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Where Art Thou Orca?

by Kelsey Rowlson 

Horizon Reporter

It may not be noticeable during your day-to-day strolls around Whatcom Community College, but on Orca Day, the iconic whale mascot was more blatantly missing. 

“Honestly, the current mascot uniform we have is simply not publically presentable,” said Kris Baier, Director of Student Life.  “We’d like to see if it can get a makeover.”  Especially since it is at so many events and the school’s mascot, the rips and stains that it has sustained over the years do not give off the best perception of the school.

“The students on council have done their diligence to make sure that if and when they replace the costume it’s done as responsibly as possible,” Baier said.  Mascot outfits “tend to be pricey,” he added.

“I am confident that our general council will make the best choice possible,” said Isaac Shantz-Kreutzkamp, ASWCC president in an email.

 “If the ASWCC Council of Representatives chooses not to replace or refurbish it, then we should consider how the money/or time spent could be better used for our student body.”  Shantz-Kreutzkamp believes the council’s decision will depend on a few factors including “constituent support of the replacement and cost of replacing or refurbishing the costume.”

“Right now there are a lot of projects in the works with student council,” Baier said.  The council needs to make sure that the costume is something people want to see and that it helps to promote school spirit.  Baier thinks the mascot would be good investment because it’s a positive figure and is a part of a positive atmosphere.

“If a new Orca mascot costume is approved, we will likely see it as a discussion item in the first three weeks of the quarter, with an approval possible by the fourth week of the quarter. If the costume is approved, we will probably see it in action at our games and events towards the end of the quarter,” said Shantz-Kreutzkamp.

Once the school year gets fully underway, decisions will be made on whether or not the iconic whale will yet again grace Whatcom’s campus.

So who actually wears the Orca outfit?

Currently there is no one to man the Orca costume.  “In the past it’s been someone who’s been very excited about athletics and a part of student council, or the program and diversity board,” Bair said.  He added that “it would be fun to actually have tryouts” where anyone could audition.

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Meet Isaac, Your Next President

by Carrie Beamer

Horizon Reporter

Whatcom student Isaac Shantz-Kreutzkamp has been elected as next year’s Associated Students of Whatcom Community College president, after a year of serving as council representative and chair of clubs and outreach.

            “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful committees and student government members as well as get some great experience before I step in the position,” he said.

            Isaac originally became involved with Whatom’s student government because of his older sister who had previously served on the council. “My sister gave me a push in the right direction so I joined and am loving it,” he said. “I’ve learned so much, and I want to encourage everyone  to get involved as well.”  

            Although Isaac and his family moved from California to Washington in May, 2001, he is originally from the Toronto area in Canada. “I was born in a little town called Guelph, near there,” said Isaac, who’s now lived in Washington for 11 years. “I know it rains all the time here but I really love it.”

            Growing up in a family of five children, Isaac has always been surrounded by family. “They are super supportive through the good times and the bad,” he said. Isaac’s father is a biologist and his mother is a psychologist. “Science kind of runs in the family,” he said. “I also have an older sister who is an organic chemist, two other little brothers and an adorable little sister.”

            Before coming to Whatcom, Isaac and his siblings were home schooled by his mother. “My amazing mother somehow managed to teach all of us and still keep her wits together,” he said. “I am super grateful to her for what she’s taught me.”

            When Isaac was young he loved to bike, rollerblade, play soccer, eat ice cream and play chess and he still loves to do those things.

            His favorite thing to eat is sushi. “I could eat that stuff all day, every day, for the rest of my life, and still have room for seconds,” he said.

            He also is a huge fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000. “That old spoof show gets me every time,” he said.

            When describing himself, he said, “I am a student and I wouldn’t want it any other way, I am pretty serious minded and love puzzles and music.”

            If he could travel anywhere in the world, space and Wales are where he would choose to go. “I’d travel to another planet, probably Mars, but Gliese sounds nice,” he said. “Space is rad, but I’d like to see Wales before I settle down.”

            Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist, is a man Isaac strongly looks up to. “That guy is a legend in his own lifetime,” he said. Look him up sometime and you’ll see what I mean.”

            A great joy of Isaac’s is meeting new people, “I love just talking to people,” he said. “I may not be good with names but I remember a personality and a face very well.”

            One of Isaac’s biggest values is honesty. He says that honesty is what makes and breaks integrity which he believes is crucial in today’s world. “If you’re not behind what you’re saying, why should I listen to it?” he said. “Take the time to think about what you say.”

            Isaac has always known he wanted to be a scientist and hopefully get published in a research journal. “I’d like to be an inventor,” he said. Isaac did some research on the history of science when he was a teenager and from that he decided to go into physics. “It’s sort of like this vast storeroom of knowledge, where you can find the solutions for the really small stuff at the same time,” he said. “That is my kind of storeroom, where you can hold everything in one place.” 

            In 10 years he sees himself probably working in robotics or a biophysical lab. “Definitely done with grad school at least and maybe seeing the world,” he said.

            Isaac’s strength is problem solving. “I like finding solutions to puzzles and logic quizzes,” he said. His weakness is being forgetful. “I have a really hard time keeping track of everything on my plate while I’m going through my day,” he said.

            As president-elect he is making plans for the next year. “I want to push the boundaries for how we, the ASWCC, could further realize our vision of how ‘the council of representatives aims to achieve a dynamic campus environment, in which all students are represented and have the opportunity to participate,’” he said.   

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Starting a Student Club

by Khalics Bryant

Horizon Reporter

There are a number of reasons why a Whatcom Community College student decides to join a club or student organization.  Some are in search of students with similar hobbies or interests, some are interested in finding projects that will help their community, while others are just bored.  Whatever the reason, Whatcom offers a variety of clubs and associations students can join.  There are cultural clubs such as the French, German, and Spanish clubs, as well as other miscellaneous clubs, such as the Bike Club, Hip Hop Club, and Ultimate Frisbee Club.

Although there are a wide variety of clubs and associations to choose from here at Whatcom, students will occasionally have interests that are not addressed by a particular club.  When this occurs, one of the best remedies is to create a club of your own.  Student clubs provide a “superb opportunity for developing leadership and community at the college,” says Isaac Shantz-Kreutzkamp, chair of clubs and outreach.  “Our ASWCC clubs and outreach committee is looking at helping to facilitate and encourage student club growth, including the formation of new clubs.”

   There are a few things that are required to start a club at Whatcom.  To ensure there is a niche the club can fill, at least eight prospective members must sign a form requesting club recognition.  Each prospective club is also required to write out a plan of action or a club constitution.   These documents are used to organize the club’s purpose as well as dues, founding members, by-laws and other important club information. 

Each club is required to have a faculty advisor who is familiar with the nature and objectives of the club.  This advisor is required to attend 75 percent of all club meetings.  Clubs can request up to $100 in funds for the school year to pay for club activities.  A budget request form is required for all clubs even if no funds are requested. 

An application packet for club recognition is available at the Student Life office, located on the second floor of the Syre Student Center.  This packet contains all the instructions and information needed to start a club at Whatcom. Isaac Shantz-Kreutzkamp is available for questions on starting a new club or student organization on campus.  He can be reached by email at as.ch_clubs@whatcom.ctc.edu.

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