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The real repercussions of fake news

By Kai Vieira da Rosa

Las Vegas witnessed the largest mass shooting in recent American history Oct 1, 2017. Within hours, hundreds of reports had been uploaded or printed to the web. Some stories contained false news that could have endangered even more people. Fake news has always been around but after the recent shooting it’s more relevant than ever.

The increase probably has to do with readers immediately posting fake stories on social media before checking if their sources are credible or not. Continue reading The real repercussions of fake news


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Whatcom shows support despite DACA termination

By Kai Vieira da Rosa

Despite the chaos surrounding the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Whatcom is determined to show undocumented students they are not alone during this termination process.

“As a collective community, Whatcom is standing with undocumented students,” said Amy Riedel, Associate Director for Student Success.

On Sept. 5, The Department of Homeland Security announced a plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Continue reading Whatcom shows support despite DACA termination


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Food pantry looking back on one year anniversary

By Holden Sandal

The Syre Student Center got a new attraction on Oct. 2016, the Orca food pantry.

This service was created by the Associated Students of Whatcom Community College (ASWCC) and Jackie Rumble, Whatcom Director of Campus Advocacy. The pantry was created so students at Whatcom who are having trouble getting food have a way to eat.

The foods that are collected at the donation bins are brought back to Student Life and Development where they are checked as perishable and non-perishable. Continue reading Food pantry looking back on one year anniversary


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Famous librarian visits Whatcom

By Monique Everett

Nancy Pearl, a well-known icon in the literary world, was featured at Whatcom Thursday, Sept. 21, where she discussed her debut novel, “George & Lizzie.”

The audience was composed of book lovers, writers, musicians, and fans of the Chuckanut Radio Hour, a variety radio show broadcast on KMRE, 102.3 FM.

Partnered with Whatcom, the Chuckanut Radio Hour is produced around 10 times a year, and is recorded in the Heiner Theatre.

“Nancy Pearl is the most famous librarian in America,” Robert Lopresti said, a librarian at Western Washington University who performed a humorous original song called, “Reference Librarian.” Continue reading Famous librarian visits Whatcom


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Orca sports have historical roots at WCC

by Justin Busby

Before 1995, athletes attending Whatcom Community College either had to play for other colleges or not play at all. That changed when basketball became the first sport to represent Whatcom in the Northwest Athletic Conference.
In anticipation of adding sports to the curriculum, a $3.3 million pavilion gym was built in the center of campus. Then-president Harold Heiner was eager to fill it with a sports program and both a men’s team and a women’s team was formed for the 1996-97 academic year.

Continue reading Orca sports have historical roots at WCC


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