Welcome to the ‘new’ Horizon

“In these uncertain/unprecedented times.”

“Now more than ever.”

“We’re all in this together.”

These are the refrains of our new reality. Zoom is how we hold meetings with colleagues and happy hour with friends.

We are online with students, communicating fleetingly with video conferencing tools but mostly by email.

Facebook and social media have become the go-to for family updates and connections. Memes are how we cope and find humor in “this thing of ours.”

These are indeed unprecedented times.

Here at the Horizon student newspaper, the decision to go online was always in the conversation, but COVID-19 made us voice it out loud and adapt to actually doing it… like, RIGHT NOW.

Feeling like the Whos in “Horton Hears a Who!” we are raising our collective voice to let you know: “We are here… we are here … WE ARE HEEERE!”

As advisor to the Horizon since January 2013, I have seen many changes and we seem to have weathered them all, so far.

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Equality is not enough

Imagine you are facing a wall with two friends. This wall is 7 feet tall. You are about 6-foot-2 and your friends are 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-2. You need a stool to see over the wall, so you get yourself a box that is 10 inches tall. The principle of equality would say that this same box should be provided for your two friends as well, and that is sufficient. You all are provided the same materials to do the same task. Is this not fair?

This method of doling out boxes according to the principle of equality does not work. Clearly, if you are any good at mental math, you know that it is only you who can see over the wall. Your friends, having different needs in accordance with their heights, are still stuck staring at bricks.

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WCC Health and Wellness Services during COVID-19

Whatcom Community College’s Health and Wellness Committee will not be meeting this quarter due to necessary social distancing, but this does not mean the end of student aimed resources, says a partner and developer of Whatcom’s Orca Food Pantry.

Catherine Chambers is an AmeriCorps Vista who has been partnered with Whatcom’s Student Life and Development Office, working to explore what student hunger means for our college community.

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Whatcom community forced to chart new territory online

As conditions with the Covid-19 virus took the world by storm, all non-essential local businesses have been ordered closed.

This immediate change left little time for any transition, and students were thrown right into it. Teachers were not immune.

“I’m learning from the experience,” said Whatcom Community College drama instructor Gerald Large. “One thing, for instance, is the Drama 110 Production class. Live on stage, I’m focused on getting the play on its feet for performing in front of a live audience. Putting it online, I’m forced to focus more on analysis.”

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When contact decreases, drivers see deliveries increase

Delivery drivers everywhere have found themselves to be more in demand than ever amid the COVID-19 crisis.

As restaurants and bars remain closed, drivers have been forced to put in more work in half the time, while maintaining new sanitary standards to keep themselves and their customers safe. With less staff and more regulations, drivers have found themselves facing their share of challenges while doing their best to serve the community as essential workers.

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Whatcom welcomes new cross country program and coach

The Whatcom Community College Athletics program will include a cross country team for the fall 2020 season, and will be coached by Jay Sloane.

Director for Athletics and Recreation at Whatcom, Danny Day, said the college was looking for new opportunities to provide to students, and cross country came up as a program that would benefit both the students and community.

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