Welcome to the ‘new’ Horizon

“In these uncertain/unprecedented times.”

“Now more than ever.”

“We’re all in this together.”

These are the refrains of our new reality. Zoom is how we hold meetings with colleagues and happy hour with friends.

We are online with students, communicating fleetingly with video conferencing tools but mostly by email.

Facebook and social media have become the go-to for family updates and connections. Memes are how we cope and find humor in “this thing of ours.”

These are indeed unprecedented times.

Here at the Horizon student newspaper, the decision to go online was always in the conversation, but COVID-19 made us voice it out loud and adapt to actually doing it… like, RIGHT NOW.

Feeling like the Whos in “Horton Hears a Who!” we are raising our collective voice to let you know: “We are here… we are here … WE ARE HEEERE!”

As advisor to the Horizon since January 2013, I have seen many changes and we seem to have weathered them all, so far.

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Shutdown: a view of Bellingham’s parks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Throughout the past couple of weeks, parks and other public places have closed due to the stay at home orders. Others stay partially open, while also attempting to limit the number of people that are visiting them by blocking parking spaces. To take a closer look, I put on a mask and headed to a few parks.

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Colleges coordinate Indigenous Peoples Day events

In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 14, a day-long program of knowledge-sharing, celebration and community building, called “Language as Water: Honoring Our Relations,” was held as a collaborative event between Whatcom Community College, Northwest Indian College, and Western Washington University.

The program celebrated the fifth annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day event between Whatcom and NWIC, which aims to decolonize the legacy of Columbus Day and recognize the origin and first peoples of America.

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