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‘Doctober’: Local cinema to host film festival

  By Alex George   

           Over 50 documentaries, covering a range of topics from South Sudanese independence to climate change, will be screened at the Pickford Film Center during the month of October.

             The annual event, known as Doctober, was partially inspired by the True/False Film Festival based in St. Louis, a documentary festival which has been held since 2004. In its ninth year at the Pickford, this Doctober has the largest lineup of films to date.

            “Two years ago we had 30 films, last year we had 40, and this year we have over 50.” said Lindsey Gerhard, the Pickford Theater’s marketing manager. Continue reading ‘Doctober’: Local cinema to host film festival


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Grab a bite!

California Tacos and Fresh Juices Hours 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday (360) 312-4340

California Tacos and Fresh Juices
California Tacos and Fresh Juices

California Tacos, located in the Whatcom Plaza, serves both traditional and non-traditional Mexican dishes including tacos, burritos, quesadillas and Mexican-style hot dogs. Students receive a 10 percent discount with valid student card; however it is not applicable to their daily special.

Avellino Coffeehouse  Hours 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (360) 922-0933 – Free Wi-Fi

Avellino Coffeehouse
Avellino Coffeehouse

Avellino Coffeehouse in Whatcom Plaza serves coffee, tea, pastries, bagels, sandwiches and other baked goods. Students receive 25 cents off any coffee beverage.

The Community Food Co-op  Hours 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (360) 734-8158 – Free Wi-Fi

The Community Food Co-op
The Community Food Co-op

Located just a block away from campus, the Co-op features a variety of food and has an indoor dining area. The grocery store has organic and local foods and produce as well as options for those with specific dietary needs, such as gluten-free and vegan foods. There is a salad bar and deli with ready-to-eat veggie and pasta salads, soups, sandwiches, desserts, smoothies and coffee. Students receive a 5 percent discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a valid student card.

Cruisin’ Coffee Hours 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (360) 738-8812

Cruisin’ Coffee is a drive-thru coffee shop located between Whatcom’s campus and the Co-op. Food items include muffins, bagels, deli sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, scones and cookies. Outdoor seating and a walk-up window are available.

Goji Bistro Hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Friday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday (360) 656-6291 – Free Wi-Fi

Goji Bistro
Goji Bistro

On the corner of Cordata Parkway and West Kellogg Road, Goji Bistro serves Asian fusion dishes including sushi, pad thai, wraps, fried rice, curries and salads. A sake bar and outdoor seating are available.

Pho Ly

Pho Ly Hours 10:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday-Saturday (360) 715-2125

This Vietnamese noodle soup restaurant is part of the shopping center that houses Cost Cutter next to the Cordata bus station. They serve Vietnamese dishes such as pho, teriyaki, fried rice, chow mein, chow fun and rice vermicelli.

Power Blendz Smoothies and Tanning Hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (360) 306-8506

Power Blendz Smoothies and Tanning
Power Blendz Smoothies and Tanning

Power Blendz in the Whatcom Plaza has a variety of fruit smoothies with optional add-ins such as protein or energy. Students receive a 10 percent discount with a valid student card.

Westside Pizza  Hours 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday-Saturday (360) 756-5055

Westside Pizza
Westside Pizza

Westside Pizza, located in the Whatcom Plaza across the round-about from Whatcom’s campus, serves slices of pizza during lunch time from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. They also serve pizza pies, pasta, salad, wings and desserts and can deliver upon request.


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FAQ: WCC Edition

Photo by Andrew Edwards
Photo by Andrew Edwards

Where do I find information on registration, advising and financial aid?
The Laidlaw building is the center of information for Whatcom students. The offices for entry and advising, counseling, financial aid, registration and the cashier are all located along the main hall on the first floor. An information desk is located across from the registration window.

Where is the library and what can I find there?
The Whatcom library is located in Heiner Hall on the main floor and it houses a variety of books, magazines and videos available for research or personal enjoyment. There are also reserves of course textbooks which can be checked out for two hours at a time as long as they remain in the library. Students can also check out equipment such as graphing calculators and cameras.

The library also has a number of computers for student use as well as printers and copiers. There are many tables on both the first and second floors for students to quietly study, as well as a quiet room on the second floor. For students who wish to work in a group, there is a group study room on the second floor with whiteboards, easels and a monitor where students can plug in their laptops or devices for presentations. There is a help desk located next to the stairs on the first floor where students can ask a librarian for assistance.

Where can I find help for writing and math?
Whatcom has both a Writing and Math Center located in Cascade Hall. The centers are staffed by knowledgable tutors who work one-on-one with those who need help and answer questions. Sessions tend to last about 30 minutes, but there may be a wait list around midterms or finals.

Where is the student computer lab located?
The computer lab in rooms 104 and 105 is located on the bottom floor of Heiner Hall and there are several computers located in the hallway as well. Inside the computer lab is a help desk where students can learn how to set up their login for computers on campus as well as ask any other computer-related questions.

Where can I go to study?
There are tables and chairs tucked into corners in every building on campus. The library is a popular place to study, however space can sometimes be limited. The upstairs area of Syre Student Center is designated as a quiet study space and has comfortable furniture as well as views over campus.

Where do I get my student I.D. card and what do I do if I lose it?
Student I.D. cards, called Orca Cards, are issued at the Student Life office on the second floor of Syre Student Center. To obtain an Orca Card, students will need to provide their student I.D. number (available at the registration office), a class schedule and valid photo I.D. Photos are taken on the spot and the card only takes a minute to print. The first card is free and the college loads $15 of printing credit on it each quarter. Replacement cards cost $15 and must be paid for at the Business Office in Laidlaw.


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September 25, 2013

Personal statement workshop
A WWU admissions representative will share insights on how to best write a personal statement, an important part of a university application, at a workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 in Cascade 111. No reservations are required.

First student council meeting
The ASWCC student council will hold its first meeting of the year on Thurs. Sept. 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Syre 216. Student council meetings are open to the public and provide students an outlet to voice concerns to their student representatives.

Welcome back
Student Life will host a barbecue and club information fair to welcome students back to campus on Wed. Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Syre courtyard.

Student Life will host a barbecue and club information fair to welcome students back to campus on Wed. Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Syre courtyard.
Student Life will host a barbecue and club information fair to welcome students back to campus on Wed. Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Syre courtyard.


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Upcoming Events-Oct 11-16

Monday Oct. 11: College Fair–Syre Student Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The College Fair features University of Washington, University of Washington Bothell, Western Washington University, Washington State University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, Seattle Pacific University, The Art Institute of Seattle, Northwest University, Kirkland, Northwest Indian College, Pacific Lutheran University, Trinity Lutheran College, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Skagit Valley College, Bellingham Technical College, and Whatcom Community College.  AAlso in Syre, sessions on Snagging Scholarships start at 5:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., and sessions on The University Application Process start at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45p.m.

Tuesday Oct. 12: Waste Audit–Syre from 8:30 a.m.  to 2 p.m.

Wednesday Oct. 13: Service Fair–Syre Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Learn how to get involved in the community through service.

Wednesday Oct. 13: Volleyball vs. Bellevue–Pavillion from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 16: Womens Soccer vs. Skagit–Orca Field from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 16: Mens Soccer vs. Skagit–Orca Field from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


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