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Monday, October 18, 2021

The leaves are orange and the lattes are pumpkin; it’s officially spooky season!

About 60% of Western students are enrolled in at least one face-to-face class this quarter. In-person classes are nice, but in this newsletter, we’ll see how simply getting to campus comes with its own set of challenges. 

For students who rely on public transport to get to campus, overcrowding has become an issue this quarter. Erik Anderson and Max Larson dig into the issue and why there’s no easy fix. Things aren’t much better for car commuters; There were more than a dozen car prowl incidents at the Lincoln Creek Park and Ride in the first two weeks of the quarter. There were also at least 11 bike thefts on campus. If it weren’t so damn rainy all the time we’d suggest everyone just walk. 

In city news, house shows are back! Reporter Julia Kohut takes us inside the Bluebird house and talks with the owners about the challenges of running a DIY venue during the pandemic. Kai Uyehara reports from an immigration reform rally in Mt. Vernon. 

On Campus
Western Washington University students transfer on and off a Whatcom Transportation Authority [WTA] public transit at a bus stop. Students wonder if the right COVID-19 precautions are being taken by WTA transit.

As students return to campus, concerns rise from overcrowded buses

The start of fall quarter brought thousands of students to Western Washington University’s campus for the first time in over a year and a half, putting a new wave of commuters on Bellingham’s public transportation. 

Whatcom Transportation Authority is a primary resource for Western students who need a public bus to get to and from class every day. Still, the sometimes crowded routes have brought COVID-19 safety into question...

Read more about overcrowded buses on The Front

The broken passenger side window of a 2005 Toyota Tundra sits parked at the Lincoln Creek Park and Ride in Bellingham, Wash. on Sept. 23, 2021. The car prowler stole about $400 worth of merchandise which included a JBL speaker and three pairs of sunglasses.

Western sees a dozen car prowls and 11 bike thefts in first two weeks of fall quarter

On Monday, Sept. 27, a Western student parked his $3,000 Sentinel bike at the bike rack underneath the Wilson Library skybridge and secured it with a combination cable lock. It was 3 p.m. The student entered the library, but after less than an hour they were interrupted by a text from a friend with alarming news: Somebody was riding the student’s bike around the other side of campus.

The friend had spotted the distinctive bike by the Wade King Recreation Center. But instead of a student, it was being ridden by a stocky bald man with a large duffel bag. The student went outside the library and confirmed his friend’s suspicion: The bike was gone. In its place, a lone pair of wire cutters...

Read more about car prowls on The Front

Off Campus

CHRVNS performs at Bluebird House in Bellingham, Wash. on Sept. 24, 2021. Masked viewers watched as he performed his latest work.

House shows return — with caution, hope and grooving tunes

Lights gleam under the trees as venue directors Sam Ashkenazy and Sebastian Hagman set up for another show at the Bluebird House. The Bluebird is an indoor venue with a large wooded outdoor area. Since the middle of June, their team has hosted big names such as CHRVNSThe RhetoricianFoxy Apollo — which Ashkenazy plays in, Analog Brass and more. 

Venues such as the Bluebird have been recently hosting house shows with incrementally more attendees each show. Due to long lines, people are encouraged to buy tickets online for the Bluebird and other house show venues around Bellingham. Hagman describes groups of people who wander to find shows or parties as “amoebas” possessed by the lights and the music emerging from the house...

Read more about house shows on The Front

Sports + Recreation

Viking Midfielder Drew Farnsworth lines up for a shot against Simon Fraser on Oct. 9, 2021. Farnsworth scored the game-winning goal only four minutes into overtime.

Narrow victory for Vikings soccer ends with a goal in overtime

Western Washington University won a nail-biter, with the winning goal in overtime at Harrington Field, Bellingham.

Western had a 3-6 record going into the game against Simon Fraser University. Simon Fraser had a 4-5 record going into the game, according to the Simon Fraser website...

Read more about this narrow victory on The Front

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