Category Archives: OPINIONS

Ready for school to be out, finals got me stressed out

By Nate Kahn

As the Whatcom community transitions from fall into winter, final exams are inbound. There are many on campus resources available for students, in order to help them study and succeed. One of those resources is The Learning Center in Cascade Hall.
The Whatcom Math Center has drop in tutoring hours ranging from Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, with extended hours on Tuesday and Wednesday that take place in the library from 6-9 p.m. The Math Center has extended their hours on Fridays. The previous hours were 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. however, The Math Center is now open until 4 p.m every Friday.
Students can visit the math center and receive help from the center’s math tutors. Patrick Taylor is a Math major at Western Washington University. He works as a tutor for all levels of mathematics at The Math Center.
“As a tutor I have been through almost every class they are taking or have taken before, so I know how I prepared and I can give advice.” Taylor said
He explained that the tests and quizzes students take during the quarter are all based on a single topic, while the final tests are a combination of everything they’ve learned throughout the quarter. “All these tests are basically focused on one subject, while their finals their going into are mostly accumulative.” Taylor said. “That’s the biggest stress, how to prepare for an accumulative final.”
The Math Center offers drop in tutoring as well as scheduled one-on-one sessions with tutors. The Math Center also provides helpful workshops on test preparation.
“Other than offering free tutoring we also offer math anxiety workshops or test anxiety workshops, on how to prepare for tests throughout the quarter.” Taylor said.
Math anxiety is a symptom that many college student struggle with. Students often ignore or refuse to receive help from on campus resources due to a sense of pride.
According to Brown University’s Supporting Student Study Habits web page, “Students can fail to seek out help because they do not realize that they need it or because of feelings of intimidation, shame, etc.”
Tutors at both The Math Center and The Writing Center can able to assist students with any level of test preparation and essay composition, as well as help students cope with the stress and anxiety stemming from their workload.
Palena Lopathikov, a tutor at The Writing Center says that students experience stress during the process of writing college level compositions.
“They aren’t used to having college essays.” Lopathikov said.
She explains that students struggle with “The formality and formatting, different citation styles or they haven’t written in a while.” The Writing Center also offers help with resume writing and college applications as well as assignments for class. The Writing Center has tutors that can meet weekly for secluded tutoring. “You can schedule one-on-one sessions, you can even meet with them every week and have a scheduled time that’s yours.” Said Lopathikov.
The Learning Center has a team of tutors that can assist with assignments, as well as provide resources such as graphing calculators, textbooks and computers for all students. The center’s extended hours make tutoring availability accessible for students with different schedules. There are a lot of resources available at The Learning Center and they’re all free. It would to students’ advantage to make use of them. According to Lopathikov a lot of students she helps at The Learning Center didn’t know about the resources available to them, now those students, “use them over and over and again.”

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Don’t hate, participate

By Alex Moreno

Election day is today; the nation and world couldn’t be more anxiously awaiting the results of the election.
The media and voters have been consumed by the election of our president and vice president, and I’ve heard people claim they are abstaining from voting altogether, because they cannot support either the Republican nominee Donald Trump or the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
In terms of the presidential nominee, I will just say that there are other presidential nominees on the ballot such as the Socialist Workers Party, Socialism and Libertarian Party, Green Party, Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, as well as the option to write in, so no individual should claim that choosing the lesser of two evils is the only way to vote.
Beyond the President and Vice President, it is equally important to vote on the U.S. Senator position, U.S. Representative Congressional District, and last but not least the initiatives, measures, and bills for the state and county.
Initiative Measure No. 1433 concerns labor standards and minimum wage. The initiative proposes to continually raise the state minimum wage every year, until it reaches $13.50 in 2020. Also, the initiative will require employers to provide paid sick leave.
Initiative Measure No. 1491 concerns temporary prevention of access to firearms. The proposed law would allow a court issued temporary prevention keeping an individual from obtaining a firearm. Police, family, or household members of an individual exhibiting mental illness or violent behavior could send the prevention request to the court.
Initiative Measure No. 1501 proposes to increase the penalties for criminal identity theft and civil consumer fraud, specifically targeted at seniors and other vulnerable individuals.
Initiative Measure No. 735 proposes that Washington state attempts to amend the federal constitution. The proposed amendment would state that constitutional rights belong only to individuals and not to corporations.
Initiative Measure No. 732 imposes a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity. Although, the measure does slightly reduce the sales tax and reduce some manufacturing taxes.
Advisory Note No. 15 or House Bill 2778 examines if the tax increase for research and development of clean alternative-fuel vehicles should be repealed or maintained. The tax will accumulate to $2 million in the first 10 years.
No individual should overlook their opportunity to directly impact their community with voting on specific laws and measures.
The State Measures, Initiative to the Legislature, Advisory Votes, Proposed Constriction Amendments, and County Measure all provide a unique opportunity to have a direct democracy without politicians representing beliefs and for an individual to specifically vote on bills.
Despite any beliefs, identifications, or mindset towards the election and voting, everyone should vote. Cast a ballot only pertaining to local laws, measures, or bills, vote for senators or Congress or the president and vice president. Don’t let one specific section hold you back from exercising your right to change your community and your nation.

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Letter From The Editor: “Clownspiracy” is no laughing matter

by Alex Moreno

With Halloween around the corner, dressing in costume would usually be rewarded with smiles and compliments; but fear, nationwide hysteria, arrests, school shutdowns, halts of costume sales, and citywide costume bans are the results of costumes this year. You guessed it; of course I am talking about the clown epidemic.

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