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Letter to the editor: STEM replies to group work

Dear Editor,

As faculty of the STEM division, we strongly disagree with the recent letter from the editor in the Horizon issue (October 24, 2017). It’s nice to talk about one’s personal experiences with regards to group work, but as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math faculty, we’d like to talk about the data and the research behind learning. The editor argues that group work isn’t appropriate for the STEM domain because it would be better to, “get the most accurate information the most efficient way possible” in order to prevent the “spread [of] inaccurate information while giving teachers a break.” While learning wrong information can be detrimental, there is overwhelming evidence that group work, active learning strategies and working through content with your peers is the MOST effective way of learning the content. Continue reading Letter to the editor: STEM replies to group work


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Student senate vetoes majority vote

By Kai Vieira da Rosa

In 1988 Whatcom Community College voted on its first mascot, and after the Board of Trustees approved the choice, the Orcas became the official mascot of Whatcom.

Whatcom’s orca mascot was named Willy and remained that way for almost 30 years. In fall quarter of 2017, Whatcom decided to hold a vote for a new mascot name.

Even though Oscar was the No. 1 choice, Whatcom’s Associated Student Senate decided to use the No. 2 name, Finny, which had a 30 percent deference out of Oscar’s 58 votes. Continue reading Student senate vetoes majority vote


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Employees who light up get put out

By Kai Vieira da Rosa

Twelve states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but within those states, many employers still drug test for it.

Abstaining from the use of marijuana should not be included in the terms of employment in fields that require no formal education or training in states where the recreational use of marijuana is legal.

Employers for basic entry level jobs like cashiers or car sales-men should not be declining applicants who test positive for marijuana. Continue reading Employees who light up get put out


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Does group work actually work?

By Kai Vieira da Rosa

Group work has been a part of the school system for the majority of my life, I now expect it from every class I enroll in. When group work is assigned I wonder if group work really is that beneficial. With so much emphasis being put on the necessity of group work skills in careers, professors don’t realize it does more harm than good.

There is most certainly a time and place for group work, but professors should know when that time and place is.

Group work should be its own class in which the goal is to teach students collaborative skills. That way students can still learn collaborative techniques, while getting the most out of their other classes. Continue reading Does group work actually work?


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Strength in numbers, unions in the work place

By Monique Everett

A union 101 event called: “What’s In It For Me?” invited panelists and speakers to educate community members about union history and its importance on Oct. 30 in Syre 104.

In the meeting, collective power of workers and its ability to create change in the workplace was discussed.

The event was cohosted by Associated Students of Whatcom Community College and the Faculty union of Whatcom, and included panelists Mike Massey, Steve Garey, Sam Keller, Jason Holland, and Karen Strickland. Continue reading Strength in numbers, unions in the work place


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