year Western Washington University student Aidyn Stevens has facilitated workshops for her Honors College and Theatre capstone project. Stevens conducted a series of workshops with the intent to use theatre as a method to address how white supremacist culture in predominantly white institutions marginalizes students.
Western Washington University students with cars have long complained about Western’s parking options.
Inside a Viking Union lecture hall, passionate fans of the game crowded near a large projector screen to watch. League of Vikings, a club at Western Washington University, intended for players of the video game League of Legends, held a live watch event for the League Championship Series Spring Finals on April 24.
The Associated Students of Western Washington University are currently seeking candidates for this year’s upcoming elections. The candidate filing deadline was previously May 5 but has now been extended to May 15.
The COVID-19 outbreak left members of Western’s racing team with a surplus of downtime; however, this allowed the team to create something new. The team decided to use their extra time as a turning point to design and manufacture Western’s first physical electric formula-style race car.
“Going into 2020, it was pure chaos.” Third-year Chauncey Gummere, the public relations specialist for the Scholars Week Organizing Committee, recounts how the committee moved the originally in-person Scholars Week online during the March 2020 lockdowns at Western Washington University. “I think they had two weeks or something like that,” Gummere said. “It was a ridiculously small amount of time to cancel the in-person [event] and turn everything online.”
Despite the College of the Environment officially losing the ‘Huxley’ title on Dec. 9, 2021, the name change has continued to be a topic of discussion reaching beyond the environmental sciences program. Students had long criticized Western Washington University for naming the college after Thomas H. Huxley, a 19th-century biologist who became a famous proponent of Darwin’s theory of evolution — but also supported tenets of scientific racism.
Jazz students of Western Washington University performed their last concert of the year at the Underground Coffeehouse on Wednesday, Apr. 20, after a winter quarter of public health instability.
During Earth Week, Western Washington University and members of the community celebrated the efforts of BIPOC and youth climate activism with a week of events that began Saturday, April 16. The events included outdoor activities, film screenings, panel discussions and two celebrations.
KUGS 89.3 FM is the student radio station at Western Washington University, located in the Viking Union. They use a blend of analog and digital technology to play mostly underground local music.
The Queer Resource Center at Western Washington University put on its 30th annual drag show in accordance with Sean Humphrey House and Lifelong, local charities dedicated to providing care and services to families living with HIV and other chronic illnesses. A portion of the ticket sales went to both organizations.
A new program focused on benefiting students' mental health was welcomed onto Western Washington University’s campus this spring. The Outdoor Wellness Program is the product of a fourth-year Fairhaven student, Ben Crandall, who created this peer-to-peer program for his senior project.