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Self-censorship a necessary step after student reporter’s actions

By Catherine Wallace

Horizon Advisor and Journalism Adjunct

Last quarter, for the first time in the five years since I’ve been advisor of the Horizon, we had to pull an issue from the racks. That’s a very serious step toward self-censorship and one I hope never to have to repeat.

But before I get into what happened, it’s important to note that my writing this column is also not normal. My role is to advise, not to interfere—unless or until something bad happens.

Well, something bad happened. Continue reading Self-censorship a necessary step after student reporter’s actions


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“Getting carded”

By Andrew Lohafer

Unique opportunities are available to Whatcom Community College students with an Orca Card, the student I.D. at Whatcom.

An orca card is required to check out materials from the library and to pay for printing. Orca cards can also be used to pay at the campus bookstore and vending machines across campus. Westside pizza also accepts payments from Orca cards and there are plans to include other off campus locations in the future.

There are kiosks across campus where students can put additional money on a card. Each card also has a microchip that can unlock buildings on campus with newly installed card readers, like Roe studio and Syre Student Center.

An Orca card also gives students access to a host of resources on and off Whatcom’s campus. Recreational facilities, including a gym and weight room, are available inside the Pavilion.

I play basketball, so I am here all the time. It’s really convenient,” said Nicholas Kussman, a Whatcom student.

Western Washington University also allows current Whatcom students with a student I.D. to buy memberships to use the Wade King Recreation Center located on its campus. The current price for one quarter is $145.

Whatcom students can also utilize Western’s Outdoor Center, which offers equipment rentals, a bike shop and classes. The Outdoor Center also organizes hiking and mountain biking trips around Bellingham which are also open to Whatcom students.

Whatcom students can also reserve a computer at Western’s library as well as check out up to ten items, including videos and journals. The library also allows Whatcom students access to online research databases like EBSCO and ProQuest.

The library is an invaluable tool for all students,” said Ian Alexander, a sophomore at Western. “It has helped out a lot.”

Orca cards are available at the Student Life center located in Syre 208. The first card is free and comes pre-loaded with $15 for printing and copying.

Correction:An earlier version of this story stated, “For every $25 that’s put on an Orca card, the college will add an extra $2.50.” This is incorrect. We regret the error.


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Queer Awareness Week

By Alaysha Germaine

Horizon Reporter

On Monday May 10, Whatcom began their celebration of Queer Awareness Week, annually put on by our own queer straight alliance club. This time it began with a gathering of various health organizations for straight and queer students in Syre Center including Village Vida Center, Evergreen AIDS Foundation and others.

Tuesday hosted a film festival showing “The Celluloid Closet,” and Wednesday held a Q&A panel in Syre auditorium. The panel was made up of QSA members and was open to anyone with a little curiousity.

Thursday May 13, will hold an outdoor candelight vigil outside Syre at 8 p.m. to honor and remember all those within the queer community who have been victims of hate crimes, and Friday will be the Drag and Variety Show.

The show begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9, and will be held in Syre auditorium. Door prizes range from  themed gist baskets to gift certificates from a variety of places ranging from bookstores to “Lovers.” All the proceeds from the event are going to be donated to PFLAG or Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

“I think the show is going to be a lot of fun!” said Susan Lonac, an advisor for QSA. “It promises to be a lively evening, probably even a little outrageous and risque.”

Aside from the drag show, there will be performances from dancers and singers, a drag race, a few MC’s, and you can even auction your friends off  to be dressed up!

“The QSA club provides support and friendship for a group that still, even today faces discrimination,” said Lonac, “This week serves to educate and inform students about the lives and experiences of queer people, here and elsewhere.”


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NOTICE: May 11 Print Issue Cancelled

The Horizon’s next print issue, which was due to be distributed May 11, will not be printed due to a hard drive crash on our production computer. As a result to these serious technical problems, we’ve been rendered unable to put together a print edition of the newspaper.

However, all stories slated for the issue will be posted online by May 11, the original publication date. The next print edition of the Horizon will be out May 25.

Finally, we’d like to thank the college’s technical support folks for working on our production computer and salvaging what’s left of the previous hard drive.


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