By Madison Roper
Whatcom Community College’s Pride Club held a drag show in Syre Auditorium on May 24. Two drag queens, Betty Desire and Shanita Blough, both Whatcom alumni, hosted the event filled with multiple drag performers.
The show raised over $600, which was divided to be donated to Queer Youth Project, PFLAG, Lifelong, and Planned Parenthood.
The drag show was preceded by a Drag Trans Panel with panelists Betty Desire, Autumn Wilfong, Desmond Pounder, Will Cousineau, and facilitator Hannah Thomas.
“That was something important to us as a club and to everyone who was performing because there is a disconnect between the drag and trans community,” said Wilfong of the panel.
“Not necessarily just in the public space, but internally as well and we wanted to bring everyone together beforehand, so it was an important part to the show.” Continue reading
By Madison Roper
The Associated Students of Whatcom Community College Student Government held an end of year report and first ever succession ceremony for the ASWCC Executive Council on June 3.
The ASWCC Executive Council will be almost entirely new in fall quarter.
The only role not being passed down is Vice President for Clubs. The role will be held by Surabhi Subedi, who has been in office since fall 2018.
“I loved working with clubs so much that I’m returning,” said Subedi.
Subedi, an international student from Nepal, became a Whatcom student in summer 2018. Continue reading
By Eva Mo
For students who are interested in self-learning, Whatcom Community College offers a Learning Contract that will design individual course content, or possibly take a course from the catalog for students.
This means students can have more control over their learning, such as negotiating the pace of learning, the learning methods and evaluation with a self-designed contract. Continue reading
By Katauna Loeuy
The AIM Open Space program at Whatcom Community College provides a drop-in facility for students to connect with one-on-one mentoring or assistance for any aspect of the college experience, including academic help and personal well-being.
Sara Purington, one of three AIM coaches and a Title III Student Completion Specialist, says that AIM, which stands for Achieve Imagine Motivate, is “a space for students to connect with other students.” Continue reading
By Eva Mo
The Covenant Kids Congo 6K for Water held by the Bellingham Covenant Church, was held on May 19 at Lake Padden Park.
The main organization of this event is World Vision. They have provided a website for people to register for the event by their own, and World Vision provided everything including decorations, signage, and mile markers.
The purpose of the event is to help fund water projects in communities where World Vision works. Therefore, each participant needs to pay $50 registration fee, which provides life-changing clean water for one person.
This year the church raised over $5,000 for the event, and there were over a hundred participants for the event this year, including 10 Whatcom Community College students from the Impact club.
Impact club provides the opportunity to make positive change in the community, through the voices and concerns of each member.
“I know that there are a lot of runners on campus,” said Rose Adam, the president of Impact club.
Due to county limitations, only a certain amount of people can run in the race. Therefor the church offered 25 spots for Whatcom students.
Steven Shetterly one of the organizers of the church, who helped set up the event mentioned that World Vision has sites around the world in hundreds of different countries.
Last year, 48,000 people around the world walked and ran this 6K in order to to bring clean water to over 63,000 people in need.
“It’s a very special event for our church,” said Shetterly. “Our church has been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa for over 80 years.”
According to a new report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people around the world drink unsafe water every day. The task of providing water for households, falls disproportionately to women and girls, especially in rural areas.
Hannah Cranny, another organizer said that people who donate “generally are helping the girls at the same time,” because more girls are able to attend school.
“To able to attend schools and get more educated, better education for women basically in these communities,” said Cranny.
BarBat Goebal, one of the participants in the event said, “Most of us don’t even think about other people who are suffering in finding clean water, but we just turn on the tap.”
Another purpose of the event was to help people put themselves in someone else’s shoes, by going their distance.
The race runs six kilometers to represent the average distance a person in the developing world must walk to find water, which is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases.
“I think the church really enjoyed working with us this year,” said Adam. “We might have a partnership with the church again next year.”