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Support and service for Whatcom veterans

By Brock Seaman

The veterans center is a campus resource for veterans and veteran’s dependents to receive help navigating through college.

The veterans center is an area for veterans to study in groups or ask questions. It provides a safe space for all veterans. The aim of the center is to help all veterans succeed in their goals.

Jarid Corbit is the Assistant Director of Veteran Services at Whatcom Community College and himself a veteran. Corbit has worked for the veteran center for ten years.

Many of veterans admire Corbit for all the hard work he does for the center. Richard, a veteran, said “Jarid is amazing. Jarid pretty much holds this place together, usually when someone doesn’t know something Jarid usually does.”

At the entrance of the veteran center, there are sand bags portioning out a walkway and a massive bowl of candy. The inside of the center includes a wall dedicated to photos of veterans and their families. The center also includes areas to study and a couch with a TV and video games.

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A wall dedicated to Whatcom’s veterans, displaying photos, patches, badges, and other mementos.

The center is designed to be a comfortable environment. Katie Chugg, a Veteran Services associate, believes it’s important to make the center feel like a community area. Chugg believes that the wall of photos give veterans the feeling of ownership at the center, since it’s their office.

The center has helped many veterans through the process of their GI bill.

The GI bill helps veterans obtain financial help with their education, textbooks, and housing. Corbit has two major responsibilities at the center: One of them is reporting information to the Department of Veteran Affairs to maintain Whatcom’s eligibility to offer GI bill benefits, and the other responsibility Corbit provides academic advising for students involved with the Department of Veterans Affairs. .

Corbit acknowledges the challenges veterans go through, “the biggest struggles for veterans is the transition of the rigid world of the military to the dynamic experience of college.”

Corbit feels that having healthy environment encourages veterans to do better in their education. He said, “We aim to ease that transition so that each student veteran’s experience at Whatcom is the most positive that they have ever experienced in a higher education setting.”

Corbit said “I get satisfaction from successfully upholding my commitment to help students get a high-quality experience out of their education.”

Chugg feels the best part of her job is helping veterans she said “I work with pretty amazing students. I love seeing their hopes and dreams excel.”

The Safe Zone is a program that was created by veterans, veteran’s dependents, and veteran’s supporters in 2008, according to the Whatcom website. The program involves a sticker that any facility or staff member can place on their door or window. The sticker lets veterans know that the room is a safe place for them. This allows veterans to vent or discuss problems they might be facing to the facility member.


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Bleedingham: the PNW’s Cannes of chills

By Brock Seaman

Bellingham’s biggest horror film festival, Bleedingham, is back at the Pickford Film Center for the seventh year running.

Filmmakers from all over the world show their short horror movies at Bleedingham — however, many of the people who submitted are locals from Washington State.

Bleedingham has a diverse selection of events, including concerts, art shows, and Q&A’s with the participants.

The main event at Bleedingham, called the Official Selection Screening, showed on Oct. 27 and is limited to Washingtonian filmmakers.

Steven Chappell, a Whatcom Community College Alumni, showed his movie “Bring the Remains” at Bleedingham this year.

“It’s very exciting to have an opportunity to see [“Bring the Remains”] on a big cinema screen among a sold-out crowd of strangers,” Chappell said.

Bleedingham is a competition as well as a film festival. The awards include Scariest Film, Best Directing, and Best Picture, which fetches a cash prize of $1,000.

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Among the events held during Bleedingham Night Gallery, a horror-themed art show, is one of the events held during Bleedingham. Another distinctive feature of the festival is the cosplayers, drawing them in from as far as Seattle.

The competition is judged by a panel of people well-versed in the industry.

One of the judges, Roman Stadtler, is a founder of the Whatcom Film Association and the owner Comics Place in downtown Bellingham. Other judges include special effects artists, composers, horror writers, and actors.

Chappell worked with Brian Glinski to create “Bring the Remains,” which the Bleedingham website describes as a psychological horror movie about an 1800s fur trapper in the Pacific Northwest who is sent on a futile journey to find his brother.

“We spent three full days in Leavenworth last winter, shooting long hours in the miserable snow, rain, wind, and darkness…it was absolutely worth every frozen toe,” Chappell said.

Chappell and Glinski won two awards: third place for best cinematography and third place for best story.

Submissions closed on Oct. 1 and nominees are decided in mid-October. The films must be 10-15 minutes long and must be made in the last two years.

All 18 films will be shown again at the Pickford on Nov. 4.


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