The Whatcom jazz band, along with the collegiate choir, will put on their fall concert tonight, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heiner Center Auditorium. The concert is free to all Whatcom students and faculty.
Laying down the law
Talk to a lawyer for free on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when Street Law’s student legal services will be available for the final time this quarter. Held in the Career Center (LDC116), there will be two sessions of Street Law—from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m.
Students can have questions answered regarding civil and consumer law, debt collection, and more.
Bowling with IFC for free!
The International Friendship Club will hold their final activity of the quarter, a bowling party, on Friday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 20th Century Bowling. The event is free with a WCC student I.D. card.
Student art show at Co-op
The opening of an exhibition of WCC student art works inspired by fruits, vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, and other produce will take place Dec. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Cordata Community Food Co-op.
Drawings in pencil, charcoal, pastel and paintings in oils and acrylics, created in the art classes of Gena Grochowski, Caryn Friedlander, Catherine Morgan, and Ene Lewis will be on display.
The artists will be on hand for the opening of the exhibit, and refreshments will be served.
The WCC Communication Club will be holding their second annual Trivia Bee (in conjunction with the Business Club Book Sale) on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium.
In addition to the trivia bee, there will be free food and raffle give-aways, including a day’s ski lift (and ski or snowboard rental package) to the Mt. Baker Ski Area.
Admission is $4 (no presale), or $2 with a nonperishable food donation. To compete in the bee, each team must sign up and pay a $30 entry fee (at the cashier’s window in Laidlaw to guarantee a spot; or 30 minutes prior to the event, if there’s still space).
Writing opportunities for students
The WhatcomReads! Committee, in preparation for author Tobias Wolff’s appearance at Whatcom on Feb. 8, has two contests available to anyone in the campus community. The first is a six-word story contest, catalyzed by Ernest Hemmingway’s response to write a memoir in only six words. Anyone interested can go to www.whatcomreads.org and submit their entry.
The second contest, called “Deception,” will name one winner from each participating high school or college. The winning entries will be published in an anthology, and the authors will be invited to read their work at an author’s reception at Village Books.
New modern dance course offering
A new course, “Modern Dance & Movement,” will be offered for winter quarter through the WCC Learning Contract Program in conjunction with the WWU Dance Program. The course is an introduction to movement and dance featuring Pilates-based warm-ups, strength building, and fluidity through movement sequences and improvisation.
No dance experience is necessary. To register for the course, contact Beth Tyne in Entry and Advising (LDC116) at 383-3088, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free tech help
The IT Professionals of Tomorrow will offer a free help desk every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Laidlaw to help any student, staff, or faculty member who brings in their home computer or laptop.
Donuts rocket into Dockside
Famous, locally produced Rocket Donuts are now available at the Dockside Café. The donuts will be available every Monday and Wednesday.
Drama students nominated for scholarship
Three actors from the drama department’s recent performances of two one-act plays by Will Eno have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions, part of a national festival that will take place in Reno in February.
The three nominees: Colleen Ames, for her performance in “Intermission,” as well as Emily Lester and Tim Greger, for their performances in “Tragedy: A Tragedy.”
New Professional Tech Advisor
David Knapp has joined Whatcom’s advising team as the new Educational Planner-Technical Professional Advisor. Knapp replaces Meg Delzell, whose duties were reassigned to that of Division Chair for Health and Human Development.
Knapp, who has over ten years of professional technical advising experience, was Worker Retraining Coordinator at Bellingham Technical College for the past two years, and has extensive experience supporting and assisting recently unemployed workers and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds as they learn to navigate the complexities of college.
Knapp received a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Western Washington University.
European Union Winterfest on Dec. 3
Whatcom’s German, French, and Spanish clubs are sponsoring a European Union Winterfest on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium.
The event will feature many activities and presentations, including:
● British and Irish songs performed on the Celtic harp by Rebecca Blair
● German winter dances from the Women of the German Heritage Society of Whatcom County
● Classical carols sung by the Collegiate Choir and conducted by Carol Reed-Jones
● Songs of Spain, as sung by the Spanish Club
● Songs France, as sung by the French Club
● Songs of Germany and Austria, as sung by the German Club
● A traditionally decorated German Christmas tree with real candles
● Skits, sonnets, and songs by Whatcom students
● Instructors Earl Bower on guitar, and Patti Braimes on piano.
Refreshments will include the cookies and pastries of France, Germany, and Spain, accompanied by spicy hot apple cider.
Dickens’ Carol Comes to Life
The Whatcom Community College Radio Players will present a “radio-type broadcast” performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Heiner Center Auditorium. Cast and crew members include Guy Smith, John Gonzales, Ron Leatherbarrow, and Dr. Christopher Roberts, among others.
Admission is free, but Toys-For-Tots donations will be accepted. The doors open at 6:45 p.m., with the show running from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Refreshments will also be served.
Public Memorial for Fallen Police Officers
A public memorial for the four Lakewood, Wash. police officers killed Nov. 29 will be held this Saturday, Dec. 5 at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham. The memorial will occur from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and is being held to, as a flyer for the event says, “help heal some of these wounds that the law enforcement community has suffered.”
Those who want to attend can “bring a friend, bring an umbrella, a candle if you can, and bring your support for our men and women in uniform that risk their lives every second they wear that badge. It’s only going to take 30 minutes out of your Saturday, and you can just show up for a few minutes and leave. Stop by on your way to work or out of town, or be here in thought.”
Drama Fund Request
The Drama department has requested $500 in order to put on and fund a musical in the spring quarter. The musical would include various types of dances and styles, and would be a collaborative effort between different clubs. Council JacketsThe motion for the student council to have custom WCC jackets has been passed. The motion called for it to not exceed $250, and obtain jackets for current student council members. MLK Day Service Project
The student council has proposed a community service project. The project will be run through Habitat for Humanity, and will involve working on reconstructing homes for people in need. It will take place on January 18th. Students are encouraged to get involved.
Whatcom drama instructor Gerry Large says, in his director’s notes for the performances of Will Eno’s two one-act plays, that he considers Eno to be “the Eugene Ionesco of the Will Ferrell generation.” The New York Times called Eno “A Samuel Beckett for the John Stewart generation.”
I don’t know what to call him, but I do know that after seeing a performance of two of his plays Nov. 19 in Whatcom’s Syre Black Box Theatre, that Whatcom’s drama department is an incredible bunch of actors.
The two one-act plays, “Intermission” and “Tragedy: A Tragedy,” ran from Nov. 18 to Nov. 21, and was their first big production of the quarter.
The first play, “Intermission,” is just what it sounds like—a short, 10 to 15 minute play that features two couples—one older, one younger—watching a play and then arguing and discussing it during the intermission.
It was well-acted by Erika Almskar, Colleen Ames, Rodney Dejager, and Garent Gerrity, who seems to have more dialogue than anyone else in the play. The wardrobes were also sharp, including Gerrity’s hair and beard, which was dusted with a gray powder to make him appear middle-aged.
The second performance, “Tragedy: A Tragedy,” is a satire of sorts on television news people, starting off with some really dramatic music and overall giving a great example of how fake and overly dramatized television news has all too often become.
The stage is dark except for four spotlights, which shine on a studio anchor at his desk (played by Riley Penaluna) and three various field reporters (played by Emily Lester, Tim Greger, and faculty member John Gonzales.
In this case, the story the four people are covering is the seemingly permanent invasion of night, and the chaos this has created. As the play progresses, the four characters become increasingly loopy and struggle to keep from losing their minds as the “continuing coverage” simply continues and continues and continues…
The play, only a one-act, is actually quite long at around an hour in length.
Gonzales and Greger had, I thought, some of the funniest lines, including, “It’s the worst world in the world out here!” and “I’m at the First Congregational Church, where, incidentally, no one has gathered.” They also got to utter a few choice words of profanity the dialogue provides.
The humor incorporates both the physical (Gonzales does an excellent job at providing this, including one scene where he pretends to practice some kind of martial arts only to trip and fall over; he then returns to the scene drinking a beer) as well as the non-physical, with a lot of hyberbole, overexaggeraton, and dialogue that states the obvious.
Greger’s hair gets progressively messier and messier as the play goes on, and he gets to use the art of spin, commenting that the public should not focus on the fact that it’s dark, but rather, that it used to be light.
The anchors primp and fuss during their supposed “breaks,” and put on their fake confidence each time they go back “on-air.” It was very entertaining.
Overall, from the costumes to the lighting, both of these plays were well-worth the cost of admission. To borrow some lines from “Intermission,” the people were experienced and the cast was good.
“Do you get to the theatre often?”
Well, after seeing these performances, I think maybe you should.
To the women of Whatcom, some words to remember. You are beautiful and strong just as you are, not the way others perceive you. Some will try to make you think that you’re not good enough, that you have to fit inside a box of what they deem appropriate or socially correct, but they’re wrong. If you know this, then you will always be a force to be reckoned with, a strong woman that many will try to break down. Don’t worry… it is only because they are threatened by your strength.
Stay true to yourself, because no one else will. Trust your instincts and you will go far. Know that only you have the power to change what you don’t like and let your voice be heard loud and clear. Keep your cup full and put everything you’ve got into whatever it is that you do.
If someone says you’re not good enough, they’re voicing their own insecurities onto you. They may not realize they’re even doing it, but you will, and you can walk away, having the knowledge of the game that’s played.
Don’t be scared to speak up, more likely than not, it’s what everyone wants to say but are afraid to have others judge them. Be the model! Know yourself and know that you can make it. Many will not understand you, but it’s because they are not ready.
In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Never give that power away.
So just remember that we are awesome and we kick ass! And if someone calls you a bitch for being who you are, say thank you, because a bitch is a strong woman, a woman that people will follow and look up to, an intelligent woman that can make change happen. You are the change of our future and the future of potential bitches around the world. Set your inhibitions free, embrace the unknown and hold on. It will not be easy, but worth every moment of the insults and setbacks to know that you have stayed true to your heart.
Always hold your own and keep your head up. Remember that what doesn’t break you will make you stronger. So, take it on with a smile knowing that you’ve made it through another challenge. Face your greatest fears and you can face anything.
Good luck bitches!
The official student newspaper of Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington