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Whatcom’s transfer students “fair” well

Quarterly fairs help students navigate options for completing four-year degrees.

According to the Whatcom Community College website, 79 percent of the student body is attending Whatcom for transfer degrees. To support those students, a quarterly Transfer Fair is held on campus where a multitude of major schools visit Whatcom.

The transfer fairs give students “a great opportunity to connect with admission counselors from a wide variety of Washington public and private four year colleges and universities,” said Sharon Link, Career and Academic Advisor.

“The schools come to us, so it saves students time and expense in going to visit. They’re able to get on the spot information, and do their research. It’s never too early to start doing that.”

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Learning Commons nearly complete

High tech media center, makerspace are highlights of new building set to open in fall 2020.

In 2016, Whatcom Community College announced the construction of two new buildings on campus, a learning center and on-campus student housing. Now these two projects are nearing completion.

“The Phyllis and Charles Self Learning Commons is being built to provide much needed space for academic support services,” said Brian Keeley, the Senior Director of Facilities and Operations.
The commons will be a three-level facility along West Kellogg Road open to the Whatcom community.

“We’re trying to give different types of environments for different types of learning and work people are going to do,” said Ward Naf, the IT Director.
The library, writing center, math center, testing center, and student help desk will be relocated to the commons.

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Travel – My experiences as a foreigner in Japan

By Madison Roper

“Baka gaijin!” is something my brother, Kyle, and I have been saying to each other at least once a week since coming to Japan at the beginning of April.
In Japanese, ‘baka’ means idiot and ‘gaijin’ means foreigner or someone who’s non-Japanese.
Kyle and I are Japanese American, so we are guessing we only fall under the category of foreigner.
No Japanese person has said either of these things to us, so it’s mostly a joke between the two of us when we do something stupid.
Such as getting on a train that’s completely empty and exclaiming “we’ve hit the mother lode” when in reality everyone got off because the train was at its last stop and officially out of service. Continue reading
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Drag show represents LGBTQ on campus

By Madison Roper

Whatcom Community College’s Pride Club held a drag show in Syre Auditorium on May 24. Two drag queens, Betty Desire and Shanita Blough, both Whatcom alumni, hosted the event filled with multiple drag performers.
The show raised over $600, which was divided to be donated to Queer Youth Project, PFLAG, Lifelong, and Planned Parenthood.
The drag show was preceded by a Drag Trans Panel with panelists Betty Desire, Autumn Wilfong, Desmond Pounder, Will Cousineau, and facilitator Hannah Thomas.
“That was something important to us as a club and to everyone who was performing because there is a disconnect between the drag and trans community,” said Wilfong of the panel.
“Not necessarily just in the public space, but internally as well and we wanted to bring everyone together beforehand, so it was an important part to the show.” Continue reading
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ASWCC welcomes new executive council

By Madison Roper

The Associated Students of Whatcom Community College Student Government held an end of year report and first ever succession ceremony for the ASWCC Executive Council on June 3.
The ASWCC Executive Council will be almost entirely new in fall quarter.
The only role not being passed down is Vice President for Clubs. The role will be held by Surabhi Subedi, who has been in office since fall 2018.
“I loved working with clubs so much that I’m returning,” said Subedi.
Subedi, an international student from Nepal, became a Whatcom student in summer 2018. Continue reading
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