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International Student Enrollment figures down

Some blame political climate and issues with student visas for the dip in enrollment.

On a yearly basis, the International Student Programs that Whatcom Community College offers bring new students from
different parts of the world to the campus. These foreign students do not only represent a financial benefit for Whatcom as an institution, they also help increase campus diversity and multiculturalism.

This year, the enrollment for international
students has been low in comparison
to previous years. Kelly Kester, director of the international student programs, said “from our top numbers a few years ago we’re down about a third of our students, this year alone we’re down a little more than 15% from last year.”

Kester explained this decline as a national issue that colleges and universities around the country have been facing since 2016.

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Muslim students share Ramadan experiences

By Elisa Espinoza

The Whatcom Community College Muslim Students Association hosted a dinner in celebration of Ramadan, the month of fasting, which is one of the five pillars of Islam that Muslims follow.
The dinner took place in the Syre Auditorium May 22, from 7:30 to 10 p.m..
Tahani Al-fazel, a student and president of the MSA, said about 160 people attended the event.
She said the dinner’s purpose was “spreading awareness, educating people, being together with other Muslims, breaking our fast and sharing the tradition.”
The dinner initiated with an introduction and a recitation of the first chapter of the Quran. Continue reading
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Orca Day planning in full swing

By Elisa Espinoza

Orca Day is a Whatcom Community College tradition that brings students together to celebrate the ending of the school year one week before finals, through activities and food.
This year, Orca Day will happen on June 5th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take place between Syre Student Center and the Student Recreation Center, up to the roundabout between SRC and Laidlaw. Continue reading
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Financial aid assistance at many levels

By Elisa Espinoza

One of the main concerns when it comes to college is money. Paying for tuition, rent, books and food are only some of the things students have to worry about, therefore financial aid and scholarships become crucial for many.
Obtaining support from college advisers, staff, and programs can help make a difference in student’s academic experiences at Whatcom. Continue reading
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