Letter from the Editor

by Matt Benoit

Horizon Reporter

With roughly a month left in the quarter, there are some interesting events coming to Whatcom’s campus, and we’ve got some articles about them in this issue of the Horizon.

First up, this year’s WhatcomREADS! program will wrap up with a Feb. 24 visit from Jim Lynch, author of the novel “Border Songs.” Lynch will speak to audiences twice that day, and also visit a classroom. We were fortunate enough to get an interview with Lynch, talking to him about the book, his life as an author and journalist, and even how he fell in once in love with a maid. Check out the interview on page 8.

And that’s not our only Q&A in this issue. Seattle area hip-hop artist Macklemore will be visiting the Syre Student Center Auditorium on March 4 for a concert, and our Merrick Parnell was able to get an interview with him.

In addition to those events, we’ve got some other stories you may find of interest. There are profiles on three Whatcom instructors—Alyson Rollins, Jim Hollingsworth, and Larry Preszler—as well as a look at the work of art instructor Caryn Friedlander.

If you’ve got computer problems or want to know where to find free help for them, check out the article on the IT help desk offered by Whatcom’s IT Professionals of Tomorrow. And with the 83rd Academy Awards just around the corner on Feb. 27, our Mark Botzong gives his picks for who will take home all those golden statuettes.

We hope our coverage helps you to be interested and informed about the many campus events going on, and if you have any questions, comments, or know of other events or story ideas that maybe of interest to us, don’t be afraid to send me an e-mail at editor@whatcomhorizon.com.

As a final note here, I’d like to congratulate 20-year-old rookie Trevor Bayne on his stunning victory in last Sunday’s Daytona 500. He is an inspiration to many in showing that, sometimes, the most unlikely of dreams can come true.


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