What is ASWCC Student Senate?

There are many places around campus that put student funds to good use, one of them being the Associated Students of Whatcom Community College Student Senate. 

ASWCC Student Senate is a group of students at WCC authorized to make choices on student money spending. A treasury is allocated to the Senate yearly from the Services and Activities Fee students pay. Students can come and make funding requests to the ASWCC Student Senate then the senators decide if the budget request is permissible and if they should allocate funds.

Currently, the ASWCC Student Senate meets on Zoom (biweekly from 3-5 p.m.). Have an idea for a new club or organization? They can help. Students can also bring questions and concerns before the Senate during open floor. Contact your Student Senate at StudentLife@whatcom.edu.

Club Focus: What is Neurodiversity?

There’s a new club on campus.

“Awareness, Acceptance, Advocacy,” a handmade sign advertises a new organization for WCC. 

One of Whatcom Community College’s newest clubs hopes to create a safe space for neurodivergent students.

Per Harvard Health, neurodiversity describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one “right” way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits.

“Destigmatizing and educating students and faculty about normalizing the diversity of the human condition is the goal,” said Associated Students of Whatcom Community College Neurodiversity Club President Cian Maes.

Jax Bayne, another member of the club, says there are over 30 students currently signed up. He joined to connect with other neurodivergent students and help create solutions to common problems.

 “There is an immense overlap between neurodivergence, chronic illness, disability, and other medical & health-related conditions,” he added, “especially psychological trauma from early childhood, so there is a need for members of the club to be as trauma-informed as possible.”

Students mingle during the Associated Students of Whatcom Community College Club Fair in the Syre Student Center on April 19. Photo by Erik Cruz, Horizon Staff

Neurodiversity club member and ASWCC President Carlyn Finerty is helping to create this safe space for neurodivergent students to get together, connect, support and advocate for each other.

“I’ve been pretty vocal about the lack of conversation around mental health and neurodiversity,” she said during the Welcome Back event on campus April 14. “Making more room and space for conversations that are sometimes uncomfortable to have.”

Upcoming planned activities include a “Build Your Own Stim Kit” event for Orca Day and neurodiverse dating workshops.

The club meets Fridays 10-11 a.m. in Syre Student Center Room 216. Contact Cian Maes for more information at cmaes8114@student.whatcom.edu.

Music Review: Is Wet Leg 2022’s Hottest Band?

You’ve heard them creeping into your algorithms. (At least if you have similar tastes in curating your streaming services as I do). The eponymous debut from one of 2022’s hottest bands arrived on April 8. When Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers found themselves on top of a Ferris wheel one night in their native Isle of Wight, it was the culmination of a friendship that started in college ten years prior. From that night, a new partnership was born; they decided to start a band. That band is Wet Leg.

Why Wet Leg? According to the girls, they wanted a name that could be spelled with emojis. Rhian expounded to News OnTheWight:

We started the band just for fun as we were both working full time jobs that demanded a lot of our time and energy, so we took a little while choosing the name Wet Leg. We basically chose it after hitting 💦 and 🦵 on the emoji keyboard. We were playing a sort of game where we’d make band names out of different emoji combinations. Then we got to wet leg and it just kind of stuck.

Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers
Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers of the band Wet Leg. Photo Credit: Parri Thomas for NME

They signed with Domino Recording Company in 2019 and their debut single “Chaise Longue” (loud-quiet-loud earworm), released in June 2021, was a viral smash hit – notching millions of streams and views. A few months later saw this success followed by “Wet Dream” (dance-inducing vision complete with finger snaps) and soon after, “Too Late Now” (spoken word verse and all) and “Oh No” (surprisingly sophisticated guitar work and vocal range). Shortly before the release of the album, those tracks were joined by “Angelica” (intoxicated loop around a party they want to leave) and “Ur Mum” (cheeky “taking the piss” out of an ex). The videos for these are low-budget indie affairs ranging from cottagecore aesthetic, roadside makeovers, picnics and lighthouses.

These songs have a strong throughline of sardonic silliness, snarky sarcasm and just plain catchy hooks. Essentially, they are a throwback to old-school Britpop guitar rock, something audiences have been starved for recently. Masters of the “hip three-minute diddy” (thanks Blues Traveler) – these singles are the highlights of the album, including topics such as post-college life, supermarkets, dating apps, exes, the trap of endless scrolling, lusty party scenes and even bubble baths. The deadpan delivery of these lyrics comes wrapped in punk/pop minimalism. No guitar solos here.

The touring band also includes Ellis Durand on bass, Henry Holmes on drums and Josh Mobaraki on guitar and synth. Their show on March 26 in Seattle was sold out months prior to the show. For PNW locals there are still opportunities to see them live – coming to Vancouver on Aug. 4 and Port Townsend for the THING festival on Aug. 26.