Category Archives: LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Student senate vetoes majority vote

By Kai Vieira da Rosa

In 1988 Whatcom Community College voted on its first mascot, and after the Board of Trustees approved the choice, the Orcas became the official mascot of Whatcom.

Whatcom’s orca mascot was named Willy and remained that way for almost 30 years. In fall quarter of 2017, Whatcom decided to hold a vote for a new mascot name.

Even though Oscar was the No. 1 choice, Whatcom’s Associated Student Senate decided to use the No. 2 name, Finny, which had a 30 percent deference out of Oscar’s 58 votes. Continue reading Student senate vetoes majority vote


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Employees who light up get put out

By Kai Vieira da Rosa

Twelve states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but within those states, many employers still drug test for it.

Abstaining from the use of marijuana should not be included in the terms of employment in fields that require no formal education or training in states where the recreational use of marijuana is legal.

Employers for basic entry level jobs like cashiers or car sales-men should not be declining applicants who test positive for marijuana. Continue reading Employees who light up get put out


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Does group work actually work?

By Kai Vieira da Rosa

Group work has been a part of the school system for the majority of my life, I now expect it from every class I enroll in. When group work is assigned I wonder if group work really is that beneficial. With so much emphasis being put on the necessity of group work skills in careers, professors don’t realize it does more harm than good.

There is most certainly a time and place for group work, but professors should know when that time and place is.

Group work should be its own class in which the goal is to teach students collaborative skills. That way students can still learn collaborative techniques, while getting the most out of their other classes. Continue reading Does group work actually work?


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The real repercussions of fake news

By Kai Vieira da Rosa

Las Vegas witnessed the largest mass shooting in recent American history Oct 1, 2017. Within hours, hundreds of reports had been uploaded or printed to the web. Some stories contained false news that could have endangered even more people. Fake news has always been around but after the recent shooting it’s more relevant than ever.

The increase probably has to do with readers immediately posting fake stories on social media before checking if their sources are credible or not. Continue reading The real repercussions of fake news


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Seeking truth of the Sikh

By Alex Moreno

Are you sure you know the differences between a Sikh and Muslim individual and their ideologies?
At the Horizon we found ourselves debating and assuming varying ideas about the Sikh religion and its members.
“Nearly 60 percent of Americans admit knowing nothing at all about Sikhs,” NPR’s Why American Sikhs Think They Need a Publicity Campaign said.

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