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Nursing students have each other’s backs

Course emphasizes tough realities and teamwork between students.

By Katauna Loeuy

The rigorous and demanding Nursing Program at Whatcom Community College provides a close-knit community to help students discover their true selves through many challenging and rewarding experiences.
“Whatcom really wooed me with how inclusive, welcoming and just the supporting learning environment,” said nursing student Kayla Elmore. “I have felt so empowered as a student…I don’t know if that’s necessarily the experience that I would have with other schools.”
Whatcom’s Nursing Program is competitive because many people apply, but only 30 new students are accepted each year. Whatcom students earn an Associate in Nursing degree which makes them eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensing exam. Continue reading

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Muslim students share Ramadan experiences

By Elisa Espinoza

The Whatcom Community College Muslim Students Association hosted a dinner in celebration of Ramadan, the month of fasting, which is one of the five pillars of Islam that Muslims follow.
The dinner took place in the Syre Auditorium May 22, from 7:30 to 10 p.m..
Tahani Al-fazel, a student and president of the MSA, said about 160 people attended the event.
She said the dinner’s purpose was “spreading awareness, educating people, being together with other Muslims, breaking our fast and sharing the tradition.”
The dinner initiated with an introduction and a recitation of the first chapter of the Quran. Continue reading

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Sister cities come together for Ski to Sea

By Issei Tanaka

Hikaru Yasuma is a Whatcom Community College student who will graduate in spring quarter 2019. Hikaru Yasuma is the president of the Japanese club. Her father Yoshihisa Yasuma came to Bellingham 26 years ago to participate in the 1993 Ski to Sea race. Yoshihisa Yasuma participated in the 2019 Ski to Sea.
The Ski to Sea began in 1973 and has been supported by over 900 volunteers every year.
Over 400 teams of three to eight people participate in seven different athletic events: cross-country skiing, downhill skiing or snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclocross biking and sea kayaking. Continue reading

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Opinion: 30 years after Tiananmen, Hong Kong freedom at stake

By Eva Mo

What is home for you? A place that makes you feel comfortable, a place that holds everything you love, or a place that helps you grow?
As an international student who has studied at Whatcom for two and a half years, I hadn’t gone back to my home country until last December.
I must confess that I was a little bit afraid of going back Hong Kong, because I know that it has changed a lot in these last two years.
Not just the environment in Hong Kong, but the people and the status.
As a Hong Konger, I always think about what it is that my home country really needs. To be independent? To uphold our freedom, human rights and the rule of law till the end? Or to obey China unwillingly? Continue reading

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