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Freshman life

Juggling it all: The balance of social and academic life at Western

At almost 11 p.m. on the first Wednesday school night of October, dozens of Western Washington University students - many of them first-year students - gathered for an impromptu party at the campus sculpture popularly known as the “Stairs To Nowhere.” Away from their parents, first-year students at Western are getting a taste of what adult life is and the liberty that comes with it. 

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Western clubs are making a comeback

Enrollment at universities and colleges across the country declined in recent years, but Western Washington University’s campus is active once again. The engagement in campus activities has surged. Club officers have seen their numbers climb and say that now is the best time to get involved. 

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Finally … Freshens Reopens on Campus!

For the first time in over a year, the Carver Gym location of Freshens Fresh Foods Studio has opened for the fall quarter.  The on-campus dining option was closed all of last year and some of 2020 due to the pandemic, subsequent labor shortages and supply chain issues. Now, Western Washington University students who have been craving Freshens in its absence are excited to see it up and running again. 

Eating Disorders and Social Media

Social media influencer and WWU student shares eating disorder story

Sophia Carter’s Instagram account is filled with smiling selfies and photos of friends. It’s also overflowing with authenticity. Carter, a third-year Western Washington University student, uses Instagram to share her journey living with eating disorders since 2019. On her platform of more than 60,000 followers (@sophiaecarter), she posts unposed pictures, updates on her recovery and reassuring reels. Ironically, Carter noted, Instagram influenced the beginning of her eating disorders. 

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Calling all kings, queens, non-binary fiends: Royal Gambit Drag Club comes to Western

Wearing a drawn-on beard and platform boots, cowboy hat in hand, drag king Axe Andros’  persona — a self-described gay little man who’s incredibly pansexual — comes to life. Now, Andros wants to bring the fun and freedom of drag to Western Washington University through a new student group called the Royal Gambit Drag Club. Through the club, Andros wants to create a safe space for people to experiment with their style, find their persona and perfect their performance.

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Here and queer: introducing Untethered The Musical

Western Washington University's Summer Theatre is producing a student-created musical titled “Untethered.” The process began through Student Theatre Productions, where Western theatre and dance students connected to cultivate the writing team. 

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Cookies, cakes and bread! Oh my!

Western Washington University third-year, Sofia Larrondo, has been selling homemade baked goods since March 2021 and donating the profits to the Bellingham Occupied Protest Mutual Aid to help the homeless population in Bellingham.

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What’s WWU listening to?

Having the right soundtrack for your trek across campus is important. Sometimes on those gray and cloudy Washington mornings you need that one song to get you motivated for the day ahead.

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Are your plants not looking too hot?

Are your plants suddenly looking a little yellow, maybe not taking in as much water as normal or the leaves have started dropping, even though it’s properly taken care of? Well, then you might have a bug situation going on.

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Annual Spring Club Showcase takes off

Western Washington University students attended the Spring Club Showcase in the Viking Union multipurpose room on May 17. Students explained the importance of in-person clubs on campus. Joining clubs gives students the opportunity to find others with similar interests to themselves.

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An unexpected gallery: Right to Recognition

When a Western Washington University dance instructor invited her student-turned-friend to teach a fun end-of-quarter art project on the last day of the fall quarter, they did not expect to be co-creating an exhibit that would show two quarters later. 

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