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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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Review: Bundy continues to manipulate in new film

By Madison Roper

If you are unfamiliar with Ted Bundy, he was one of the most notorious serial killers in America. He was convicted of killing at least 30 women in multiple states in the 1970s.
This past January was the 30-year anniversary of Bundy’s execution for the murders. The anniversary seemed to have created an influx of interest in him.
A part of it was the documentary, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” and a movie, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” starring Zac Efron as Bundy. Both are Netflix Originals.
The documentary presented tape audio of Bundy that had never been heard by the public before, it keeps things factual and thorough.
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” had a much different take. Continue reading


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‘REDress Project’ on display at Whatcom

By Madison Roper

Five red dresses in front of Baker Hall are meant to bring attention to the missing or murdered aboriginal women of Canada.
The REDress Project, a project created by artist Jaime Black in 2011 was installed May 19.
“It is an installation art project, based on an aesthetic response to this critical national issue,” said Black, on the project website.
“Through the installation I hope to draw attention to the gendered and racialized nature of violent crimes against Aboriginal women, and to evoke a presence through the marking of absence.” Continue reading


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