Category Archives: LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

L’editor: Swallow your pride and get published

Dear Fleabags,

Every issue, I ask my writers to scrounge the campus for any student they can find to ask them our bi-monthly Whatcom Voices question. As a team, our staff will sit around our conference table and try to pick a winning question.

This can take a while because I very strongly detest basic questions.

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L’editor: It’s your story, but our story to tell

Dear sources,

A student reporter’s job description is not up to you.

Their job is, first and foremost, a learning experience. Every quarter new students sign up and we start from scratch. Journalism is a very hard writing style to adapt to. It is precise, unbiased, and concise.

Students learn how to write articles without using their voice, something they’ve most likely been fine tuning throughout their educational career. The stories assigned are news features—our goal as a newspaper is to inform, not influence.

Students need to reprogram their brains, while interacting with their sources and taking any other obligations seriously. It can be daunting and students who walk into it with fervor and confidence deserve a pat or two on the back.

However, in rare instances, things don’t go as planned.

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L’editor: Welcome back to the W double C

Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in betwixt, welcome or welcome back to Whatcom Community College.

Transitioning back into school is always hard, even if you like it. Your first class is way too early, why did you think you could handle an 8 a.m.? It’s not even noon but before you leave, your new professor slaps you in the face with four assignments and two essays due in five weeks.

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L’editor: It feels like we only go backwards

By Apple Parry

When President Donald Trump ran for office, his campaign slogan and anxiety-inducing hats read, “Make America Great Again.” Allow me to translate what it actually says: “I want all my straight white male privilege back.”
On May 8, under the Trump administration, Alabama’s female mayor passed a law banning abortions no matter the circumstances. This includes incest and sexual assault.
On top of that, any doctor who performs an abortion could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison.
However, if this is the first you’re hearing of this, you’re bound to be unaware that legislators have been doing their best to chip away at abortion rights since they became legal. Continue reading
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L’editor: Lessons learned in the lagoon

By Apple Parry

I wish I could tell you this story is being overdramatized, or that some of it was made up, but, this actually happened to me. It’s been pretty hard to talk about, but I’m finally ready to share it.
On March 9, 2019, my friend Maggie and I decided to go and enjoy the sun, not the warmth though, the weather in Bellingham is kind of bad.
We headed out to Clarke’s Point—if you ever need directions just have Clarke point it out. After admiring the view, we made our way down to the train tracks.
On one side of the train tracks, is a whole lotta bay. On the other side is a small lagoon connected to the land by large rocks, as most of the coastline is. Continue reading
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