Student Rally for Budget Cuts
A proposal has been made to all students who wish to petition against Governor Chris Gregoire’s budget cut proposal to end programs like Work Study by marching through Olympia on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students interested should contact student body president Danielle Way for more information and possible transportation to Olympia.

A meeting was held last Friday to discuss details about transportation to and from the event.

New Service Learning Club

The Service Learning club has been authorized at Whatcom. Students in the newly-approved club will participate in monthly on-the-job training at various work sources of their choice. Focus will be on the reflection of this training and the impact of the job in the community. To learn more, contact Leah Congdon at

Help for Haiti?

A council member discussed potential ways that WCC could contribute to helping victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti. Ideas included collecting goods (water, diapers, formula, and medical supplies like rubbing alcohol), as well as starting a “dollar drive” that would give proceeds to the Red Cross, an idea other community colleges have already embraced.

PTA Online Club

An organization leader from the Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program at Whatcom attended the Jan. 21 council meeting wanting to make resources for online students into a full-fledged campus club. The club would give students study tips. The PTA program encouraged the student council to support online resources. The matter will be voted on at the Jan. 28 council meeting.

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Council Notes

Drama Fund Request
The Drama department has requested $500 in order to put on and fund a musical in the spring quarter. The musical would include various types of dances and styles, and would be a collaborative effort between different clubs.
Council JacketsThe motion for the student council to have custom WCC jackets has been passed. The motion called for it to not exceed $250, and obtain jackets for current student council members.
MLK Day Service Project
The student council has proposed a community service project. The project will be run through Habitat for Humanity, and will involve working on reconstructing homes for people in need. It will take place on January 18th. Students are encouraged to get involved.

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New Arts Club Proposed

Derek VanderGriend showed up at this week’s council meeting to propose the new club, Whatcom Art Awareness Community, with an art teacher as an advisor. They meet Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to discuss upcoming show events, as well as show and critique each other’s art. There are currently 15 members. Funding would come from selling student pieces, or having donation jars at local art shows. Any other funding would come from the committee board.

New Sports Chairs

Chris Scrimsher proposed getting 30 new chairs especially designed for WCC, to be used mainly for sports events. Designs may still be suggested, but he did bring an example design in a dark blue with the WCC Orca logo on the back. “Many colleges have these chairs,” Scrimsher said, “and Whatcom is a step behind in bringing them on the field for a more professional look.”

Table Tennis Club

A new table tennis club was proposed. A group of 20 students already play and attend meetings on Friday’s from 2 to 4 p.m. Anyone can join, and tournaments will be held. The $2 entry fees for tournaments  will be used to purchase equipment such as balls and paddles.

Graffiti Still a Recurring Problem

Carl Adams, of Whatcom’s facilities, came to the council meeting with a request.  “Please tell your peers to not write on the walls and help spread the word,” he said.  Adams said newly painted stalls are already being marked up again by graffiti, and would like this all to stop because of the high number of resources it is taking to paint over the graffiti.

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