On Wednesday, Nov. 3, posters appeared on Western Washington University’s campus reading “WWU Protects Sexual Predators.” The posters pictured Paul Stangl, a professor of urban planning and sustainable development at the College of the Environment.
Nate Sanford is the editor-in-chief of The Western Front and a fourth-year news/editorial journalism major. His reporting focuses on the environment, local politics, urban policy and anything else that matters. His writing has appeared in Crosscut, the Inlander, Whatcom Watch and at least one desk in Haggard Hall. You can find him on Twitter @sanford_nate and at email@example.com.
It’s no coincidence that spooky season and election season occupy the same few weeks in America. There’s something about October that makes people want to dress up as someone else — a zombie, a bassoon playing ghost or a politician who cares about the working class. The yellow leaves and shortened days all point to change.
This website is a part of a larger evolution that has been in the works for a while. It couldn’t have happened without the hard work and contributions of numerous past editors. Some of the changes have been happening subtly over the past few months; others are rolling out for the first time today. Here’s a rundown:
Citing Washington’s rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, President Sabah Randhawa announced Thursday morning that Western Washington University will be postponing a Q&A forum on fall reopening until further notice.
In the first part of this episode, we explore what a halting return to near-normal looks like and head to the Underground Nightclub, which is reopening after more than a year. We also talk about the murder hornet on Western’s campus. (Don’t worry; it’s dead.)
For the second time, a cryptic manuscript with strange symbols, drawings and swastikas was dropped off at Viking UnionBy Nate Sanford | April 3
Editor’s note and content warning: This story includes discussion and opt-in access to images that include swastikas. The Western Front uses “antisemitic” instead of “anti-Semitic” in accordance with the findings of Western’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Antisemitism. The task force was made up of students, faculty, staff and administrators, and the report can be found here.
Health officials have traced a recent surge in COVID-19 cases among Western students to parties and other large social gatherings, according to a Western Alert sent on Monday, March 22.
This is the last in a four-part investigative series about the forced resignation of an LGBTQ+ student and the role of religious institutions on Western’s campus. Parts one, two, three can be found here.
Behind the systems: For LGBTQ+ employees at religious organizations, a murky legal landscape on campus and in the courtsBy Nate Sanford | May 27
This is the third article in a four-part investigative series about the forced resignation of a LGBTQ+ student and the role of religious institutions on Western’s campus. Parts one, two and four can be found here.