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Photos and interviews by Matt Benoit and Henry Wesson

Horizon Editor & Horizon Reporter

Matt Peterson, 20, Center

What originally got you interested in basketball?

“My dad encouraged me to play when I was in the third grade.”

How do you feel about the season so far?

“I think it’s going really well so far.”

What would you like to see happen with the rest of the season?

“I’d like to see us get first in the league so we can place in the tournament.”

What is your favorite thing to eat before a game?


Any pre-game rituals you have?

“I always have music with me. And gum.”

What do you like to do to celebrate a win?

“Be with my team afterwards. We usually go out to eat afterwards.”

Do you have any nicknames?

“The Dragon,” or “Phat Matt.”

Any plans to further your career in the sport?

“I definitely want to play at a four-year school, hopefully on scholarship.”

Paul Jones, 20, Guard

What originally got you interested in basketball?

“I have been playing since I was a little kid. I just picked up a basketball and started to play.”

How do you feel about the season so far?

“I feel the season’s going good so far…we’re on the right track.”

What would you like to see happen with the rest of the season?

“I’d like to see us stay confident and focus for the games ahead.”

What is your favorite thing to eat before a game?

“I usually like a McDonald’s McChicken.”

Any pre-game rituals you have?

“I’m always listening to music; have a quick snack.”

What do you do to celebrate a win?

“Go home and chill.”

Do you have any nicknames?


Any plans to further your career in the sport?

“I look forward to playing at the next level…Collegiate level. That’s…my goal.”

Elon Langston, 22, Point Guard

What originally got you interested in basketball?

“I started playing in the third grade. My dad was the coach.”

How do you feel about the season so far?

“I thought we would be undefeated, but we’re making our way back up to our potential.”

What would you like to see happen with the rest of the season?

“I’d like to see us keep our foot on the pedal for the rest of the season. We can’t stop ‘till we get first place.”

What is your favorite thing to eat before a game?

“A Subway five-dollar foot-long.”

Any pre-game rituals you have?

“Take a long shower, think about the game, listen to music.”

What do you do to celebrate a win?

“Go chill with my teammates [or] roommates. Depends on the day.”

Do you have any nicknames?

“No nicknames. People just call me ‘E’.”

Any plans to further your career in the sport?

“Hoping to go to university after this year. I’m just trying to focus on the season right now.”

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Letter to the Editor

Abortion is a terribly complex interweaving of lives, and choices.  Is there a way to affirm a woman’s life and choices, and protect her baby’s chance at both?

 Because women are incredible.  I married one who is changing the world one friend at a time. 

 And I love babies. I have a spring-loaded 9-month-old who gives new meaning to “smiling from ear to ear” whenever you pick him up. 

 So what am I supposed to do about the lives and choices involved in abortions?

 It’s tricky because there are victims at every level.  Sometimes pregnancy isn’t the woman’s choice at all.  And if they were bullied or frightened or shamed into it, even the abortion may not be their choice.   Abortion doctors are insulted, and assaulted – even murdered.  There are victims all around.  And yet, we’re talking about real live babies here.  They’re not part of the mother’s body – they’re just beautifully housed there.  They have their own brain waves and blood type.  From the size of a sesame seed, my son had a heart beat. 

 So what do we do? 

 First, I think we dialogue.  On Monday, Feb. 22, we aired a Law & Order episode raising questions about abortion, and discussed it afterward.  Hopefully it was helpful.

 And we mourn the victims.  On Thursday, Feb. 25, we will hold a public memorial service in the Syre Student Center Courtyard for the one-in-five babies aborted in the last two years in Whatcom County.  Please join us every class break to mourn the deaths of all those little ones, and to mourn the complex, sometimes awful, circumstances that led their mothers to choose to abort them. 

 Shouldn’t we be pro-momma’s-life as much as anyone’s, and pro-baby’s-choice at the same time? 

-Geoff Mumley

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Campus Briefs

Getting down to brass tax (assistance)

Students, low income families, and seniors can receive help with filing their income taxes through April 15 in the Heiner Center lobby at Whatcom Community College. The tax assistance is done by Whatcom Business Club students who’ve completed a 20-hour certification program.

Those interested should bring social security cards for themselves, as well as for a spouse or any dependents. If possible, those interested should also include: a copy of last year’s return, including all W-2 forms, all 1099s received, any 1098 or other forms from your college, or anything else you feel may be needed to complete your return.

Help is available during the following times: Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m., and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No help will be available on Feb. 26 or between March 25 and April 4.

WAAC Art Show

The first WAAC! (Whatcom Art Awareness Club)-sponsored student art show will be open to the public on Friday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, March 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A building and room location are still being worked out.

Deadlines for those interested in submitting work is Thursday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m., and March 1, from 1 to 6 p.m. The theme for the show is “Illumination: Dark vs. Light.”

Anyone seeking more information can contact Derek Vander Griend by e-mail at, or Pam Richardson at

Rainbow Center Fundraiser

Whatcom Psychology professor Laura Overstreet is planning a fundraiser for the Rainbow Center, a community resource for people with developmental disabilities in need of more funding, on Feb. 27.

For more information, contact Leah Congdon at, or Laura Overstreet at


The Whatcom men’s basketball team just keeps on winning. Having recently clinched a playoff berth, the Orcas have won eight of their last 10 games, including an impressive streak of seven wins in a row. Both their losses during that span came against Shoreline Community College.

The Orcas, currently second in the NWAACC North Region, will pit their 10-4 record against Skagit Valley College (4-10) on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Pavilion.

The Whatcom women’s basketball team, meanwhile, is 7-7 in league play and currently sixth in the North Region standings. They will play Skagit Valley (13-1) on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Pavilion.

Hybrid/Online Nursing Program to launch this summer

Whatcom is now accepting applications for a 20-student group to begin its hybrid/online Nursing Program in summer quarter 2010, according to a Feb. 19 college press release.

The Department of Health’s Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission approved the online program on Feb. 4. This program offers the nursing curriculum in an online, part-time format over 12 quarters. It offers students more flexibility, as nursing theory courses will be conducted online and on-campus attendance will be required only once every two weeks, on weekends, in order to participate in traditional labs and clinics.

The new program will cost students $1,800 per quarter. The fee covers students’ lab and tech fees but not books and other supplies. Because of the time needed for students who need financial aid to acquire it, the college offers a one-time waiver of $500 from the $1,800 cost for each of the first five quarters of the program. In addition, the WCC Foundation has many scholarships that cater directly to nursing students.

The deadline for applications is March 26.

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Council Notes


The Dance Club has been created at Whatcom. Students will be able to attend the club as a source for information on modern dance. The club hopes to collaborate with the Western Washington University Dance Club, and eventually start a dancing degree program here at Whatcom.


A Comm. Club representative has been approved to receive $500 to attend the International Conference for Social Science in Hawaii during early June.


The Technology Committee is planning to buy 20 new desk-top computers for the new location of the SAL computer lab in Heiner after the summer quarter. In addition, students will be able to rent laptops from the lab using their student I.D. cards.

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The Many Faces of Work Study

By Reed Klein

You might not notice a Work Study student around campus, but they are everywhere. The library, the copy center, the registration office – Work Study offers job positions at these places and more for students who wish to work on campus.

The reason you may not notice them is because they are so well integrated into their jobs. The offices they work in would have tremendous labor if not for Work Study.

Governor Gregoire’s budget proposal plans to cut the program. To one Work Study student, Kirstina Blake, that is detrimental.

“I’m a first generation college student,” says Blake. The first one in my family to go to college. Statistically I should not be in school. But Work Sudy allows me to do this.” To see who else is affected, here are just some of the other Work Study students at WCC.

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