LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Letter from the Editor

It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new quarter here at the Horizon. After all, it wouldn’t be an old one, would it?

We’ve got a great staff this quarter, and I am once again your editor-in-chief, which I think is kind of an odd title. I mean, I think that if that is my title, I should get to wear one of those large, traditional Native American headdresses.

On a more serious note, though, there is a lot of concern these days over potential budget cuts in higher education for the next school year. For some students, state financial aid will probably be reduced if not eliminated all together. Other students may lose Work Study positions.

With all of this potentially looming, it’s as important as ever to apply as early as possible for financial aid and scholarships, and to really concentrate on making your winter quarter at Whatcom a success.

I’d also like to take the time to wish those of you who’ve recently applied or are in the process of applying for transfers to universities the best of luck. May you be accepted to the college of your dreams.

Finally, if you have yet to contribute to the Haiti relief effort, now would be a great time to start. Take a few minutes out of your day to donate some money via text message or the Internet—whatever you can give—to the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, or some other quality aid organizations.

Looking at the devastation in Haiti makes one realize how fortunate most of us are. If worrying about grades, getting accepted into universities, and how to pay for school are our biggest concerns, then we’re doing pretty darn good.


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Campus Briefs

Drama Club Fundraiser TODAY
The drama club will be holding a fundraiser on Wed., Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Syre Student Center lobby in order to defray the costs of sending several of its members to the American Theatre Festival next month in Reno, Nevada.
Raffle tickets, available at $2 each, will be sold, with the winning tickets scoring a pair of seats for an upcoming student showcase of drama and dance.
“Old School” plagiarism discussion TODAY

A brown bag discussion on plagiarism, Tobias Wolff, and the WhatcomReads! book “Old School,” and led by WCC library staff members Ara Taylor and Linda Lambert, will be held today, Jan. 27, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Cascade Hall Rm. 104. Chocolate, cookies, and drinks will be provided.

“Wild Things” Come to Whatcom

The 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are” will be shown in the Syre Student Center Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. Cost is $3. This is an opportunity to see the film before its DVD release on March 2. Deception,” a Whatcom County writing contest being held in honor of this year’s WhatcomReads! book, “Old School,” by Tobias Wolff, is seeking more submissions before its Jan. 28 deadline.
Winners will be announced February 1, 2010 on the Web site www.whatcomreads.org. One winner from each educational institution will be published in an anthology and will be invited to read their work at an author’s reception at Village Books on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4 p.m. The winning entry will also be published in the February 9 issue of the Horizon.
In order to participate, the following criteria must be met: 1) You must attend a high school or institution of higher education (Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, or the Northwest Indian College) 2) Write up to 800 words 3) Create an entirely original story (fiction or non-fiction is welcome)
Entries must be submitted via e-mail to: llambert@whatcom.ctc.edu by Thursday, January 28, 2010. The theme is deception: When does a lie become the truth? How far would you go to win?

Deception” Writing Contest Deadline Near


A Gathering of Voices seeking submissions
“A Gathering of Voices,” an annual online anthology of outstanding student writing and art at Whatcom, is currently seeking submissions from fall 2009 before its Jan. 31 (at midnight) deadline. Submissions can be from all disciplines and in any format. Student writing recommended by instructors are welcome as well.

Those interested should send an e-mail with the subject heading “Gathering of Voices Submission” to wrobertson@whatcom.ctc.edu. You must include your full name, contact information, and, if applicable, the class the paper was written for and the quarter taken, as well as the instructor’s name.

Submissions should be attached to the e-mail as MS-Word documents (.doc) or rich text files (.rtf). You will receive a confirmation of your submission after it’s received.

Student Art on Display

Several students from instructor Pam Richardson’s fall quarter Art 116 (three-dimensional design) class currently have artwork from their final project displayed in the Heiner Center lobby. The pieces of art are forms based on shoes created in homage to artists that the students admire, and will be on display until February 4.

Winter Quarter Student Success Workshops

A series of student success workshops will be held every Monday during the quarter, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Laidlaw 203. Topics addressed will include: a financial aid workshop (Feb. 1), procrastination (Feb. 8), test anxiety (Feb. 22), scholarships (Mar. 1), and stress management (Mar. 8). For questions or more info, contact Entry & Advising at (360) 383-3080.

Free tech help

The IT Professionals of Tomorrow will offer a free help desk every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Laidlaw (outside the financial aid office) to assist any student, staff, or faculty member who needs help with their home computer or laptop.

Donuts rocket into Dockside

Fresh, famous, locally produced Rocket Donuts are now available at the Dockside Café. The donuts, which include everything from chocolate donuts to vegan muffins for under $1.50, will be available every Monday and Wednesday. The full selection of Rocket Donuts is available at their downtown Bellingham cafe on Holly Street in Old Town. For more info, go to their website: http://www.rocketdonuts.com

QSA Masquerade Ball

Whatcom’s Queer Straight Alliance will present its Winter Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Syre Student Center Auditorium. For ages 16 and up, the event will feature food, dancing, games, and costume contests.

Hockey Night in…Everett with the IFC

Whatcom’s International Friendship Club will attend an Everett Silvertips hockey game on Saturday, Feb. 13. at the Comcast Arena in Everett. The Silvertips will take on the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Tickets for the event are $15, and interested students can go to the International Programs office in the Syre Student Center, Room 201, to sign up. The student group will go to the Seattle Premium Outlets mall for shopping before attending the 7 p.m. game. They will return to Whatcom around 11 pm.

Professor’s brother wins big on Jeopardy

Whatcom psychology professor Colette Colburn’s younger brother, Jason Zollinger, recently won $148,000 during a six-night run on the popular TV game show “Jeopardy.”

Colburn said that Zollinger, 39, who lives in New York State, had been trying to get on “Jeopardy” since for 22 years. Colburn said she flew back east to watch the show with the rest of her family. “It was so great,” she said. “It was a really neat experience.”

Colburn said her brother plans to use some of the money on a home remodeling project.

Spanish Club Tamale Orders

The Spanish Club is making and selling tamales along with local friends of the club, and will be taking pre-orders until Feb. 2. They are offering cheese or chicken tamales, and the masa (dough) they will be using has some lard in it.

Tamales will be frozen but not cooked, and will need to be steamed for about 90 minutes. The proceeds from the sale will be split between the Spanish Club and “A Watered Garden,” a local group of Spanish and English learners. Orders can be picked up at the Spanish Club meetings on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Laidlaw 208.

For more information, contact Angela Enderberg at aenderberg@whatcom.ctc.edu.

2nd Annual Combined Fund Drive Chili Cook-off Challenge

Whatcom’s 2nd annual Combined Fund Drive Chili Cook-off Challenge will take place Thursday, Feb. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Syre Student Center, rooms 107 and 108.

Anyone interested in bringing chili should bring a crock pot of their recipe to share with others, including “professional” judges that will assist in choosing the best tasting chili and awarding prizes. The campus community will vote on their favorite for the “People’s Choice” award. The winner will be presented a ceramic bowl created by Whatcom art instructor Rob Beishline.

Other awards include the “Trustee’s Award” and the “Chef’s Award.” Anyone interested in submitting a chili should contact Becky Rawlings by Jan. 29 at brawlings@whatcom.ctc.edu, or by phone at (360) 383-3404. All proceeds from the event will go to a Haiti earthquake relief rund.

Basic Skills instructor Mary Mele took last year’s top honors with her Italian Chili. Who will take home the crown this year?


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Notice: “Deception” writing contest seeking submissions

reads“Deception,” a Whatcom County writing contest being held in honor of this year’s WhatcomReads! book, “Old School,” by Tobias Wolff, is seeking submissions. In order to participate, the following criteria must be met:

-You must attend a high school or institution of higher education (Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, or the Northwest Indian College)

-Write up to 800 words

-Create an entirely original story (fiction or non-fiction is welcome)

-Entries must be submitted via e-mail to: llambert@whatcom.ctc.edu by Thursday, January 28, 2010.

The theme is Deception

-When does a lie become the truth?

-How far would you go to win?

Details

Entries will become property of The Big Read/WhatcomReads and will not be returned. Portions of a winning entry may be used rather than the whole. By submitting an entry all writers grant permission to The Big Read/WhatcomReads to share their writing on the library Web site and in publications and media. Winners will be announced February 1, 2010 on the Web site www.whatcomreads.org.

One winner from each educational institution will be published in an anthology and will be invited to read their work at an author’s reception at Village Books on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4 p.m.

The winning entry will also be published in the February 9 issue of the Horizon.

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Music Reviews

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By: Daniel de Lisle

Guest Writer

  1. “Fireflies”- Owl City

In the song “Fireflies,” singer, songwriter, and producer Adam Young (aka Owl City) has mined for success and struck one-hit wonder gold with nothing but a boyish charm, extensive music production, and I can only imagine a full load of tenacity. Finding this song appealing is a lot like doing drugs—most young people have done it at some point and a lot them still do.

The upbeat, techno pop verses are catchy and the simple piano/guitar/rhythm chorus pairs with his voice nicely while building the song as it progresses. The melody lines flow and the singing is adequate but makes use of many studio tricks; hardly noteworthy. Often the lyrics air on the side of sanguine; words that are too sweet for words.

The extensive production makes for a passionless song that limits itself to being no more than a pop break from your average day. With a real drummer, a good guitarist, a little less Kanye and a little more Swift, Owl City could be capable of some great progressive music. For now though they will remain everyone’s dirty shame of 2009.

2. “Party in the USA”- Miley Cyrus

A lot of people would expect me to bag on this song, and those people are going to be disappointed. I actually like this song; it’s got a catchy guitar rhythm, unobtrusive although lackluster drums, and some interesting synth sound effects that somehow manage to add to the chorus. If anyone besides Miley sang this song I would be happy… but I’m not.

My problem with this song is record executives. Song writers are contracted to write songs for famous artists which big name record labels like Atlantic or Columbia buy the rights to for dirt cheap. Every time Miley is going to release some new product, the executives at Hollywood Records will hand her a single and spend a month in a recording studio waiting for her to sing a part perfect once, then cut and paste those correct takes into a Frankenstein song.

That is how you get things like Ms. Cyrus’s seemingly “perfect every time” vocal flailing on this otherwise decent song. I blame the record executives because they are greedy and know Miley brings home the bacon. If they actually cared about music they would give the good songs to someone who could sing them and not sound like a fire truck being repeatedly beaten to death by auto-tune. It’s shenanigans like this that keep Kurt Cobain dead.

3. “Bad Romance”- Lady Gaga

I want to get one thing straight—I love Lady Gaga, whatever the hell she is. If you strip away all the crazy outfits, ridiculous lyrics, and alleged man bits, you are left with one of the most powerful voices in pop today. “Bad Romance” sounds like what would happen if Cher and Techno music got freaky together.

Gaga brought her characteristic ear-catching lyrics, artful melodies, and bold voice to the table with the kind of production, sound effects, and song writing that only a star can buy. The song has just enough variation to keep you interested the whole way through and seems to have borrowed tricks from Madonna, Daft Punk, and even the French—not bad company in my opinion.

With the release of her sophomore album and a great first single, all doubts in my mind have been suspended—I expect to see Lady Gaga lead the techno-pop genre well into the next decade.

-Daniel de Lisle is a Whatcom student and local musician who claims a background in Jazz, Funk, Ska, Classical, Rock, and Pop music. He has played trombone with groups like Snug Harbor, the WWU Jazz Program, the Whatcom Wind Symphony, and the WCC Jazz Ensemble.

He has also played as a guest artist with the Acorn Project, The Love Lights, and the Thomas Harris Quartet. Daniel has recorded on four CDs, including Snug Harbor’s “Sounds from the York,” which has been nominated by What’s Up! Magazine for the CD of the Year Award.


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