Community College’s Health and Wellness Committee will not be meeting this
quarter due to necessary social distancing, but this does not mean the end of
student aimed resources, says a partner and developer of Whatcom’s Orca Food
Catherine Chambers is an AmeriCorps Vista who has been partnered with
Whatcom’s Student Life and Development Office, working to explore what student
hunger means for our college community.
As conditions with the Covid-19
virus took the world by storm, all non-essential local businesses have been
This immediate change left little time for any transition, and
students were thrown right into it. Teachers were not immune.
“I’m learning from the experience,” said Whatcom
Community College drama instructor Gerald Large. “One thing, for instance, is the Drama 110 Production
class. Live on stage, I’m focused on getting the play on its feet for
performing in front of a live audience. Putting it online, I’m forced to focus
more on analysis.”
Delivery drivers everywhere have found themselves to be more in demand
than ever amid the COVID-19 crisis.
As restaurants and bars remain closed, drivers have been forced to put in
more work in half the time, while maintaining new sanitary standards to keep
themselves and their customers safe. With less staff and more regulations,
drivers have found themselves facing their share of challenges while doing
their best to serve the community as essential workers.
Due to the
current pandemic, Whatcom Community College has been forced to slow construction
and potentially postpone its opening of the Phyllis and Charles Self Learning
Commons and Cedar Hall on-campus housing.
“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
As advisor to the Horizon since January 2013, I have
seen many changes and we seem to have weathered them all, so far.